Cantor Sheri Allen is a member of the Cantors Assembly, RAC-TX, and the IFC (Inclusive Faith Coalition) a group of LGBTQ+ affirming clergy in the Arlington, TX area. She is completing her 13th and final year as the Cantor of Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington, Sheri is also a past board president of Care & Prepare, an organization that promotes and helps facilitate advance care planning discussions.
Cantor Allen lives in Ft. Worth with her husband Richard. They have three grown children: Jeremy, Emily, and Preston.
For a community relentlessly targeted by hateful legislation, this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility (celebrated on March 31) holds a heightened sense of urgency. I am ashamed to say that this day wasn’t even on my radar until I had a personal stake in it, but it now holds a special place of significance in my family.
Passover is about our journey from oppression to freedom. Each year we sing, “Avadeem Hayeenu, Atah B’Nei Chorin: We were slaves but now we are free.” But this year, I’m not as comfortable rejoicing when so many living in this country are experiencing...