Michael Yosef Robinson's
love for Judaism began when he was a 13-year-old girl growing
up in Watsonville, CA. He consumed every book on Judaism he could
find for the next 10 years, until he began attending Temple
Beth El in Aptos, CA. He converted one year later, on May
10, 2001. (17 Iyar 5761, netzach she'b' hod in the counting of
the Omer.) His mikvah was the Monterey Bay.
Soon after, on Yom Kippur of that year, he made the decision
to begin transitioning from female to male, and subsequently came
out as a gay man.
He was introduced to Jewish Renewal
through his teacher Rabbi
Eli Cohen, and became very involved with Chadeish
Yameinu, the Jewish Renewal community of Santa Cruz, CA. As
well as frequently leyning Torah and being a constant--if quiet--presence
at CY gatherings and classes, he designed a logo
for CY's t-shirts and designed (and currently maintains) the
Chadeish Yameinu website.
He is also layout 'artist' for CY's quarterly newsletter, the
He has been writing poetry and prose since early childhood, and
has been exploring and developing an affinity for visual artistry,
particularly digital art, over the last five years. He maintains
two websites of his work: Yosef's
Dreams, a virtual Jewish art gallery, and Winged
Turtle Creations, which features a complete gallery and portfolio
of his work.
As an "Aspie"--diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome--he
is active in the autistic rights
movement, advocating for greater respect for autistic people as
autistics. Autist Art,
his current project, promotes autistic pride and visibility.
He can be contacted at yosef
[at] eishzarah [dot]