Emily Aviva's Surgery Fund

$10,090 of $10k goal

Raised by 120 people in 42 months
Emily Aviva Kapor  CAMBRIDGE, MA
I am a transgender, autistic, Deaf, awesome woman.

I work as a rabbi, focusing on creating innovative yet traditional Jewish law, liturgy, and ritual, in order to celebrate and affirm trans identities and experiences. I also work on advocating for people with both visible and invisible disabilities in both Jewish and secular contexts. My first book, Ein Self, a collection of personal essays and poetry exploring my transition so far, has just been published!

I am planning to have vaginoplasty in early 2014. While no surgery is "necessary" to change genders, this surgery will help immeasurably to alleviate much of the dysphoria I have felt every day for the last twenty-odd years. Sadly, health insurance almost never covers medical treatment for transgender individuals, and "elective" surgeries like this one are unbelievably expensive. That's why I am asking for your help.

Your donation will help me access medical treatment, but more than that, it will help me continue to do the work and fight for the causes to which I am devoting my life. Please donate as you are able; it means the world to me.

You can find my blog at Planting Rainbows, my professional website at EmilyAviva.com, and you can follow me on Twitter at @EmilyAviva. Thank you!
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Update 7
Posted by Emily Kapor
33 months ago
Unbelievable! With nine days to go before my surgery is scheduled, you all helped me raise $10,000. I am simply stunned. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I will keep you all updated as things progress in the coming days. I would love to raise more, so I'm still taking donations and not closing the fundraiser yet. There are many, many costs associated with surgery and my ongoing health care needs, but as for right now I am just going to enjoy this, and the friendships and support and love you have all shown to me.

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Update 6
Posted by Emily Kapor
33 months ago
Here we are, with eleven days to go. I am happy and nervous and excited, and still really thrilled and impressed and blown away by the generosity of all of you who have donated to help make this a reality for me.

I changed this fundraiser goal to $10,000, which will cover many of the actual surgery-related expenses, and so that I can have a chance to complete the goal before surgery. Currently, I need to raise just over $800 more in order to complete this goal.

Can you help me to make this happen? If you've already donated what you're able, or if you aren't able to donate, can you please help me by signal-boosting my fundraiser? Every little bit will help! Thank you!
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Update 5
Posted by Emily Kapor
33 months ago
Hi everybody! Eighteen days to go, and you all have helped me fund nearly 44% of my surgery costs via GoFundMe. I am honored and humbled to have such wonderful friends and supporters in my corner as you.

If you haven't received your copy of my book yet, that's because we actually ran out of the first printing, and Vatichtov, the small press we founded, has to get a second printing done! That's awesome and exciting, and we hope to have it done in the next couple of days, so fear not"”more personalized copies are on their way!

Alexa and I are making our surgery travel plans. The date, March 13, is coming up in only eighteen days. I am nervous and excited and happy and terrified and basically having Lots Of Emotions. But I really am, above all, grateful for the support you all have shown me. I wouldn't be here without you, and I wouldn't have been able to do this if you hadn't all come along with me.
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Update 4
Posted by Emily Kapor
35 months ago
Hi everybody! I am thrilled to announce that the first copies of my new book, Ein Self, have been printed and shipped! Those of you whom I don't see regularly in person should be getting them in the mail very soon. Those of you I do see in person, I'll give you your copy, well, in person.

Are you excited? Because I am!!

I am really happy that this book is now a reality. Like, with words and paper and a cover and everything! Thank you all of you who helped make this project real. :D

May your New Year be joyous and bring you light.
Me holding the first copy of my book.
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$10,090 of $10k goal

Raised by 120 people in 42 months
Created June 23, 2013
Emily Aviva Kapor  
I'll give you a hug or high-five in person when next we see one another. If I don't see you in person, an e-hug or e-high-five on the Internet.
I'll send you a hand-drawn or painted personalized postcard of thanks.
I'll send you an ebook or PDF version of my upcoming book, Ein Self, plus a postcard of thanks.
I'll send you a printed personalized copy of my new book, Ein Self, and a PDF or ebook version, AND a postcard!
My rabbit Cady will send you a postcard! I'll send you a signed copy of my book and a PDF or ePub version too.
I will send you a selection of my favorite recipes, including my famous challah. Plus book (including ebook or PDF), plus postcard.
I will come up with and calligraph a motto or name verse for you in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, or whatever (I have to speak it). Plus book, recipes, postcard.
I'll write a blog post on a topic of your suggestion. Plus book, recipes, postcard.
I'll translate a short text into Klingon for you. Alternatively, I'll write you an original short Klingon poem. Plus book, recipes, postcard.
I'll proofread your dissertation chapter, short story, or other writing (reasonable length) which desperately needs my expertise. Plus book, recipes, postcard.
I will record a talk for your event or organization (or synagogue or church, etc.) on a mutually agreed-upon topic. Plus book, recipes, postcard.
I will come speak and/or teach at your event or organization. (Depending on where, travel may also need to be arranged.) Plus book, recipes, postcard.
You're Awesome
My undying gratitude and love.
Britt Nave
33 months ago

Swift healing and happy thoughts! :)

Alexis Mijatovic
33 months ago
Ace Katano
33 months ago

Love and blessings!

Lynn Young
33 months ago

I must have been living on the MOON, as I've not seen this until now. Blessings and light!

Robin Frank
33 months ago
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Jae Beck
33 months ago

Welcome to Washington! I hope all goes well :)

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