A panel discussion on the issues facing transgender indiduals will be held Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center. It will seek to explain just what gender means and how we relate to it within the context of today’s cultural landscape. Moderated by Idit Klein, executive director of Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, the panel includes Schuyler Bailar, a transgender competitive swimmer at Harvard; Mimi Lemay, a transgender rights activist whose upcoming memoir explores her Orthodox Jewish upbringing and her experiences parenting her transgender son, Jacob; Dr. Norman Spack, co-founder of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Gender Management Service clinic; and Nick Teich, founder and CEO of Camp Aranu’tiq of Harbor Camps, which exclusively serves youths who are transgender or whose behavior doesn’t match society’s gender expectations. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.bostonjcc.org/hotbuttons or by calling 866-811-4111. The Leventhal-Sidman JCC is at 333 Nahanton St., Newton.

Nancy Shohet West can be reached at NancySWest@gmail.com.