“And Make Yourselves a New Heart and a New Spirit”
Creating Spaces for Queer, Jewish Families
BY JAIME BRODY for myjewishlearning.com
Reflections from Keshet's families with young children coordinator.
Nearly a year and a half ago, my family of four attended a local Jewish community Rosh Hashanah event. There were other young families there, and my 3-year-old had a blast petting chickens, sampling different flavors of honey, and forgetting about her pesky newborn brother for a few minutes. As is often the case at events like this, my wife and I could clearly see we were the only queer family in attendance.
5 Steps for Creating LGBTQ-Friendly Hillels
EMILY STRAUSS for newvoices.org
I saw women and men sitting across from each other at tables and sat on the ground in between to make my presence visible. It was awkward for all of us. Apparently the irony of a heteronormative speed dating event taking place next door to a gay bar was lost on my Hillel.
But the event was more than awkward. It was hurtful, at least for me. My Hillel’s speed dating was only open to heterosexual, gender binary conforming students. It was clear to me that it had been planned with no thought of my presence, LGBTQ Jews in our community. It sent a message about what kind of couples and families are wanted in the Jewish communal future. It made me realize Hillel needs guidance on inclusion for queer students, so here is my advice:
The Big Q&A
Ep. 120: LGBTQ&A podcast host Jeffrey Masters and Anne Edelstein, author of Lifesaving for Beginners, plus Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer’
By Unorthodox for Tablet Magazine
This week on Unorthodox, Mark calls up Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer,’ and Stephanie sits down with Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast LGBTQ&A, which documents stories of the LGBTQ community. We’re also joined by Anne Edelstein, author of the new memoir Lifesaving for Beginners.
Birthright Trip for LGBTQ
From Sachlav Israel on the House
NOTE: Birthright has two trips planned in 2018 - June 6th - June 18th from Los Angeles and July 2nd - 12th from New York. The Los Angeles one is during pride week in Tel Aviv so it will be an extra amazing experience.
Want to experience all that Israel has to offer, in a safe, comfortable, and empowering environment, with other LGBTQ identifying people? Join like-minded people this season for the complete Birthright Israel trip experience, along with additional Israeli LGBTQ oriented activities. Led by members of the LGBTQ community, the trip covers all the same sites and activities as our flagship “Israel Explore” itinerary, while introducing you to the Israeli LGBTQ community, and their experiences. It’s ultimate introduction to Israel, with maximum exposure to the best that Israel, and its human landscape, have to offer. You will taste the culture, embrace the adventure, discover more of your Jewish heritage, and meet with organizations at the forefront of the LGBTQ community in Israel.
Places very limited – sign up now to avoid disappointment!
Please Note: This trip is run for groups ages 20 to 26
The World Congress: Keshet Ga'ava
The World Congress aims to be a networking resource for LGBTQIA+ Jews from around the world to connect, engage, and support on local, national, continental and global levels. The Hebrew subtitle Keshet Ga’avah – Rainbow of Pride – emphasizes the importance of tradition and diversity to the World Congress.
Join Us in Rome!
The World Congress: Keshet Ga’avah with our member organization MDKI of Rome are excited to welcome the public to an amazing conference from the 15th to the 18th of March. If you register for the event before January 15th, the price is only 90 euros to join us for a full four days of events. You can register for the event on our website. We will be having conversations about Muslim and Jewish engagement, LGBTQ people seeking asylum in Italy, preventing and fighting gender-based violence against women, and civil rights in Israel. There will also be a guided tour of the former Jewish ghetto of Rome. Most exciting, there will be simultaneous translation during the event into English. Do not miss this incredible opportunity to meet new friends, engage with important topics surrounding LGBTQ Jewish life around the world, and explore Rome.