is a new partnership of organizations and individuals working to build
understanding and support for lesbians and gays in traditional Jewish
communities. Eshel takes its name from the אשׁל אברהם, Eshel Avraham, the tamarisk tree under which Avraham Avinu would welcome wayfarers who came from all directions seeking respite.
Baltimore, MD: JQBaltimore- Support for parents of LGBTQ children, families, allies and of course LGBTQ Jews www.jqbaltimore.org Phone: 443-300-8996 firstname.lastname@example.org JQBaltimore is a welcoming and inclusive model Jewish
Community for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning)
individuals, families and allies. Support, Educate and Advocate..
Rockville, MD: ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting
Monthly Meeting (usually 1st Wednesday each month, 7:00-9:00 pm). Check website below to confirm dates) Rockville Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gath ering space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning,or intersex (LGBTQQI) teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old. ROH meets in the JCCGW teen lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington: Youth Lounge - 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. For more information, please visit us at rockvilleopenhouse.org or facebook.org/rockvilleopenhouse.
New York City:Jewish Queer Youth- Ortho or formerly Ortho, ages 17-30. Jewish? Orthodox? Gay? You are not alone!
The Aguda, the National Association of GLBT in Israel, is Israel’s pioneer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. It is a national grassroots, volunteer-based, nonprofit human-rights organization representing the LGBT community. It promotes and advances new initiatives and cultivates leadership in partnership with all sectors and groups within the community.
Working together to build community, teach understanding, and create change. We envision a world in which all members of society, including people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and families, can live their lives fully, with their complete selves and identities, as full and equal members of their families, local and global communities.
is a social and support group for people who have a Jewish heritage
is for people living in and around Melbourne, Australia
welcomes people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or just not heterosexual
welcomes straight/GLBTIQ-friendly allies
is for people who are questioning or confused about their sexuality or gender
is for people of all ages
offers confidential and anonymous support
is a secular humanitarian organisation
is nonpartisan on religious, political and nationalistic ideologies
unconditionally supports equal rights for all people
Israel: Bat-Kol – A Religious Lesbian Organization in Israel www.bat-kol.org
This organization is in Israel and was founded to allow women to fulfill both their religious and lesbian identity; to make it possible for women to live in loving relationships, to raise children without deception, but nevertheless stay committed to their religion. Starting with ten founders in the winter of 2005, Bat-kol has grown and as of June 2007 includes some 100 women whose ages range from 19 to forty plus. Members of Bat-kol come from various religious backgrounds. Some have established a gay family and raise children; others are still in the closet and are struggling with the difficulties involved. Bat-kol organizes annual meetings and social activities for religious lesbians. These meetings allow mutual support as well as create a social framework. In addition, Bat-kol setup a support group for mothers of religious homosexuals and lesbians. These meeting allow the parents to share their experiences and gain strength from the understanding that they are not alone in the struggle.
The website is in Hebrew, but there is a link to translate their purpose and goals into English.
France: Beit Haverim (Group for Gay & Lesbian Jews in France) Groupe Juif Gay et Lesbien de France www.beit-haverim.com
Beit Haverim is a 28 year old organization, which makes it one of the older GLBT organizations in France. Our vocation is to offer to our members and friends a place to meet, think, develop themselves, and when needed, assume their (often) "double identity". We are an open, broad minded, mixed organization. Men, women, Jews or not, LGBT or not, we welcome everyone! We are a non-religious organization (as opposed to a congregation). We gather close to 1000 members and friends. Beit Haverim is present all over France, and we have many scheduled activities in Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, and Nice. Please see our website for details and dates of activities (such as our participation in Paris Gay Pride on June 25th).Beit Haverim
3 rue Keller
Email Address: email@example.com
Dayenu was conceived in 1999 as a cooperation between the local lesbian and gay Jewish groups to enter a combined float in the 2000 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Shortly after the parade, the group formalized and agreed to operate in order to bring more permanent resources for Jewish Gays & Lesbians and their partners, friends and family, such as to 1) Provide outreach and support; 2) Deliver educational information and public representation; and, 3) Organize social activities.What does Dayenu mean? An article written by one of our members explains that the word is loosely translated as "enough". The word has numerous applications but as is written in the article, we use it to capture our reaction to the ignorance, denial, narrowmindedness and mistreatment that has constantly vexed Jewish gays and lesbians and their families.Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keshet is a social connection group in the Greater Portland — Vancouver Metropolitan area for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews and their spouses, partners, significant others and good friends, whether Jewish or not. Keshet schedules monthly potluck socials and programs on alternating 4th Fridays and 4th Sundays, and celebrates major Jewish holidays together. For more information, good friends and good food, contact us.
GesherCity is a portal to the Jewish community for people in their 20s and 30s. Three cities have a Queer Jews Cluster (group of people with similar interests): Boulder/Denver, St. Louis, & Washington, DC. Clusters organize events like movie/films screenings with queer and Jewish themes, happy hours, a queer Shabbat dinner, and discussions of gender and sexuality issues within Judaism. GesherCity is a regional site and in order to access information about this LGBT Cluster, you must register as a member and choose one of the three cities as your portal city. If you live in another city that doesn't have a Queer Jews Cluster, consider joining GesherCity and starting one!
Havruta- Religious Homosexuals in Israel was founded by graduates of Hesder Yeshivas and Religious Pre-Military Preparatory Programs. The organization includes an internet site which is updated on a weekly basis and monthly meetings and activities.
Hoshen, the Hebrew acronym for "Education & Change", is the education and information center of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community in Israel. It is a nationwide, non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to fight stereotypes regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.
J-Bagel is Penn’s Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) Community. Funded by Penn Hillel, J-Bagel hosts regular Shabbat dinners, educational, and social programs. We are an active and diverse organization, providing a fun and safe space for our members from across the Jewish and LGBTQIA spectrums, for undergraduate and graduate students. We are the only university-run queer Jewish organization in Philadelphia, and welcome students from throughout the region to our events. J-Bagel is affiliated with the Penn LGBT Center, and NUJLS, the National Union of Jewish LGBTQQI Students, a federation of queer Jewish youth.
JAG was founded by a group of people who voluntarily decided to generate a change. In good time, because of the success of the calling and the demand of more and better activities, we have received training and counseling to be able to constitute a solid and booming organization as JAG is today... More
The JGN serves LGBT Jews and their families by connecting people and sharing information. JGN supports a website and email list for information resourcing and has a monthly meeting in West Bloomfield, MI to discuss topics relating to the LGBTQ and allies community.
Jewish Transitions is a grassroots organization working to support the Jewish lives of transgender, transsexual, gender variant, gender fluid, gender queer, intersex and questioning people. We work with people to locate resources, information, and training to support a transJewish lifecycle.
The founding principles of Kamoha include "increasing the awareness among the national-religious sector of the complex situation of the religious homosexual, encouraging the integration of religious homosexuals into the existent communities, taking part in events pertaining to the world of Orthodox homosexuals, except for such that are provocations against the Orthodox Jewish lifestyle...recognizing the right of those seeking psychological counsel regarding their sexual orientation to receive it, [and] encouraging sincere heterosexual relationships, not out of concealment and deception, which strive to life in the light of the Torah."
GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement – provides arts, social, cultural, educational and public policy programming that speaks to the issues, interests and concerns of the Washington DC GLBT Jewish community. At GLOE, GLBT Jews and their friends, families, partners and other supporters feel connected and comfortable in exploring programming and events developed for a diverse audience. A vital program of the DC Jewish Community Center, GLOE engages the GLBT population as part of the broader Washington Jewish community. Contact: email@example.com
Founded in 1996, the LGBT Alliance seeks to increase opportunities for Bay Area LGBT Jews to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish life. Through leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing, the LGBT Alliance works toward a future in which greater numbers of LGBT Jews engage with Judaism and the Jewish community.
University of California: Mishpacha at UCLA - A Community of LGBT Jewish Students www.mishpacha.net
The name of our group, Mishpacha, is the Hebrew word for "family," reflecting the essence of our community. We are truly that, coming together to agree and disagree... More
TEHILA is a non-profit organization providing support for parents and families of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons. The Association runs support groups and hot lines throughout the country, and is linked to youth groups and projects in various venues around the country. We also act to promote tolerance and openness in the Israeli society.
The website provides information for parents, gay-community members and any others who wish learn more about parents of LGBT persons. Parents (and other family members) dealing with different aspects of their children’s sexual orientation are invited to join a variety of TEHILA activities.
We are a community of frum queer women who gather to celebrate and study our yiddishkeit. We are committed to the value of shleimut (wholeness) and to supporting one another in observing a meaningful, integrated, honest and joyful Jewish life... More
WEZESHA amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories and helping LGBTI groups communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, WEZESHA promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
We are a new organization, working to create more opportunities for LGBTQ Jews in the U.S. and around the world, along with friends and allies, to engage and connect with Israel. Working in partnership with Israeli organizations and leaders, we seek to build connection with and support for the LGBTQ communities in Israel, and to provide opportunities for LGBTQ people around the world to join in the important work of making Israel a better place.
The site is in German except for the following information which appears in English.... More
From the Hebrew University
Washington, DC: MAUTNER PROJECT - In-Person Support Groups Mautner
offers in-person support groups for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
individuals in the DC metro area. Mautner Project is committed to
improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian,
bisexual and transgender individuals, through direct and support
service, education and advocacy. If you are interested in any of the
Washington, DC-based running groups or would like information on support
groups available in your area, please feel free to contact us by
calling 202.332.5536, or by sending us an email:firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is free, but RSVP is required for your first session.
Washington, DC: WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH: Peer Support Groups Various days The Peer Support Program
of Whitman-Walker Health promotes the mental health of the gay,
lesbian, bisexual & transgender community, people living HIV/AIDS
and their loved ones through a variety of peer-based services. Support
groups and individual peer counseling are free, but donations are
accepted. If you are interested in individual peer counseling, a support
group for LGBT and HIV/AIDS-related concerns, or simply getting more
information, contact 202-797-3580 or email@example.com.
Mission: New York City's GLBT synagogue, welcomes Jews from all walks of life and all ages; provides religious, educational, and social programs and services. CBST is not affiliated with any Jewish movement or denomination.
Address: D.C Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Street NW, Washington DC
Mission:Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community. Our membership is comprised of singles, couples, and families, and is open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Address: 290 Dolores Street (corner of 16th Street) San Francisco, CA 94103
Mission: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, the Congregation of the Golden Gate, is a progressive Reform synagogue, established in 1977. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual Jews, together with family and friends, both Jewish and non-Jewish. We come from a wide range of religious, ethnic, class and cultural backgrounds to worship God with egalitarian, feminist and gay-positive Jewish liturgy.
We welcome all who wish to join us for worship, learning and celebration at our synagogue at the corner of Dolores Street and 16th Street in San Francisco.
6. Los Angeles: Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim-
Address: Beth Chayim Chadashim 6090 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Mission: Provide all members the opportunity and means to worship God in accordance with the principles and practices of Judaism. Serve others and work to see that all come to realize their own value and dignity. Serve and support members as they explore their own value, dignity and place in their community.
Shabbat Services 2nd and 4th Friday of each month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Address: John Thomas Community Center, 2701 Reagan Street, Dallas, TX 75219Mailing Address:Beth El Binah PO Box 191188 Dallas, TX 75219
Mission:Beth El Binah is a Reform Jewish Congregation welcoming people of all backgrounds. We recognize that all men and women are created inb’tselem Elohim, in the image of God. In Hebrew, Beth El Binah means “house of an Understanding God.”
Mailing Address: Congregation Am Tikva PO Box 990441, Boston, MA 02199
Shabbat Services: Join us or our monthly contemporary service. Services begin promptly at 8:00pm and conclude with an oneg
Mission: Congregation Am Tikva- People of Hope has been serving the Greater Boston Community since 1976, has creating an open and welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual Jews, queer Jews of all ages, and degrees of religious observances can meet to explore their common heritage and enjoy the companies of fellow Jews!
Address:615 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 Shabbat Services: Congregation Beth Ahavah holds its own Shabbat services at 8:00 p.m. on scheduled Friday nights. See the event schedule below for dates
Mission:Congregation Beth Ahavah serves Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley's GLBT Jewish community and welcomes people of all gender and sexual identities. We are committed to providing a comfortable place for people of all sexual orientations and religious affiliations to experience Judaism. We are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism(URJ) and draw from meaningful traditions and practices in all branches of Judaism. We are also a member of the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga'avah. Congregation Beth Ahavah is now located on Broad Street at the home of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, our new congregational partner.
Address: 4905 5th Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Shabbat Services:Our monthly Erev Shabbat service starts at 7:30pm on the first Friday of every month at Rodef Shalom.
Mission: Since its beginnings, Bet Tikvah events have addressed both the social and the spiritual needs of its growing community. Services continue to be led by members of the congregation, creating a warm, involved, and active atmosphere. At the same time, the group socializes together and celebrates life cycle events (such as conversions and namings) as a congregation. We hold a Shabbat services followed by a very social Oneg the first Friday of every month. We also hold services for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, and Pesakh. (See our Calendar for information on our upcoming events.)
ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE - LGBTQ Teen Safe Space Monthly Meeting Wednesday, April 2| 7:00-9:00 pm Monthly Meeting (usually 1st Wednesday each month, 7:00-9:00 pm) Rockville
Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning,or intersex (LGBTQQI)
teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years
old. ROH will be meeting on the 1st Wednesdays of the month from 7-9pm
(except September, January and June) in the JCCGW teen lounge, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington: Youth Lounge - 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. For more information, please visit us at rockvilleopenhouse.org or facebook.org/rockvilleopenhouse.