head with jewish star1For extensive Jewish LGBTQ resources online check out:

Ideas on how to make LGBTQ Jews feel at home and a welcome part of a community:

KeshetKeshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet strives to cultivate the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community. Keshet’s National Program Director, Catherine Bell, services on Mosaic’s Advisory Board. Keshet’s website is the single most extensive and exhaustive resource that currently exists for everything relating to LGBTQ inclusion into the Jewish community.

Eshel

Eshel OnlineEshel’s mission is to create community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual,  and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities.  Founded in June of 2010, Eshel provides hope and a future for Orthodox LGBT women, men, and teens. Eshel accomplishes its goals in a number of ways.  Eshel trains its members to speak out and act as advocates for LGBT Orthodox people and their families; Eshel creates bridges into Orthodox communities to foster understanding and support; through community gatherings Eshel helps LGBT Orthodox people pursue meaningful lives that encompass seemingly disparate identities while also fulfilling Jewish values around family, education, culture, and spirituality.  Over the past four years, Eshel’s work has gained national recognition and broad media coverage for its innovative mission and unique reach.

Nehirim

NehirimNehirim is a national community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews, families, and allies, committed to a more just and inclusive world. ­­­They plan retreats, student programs, and community events, and their advocacy work promotes equality and diversity based on the teachings of the Jewish tradition.    

JQ International

JQ InternationalJQ creates community and advances greater inclusion of LGBT Jews and Allies via identity building programs and services that embody Jewish values.

JQY—Jewish Queer Youth

Jewish Queer YouthJQY is a nonprofit organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews and their families in the Orthodox community.  

Hebrew Union College Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

HUCThe Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity seeks:

  • To encourage dialogue between constituent organizations within the Reform movement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics.
  • To train and empower Jewish professionals, educate students, and support scholars and researchers in their quest to develop a theology and practice of inclusion.
  • To foster collaboration with community based educational and social service organizations to further our mission.
  • To grow the Jeff Herman Virtual Resource Center (JHVRC) and develop new resources including a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender liturgy and ritual.
  • To organize workshops and academic conferences and develop curriculum modules to be implemented within the HUC-JIR academic program.
  • To achieve complete inclusion, integration and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in congregations and communities.

The Institute is unique in its place at the juncture of academia and professional training at the heart of the Reform movement’s educational matrix, where Jewish traditions and ethics combine in the spirit of social justice, holiness and community. It is also a responsibility that we plan to live up to.

Reform Movement: Union for Reform Judaism

URJThe movement addresses LGBTQ through their Kulanu initiative. They have written extensively on the subject. Click here to see their LGBT posts.

 

A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge is  the pro-Israel organization that builds bridges between Israelis and LGBTQ North Americans and allies.We focus on programming that builds personal connection, providing individuals and organizations, both in Israel and America, with opportunities for engagement, education and experience.

We believe two kinds of outcomes will result from this work. First, through this unique LGBT path to Israel, more LGBT people in North America, both Jews and non-Jews, will find meaningful connection with Israel and Israelis. Second, through communication, learning about each other, and sharing of knowledge and best practices, the LGBT communities in both Israel and North America will grow stronger and better capable of advancing their goals.

 

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism.  Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer and straight individuals and families who share common values.  Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people everywhere

 

Jewish LGBT Network

jewish lgbt network logoThe Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Tansgender (LGBT) Networkwas set up with the targeted purpose of offering a support structure to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews, based in any part of the world, through the provision of a number of different resources.

JewishLGBTNetwork.com brings you an easily-accessible platform through which to locate and connect with local social groups, professional groups and other support-groups catering to the LGBT Jewish Community. While we definitely encourage and hold an international view on important issues facing the Jewish LGBT Community, in addition to our international focus, we understand the importance of a localized support structure — a community-level structure which allows you to connect with the Jewish LGBT community nearest to you.