Mosaic Storytellers share their journeys at Temple Israel Center’s Evening of Empathy

March 2017

On March 22nd, a panel of 3 Mosaic Storytellers shared their personal stories as part of the Mosaic Storytelling Project  at the Evening of Empathy program at Temple Israel Center…the community was moved by their powerful LGBTQ and Jewish journeys… an open and engaging discussion followed.

A group of Mosaic Storytellers (some spoke on our panel , and others  came to support them.) Also pictured- Storyteller trainer, Gerry Gartenberg, and Mosaic’s Executive Director, Bina Raskin

A group of Mosaic Storytellers (some spoke on our panel , and others came to support them.) Also pictured- Storyteller trainer, Gerry Gartenberg, and Mosaic’s Executive Director, Bina Raskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our teens attended the LGBTQ Teen Summit at the Museum of the City of New York

 February 2017

photo on museum steps with signPhoto-group at table..Several teens from Westchester joined with the Keshet-Mosaic cohort to attend the LGBTQ Teen Summit at the Museum of the City of New York.  The teens enjoyed the gallery tour Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York; dancing, art-making, rapping, and engaging with a teen panel who spoke about the importance of self-acceptance and love-and advocacy..

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

Mosaic celebrated Chanukah at events for both adults and teens and their allies.

December 2016

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Israeli transgender rights leaders visited Westchester and presented at Temple Israel Center in collaboration with Mosaic of Westchester, A Wider Bridge, and Keshet

August 2016

There were 2 wonderful programs on August 16th!

Teen program: Several NY LGBTQ teens shared pizza and great conversation with three young Israeli trans leaders of Ma’avarim , Alan, Adi, and Amy who are working to make Israel a place for transgender teenagers and young adults to grow and thrive. The teens shared that they loved their experience together and new friendships were made!

Community program: Elisha Alexander, Executive Director of Ma’avarim, and the three young Israeli transgender teen leaders, Alan, Adi and Amy shared their moving stories and discussed their work of building transgender community and advocacy all across Israel. The audience shared that they were moved by their stories and the incredible work of Ma’avarim.

Ma’avarim Executive Director, Elisha Alexander, and Ma’avarim teen leaders with NY teens

Ma’avarim Executive Director, Elisha Alexander, and Ma’avarim teen leaders with NY teens

Selfie of Ma’avarim leaders and leaders from Mosaic of Westchster, A Wider Bridge, and Keshet!

Selfie of Ma’avarim leaders and leaders from Mosaic of Westchster, A Wider Bridge, and Keshet!

(left to right)..Partner organizations leadership-Tyler Gregory, A Wider Bridge’s Deputy Director; Elisha Alexander, Ma’avarim’s Executive Director, Bina Raskin, Mosiac’s Executive Director Justin Rosen Smolen, Keshet’s National Direcor of Youth Programs and Sonia Alexander, Mosaic’s Director of Teen Engagement

(left to right)..Partner organizations leadership-Tyler Gregory, A Wider Bridge’s Deputy Director; Elisha Alexander, Ma’avarim’s Executive Director, Bina Raskin, Mosiac’s Executive Director Justin Rosen Smolen, Keshet’s National Direcor of Youth Programs and Sonia Alexander, Mosaic’s Director of Teen Engagement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meeting the Jewish Men’s Club of the JCC on the Hudson

August 2016

(Left to right) Men’s Club Chairman, Elliot Topp, Co-Chairman, Leonard Lindy, Dr. Jama Purser, JTS Rabbinical student, and Bina Raskin, Mosaic’s Executive Director

On August 10th, Bina Raskin, Mosaic Executive Director, and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, Rabbinical student at Jewish Theological Seminary, spoke about “Being LGBTQ and Jewish-Opening the Door to Conversation” with 18 seniors at the JCC on the Hudson Men’s Club  We had a lively and engaging discussion..

 

 

 

 

 

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Mosaic Friends Enjoy the Untermeyer Gardens Together

August  2016

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August 7th, Mosaic friends enjoying the beautiful Untermeyer Gardens in Yonkers on a lovely summer afternoon.

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Executive Director, Bina Raskin and board member, Joel Davidson

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Executive Director, Bina Raskin and her wife, Jama Purser

 

 

 

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Meeting  Seniors at the Ambassador of Scarsdale

July 2016

: Bina Raskin, Mosaic Executive Director, and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, Rabbinical student at Jewish Theological Seminary, spoke about “Being LGBTQ and Jewish-Opening the Door to Conversation” with 25+ seniors at the Ambassador of Scarsdale. A lively discussion was had and the seniors were quite engaged in an informative Q&A. In the photo-“some residents of The Ambassador of Scarsdale along with their friends, posing with Mosaic Executive Director, Bina Raskin and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, JTS Rabbinical student”

Residents of The Ambassador of Scarsdale along with their friends, posing with Mosaic Executive Director, Bina Raskin and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, JTS Rabbinical student”

On July 27th, Bina Raskin, Mosaic Executive Director, and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, Rabbinical student at Jewish Theological Seminary, spoke about “Being LGBTQ and Jewish-Opening the Door to Conversation” with 25+ seniors at the Ambassador of Scarsdale. A lively discussion was had and the seniors were quite engaged in an informative Q&A.

 

 

 

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Book Giveaway

June 2016

Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Education Project, Mosaic was able to give our teens a Jewish LGBTQ themed book for the summer, plus an extra to give to another Westchester based LGBTQ Jewish teen they know! mosaicbooks

 

 

 

 

 

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Zanna, Don’t at the Play Group Theater

June 2016

Mosaic teens and families attended a play at the youth theater in White Plains (the Play Group Theater) called Zanna, Don’t– a musical about a high school where being gay is the norm and the adventures of a magical love fairy. It was great!teen photo- theater night..6.5.16

 

 

 

 

 

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Purim Party!

April, 2016

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Mosaic teens celebrated a belated Purim together. Two of our Advisory Council teens wrote an LGBTQ themed Purim skit, which the Advisory Council performed for the rest of the teens. We made masks and ate rainbow hamentaschen made by Mosaic Board member Abby Reiken.

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Pesach Walking Tour in NY City

April, 2016

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Mosaic and Keshet brought teens together to learn about LGBTQ history in Greenwich Village, NYC. Les Skolnik (Jewish Education Project) and Rabbi David Dunn Bauer(CBST) led us in a walking tour. We heard stories and grounded in LGBTQ, and specifically Jewish LGBTQ history, of the neighborhood. We saw the LGBTQ Center and learned its history, saw the site of the former St. Vincent’s hospital which served many during the AIDS crisis, saw Stonewall, and much more. Next year we hope to expand to invite adults as well!

 

 

 

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A Teen Led Training at Westchester Reform Temple    

April, 2016

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Prideworks Conference

March, 2016

prideworks2Mosaic, Keshet, and Schechter Westchester attended the Prideworks Conference together! It was fun, inspiring, and educational. We came together with groups of LGBTQ and ally teens throughout Westchester County and beyond! It was a fun way to connect to the larger community. We had a group of six teens, one parent, and three educators. We had breakfast and lunch together, each attended various presentations, and had an engaging discussion together afterwards. We’ll go back next year!

 

 

 

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Our first ever teen support group

January, 2016

Mosaic’s initiative to enhance Westchester LGBTQ Jewish teen engagement got kickstarted with our first ever support group! First, the Teen Advisory Council met, Mosaic’s teen leadership group, with four teens who have been a part of the group since it began, and three teens who just joined the Council! Then the support group met with a total of nine teens- two who were brand new to Mosaic’s programming.

Afterwards everybody stayed for a pizza dinner with community building games and some Tu Bishvat learning. We had fun getting to know each other and laying the ground work for ongoing community building, discussion, support, learning and fun. We’re so excited to meet again on Sunday February 28!

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2015

Mosaic co-sponsors panel on Marriage Equality, LGBT and Jewish Values

In collaboration with the JCC of Mid-Westchester, Anti -Defamation League, Mosaic of Westchester, Beth El Synagogue Center and the Scarsdale Adult School of Education, the event was hosted by the JCC of MidWestchester.

December 2, 2015

 Our speakers included Rabbi David Schuck of Temple Beth El of New Rochelle in conversation with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Seth Marnin, Associate Legal Director of the ADL.

Our speakers included Rabbi David Schuck of Temple Beth El of New Rochelle in conversation with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Seth Marnin, Associate Legal Director of the ADL

(left to right)- Seth Marnin, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Rabbi David Schuck, Bina Raskin( Mosaic Executive Director), Karen Kolodny (JCC Executive Director), and Liat Altman (JCC Director of Adult Programs)

(left to right)- Seth Marnin, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Rabbi David Schuck, Bina Raskin( Mosaic Executive Director), Karen Kolodny (JCC Executive Director), and Liat Altman (JCC Director of Adult Programs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mosaic Participates in Westchester’s Evening of Unity with the People of Israel

November 5, 2015

Mosaic participated along with 70 other Westchester Jewish groups. Pictured: Diana Schutt and Autumn Schutt proudly marching with Mosaic’s banner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mosaic Teen Leader, Sean Herzfeld, Wins Teen Social Service Award at

Mosaic also co-leads a special workshop on Inclusion

October 25, 2015

JCCMW Social Action Day event on Sunday, October 25, 2015.. This award is given to Westchester Junior or Senior High School students who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the Westchester community through service and volunteerism. Pictured in photo from left to right are Sean Herzfeld, Bina Raskin Mosaic’s Executive Director, and Diane Werner, Mosaic’s founding chair We are so proud of Sean’s exceptional work on Mosaic’s Teen Advisory Council and his contribution to the community!

 Mosaic of Westchester, along with BBYO and Israel Gay Youth (IGY), co-led a workshop on inclusion for teens called: Calling All Teens: A Pledge to be LGBTQ Inclusive. We had 15 teens join in an open conversation and fun activity. Pictured in the photo from left to right: Sean Herzfeld, member of Mosaic Teen Advisory Council; Moran Dankner, leader at IGY; Zachary Cohen, leader at IGY; Bina Raskin, Mosaic’s Executive Director; and Dan Shakarchy, BBYO’s Senior Regional Director

Mosaic of Westchester, along with BBYO and Israel Gay Youth (IGY), co-led a workshop on inclusion for teens called: Calling All Teens: A Pledge to be LGBTQ Inclusive. We had 15 teens join in an open conversation and fun activity. Pictured in the photo from left to right: Sean Herzfeld, member of Mosaic Teen Advisory Council; Moran Dankner, leader at IGY; Zachary Cohen, leader at IGY; Bina Raskin, Mosaic’s Executive Director; and Dana Shakarchy, BBYO’s Senior Regional Director

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MOSAIC MARCHES AT NYC PRIDE 2015


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Great day at the Annual Westchester Jewish Music and Art Festival at Kenisco Dam on August 16th. ! In the photo: Sean Herzfeld, member of Mosaic’s Teen Advisory Council and his mom Emily Herzfeld join Bina Raskin, Executive Director at the Mosaic table.

Great day at the Annual Westchester Jewish Music and Art Festival at Kenisco Dam on August 16th. ! In the photo: Sean Herzfeld, member of Mosaic’s Teen Advisory Council and his mom Emily Herzfeld join Bina Raskin, Executive Director at the Mosaic table.

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Music and Art Festival

 August 16, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Afternoon at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Several Mosaic friends spent a summer afternoon together on August 2nd enjoying the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. We viewed their latest exhibition: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945.

Several Mosaic friends spent a summer afternoon together on August 2nd enjoying the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. We viewed their latest exhibition: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945.

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We then enjoyed conversation and hanging out at Battery Park on a beautiful sunny day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MOSAIC OF WESTCHESTER MARCHES AT THE 2015 CELEBRATE ISRAEL PARADE

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Mosaic marches at the 2015 Celebrate Israel Parade

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April 20, 2015: Great evening with author and activist, Dr. Jay Michaelson at Greenburgh Hebrew Center! His talk on After Equality: “Queering” Jewish Theology was thought provoking! The evening included an engaging discussion, book signing and lovely reception. Greenburgh Hebrew Center proudly partnered with Mosaic of Westchester in presenting this event as part of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium’s Third Annual Jewish Cultural Festival. Check out the several remaining festival events.

Author Jay Michaelson gives a talk on “After Equality: “Queering of Jewish Theology”

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April 23, 2015 --The opening reception of "That Was Fabulous": The paintings of Stephen L. Crohn (1946-2013) was a wonderful evening! We all enjoyed hearing from special guest speaker-Jesse Green-NY Magazine, wine and cheese reception, and gallery tour with the Crohn family! To celebrate artist Stephen L. Crohn (1946-2013), best known as "the man who couldn't get AIDS," more than 30 of his paintings will be on public view for the first time (and available for purchase). The exhibit is spearheaded by The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center for the Lower Hudson Valley and the Crohn family, and in partnership with Mosaic of Westchester and the Westchester Jewish Center, Koslowe Gallery. In photo, Judy Trolio ,LOFT executive Director and Bina Raskin, Mosaic ED opening remarks and welcoming the community

April 23, 2015 –The opening reception of “That Was Fabulous”: The paintings of Stephen L. Crohn (1946-2013) was a wonderful evening! We all enjoyed hearing from special guest speaker-Jesse Green-NY Magazine, wine and cheese reception, and gallery tour with the Crohn family!
To celebrate artist Stephen L. Crohn (1946-2013), best known as “the man who couldn’t get AIDS,” more than 30 of his paintings will be on public view for the first time (and available for purchase). The exhibit is spearheaded by The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center for the Lower Hudson Valley and the Crohn family, and in partnership with Mosaic of Westchester and the Westchester Jewish Center, Koslowe Gallery. In photo,
Judy Trolio ,LOFT executive Director and Bina Raskin, Mosaic ED opening remarks and welcoming the community

On March 22nd, Mosaic along with Westchester Jewish Center proudly presented author, Danny M. Cohen. He is a professor and Holocaust scholar at Northwestern University. His new book Train is set in Berlin 1943, the novel revolves around a secret romance between two teenage boys. The novel gives voice to homosexual victims of Nazism, as well as Roma, disabled, intermarried Jews, and political victims of the regime. Folks attending the event seem to enjoy the book reading and author interview which included a lively and moving discussion.

Opening reception for “That Was Fabulous”,

The Paintings of Stephen Crohn

April 23, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our first county-wide event for LGBTQ teens and allies  

March, 2015

Following that event, we formed a Mosaic Jewish teen LGBTQ Advisory Council to help us plan ways to help Westchester become more LGBTQ inclusive and welcoming for Jewish LGBTQ teens!

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2014

Great evening of learning and sharing with LGBT Activists leaders, Shai Doitsh and Anat Nir from the Aguda-The Israel National LGBT Taskforce. Mosaic of Westchester along with A Wider Bridge and Westchester Jewish Center sponsored this program on Wednesday, Dec. 17th.

Great evening of learning and sharing with LGBT Activists leaders, Shai Doitsh and Anat Nir from the Aguda-The Israel National LGBT Taskforce. Mosaic of Westchester along with A Wider Bridge and Westchester Jewish Center sponsored this program on Wedneday, December 17th.

Leaders of Aguda, Mosaic and A Wider Bridge at the December 17th event

Leaders of Aguda, Mosaic and A Wider Bridge at the December 17th event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating

 

NYC’S GAY PRIDE MARCH: Mosaic proudly marched for the first time in the New York City’s Gay Pride March. Over 40 of us wore Mosaic t-shirts, as we danced the horah, sang, and marched together down 5th avenue into the Village and past the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street! 

 

 

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Mosaic’s Bina Raskin and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser,

 

 

 

SSDS alumna march with Dean Joel Davidson at NYC Pride. From left: Tali Zilberman, Robbie Barr class of 2011, Evan Werner class of 2011, Joel Davidson, Johnny Gottlieb, Adam Werner, Anna Meixler class of 2012

SSDS alumna march with Dean Joel Davidson at NYC Pride. From left: Tali Zilberman, Robbie Barr class ’11, Evan Werner ’11, Joel Davidson, Johnny Gottlieb, Adam Werner, Anna Meixler ’12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 uncroppedisraeldayphotoCELEBRATE ISRAEL DAY PARADEFor the first time, Mosaic marched with the LGBTQ Cluster Group in the Celebrate Israel Day Parade. Side by side, with members of Keshet, Eshel, CBST,  A Wider Bridege and JQY, we sang, danced, cycled and skated up 5th Avenue!

 

 

 

 

 

csr1PRIDE SHABBAT CELEBRATIONS were held at synagogues all over Westchester during Pride Month.  Congregation Kol Ami  hosted a Shabbat evening event. Mosaic’s Director, Bina Raskin and her wife, Dr. Jama Purser, were the featured speakers and spoke about “Being LGBTQ and Jewish” Embracing Your Identity”. The Community Synagogue of Rye hosted a Pride Shabbat dinner and also co-hosted, together with  AJWS a brunch and dialogue: “LGBT Rights in Africa: A Voice from the Frontlines”, that featured a leading LGBT activist from Kenya.

 

 

 

STRAIGHT FOR EQUALITY GALA: Mosaic attended the Straight for Equality Gala to help celebrate honorees Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, Ally Sheedy and Johnson&Johnson for their outstanding contributions to LGBTQ rights.Now in its sixth year, PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality Gala honors and celebrates some of the most powerful straight allies who are generating life-changing change through their work. The awards each year focus on areas key to moving equality forward, including the workplace, faith communities, entertainment, literature, sports, education, and more.

Ally Sheedy with Mosaic's Bina Raskin at the Straight For Equality Gala, April 2014

Ally Sheedy with Mosaic’s Bina Raskin at the Straight For Equality Gala, April 2014

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Mosaic of Westchester meets former NYC Mayor David Dinkins at the Straight For Equality Gala, April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning….

 

UJA-FED OF NY’S FIRST COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON LGBTQ ENGAGEMENT: On Friday, June 20th  over 175 people, representing more than 70 local and national LGBTQ groups and other professional Jewish organizations, joined in on the day long Community Conversation on LGBTQ Engagement, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York. Over 20 community leaders, volunteers and activists in the field led several panels and discussion groups throughout the day.  Read more

Joy Ladin is a board member of Keshet. Joy Ladin's return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Joy Ladin’s return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Gabriel Blau, raised in White Plains, NY, is the executive director of the Family Equality Council. The Family Equality Council is the hational organization that represents and support 3 million LGBTQ adults and their 6 million children. For the last 32 years, the Family Equality Council has pursued legal equality by engaging communities, educating the public and advocating policy change. Gabriel and his husband live in New York City with their 6-year-old child.

Gabriel Blau, raised in White Plains, NY, is the executive director of the Family Equality Council. Gabriel and his husband live in New York City with their 6-year-old child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founding Chair, Diane Werner shares her personal story at UJA's first Community Conversation on LGBTQ Engagement, June 2014

Founding Chair, Diane Werner shares her personal story at UJA’s first Community Conversation on LGBTQ Engagement, June 2014

Idit Klein has served as executive director of Keshet since 2001. Klein was honored by the Jewish Women's ARchive with a Women Who Dared award and name to Forward Newspaper's Forward 50.

Idit Klein has served as executive director of Keshet since 2001. Klein was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award and name to Forward Newspaper’s Forward 50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Westchester institutions co-sponsored a weekend with Rabbi Steven Greenberg (center), an openly gay Orthodox Rabbi in April 2014

Eight Westchester institutions co-sponsored a weekend with Rabbi Steven Greenberg (center), an openly gay Orthodox Rabbi in April 2014

Rabbi Steven Greenberg Weekend–In the spirit of inclusion and “big tent”Judaism, an unprecedented collaboration of eight Southern Westchester Jewish institutions and Mosaic co-sponsored a weekend-long visit by Rabbi Steven Greenberg, the first openly gay Orthodox Rabbi who has written and lectured extensively on the topic of Judaism and homosexuality.

There were a variety of formal speaking engagements, and ample opportunity to speak informally with Rabbi Greenberg. Rabbi Greenberg consistently touched the audience deeply, and was an amazing catalyst for open and reflective discussion.  The community found him to be an authentic presence and his passion for LGBTQ inclusion and welcoming in the Jewish community was contagious!

 

 

 

 

AJW'S President Ruth Messinger and Mosaic's Bina Raskin

Ruth Messinger of AJWS and Mosaic’s Bina Raskin

A kick-off breakfast on the morning of NYC’s Gay Pride March, co-sponsored by AJWS and Mosaic, featured two  leading LGBT activist s(and AJWS grantees), one from Kenya and one from Uganda. As part of the celebration of Pride Month, we learned about human rights challenges facing LGBT people in East Africa and throughout the developing world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic's Director, Bina Raskin at the Annual PrideWorks Conference, March 2014

Bina Raskin at the Annual PrideWorks Conference

 PrideWorks Conference: Bina Raskin represented Mosaic at this year’s PrideWorks conference where she spoke with youth and educators about Mosaic’s goals. PrideWorks produces an anual conference for LGBTQ  youth and their allies, and attracts almost 500 attendees each year. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic and AJWS co-sponsor film screening of "God Loves Uganda" at Jacob Burns Film Festival, November 2013

Mosaic and AJWS co-sponsor film screening of “God Loves Uganda” at Jacob Burns Film Festival, November 2013

A Film Screening of “God Loves Uganda” at Jacob Burns Film Center-Mosaic and the American Jewish World Service co-sponsored a screening of God Loves Uganda at the Jacob Burns Film Center. After the screening, there was a lively discussion about grassroots efforts to defend LGBT rights in East Africa,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Here, Queer and Machmir: Orthodox Life in the LGBT Community” is the name of the panel discussion that Mosaic sponsored at the annual JOFA conference on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Diane Werner, Founding Chair of Mosaic  moderated a panel that explored how the orthodox community can become more LGBT inclusive.

 

 

 

 

Discussion GroupStaff Training was led by Mosaic’s Advisory Board members Pat Rind and Jill Schreibman at Community Synagogue of Rye.  A lively and engaging discussion took place.

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting…

We held our first gathering which included a brunch for LGBTQ Jews who live in Westchester.  We had really great conversations and made many new friendships! We had so much fun, most folks stayed at least 2 hours past the end time talking and getting to know one another!

We also held our first gathering for family members of individuals who identify as LGBTQ at a private home in Larchmont. Several parents/family members met for an evening of informal conversation, coffee and dessert. Family members of LGBTQ Jews also had a chance to become acquainted at the many LGBTQ Shabbat events that were held. 

Group Gathering

Mosaic’s first gathering for LGBTQ Jews who live in Westchester took place on February 23rd at Congregation Emanu-el of Westchester.

8 couples, parents of kids who identify as LGBTQ, enjoyed a casual evening together sharing their stories

8 couples, parents of kids who identify as LGBTQ, enjoyed a casual evening together sharing their stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosts

Mosaic Director, Bina Raskin (center) with Deb Seaman and Joel Davidson who are spearheading efforts to bring LGBTQ Jews who live in Westchester together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sharing…

 

Purim Hero

Mosaic distributed over 50 copies of this LGBTQ inclusive story, together with an age appropriate curriculum to Jewish schools in Westchester

Mosaic distributed hundreds of these Passover supplements celebrating diversity to synagogues and schools all over Westchester.

Mosaic distributed hundreds of these Passover supplements celebrating diversity to synagogues and schools all over Westchester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also  download printable versions of the support sticker or Mosaic introductory cards seen below or you can contact binaraskin@mosaicofwestchester to order free copies.

 

Mosaic Sticker

Mosaic has distributed over 500 of these support stickers to local Jewish institutions

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