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. Diane Werner, founding chair of Mosaic, was one of four people who shared in the opening session titled: Individual and Family Journeys.   Following this session, was the opening panel and discussion on LGBTQ Jewish New York and Beyond: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed? Research & Organizational Journeys.

Breakout sessions included: How can we be more LGBTQ-friendly and everybody-friendly?; How can we engage? ( Mosaic was featured here introducing our successful suburban model); How can we connect Jewishly?;How can we meet the challenges? and How can we make change?

For full news coverage of the event:

http://www.ujafedny.org/news/conference-works-toward-lgbtq-engagement/

 

SOME OF THE DAY’S SPEAKERS:

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. Her memoir of gender transition, "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders", was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. She holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University.

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. Her memoir of gender transition, “Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders”, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. She holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University.

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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idit has been an activist for equality and social justice for the past 20 years. Since 2001, she has served as executive director of Keshet. During this time, Klein has built Keshet from a one-person, local organization with an annual budget of $42,000 to an 18-person, national organization iwht an annual budget of nearly $2 million. Klein also served as the executive producer of Keshet's award-winning documentary "Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School". 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 been an activist for equality and social justice for the past 20 years. Since 2001, she has served as executive director of Keshet. During this time, Klein has built Keshet from a one-person, local organization with an annual budget of $42,000 to an 18-person, national organization iwht an annual budget of nearly $2 million. Klein also served as the executive producer of Keshet’s award-winning documentary “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School”. Klein was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award and name to Forward Newspaper’s Forward 50.

Diane is the founding Chair of Mosaic of Westchester. She is a past President of Westchester Hebrew High School, and serves on the board of the Westchester Jewish Council and the Westchester Leadership Council of the American Jewish World Service. Ms. Werner has master's degrees in both journalism and business administration from Columbia University. She and her husband, Michael, have four sons and live in White Plains, NY.

Diane Werner is the founding Chair of Mosaic of Westchester. She is a past President of Westchester Hebrew High School, and serves on the board of the Westchester Jewish Council and the Westchester Leadership Council of the American Jewish World Service. Ms. Werner has master’s degrees in both journalism and business administration from Columbia University. She and her husband, Michael, have four sons and live in White Plains, NY.