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As of January 1, 2018, Mosaic of Westchester is now the Mosaic LGBTQ Committee of the Westchester Jewish Council (WJC), rather than its own organization. Pam Goldstein, WJC’s Assistant Director is now the direct contact for Mosaic. She can be reached at 914-328-7001 or at pam@wjcouncil.org.

 

For extensive Jewish LGBTQ resources online check out:

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

 

Below is a listing of:

I. National and Local Jewish Organizations

II. LGBTQ Organizations by Jewish Denomination

III. LGBTQ Efforts in Other Religions

IV. Transgender oOganizations

V. Human Rights Agencies

 

I. National and Local LGBTQ Jewish Organizations

 

A Wider Bridgehttp://awiderbridge.org/

A Wider Bridge is the North American LGBTQ organization building support for Israel and its LGBTQ community.

Quentin Hill, Northeast Manager of Programs and Development

1-866-288-5774 x3

quentin@awiderbridge.org

Tyler Gregory, Executive Director

tyler@awiderbridg

 

Eshelhttp://www.eshelonline.org/

Eshel’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.

Miryam Kabakov

Executive Director

miryamkabakov@gmail.com

 

Keshethttp://www.keshetonline.org/

Keshet 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. We began as a small, grassroots group working for change in the Greater Boston area, and we are now a national organization with offices in the Bay Area and Denver, in addition to our national office in Boston.

They are doing Teen Engagement Work in Westchester:

Ami Altzman, Westchester Teen Engagement- amram@keshetonline.org , Ami’s supervisor, Justin Rosen Smolen justin@keshetonline.org

Catherine Bell- National Program Director

Email: catherine@keshetonline.org
Phone: 617.524.9227

 

JQY—Jewish Queer Youthhttps://www.jqyouth.org/

JQY is a nonprofit organization supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth in the Jewish community. JQY fights to ensure the emotional and physical health and safety of these individuals, with a special focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities. Our goal is for all these individuals to know: You are a valued member of the Jewish community and you are not alone.

Mordechai Levovitz mlevovitz@jqyouth.org

Rachael Fried rfried@jqyouth.org

 

JQ Internationalhttp://www.jqinternational.org/

Asher Gellis, Executive Director

execdir@jqinternational.org

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

 

 

Jewish LGBT Network http://jewishlgbtnetwork.com/

This is a portal for social groups, professional groups and synagogues which cater to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Jewish community.

JewishLGBTNetwork.com is here to help users like you connect and find other organizations in your area or areas you’re interested in.

Please sign-up on the mailing list to hear about events and get special announcements locally and internationally.  It is a safe-unsubscribe list so you can remove yourself whenever you want.

 

 

WJCS- Center Lane

Center Lane is Westchester’s only community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 13-21, living in and around Westchester County, New York. A dynamic program of Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), Center Lane has been serving LGBTQ youth, and their straight allies, since 1995. Center Lane is a source of emotional and social support for youth through fun, relaxed, horizon-expanding, age-appropriate activities.

http://www.wjcs.com/center-lane-lgbtq-youth-and-community-education-center/

Contact Lisa Scott, Center Lane director

914-423-0610; lscott@wjcs.com.

Center Lane runs a group called Transparentcy for parents with trans kids.

 

Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS)- Jewish Programs

Sherry Birnbaum, Director, Jewish Programs
Phone: 914-761-0600 ext140   E-mail:  sbirnbaum@wjcs.com

 

 

II. LGBTQ Organizations by Jewish Denomination

 

Conservative Movement- The Jewish Theological Seminary

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/136001/lgbt-orthodox-jews-online

http://www.jta.org/2012/06/01/life-religion/conservative-rabbis-approve-same-sex-marriage-ceremony-guidelines

 

 

Hebrew Union College Institute of Religionhttp://huc.edu/ijso/

 

The mission of the Institute is driven by Jewish religious values and the spiritual quest for holiness. The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity seeks:

  • To achieve complete inclusion, integration and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in congregations and communities.
  • 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 encourage dialogue between constituent organizations within the Reform movement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics.
  • 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.

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.

 

Orthodox:

 Interesting article on Orthodox & LGBTQ- http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/136001/lgbt-orthodox-jews-online

http://www.orthogays.org/

http://djs28.tripod.com/

 

 

Reform Movement:

http://urj.org/

The movement addresses LGBTQ through their Kulanu initiative. They have written extensively on the subject. Check out the following links:http://urj.org/life/community/glbtq/ http://www.urjbooksandmusic.com/product.php?productid=971

 

 

III. LGBTQ Inclusivity Efforts in Other Religions

 

Baptists- http://www.awab.org/

As the only organization solely devoted to building the Welcoming and Affirming movement within the Baptist traditions, AWAB has a unique call to be The National Voice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied Baptists in the US, and to support the work of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists around the world.  Since 1993 AWAB has been supporting churches in being and becoming Welcoming and Affirming of all people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.  We work as individuals, congregations, regional groupings and as a national body to advance the Radical Welcome and Love of God in Jesus Christ through being the Ministry of Reconciliation and building up the Beloved Community where all will be one.

 

Catholic- Dignity  http://www.dignityusa.org/

DignityUSA works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support.

In local chapters across the United States, we worship openly with other GLBT and supportive Catholics, socialize, share personal and spiritual concerns, and work together on educational and justice issues.

 

Episcopalian- Integrity- http://www.integrityusa.org/

 

Believe Out Loud Workshops

Integrity trainers are holding workshops all over the nation during 2013! Participants will learn to speak to people in their church or diocese about why it’s important to welcome and include LGBT people in the lives of church communities. Participants will be given tools to engage in meaningful conversations about their inclusive beliefs, and they will be introduced to the process for a parish to become a Believe Out Loud Congregation

 

Presbyterian- “More Light Churches”- http://www.mlp.org/

The mission of More Light Presbyterians:

Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society.

 

IV. Transgender Organizations


http://camparanutiq.org/Camp Aranu’tiq is a week long, tuition-free, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8 through 15. It’s a place where life experiences are shared and lifelong friendships are made.

 

www.colage.orgNational Organization for Children of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and/or Transgender Parents

(COLAGE) and their families, a national organization by and for children of GLB/Trans parents and their families with chapters in several states.

 

http://www.genderspectrumfamily.org/Gender Spectrum Family is an organization dedicated to the education and support of families raising gender variant, gender non-conforming, gender-fluid, cross-
gender, and transgender children and adolescents.

 

www.ifge.orgInternational Foundation for Gender Equality (IFGE), a leading advocacy and

educational organization for promoting the self-definition and free expression of individual gender identity. IFGE is not a support group; it is an information provider and clearinghouse for referrals about all things which are transgressive of established social gender norms.

 

www.imtyfa.orgTrans Youth and Family Allies (TYFA) empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.

 

www.isna.orgIntersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

 

www.thetaskforce.orgThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force promotes civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Includes federal and state organizing news, issue backgrounders, and analysis.

 

www.transequality.orgNational Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

 

www.transgenderlaw.orgTransgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

 

www.thetaskforce.orgThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force promotes civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Includes federal and state organizing news, issue backgrounds, and analysis.

 

www.transgenderlaw.orgTransgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

 

V. Human Rights Agencies (not listed above)

American Jewish World Service: https://ajws.org/

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice:  http://jfrej.org/

T’ruah-The Rabbinic call for human rights: http://www.truah.org/

Glaad-LGBTQ org: http://www.glaad.org/about

Association for Women’s Rights in Development: https://www.awid.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.