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.
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!
Zanna, Don’t at the Play Group Theater
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!
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.
Pesach Walking Tour in NY City
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!
A Teen Led Training at Westchester Reform Temple
Two Mosaic teens led awesome presentations about LGBTQ terminology and allyship to a group of about twenty tenth-graders in WRT’s confirmation class. Our teens also engaged in a lively Q & A – they did great and it was an inspiring and unique learning opportunity for everybody present.
Mosaic, 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!
Our first ever teen support group
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!
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