Keshet Board Member Joy Ladin Longtime Keshet donors Tamar & Arielle Prager
This post is part three of a longer series of posts in which members of the Keshet community write letters to their younger selves. Today’s letter is written by Keshet’s Education and Youth Program Associate, Dubbs Weinblatt.
Photo credit: Michal Cohen
Lives were changed last weekend. I know because not long ago I had the honor of attending a Shabbaton like the one Keshet held last weekend, a weekend retreat where LGBTQ teens and allies could explore living simultaneously as Jewish and queer. On paper, it looks like a typical youth group weekend, but most attendees describe it as life-changing. They snack, dance, make new friends, flirt and play; they also discuss scriptural texts with an intellectual rigor and energy that would make any Confirmation Program Director envious.
On March 1st, Keshet launched Kavod Achshav | For the Sake of Dignity: A Campaign for Trans Youth to mobilize the Jewish community in support of trans youth, in response to the recent federal roll-back of protections for transgender students in public schools. Joy Ladin’s piece, below, underlines the urgency of taking action today to support trans students.