From queer text study and institutional inclusion to profiles of queer clergy and youth voices, the Keshet blog features new ideas and reflections by and for LGBTQ Jews and their allies. The blog is produced by Keshet, a national organization with offices in the Bay Area, Boston, and New York that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.
On November 8th, over 70 Chicagoland Jewish professionals came together for the kickoff summit of the yearlong Chicagoland Keshet Leadership Project. Participants learned key concepts of sexuality and gender, explored ancient Jewish texts and values as they relate to LGBTQ inclusion, and committed to taking tangible steps to embrace LGBTQ individuals and families on an organizational level. Summit participants also heard from two Chicago-area rabbis who shared profound personal and professional experiences that emphasized the importance of Jewish LGBTQ inclusion and the deep need in the Chicago Jewish community for this type of work.
— Vanessa M. Ehrlich (@VMEhrlich) November 8, 2018
With 22 organizations, the Chicagoland group represents the cohort with the most participating organizations in Keshet history! The cohort includes organizations that work with a range of diverse populations; from young children to college students to seniors. The cohort includes day schools, congregations, advocacy organizations, and social service organizations. Each organization created a unique action plan of concrete steps for increased LGBTQ inclusion to be completed within one year with ongoing support from Keshet.
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Adina, Elisa, Dina, and Jacob proudly spent Ramah T-shirt Day with @keshetlgbtqjews. Ramah Wisconsin is participating in the Keshet LGBTQ Jews Leadership Project, a yearlong commitment to ensure LGBTQ inclusion at Ramah. #RamahTshirtDay #RamahWisconsin #KeshetLeadershipProject
After the summit, attendees voiced a renewed sense of commitment and excitement for working towards greater inclusivity in their communities!
Lakeside and Congregation Solel together at Beth Emet in Evanston for a day of learning. Keshet seminar on LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life!