The Keshet Parent & Family Connection is a national mentoring and leadership program for Jewish parents and family members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews.*
The program originated in Boston with a group of parents who are long-time Keshet members. They brought the idea to Keshet and worked together with Keshet staff for a year to develop the project. In fall of 2011, we launched the Connection in Boston and one year later, we launched nationally.
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Parent mentors provide confidential peer support by phone, email, video chat, or in person for parents and family members dealing with any stage of their family member’s coming out process, and for young adults who are struggling with how to tell their parents and other family members about their identities.
The mentors are Jewish parents and family members, spanning the gamut of Jewish identities and affiliations from secular through Orthodox. Mentors have children and family members of various ages, at different points in the “coming out” process. All of the mentors have worked through their own process of accepting, understanding, and celebrating their children and their LGBTQ identities. They have come together to affirm the space in Judaism and Jewish community for themselves and for their children and family members.
The Parent & Family Connection is a national program offering support to parents and family members of LGBTQ children across the country. They are matched with parent-mentors who are currently being trained in the following five areas:
*We actively welcome the participation of interfaith couples and families.