from February, 2017:

We are living in a time of tremendous vulnerability for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, whose rights and basic human dignity are under attack. No one is more vulnerable to these threats than trans youth who are still nine times more likely to attempt suicide than cisgender youth.

In the wake of the executive branch’s decision on February 22nd to rescind its protection of trans students, our ethical responsibility as Jews is clear.

We must ensure that trans youth are treated with respect and dignity, are safe from bullying, bigotry, and violence, and are fully embraced in our homes, classrooms, synagogues, and public spaces.

To trans youth: we pledge to make your Jewish community safe, affirming, and inclusive. We declare, today and every day:

Trans Jews Belong Here.


“The dignity of another should be as precious to you as your own.” (Pirkei Avot 2:10)

 

SIGNATORIES*

Denominations

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Jewish Reconstructionist Communities in association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Union for Reform Judaism
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Jewish Community Centers

JCC Association of North America
JCC Denver
JCC Greater Boston
JCC Harlem
JCC Manhattan

Youth Movements

BBYO
Jewish Teen Initiative of Greater Boston
North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)
Northeast Teen Collective
United Synagogue Youth (USY)

Camps

Camp Alonim
Camp Havaya (formerly Camp JRF)
Ramah in the Rockies
Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel

Schools

Beit Rabban Day School (New York, NY)
JCDS: Boston’s Jewish Community Day School
Makom Community (Philadelphia, PA)
The Rashi School (Dedham, MA)
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School  (Foster City, CA)
Temple Beth El Religious School (Tacoma, WA)

College Organizations

ClarkU Hillel
Harvard Hillel
Hebrew College
Hillel International
Franklin & Marshall College Hillel
Hillel at the University of Oklahoma
Hillel at Tel Aviv University
Houston Hillel
Illini Hillel Cohen Center for Jewish Life
Masorti on Campus
North Carolina Hillel
Northwestern Hillel
Prozdor of Hebrew College
Rutgers Hillel
University of Massachusetts Amherst Hillel

Synagogues

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation (Bethesda, MD)
Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago, IL)
Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton (Florence, MA)
Beth Chayim Chadashim (Los Angeles, CA)
Beth David Reform Congregation (Gladwyne, PA)
Beth Emet The Free Synagogue (Evanston, IL)
Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah (Wilmette, IL)
Beth Israel Congregation (Ann Arbor, MI)
Beth Israel Congregation (Waterville, ME)
B’nai Jeshurun (New York, NY)
Bnai Keshet Reconstructionist Synagogue (Montclair, NJ)
Central Synagogue (New York, NY)
Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park, PA)
Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (Deerfield, IL)
Congregation B’nai Shalom (Westborough, MA)
Congregation Beth Am (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Congregation Beth El (South Orange, NJ)
Congregation Beth Israel of Media (Media, PA)
Congregation Beth Jacob LGBTQ Task Force (Plymouth, MA)
Congregation Beth Tikvah (Marlton, NJ)
Congregation Bonai Shalom (Boulder, Colorado)
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek (West Newton, MA)
Congregation Eitz Chayim (Cambridge, MA)
Congregation Kol Ami (Elkins Park, PA)
Congregation Mishkan Tefila (Brookline, MA)
Congregation Rodeph Sholom (New York, NY)
Congregation Shaarei Shamayim (Madison, WI)
Congregation Solel (Highland Park, IL)
Congregation T’chiyah (Oak Park, MI)
Congregation Tikkun V’Or (Ithaca, NY)
Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (Bronx, NY)
Germantown Jewish Centre (Philadelphia, PA)
Havurat Shalom (Andover, MA)
Havurat Shalom (Somerville, MA)
Hill Havurah (Washington, D.C.)
IKAR (Los Angeles, CA)
Kadima Reconstructionist Community (Seattle, WA)
Knesset Israel (Pittsfield, MA)
Kol HaNeshamah (Seattle, WA)
Kolot Chayeinu/ Voices of Our Lives (Brooklyn, NY)
Kol Rinah (St. Louis, MO)
Kol Shalom (Rockville, MD)
Mishkan Shalom (Philadelphia, PA)
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue (Jamaica Plain, MA)
Peninsula Sinai Congregation (Foster City, CA)
The Reform Temple of Rockland (Upper Nyack, NY)
Sha’ar Zahav (San Francisco, California)
Temple Beth El (Bakersfield, CA)
Temple Beth-El (Northbrook, IL)
Temple Beth Emunah (Brockton, MA)
Temple Beth Jacob (Concord, NH)
Temple Beth Sholom (New City, NY)
Temple Beth Zion (Buffalo, NY)
Temple Beth Zion (Brookline, MA)
Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael (Springfield, NJ)
Temple B’nai Brith (Somervile, MA)
Temple Chai (Phoenix, AZ)
Temple Dor Dorim (Weston, FL)
Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA)
Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley (Lowell, MA)
Temple Emanu-El (Miami Beach, FL)
Temple Emanuel Denver
Temple Hillel B’nai Torah (West Roxbury, MA)
Temple Isaiah (Lafayette, CA)
Temple Israel Boston (Boston, MA)
Temple Israel (Memphis, TN)
Temple Israel of Natick (Natick, MA)
Temple Ohev Sholom (Harrisburg, PA)
Temple Shaarei Shalom (Boynton Beach, Florida)
Temple Shalom of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Temple Shir Shalom (Gainesville, FL)
Temple Sinai (Rochester, NY)
Temple Sinai (Washington, DC)

Organizations

A Better Way; Divorce Mediation
AJC New England
Ameinu (Our People)
Anti-Defamation League
At The Well
Avodah
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Bikkurim: Advancing New Jewish Ideas
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice
The Bronfman Fellowship
Cantors and Rabbis Association of Greater San Jose
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Chofshi
Detroit Jews for Justice
Eshel
Gender Spectrum
Hazon
Habonim Dror North America
Hebrew Free Loan
JALSA the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
The Jewish Arts Collaborative
Jewish Community Action
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY
Jewish Gateways
Jewish History Museum
Jewish Teen Funders Network
Kesher Sydney / Kesher Pittsburgh
Ma’yan
Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center
Mechon Hadar
Mishkan Shalom (Philadelphia, PA)
Mitzvah Corps
Moishe Kavod House
Moving Traditions
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Jewish Women | Los Angeles
Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies
Non è in Cielo – Havurà Umanistica di Verona
North Shore Teen Intitiative
Rabbinical Assembly
Repair the World
Rockville Open House
Ruach HaYam
Sha’ar Communities
Slingshot Fund
Society for Humanistic Judaism
SOJOURN
Thank You For Coming Out
Tivnu: Building Justice
T’ruah
Unorthodox Celebrations
Uri L’Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice
Women of Reform Judaism
Youth Celebrate Diversity
The Youth & Gender Media Project

 

*please note that Keshet stopped accepting new sign-ons in June, 2019.

Keshet

National Office

284 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.524.9227

New York Office

368 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

San Francisco Office

2625 Alcatraz Ave
#275
Berkeley Ca, 94705

Chicago Office

4411 N Ravenswood Avenue
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60640