Calling all grandparents, aunties, uncles, and other cherished senior family members of Jewish children:

Are the grandkids and little ones in your life questioning and exploring gender and identity?
Do you want to learn more about how to show up for the young people in your life?
Do you have questions about what language and terms to use with and about them? Of course you do!

Grandparents and family have vital roles to play in making children feel loved and embraced for who they are and who they become. Keshet is developing new projects to help seniors who may be unfamiliar with the LGBTQ community to gain deeper understanding and insight so we can continue to make our Jewish families and communities places where our young people feel loved and affirmed for their whole selves.

More coming soon! Some resources to start with, for now:

Understanding Gender, from Gender Spectrum

Supporting your LGBTQ+ Grandchild, from PFLAG

LGBTQ Terminology, from Keshet

“In the fall of 2020, at the precious age of 4, my grandchild helped me understand that though we had assumed he was a girl, that was not his true self. Over a period of months, he had the remarkable wherewithal and unknowing courage to show us who he truly was, i.e. his authentic self, and now lives joyously, lovingly, and unapologetically as a boy.
This journey has been transformative and eye-opening for me, and I’m so thankful to each and every person at Keshet who has helped me learn about what it means to “live your truth” and advocate for those you love.
As my grandson’s “Mema” I’m only too eager to do my part to ensure that he, and every other young LGBTQ person, is treated with respect, dignity, and equality. After all, isn’t that what we all want?”

—Ruth Alexander (aka “Mema”)

Your voice matters! We look forward to working with you. Email [email protected] to be looped in.

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