Building a Community of Belonging at Your Day School

Explore ways to make your Jewish day school a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for LGBTQ students, staff, and families.

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A Guide for LGBTQ+ Belonging for Jewish Day Schools Below you will find several suggestions for how to make your Jewish day school a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment…

  Click here to download  an all-gender restroom sign. Click here to download a sign explaining the purpose of all-gender restrooms.

Family Portraits and Bible Stories Author: Andrea Guerra Content Areas: Bible Stories, LGBT Families, Jewish Values Grades: Pre-K-1st grade Objective: This lesson will help students explore and affirm different family…

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Jewish Social Action Maps Author: Rebecca Weiner Content Areas: Activism & Civil Rights, Ally, Bullying or Harassment, Jewish Law, Jewish Values Grades:  5th —12th grade Objectives: This lesson helps students…

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Non-Traditional Biblical Families Author: Rachel Ackerman Content Area: Families and Parenting, Jewish Values Grades: 9th-12th grade Goals: To give participants an opportunity to explore what makes their family unique. To…

Time: 10 minutes Materials: List of statements below or your own list of statements Audience: Students from 6th grade through college, Adults Note: This activity requires movement, you will need…

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What’s in a Pronoun?: Third-Person and All-Gender Pronouns Assembled by Dubbs Weinblatt, Essie Shachar-Hill, and Jacob Klein (May 2019) Updated January 2023 by Chaim Ezra Harrison and Jay Smith THE…

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Written non-discrimination policies and benefits form the foundation of diversity and inclusion efforts. Do the organizations you belong to, work for and/or support have a policy in place that specifically…

Compiled from responses gathered from participants of Keshet’s National Training Institutes Have you ever heard someone use the expression, “That’s so gay!” to convey something negative? When “gay” is used…

Introduction: Inclusive forms and paperwork are an important part of LGBTQ-affirming organizational culture. Not only will inclusive forms allow your organization to capture the most accurate information, but they also…

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Many events in Jewish life are accompanied by a ritual or ceremony. Our library of materials can help you find a meaningful LGBTQ+ inclusive text or interpretation for your event.

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At eleven years old, our child formally transitioned to her affirmed name and gender. This was more than a decade ago, and it was the first time an overnight Jewish summer camp had faced such a request. Keshet worked with camp leadership to prepare a welcoming environment. Later that year, The Forward published ‘How one transgender camper helped shape the entire Reform movement.’ That camper was Hannah. Keshet made it possible.

Tamar Gendler, Hamden, CT