Building a Community of Belonging at Your Synagogue

Explore ways to make your synagogue a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for LGBTQ individual members, families, and staff.

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A Guide for LGBTQ+ Belonging for Synagogue Religious Schools or Community Schools (Non Day School) Below you will find several suggestions for how to make your Jewish supplemental school a…

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Oy Vey! The Rabbi is Gay! A Children’s Tale for All the Conservative Synagogue Educators Who Might Need a Little Extra Help Next Week By Rabbi Daniel Brenner A few…

The following terms are presented in three categories: sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. These three categories describe distinct areas of identity, and each functions independently of the other two.…

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August, 5, 2017 Temple Emanuel For You Too Were a Stranger: Becoming an Ally to LGBTQ Community, by Daniel Bahner Good Shabbos everyone! Thank you, very much, for welcoming me…

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

The body is nothing more than a garment. When they are naming souls in the upper world and they call out “So-and-So, the daughter of Such-and-Such,” no body yet exists,…

FOUR WORLDS, EIGHTEEN AFFIRMATIONS, ONE COVENANT: ALEPH STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES We of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal strive to open ourselves to awareness of the sacred in all of existence.…

CONGREGATION SHOMREI EMUNAH 67 Park Street Montclair, NJ 07042 (973) 746 – 5041 INTERPRETIVE TRANSLATION – TARGUM – OF TWO VERSES IN THE TORAH   Leviticus 18:22 V’et zakhar –…

The first step towards creating a culture and environment of belonging is a commitment to a vision and the values of equality and respect for all people—and cultivating the language…

A Guide for LGBTQ+ Belonging for Synagogues Below you will find several suggestions for how to make your synagogue a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

“Coming Out” is when a person tells someone else that they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or another identity related to their gender identity, expression, orientation, and/or attraction. Someone…

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…

Save the following JPEG image to print, or display it on your organization’s website:   Easily print your own Safe Zone or Pride stickers using Avery 5395  adhesive label paper…

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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When I walk into a legislator’s office and can say that the faith community doesn’t believe in discrimination, and to have someone from Keshet say, "I’m here on behalf of the Jewish community saying we don’t believe in anti-LGBTQ policies," it’s very meaningful. And it’s not what they are used to hearing. It’s critical for Keshet to keep articulating that voice on the federal and state levels.

Darcy Hirsh, advocate and activist