Other Jewish LGBT Organizations

We’re so glad you’re at JQ International. We’d also like to introduce you to other Jewish LGBT organizations doing valuable work all around the world:

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The Aguda

http://www.glbt.org.il/en/aguda/

The Aguda, the National Association of GLBT in Israel, is Israel’s pioneer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. It is a national grassroots, volunteer-based, nonprofit human-rights organization representing the LGBT community. It promotes and advances new initiatives and cultivates leadership in partnership with all sectors and groups within the community.

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AILO – Alliance of Israeli LGBT Educational Organizations 

http://ailo.org.il

Working together to build community, teach understanding, and create change. We envision a world in which all members of society, including people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and families, can live their lives fully, with their complete selves and identities, as full and equal members of their families, local and global communities.

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Aleph (Australia)

http://www.aleph.org.au/mainpage.html

ALEPH is a social and support group for Jewish men of all ages who identify as gay, bisexual or just not straight including those men who are questioning or confused about their sexuality. In addition to offering social contact in relaxed and friendly settings, Aleph offers confidential and anonymous support. They formed in 1995 and have a small but dedicated group of men. This group is for men over 30; Young Aleph provides services for ages 16-29.

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Bat-Kol – A Religious Lesbian Organization in Israel

www.bat-kol.org

This organization is in Israel and was founded to allow women to fulfill both their religious and lesbian identity; to make it possible for women to live in loving relationships, to raise children without deception, but nevertheless stay committed to their religion. Starting with ten founders in the winter of 2005, Bat-kol has grown and as of June 2007 includes some 100 women whose ages range from 19 to forty plus. Members of Bat-kol come from various religious backgrounds. Some have established a gay family and raise children; others are still in the closet and are struggling with the difficulties involved. Bat-kol organizes annual meetings and social activities for religious lesbians. These meetings allow mutual support as well as create a social framework. In addition, Bat-kol setup a support group for mothers of religious homosexuals and lesbians. These meeting allow the parents to share their experiences and gain strength from the understanding that they are not alone in the struggle.The website is in Hebrew, but there is a link to translate their purpose and goals into English.

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Beit Haverim (Group for Gay & Lesbian Jews in France): Groupe Juif Gay et Lesbien de France

www.beit-haverim.com
3 rue Keller; 75011 Paris
FRANCE
Telephone: 011.33.1.40.40.00.71
Email Address: contact@beit-haverim.com

Beit Haverim is a 28 year old organization, which makes it one of the older GLBT organizations in France. Our vocation is to offer to our members and friends a place to meet, think, develop themselves, and when needed, assume their (often) “double identity”. We are an open, broad minded, mixed organization. Men, women, Jews or not, LGBT or not, we welcome everyone! We are a non-religious organization (as opposed to a congregation). We gather close to 1000 members and friends. Beit Haverim is present all over France, and we have many scheduled activities in Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, and Nice. Please see our website for details and dates of activities.

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Dayenu (Sydney’s Jewish Gay & Lesbian Group)

www.dayenu.org.au

Email address: info@dayenu.org.au

Telephone: 011-61-425-266-649

Dayenu was conceived in 1999 as a cooperation between the local lesbian and gay Jewish groups to enter a combined float in the 2000 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Shortly after the parade, the group formalized and agreed to operate in order to bring more permanent resources for Jewish Gays & Lesbians and their partners, friends and family, such as to 1) Provide outreach and support; 2) Deliver educational information and public representation; and, 3) Organize social activities.What does Dayenu mean? An article written by one of our members explains that the word is loosely translated as “enough“. The word has numerous applications but as is written in the article, we use it to capture our reaction to the ignorance, denial, narrowmindedness and mistreatment that has constantly vexed Jewish gays and lesbians and their families.

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Eshel

http://www.eshelonline.org/

Eshel is a new partnership of organizations and individuals working to build understanding and support for lesbians and gays in traditional Jewish communities. Eshel takes its name from the אשׁל אברהם, Eshel Avraham, the tamarisk tree under which Avraham Avinu would welcome wayfarers who came from all directions seeking respite.

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Gay Jewish Portland Oregon — Keshet Jewish Social Group

www.gayjewishportland.com

Telephone: 503-226-7079 Ext. 14

Email address: info@dayenu.org.au

Keshet is a social connection group in the Greater Portland — Vancouver Metropolitan area for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews and their spouses, partners, significant others and good friends, whether Jewish or not. Keshet schedules monthly potluck socials and programs on alternating 4th Fridays and 4th Sundays, and celebrates major Jewish holidays together. For more information, good friends and good food, contact us.

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GesherCity

www.geshercity.org

GesherCity is a portal to the Jewish community for people in their 20s and 30s. Three cities have a Queer Jews Cluster (group of people with similar interests): Boulder/Denver, St. Louis, & Washington, DC. Clusters organize events like movie/films screenings with queer and Jewish themes, happy hours, a queer Shabbat dinner, and discussions of gender and sexuality issues within Judaism. GesherCity is a regional site and in order to access information about this LGBT Cluster, you must register as a member and choose one of the three cities as your portal city. If you live in another city that doesn’t have a Queer Jews Cluster, consider joining GesherCity and starting one!

GLON (Gay & Lesbian Orthodox Network)

glon_uk@yahoo.com

In London, contact GLON (Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Network) by e-mail atglon_uk@yahoo.com or by phone as follows: from within the UK, 0777-308-6233; from the US, dial 011-44-777-308-6233.

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Havruta

http://havruta.org.il/english

Havruta- Religious Homosexuals in Israel was founded by graduates of Hesder Yeshivas and Religious Pre-Military Preparatory Programs. The organization includes an internet site which is updated on a weekly basis and monthly meetings and activities.

Hod

http://www.hod.org.il/?en=1

Hod is an Israeli website “written by Orthodox Jewish gay men, for Orthodox Jewish gay men, not affiliated with any organization or political movement.”

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Hoshen

http://hoshen.org

Hoshen, the Hebrew acronym for “Education & Change”, is the education and information center of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community in Israel. It is a nationwide, non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to fight stereotypes regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

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IATF – Israel AIDS task Force

www.aidsisrael.org.il

The Israel AIDS Task Force is “the main and oldest public body in Israel dealing with AIDS.” The website is in Hebrew only and contains statistical information.

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IGY – Israeli Gay Youth

www.igy.co.il

The Israeli Gay Youth Organization operates on a voluntary basis and targets two segments: Youth of ages 15-18 and another group of youth aged 18-23.

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International Association of Lesbian & Gay Children of Holocaust Survivors

www.infotrue.com/gay.html

“Just as a hidden Memory is forgotten… If History is hidden, then history is forgotten!” The IALBCHS has over 150 members in 11 countries.

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Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

http://huc.edu/ijso/

The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is the first and only institute of its kind in the Jewish world. The Institute was founded in 2000 to educate HUC-JIR students on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues to help them challenge and eliminate homophobia and heterosexism; and to learn tools to be able to transform the communities they encounter into ones that are inclusive and welcoming of LGBT Jews.

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J-Bagel

http://pennhillel.org/jbagel

J-Bagel is Penn’s Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQIA) Community. Funded by Penn Hillel, J-Bagel hosts regular Shabbat dinners, educational, and social programs. We are an active and diverse organization, providing a fun and safe space for our members from across the Jewish and LGBTQIA spectrums, for undergraduate and graduate students. We are the only university-run queer Jewish organization in Philadelphia, and welcome students from throughout the region to our events. J-Bagel is affiliated with the Penn LGBT Center, and NUJLS, the National Union of Jewish LGBTQQI Students, a federation of queer Jewish youth.

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JAG (Judios Argentinos GLBT)

http://www.jagargentina.org/

JAG was founded by a group of people who voluntarily decided to generate a change. In good time, because of the success of the calling and the demand of more and better activities, we have received training and counseling to be able to constitute a solid and booming organization as JAG is today.

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The Jerusalem Open House (JOH)

http://gay.org.il/joh

The Jerusalem Open House (JOH) is a grassroots, activist organization of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and their allies headquartered in Jerusalem.

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Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group – UK

www.jglg.org.uk

This is the oldest organization for LGBT Jews in the world and is based in London. They are primarily a social group and most of their events tend to be more liberal.

 

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The Jewish Gay Network of Michigan (JGN)

http://www.jgnmi.org/index.php

The JGN serves LGBT Jews and their families by connecting people and sharing information. JGN supports a website and email list for information resourcing and has a monthly meeting in West Bloomfield, MI to discuss topics relating to the LGBTQ and allies community.

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Jewish Lesbian Group of Victoria

www.jlgvic.org

Jewish Lesbian Group of Victoria started in 1992 and has held monthly meetings ever since. The group is multi-generational, cross-denominational.

 

Jewish Outlook — LGBT Jewish Alliance South Africa

www.jewishoutlook.org.za

Jewish OutLook has three main aims and objectives to the formation of the Jewish Outlook Organization.

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Jewish Queer Youth

www.jqyouth.org

Jewish Queer Youth is a social/support group made up of frum/formerly frum* gay, bi, trans and lesbian Jews ages 17-30. They meet regularly for monthly meetings.

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Jewish Transitions 

http://www.jewishtransitions.org/

Jewish Transitions is a grassroots organization working to support the Jewish lives of transgender, transsexual, gender variant, gender fluid, gender queer, intersex and questioning people. We work with people to locate resources, information, and training to support a transJewish lifecycle.

 j4me

Jews for Marriage Equality

http://www.jewsformarriageequality.org/

Jews for Marriage Equality’s Goal: To educate the Jewish community of California of the importance of equal civil marriage rights for gay and lesbian people.

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The Kamoha 

http://www.kamoha.org.il/

The founding principles of Kamoha include “increasing the awareness among the national-religious sector of the complex situation of the religious homosexual, encouraging the integration of religious homosexuals into the existent communities, taking part in events pertaining to the world of Orthodox homosexuals, except for such that are provocations against the Orthodox Jewish lifestyle…recognizing the right of those seeking psychological counsel regarding their sexual orientation to receive it, [and] encouraging sincere heterosexual relationships, not out of concealment and deception, which strive to life in the light of the Torah.”This site is in Hebrew.

 

Pride Minyan 

An egalitarian orthodox GLBT congregation. Contact Zehorit.Sorek@pride-minyan.org for more information.

 

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Keshet (Boston)

www.boston-keshet.org

Keshet seeks to create a fully welcoming and inclusive Jewish community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews in Greater Boston.

 

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Keshet (JTS)

Keshet, formed at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2002, aims to: Explore the Jewish texts and interpersonal elements that impact the issue of homosexuality.

 

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Keshet Rabbis

www.keshetrabbis.org

Keshet-Rabbis hold that GLBT Jews should be embraced as full, open members of all Conservative/Masorti congregations and institutions.

 

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Kirtzono

http://www.kirtzono.blogspot.com/

This blog is “a forum for Orthodox Jewish parents, families and friends of gay men and women to humbly listen and learn from each other as we navigate these uncharted waters.”

 

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KOACH College Outreach

http://koach.org/

KOACH provides college-age students the opportunity to maintain and develop connections to Conservative Judaism.KOACH nurtures a love of Torah, the Jewish people, Israel and God through a variety of activities, including social, religious, educational, cultural and social action programs.We seek to create a passionate Jew who is committed to the future of the Jewish people and the improvement of the world.

 

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Kulanu Toronto

www.kulanutoronto.ca

Founded in the fall of 2003 by students and Hillel staff at the University of Toronto, KULANU (“all of us” in Hebrew) is a Jewish LGBTQ social group.

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GLOE – GLBT Outreach & Engagement at the Washington, DC JCC

http://washingtondcjcc.org/gloe

GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement – provides arts, social, cultural, educational and public policy programming that speaks to the issues, interests and concerns of the Washington DC GLBT Jewish community. At GLOE, GLBT Jews and their friends, families, partners and other supporters feel connected and comfortable in exploring programming and events developed for a diverse audience. A vital program of the DC Jewish Community Center, GLOE engages the GLBT population as part of the broader Washington Jewish community. Contact: gloe@washingtondcjcc.org

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LGBT Alliance – Jewish Community Federation 

http://www.jewishfed.org/community/lgbt

Founded in 1996, the LGBT Alliance seeks to increase opportunities for Bay Area LGBT Jews to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish life. Through leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing, the LGBT Alliance works toward a future in which greater numbers of LGBT Jews engage with Judaism and the Jewish community.

 

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Mishpacha at UCLA – A Community of LGBT Jewish Students

www.mishpacha.net

The name of our group, Mishpacha, is the Hebrew word for “family,” reflecting the essence of our community.

 

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National Union of Jewish LGBTIQQ Students (NUJLS)

www.nujlsonline.org

Founded in 1997, NUJLS is the National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Students.

 

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Nehirim

www.nehirim.org

Nehirim, a spiritual initiative for GLBT Jews, is an independent organization devoted to transdenominational, queer Jewish spirituality.

 

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Orthodykes

www.orthodykes.org

The purpose of the Orthodykes site is to provide a home on the Internet for Orthodox Jewish lesbians.

 

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The Rainbow Center

http://www.therainbowcenter.org/

The mission of the Atlanta based Rainbow Center is to offer a compassionate Jewish response to gay, lesbian, transgendered and questioning people.

 

Shalom Amigos

www.shalomamigos.org

This site for LGBT Jews in Mexico. The site is in Spanish.

 

 svara

SVARA – a traditionally radical yeshiva

www.svara.org

SVARA, led by Rabbi Benay Lappe, is a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud.

 

 Tehila

Tehila – Parents, Families, and Friends of LGBTQ People 

http://www.tehila.org.il

TEHILA is a non-profit organization providing support for parents and families of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons. The Association runs support groups and hot lines throughout the country, and is linked to youth groups and projects in various venues around the country. We also act to promote tolerance and openness in the Israeli society.The website provides information for parents, gay-community members and any others who wish learn more about parents of LGBT persons. Parents (and other family members) dealing with different aspects of their children’s sexual orientation are invited to join a variety of TEHILA activities.

Tirtzah: A Community for Frum Queer Women

tirtzah.wordpress.com/

We are a community of frum queer women who gather to celebrate and study our yiddishkeit. We are committed to the value of shleimut (wholeness) and to supporting one another in observing a meaningful, integrated, honest and joyful Jewish life.

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Wezesha

http://wezeshatz.org

WEZESHA amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories and helping LGBTI groups communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, WEZESHA promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

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A Wider Bridge

http://www.awiderbridge.org/

We are a new organization, working to create more opportunities for LGBTQ Jews in the U.S. and around the world, along with friends and allies, to engage and connect with Israel. Working in partnership with Israeli organizations and leaders, we seek to build connection with and support for the LGBTQ communities in Israel, and to provide opportunities for LGBTQ people around the world to join in the important work of making Israel a better place.

 

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The World Congress of GLBT Jews/ Keshet Ga’avah

www.glbtjews.org

The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews : Keshet Ga’avah consists of around 50 member organizations in many countries throughout the world.

 

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Yachad Germany

(Association of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Jewesses and Jews in Germany)

www.yachad.israel-live.de/01/who.htm

The site is in German except for the following information which appears in English.