Rabbi Noah Kitty Talks Religion and LGBTQ

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Rabbi Noah Kitty, Executive Director of LGBTQ Congregation Etz Chaim, answers basic questions about LGBTQ and Judaism and talks about the growing acceptance of LGBTQ people: “the future of gay congregations is unclear.” Being Jewish while identifying as an LGBTQ person is a lot easier today, as more mainstream synagogues have become increasingly welcoming, but […]

Miami: Support for LGBT Elders

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A program in Miami-Dade County, established in partnership with Jewish Community Services of South Florida, addressing the social, human services and educational needs of the LGBT community, is now available. From left, Joan Schaeffer, Fred Stock and Donna Dambrot at SAGE Miami’s launch event. Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE USA) […]

Bet Haverim Celebrating 18 Years With Lesser

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Since becoming Congregation Bet Haverim’s spiritual leader in 1999, gay Rabbi Joshua Lesser has made a mark on the Reconstructionist synagogue and beyond. Membership at Bet Haverim has risen 300 percent, and the congregation has become a model for inclusivity while ending decades of wandering through private houses and rented spaces by moving into its […]

Community’s Embrace Eases Tough Year

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Rebecca Stapel-Wax, executive director of SOJOURN: Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity reflects on year 5776 5776 has been a very difficult year. Immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision to make marriage equality the law, there was a backlash with 200 legislative bills spread across the country proposing to discriminate against lesbian, […]

Ma’avarim in South Florida: Powerful Collaborations for Creating Change

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The LGBTQ organizations in South Florida that met with the Ma’avarim delegation are already exploring the possibility of future ventures with Ma’avarim, the Israeli transgender organization. Ma’avarim finishes its U.S. talks tour tomorrow in Los Angeles. A Wider Bridge and Ma’avarim delegation with activists from Survivors Pathway The transgender activists from Maavarim are finishing a […]