At its Annual General Meeting held in Washington D.C. on April 10, the Board of the World Congress of GLBT Jews voted to expand its membership structure and elected new officers.
During the 2015-16 period, the organization, a networking resource for LGBTQ Jews from around the world, enjoyed robust enrollment from new organizations, including members from Italy, Michigan and New York, and is now reaching out to a broader pool, inviting membership from mainstream Jewish organizations, secular LGBT organizations and individual members. Previously voting membership included only LGBT Jewish organizations.
This year the new steering Committee includes elected officers from France, Israel, Italy, Mexico and the U.S.A.
Frank Giaoui, President of the World Congress expressed excitement:
“The expanding membership structure of The World Congress is important in that it adapts to the evolution of our communities in the field, for example, in North America, mainstream synagogues have now become more LGBT inclusive. Internationally, Jewish communities are mainly social groups and this structure accommodates secular LGBT communities and the more secluded individuals from smaller towns or remote Jewish communities, globally.”