Groups and Organizations

National

New York Area

The Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva/Day School Alumni GLYDSA's purpose is to provide support and information for people of all ages to integrate their Jewish and LGBT identities, in a self-affirming, positive manner. Our goal is to establish a friendly and supportive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender* alumni/ae of yeshivas and day schools, and all others with a commitment to their Jewish heritage

Tirtzah: A Community of Frum Queer Women who gather to celebrate and study Yiddishkeit; committed to supporting one another and observing a meaningful, integrated, honest, and joyful Jewish life.

Eshel’s mission is to create a future for Orthodox lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and their families. Through its innovative and culturally sensitive programming, Eshel works with each individual, family, and community in creating a place for their LGBTQ members.

Out at The J at JCC Manhattan The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan empowers and connects the LGBTQ Jewish community through social and cultural events, lectures, museum and theater trips, and support services.

CBST - Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, New York City's LGBTQ synagogue, welcomes Jews from all walks of life and all ages; provides religious, educational, and social programs and services. CBST is not affiliated with any Jewish movement or denomination. CBST also has a group for members in their 20’s and 30’s.

The Sephardic Mizrahi Q Network (SMQN) is an innovative grassroots movement that is committed to building a vibrant, enriching, and supportive community for an often overlooked segment of the Jewish world: LGBTQ+ Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews.

Hebro is a social-startup for gay Jews living in New York City producing nightlife parties, cultural events, and destination trips. Hebro attracts the cultural and modern urban gay Jew.

LGBTQ Chabad is a support group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans* and queers, coming from Chabad.

Friday Night Lights is a series of sophisticated Shabbat dinners for the modern gay Jewish man.

B'nai Jeshurun is a Conservative progressive synagogue on Manhattan's Upper West Side that is very accepting of the LGBTQ community. Contact the BJ Gay and Lesbian Committee at 212-787-7600 ext. 325.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom strives to educate and inspire children, youth, and adults to participate actively in worship, Torah study, and Jewish life experience, and to put Reform Jewish religious and ethical principles into action. To contact the Gay and Lesbian Concerns Committee, e-mail gayandlesbian@rodephsholom.org.

Ma'agal: the Keshet Womens' Group is a support group for Jewish women facing questions of sexuality, gender, and religion. The group is oriented toward lesbians, but all women are welcome. Each meeting is facilitated and includes sharing and discussion. Confidentiality, support, and compassionate listening are central values. For questions about the group, please contact Chani Getter at chani@chanigetter.com.

PFLAG NYC This organization offers support groups for parents, families, and friends of LGBTQ people, as well as LGBTQ people themselves. PFLAG offers a safe place to share experiences and connect in a continuing process of learning, acceptance, and celebration.

TransFamilies Project: Issues of gender identity are distinct from sexual orientation, and PFLAG NYC's Trans Parents Group is an environment that addresses the topics specific to parents of trans individuals. This group meets quarterly. For questions about the group, please contact group moderator Judy Sennesh through PFLAG NYC at info@pflagnyc.org.

Men Having Babies These monthly seminars bring experts, parents, and surrogates together with representatives of leading clinics and surrogacy agencies from around the U.S.

Bnai Keshet is an open and inclusive Jewish community, working hard to promote awareness, inclusion, and integration of LGBT families and youth in the Montclair, NJ Jewish community, and beyond.

 

California

JQ is the premiere LGBTQ+ Jewish organization in Los Angeles. JQ celebrates the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities and ensuring inclusion through education, support, and identity-enrichment.

Sha'ar Zahav is San Francisco’s gay and lesbian synagogue offering the warmth and comfort of chosen family. 

 

Boston

Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. Keshet equips Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge to build LGBTQ-affirming communities; create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued; and advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.

Netivot is a Boston-based community that supports LGBTQ Jews engaged with traditional Judaism. Netivot holds social and educational events that explore the intersection between LGBTQ and Orthodox/traditional Jewish identities.

 

Washington D.C. & Maryland

GLOE serves DC’s queer Jewish community (and our friends/allies) through an array of unique and meaningful programs in the areas of arts and culture, community service, holidays and spirituality, social justice, and of course, social events.

Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, trans and queer Jews, our families, friends and allies and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, progressive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community.

Rockville Open House (ROH) a safe space gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (Q+) teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old.

 

Pennsylvania 

Bet Tikvah is a welcoming, queer-centric, independent minyan founded in 1988. Monthly Erev Shabbat services are led by members of the congregation. Bet Tikvah is not affiliated with any particular branch of Judaism. In addition, services and events are open to and regularly attended by interfaith couples, those wishing to explore Judaism, and heterosexual Jews.

 

Michigan

The Jewish Gay Network of Michigan (JGN) works to increase the sensitivity of the Jewish and secular communities to the dignity of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. The JGN serves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, as well as their families and friends, by providing community, information, empowerment and education.

 

Southern U.S.

SOJOURN: SOJOURN's mission is to affirm and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people across the South. See SOJOURN's resource booklet here.

 

Florida

Jewish Community Services of Florida (JCS) offers a safe & supportive environment where LGBTQ individuals of all ages can benefit from programs that are non-judgmental and affirming. The LGBT programs offered by JCS and Lambda Living have a vast array of services and resources available and provides professional and caring services on an individual, family, or group basis to address problems and challenges facing LGBTQ persons of any age, regardless of race, ability, religion, or insurance coverage.

 

International

Israel

The Aguda is the umbrella organization for the LGBTQ community in Israel, working locally and internationally to improve the status of Israel's LGBTQ community, with a mission of equal rights, welfare, and safety.

Jerusalem Open House (Bayit HaPatuach) provides social, religious, and educational services to the entire spectrum of Jerusalem's communities. Services include anonymous HIV testing, mental health counseling, educational workshops, weekly support groups, a yearly pride march, and a safe space for everyone. Their center is open Sunday through Thursday from 12-16:00.

Havruta Havruta offers a social and support network for religious LGBTQ people in Israel. Beyond being a safe haven, this organization also actively works to inform and educate the religious public about LGBTQ issues in their communities.

Bat-Kol holds meetings on a regular basis and offers a variety of social activities for religious lesbians. These meetings provide a social framework as well as support and encouragement. Bat-Kol’s activities also provide education geared toward the full integration of lesbians in the religious community.

Shabbat Shelach builds women's (& those female-born identifying as gender non-binary) queer community around the Shabbat table.

IGY is a national non-profit organization that empowers young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and young adults to accept themselves for who they are and flourish as individuals. IGY aims to support, encourage and guide Israel's LGBTQ youth, while simultaneously creating a strong, resilient network of young, self-assured LGBTQ leaders.

Ma’avarim is an organization that was established with the goal to empower and support members of the trans community, facilitating both personal and social change. Using an innovative approach to trauma within marginalized communities, and burnout among activists, Ma’avarim aims to bring about positive change in our society, our communities, and in the life of each and every one of us.

Hoshen is the education and information center of the LGBTQ community in Israel. This nationwide, non-profit volunteer organization fights stereotypes regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Hoshen is officially recognized by the Educational Psychological Authority (SHEFI) of the Israeli Ministry of Education.

The Tel Aviv LGBTQ Center provides services for the community while focusing on six main areas: 1. Cultural activities 2. Social/support groups 3. Empowerment of community organizations 4. Support services 5. Education 6. A caffe/safe environment.

Tehila A support group for parents of LGBTQ people based in Israel. The association runs support groups and hot-lines throughout Israel and is linked to youth groups and projects in various venues around the country. The group also acts to promote tolerance and openness in Israeli society.

Shoval promotes tolerance and understanding of LGBT people within the religious communities in Israel. Shoval's main focus is to create a safe place within the religious communities in Israel for LGBTQ adolescents. It provides educational programs that are directed at educators, social workers, and people that affect LGBTQ adolescents directly.

Beit Dror is a unique center for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender adolescents who have been rejected and alienated because of their sexual orientation. It is the first and only center designed to meet the needs of out-of-home LGBTQ youth in Israel, and one of the few similar institutions in the world operated by governmental organizations.

Lethal Lesbian is an Israeli film festival dedicated entirely to lesbian content and held annually since 2008. It is a unique event aimed at bringing lesbian cinema closer to its audience, who is otherwise unable to reach it. 

TLV Fest is Tel Aviv’s International LGBT Film Festival.

New Family works for equal family rights for all residents of Israel, including the right to marry, divorce, have children, register spouses and children, and conduct family life regardless of religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or status.

LGBTech strives to create a diverse and inclusive workforce by educating employers and providing tools, skills, and knowledge promoting diversity and inclusion. 

 

London

KeshetUK's mission is to ensure that Jewish LGBT+ people and their families are included throughout Jewish life in the UK. Jewish LGBT+ people exist in all walks of life. KeshetUK aspires to work with all UK Jewish communities, including Liberal, Masorti, Orthodox and Reform, cross-communal and non-denominational organisations.

Laviot is a community of LGBT+ Jewish women and non-binary people. They have a supportive and active online presence and host regular London-based events. Laviot is an open space for anyone who feels it is relevant for them. However you define it, we support it.

Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians is a support group for anyone Jewish with a child or grandchild who is gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, or non-binary and who would like to meet other similar parents or grandparents.

GJIL: Gay Jews In London provides an inviting social space for those individuals who identify as gay, Jewish and living in London.  

Jewish LGBT+ Group (formerly JGLG) is a London-based social group for Jewish men and women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Beit Klal Yisrael is a community of people who recognise the true diversity of the Jewish experience and who welcome all new members and participants, especially those who are distanced or estranged from many facets of contemporary Jewish community life.

Rainbow Jews is a pioneering project that records and showcases Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history from the 1950s to today. It captures the voices and experiences of Jewish LGBT people in the UK through oral histories and archive creation.

 

Canada

Kulanu Toronto is a Jewish LGBTQ social group affiliated with Hillel of Greater Toronto which caters to both the student and broader Jewish LGBTQ community.

 

Australia

Aleph Melbourne is a social, support, and advocacy group for people who identify as LGBTQ+ and Jewish or who have a Jewish heritage, living in or around Melbourne, Australia. They welcome families and allies of LGBTIQ+ people. Aleph is for people of all ages and for people who are questioning or confused about their sexuality or gender. Aleph offers confidential and anonymous support.

Dayenu Based in Sydney, Australia, Dayenu exists to meet the needs of Jewish gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans, and intersex people as well as their friends, families, partners and other supporters. They provide outreach through education, information, resources, social activities and other events.

 

Mexico

Guimel provides support to LGBTQ individuals and their families and friends within the Jewish Community of Mexico

 

France

Beit Haverim is a community center in Paris that offers a place of welcome and personalized listening to LGBTQ + Jews.

 

Other

World Congress of GLBT Jews (Keshet Ga'avah) offers links to worldwide Jewish GLBT organizations.

Frumgays List email discussion list for orthodox gay Jews of all ages.

Kirtzono (According to His Will) is a forum for Orthodox Jewish parents, families and friends of gay men and women to humbly listen and learn from each other.

The Dina Blog (and the associated Dina List) is a site for trans folk of orthodox background.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) provides a safe place for parents, families, and friends of LGBTQ people to share experiences and to support each other.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Trevor Helpline: 1-866-488-7386

A Wider Bridge builds connections to Israel among LGBTQ Jews and non-Jews in the U.S. through programming that focuses on bringing LGBTQ people into meaningful and thoughtful connection with Israel and LGBTQ Israelis.