Groups and Organizations

National

New York

The Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva/Day School Alumni A friendly and supportive community for lesbian and gay yeshiva and day school alumni, and all others with a commitment to their Jewish heritage, created to integrate Jewish and gay identities through discussion, socializing, and other activities.

Temicha: Support for Parents Temicha is a support group for Orthodox Jewish parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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 Eshel is a collaboration working to build understanding and support for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in traditional Jewish communities through weekend retreats and other community events.

Or Chayim is a start-up congregation of monthly traditional Jewish Shabbat dinners, prayer services and community for LGBTQ Jews and allies. Located in New York City’s Upper West Side.

The JCC in Manhattan offers a variety of social and cultural programs designed for the Jewish LGBT community.

CBST - Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, New York City's GLBT 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.

He'bro, He'bro produces and promotes gay jewish events and parties throughout the year that attract the cultural and modern urban gay jew.

Mosaic of Westchester is spearheading a county-wide collaboration focused on integrating Westchester’s LGBTQ Jews into the fabric of Jewish life, thus enriching the entire Westchester Jewish community.

LGBTQ Chabad is a confidential support group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans* and queers, coming from Chabad. The group is also running a public campaign, targeting the Chabad community, to promote tolerance.

Friday Night Lights, 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 GLBT community. Contact the BJ Gay and Lesbian Committee at 212-787-7600 ext. 325.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom is a Reform temple on Manhattan's Upper West Side that sponsors community-wide kosher GLBT Shabbat dinners, and, each June, a Friday night Pride Service. To contact the Gay and Lesbian Concerns Committee, e-mail gayandlesbian@rodephsholom.org.

Ma'agal: the Nehirim Womens' Group is a new support group for Jewish women facing questions of sexuality, gender and religion.

PFLAG NYC meets on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. PFLAG NYC is not a religious or political group.

 

Los Angeles

JQInternational provides an opportunity to connect with others and build programs and services that foster a fusion of GLBT and Jewish Identity. JQ Programming offers GLBT Jews the opportunity to reconnect to Jewish communal and spiritual life with a strong sense of self.

 

Boston

Keshet offers social and cultural events for GLBT Jews in the greater Boston area ranging from Jewish text study to an annual GLBT Jewish speed-dating gala. Nationally, Keshet offers support, training, and resources to create a Jewish community that welcomes and affirms GLBT Jews.

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.

GLOE engages metropolitan Washington’s GLBT Jewish community by sponsoring original programming and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment at the Washington DCJCC.

 

Michigan

The Jewish Gay Network of Michigan serves all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, their families and friends, by providing community, information, empowerment and education in an environment of respect.

 

SOJOURN: Advancing LGBTQ affirmation and empowerment across the South.

 

International

Israel

Jerusalem Open House (Bayit HaPatuach) located in downtown Jerusalem, provides social, religious, and educational services to the entire spectrum of Jerusalem's communities.

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

Bat-Kol - Religious Lesbian Organization was founded in Israel to allow women to fulfill both their religious and lesbian identities. Website contains information about meetings, social activities, and more.

Hod is an Israeli website "written by Orthodox Jewish gay men, for Orthodox Jewish gay men, not affiliated with any organization or political movement." Hod aims to "provide a platform for open-minded discussion in order to facilitate understanding."

Tehila A support group for parents of GLBT 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 the Israeli society.

Shoval is an initiative of Jewish orthodox lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Israel that actively promotes tolerance and understanding of LGBTQ people within religious communities in Israel through meeting with educators.

 

London

GLON (Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Network) GLON is a non-judgemental support and social network for Orthodox gays and lesbians. It has been in existence for over 15 years and has regular meetings, discussion groups and social events. Contact GLON by e-mail at glon_uk@yahoo.com or by phone as follows: from within the UK, 0777-308-6233; from the US, dial 011-44-777-308-6233.

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

The Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group is a London-based social group for Jewish men and women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

 

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 Aleph Melbourne offers guidance, support and companionship for Jewish, Gay and Bisexual men through social activities, confidential telephone and personal support. Religious backgrounds range from Orthodox to Progressive.

Dayenu Based in Sydney, Dayenu exists to meet the needs of Jewish gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders, as well as their friends, families, partners and other supporters. The group provides outreach through education, information, resources, social activities and other events.

 

Mexico

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

 

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.

Nehirim works to create a spiritual and cultural community for GLBT Jews through local programs and an annual retreat on the East and West Coasts.

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.

NUJLS is the National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Students. They hold a national conference each year at different universities around the United States.

GayGevalt.com includes a calendar announcing Jewish GLBT events around the US.

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

The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Trevor Helpline: 1-866-488-7386

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