LGBT Jewish Organizations and Resources

 

Canada

Canadian Lesbian+Gay Archives

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. They have some information and artifacts relating to LGBT Jewish history in Canada.

http://www.clga.ca/

 

Ga’ava (Montreal)

A non-profit organization that acts as the Jewish community’s LGBTQ advisory committee.

https://www.facebook.com/gaavaorg/

 

United States

A Wider Bridge

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.  Our programs create opportunities for education, engagement and experience, and include travel, speakers and discussions, cultural events, online resources, advocacy and philanthropy.

http://awiderbridge.org/about/mission/

 

NUJLS- National Union of Jewish LGBT Students

NUJLS was founded in 1997 by a small but dedicated group of thirty students.  We are Jewish students and young adults of diverse sexual and gender identities who empower our communities and ourselves through education, support, and outreach.

https://www.facebook.com/nujls/

 

Eshel (American organization for Orthodox and traditional LGBT Jews)

Eshel is a place of shelter for Orthodox, frum, and other traditional gay and lesbian Jews seeking to maintain their Jewish observance and find meaningful religious community. We also welcome all those who are formerly Orthodox, “Orthodox-curious,” or otherwise interested in maintaining a connection to traditional Judaism as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender Jews.

http://www.eshelonline.org/

 

JQYouth (New York)

JQY (Jewish Queer Youth) is a nonprofit organization supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth in the Jewish community. JQY fights to ensure the emotional and physical health and safety of these individuals, with a special focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities. Our goal is for all these individuals to know: You are a valued member of the Jewish community and you are not alone.

To speak with one of our licensed mental health professionals, call our Warmline at 551-JQY-HOPE (551-579-4673)

http://www.jqyouth.org/

 

Frum Gay Jew (Blog)

Created by Justin from New York to discuss his thoughts on all issues related to being an observant gay Jew.

http://frumgayjew.blogspot.ca/

 

Keshet (Boston)

A grassroots organization dedicated to creating a fully inclusive Jewish community for GLBT people.

www.keshetonline.org

 

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (New York)

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism.  Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer and straight individuals and families who share common values.  Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people.

https://cbst.org/content/about

 

Israel

The Aguda (Based in Tel Aviv)

The Aguda is committed to promoting GLBT issues in the Israeli society. The Aguda seeks to create an open, tolerant Israeli social culture where any gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender person can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.  It seeks to provide needed services to the GLBT community, all over the country, for all age groups, regardless of ethnic origin, religious or political affiliation.  The Aguda effectively lobbies the Knesset  in an attempt to change discriminatory legislation, acts upon unjust and discriminating policies.

Hotline:  +972-(0)3-620-5591

https://www.glbt.org.il/

 

Global

The World Congress of GLBT Jews

The umbrella GLBT Jewish congress, consisting of over 65 member organizations around the world.

http://glbtjews.org/

 

Jewish LGBT Network

The Jewish LGBT Network was set up with the targeted purpose of offering a support structure to LGBT Jews based in any part of the world, through the provision of a number of different resources. The website brings you an easily-accessible platform through which to locate and connect with local synagogues, events, social groups, professional groups and other support-groups catering to the LGBT Jewish Community.

https://www.jewishlgbtnetwork.com/about/

 

Looking for a good Jewish LGBT Film?
Here's our picks:

Eyes Wide Open” (2009, Israel)

A married, Orthodox Jewish father of four falls in love with a twenty two year old male student.

 

The Secrets” (2007, Israel)

Two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out…

 

Round Trip” (2003, Israel)

A divorced Israeli woman hires a single African woman as a nanny, and soon the two women form a passionate friendship that leads to a romantic relationship.

 

Yossi and Jagger” (2002, Israel)

Romance blooms between two soldiers (Knoller, Levi) stationed in an Israeli outpost on the Lebanese border.

 

Trembling Before G-d” (2001, Israel, USA)

Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the documentary portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbids homosexuality.