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Organized under the following headings (click or scroll):

Community

New York and (inter)National
(including resources for parents)
Israel
Regional: North America & England


Health and Hotlines
Culture, Lifestyle, and Further Reading


Community - in/around New York & (inter)National

GLYDSA.org--you're at our site now!--is a New York City-based group with a goal of establishing a friendly and supportive community for lesbian and gay yeshiva and day school alumni, and all others with a commitment to their Jewish heritage. We hold monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday of the month at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. Click on GLYDSA in the menu to the left.

Eshel, a partnership of organizations and individuals working to build understanding and support for lesbians and gays in traditional Jewish communities. Created in 2010, participating organizations include GLYDSA, JQYouth, Tirza, and others. (Eshel has run several wonderful shabbatonim for frum gay Jews since January 2011).

JQYouth.org is a social and support group for frum and formerly frum GLBT Jews ages 17-30. Monthly meetings in the NYC area. It Gets Better!

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. Online at http://tirtzah.wordpress.com.

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

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in the West Village of New York City provides a huge variety of educational, cultural, and recreational programs for the GLBT communities of the New York area. (GLYDSA meets here each month.)

He'bro is an organization in NYC that promotes the celebration of one's Jewish and gay identities especially through social events. Part of JQInternational.org (see below).

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.

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.

Nehirim.org works to create a spiritual and cultural community for GLBT Jews through local programs and retreats.

JQInternational.org is an Los Angeles-based organization whose mission including "creating community and advancing greater inclusion of LGBT Jews and Allies via identity building programs and services that embody Jewish values."

NUJLS, The National Union of Jewish LGBT Students, is dedicated to building community for queer-identified Jewish college and university students in the US.

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

Temicha is a moderated support group for Orthodox parents of LGBT individuals.

PFLAG New York City (PFLAG NYC): meetings are a safe place for parents, families, and friends of GLBT people to share experiences and to support each other. PFLAG NYC meets on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. PFLAG NYC is not a religious or political group.

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays): the national organization with chapters across the country--see description of PFLAG NYC above.

FrumGayGirl is a blog, a place to air the voices of Orthodox Gay Jews, and to share the stories of frum gay Jews who have successfully opened up their lives and incorporated the many facets of themselves into a healthy whole.

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

Community - Israel

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

Bat Kol is an Israeli support group for Orthodox Lesbians. Website in Hebrew, with e-mail address for e-mail in Hebrew or English.

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." Mostly in Hebrew, but with English pages as well.

Havruta is an organization serving Orthodox and traditional gay Jews in Israel. Monthly meetings, frequently updated website (primarily a Hebrew website; English here).

Community - Regional (North America, England)

Keshet is a grassroots organization dedicated to creating a fully inclusive Jewish community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews in the Greater Boston area and across the country; offering resources, training, and technical assistance for creating change in Jewish communities.

The Chi-Asiron list for gay Jews (Orthodox, formerly Orthodox) in the Chicago area. A yahoo group.

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.

In South Florida, we have a resource in Rabbi Aharon Katz, a rabbi with Orthodox ordination who can be reached by phone or by email at R_ajkatz@hotmail.com.

In London, contact GLON (Gay and Lesbian Orthodox Network), a non-judgmental 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. Coördinator Avraham is also happy to meet with people on an individual basis (by phone/email or in person) to talk about any issues or difficulties people may be going through.C Contact 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.

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Health and Hotlines

The US Dept. of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have excellent information on sexual health and most sexually transmitted diseases.

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC.org), a New York-based organization: at their website, find solid information on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, including information on getting tested, and also opportunities for activism.

Interested in getting tested for HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases? In New York City, GMHC (see prior paragraph) can arrange free, anonymous testing for HIV. In addition, the New York State Department of Health provides free, anonymous testing at Health Centers: for information on an anonymous test site near you, call the Department of Health at 800-825-5448; or if you live in New York City, you can simply dial 311. (HIV is the only test that can be performed anonymously at these sites. All other tests, such as syphilis, would require that you provide certain information.)

Outside of New York State, you can call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National AIDS Hotline. They can answer questions about HIV and AIDS and direct you to a nearby test site. They are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day: 800-342-AIDS (800-342-2437).

The GLBT National Help Center provides free and confidential telephone and e-mail counseling and information:
GLBT Hotline 888-THE-GLNH / 888-843-4564.
Youth TalkLine (serving people under 25):
1-800-246-PRIDE / 1-800-246-7743

Gay & Lesbian Switchboard of New York:
212-989-0999 (Mon - Fri, 4-8 pm)

Trevor Helpline: GLBT Youth Support Line, a 24/7 crisis hotline for people under 25:
800-850-8078

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Culture, Lifestyle, and Further Reading

A Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews of Homosexual Orientation in the Community, drafted and signed by a number of Orthodox rabbis and educators. July 2010.

Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires. An Anthology of personal writings edited by Miryam Kabakov, published in 2010.

Trembling Before G-d, the groundbreaking feature documentary film by Sandi Simcha DuBowski about Orthodox gay and lesbian Jews. The film shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film 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 forbid homosexuality.

Wrestling With God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, by Rabbi Steven Greenberg (Univ. of Wisconsin Press: 2004). This book is "the product of Rabbi Greenberg's ten-year struggle to reconcile his two warring identities. In this compelling and groundbreaking work, Greenberg challenges long held assumptions of scriptural interpretation and religious identity as he marks a path that is both responsible to human realities and deeply committed to God and Torah." (Quoted from the book jacket.)

Mourning and Celebration by K. David Brody, an award-winning novel on a Jewish/gay theme about life as it night have been, had the author been born as a gay Jew in his grandfather's shtetl.

"Coming Out in the Orthodox World," one young woman's account of her coming out--and her commitment ceremony with her partner among their families and friends. By Tamar A. Prager. Printed in Lilith Magazine, Summer 2006.

"Gay and Orthodox," an extensive article from Moment Magazine (April 2001) by Naomi Grossman.

A selection of books of interest can be found on the Resources page of the JQYouth.org site.

The searchable database of kosher restaurants at Shamash.org is a great resource--hey, who doesn't like to eat? And for the New York metropolitan area, consult Koshertopia.com.

Coming to New York? The Metropolitan Transit Authority's website, www.mta.info, has subway and bus maps and schedules, service advisories, and a trip planner to help you find your way around.

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