Aired May 4, 2023
May is National Jewish Heritage Month
When discussing the intersection of religion and LGBTQ+ identity, Judaism is generally perceived to be among the more welcoming and affirming faith traditions in the US. There are countless organizations, including Jewish Queer Youth and Eshel, working to support LGBTQ+ Jews and their families. However, the Jewish community is not monolithic, nor are the experiences of LGBTQ+ Jewish youth.
We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, May 4. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!
Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Author: Nathaniel Hain
Questions for Discussion:
- What, if anything, have you learned about the controversies at Yeshiva University regarding the creation of a Pride Alliance and excluding trans women from gender segregated prayer entirely? Where did you learn about them?
- A survey conducted by Eshel found that 74% of the 240 Orthodox synagogues and rabbis that responded were “high welcoming” and another 22% were “moderate welcome.” Do these numbers surprise you? Why or why not?
- What can advocates and allies do to support LGBTQ+ youth in more conservative spaces? How can we support sanctioned and unsanctioned student groups that help queer Jewish youth find support and build community?
Bonus Resources: Check out “As more states target trans Americans, Jewish LGBTQ youth need our help” by Idit Klein from Forward and these resources from Keshet and Moving Traditions.
Resources Recommended by this week’s guests:
JQ International: JQ Helpline
- 2022 Keshet Youth Zine
- Celebrating the Age of Mitzvah: A Guide for all Genders
- Gender Identity
- Institutional Self-Assessment/Audit Tool for LGBTQ Inclusion
- Thrive: The Jewish Coalition to Defend Trans and LGBQ+ Youth
- What is an Ally?
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent: Stand with Transgender Teens
About Our Guests:
Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.