finding your community
san francisco is the home of the third largest metropolitan jewish community in north america and within this number are approximately 36,000 lgbt queer self-identified jews. i get asked a lot about how to find “the” queer jewish community. meaning to many that are asking, “where is the community? you know, the one that distinctly pulses with fabulous people sort of like me?”
i don’t have a definitive answer but it seems folks generally want to know where to physically find the queer jews that they want to hang-out with, to date, to fall in love with, to have a family with, to network with, to simply know who and where they are… so far, in my relatively short time in the bay area, it seems that the community is made up several intersecting times. each time seeming to intersect within a microcosm of a few respected and connected people. these people also seem to make the time to show-up, often bravely alone, at events or activities that seem to share similar themes and values to them.
so this is one of the reasons why folks constantly populating our queer jewish community calendar with ways that queer jewish folks (and their family and friends) can get involved and get connected to the community. so if you are interested in finding or refreshing your community i suggest that you start by taking a look at the stories on this blog and match your interests with the opportunities and stories listed (film festivals, israel travel, outdoor adventures, active-activism like the aids walk, family camping weekends, foodie conferences, art exhibitions…) and find the community of glbt queer jews that works for you.
- Choosing Femme: Visibility, Safety, Community, Liberation (queeringjew.com)
- Things You Should Never Ask a Jew of Color (Black, Gay & Jewish Blog)