The pain of concealing one’s identity is something that we understand as out LGBT identified Jews. We are grateful for the privilege of being out and open in our communities, but in so many places the struggle to be our full complete selves continues.
This past weekend at the San Francisco Queer Shabbaton, Lisa Finkelstein had the opportunity to attend as well as faciliate a discussion on the how the intersection of intimacy and boundries can build a diverse Jewish community. The previous weekend Arthur had the opportunity to attend an East Coast Orthodox-based Shabbaton with 140 other LGBT Jews. Many of the participants said to Arthur with great emotion that they had dreamed all their lives of a community where they could be their authentic LGBT Jewish selves. As each community event, party, concert, discussion or fundraiser presents opportunities to connect all of our LGBT Jewish lives together we hope that you will too choose to join us out in the community.
From the expansion of visitation rights at hospitals, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and now the unbarred travel to the U.S. for people living with HIV/AIDS, our community has cause for celebration, yet there is much more work ahead. See our upcoming events and read an elaboration on these topics written by our newest Federation team member, Max Kopeikin.
Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and Stanford Hillel
Feb 25, 26 & 27
The Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford hosts a weekend of Shabbat connections, Discussion & Learning
|Power of One
Feb 07 5:00pm - Feb 07 8:30pm A celebration of Jewish women & men who inspire each & every one of us to make a difference.
|Israeli Photographer Adi Nes
JCCSF – Feb 01 7:00pm - 8:00pm Hillel at Stanford – Feb 02 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Palo Alto JCC - Feb 02 7:30pm - 9:30pm
|Celebration of The Robert Giard Exhibibition
Feb 09 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Particular Voices: Portraits of Jewish Gay and Lesbian Writers featuring poets Teya Schafferm & Elana Dykewomon
|Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right
Feb 09 7:00pm – 9:00pm
From toddlers to teens, teaching children to think and act ethically with author expert Barbara Coloroso