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Eshel in Eden:  A Retreat for Orthodox

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Jews

August 8-10, 2014

12th of Av, 5774

I can’t remember when I last felt so happy and accepted as myself!

I came away feeling more deeply connected with this community

The first evening while davening it felt as if the room was filled with a special kind of love, it felt as if Hashem was there in a more caring way than I have ever been able to feel.

— Attendees at last year’s Midwest Retreat



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Phone: 724-ESHEL-01




We create COMMUNITY for Orthodox LGBT Jews who wish to maintain their Jewish observance and find meaningful religious community.

We help traditional communities become more WELCOMING by addressing the needs of their LGBT  members and families while maintaining their commitments to Halacha.

We keep parents and children together by providing resources and A GATHERING PLACE during our parent retreat.

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*Eshel takes its name from the אשׁל אברהם, Eshel Avraham, the tamarisk tree under which the Biblical Abrahamand Sarah welcomed wayfarers seeking respite.

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Eshel is made possible through the generous support of:

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The BIL Foundation


Individual Donors