Eshel in the News

WELCOMING SHULS SHABBAT: Shuls, schools, teens and parents

REGISTER HERE! WELCOMING SHULS SHABBAT Shuls, schools, teens and parents: What do they have in store for our LGBTQ youth? What:  Join us for a Shabbat with the Sixth Street Community Synagogue Where:Sixth Street Community Synagogue When: October 12-13, Parshat Noach Join Eshel for an inspirational Welcoming Shuls Shabbat with the Sixth Street Community Synagogue on the [more]
Homosexuality and the human condition

Homosexuality and the human condition

Originally posted on Times of Israel For those who think that Orthodox means static and unresponsive to new understanding, well, think again. In a recent interview (in Hebrew) by a religious news organization, Makor Rishon, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, an outspoken Orthodox leader and the chief rabbi of Efrat, has shared that he believes homosexuals are [more]
Can gay and lesbian teens find a home in Orthodoxy?

Can gay and lesbian teens find a home in Orthodoxy?

Originally posted on The Jewish Journal By eighth grade, Micha Thau knew he was gay. But he also knew that being gay was not acceptable in many of the Orthodox spaces he inhabited. So he buried that part of himself. But it didn’t stay buried. He began to suffer headaches, vertigo and other physical symptoms [more]
LGBTQ Advocacy Group Eshel to Host Retreat for Orthodox Parents

LGBTQ Advocacy Group Eshel to Host Retreat for Orthodox Parents

Originally posted on the Baltimore Jewish Times Sometimes, parents know their child is gay even before their child does. That was not at all the experience of Mindy Sager Dickler, whose family is modern Orthodox. Her son, Elie, coming out five-and-a-half years ago took her completely by surprise. Though Dickler and the rest of the [more]