Eshel in the News

Queer Orthodox Jews Want More Than Tolerance

Queer Orthodox Jews Want More Than Tolerance

According to Miryam Kabakov, executive director of ten-year-old Orthodox LGBTQ+ organization Eshel, the Orthodox community has become exceedingly more open over the past decade. “When we started,” she says, “Orthodox communities were not really addressing LGBTQ inclusion as something they needed to do.” Now, Eshel’s Welcoming Shuls project reports that over 140 Orthodox synagogues across North America are [more]
Eshel Executive Director Miryam Kabakov one of 10 Women Social Entrepreneurs named for JWFNY’s Inaugural “Collective”

Eshel Executive Director Miryam Kabakov one of 10 Women Social Entrepreneurs named for JWFNY’s Inaugural “Collective”

After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs June 6, 2019 Debra Nussbaum Cohen Evie Litwok got emotional when she opened up a letter from The Collective, a new joint project of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York that invests in social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders. The letter informed Litwok that [more]
An Open Letter To Principals Of Orthodox Day Schools

An Open Letter To Principals Of Orthodox Day Schools

Eshel's leadership published a call-to-action in the Education Supplement of the Jewish Week. You can help us get the message out by sharing this open letter with those who are in positions to make a difference. Here are concrete action steps that school leaders can take right now to ensure the wellbeing of all their [more]
Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Hey, What About a Both Mitzvah?

Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Hey, What About a Both Mitzvah?

The Jewish coming-of-age ceremony stretches to accommodate the new gender fluidity.  Published by Alyson Krueger on March 27, 2019 in the New York Times. (Read this article online) Lion is a 13-year-old who lives in Brooklyn. The middle school student identifies as pangender, a term for feeling like you are every gender at once, and likes [more]