Eshel in the News

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]
A Journey Helped by Eshel

A Journey Helped by Eshel

Originally posted on The Jewish Link It is perhaps inarguable that for most Orthodox Jewish parents, the path for their children is to get an education, meet the “right” person, get married, settle down and start a family. That’s at least what Mindy Dickler, a Baltimore mother of three and a member of the Orthodox [more]
Orthodox Woman Supports LGBTQ Community

Orthodox Woman Supports LGBTQ Community

Originally posted on JMoreLiving “When a child comes out of the closet, a parent goes in,” says Mindy Dickler. A retired teacher, mother of three and member of the local Orthodox community, Dickler never considered what it might be like to have a gay child until 2011 when her son, Elie, came out to her [more]

Transgender and Jewish in Philly?

'It's not so simple when Moshe becomes Marsha' In the last few years, the battle over transgender rights has roiled school districts, courtrooms, statehouses, and the national political stage, most recently via a Trump administration directive rolling back protections for transgender students in schools. But in the Orthodox Jewish community, where gender roles are starkly [more]