Eshel’s mission is to create community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities.

Founded in June of 2010, Eshel provides hope and a future for Orthodox LGBT women, men, and teens. Eshel accomplishes its goals in a number of ways.

Eshel trains its members to speak out and act as advocates for LGBT Orthodox people and their families; Eshel creates bridges into Orthodox communities to foster understanding and support; through community gatherings Eshel helps LGBT Orthodox people pursue meaningful lives that encompass seemingly disparate identities while also fulfilling Jewish values around family, education, culture, and spirituality.

Eshel’s work has gained national recognition and broad media coverage for its innovative mission and unique reach.


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Upcoming Events

Sun 15

Cleaning Out the Closet

September 15 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 18

Women’s NY Meetup

September 18 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 25

Phone-In LGBTQ+ Support Group

September 25 at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Oct 01

New York City Meetup

October 1 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 02

Philadelphia Meet Up

October 2 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm