LGBTQ

Philadelphia Meet Up

Philadelphia Meet Up

Get together with our Philadelphia Eshel family. Join us in this intimate, confidential setting to meet others, like yourself, in the extended Eshel network. WHAT: A confidential gathering for people who identify as LGBTQ+ and are Orthodox, Ortho-curious or formerly Orthodox. WHEN: First Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Fill out this form to get [more]
Between Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim

Between Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim

My bar mitzvah date was totally messed up. The synagogue bureaucrat who assigned it gave me the double portion of Aharei-Mot/Kedoshim to be read on April 26, 1969. But I was born in late June! I'm not sure why they thought it was ok, but this was a full two months before my 13th birthday. By mistake, I was given [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]
INSIDE – OUT: Purim as a Jewish Coming-Out Day

INSIDE – OUT: Purim as a Jewish Coming-Out Day

Purim is a holiday that celebrates the power of secrets and their revelation. The rabbis of the Talmud mark Purim explicitly as the festival of masks--which calls for nothing less than an unmasking of ourselves and ultimately, of God. This is the one time of the year when drinking a bit too much is a [more]
Baltimore/DC LGBTQ Meet Up

Baltimore/DC LGBTQ Meet Up

Get together with our Baltimore/DC Eshel family. Join us in this intimate, confidential setting to meet others, like yourself, in the extended Eshel network. WHAT: A small private gathering for people who identify as LGBT and are Orthodox, Ortho-curious or formerly Orthodox. It is also for parents of LGBT people who live within Orthodox communities and [more]