Eshel Out Loud

News, Views, and Updates from the Eshel Community

Unity and Diversity at Sinai

Unity and Diversity at Sinai

As Shavuot approaches, we prepare to reenact the experience of receiving the Torah at Sinai, as it was experienced by all of am yisrael, across every generation. The revelation at Sinai is described in the Torah in both Shmot and Dvarim in rich, sensory language, but the specific details are different in each telling. The [more]
Reflection on Pride

Reflection on Pride

In just a few days it will be June, which means it is time to celebrate how far the LGBTQ community has come, band together as a community for more progress on the way, and reflect on what it all means to us. These journaling prompts are meant to guide you to contemplate what pride [more]
What Eshel Means to Me

What Eshel Means to Me

Our upcoming Celebration of Eshel is our version of a B*Mitzah party. We are celebrating all that we have accomplished so far in the past 13 years, and looking forward to our bright future. As we prepare to enter this next stage, we asked some of our friends (including our honorees) to reflect on what [more]
Creating Communities Where There Are None

Creating Communities Where There Are None

Not everyone lives in New York, LA, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, or other cities with large Jewish communities and numerous organizations supporting Jewish life. For LGBTQ+ Jews and those who love them, living in places with smaller Jewish communities can be extra challenging if the local Jewish community is not as welcoming or as religious as [more]
Seeing Ourselves in Torah

Seeing Ourselves in Torah

This Shabbat will be Parshat Acharei Mot, which we know can be a painful moment for many in our community because of the prohibitions against same sex relations. I remember as a high school student sitting in shul as the parsha was read and wondering what it meant for me - what did God think [more]
The Blessings of Totality

The Blessings of Totality

At 3:27 on Monday, April 8th in Crystal Lake, Vermont the moon totally covered the sun for three minutes. The recent total eclipse was among the most stunning natural experiences of my life. I've seen Niagara up close and I rafted for a week on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Both were wildly [more]