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Eshel Across America: DuSiah – Dialogue between Queer Traditional Jews and our Rabbis  

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Orthodox school challenged by gender-fluid applicant

How inclusive can a Modern Orthodox school be while remaining true to its halachic standards? That’s the question that has been raised after an Oakland couple claimed last week that their gender-fluid son was denied admission to Oakland Hebrew Day School, and posted about it on Instagram. Oakland resident Meg Keene said that her 7-year-old son [more]

Social Isolation, Mental Health, and Halakha

By Rabbi Zach Truboff   With the three day yom tov this week there have been a lot of conversations about what can or can't be done for people who might experience distress over the holiday. Most of the discussion I have seen around the use of Zoom or calling people on Shabbat/Yom Tov focus only [more]
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]