Baltimore Jewish Times – April 16, 2015

Out in the Open   It’s no doubt at the forefront of the minds of the approximately 45 attendees at this weekend’s Eshel retreat — designed to support Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children — that the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution allows for a state to [more]

The Jewish Week – April 15, 2015

‘Safe Spaces’ For Orthodox LGBTQ Students Spreads On Campus Program that began at YU gets new grant and intercampus launch [See full article] Jewish college students gather for LGBTQ “safe space” seminar, a series of training sessions for campus leaders. Rachael Fried, a 27-year-old graduate of Stern College, spent years formulating one three-word bombshell of [more]

Baltimore OUTLoud – April 3, 2015

Retreat for Orthodox Parents of LGBT Children [See full article] To whom can Orthodox Jewish parents turn when their child tells them they are LGBT? They can join parents and adult relatives of LGBT children from around the U.S. who will gather for Eshel’s 3rd annual retreat. The April 17-19 weekend program at Capital Retreat Center [more]

NJ Jewish Standard – April 20, 2015

‘Oy vey, my child is gay’ Orthodox parents seek shared connection in upcoming retreat [See full article] Eshel, a group that works to bridge the divide that often separates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews from their Orthodox communities, is holding its third annual retreat for Orthodox parents of those LGBT Jews next month. Although [more]

Tablet Magazine – March 17, 2015

Out, Proud, and Kinda Loud at Yeshiva University Students are challenging the Modern Orthodox school’s traditional stance on LGBT issues [See full article]   Dasha Sominski rushed into the Shabbat service reeking of smoke and perfume, her curly blue bangs covering her right eye. She had skipped all the prayers and rituals. It was a [more]

The Parents Are Our Future

This article appeared in the Fall, 2014 issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Vol. 89, No. 1.  It is disseminated with the permission of the publisher, the JPRO Network.  Subscriptions available at Download the full article, here: The Parents Are Our Future   The Parents Are Our Future  Orthodox Communities’ Openness to Their LGBT Members  Miryam Kabakov  [more]