Support for Parents

Has your child just “come out” to you as LGBTQ? Are you struggling to accept your child’s gender or sexual identity? Do you want to make your community a safer place for your LGBTQ child? Have you thought about talking to your Rabbi about your LGBTQ child but don’t know how? Eshel offers several sources of support for Orthodox parents of LGBTQ children.

Parent Retreat

Eshel’s Annual National Parent Retreat, located on the East Coast, brings Orthodox parents of LGBTQ children from around the country together for a shabbat of community, learning, and support.

Regional Groups

Eshel runs regional parent meetups, phone-in groups, and a drop-in. To participate in or organize a parent group in your area, please see below.

Call-In Support

Eshel runs a monthly call-in Parent Chaburah Group to offer support to the Orthodox parents of LGBTQ children. Join us the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm CT/9pm EST. Email for a brief intake and the call-in number.

To speak to someone, call our warmline and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.


For a more immediate response, send a confidential email to:

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Upcoming Events

Dec 01

Eshel Drop-In for Parents

December 1 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dec 01

Eshel Baltimore/DC Parents & LGBTQ+ Joint Meetup

December 1 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dec 01

Eshel Orthodox Parents Phone-in Support Group

December 1 at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dec 06

Eshel Toronto & Montreal LGBTQ+ Meetup

December 6 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dec 06

Eshel New York City LGBTQ+ Meetup

December 6 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm