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 provides a weekly Zoom drop-in group, a monthly phone-in group, and regional parent meetups. A national Parents of Trans and Non-binary Children group meets monthly. Our monthly Parent Chaburah group addresses a new topic of interest each session. To participate in or organize a parent group in your area, please see below.

Call-In Support

Eshel runs a monthly call-in Parent Group to offer support to the Orthodox parents of LGBTQ children. Join us the first Wednesday of every month at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Sign up for the Parent Call-In Group below or email for the number.

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


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