LGBTQ Jewish Organizations in North America
GLYDSA: The Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva Day School Alumni Association
Established in 1995, our mission is to build a community for LGBT Jews of all ages, from Orthodox or traditional backgrounds, and to integrate their Jewish and gay identities, in a self-affirming, confidential and positive manner, through social events and other activities throughout the year.
JQY is a social/support group made up of frum/formerly frum* gay, bi, trans and lesbian Jews ages 17-30. They meet regularly for monthly meetings and informal social get togethers. In addition, there are an anonymous online discussion groups. JQY is based in New York based, with members all over the world. Their Yeshiva Inclusion Project helps people find out whether an Israel Program is appropriate for them.
Keshet is a grassroots organization dedicated to creating a fully inclusive Jewish community for GLBT people.
A support group for Jewish LBTQ women facing questions of sexuality, gender, and religion. Each meeting is facilitated by Chani Getter, and includes sharing and discussion. Confidentiality, support, and compassionate listening are central values. Ma’agal meets the first Tuesday of every month in Manhattan.
Nehirim builds community for GLBT Jews, partners, and allies, and is the largest national provider of programming for the GLBT Jewish community.
Or Chayim is a start-up Shabbat & holidays community experience for unaffiliated, traditional and Orthodox LGBTQ Jews. Located in New York City’s Upper West Side. Spiritually uplifting Orthodox minyan, hot kiddush, three course kosher Shabbat & holidays dinner. Check the website for meeting dates and times.
LGBTQ Jewish Organizations in Israel
A Wider Bridge
A Wider Bridge seeks to inspire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Jews to deepen their Jewish identity through connection with Israel and to develop stronger connections between the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Israel and North America.
Bat-kol – Religious Lesbian Organization was founded to allow women to fulfill both their religious and lesbian identity; to make it possible for women to live in loving relationships, to raise children without deception, but nevertheless stay committed to their religion. This organization is located in Israel.
Havruta offers social and support networks for religious LGBT people in Israel. Beyond being a safe haven, Havruta actively works to inform and educate the religious public about LGBT issues in their communities.
The Hod website is the first independent site for religious homosexual Jews, providing a platform for open-minded discussion in order to facilitate understanding about being gay and Orthodox.
Jerusalem Open House
The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH) is a leading organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their allies in the heart of Jerusalem. As a grassroots, activist community center, JOH provides direct services to all LGBTQ individuals in Jerusalem and its surrounding communities, while working to secure LGBTQ rights in Israeli society at large.