Stanton Street Shul and the Sixth Street Community Synagogue have welcomed Eshel into their community for a Downtown Manhattan shabbaton. Unfortunately, a group of local religious leaders is pressuring them to cancel the event.


You can read more about those efforts here.


Rabbi Aviad Bodner, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, and the lay leadership of both shuls are standing with us, and now we can stand with them. Let them hear from the community who supports LGBTQ inclusion in the Orthodox community.


Dear Rabbi Bodner and Rabbi Bellino,

We are Orthodox LGBTQ Jews, parents and family members of LGBTQ Jews, and allies. We believe in inclusive Orthodox communities that welcome LGBTQ Jews and their families.

We are disheartened to learn that both of you have been attacked for hosting Eshel in your synagogues. However, we want both of you, and your synagogue members, to know how much we support you and appreciate your efforts on our behalf.

We thank you, Rabbi Bodner and Rabbi Bellino, for giving us hope with your commitment to Hachnasat Orchim. We thank the leadership and membership of both synagogues for agreeing to host us. You are a model for what warm, compassionate, and inclusive leadership should be.


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