Community & Advocacy

Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley has recommitted to fostering and expanding diversity & to creating truly inclusive and affirming Jewish spaces. Join us as we reclaim our rightful place in joyous, socially active, and dynamic Judaism.

We invite you to join us for a discussion, a learning opportunity, a Shabbat serviceRosh Chodesh, a livestream, and especially our Rainbow Shabbat and future programming. 

Rainbow Shabbat

Bear Bergman discusses intersections between fatherhood, Jewish identity, and transmasculinity. 

The Queer Mikveh Project is a community, an advocacy tool, & an art practice.

Jewish LGBTQ Resources


Keshet is a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. Their website includes extensive resources. 

LGBTQ Education Resources (Keshet)

A user-friendly collection of educational resources: queer text study, LGBTQ-inclusive lesson plans, resource guides, and best practices for creating LGBTQ-inclusive camps and youth groups.

TransTexts: Exploring Gender in Jewish Sacred Texts

Created by Rabbis Rueben Zellman & Elliot Kukla, TransTexts explores what traditional Jewish texts have to say about transgender and gender nonconforming experiences and gender in general.


Eshel's mission is to create community & acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities.

The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation 

The Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) was founded in 2000 to educate HUC-JIR students on LGBT issues to help them challenge and eliminate homophobia and heterosexism; and to learn tools to be able to transform the communities they encounter into ones that are inclusive and welcoming of LGBT Jews.

The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga’avah 

Keshet Ga’Avah consists of more than 25 member organizations worldwide that work to ensure that LGBT Jews can live free and fulfilling lives. Formed in 1975, Keshet Ga’avah has held conferences all over the world to meet the needs of their members locally, nationally, and internationally.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: LGBTQ Rights

The RAC mobilizes around federal, state, and local legislation; supports and develops congregational leaders; and organizes communities to create a world overflowing with justice, compassion, and peace. The RAC devotes incredible resources to fighting for LGBTQ rights. 

Judaism and LGBTQ Issues: An Overview

Detailed and research focused article outlining how different streams of Judaism approach LGBTQ Jews in their congregations, rituals, and policies. 

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