7 Congregational Resources for LGBTQ Pride Month and Beyond

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7 Congregational Resources for LGBTQ Pride Month and Beyond

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In her recent personal essay LGBTQ Acceptance in the Jewish Community: How Far We've Come and What's Next, Cantor Shira Stanford-Asiyo, shares the story of meeting her now-wife at summer camp when they were just kids. Now a project manager with the URJ’s Audacious Hospitality team, Cantor Stanford-Asiyo talks about the importance of creating transformational changes that will more fully allow LGBTQ youth to access Jewish community as their full selves. She also shares a few of the Reform Movement’s recent steps toward making this inclusive dream a reality.

In honor of Pride Month, we’ve rounded up resources – both from us and from others in the Jewish community – that will help your congregation better practice audacious hospitality to the LGBTQ community.

Finally, some exciting news from the URJ’s Audacious Hospitality team: We recently received a generous grant from an anonymous donor to fund a LGBTQ Inclusion Educational Resource Module, which will be made available before the URJ Biennial 2017 this December.

Coming on the heels of our successful Active Learning Network on Transgender Inclusion in 2016, this new module will be a dynamic, user-friendly resource for use by URJ-affiliated institutions, including congregations, camps, youth groups, and early childhood education centers. It will be designed to equip Reform Jewish clergy, staff, and educators with the resources they need to become more aware of LGBTQ inclusion and become consistently and proactively inclusive of LGBTQ Jews and their loved ones.

We’re honored to have the opportunity to create such a resource. Stay tuned for details about its launch!  

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April Baskin is the Union for Reform Judaism's vice president of audacious hospitality. Before coming aboard in August 2015, she served as the national Director of Resources and Training at InterfaithFamily.com. Dedicated to building a stronger, more inclusive Jewish community committed to social justice, April has spent 10 years advocating for Jewish diversity inclusion locally and nationally in a variety of ways, including facilitating LGBT educational trainings as a Keshet facilitator and writing a thesis about the experiences and identities of Jewish young adults of color in American Judaism. A graduate of Tufts University, she is a member of the Selah Leadership Network and an alumna of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation's Insight Fellowship and JUFJ's Jeremiah Fellowship in Washington, DC. Fueled by kale ginger smoothies, April is the immediate past President of the Jewish Multiracial Network. She conducted research on the efficacy of the Earned Income Tax Credit at the Kennedy School of Government and was an Americorps fellow for the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston.

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