Equality

Equality

Computer keyboard with blue enter key that says Vote; key to the left is Israeli flag

This Tuesday, January 21, when voting opens in the United States for the World Zionist Congress elections, we’re counting on you to step up and Vote Reform.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Two women holding hands under a chuppah as a rabbi officiates over their wedding ceremony

Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley in Lowell, MA, won a 2019 URJ Belin Award for its LGBTQ+ “Uninitiative,” a series of audaciously hospitable actions to welcome and support the congregation’s LGBTQ+ community. 

Chris Harrison
The author on the bimah at her congregation. The Pride flag is visible in front of her, the Israeli flag behind her.

Learn how one congregation, working together as a community, achieved a positive outcome for LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Dr. Arlene B. Holtz
Rainbow pride flag with Jewish star in the middle

As tzitzit remind us to fulfill God’s commandments, they also must prompt us to display signs of welcome and love, demonstrating people can be themselves in our space.

Caroline Dorn
Three young adults holding signs in support of equal pay for women

Next Equal Pay Day, may every member of the Reform Jewish community be actively engaged in the work to bring more justice to our workplaces.

Rabbi Mary Zamore
Protesters outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, Israel

Read Rabbi Gilad Kariv's remarks from the rally outside Prime Minister Netenyahu's residence on Saturday evening, July 1.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Cupped hands holding a paper cutout of two male shaped stick figures with a heart between them

In honor of Pride Month, we’ve rounded up resources that will help your congregation better practice audacious hospitality to the LGBTQ community.

April Baskin
Trans flag blowing in the wind against a blue sky

The Reform Jewish Movement remains committed to full inclusion for transgender and gender non-conforming people and their families.

Lauren Theodore

On the bimah during his confirmation, twelfth grader Sean Cooper recounted his coming out experience:

When I came out as a homosexual, I posted a picture to Facebook with my father, with the caption “….”. While some may have previously inferred my sexual orientation, that post was my first official public coming out. The next day, I came to my temple, Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA, for a meeting of our youth group. I was greeted at the door by Cantor Doug Cotler, the man I have known my whole life, with a warm hug and friendly “I’m proud of you,” and by Rabbi Julia Weisz with a smile and great warmth. Rabbi Paul Kipnes was even more accepting than anyone. His kind and heartfelt acceptance expressed not only his embracing personal views, but also the wide-open arms of the Jewish community.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes