transgender issues

transgender issues

Two people's right hands clasped in a show of empathy or support

Learn how two Belin Award-winning congregations worked to make those already in their communities feel more included, “seen,” and understood.

Toby Singer
URJ VP of Audacious Hospitality April Baskin stands in a classroom and gestures with her hands as she teaches a room full of participants in the URJ Keshet training partnership

A year-long initiative, the URJ-Keshet Youth Leadership Project, aims to improve inclusivity in our Reform youth programs. It is the largest implementation yet of Keshet’s work

Toby Singer and Rachael Brill
The word EQUALITY spelled out in wooden Scrabbble tiles sitting atop a rainbow printed surface

Understanding is only half the battle. Progress is achieved on a continual basis, and to create truly inclusive spaces for LGBTQ people, organizations must do more than understand the issues.

Max Antman
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
View from bimah of Consultation on Conscience 2017 participants filling sanctuary (including the balcony)

With more than 800 Reform Movement leaders and activists gathered at the 2017 Consultation on Conscience, the excitement to build a more just world was palpable.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
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
Transgender restroom sign

In 2014, Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA, hosted a “Kindness Counts” conference focused on welcoming LGBTQ Jews to the community. Recently, a small group of congregational leaders decided it was time for a second gathering, this time focusing on inclusion of trans and non-binary Jews in synagogue life.

Jane Tausig
Two hands forming each side of a heart held up against a sunset

Transgender and gender non-conforming youth are cherished members of our community, but only during the past few years has the organized Jewish community undertaken concerted, large-scale efforts to communicate our acceptance and love.

Dr. Patrick Rock and Carly Goldberg

Playing a supporting role in a major human rights advocacy campaign is both gratifying and humbling.

Louis Bordman