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, a longtime advocate for Jewish diversity and inclusion, is a graduate of Tufts University, a member of the Selah Leadership Network, and an alumna of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation's Insight Fellowship and Jews United for Justice's Jeremiah Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She most recently served as the vice president of Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism. In addition, she previously served as the national director of resources and training at InterfaithFamily.com and president of the Jewish Multiracial Network.


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