The pain of concealing one's identity is something that we understand as out LGBT identified Jews. We are grateful for the privilege of being out and open in our communities, but in so many places the struggle to be our full complete selves continues.
This past weekend, Arthur had the opportunity to attend an East Coast Orthodox-based Shabbaton with 140 other LGBT Jews. Many of the participants said with great emotion that they had dreamed all their lives of a community where they could be their authentic LGBT Jewish selves. With the annual Queer Shabbaton presented by Nehirim this weekend, we hope to re-create this feeling with many of you.
From the expansion of visitation rights at hospitals, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and now the unbarred travel to the U.S. for people living with HIV/AIDS, our community has cause for celebration, yet there is much more work ahead. See our upcoming events and read an elaboration on these topics written by our newest Federation team member, Max Kopeikin.
See you OUT in the community,
Arthur Slepian, Chair
Lisa Finkelstein, Director
|Queer Shabbaton San Francisco |
Sha'ar Zahav/The Women's Building
Jan 28 6:00pm - Jan 30 1:00pm
Join the Nehirim community for its annual urban retreat of culture, creativity, and community.
|Cantor Unplugged IV |
Jan 29 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Broadway Night with a Little Yiddishkayt
|Israeli Photographer Adi Nes |
JCCSF - Feb 01 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hillel at Stanford - Feb 02 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Palo Alto JCC - Feb 02 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Internationally acclaimed Israeli artist about his Israeli homo-erotic soldiers' Last Supper, homeless Bible Stories and much more
|Celebration of The Robert Giard Exhibibition |
Feb 09 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Particular Voices: Portraits of Jewish Gay and Lesbian Writers featuring poets Teya Schafferm & Elana Dykewomon
|Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right |
Feb 09 7:00pm - 9:00pm
From toddlers to teens, teaching children to think and act ethically with author expert Barbara Coloroso