World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah

World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah Our vision is an environment where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Jews worldwide can enjoy free and fulfilling lives. The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga’avah consists of around 50 member organizations in Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.
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The World Congress holds conferences and workshops representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender Jews around the world. The focus of these sessions varies from regional, national, continental, to global. The Hebrew subtitle Keshet Ga’avah - Rainbow of Pride - emphasizes the importance of Hebrew and of Israel to the World Congress. Since its establishment in 1975, The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga’avah has held conferences all over the world. Our conferences have empowered both local and visiting GLBT Jews.

Mission: Our Goals In support of our vision, our goals are: - To be the worldwide voice of LGBT Jews - To support, inspire, and strengthen local groups - To foster a sense of community among diverse individuals and organizations - To achieve equality and security for LGBT Jews worldwide. Our Guiding Principles To achieve our goals, we value: - Diversity among groups and individuals; - Self-determination and respect for the autonomy of local organizations and individuals; - Transparent organizational structure; and - Close ties between LGBT Israelis and LGBT Jews around the world.

Operating as usual

04/01/2020

On April 1, 1313 BCE (according to the Lubavitcher Hasidic movement), the Red Sea divided and the fleeing slaves crossed the dry land before the waters came together again and drowned Pharaoh's pursuing army. According to the Midrash, Nachshon, a prince of the tribe of Judah (and in the ancestral blood line of the Messiah), led the way into the sea before the waters parted.

April 5, 1948, (Israeli War of Independence) the Israeli military action that successfully broke the siege of Jerusalem by opening the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem road to provide food and weapons to the city, was named Operation Nachshon.

May we find the one to part the seas for us in this time.

03/11/2020

Our friends in Italy, how are you?

Kim, congrats on reading from the megillah at Emanuel synagogue - a queer friendly Progressive shul in Sydney, Australia...
03/10/2020

Kim, congrats on reading from the megillah at Emanuel synagogue - a queer friendly Progressive shul in Sydney, Australia.
Check out the video:

https://www.facebook.com/kimgot33/videos/10157138324858811/

Kim Gotlieb is Past President of Dayenu: Sydney Jewish LGBTQI+ and was Convenor of 25th World Congress of LGBT Jews in Sydney last year.

03/09/2020

March 9, 1943, 12 Dutch police officers refused to participate in the round-up of Jews in Grootegast. They were imprisoned in the Vugt concentration camp in the southern Netherlands. Henk Drogt, 23, escaped before incarceration and joined a Dutch resistance group that helped to rescue downed Allied pilots and to help Jews in hiding. He was subsequently caught and executed. After the war, Drogt was posthumously decorated by President Eisenhower, Prime Minister Churchill, and the Dutch government. All 12 officers were recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in 1988. Of more than 22,000 people so recognized, nearly 5,000 lived in Holland.

European Regional Conference postponed until mid to late July 2020 due to the Coronavirus. Update to follow in mid-April...
03/03/2020

European Regional Conference postponed until mid to late July 2020 due to the Coronavirus. Update to follow in mid-April.

The panel conference went extremely for Stonewall celebration at the French Consulate.The public was concerned about the...
06/09/2019

The panel conference went extremely for Stonewall celebration at the French Consulate.
The public was concerned about the Trans ban in the US army and Georgia State backlash.
Otherwise the discussion was international and not very technical .
Many thanks to the 50 attendees and all those who helped to organize this event.
Photo credit Rabbi Rapport from CBST
Frank

Global conference closed March 24th, 2019 in Sydney. Full success of the organizers from Dayenu with the hospitality of ...
03/24/2019

Global conference closed March 24th, 2019 in Sydney. Full success of the organizers from Dayenu with the hospitality of Emmanuel Synagogue.

Photos from World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah's post
03/21/2019

Photos from World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah's post

Let the conference starts !
03/21/2019

Let the conference starts !

Global conference starts in Sydney Australia today March 21st, 2019.Kim Gotlieb
03/21/2019

Global conference starts in Sydney Australia today March 21st, 2019.
Kim Gotlieb

Let the conference starts !
03/20/2019

Let the conference starts !

Tomorrow Thursday 21 March from 6:30 to 8 am Megilat Esther at Emmanuel Synagogue 7 Ocean Street, Sydney, Australia.Foll...
03/20/2019

Tomorrow Thursday 21 March from 6:30 to 8 am Megilat Esther at Emmanuel Synagogue 7 Ocean Street, Sydney, Australia.
Followed at 9 am sharp by the board meeting of the World Congress.
We are looking forward to welcoming you here.

02/03/2019
Keshet Deutschland

We welcome Keshet Deutschland as our new proud member !

Mit großer Freude und Stolz dürfen wir mitteilen, dass Keshet Deutschland e.V. als Mitglied im World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah aufgenommen wurde.

Keshet Ga’avah (übersetzt: Regenbogen des Stolzes) ist die erste und größte internationale Organisation für LGBTIQ*-Juden*. Seit 1976 kämpft Keshet Ga’avah für die Anerkennung von LGBTIQ*-Identitäten in den jüdischen Gemeinden der Welt. Die Organisation stellt Informationsmaterial zur Verfügung, unterstützt lokale LGBTIQ*-Gruppen und veranstaltet jährlich an verschiedenen Orten der Welt beeindruckende internationale Konferenzen.

Mit Keshet Deutschland e.V. ist nach vielen Jahren wieder eine deutsche Organisation im World Congress of GLBT Jews vertreten. Wir sind sehr stolz darauf, den deutschen Juden* mit LGBTIQ*-Identität auf internationaler Ebene eine Stimme geben zu können, und freuen uns sehr auf die Zusammenarbeit mit Keshet Ga’avah. #queerjews

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We are very happy and proud to announce that Keshet Deutschland e.V. has been accepted as a member of the World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah.

Keshet Ga'avah (translated: rainbow of pride) is the first and largest international organization for LGBTIQ* Jews. Since 1976, Keshet Ga'avah has been fighting for the recognition of LGBTIQ* identities in Jewish communities worldwide. The organisation provides information material, supports local LGBTIQ* groups and organises impressive annual international conferences in different parts of the world.

With Keshet Deutschland e.V. a German organization is represented again in the World Congress of GLBT Jews after many years. We are proud to give German LGBTIQ*-Jews a voice on an international level and very much look forward to working with Keshet Ga'avah.

I will be delighted to welcome you in person at our book launch in Los Angeles next Sunday January 27Please click the li...
01/21/2019
Kol Koleinu - LA Book launch / Guest Speaker: Christophe Lemoine Consul General of France

I will be delighted to welcome you in person at our book launch in Los Angeles next Sunday January 27

Please click the link below to register

Our Book: The objectives of our book "Kol Koleinu" (in Hebrew: All Our Voices) are threefold: Compiling key milestones of The World Congress — Keshet Ga’avah since the 1970’s, recognizing the contributions of major LGBTQ Jewish organizations in 15 countries and 5 continents, and documenting cu...

This is the biggest event for LGBTJews, their friends and allies... in 2019, for the first time ever, it takes place in ...
01/14/2019

This is the biggest event for LGBTJews, their friends and allies...
in 2019, for the first time ever, it takes place in Asia/Pacific!
Dayenu, our members from Sydney, Australia have put together an exceptional program and much experience shared with inspiring speakers from all over the World.

More info online glbtjews.org
Register online Dayenu.org.au
With Kim Gotlieb

Registrations start now to attend our first event of 2019: Kol Koleinu book launch in Los Angeles.
12/28/2018

Registrations start now to attend our first event of 2019: Kol Koleinu book launch in Los Angeles.

12/07/2018
25th Jewish GLBT+ World Congress Sydney 2019

Get prepared and book your ticket for the first ever gathering of the kind in Sydney on March 21st, 2019

A taste of what is to come at the 25th Jewish GLBT+world Congress Sydney 2019

10/27/2018

The World Congress would like to share condolence and the following statement from our member organization in Pittsburg.

Bet Tikvah is saddened by the tragedy today at Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha, Dor Hadash, and New Light congregations.
Our thoughts and prayers are with
them all.

10/26/2018

25th global conference of LGBT Jews in
Sydney Australia
March 21-24, 2018

07/19/2018

ISRAEL: DISCRIMINATION IN SURROGACY RIGHTS

Today, the Israeli Parliament Knesset adopted a legislation that perpetuates the discrimination in Israel's Surrogacy Law against Gays and Trans. Despite huge public support for LGBTQ families and the community outcry, the Israeli government passed this legislation under the pressure of the Ultra-orthodox parties. This legislation comes after 22 years in which surrogacy is legal in Israel but only for heterosexual couples. While hundreds of babies were born through surrogacy in Israel, same-sex couples, men, and transgenders are forced to pursue surrogacy outside of Israel, putting them and the newborns at health and financial risks. This backdrop comes after several years were same-sex couples in Israel are being discriminated with relation to parenthood rights and acknowledgment, for example, parenthood recognition for lesbian couples.
The World Congress: Keshet Ga’avah stands in the strongest support with the Israeli LGBTQ community and its organizations, such as The Aguda (the National Association of LGBTQ in Israel). The Aguda has called for the first-ever LGBTQ strike this coming Sunday in Israel. We are happy to see that so many Israeli and international companies have joined this movement and have been vocal on their support of the strike and the LGBTQ community rights to become parents.
We call upon the Israeli government and parliament to end the discrimination against LGBTQ people and to promote full equality.

Pour nos ami.e.s à Paris, notre livre « Kol Koleinu - All our voices » est disponible à la librairie Les Mots à la Bouch...
06/20/2018

Pour nos ami.e.s à Paris, notre livre « Kol Koleinu - All our voices » est disponible à la librairie
Les Mots à la Bouche,
6 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, Paris 4e (Le Marais)

Le livre "Kol Koleinu" a 3 objectifs: Compiler les événements historiques depuis les années 1970, rendre hommage aux principales organisations juives LGBTQ dans 15 pays sur 5 continents, débattre des problématiques actuelles et servir d'héritage pour les générations futures de toutes les communautés.
Ce livre est le premier travail collectif historique impliquant 65 contributeurs, journalistes, politiciens, activistes et chefs religieux.

Pittsburgh Bet Tikvah celebrates their 30th anniversary with The World Congress Keshet Gaavah and Kol Koleinu book
06/03/2018

Pittsburgh Bet Tikvah celebrates their 30th anniversary with The World Congress Keshet Gaavah and Kol Koleinu book

06/03/2018

30th anniversary of congregation Bet Tikvah and Kol Koleinu book event in Pittsburgh

Kol Koleinu book event at Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco
05/27/2018

Kol Koleinu book event at Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco

05/26/2018

Great book event for « Kol Koleinu - All Our Voices » at Sha'ar Zahav San Francisco.
Many thanks to Heidi, Martin, Alex, Michael and Arthur.

05/26/2018

Book « Kol Koleinu - All Our Voices » event at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco.
Many thanks to Martin, Alex and Michael.

Kol Koleinu presented in Dallas toCongregation Beth El BinahMany thanks to Linda, Joshua, Gary, Carrie, Sandy, Jan and C...
05/19/2018

Kol Koleinu presented in Dallas to
Congregation Beth El Binah
Many thanks to Linda, Joshua, Gary, Carrie, Sandy, Jan and Cantor Don for this warm welcome .

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The memorial service for the burial of our beloved Laura Weinstein (Z"L) will be held: • Date: Monday, January 4, 2021 • Time: 19:00 UCT (2:00pm, Bogota, Columbia) • Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86361098818?pwd=Umd1RmFPb3NHQk85TFJyL2l2TWpIdz09 (Meeting ID: 863 6109 8818. Access code: 020121) Laura’s most powerful form of resistance against transphobia and hatred was her smiling face and believing and seeing the possibilities of everything. May her legacy inspire and guide us in the fight for a more just society. The organization she directed, Grupo de Acción y Apoyo a Personas Trans (GAAT), a trans rights group based in the Colombian capital of Bogotá has organized a crowdfunding site to help with funeral costs. Contribute to the fund at: https://vaki.co/es/vaki/LauraSiempre
https://glbtjews.org/ We mourn the passing of Laura Weinstein (Z"L), Officer-at-Large of the Western Hemisphere of The World Congress of GLBT Jews and director of Fundación Grupo de Acción y Apoyo a Personas Trans (GAAT), a trans rights group based in the Colombian capital of Bogotá. She was a fearless fighter for human rights inspirational Trans activist. Arrangements for a virtual Shiva are pending. Check back mid-week for more information. יהי זכרה בין חללי עמנו. Que sea recordada entre los mártires de nuestro pueblo. Laura's Pesach message to our community. Saludos de Pesaj Laura Weinstein, She/Her/Hers, Officer-at-Large, Western Hemisphere Estimadas y estimados, En estos momentos tan cruciales por los que vivimos, la celebración de la pascua marca una oportunidad significativo para el pueblo judío, festividad de la cual no somos ajenos quienes entre el pueblo judíos tenemos una orientación sexual o identidad de género diversa, ya que es precisamente pesaj una fiesta que marca el inicio de la libertad para un pueblo sometido a la esclavitud, en el silencio y con la imposibilidad de ser reconocidos, la libertad nos concedió el honor de sentirnos parte de un pueblo, libertad que ha logrado alcanzarnos en sus diferentes esferas, ya sea en lo comunitario, religiosa y humano. Es precisamente pesaj quien nos recuerda las posibilidades de poder ser y vivir, por ello les invitamos a buscar la unión y celebrar reconociendo la enorme diversidad de la que hacemos y vivimos como individuos y pueblo, pero no olvidando que la libertad sea acompaña del respeto, la solidaridad y del aceptar al otro, donde se nos otorga la capacidad de poder reconocer al otro, de manifestar nuestros sentimientos de amor y la aceptación sin cuestionamientos y sin reparos. Por ello la Invitación del Congreso Mundial Judío LGBT, es abrazarnos, vernos y celebrar juntos y juntas sin prejuicios, entendiendo que la ausencia de uno o una de las nuestras en la mesa del seder producto de la discriminación o los prejuicios rompe con el mensaje que trae implícito pesaj por ello les enviamos un saludo de esperanza y de diversidad, para abrazarnos y acogernos entre todos dejando de lado las diferencias y unirnos con el mismo deseo y esperanza que el pueblo judío paso el mar rojo con el más grande deseo de vivir y sentir la libertad, para que juntos podamos el próximo año estar en Jerusalém.
Another article about the loss of our Steering Committee member Laura Weinstein.
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~WELCOME TO 2021 AND CONTINUING THE LEGACY~ The year 2020 was not the year that any of us imagined. It tested us all and, it’s only now that the future appears more certain. But with your support, like the miracle of each setting sun, the miracle of The World Congress of GLBT Jews will continue into our 45th year of building and sustaining community. In the age of COVID we: • Pioneered our first virtual annual board meeting removing financial barriers that, in the past, may have dissuaded some of our members from joining in person to share their voices. • Expanded diversity on our Steering Committee, which now represents a true Keshet Ga'avah of our supporters around the world. • Hosted a European Regional Dialog for European queer Jewish associations to gather in solidarity and discuss anti-Semitism and homophobia in Europe, national LGBTQI+ movements and the current political situation. • Organized outreach to Poland and Brazil. • Supported the launch of Keshet Sefarad, the first LGBTQI Jewish organization in Spain. • Hosted an international Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service and panel discussion with KESHET. • Spoke on a panel dedicated to LGBTQI+ issues (represented by member organization MDKI) at the first e-summit of European Jewish leaders. • Began collaboration with other LBGTQI+ organizations to build a transnational partnership platform for Jewish LGBTQI+ activists. In December, we kicked-off our annual membership fundraising drive. Arriving to 2021 offers new opportunities to support and connect, but it also creates additional operating costs. If you've enjoyed our programming, found our newsletter useful or just want to help us continue our critical work in these times of increasing hate, nationalism and frequent attacks, donate now. Be a part of our incredible all volunteer organization that supports LGBTQ+ Jewish communities and individuals around the world. Please remit your 2021 membership ($18 - חי - for individual membership) either on our website (preferred, https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_donations&business=donations%40glbtjews%2eorg&lc=US&item_name=Donation&no_note=0¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHostedGuest) or by postal mail to The World Congress GLBT Jews (WCGLBTJ), PO Box 23379, Washington, DC 20026-3379, U.S.A. If by check or money order, make your payment payable to The World Congress of GLBT Jews (WCGLBTJ). Stay strong, be safe and be well. בשלום (in peace) goldy Goldy Goldberg [email protected] What's App +1-703-298-9925 A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Charity (Donations are deductible as permitted by law) PO Box 23379, Washington, DC 20026-3379 glbtjews.org - [email protected] - fb/glbtjews Dues Structure (U.S. Dollars) CATEGORY DUES Individual Membership $ 18.00 Organizational Membership Student Organizations $ 50.00 Under 100 Members $100.00 101 - 200 Members $200.00 201 - 300 Members $300.00 301 - 400 Members $400.00 Over 400 Members $500.00
We mourn the sudden passing of Erwin Brugmans, a former development director, eastern hemisphere, for the World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah and a leader of Sjalhomo, the Amsterdam LGBT Jewish group. A memorial service, via ZOOM, is scheduled for tomorrow, December 16, at 20:00 UCT beginning with חֲנֻכָּה candle lighting. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87881416732?pwd=SlZleU5ZNVRacWJLMVlJc3lZTnQzQT09 Meeting ID: 878 8141 6732. Passcode: 948030
חג שמח Call for Nominations: Help guide the future of The World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga’avah and serve on the Steering Committee. Time commitment is nominal. Elections will take place at the March 14, 2021 Annual Board Meeting. Please send nominee information to past president Howard Solomon, Nomination Committee Chairperson, at [email protected] no later than January 5, 2020 and include name, email address, phone number and a short narrative about qualifications/interest to serve. More information about eligibility, open positions and duties is at:
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Greetings! I'm writing to share a new publication that may be of interest: 'Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context,' published this month by Stanford University Press: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=31783 This is the first book-length study of Jewishness and queerness in the life and work of Maurice Sendak (creator of Where the Wild Things Are and many other picture-book classics). Further details in the attached flyer. Best wishes and be well!
Bienvenido a nuestro miembro más nuevo de España. Gracias Antonio por unirte a nosotros en solidaridad y apoyo a nuestra comunidad judía LBGTQI. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=103600268269109&set=a.103600291602440
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