World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah

World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah Our vision is an environment where Le***an, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Jews worldwide can enjoy free and fulfilling lives. The World Congress of Gay, Le***an, 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.

The World Congress holds conferences and workshops representing the interests of le***an, 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 Co

The World Congress holds conferences and workshops representing the interests of le***an, 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 Co

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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?

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.

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...

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
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March 21-24, 2018

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Tomorrow, May 18 World Congress of GLBT Jews ti sta invitando a una riunione pianificata in Zoom. Argomento: Celebrating the Day Against Homotransphobia Ora: 18 mag 2021 21:00 Roma (15:00 New York) Entra nella riunione in Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2046202159 +19294362866,,2046202159# Stati Uniti (New York) Trova il tuo numero locale: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcCCPN2OSI World Congress of GLBT Jews is inviting you to a scheduled meeting in Zoom. Topic: Celebrating the Day Against Homotransphobia Time: 18 May 2021 21:00 Rome (15:00 New York) Join the meeting in Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2046202159 Meeting ID: 204 620 2159 One tap on mobile device +1 9294362866,, 2046202159 # United States (New York) Compose based on your location +1 929 436 2866 United States (New York) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcCCPN2OSI
EUPJ is organising its first pan-European Pride Shabbat to celebrate the diversity in our communities across Europe. This year Pride Shabbat will be on 3 July and will be virtual only but we hope for this to be an annual event thereafter in person. In order to make this event as diverse and inclusive as possible, we welcome YOUR input. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] by 27 May if you would like to actively contribute to this project, be it during the service or in regard to the panel discussion. If you have ideas for the service, please, contact Rabbi Alexander Grodensky directly at [email protected]. We look forward to welcoming you on 3 July!
Dear friends, So this is happening. The EUPJ will have a Pride Shabbat on 3 July followed by a Panel Discussion. If any of you would like to get involved let me know. Hope to see many of you there. 🙂 David
Dear Members and Friends of World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga'avah. When I was the representative from Seattle's Congregation Tikvah Chadashah, it was called, The World Congress of Le***an and Gay Jews some years ago. I later became a rabbi and want to introduce you to my latest book: Inside the Torah, Narrative, Interpretation, and Mystical Meanings. Check out Parashat Acharei for content relevant for LGBTQ people. For more information and the direct ordering link, click on: www.ArchwayPublishing.com/bookstore/bookdetails/810962-inside-the-torah
The World Congress of GLBT Jews is honored to invite you to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on Sunday, March 14, 2021, beginning at 19:00 UCT (3:00 PM, New York). Email [email protected] for Information to join the meeting via ZOOM.
From our member congregation Beit Ha'Chidush in Amsterdam: Good Shabbos גוט שבת Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום (Nederlands onderaan) Friday evening January 8, 2021 we will hold a virtual English-language Kabbalat Shabbat service through Zoom. Parasja: Sh'mot Service leader: Ellis Griffith Chazzanut: Myriam Lipovksy We also welcome people from other Jewish communities and others who want to participate. No advance registration is required. Email [email protected] for the Zoom details. The service will start at 6:45 pm. The video link will be open from 6:30 pm as a kind of virtual open house. * We advise you to prepare the candles at home (don't forget the matches), in case you want to participate in candle lighting during the service. * After the service we will also make kiddush and motzi. If you want to participate virtually, have your wine and bread ready (don't forget the salt). In order to prevent background noise (and the technical complications it creates), we will mute the microphones of all participants from the start of the service until the end. However, it is possible to consult via the chat function. If you need help, please only use the chat function; don’t sms or app the host, the service leader, the chazzan(it) or Bob. We wish all participants a beautiful Shabbat service, and the feeling of staying connected with the congregation, in these awkward times.
From our member organization in Amersterdam, Beit Ha'Chidush Huis van Vernieuwing Good Shabbos גוט שבת Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום (Nederlands onderaan) Friday evening January 8, 2021 we will hold a virtual English-language Kabbalat Shabbat service through Zoom. Parasja: Sh'mot Service leader: Ellis Griffith Chazzanut: Myriam Lipovksy We also welcome people from other Jewish communities and others who want to participate. No advance registration is required. Email [email protected] for the Zoom details. The service will start at 6:45 pm. The video link will be open from 6:30 pm as a kind of virtual open house. * We advise you to prepare the candles at home (don't forget the matches), in case you want to participate in candle lighting during the service. * After the service we will also make kiddush and motzi. If you want to participate virtually, have your wine and bread ready (don't forget the salt). In order to prevent background noise (and the technical complications it creates), we will mute the microphones of all participants from the start of the service until the end. However, it is possible to consult via the chat function. If you need help, please only use the chat function; don’t sms or app the host, the service leader, the chazzan(it) or Bob. We wish all participants a beautiful Shabbat service, and the feeling of staying connected with the congregation.
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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