Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Hineni Session 4 - LGBTQ Jewish Leadership -- Envisioning a Better Jewish Future Together
Adas Israel Congregation

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Hineni is a new four-part seminar series offered by GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC (with support from Adas Israel Congregation) that will examine what it means to be both Jewish and LGBTQ today. Together with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, we’ll dive deep into our Judaism to discover how we can become empowered, knowledgeable, and engaged members and leaders of the Jewish community with pride.

Session 4 | LGBTQ Jewish Leadership — Envisioning a Better Jewish Future Together

By virtue of being both Jewish and LGBTQ, we possess a unique combination of experiences and insights. The Jewish community desperately needs the gifts that we bring — to enable the community to be more creative, dynamic, diverse, and fabulous. Despite a great desire to be welcoming, most Jewish communities today are still defined by their heteronormativity and inability to plan and program for a greater diversity of people and experiences. In this seminar, we will explore the trends affecting Jewish communities, organizations and synagogues. We will discern how our unique talents can best address the challenges of our Jewish community. We will learn what it takes to lead the Jewish people forward — in great and small ways — to a healthier and more diverse and vibrant future. It all begins with what we have learned by coming out: being different and unashamed, being unique and filled with pride. Together, we will explore how we can lead the Jewish people to reconnect with this essential and powerful truth of being human, and being Jewish.

This program is open to all people, LGBTQ and allies – Jewish and non-Jewish. No previous knowledge of Judaism or Jewish texts is required. (For accessibility/accommodation requests, please email

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2850 Quebec Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

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