Eshel

Despite Gains For LGBT Jews, Frum Families Still Feeling Alienated

When an Orthodox child comes out of the closet, the parents go in, first-of-its-kind survey finds.

04/05/2016 - 18:12
Staff Writer

A pioneering survey of Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children released last week found that many families remain closeted in their communities because of disapproval from rabbis or other community leaders.

Emotional support is a hallmark of Eshel retreats. Courtesy of Eshel.

Natan, Wall Street's Giving Circle, Makes Grants To New Media, Africa

08/10/2015 - 20:00

Organizations that seek to integrate the Jewish LGBT community into the wider Jewish community, a day school geared to the needs of Jewish children with learning disabilities, and initiatives for Russian-speaking Jews in the United States are among recipients of 2015-16 grants from the Natan Fund, known as Wall Street’s giving circle.

At Eshel, We Are Hopeful

04/09/2014 - 20:00

Our friend Justin Spiro has hit upon the challenge in his piece, "LGBTQ Youth Have No Derech To Stray From." We cannot complain that young people are leaving a community if it leaves them first. 

My Secret, As The Father Of An LGBTQ Child -- Not What You Think!

10/10/2013 - 20:00

Editor's Note: Eshel, an organization that advocates for an Orthodox community that is inclusive of LGBTQ Jews, offered us this piece in honor of National Coming Out DayEshel is launching an Orthodox Allies Roundtable.  To find out more on how to be an Orthodox ally click here.

I am a Modern Orthodox Jew, the product of a Torah u’Madda (Torah and secular) education. I am not sure what I expected to discover at this first-ever weekend “Shabbaton,” hosted by Eshel, for Orthodox Jewish parents of LGBTQ children last April. 

Gay Orthodox Shabbaton Was Like ‘Heaven’

For those on the margins, a new sense of belonging at first-ever event.
02/07/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Usually, when Adam goes to shul, he feels like part of him is just not there. In the black-hat synagogue he attends with his children, he feels that he’s always guarding the secret that he’s gay.

Although he grew up in the haredi community and attended its institutions, he no longer feels comfortable in that world, even as his children are very much integrated into the community. While he has come out to his ex-wife, his children still don’t know.

Ely Winkler and Sheldon Bruck mark Havdalah at the Eshel Shabbaton.
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