When my husband read an early draft of this essay, he asked, "Why doesn't her partner have to support our daughter? After all, they agreed to raise children as Jews." What does it mean to raise a Jewish child?
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
Religious people should support equality for gays and lesbians not despite religion — but because of it.
So writes Jay Michaelson in his new bestselling book "God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality" (Beacon), which Publisher's Weekly called "a salvo in the case for equality," and which recently hit #1 in gay/lesbian nonfiction on Amazon.com.
The Center on Halsted, Gerber/Hart Library, Nehirim, Or Chadash, Equality Illinois, the Forward, Zeek, and Beacon Press are proud to host Jay Michaelson for an evening of learning and conversation on how we as LGBT Jews and allies enrich the Jewish people with our differences, and how we can have productive conversations with those still struggling with issues of religion and sexuality.
In this text-based and no-holds-barred conversation, Michaelson will discuss his own personal journey of acceptance and affirmation, and how the overwhelming majority of our religious values support inclusion of LGBT people. Plenty of time will be allowed for questions and conversation, and a reception will be held afterward.