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A Vibrant Reform Jewish Synagogue in Bergen County.

Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

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How Jewish LGBT Weddings May Improve Straight Ones

Posted on September 17th, 2018
BY HAVIVA NER-DAVID for myjewishlearning.com 


Heterosexual couples have much to learn from gay ones when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.


As a straight post-denominational rabbi who has advocated for women’s rights and gay rights in Jewish ritual practice, and who has done much work in the area of Jewish marriage and divorce, I think that straight couples have much to learn from gay couples when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.

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An Up-to-the-minute Pride Reading List for Kids

Posted on September 10th, 2018
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 


New books with LGBT characters to enjoy during Pride month, and beyond


Presumably you know about modern-day gay kidlit classics like And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole; The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner, illustrated by Mike Byrne; and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. But hey, just in time for Pride Weekend here in NYC, let’s talk about some brand-new children’s books with gay or transgender characters!

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TORAH QUEERIES

Posted on September 3rd, 2018
From Keshet.org


Keshet’s Torah Queeries archive offers more than 150 creative and incisive “queer” takes on the weekly Torah portions and major Jewish holidays, written by some of the Jewish world’s most dynamic scholars, rabbis, activists, and lay leaders.

 
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HINEINI: COMING OUT IN A JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL

Posted on August 27th, 2018
From Keshet


The story of a whole community inspired and changed by one girl’s courage.


HINEINI (Hebrew for ‘Here I am’) chronicles the story of one student’s courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and the transformative impact of her campaign on her entire community.

Longing to connect more deeply with her Jewish identity, Shulamit Izen enters 9th grade at The New Jewish High School (now Gann Academy) in Waltham, Massachusetts. She also starts school as an out lesbian.

Using interviews with Shulamit, her family, teachers, and other students – both those who support her campaign and those who oppose it – the film allows the members of this community to tell their own stories. What emerges is a potent and inspiring story of Jewish pluralism and a community navigating the cross-currents of Jewish tradition and social change.

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Orthodox rabbis reject colleagues’ letter calling LGBTQ community ‘perverts’

Posted on August 20th, 2018
From JTA


Dozens of American and Israeli Orthodox rabbis have signed a letter in support of the LGBTQ community in response to a letter last week from some 200 Orthodox rabbis in Israel that called its members “perverts” and an “organization of abominations.”


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