At UJA-Federation, our doors are open to anyone seeking a vibrant Jewish future. Ours is a tent large enough to welcome everyone who appreciates the richness of Judaism and the diversity of the community we call home.
We're proud to support a community in which everyone is welcome. We’re proud of our beneficiary programs that provide support and safe spaces for gay men, women, and teens throughout the New York area.
The "Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011" found 50,000 Jews living in 33,000 households that have an LGBTQ individual.
Programs offered by our beneficiary agencies and grantees include:
LIGALY (Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth)
Aleph Project, through LIGALY, collaborates with Jewish institutions on Long Island to provide a safe space in which LGBT Jewish teens can successfully integrate and express both their LGBT and Jewish identities and increases and sustains connections to Jewish life and experience. Aleph 2.0 Project receives additional funding for programs and activities for LGBT Jewish young adults in their 20s and 30s.
Jewish LGBT Teen Shabbaton (at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in conjunction with Keshet)
Isabella Freedman, in partnership with Keshet, hosts annual weekend-long retreats for Jewish teens who identify as LBGT. Through traditional camping activities, Jewish experiences, and discussion and skill-building groups, Isabella Freedman enables LGBT teens to network, find support and friendship in peers, and learn how to bring acceptance, advocacy, and education to their home communities — providing many with their first opportunity to feel truly comfortable, supported, and confident in who they are.
Synagogue Outreach Network (SON): A Project to Engage Russian-Speakers in Synagogue Life at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)
Synagogue Outreach Network (SON) helps strengthen synagogues by developing the capacity of congregations to effectively reach Russian-speaking Jews. The lessons learned as a result of the training are applicable beyond the Russian Jewish community and can be used effectively in reaching other less represented groups.
SAGE (in partnership with Congregation Beit Simchat Torah)
The SAGE Caregiver Initiative provides a foundation for a caring congregation at CBST through educational activities, support services, and volunteer development.
One bus of New York area LGBT youth was sponsored in 2011. Another went in 2013. And another is planned for 2014. Read more.
LGBT Sensitivity Training
Funding was provided for sensitivity training about LGBT issues for agency professionals working with older adults.
Network Agencies: Programs and Initiatives
There are network agencies affiliated with UJA-Federation that directly address the LGBTQ population and have created targeted programming on their own initiative, including individual and group counseling, educational opportunities, social events, social justice and advocacy opportunities, services for gay and lesbian older adults, and youth programs.