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Standing Proud

New York’s diverse Jewish community includes more than 50,000 LGBTQ Jews and their families. During this 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we’re more committed than ever to creating supportive spaces and resources for people who are LGBTQ.

Here are some of the programs made possible through our support:

  • Israel Gay Youth/Jewish Queer Youth ProjectMeet the winner of UJA’s crowdsourcing campaign to fund a project that brings New Yorkers and Israelis together to address shared challenges! IGY and JQY will create a more inclusive community and foster connections between LGBTQ young people in Israel and New York.
  • Camp Ga'avah – A four-week summer day camp for kids ages 6 to 17 takes place on Long Island, run by the Friedberg JCC. A safe place for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities to build strong relationships and confidence, Camp Ga’avah gives kids the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat, participate in tikkun olam projects, and learn skills to better navigate their individual journeys.
  • SVARA’s Queer Talmud Camp – This July, a five-day Queer Talmud Camp for adults is launching at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. The camp is a place where students, brand new to the Talmud or on an advanced level, can explore Judaism through a queer lens.
  • Eden Village Camp – Eden Village Camp, in partnership with Gender Illumination, will implement a series of trainings for staff to create a culture of inclusion at camp, including opening a non-gendered bunk this summer for campers who prefer that space.
  • Keshet – As a national leader in LGBTQ Jewish equality and inclusion training, Keshet is working with UJA to provide resources, skills training, and consulting to support LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish community organizations in the New York area.
  • NYLAG LGBTQ Law Project – The Law Project protects the rights of the LGBTQ community and provides legal services for low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers.
  • Jewish Queer Youth Drop-in Center – A safe and welcoming Jewish environment where LGBTQ at-risk teens and young adults, ages 13 - 23, from across the religious spectrum have access to licensed social workers, health resources, kosher meals, and the opportunity to be part of an affirming community.
  • Eshel, A Wider Bridge, and Jewish Queer Youth – These programs create opportunities for people who identify as LGBTQ to celebrate their identity and engage in Jewish experiences that are meaningful to them.

Creating a Welcoming Space for LGBTQ Kids

“Camp Ga’avah is a very free space, always accepting of people.” Max, 13, a participant in Camp Ga’avah. See the full story.

Building a More Inclusive Community
“I want to feel and be part of a community, to be included.” — Sandra, an older adult who lost her wife and found comfort with the Jewish community. Read Sandra’s story.

UJAPride
UJAPride is a safe, inclusive space for people who identify as LGBTQ, who are LGBTQ allies, and who want to strengthen our community and make an impact. Join us.

“I’m ‘proud’ to be a part of the UJAPride committee and see our hard work and money benefit the LGBTQ community.” — Peter Gordenstein

 “We like the social aspect of coming together with UJA Pride to do good.” — Marc Schechter and Evan Seigerman. Read their full story here.