Opening Our Eyes 

Date: April 16, 2015 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: With the Supreme Court due to take up the hotly contested issue of marriage equality later this month, reactions to the phenomenon of same-sex unions have ranged from the thoughtful — National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” began a series on the topic this week by engaging rank-and-file North Dakotans in … Read More

Looking Out: Baltimore faith groups plan Seder with LGBT liberation in mind

Date: March 12, 2015 Source: Baltimore Sun URL: Looking Out: Baltimore faith groups plan Seder with LGBT liberation in mind bs-gm-looking-out-baltimore-faith-groups-plan-seder-with-lgbt-liberation-in-mind-20150312 If the Jewish ritual of Seder is at its core about liberation, why not the liberation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people from the constraints of social discrimination? That’s the question posed by organizers of Baltimore’s … Read More

Jewish group to host two events

Date: October 7, 2014 Source: Washington Blade URL: Jewish group to host two events JQ Baltimore, an organization that works to make Baltimore a welcoming community for Jewish LGBT individuals, families and allies, will host two events. On Oct. 25, there will be a Rainbow Shabbat—a vegetarian potluck dinner and Havdalah Service in honor of Noah and the Ark. … Read More

LGBT Americans less likely to be religious, poll finds – Baltimore Sun

Date: August 13, 2014 Source: Baltimore Sun URL:   Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are less likely to be religious than their non-LGBT peers, according to a new Gallup poll. While about half of the 3,242 LGBT adults included in the poll found religion important in their daily lives, that is well below the 66 … Read More

A Coming-Out Celebration: Actor, director and playwright Jeffrey Solomon 

Date: August 7, 2014 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: Jeffrey Solomon, who wrote the play, portrays both son and mother. (Provided) Actor, director and playwright Jeffrey Solomon happily acknowledges that the landscape for gays and lesbians in America has changed dramatically since 1998, when he first performed “Mother/SON,” a solo show about a Jewish mother’s journey from deep disappointment … Read More

Searching for Community: Mindy Dickler and JPride 

Date: April 3, 2014 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: The night Gidon Feen came out as gay at his Orthodox high school after-graduation party, he said he could feel his stomach boiling. While he had come out to his close friends in 11th grade, this was his entire high school. “Oh, by the way, I’m gay and I’m coming … Read More

Jewish Organizations Face Off:Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. (D-District 18) – Baltimore Jewish Times

Date: February 27, 2014 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: BJC Executive Director Arthur Abramson: “We believe that you should not be using public dollars to discriminate.” (File Photo) On its surface, legislation being discussed in Annapolis is an effort on the part of the state to stand up to those who would boycott Israel. But the inclusion of financial … Read More

Why Can’t We Talk About It? Mental Illness, Simone Ellin of Jmore 

Date: July 31, 2013 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: This week’s cover story is principally about mental illness and suicide. But the real story is one of communication — or rather missed communication. Despite the fact that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of age, economic status or religion, those with the disease are often stigmatized. No one wants … Read More

‘Continue In Honest Dialogue’ 

Date: July 3, 2013 Source: Baltimore Jewish Times URL: Gay rights supporter Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 26. The high court ruled last week on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) ! Why the differences of opinion? The Supreme Court’s rulings bolstered same-sex marriage by … Read More

Group maintains the ties between parents and their LGBT children – Keshet

Date: 5/10/13 Source: Keshet URL: Whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, LGBT Jews face many challenges, and so do their parents. Joanna Ware, lead organizer and training coordinator for Keshet, an organization promoting full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life, gave an example over the phone from Keshet’s national office in Jamaica Plain. ! “One … Read More