Judaism teaches us that everyone is created b’tzelem elohim – in the image of God. At Temple Beth Am we welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to become involved in the religious, social, and educational life of the congregation. We also actively work for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) rights, help sponsor city-wide Jewish/LGBTQ events, and joyously participate in the annual Seattle Pride Parade every June.
In 2011 - 2012, TBA was one of the pilot congregations which participated in the Welcoming Synagogues Project, a national effort to create something similar to the “Open and Affirming” designation used by many Christian denominations. Our work as a Welcoming Synagogue continues today with outreach, education, and programs for the entire community.
For our work on marriage equality in Washington state in 2012, TBA received the Irving J. Fain Social Action Award from the Commission on Social Action of the Union for Reform Judaism. Read. More about it here.
Below are a few of the many resources available for LGBTQ Jews and the people who love them.
Our adult and young adult members also speak out from the pulpit about LGBT issues. Here are some recent examples:
The TBA library has a small and growing collection of Jewish / LGBTQ-themed books. Click here for the reading list.