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.
Kolenu Shabbat DinnerFriday, May 29 / following 6:15 PM Shabbat services We are delighted to host Kolenu, Seattle’s Jewish LGBTQ Young Adult group, an inclusive community in Seattle. Kolenu strives to create an atmosphere where queer-identified people from a wide spectrum of Jewish backgrounds can feel comfortable. This dinner is intended for LGBTQ Jews in their 20s and 30s, and both meat and vegetarian options will be available.
Pride Shabbat Temple De Hirsch Sinai (1441 16th Ave, Seattle)
Friday, June 19 / Service at 6:00 PM Temple Beth Am is proud to once again be a community partner for Pride Shabbat! Open to the entire Jewish community, this year’s city-wide Pride Shabbat at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Capitol Hill, is a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Jews, with their friends, allies, and families.
Get there early for the Pre-neg at 5:00 PM, and stay after services for dinner at 7:00 PM.
RSVP for dinner by June 14 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.
- A beautiful It Gets Better video created by the faculty of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life Keshet has numerous resources on its site for youth, parents, teachers and Jewish professionals, and LGBTQ Jews of any age, including Torah Queeries (divrei Torah written from an LGBTQ perspective) and TransTexts (an exploration of what Jewish texts say about transgender and gender nonconforming experiences).
TransTorah helps people of all genders to fully access and transform Jewish tradition, and helps Jewish communities to be welcoming sanctuaries for people of all genders TransTorah has resources for transgender Jews and for anyone who wants to learn about how to be welcoming to transgender people.