KeshetUK works to ensure a world where no one has to choose between their LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) and Jewish identity. We work with schools, universities, synagogues, youth movements, other community organisations and individuals to broaden LGBT+ Jewish inclusion and incubate new projects as we plan for the future needs of LGBT+ individuals in the Jewish community.
SVARA is a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud through the lens of queer experiences. SVARA’s unique pedagogy makes Talmud study in the original accessible—for the first time in Jewish history—to all who want to learn. At SVARA, everyone—queer, straight, trans, alef-bet beginners, experienced talmudists, secular, religious, Jews, non-Jews—everyone learns together in a mixed-level bet midrash that recognizes as crucial the insights of all those on the margins.
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.
Laviot – A community of queer, Jewish women which fills a gap in the social landscape.
Books and zines of LGBTQ Jewish Interest
Jewing Queer – A new zine project about being a queer Jew. Issue #1 based on the dissertation “Queer Dreams of Jewish Family”. Website to follow.
TimTum– A zine by Micah Bazant about being a queer/trans Jew. Written in 1999 and still extremely inspiring, poetic and revolutionary.
The Tribe of Dina (ed. Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz and Irena Klepfisz) – A hugely influential anthology compiled in the 80s that discusses Jewish feminist participation and thought.
Nice Jewish Girls (ed. Evelyn Torton Beck) – Another very influential anthology, this time of Jewish-lesbian poetry, conversations and essays and stories.
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in the Jewish Community (ed. Noach Dzmura) – A recent anthology that is very touching and full of hope and inspiration.
Queer Theory and The Jewish Question (ed. Daniel Boyarin, Daniel Itkovitz and Ann Pelligrini) – A collection of academic queer theory essays.