Posted by Chanel Dubofsky
Helping folks locate themselves in Jewish tradition, religion, history, to help them understand why Jewish existence and identity might be relevant and even valuable, especially when Jewish education seldom mirrors the realities of Jewish life, namely, issues as complicated as gender and sexuality. It’s difficult to do that work, and it is even more difficult to do it well, but this year, let’s not let ourselves off the hook. The resources are here, and they are inspirational, inclusive and far reaching.
Keshet, a Greater Boston based organization committed to creating Jewish communities that are fully, meaningfully inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, has launched The LGBT Heroes Project, a series of posters along with an online curriculum aimed at intergrating LGBT Jewish history into education, increasing visibility of queer Jews, and modeling possibility for young Jews confronting their sexuality.
Andrea Jacobs, Keshet’s Education Director, one of the brains behind LGBT Heroes, says the impetus for the project came from the mouths of those who participated in Keshet’s Training Institute for Jewish Educators. “Folks said, great! We need visual media, we can’t counteract impressions without it.” LGBT Heroes aims to “democratize access, so students aren’t reliant on their teachers to give them these resources. They can see that there are lots of ways to be gay and Jewish. The posters are about awareness, visibility and pride. You don’t have to spend a ton of time looking at them, you can look and then go to the website and learn more.”
The first three posters feature writers Leslea Newman and Kate Bornstein and the late activist/politician Harvey Milk. ‘We’re committed to having transgender and genderqueer representation,” says Jacobs. “This isn’t just about sexual orientation.” You can also visit http://lgbtjewishheroes.org/share-your-heroes to tell Keshet about your own LGBT Jewish hero, which could be featured in the next series of posters. “
“My goal is for these posters to be hung in every Hillel, day school, and JCC,” Jacobs says.“They’ll be a force for inclusion.”
Be part of the force by getting the posters- $10 each, and the set of all three for $25.
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September 23, 2011 | 9:46 pm
Posted by Tera Greene
FB Message Date, November 16, 2008:
did you see yourself on CNN? major face time time for you leading the chant….rock on!”
I was holding a sign that I’d made and marched the streets with since the day after Prop 8 rocked LA.
It read: Since My Rights Just got Shat Upon, My Sign Looks Like Crap.
I’d just turned 25 on November 8th. I’d marched and helped lead so many marches my body was shutting down. I was literally feeling like I was catching pneumonia. I’d been faced with police in Riot Gear and had to help tell people to sit down in the streets of Westwood. I marched and marched and marched and marched…
This summer 2011, I was invited to lead another big act of Consciousness, this time in Jerusalem. This time in full silence at the Israeli Presidential Conference, in solidarity with a project called Here’s My Chance (Israel Conversation Project). I was so honored to be asked to start off the Conscious Mob by my friend, David Gloss, the enthusiastic and passionate fellow whom I’d met in root to Jerusalem while boarding the connecting flight in Philadelphia. Below is the video:
(Here’s My Chance rallied over 50 people to participate in the launch of The Israel Conversation Project (ICP) at the Israeli Presidential Conference 2011 #tomorrow2011 in a flashmob of consciousness #flashtomorrow. Our goal was to use such a unique event to raise awareness around the issues important to today’s young leaders.)
I Pledged to Support LGBTQ Human Rights, which I guess I’d always been doing. But with teen suicide more and more rampant, it was time to really take a stance.
This past week, DADT was finally abolished, but DOMA is still in tact; and if you ask my humble opinion, both of these D policies equal no more to me than a royal F. HUGE Fails.
So, as we enter into a new year, I hope that I get to march less, lead Mobs of Consciousness less… have to fight bigotry and hatred less. But, just in case, I’ve got a good shitty sign in the wait.
May we all learn to be a light unto another.
May we all dare to pledge to be Ourselves, no matter what, and for matters of helping others break through to their Core Essence.
May we all find Peace and Solidarity.
May we ALL be written in the Book of Life.