This month, we’re smack in the middle of two Jewish holidays; Shavuot was last month, where we celebrated receiving the Torah, and Tisha B’av is next month, where we commemorate the destruction of the first and second Temples, and more modernly the expulsion of Jews from Spain. At the median of these two holidays, one that celebrates Mitzvot and one that condemns hatred and destruction, is the most appropriate time for Gather the Jews to examine the acceptance of all Jews. Perfect that this weekend happens to be Capital Pride as well.
Gather the Jews touts that we are “hyperlocal,” but LGBTQ inclusion should also be universal. We hope that by moderating a Twitter chat with three Jewish, LGBTQ organizations just in D.C. we demonstrated the power of local engagement and how inclusion starts at the individual level. It gave me chills to see the D.C. Jewish community so dedicated to inclusion and to making Jews of all sexual orientations and gender identities feel welcome and confident in Judaism.