the Hillel LGBTQ
For Queer Jews everywhere: this guide is for you. Here’s to a future of reconciliation, celebration, and peace.
table of Contents Letter from the Editor Acknowledgements Student Narratives Section 1: Introduction to LGBTQ Jewish History & Culture Language and Terminology
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by: Miriam Ignatoff
Glossary of Terms Jewish LGBTQ History
by: Rabbi Leslie Bergson & Noah Branman
by: Rabbi Seth Goren & Josh Furman
Section 2: Helping Skills Resources Being an Ally 33 by: Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer
This book contains God’s name. Please treat it as you would a prayerbook.
Coming Out on Campus 43 by: Rabbi Mychal Copeland
LGBTQ Jewish Students and Mental Health 51 by: Rabbi Lina Zerbarini
Putting the T in LGBTQ 55 by: S. Bear Bergman
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An online version of this publication may be obtained at www.hillel.org/LGBTQ
Children of LGBTQ Parents 67 by: Rabbi Sharon Stiefel
Queer Jewish Ritual on Campus 71 by: Rabbi Jason Klein & Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Challenging the Myth of Biblical Homophobia 93 by: Rabbi Michael Rothbaum
Section 3: Programming & Networking Resources Queer Jewish Programs 107 by: Josh Furman
Movies, Culture, Speakers, and Literature 113 by: Andy Ratto I. Film II. Performance III. Speakers IV. Literature
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Organizations and Institutions 141 Cover design: Cary Lenore Walski, Public Relations Director, Hillel at the University of Minnesota. Cover photograph: Vinícius Sgarbe, © 2007. Publication Design, Layout & Production: Brian M Johnson at .com We thank Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, for the text of Shabbat Gavah.
Contacts (Staff and Student Groups Directory) 151 Hillel Policies and Benefits 161
ear Reader, I am so pleased that you have opened The Hillel LGBTQ Resource Guide. The material you hold in your hands (or see before you on your screen) is the product of much hard work. Creating this resource was a labor of love for its many writers, editors, advisors, and supporters. As Hillel professionals it is our chosen duty to reach Jewish students where they are: to touch their lives, inspire their growth, and strengthen their roots. LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Jewish students have been an integral part of our campus communities for generations. However, their presence, our presence, is sometimes welcomed, sometimes not. In the modern world of Hillel, the struggles that LGBTQ Jewish students face for inclusion and affirmation may stem more from ignorance than from malice. That is precisely why this guide was created and why your role is so very crucial. You are an educator and a role-model. You have the capacity to help students heal from their wounds, to transform communities into warmer spaces, and to suggest the radical notion that all Jews can and should celebrate their identity with love, affirmation, and joy. I hope that this guide will serve as a resource for both education and celebration. We all have much to learn. No matter how progressive you may be, how many Gay friends you may have, how extensive your knowledge-base is… there is what to learn. And so I ask you to read carefully and generously. What is unique about The Hillel LGBTQ Resource Guide is that it was written and edited by your colleagues. LGBTQ and allied professionals in “the field”, on college campuses, have contributed