Welcoming Synagogues

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Temple Beth El3055 Porter Gulch Road
Aptos, CA 95003
Phone Number: (831) 479-3444
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: In our synagogue, men and women are equal in all respects. Decency and trust prevail as we share in leadership and responsibility. Our synagogue engages in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, "repairing the world," through various social action projects and through an interest and activism for Israel. A natural outcome of our commitment to social justice is that at Temple Beth El, we have gone beyond tolerance to full inclusion of our members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered.
http://www.tbeaptos.org
Congregation Or Ami26115 Mureau Road, Suite B
Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone Number: (818) 880-4880
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation Or Ami is home to a warm and welcoming, innovative, musical Jewish community. We deepen relationships with each other, while immersing in Torah, Israel and the Source of All Life. We travel together down Jewish paths which inspire our hearts and souls, and transform us to seek justice and nurture compassion in the world.

Recognizing that we are all created b'tzelem Elohim, in the image of God, we welcome the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples and families in our community. Congregation Or Ami welcomes all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, as full participants in all religious practices and in the entire community life of the congregation. We also welcome non-Jewish partners of members to fully participate in the life of the community.
http://www.orami.org/outreach/gaylesbian/
Temple Solel3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Phone Number: (760) 436-0654
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: At Temple Solel, the teachings of Judaism are translated into positive, meaningful, creative life experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. They pride ourselves on the quality of our interpersonal relationships; they truly reach out to each other in support and caring.
http://www.templesolel.net
Congregation Shir Ami2210 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone Number: (760) 697-0434
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Congregation Shir Ami has acknowledged their support of J-Pride, San Diego's LGBT Jewish community organization and expressed that their doors are open to the LGBT Community. Contact jpride@lfjcc.com to find out when their rotating LGBT Shabbat will be at this congregation.
Valley Beth Shalom15739 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA 91436
Phone Number: (818) 788-6000
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: This conservative congregation has a long history of inclusion. Their senior Rabbis have been vocal about the importance of LGBT rights since the early 1990's. In 1992, Rabbi Harold Schulweis formed an organization called "Response" at VBS. Its purpose was to provide support, education and social networking for gays, lesbians and their families, including VBS members and non-members. Regular meetings were held until 2000. During that time, VBS amended its rules to allow family membership for same-sex partners. In 2007, VBS added a Gay and Lesbian Welcome page on their website under the "Be With Us" tab.
http://www.vbs.org/page.cfm?p=835
Temple Beth ElHodgson and T Streets, P.O. Box 442
Eureka, CA 95502
Phone Number: (707) 444-2846
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth El is currently participating in the IJSO's Welcoming Synagogues Project, which seeks to create inclusive and welcoming synagogue spaces for LGBT people. By the end of the process, each congregation will have an inspiring and compelling vision of inclusion and welcoming of LGBT people and will have begun to make that vision a part of their every day congregational life.
http://www.tbe-eureka.org/
Congregation Beth El8660 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone Number: (858) 452-1734
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description:  We are dedicated to developing a meaningful, dynamic and vibrant expression of Judaism for ourselves, our children, and the community. Congregation Beth El serves as a center of Conservative Judaism for San Diego by promoting Jewish religious and intellectual life throughout the lifecycles of its members. We encourage membership by having a spiritual, welcoming congregational environment with attractive and inviting facilities. We see ourselves as a choosing people, constantly searching for what is right, good, and true. We are proud of our heritage and yet appreciate that there are truths about life found outside it. We value the wisdom of our sages, we bask in our literature, and we seek continuously ""To renew the sacred and to sanctify the new."
http://www.congregationbethel.com
We reach out to the entire spectrum of the Jewish community because we believe that Judaism's greatest value lies in between the extremes.
Congregation Beth El has acknowledged their support of J-Pride, San Diego's LGBT Jewish community organization, and expressed that their doors are open to the LGBT Community. Contact jpride@lfjcc.com to find out when their rotating LGBT Shabbat will be at this congregation.
Temple Israel269 Loma Ave
Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone Number: (562) 434-0996
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: In the decades since our founding, we have grown into a thriving, dynamic, inclusive community, welcoming all who seek to learn, experience and celebrate Judaism. Our members come from all walks of life, and include singles, traditional and non-traditional families, gay/lesbian Jews, Jews of color, interfaith couples, retirees and young adults. We are a house of prayer, study and caring – we are family.
http://www.tilb.org/
Congregation Beth Am26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Phone Number: (650) 493-4661
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The core mission of Congregation Beth Am is to create a vibrant Reform Jewish community committed to: * Meaningful worship and spiritual growth * Lifelong study of Jewish texts, traditions and values, including the philosophy and practice of Reform Judaism * Individual and communal acts of gemilut chasadim (lovingkindness), tzedaka (righteous giving) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) * Integrating Jewish practice into home and family life * Communal support and pastoral guidance for individuals throughout the life cycle, and for families in all their diversity * Leadership in the Jewish and general communities * A strong partnership of lay and professional leaders, and active participation of members In pursuit of these goals, we commit ourselves to ongoing innovation, risk-taking and seeking new challenges, as well as continuous evaluation of our progress and results. We commit ourselves, as well, to building and sustaining the infrastructure necessary to realize our mission.
http://www.betham.org
Kulanu (Havurot) at Congregation Beth Am26790 Arastradero Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Phone Number: (650) 493-4661
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The Kulanu group at Congregation Beth Am was established to provide support for the friends and family of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Jews in our community, and to promote the inclusion of homosexual Jews and their partners into the Beth Am community. Kulanu welcomes anyone committed to promoting diversity, self-respect, and human rights, whether or not they have a personal gay or lesbian connection.
http://www.betham.org/kulanu/
Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim6000 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone Number: (323) 931-7023
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: In 1972, a small group of Los Angeles Jews shared a vision. They dared to dream of a safe place to worship, celebrate their heritage and create community. They called their dream Beth Chayim Chadashim, "House of New Life" -- the world's first synagogue for lesbians and gay men. Today, BCC is an inclusive community of progressive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual individuals, our families and friends, with programs for all ages. And we continue to affirm the vision of our founders, that all people are created B'tzelem Elohim -- in G-d's image.
http://www.bcc-la.org
Congregation Shir Hadash20 Cherry Blossom Lane
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone Number: (408) 358-1751
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Shir Hadash is an evolving Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a vital Jewish life, spiritual growth, and a sense of community for its members. Their name means "New Song," and as a congregation they worship together through Song, Torah Study, and Community. They hosted their first Pride Shabbat in June of 2007. Click "Community" for an LGBT Welcoming Page.
http://www.shirhadash.org
Temple Ahavat Shalom18200 Rinaldi Place
Northridge, CA 91326
Phone Number: (818) 360-2258
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Ahavat Shalom is a proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism; we are located in the northwest San Fernando Valley. We are a vibrant and inclusive community of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles. We are newcomers and long time members; children and adults; individuals, couples and families; multi-racial; LGBT and straight; Jews by birth and by choice, non-Jewish partners and spouses. Interfaith families are always welcome. Our members consider themselves part of a community enveloped in a warm and welcoming environment, a true second home.
http://www.tasnorthridge.org/
Temple Adat Shalom15905 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
Phone Number: (858) 451-1200
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: We are a Reform, egalitarian Jewish community in North County, San Diego dedicated to individual and communal growth in Knowledge (Torah), Worship (Avodah) and Good Deeds (G'milut Chasadim).

Temple Adat Shalom seeks to create a dynamic, friendly, caring, and spiritually rich environment for its members. We seek to cultivate and strengthen the bonds of understanding of our Jewish heritage and tradition, and foster meaningful connections for Jewish learning, celebration, social activities, and community social action. We hope that you will visit Temple Adat Shalom, inquire about our programs and make our house of worship your home.
http://www.adatshalom.com
Congregation B'Nai Israel3600 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone Number: (916)446-4861
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Sacramento's oldest Jewish congregation and the city's largest Reform synagogue, Congregation B'Nai Israel is dedicated to taking Torah out into the world. The congregation and their social-action minded Rabbi Mona Alfi have been active in supporting the Sacramento LGBT community. To celebrate LGBT Pride Month, B'Nai Israel hosts a Pride Shabbat, marches in the parade and hosts a booth at the festivities. The congregation has a Gay Rights Committee, that focuses on LGBT issues (see "Social Action" for more information).
http://www.bnais.com
Congregation Beth Am5050 Del Mar Heights Rd.
San Diego, CA 92130
Phone Number: (858) 481-8454
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Our Mission: To foster a welcoming Jewish environment where compassion and spirituality bring our members and guests together in prayer, learning, social interaction, and tikkun olam, all through halakhic guidance. Congregation Beth Am has has acknowledged their support of J-Pride, San Diego's LGBT Jewish community organization and expressed that their doors are open to the LGBT Community. Contact jpride@lfjcc.com to find out when their rotating LGBT Shabbat will be at this congregation.
http://www.betham.com
Congregation Beth Israel9001 Towne Centre Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone Number: (858) 535-1111
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation Beth Israel marches in the San Diego Pride parade, hosts the JPride annual seder, officiates at same gender marriages and has a small contingent of LGBT members. They are also a host location for J-Pride, San Diego's LGBT Jewish community organization rotating Shabbat. Contact jpride@lfjcc.com to find out when their LGBT Shabbat will be at this congregation.
http://www.cbisd.org
Congregation Dor Hadash4858 Ronson Court
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone Number: (858) 268-3674
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Dor Hadash is a warm and welcoming community; whose doors are open to all – singles, marrieds, gays, lesbians, interracial, interfaith. They are a diverse and varied group of people from all walks of life. They have also participated in the San Diego Pride parade for several years.
http://www.dorhadash.org
Ohr Shalom Synagogue2512 Third Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: (619) 231-1456
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Ohr Shalom is a unique Synagogue offering a rich cultural blend of Conservative Judaism with a diverse international flavor that is found nowhere else in San Diego County. We are a warm, friendly and welcoming congregation. Ohr Shalom has acknowledged their support of J-Pride, San Diego's LGBT Jewish community organization and expressed that their doors are open to the LGBT Community. Contact jpride@lfjcc.com to find out when their rotating LGBT Shabbat will be at this congregation.
http://www.ohrshalom.org
Temple Emanu-El6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone Number: (619)286-2555
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: In 2006, Temple Emanu-El's president was featured in the San Diego Jewish Journal in an article about prominent gay and lesbian Jews in the area. The Temple and their rabbi have marched in the San Diego Pride parade for over five years in a row. Temple Emanu-El has acknowledged their support of J-Pride, San Diego's LGBT Jewish community organization and expressed that their doors are open to the LGBT Community. Contact jpride@lfjcc.com to find out when their rotating LGBT Shabbat will be at this congregation.
http://www.templeemanuelsd.org
Temple Emanu-El has been known to have a contingent walking in the Annual LGBT Pride Parade.
Tifereth Israel Synagogue6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92119
Phone Number: (619) 697-6001
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Tifereth Israel Synagogue has acknowledged their support of J-Pride, San Diego's LGBT Jewish community organization and expressed that their doors are open to the LGBT Community. Contact jpride@lfjcc.com to find out when their rotating LGBT Shabbat will be at this congregation.
http://www.tiferethisrael.com
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav290 Dolores Street (corner of 16th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: (415) 861-6932
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, the Congregation of the Golden Gate, is a progressive Reform synagogue, established in 1977. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual Jews, together with family and friends, both Jewish and non-Jewish. We come from a wide range of religious, ethnic, class and cultural backgrounds to worship God with egalitarian, feminist and gay-positive Jewish liturgy. We welcome all who wish to join us for worship, learning and celebration at our synagogue at the corner of Dolores Street and 16th Street in San Francisco.
http://www.shaarzahav.org
Temple Beth Sholom2625 N. Tustin Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone Number: (714) 628-4600
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: We celebrate our rich diversity as a congregation, a community of many communities. We are a great intergenerational family in a place where we care for and about one another. We are newcomers and old-timers, children and adults, individuals and couples and families, multi-racial families, LGBT and straight, Jews by birth and by choice, non-Jewish partners and spouses. Interfaith families are always welcome.
http://www.tbsoc.com/
Congregation Kol Ami1200 N. La Brea Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90038
Phone Number: (323) 606-0996
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation Kol Ami builds on the traditions of Judaism while respecting and welcoming everyone: lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, interfaith couples and our children. Together Rabbi Denise L. Eger and Cantor Mark Saltzman create a hamishe atmosphere, safe for spiritual nurturing and connection. Our mission is to be a progressive, Reform congregation rooted in a rich Jewish tradition, with a commitment to social justice, Israel and diversity that guides us in the present and transforms our future.
http://www.kol-ami.org
Congregation B'nai Israel2710 Park Ave
Bridgeport, CT 6604
Phone Number: (203) 336-1858
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation B'nai Israel, founded in 1858, seeks to be a vibrant Reform synagogue dedicated to the perpetuation of Jewish life and values within the framework of contemporary American Judaism. This synagogue strives to serve God and the Jewish people by creating a supportive environment which contributes to the education and spiritual growth of its members and encourages its members to perform meaningful mitzvot. Central to this mission is the fostering of a strong sense of community among an intergenerational and diverse membership. By service to the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and worldwide, as well as to the non-Jewish community, we dedicate ourselves to the concept of Tikun-Olam, the repairing of the world. Congregation Bnai Israel has a Kulanu group for GLBT Members.
http://www.congregationbnaiisrael.org
Kulanu (Havurot) at Congregation B'nai Israel2711 Park Ave
Bridgeport, CT 6605
Phone Number: (203) 336-1859
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Are you Jewish and identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer? Are you looking for a place to call your spiritual home? Congregation B’nai Israel has a wonderful place for you. Kulanu, which means ""ALL OF US"", is the GLBTQ outreach group within this wonderfully open and accepting congregation.
http://www.congregationbnaiisrael.org/kulanu.html
Kulanu offers a place to meet other people, like you, who either want to connect or re-connect with their Jewishness or just want to socialize with other GLBTQ people in a Jewish setting. This is a group, which continues to evolve so you can be a part of a group that is open to ideas and projects for the members to do and share together. The possibilities are endless and you can make a difference.
Bet MishpachahP.O. Box 1410
Washington, DC 20013
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community. We join together to affirm our religious and cultural heritage, integrating Gay and Lesbian and Jewish identities. Our membership is comprised of singles, couples, and families, and is open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Since our founding in 1975, our congregation has grown to hundreds of members. Bet Mishpachah is proud to have a celebratory community of women and men who share equally in the leadership of the congregation. Your presence in our congregation strengthens us and demonstrates your commitment to the broader Jewish and Gay/Lesbian communities that we serve.
http://www.betmishpachah.org
Machar: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism6045 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Phone Number: (202) 686-1881
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Humanistic
Description: Machar is a member-driven community which thrives on diversity. Our congregation was founded in 1977. Our member families often come from different cultures, countries, and religious belief systems. Through Machar, we not only teach mutual respect and appreciation; we learn it in new ways, each day. Our community works through our many committees, our frequent lectures/discussions with national and international experts, and through many community service activities. We also interact through self-enrichment groups, such as a Book Club, a Humanist Lifestyles course, and more, in which members may participate. Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter, where you can learn about our activities and events.
http://www.machar.org/
Temple Beth Shira7025 Beracusa Way, Suite 105H
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone Number: (561) 912-1453
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth Shira is a vibrant Reform congregation in West Boca. The spiritual leader speak and write on LGBT welcoming. Additionally, Cantor Ellen Stettner performed a wonderful lesbian wedding for Dana and Katie in Vermont in September, just after same-sex marriage was legalized, which you can see here: http://www.7dvt.com/2009dana-katie-get-married. Temple Beth Shira has many LGBT families who are welcomed and integrated into the congregation with love, celebration and unambivalent acceptance.
http://www.templebethshira.org
Congregation Etz Chaim1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 100
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Phone Number: (954) 564-9232
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: We are a unique congregation in South Florida committed to building a spiritual home for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jewish community. At Congregation Etz Chaim you will find a love for the Jewish people, rituals and traditions we have come to know, a passion for Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam (charity and repairing the world) and a devotion to prayer and study. We are a community, a place to celebrate life's together, as well as to share other events in our lives, along with other Jews. We invite you to become a member of our family. We welcome your enthusiasm and your commitment. Together we can create a true home for Jews of the rainbow in Southeast Florida.
http://www.etzchaimflorida.org
Congregation Bet HaverimP.O. Box 29548
Atlanta, GA 30359
Phone Number: (404) 315-6446
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: In 1985, a small group of men and women founded Congregation Bet Haverim (House of Friends) on behalf of lesbian and gay Jews who wanted to live openly in the context of their Jewish heritage. For most of the early years, Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH) was entirely gay and lesbian. With no inclusive liturgy to guide us, we created our own within the Jewish tradition. Bound by our love of Judaism and our commitment to each other, Bet Haverim became more than a congregation. It became a thriving community, characterized by generosity of spirit and openness to change. For some who were not lesbian or gay, Bet Haverim offered what they had not found in other Jewish communities. In a courageous move, Bet Haverim opened its doors to them. Today, Bet Haverim is a diverse and rapidly growing community. All are welcome.
http://www.congregationbethaverim.org/
Temple Sinai5645 Dupree Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone Number: (404) 252-3073
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Sinai is currently participating in the IJSO's Welcoming Synagogues Project, which seeks to create inclusive and welcoming synagogue spaces for LGBT people. By the end of the process, each congregation will have an inspiring and compelling vision of inclusion and welcoming of LGBT people and will have begun to make that vision a part of their every day congregational life.

At Temple Sinai, we strongly affirm the principle of inclusivity in all areas of Jewish life. We strive to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for both traditional and non-traditional families. In every program along the spectrum of lifelong learning, we commit ourselves to educating in a way that fosters acceptance of diversity. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals, interfaith families, people with disabilities, and individuals of all ages are welcome. While we affirm the importance of the family in Jewish culture, we also strive to fully integrate singles, single parents, and childless couples into the Jewish life of our community.
http://www.templesinaiatlanta.org/
The Temple1589 Peachtree St., NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone Number: (404) 873-1731
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The Temple is currently participating in the IJSO's Welcoming Synagogues Project, which seeks to create inclusive and welcoming synagogue spaces for LGBT people. By the end of the process, each congregation will have an inspiring and compelling vision of inclusion and welcoming of LGBT people and will have begun to make that vision a part of their every day congregational life.
http://www.the-temple.org/
Congregation Or Hadash6751 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone Number: (404) 250-3338
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Congregation Or Hadash is currently participating in the IJSO's Welcoming Synagogues Project, which seeks to create inclusive and welcoming synagogue spaces for LGBT people. By the end of the process, each congregation will have an inspiring and compelling vision of inclusion and welcoming of LGBT people and will have begun to make that vision a part of their every day congregational life.
http://www.or-hadash.org/
Congregation Or Chadash5959 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone Number: (773) 271-2148
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The mission of Congregation Or Chadash is to provide a warm and affirming community where all Jews can feel welcome. To accomplish this mission, Or Chadash will remember that it was founded as an answer to the prejudice that gay and lesbian Jews experienced in other synagogues; strive to ensure that no Jew experiences prejudice within our community; maintain affiliations with the Union for Reform Judaism and the The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews : Keshet Ga'avah; build strong ties within the greater Jewish community of the metropolitan Chicago area; and dedicate itself to the basic obligations of Jewish life, including: respecting the contributions of people of all generations, sharing the life-cycle events of its members, celebrating Shabbat and the holidays, fostering prayer with sincerity, visiting the sick, comforting the bereaved, and encouraging the study of Torah.
http://www.orchadash.org
Jewish Community of Amherst742 Main Street
Amherst, MA 1002
Phone Number: (413) 256-0160
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: The Jewish Community of Amherst is dedicated to creating and maintaining an open, dynamic, spiritual and participatory membership. We believe a strong commitment to Jewish values and embracing the spiritual richness of our traditions enables our diverse community to meet the challenges of our contemporary world. We value openness and welcome all- gays and lesbians, singles, interfaith couples, people of color, differently-abled people, and those of limited economic means.
http://www.j-c-a.org/
Beth El Temple Center2 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 2478
Phone Number: (617) 484-6668
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Beth El is a Reform congregation of over 400 memberships, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Beth El Temple Center is located in Belmont, Massachusetts. Belmont is a small town of about 5 square miles sandwiched between Cambridge, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, and Arlington. It's very convenient to Boston and the academic institutions in Cambridge. The greater Boston area, of which Belmont is a part, has a vibrant Jewish community. Beth El welcomes interfaith families. Beth El is fully egalitarian. Beth El welcomes gay and lesbian Jews. They have hosted several events including their gay clergy speaking on the intersections of Judaism and Sexual Orientation, film screenings and a panel discussion with gay and lesbian congregants.
http://www.betheltemplecenter.org/
Boston Jewish Spirit15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 2116
Phone Number: (617) 262-1202
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Boston Jewish Spirit is a liberal, inclusive Reform Jewish Congregation committed to the opportunities, challenges and diversity of urban life. We welcome all who are seeking to experience Judaism's universal spiritual ideals and traditions, regardless of religious background. We extend a special invitation to interfaith and multicultural families, LGBT people and residents of Boston's city neighborhoods. Together we seek to create a community of worship, learning and service, grounded in the timeless Jewish vision of a ""house of prayer for all people,"" and responding to the mandate of our Hebrew Prophets to work for justice and peace in the world.
http://www.bostonjewishspirit.org
The rabbi has also been deeply involved in the struggle of gay and lesbian people for the civil and religious right of full marriage equality.
Ohel Tzedek GLBT Action Team at Temple Israel477 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 2215
Phone Number: (617) 566-3960
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The Ohel Tzedek GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) Action Team is a diverse, dynamic, and dedicated group of approximately 20 key organizers who enjoy working together within a larger pool of approximately 80 additional people interested in hearing about and participating in our activities.   We focus primarily on issues related to equal marriage and transgender education and awareness.   As of October 2009, this group was working to ensure the passage of current legislation which would designate assault against transgender individuals as a hate crime and would make it illegal by Massachusetts state law to fire an individual because of their gender expression or identity. Temple Israel members have lobbied their legislators and helped to make our own community a safe space for everyone.
http://www.tisrael.org/gblt.asp
Temple Israel477 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 2215
Phone Number: (617) 566-3960
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Celebrating Diversity - At Temple Israel, we celebrate our rich diversity as a congregation, a community of many communities. And when we join together to welcome Shabbat, to study together or to celebrate, we are one community, a great intergenerational family in a place where we care for and about one another. We are newcomers and old-timers, children and adults, individuals and couples and families, multi-racial families, gay and straight, Jews by birth and by choice, non-Jewish partners and spouses. As we raise our voices in prayer and song, we know that we have created a family suffused with blessing.
http://www.tisrael.org
Congregation Am TikvahPO Box 1268
Brookline, MA 2446
Phone Number: (617) 232-5543
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Congregation Am Tikva - People of Hope - has been serving the Greater Boston community since 1976, creating an open and welcoming environment where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews and their friends, of all ages and degrees of religious observation can meet to explore their common heritage and enjoy the company offellow Jews!
http://www.amtikva.org
Congregation Kehillath Israel384 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 2446
Phone Number: (617) 277-9155
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: As with most synagogues, energies collect around learning, celebrating, helping, and sharing. What makes our approach unique, we feel, is the kind of Judaism (morally powerful, accepting, intellectually alive) we celebrate, and the kind of Jews (curious, passionate, committed) you’ll find here.
http://www.congki.org
Minyan Shaleym50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 2446
Phone Number: (617) 501-9510
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Minyan Shaleym is an independent, traditional-egalitarian, lay-led, and multi-generational congregation that meets every Shabbat morning, as well as for Jewish holidays, life cycle events, and other communal activities.
http://www.minyanshaleym.org
Moishe House Boston/Kavod Jewish Social Justice House165 Winthrop Road
Brookline, MA 2446
Phone Number: (646) 408-6160
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Kavod Jewish Social Justice House is an innovative grassroots organization, striving to create a welcoming and vibrant Jewish community for people in their 20s and 30s, and to connect them with social action and community-building opportunities in Boston and beyond.
http://www.kavodhouse.com
Rainbow Committee at Temple Sinai50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 2446
Phone Number: (617) 277-5888
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The Temple Sinai Rainbow Committee is dedicated to developing the temple’s warm and welcoming atmosphere for the gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual community. Highest priorities are ensuring a supportive, gay-friendly culture and working to make sure Temple Sinai's school provides a safe and nurturing environment for gay youth. Click "About Temple Sinai" and then "The Sinai Community" for more information about the Rainbow Committee.
http://www.sinaibrookline.org/wp2/about-temple-sinai/the-sinai-community/rainbow-committee/
Temple Beth Zion1566 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 2446
Phone Number: (617) 566-8171
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: TBZ is an Inclusive, Dynamic Jewish Congregation Whose Members are Committed to Each Other, to Joyful, Participatory Worship, and to Torah Study, Spiritual Growth, and the Pursuit of Social Justice. We think of our community as a diverse shtetl, a modern incarnation of those vibrant Old World villages, towns and centers of learning which nurtured and evolved our Jewish heritage. Today, our shtetl is populated by an extraordinary mix of passionate people, including singles and those on single-life paths, alongside newly-married and longtime couples; college students; families with young children; single parents; elders; spiritual seekers; GLBT Jews; Jews by choice; and interfaith and multi-cultural families.
http://www.tbzbrookline.org
Temple Sinai50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline, MA 2446
Phone Number: (617) 277-5888
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: At Temple Sinai, everyone is welcome to particpate in temple life, no matter what their approach to embracing Judaism or degree of Jewish literacy. We are respectful of each individual's relative commitment to leading a Jewish life, and are always happy to welcome your involvement. Temple Sinai has a Rainbow Committee, which is dedicated to ensuring the welcoming atmosphere includes LGBT folks and families.  
http://www.sinaibrookline.org
Workmen's Circle1762 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 2445
Phone Number: (617) 566-6281
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Secular
Description: An identity proudly rooted in our cultural heritage. A community that together is creating a spiritual home for secular Jewish life. A voice for progressive Jewish values and social change. An arts and education center celebrating Yiddish, Jewish, and progressive culture.
http://circleboston.org/
B'Nai OrP.O. Box 400715
Cambridge, MA 2140
Phone Number: (617) 244-0900
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Renewal
Description: B'nai Or Boston is an established Jewish renewal community rooted in Torah, seeking wisdom and guidance from the spiritual paths begun by Abraham and Sarah, and continuing through Moses, Miriam and the people of Israel. All Jews and their partners are welcome to participate in our community. Women and men are fully involved in every aspect of communal life. The B'nai Or membership embraces a wide diversity of lifestyles and family configurations. Many who wish to return to their spiritual roots find us to be a comfortable place for exploration and deepening. They are affiliated with ALEPH and have hosted several programs on sexual orientation.
http://www.bnaior.org
Congregation Kahal B’raira765 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2140
Phone Number: (617) 969-4596
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Humanistic
Description: Humanistic Judaism embraces a philosophy that combines rational thinking with a celebration of Judaic culture and identity. Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspects of Jewish culture that offer a genuine expression of their contemporary way of life. Kahal B'raira welcomes members to our congregation who come from Interfaith families.  Our community is enriched by the contributions of our diverse membership. We celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events (such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvah) with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon but seek to go beyond traditional literature.
http://www.kahalbraira.org
Temple Beth David of the South Shore1060 Randolph Street
Canton, MA 2021
Phone Number: (781) 828-2275
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth David of the South Shore is a reform congregation founded in 1960. Members come from Canton, Milton, Randolph, Stoughton and surrounding South Shore Boston communities. They are a diverse group of people from a variety of traditional and non-traditional backgrounds, with a great respect for traditional observances. Jews-by-choice, non-Jewish spouses, and gays and lesbians will find a welcoming environment at Temple Beth David. They are proud to offer ASL-interpreted services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Their mission is to provide opportunities for spiritual expression and growth. Religious and educational programs are intended to be inclusive, so that all our members can feel comfortable.
http://www.templebethdavid.com/
Falmouth Jewish Congregation7 Hatchville Road
East Falmouth, MA 2536
Phone Number: (508) 540-0602
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Cape Cod is a vibrant, Reform congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Our community represents a diverse, inclusive, participatory family where congregants from all backgrounds are welcomed with warmth and respect.
http://www.falmouthjewish.org
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue43 Lochstead Ave
Jamaica Plain, MA 2130
Phone Number: (617) 522-3618
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Seeking to reflect God’s Oneness and to see God’s image in each person, our defining values include a commitment to social justice, to inclusion, to equality of men and women, and to striving to transcend differences and recognize each other’s gifts. We welcome interfaith families and offer a safe place of worship and belonging to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews.
http://www.neharshalom.org
Temple Emunah9 Piper Road
Lexington, MA 2421
Phone Number: (781) 861-0300
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Temple Emunah is an inviting, egalitarian, Conservative synagogue of about 525 families that serves the Jewish communities of Lexington and more than twenty five surrounding cities and towns. We welcome into our congregation all Jewish men and women, their partners and children - whether Jewish or not - regardless of their sexual orientation, race, or national or ethnic origin. We invite all those who wish to journey with us to do so.
http://www.templeemunah.org
Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley101 West Forest Street
Lowell, MA 1851
Phone Number: (978) 454-1372
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The temple is open to all who are committed to exploring Judaism: parents and their children, people of all sexual orientations, couples where both are Jewish and couples where one - or both - is not, people with extensive Jewish knowledge and beginners. We welcome everyone to worship with us. The mission of the Temple, as stated in its bylaws, is ""to provide a welcoming atmosphere which encourages Jewish spirituality, learning, and community, and to share these values with others."" Inclusion is a core belief of the members of Temple Emanuel, and we extend a truly welcoming hand to all.
http://www.temv.org/
Congregation Agudas Achim - Ezrath Israel245 Bryant Street
Malden, MA 2148
Phone Number: (781) 322-7205
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: The Rabbi's Vision: I believe that Judaism must be renewed according to the spirit of the age in which we live. I am committed to creating community. I believe a Jewish community must be inclusive, respecting difference, welcoming families of all definitions. I believe that the rabbi must, on occasion, be a lamp, illuminating the way for individuals and for the community. More often, the role of the rabbi is to serve as a lens, to focus the light generated by the community on the opportunities and challenges ahead. I believe that as a rabbi my role is to represent the Jewish people, to build bridges to those of other beliefs and traditions. I am committed to Tzedek, the actualization of the belief that through our faith and our labors, we can foster the perfection of our world through expression of the ideals of Justice and Shalom -- Peace and Wholeness for all humankind.
http://aaei.kudan.net/index.htm
Congregation Shirat Hayam185 Plain Street
Marshfield, MA 2050
Phone Number: (781) 582-2700
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Shirat Hayam means ""Song of the Sea,"" and our mission includes spreading joy of Judaism like song, and being as open and accepting as the sea.
http://www.shirathayam.net/index.htm


We are a Reconstructionist congregation with a intimate feel. We are dedicated to enhancing Jewish practice, participation and learning, and celebrating our Jewish culture. We welcome interfaith and same sex couples.
Congregation Ael Chunon334 Village Street
Millis, MA 2054
Phone Number: (508) 376-5894
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Congregation Ael Chunon has been serving the spiritual needs of our surrounding communities since 1928. The times have changed, the community has changed and so have we. But, we still offer a place of warmth, joy and belonging. Something that is so often missing in our lives. We are committed to a traditional approach of Jewish worship. We also include a number of social activities for our membership as well as for the outside surrounding communities such a Israeli Dancing, Sing-a-longs, and Jewish Storytelling! We find that through our informal social events our members and the outside community come together and learn more about one another.
http://www.aelchunon.org/
Gay-Straight Group at Temple Israel of Natick146 Hartford Street
Natick, MA 1760
Phone Number: (508) 650-3521
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: The mission of the Gay-Straight Group of Temple Israel of Natick is to create an environment in which all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation, are included and welcomed into our Jewish community. The Gay-Straight Group: -Functions as a resource on GLBT* issues to all temple members and their families and others interested in participating in Temple Israel of Natick activities. -Educates the temple community on pertinent issues related to GLBT Jews. -Serves as an intermediary to other committees, clergy, temple staff, and officers.
http://www.tiofnatick.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40:gay-straight-group&catid=59:groups-and-organizations&Itemid=79
Temple Israel of Natick145 Hartford Street
Natick, MA 1760
Phone Number: (508) 650-3521
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Our mission embodies the three traditional roles of a synagogue: a Beit Tefillah, a place of worship and celebration; a Beit Midrash, a house of study, encouraging life-long Jewish learning; and a Beit Knesset, a community center, fostering caring and a sense of belonging... The Gay-Straight Group encourages the inclusion of all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation, in our Jewish community.
http://www.tiofnatick.org
TBS Keshet at Temple Beth Shalom670 Highland Ave
Needham, MA 2494
Phone Number: (781) 444-0077
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: As our temple is blessed with a growing and diverse membership, the needs of this community grow as well. One of the newest groups in the Temple Beth Shalom family is the Keshet Community. Keshet in Hebrew means “rainbow”. Our hope is that the TBS Keshet Community will be comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds. As with the Gay/Straight Alliances (GSA’s) in our high schools or PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in local communities, our purpose will be to provide education and support for members of the group as well as the entire TBS community. It is our hope that this group will attract those in our community who: * Are part of the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender) community * Have family members who may be part of the GLBT community * Have friends who may be part of the GLBT community * Are looking for ways of becoming more aware of the issues pertaining to the GLBT community * Want TBS to be visible in the community as a congregation that welcomes members of the GLBT community * Want to understand better how Judaism and the Reform Movement in particular approach GLBT issues * Want to make sure that our school is a safe place for all of our children * Have a strong belief in equal rights, and social justice * Are interested in engaging in lively discussion and brainstorming
http://www.tbsneedham.org/Keshet/AboutUs/
Temple Beth Shalom670 Highland Ave
Needham, MA 2494
Phone Number: (781) 444-0077
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth Shalom is a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation that welcomes individuals and families of diverse backgrounds and ages. We dedicate ourselves to the practice of our religious and spiritual traditions, to the study of our sacred teachings, to lifelong Jewish learning, and to social action locally and globally. As a caring community, we strive to meet the spiritual, intellectual, social, and cultural needs of each member of our Temple family and to create connections within our membership. We advocate full equality and encourage participation in congregational life. We support the State of Israel and Jewish people throughout the world. Additionally, TBS has a Keshet group for LGBT members and family.
http://www.tbsneedham.org
Congregation Beth JacobP.O. Box 3284
Plymouth, MA 2361
Phone Number: (508) 746-1575
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The Beis Jacob Society of Plymouth is a welcoming Jewish Community serving the greater pre-cape area of the south shore. We enjoy year-round educational opportunities, learning activities and spiritual fulfillment. With a rich history and vibrant sense of community, "CBJ" is recognized and relied upon by many as the primary source of Jewish resources and activities in the Plymouth area.
http://www.cbjplymouth.org
Temple Sinai25 Canton Street
Sharon, MA 2067
Phone Number: (781) 784-6081
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Our community is a diverse one—young and older; families with children, couples without children, people with varied levels of Jewish knowledge and observance, interfaith families, and gay and lesbian families. We provide a broad offering of worship opportunities, learning experiences and programs. As a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, the national organization of Reform congregations, we have a wealth of resources available to our professional and lay leaders.
http://www.temple-sinai.com/
Havurat Shalom Community113 College Ave
Somerville, MA 2144
Phone Number: (617) 623-3376
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Founded in 1968, Havurat Shalom is an egalitarian Jewish community in Somerville, Massachusetts where women and men come to pray and learn; explore, celebrate and grapple with Jewish tradition; work for social justice; and discuss a variety of Jewish concerns.
http://www.thehav.org
Congregation B'nai Torah225 Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA 1776
Phone Number: (978) 443-2082
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Our congregation emphasizes a strong Jewish identity reinforcing today’s values, religious education and a shared commitment to the Jewish community. B’nai Torah is a friendly and inclusive congregation, where people brought up in different branches of Judaism worship together, and where non-Jewish family members are included completely and comfortably.
http://www.bnaitorah.com
Temple Beth Elohim10 Bethel Road
Wellesley, MA 2481
Phone Number: (781) 235-8419
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth Elohim is a warm and inclusive Reform congregation, dedicated to creating a sacred community engaged in joyous, participatory and meaningful prayer, lifelong Jewish learning, excellence and innovation in education, and dedicated social activism.
http://www.bethelohim-wellesley.org
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek60 Highland Street
West Newton, MA 2465
Phone Number: (617) 965-0330
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Dorshei Tzedek is a Reconstructionist Congregation dedicated to creating a caring and inclusive community, and to enhancing Jewish practice and learning in the lives of our members. "Dorshei Tzedek" means "seekers of justice," and as our name implies, we are seekers: of meaningful spirituality, of serious Jewish learning, and of social justice.
http://www.dorsheitzedek.org
Temple Hillel B'nai Torah120 Corey Street
West Roxbury, MA 2132
Phone Number: (617) 323-0486
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Temple Hillel B’nai Torah is a Reconstructionist congregation that is welcoming, egalitarian, multicultural, and inclusive. We are devoted to worship, study, social justice and community. Hillel B’nai Torah is a haimish community that is rooted in Jewish tradition and responsive to the world we live in. We actively engage our members in the creative process of bringing new perspectives to tradition and making tradition meaningful to contemporary lives.
http://www.templehbt.org
Temple Emanuel280 May Street
Worcester, MA 01602-2599
Phone Number: (508) 755.1257
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Group: Welcoming
Description: Senior Rabbi Jordan Millstein spoke publicly in defense of secular same-gender marriage at a civil rights rally in 2004. Their congregational newsletter in March of 2004 offers other voices from the synagogue in support of LGBT rights and inclusion. Their lay leadership includes out-LGBT people. Temple Emanuel is a open and welcoming congregation, committed to helping all those interested in Judaism, including interfaith families, to find a comfortable synagogue home. We believe that our unique blend of traditional and liberal Jewish practice provides a nurturing environment for all those who seek to explore the richness of our tradition and find spiritual meaning in our modern world. In keeping with the ideals of the Reform Movement, we are egalitarian and GLBT friendly. We feature the finest Jewish religious school and early childhood center in Worcester, joyful worship services, festive holiday programs, engaging adult education, meaningful social justice work and social programs that are fun for all! Temple Emanuel is a welcoming congregation, committed to helping all those interested in Judaism, including interfaith families, to find a comfortable synagogue home. We believe that our unique blend of traditional and liberal Jewish practice provides a nurturing environment for all those who seek to explore the richness of our tradition and find spiritual meaning in our modern world.
http://www.temple-emanuel.org/
Congregation Beit Tikvah
A Reconstructionist Community in Baltimore
5802 Roland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21210
Phone Number: (410) 464-9402
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Beit Tikvah, located in Roland Park, is a warm, welcoming, diverse, and egalitarian Reconstructionist Jewish congregation, offering a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life that integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life. This congregation includes LGBT clergy. We are a rich and diverse membership, encompassing families and single adults, and Baltimore's only Kehillah Mekabalet: a congregation that, by charter, welcomes gay and lesbian Jews.
http://www.beittikvah.org
Adat Shalom7727 Persimmon Tree Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone Number: (301) 767-3333
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Adat Shalom welcomes all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, as full participants in all religious practices and in the entire community life of the congregation. We also welcome non-Jewish partners of members to fully participate in the life of the community either as members or as non-members, subject only to the limitations on participation in certain religious rituals set forth in the congregation's Interfaith Guidelines.

We invite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) members, whether single or as a couple, with or without children, to join our community, using the same membership categories applicable to all other members. Thus same sex couples, including interfaith couples, with or without minor children, are encouraged to join as a household with a family membership. One member of a couple may also join as an individual member. Single parent memberships are available for parents without partners. Associate memberships are available for those who concurrently maintain primary membership in another Jewish congregation.

Jewish GLBT members are encouraged to celebrate milestones in their lives, including anniversaries, by being called to the Torah for an aliyah. Adat Shalom celebrates with all members, gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender or heterosexual, as their life cycle events are shared with the congregation.

We support our GLBT members who choose to sanctify their unions with commitment ceremonies. Prior to these ceremonies, couples are encouraged to celebrate an aufruf with the community at Shabbat services.

All members and their children are entitled to the services of Adat Shalom's full time clergy for the purpose of sanctifying their commitment ceremonies or weddings on an equal basis. In determining whether to perform the ceremony, the clergy will utilize the same criteria for same-sex commitment ceremonies and heterosexual weddings.

All GLBT members who adopt or give birth to children are encouraged to bring their children into the Jewish covenant through public rites of Brit Milah for boys and Simchat Bat for girls. Our congregation celebrates public covenant ceremonies during Shabbat service for both boys and girls.

Adat Shalom is committed to making the Torah School a welcoming and comfortable environment for children of non-traditional families. We commit ourselves to educating the children in our Torah School in a way that fosters acceptance of diversity. All programming in the Torah School, for both children and families, would carry the same expectations and privileges for participation and involvement for GLBT families and heterosexual families.
http://www.adatshalom.net
GLBTIQAA Committee at Temple Beth El400 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 4103
Phone Number: (207) 774-2649
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Temple Beth El's Keshet Committee ensures our Congregation's committment to welcome and affirm those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or questioning. The Committee does this through education within our Congregation and advocacy in the larger community. Recent events have included, marhing in the Portland Pride Parade with Congregation Bet Ha'am members (wearing the emblems above pinned to our shirts so as not to carry a banner on Shabbat), representing Temple Beth El at the Equal Marriage Rights hearings before the Maine State Legislature, and leading a Torah study discussion of Leviticus at Shabbat services.
http://www.tbemaine.org/get-involved/committees/keshet
Temple Beth El400 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 4103
Phone Number: (207) 774-2649
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Our mission is to be an embracing, supportive and vibrant community which observes Judaism in the Conservative tradition and which is devoted to the perpetuation of Jewish values and culture. Temple Beth El honors the diversity of its members and is committed to their spiritual, intellectual and religious growth. With the hiring of Rabbi Carolyn Braun in 1995, Temple Beth El became the largest Conservative synagogue in the nation to be led by a woman. Today Temple Beth El remains in the forefront of Conservative Judaism. A 2007 amendment to our Temple Constitution broke barriers by including all members of interfaith families as equal synagogue members. In 2009 we were proud to have Rabbi Braun active among the statewide coalition of clergy who stood together in support of equal marriage rights.
http://www.tbemaine.org/index.php
Congregation Bet Ha'am81 Westbrook Street
South Portland, ME 4106
Phone Number: (207) 879-0028
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Our Hebrew name, "Bet Ha'’am," means "House of the People," and we are particularly proud that we are a welcoming community for a diverse group of families and individuals. From the beginning, Bet Ha’am’s emphasis has been to help its members connect – or re-connect – to Judaism by providing an open, caring and energetic community. Many of our member families include non-Jewish spouses, and the childhood experiences of our adult Jewish members range from Orthodox to non-observant. We have a large and growing number of Jews by Choice and are recognized for our outreach to gay and lesbian Jews.
http://www.bethaam.org/
Beth Israel Congregation2000 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone Number: (734) 665-9897
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Beth Israel is an egalitarian congregation in which men and women participate equally in the ritual and spiritual life of the synagogue community. We are a congregation that affirms the inclusion of everyone in Jewish life. We provide a supportive, welcoming Jewish community for interfaith families and warmly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families. Beth Israel is here for you regardless of our race, income or occupation, whether you are employed or unemployed, single or married or in a committed relationship.
http://www.hvcn.org/info/bethisrael/
Shir Tikvah5000 Girard Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419-1199
Phone Number: (612) 822-1440
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Our focus is the building of a caring, inclusive community, in the spirit of liberal Judaism. We are committed to a participatory and democratic process both in the congregational governance and in ritual. We welcome individuals and families of varying Jewish lifestyles. We are particularly sensitive to the need for inclusion of both traditional and nontraditional family structures, and for the development of an appropriately inclusive ritual life that enriches our Jewish experience. The Social Action Committee is working to defeat a a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. We are fully committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of gender, marital status, race, age, or sexual orientation in all aspects of congregational life. This will include, but not be limited to membership, Rabbinic and lay leadership, employment, and ritual involvement.
http://www.shirtikvah.net
Central Reform Congregation5020 Waterman
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone Number: (314) 361.3919
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: While there are other Jewish communities in the St. Louis area, Central Reform Congregation is the only Jewish congregation in the city of St. Louis. CRC has an active GLBT Chavurah that typically meets on a monthly basis in member homes.
http://www.centralreform.org
Central Reform Congregation's LGBT Havurah5020 Waterman
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone Number: (314) 361.3919
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community are always welcome at CRC and are fully included in our programming, education, and lifecycle events. LGBT individuals and families serve on our Board of Directors, work in our office, participate in holiday and Shabbat celebrations, teach in our religious school, and attend our education programs. Our rabbis regularly hold wedding celebrations, bris/baby naming ceremonies, b'nai mitzvah ceremonies, and other lifecycle events for members of the LGBT community and their loved ones. Full equality for the LGBT community is a tikkun olam priority for CRC. We are a leader in the annual Jewish Community entry in the St. Louis Pride Parade, having participated in Pride Fest as a congregation for many years. We work with other local agencies to advance non-discrimination legislation at local, state and national levels, and host educational programs on LGBT issues. Our LGBT Chavurah provides opportunities for LGBT individuals to socialize, worship and study with other LGBT Jews.
http://www.centralreform.org/place-everyone/lgbt-community
Congregation B'Nai Amoona324 South Mason Road
St. Louis, MO 63141-8029
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: In June of 2007, Congregation B'Nai Amoona became the first Conservative St. Louis area congregation to pass a resolution in favor of same-sex commitment ceremonies as permitted by the Law Committee of the Conservative Movement and consistent with the laws of the State of Missouri.
http://www.bnaiamoona.com
Congregation Shaare Emeth11645 Ladue Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone Number: (314) 569.0010
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Shaare Emeth is a place of meaningful worship with a dynamic religious school, Hebrew school, preschool and summer camps. They offer stimulating adult education classes and are deeply committed to social justice and outreach to the intermarried and Jews by choice. The Keshet group at Shaare Emeth was established to promote the inclusion of homosexual Jews and their partners in the Shaare Emeth community, and to provide support for the friends and family of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Jews. Shaare Emeth also hosts GLBT events throughout the year. Shaare Emeth has long welcomed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, their families, friends and their partners. We are committed to being a Keshet (“rainbow”) that is welcoming and promotes diversity, self-respect, and human rights.
http://www.shaare-emeth.org
The Reconstructionist Minyan of St. Louis655 Skinker Blvd. (8D)
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone Number: (314) 991-7972
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community welcomes all those interested in nurturing their Jewish life and identity. We seek to enrich our lives through study of Torah, prayer, communal celebrations, and working for social justice. Shir Hadash is an inclusive and egalitarian community. We welcome all Jews regardless of current levels or past practices of observance. Gay and Lesbian Jews, Jews by choice, minority Jews, and non-Jewish partners are all invited to share in our community. Shir Hadash creates a sense of community and caring through the active engagement of its members in the way we conduct our services, approach social justice opportunities, and integrate music and the arts into our experience of Judaism. As a small, participatory community, we appreciate the involvement of all our members. New perspectives, intellectual curiosity, spiritual exploration, and creativity are encouraged and welcome. This is a hallmark of the Reconstructionist movement, which as a modern approach to Judaism seeks to integrate our Jewish identities with the world around us.
http://www.shirhadashstl.info/
Temple Israel7023 Cass Street
Omaha, NE 68132
Phone Number: (402) 556-6536
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: This large congregation in Omaha, NE was a proud participant of Synagogue 2000 which enabled the congregation to re-examine itself in order to be more welcoming, inclusive, and dynamic. They have included LGBT rights in their social action mission and are sensitive to the special healing needs of LGBT Jews.
http://www.templeisrael-ne.org
New Jersey Gay & Lesbian HavurahP.O. Box 2576
Edison, NJ 08818-2576
Phone Number: (732) 650-1010
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: New Jersey's Lesbian & Gay Havurah is a community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed Jews and their friends throughout NJ. Their members represent the full spectrum of Jewish backgrounds and observances. Anyone interested in the development of GLBTI and Jewish culture and community is welcome. It is the mission of New Jersey's Lesbian & Gay Havurah to: Be a welcoming, supportive and empowering community of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed Jews, their loved ones, and supporters, provide cultural, religious, educational & social programming that reflects and celebrates the diversity of our community, and advocate and educate, within the larger Jewish and Gay communities, for the collective interests of our constituency.
http://www.njhav.org
Temple Beth Miriam180 Lincoln Ave
Elberon, NJ 7740
Phone Number: (732) 222-3754
Group: Welcoming
Description: Beth Miriam is a temple vibrant, alive and happy. Ours is a temple of the celebration of Judaism and applying what it teaches to the modern Jew and Jewish family. It is a place of education and learning, prayer and inspiration, music and exploration. We are a a liberal congregation which embraces all Jews. showing warmth and embrace to all genders, races, sexual orientations, marital and parental statuses. We also welcome the interfaith family to our congregation openly and lovingly.
http://www.bethmiriam.org/
Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel34 West Magnolia Avenue
Maywood, NJ 7607
Phone Number: (201) 845-7550
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: We are a small congregation with a history and a tradition of more than three quarters of a century. At the same time we are an evolving Reconstructionist congregation which is unique to the Bergen County area, and which reflects the changing dynamics of our community and of Judaism today. Among our ranks are young families, mature couples, members of the LGBT community, singles, inter-married and other non-traditional families, all from diverse backgrounds of religious observance and Jewish knowledge. We seek to combine the best of these various perspectives to create a warm, welcoming and embracing atmosphere. We maintain a strong commitment to traditions and practices that have defined us, while also recognizing that we can and must be able to adapt these traditions to the new circumstances and challenges that we face in our synagogue, our homes, our workplaces and our communities.
http://www.rtbi-online.org/
Gay & Lesbian Inclusion Committee (GLIC) at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck5 Old Mill Road
Great Neck, NY 11023
Phone Number: (516) 487-0900
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: The Gay and Lesbian Inclusion Committee’s programs are designed for the gay and lesbian community, their families and friends, and are not limited to members of Temple Beth-El. When the temple’s committee was formed, programming became an integral part of its mission. GLIC hosts holiday related events at Sukkot, Chanukah and Pesach with invitations going out to the gay and lesbian community of Long Island and, in the spirit of inclusion, their families and friends are also welcome.
http://www.tbegreatneck.org/community/lgbt/
Temple Beth-El of Great Neck5 Old Mill Road
Great Neck, NY 11023
Phone Number: (516) 487-0900
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth-El, the oldest synagogue in Great Neck, was founded in 1928. Rabbi Jacob P. Rudin served as spiritual leader for four decades. It now enjoys a membership of over 1200 families and is recognized as one of the most innovative and dynamic Reform congregations in America. We are a member of URJ - Union for Reform Judaism. This temple as a very active Gay and Lesbian Inclusion Committee (GLIC) which has a newsletter and is listed on the temple website.
http://www.tbegreatneck.org
B'nai Jeshurun2109 Broadway, Suite 203
New York, NY 10023-2106
Phone Number: (212)787-7600 ext.325
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Congregation B'nai Jeshurun welcomes all Jews regardless of sexual orientation. Through special activities, holiday celebrations, and opportunities for prayer and study organized by the Gay and Lesbian Committee, gay Jews can find a way back into an accepting and sensitive Judaism. We also seek to create a smaller community of support, friendship, and connection within the larger B'nai Jeshurun community. Everyone is welcome at all of our events. ASL interpretation is available by advance arrangement. For more information about what the Gay and Lesbian Committee is all about, call our voicemail: (212)787-7600 x325. If you are calling from out of town, please leave a local number or e-mail address where we may contact you. no longer seem to have this committee? (2/14/12)
http://www.bj.org
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah57 Bethune St.
New York, NY 10014
Phone Number: (212) 929-9498
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Congregation Beth Simchat Torah is New York City's synagogue for the New York metropolitan area's 200,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews, as well as our families and friends. Founded in 1973, and under the leadership of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum since 1992, CBST has become the largest GLBT synagogue in the world and arguably one of the most influential. CBST is an important voice in Judaism; in the worldwide discourse on the nature of religious community; and in the movement to secure basic civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and throughout the world.
http://www.cbst.org
Marriage Equality Hevra at B'nai Jeshurun2109 Broadway, Suite 203
New York, NY 10023-2106
Phone Number: (212)787-7600 ext.325
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: To advocate for the enactment of New York State legislation that affirms the right of same-sex couples to have the same freedom to access civil marriage and to have the same lawful rights as other couples. To ensure that our federal, state and local governments fully respect the legal civil marriages of same-sex couples. To oppose all attempts including constitutional amendments and the ""Defense of Marriage Act"" (DOMA) to limit access to civil marriage for same-sex couples.
http://www.bj.org/programs-volunteers/social-action/marriageequalityhevra.php
they do not seem to have this anymore (2/14/12)
The Temple of Universal Judaism
Congregation Daat Elohim
1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street
New York, NY 10028
Phone Number: (212) 535-0187
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation Daat Elohim is a growing Reform Jewish congregation with members of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations. Their community is inclusive and welcomes Jews, non-Jews and Jews by choice; intermarried and intramarried; couples and singles; and all who wish to worship in seeking peace, justice, righteousness and a community of concern for "repairing the world" (Tikkun Olam).
http://www.tuj.org
Chevrei Tikvah Chavurah23737 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44122-2296
Phone Number: (216) 464-1330
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: In 2005, Chevrei Tikva, a synagogue with outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) Jews, and their families and friends, became part of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple synagogue-community. Rabbi Howard Ruben said, "As our doors always have been open to the GLBT community, now we open our arms in welcome to the Chevrei Tikva Chavurah of Fairmount Temple." "We are pleased and proud to become a chavurah ("group of friends") within the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple community. said Jonathan Freilich, Chevrei Tikva's Vice President.
http://www.fairmounttemple.org/ChevreiTikvaChavurah.htm
Congregation Beth Israel1972 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
Phone Number: (503) 222-1069
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation Beth Israel is listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. The purpose of Congregation Beth Israel is to promote the enduring and fundamental principles of Judaism and to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people; to enable its adherents to develop a relationship to God through communal worship, study and assembly; and to apply the principles of Reform Judaism to the society in which we live.
http://www.BethIsrael-pdx.org
Congregation Neveh Shalom2900 South Peaceful Lane
Portland, OR 97239
Phone Number: (503) 246-8831
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Congregtion Neveh Shalom is listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. They are the second oldest Jewish congregation in the Pacific Northwest and the oldest Conservative congregation on the West Coast.
http://www.nevehshalom.org
Congregation Shir Tikvah of Portland1631 NE Broadway #314
Portland, OR 97232
Phone Number: (503) 282-1787
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Liberal
Description: Shir Tikvah is listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. They are... a Sacred Community -- whose practice of liberal Judaism grows from an understanding and love of the tradition on which it stands, centered in Torah. A Participatory Community -- committed to a true partnership between rabbi and laity, a collaborative relationship built on mutual respect, shaped by the spirit of covenant. An Inclusive Community -- where all are welcome to join in creating a Jewish congregational family --- an enthusiastic, working, living community of faith. A Worship Community -- where all may take part in celebration of Shabbat and holidays, drawing on fresh as well as traditional approaches to prayer, ritual, Torah, music and meditation, to nourish personal and communal spiritual life. An Intergenerational Community -- in which adults and children learn from each other through study, worship, and a shared love of Judaism. A Learning Community -- which creates with our rabbi abundant and varied opportunities for Jewish study --- a study that brings the practice of learning and reflection to all aspects of our existence. A Caring Community -- which guards a sacred space for each soul that enters into it; one responsive to members in need; one actively committed to work for social justice, to join with others in healing a hurting world. An Innovative Community -- in which all aspects of how we come together in community will be open for discussion and consideration on an ongoing basis.
http://www.shir-tikvah.net
Havurah Shalom825 NW 18th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209-2333
Phone Number: (503) 248-4662
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: Havurah Shalom is listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. The mission of Havurah Shalom is to provide a vibrant, diverse, participatory Jewish community steeped in Jewish values; promoting spirituality, learning, and acts of social responsibility. In the spirit of giving back to our community, Havurah Shalom's High Holiday services, Shabbat, holiday celebrations, and High Holiday services are free of charge. We are a highly participatory, inclusive community of Jews (and many non-Jews) striving to bring the full meaning and wisdom of our ancient heritage into our Jewish lives. For PORTLAND LGBT PRIDE WEEKEND and PRIDE PARADE June 17-18, 2006 Havurah Shalom joined the Community of Welcoming Congregations to march in the GLBT (Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans) Pride Parade.
http://www.havurahshalom.org
Kol Shalom, Community for Humanistic Judaism1509 S.W. Sunset Blvd, Suite 2H
Portland, OR 97239
Phone Number: (503) 459-4210
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Humanistic
Description: Kol Shalom is listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. Members of Kol Shalom vary in their beliefs about larger forces in nature. Beliefs range from atheism to God as Nature and other personal interpretations. The unifying philosophy of Kol Shalom and of the Society for Humanistic Judaism is that human beings have the power and responsibility to shape their lives and care for the world, independent of an interventionist deity or any supernatural power; and that the Torah and other religious texts are entirely human creations. Humanistic Judaism is a belief system or faith based in humanism and the heritage of the Jewish people, rather than in theism. Our rituals and ceremonies do not include language that suggests belief in the supernatural.
http://www.kolshalom.org
P'Nai Or9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219-6531
Phone Number: (503) 248-4500
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Renewal
Description: P'nai Or is listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. They are a vibrant, egalitarian, Jewish Renewal congregation. We support each other in our spiritual practices, our studies, our children's education, and our lives. Through the practice of mitzvot (sacred deeds) and tikkun olam (progressive social/political action) we strive to heal ourselves and the world.

As a community of spiritual seekers, we approach our spiritual path from a Jewish perspective. Our community is organized solely to offer a place for ourselves and the Portland community where this spiritual perspective can flourish, and we can deepen our wisdom, attunement, and experience. Our roots are in Torah, Kabbalah, and other classic Jewish sources; our intent is to make Jewish spirituality accessible. Our guide, teacher, and friend in this unfolding process is Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, whose insights, knowledge and humor guide us on our path. We are also affiliated nationally with ALEPH, founded by Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi.

P'nai Or services combine elements of traditional Judaism with joyful song and dance in a participatory environment. A diversity of Jewish experience and expression is reflected in our membership, and all are welcome as full participants in the community.
http://www.pnaiorpdx.org
The Eastside Jewish Community of Portland (EJCoP)P.O. Box 86622
Portland, OR 97286
Phone Number: (503) 973-5267
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: The Eastside Jewish Community of Portland (EJCoP) is listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. They offer diverse programs to enhance the Jewish identity, personal growth, and well-being within the Jewish community. We are open to all Jews, including the unafilliated, and families and singles of all ages.

At EJCoP we value Jewish learning, open discussions about values and perspectives, and non-judgemental exploration of Jewish wisdom. EJCoP offers community celebrations of Shabbat and holidays, as well as tzedakah and mitzvah projects.
http://www.ejcop.org
Beit Haverim - South Metro Jewish Congregation21420 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR 97068
Phone Number: (503) 650-7013
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: South Metro Jewish Congregation listed by Keshet, Portland, Oregon's LGBT social group as being GLBTQQ friendly. Per their website: Our Mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for people in the Portland South Metro region to join together for Jewish education, celebration, tzedakah, and worship. Our Reform Congregation is a community of Jewish and interfaith families and individuals who live in a primarily non-Jewish environment, geographically and culturally distant from the established Portland Jewish community. We welcome anyone, wherever they are on the Jewish spectrum. Our Driving Force is a common desire for our families and children to share a sense of Jewish belonging that comes from hands-on ownership within our own created community of mishpoche. We are a dynamic congregation of involved people who have chosen to connect or reconnect to Judaism and a Jewish identity. Our Vision is a community where Jews by Birth, Jews by Choice, and Jews at Heart are accepted and feel a sense of belonging. We are an open, inviting, and spiritually alive Jewish community, with families and individuals joining us from the greater Portland communities of West Linn, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Beaverton, Tualatin, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sherwood - and beyond. We honor the richness and tradition of Judaism in a manner that's accessible to everyone.
http://www.beithav.org/
Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation190 Camp Hill Road
Fort Washington, PA 19043
Phone Number: (215) 283-0276
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Or Hadash is a vibrant and diverse community that is committed to promoting the many facets of our evolving Jewish civilization. We strive to create a warm and welcoming home where all members are accepted and valued. Through our commitment to the principles of Reconstructionist Judaism, we promote and encourage opportunities for study, prayer, cultural and artistic expression, and acts of tikkun olam, or repairing the world. Reconstructionists understand that belonging to the Jewish people comes before behaving or believing, and Or Hadash reflects the diversity of the American Jewish community. We welcome interfaith couples, and hold that conversion is unnecessary for the child of one Jewish parent, when that person is raised and educated as a Jew. We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people and their life partners and families.
http://www.orhadash.com/
Beth David Reform Congregation130 Vaughans Lane
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Phone Number: (610) 896-7485
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Beth David is an intimate, caring and vibrant community for Reform Jewish worship, learning and personal growth. Our aim is to have active participation by all our members and to be an inclusive congregation. Beth David and its Religious School offer a wide range of spiritual and educational programs. We are dedicated to Torah, social action, (tikkun olam - repairing the world), (tzedakah - charity), the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Our mission is to inspire a life- long commitment to Judaism and provide a place to celebrate our Jewish lives together, (l-dor v'dor - from generation to generation). We encourage inquiries from all prospective members. Many of our members are interfaith couples who are committed to establishing a Jewish home, and the non-Jewish spouse is welcome at all synagogue events as a part of our community. We also welcome gay and lesbian members interested in joining us.
http://www.bdavid.org/
Temple Beth Shalom913 Allendale Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone Number: (717) 697-2662
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Temple Beth Shalom is a warm, welcoming, and spirited community reflecting the rich diversity of the American Jewish community at large.  We come together from varied Jewish backgrounds, including Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox, and welcome interfaith families, blended families, and individuals of all ages, races and sexual orientation.  Our strength lies in the energy, participation and commitment of our members who work together to shape who we are.
http://www.jrf.org/tbshalpa/index.htm
Congregation Beth Israel542 S. New Middletown Rd.
Media, PA 19063
Phone Number: (610) 566-4645
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: www.bethisraelmedia.org
http://www.bethisraelmedia.org
Congregation Beth Ahavah615 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone Number: (215) 923-2003
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Congregation Beth Ahavah serves Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley's GLBT Jewish community and welcomes people of all gender and sexual identities. Since 1975, we've been committed to providing a comfortable place for people of all sexual orientations and religious affiliations to experience Judaism. We are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and draw from meaningful traditions and practices in all branches of Judaism. We are located on Broad Street at the home of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, their new congregational partner.
http://www.bethahavah.org
Congregation Mishkan Shalom4101 Freeland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Phone Number: (215) 508-0226
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Description: Mishkan Shalom is a spiritual, progressive and inclusive synagogue in Philadelphia. They are based on a common set of values articulated in their Statement of Principles. Their synagogue is a place where they integrate tradition and innovation, share their faith and doubts, ask questions, and learn from one another. They are committed to:
  • A spiritual life that impels us to work for a better world, strengthens us in times of need and challenges us to grow
  • The feminist reconstruction of Judaism
  • Children being an integral part of the community
  • The inclusion of gays, lesbians, and interfaith families
  • The pursuit of economic justice in the Philadelphia Region and a just and lasting peace in the Middle East
Mishkan Shalom is an egalitarian and participatory community of approximately 300 households. Members take on a co-op responsibility, and are encouraged to take an active role in services and assume religious leadership. Rabbis are Rabbi Jeff Sultar and Rabbi Yael Levy. The religious school has over 150 students and is directed by Rabbi Erin Hirsh.
http://www.mishkan.org
Germantown Jewish Centre400 W Ellet St.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Phone Number: (215) 844-1507
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Conservative
Description: Germantown Jewish Centre is listed by the Interfaith Working Group as a welcoming congregation. From their website, Germantown Jewish Centre describe themselves as a congregation where women and men participate as equals. GJC is affiliated with the Conservative Movement and takes a progressive approach to ritual observance and synagogue life. They welcome anyone who shares their values and commitment to Jewish community life. Minyan Dorshei Derekh is also affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. A member of the Yes Coaliition (http://www.yescoalitionphilly.org/) but can't find specific reference to LGBT
http://www.germantownjewishcentre.org
Bet TikvahP.O. Box 10140
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone Number: (412) 362-7025
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: In 1988, three people decided to form a group to meet the needs of Jewish gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the Pittsburgh area. Thus was Bet Tikvah (""House of Hope"") created. By 1989, the group had grown and was regularly holding member-led services at a variety of locations in the Pittsburgh area, including a local gay-owned restaurant, a University of Pittsburgh campus building, and the homes of members. Since 1994, the congregation has met for worship at Rodef Shalom, a prominent Pittsburgh synagogue. Although Rodef Shalom is a Reform congregation, Bet Tikvah is not affiliated with any particular branch of Judaism. In addition, services and events are open to and regularly attended by interfaith couples, those wishing to explore Judaism, and heterosexual Jews.
http://www.bettikvah.org


Bet Tikvah now counts over 70 memberships, including families of all compositions. In addition to serving the needs of Jewish gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals, Bet Tikvah welcomes all who wish to join in worship.
Rodef Shalom4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone Number: (412) 621-6566
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Rodef Shalom places no value on your income, sexual orientation, physical abilities, faith tradition of origin, gender, or marital status. Simply put, we welcome all within the liberal Jewish community—whether one was born into a Jewish family or chose the faith—who share the values we espouse.
http://www.rodefshalom.org/
Beth El BinahDallas, TX 75219
Phone Number: (214) 521-5342 ext.1784
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Reform Jewish congregation with outreach to the lebsian and gay community of Dallas/Forth Worth. In Hebrew, Beth El Binah means House of an Understanding God. Although the majority of our members are gay or lesbian, all are welcome.
http://www.bethelbinah.org
Gay Havurah at Temple Beth El211 Belknap Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone Number: (210) 733-9135
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Reform
Description: This Havurah meets regularly for Torah Study and social events
http://www.beth-elsa.org/
Temple Beth-El211 Belknap Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone Number: (210) 733-9135
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth-El is a founding member of the Union for Reform Judaism. The synagogue is proud to have the only female rabbi serving a congregation in Texas and the first female cantor in San Antonio. Additionally, the rabbis give sermons about the importance and implications of welcoming LGBT people as members.
http://www.beth-elsa.org/
Congregation Tikvah Chadashah1122 E. Pike Street, PMB 734
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone Number: (206) 355-1414
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Chavurah
Description: Congregation Tikvah Chadashah is Seattle's oldest GLBT Synagogue, having opened in 1980. Congregation Tikvah Chadashah is a chavurah-style congregation, and a member of the World Congress of Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Jewish Organizations. We hold egalitarian chavurah services for Shabbat and holidays. All are welcome to our events, regardless of observance, religious background, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
http://www.tikvahchadashah.org
Kol HaNeshamahc/o Alki UCC 6115 SW Hinds St
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone Number: (206) 935-1590
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Kol HaNeshamah is West Seattle's progressive synagogue community. It is an intimate congregation with a warm approach to tradition. Shabbat is the cornerstone of our community. We meet twice a month on the first and third Friday and Saturday to worship at Alki UCC, near Alki Beach in West Seattle. We are a diverse congregation of households from West Seattle and beyond who are building an intimate Jewish community committed to progressive beliefs, practice and inclusivity. Michael Adam Latz is the founding rabbi.

Kol HaNeshamah is a progressive synagogue rejoicing in Torah, Avodah (Worship/ Prayer), Tzedek and Tikkun (Justice and Healing) but specializing in K'hillah (Community). We attract members from all around Seattle who believe a synagogue is a place to experience the joys of Judaism. We deeply believe in inclusivity. We are young, old, families, singles, single parents, interfaith, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered.
http://www.kol-haneshamah.org
Temple Beth Am2632 NE 80th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone Number: (206) 525-0915
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Temple Beth Am is currently participating in the IJSO's Welcoming Synagogues Project, which seeks to create inclusive and welcoming synagogue spaces for LGBT people. By the end of the process, each congregation will have an inspiring and compelling vision of inclusion and welcoming of LGBT people and will have begun to make that vision a part of their every day congregational life.
http://www.templebetham.org/
Beit Klal YisraelPO Box 1828
London W10 5RT
Phone Number: 07505 477 459
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Liberal Judaism
Description: We are a community of people who recognise the true diversity of Jewish experience and who welcome all new members and participants, especially those who are distanced or estranged from many facets of contemporary Jewish community life. Our community is involved with those aspects of contemporary Judaism which both respect and creatively engage that diversity. We encourage participation in, and contributions to, our services and our after-service and secular events.
http://www.bky.org.uk/index.php
Kehillat Beit Ha'Chidush1001 LC Amsterdam KvK 41217431
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone Number: 011-31 (23) 524-7204
Group: Welcoming
Affiliation: Reform
Description: Beit Ha'Chidush is Holland's progressive synagogue in the heart of old Amsterdam. We are participatory, egalitarian, and are open and welcoming for all Jews, their friends, loved ones and family. BHC = equality. Kehillat Beit Ha'Chidush is a modern Jewish community for everyone with a Jewish family background. We are a community based on equality: BHC is welcoming people with one or two Jewish (grand)parents; men and women; straight or gay; parents and children; youths and older people. If your partner is not Jewish you're both welcome. If you have children, they can join our Jewish Sunday classes Ledor Wador ('from generation to generation'). Please note that the website is in Dutch.
http://www.beithachidush.nl
North West London Lesbian and Gay Group (NWLLGG)Tenterden Sports Ground
289 Preston Road
Harrow HA3 0QQ
Phone Number: 07941 707884
Group: LGBT
Affiliation: Non-affiliated
Description: We are a social group, based in North West London, who welcome all members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered community. The North West London Lesbian & Gay Group was established in 1971. Our guiding principle is the creation of a friendly environment for any member of the LGBT community to meet and socialise. This remains our core focus today as we continue our work, celebrating over 40 years of group activity and action. The NWLLGG was founded by local gay people and continues to be run by and for the local LGBT community. It is not affiliated to any political party or commercial organisation.
http://www.nwlgay.com
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