Intersectional identities within the LGBTQ+ community often face the most discrimination and lack of support both within their own communities and LGBTQ+ spaces. We hope that this resource can be used by any LGBTQ+ Jewish young person looking for community support, so that they may more easily make the transition out of unsafe spaces and into a place where they feel supported, welcomed and acknowledged.


General LGBTQ+ Jewish groups


The Jewish LGBT+ Group (formerly JGLG) were founded in 1972 and have since been a long established Jewish LGBT group, operating mostly through other social media platforms like Facebook.

KeshetUK have a mission to ensure that Jewish LGBT+ people and their families are included throughout life in the UK by working with varied groups from Jewish schools to Synagogues. They also have a helpful list of Jewish LGBT+ Organisations and also a list of LGBT+ safe synagogues where they have completed inclusion training, and audits to ensure safety for LGBT+ Jewish people is taken seriously.


LGBTQ+ Safe Synagogues


The following synagogues have both made clear statements of inclusion for LGBTQ people.

The first is Menorah Synagogue, a Cheshire Reform Congregation, who have both a statement showing their inclusion and support of LGBTQ+ people and have in the past run workshops to educate and answer questions. They also share their Shabbat services via Zoom and are live streamed.

The Manchester Reform Synagogue similarly have a clear statement of support to the LGBTQ+ community from their principal Rabbi and offer Shabbat services live on Zoom and are shared on Facebook. 


Jewish History and Heritage

Rainbow Jews provide an excellent source of Jewish history, through the stories shared, resources on their website and social media platforms, including promoting any LGBTQ+ Jewish events.


Food

Salaam Shalom Kitchen are a joint Muslim/Jewish charity project in Nottingham who provide hundreds of hot meals and grocery bags every Wednesday in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham. This dual approach does much to improve cross culture relations and break any perceived boundaries to build community cohesion.


Parents


Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians is an excellent resource to help any parents who may need help with the change that comes with realising ones LGBTQ+ identity.


Jewish Mental Health


The following organisations are not LGBTQ+ specific but have all made affirming statements of care towards the LGBTQ+ community.

Jewish Care run the gamut of care, from elderly people to community centres, to specific disability support.

JAMI are an excellent Mental health service for Jewish people from offering emergency help via online support to community programs, Childrens and Young Person’s services. They have teamed up with Keshet in the past and run many LGBT+ focussed mental health events.
They even run Head Room a community Café to bring awareness, education and access to mental health support, alongside kosher food and drinks. They also run community events from this café that are free and open to the public.

Raphael: The Jewish Counselling Service have many trained and supervised counsellors who offer once a week sessions for issues ranging from depression, anxiety to issues concerning sexuality and sexual or gender identity. They do offer concessions for some of the Fees associated which would be discussed during the assessment.

The following does not have a LGBTQ+ specific statement but are Jewish specific mental health support.

Jewish Action for Mental Health (JAMH) have a long list of Jewish therapists and counsellors as well as offering wellbeing events and mental health training. None of the therapists listed specifically state that they are trained for gender dysphoria.