Community, Caring, & Belonging

B’nai Jeshurun is a safe place to be who you are. It is a Jewish sanctuary for anyone who wants to come together with others to explore and exercise your spirituality and your role in the community.

Since our renaissance in the 1980s, members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been a core part of our kehillah. We committed early on to establishing a unique haven particularly for all kinds of Jewish searchers, or for those who have felt ill at ease or even unwelcome elsewhere.

While we celebrate that there are now fewer instances of this deplorable behavior toward gay men, lesbians, bisexual, transgender, and queer folk who seek a spiritual home, we know it still happens, sadly, and that some people have had trouble finding a Jewish community where they feel accepted for their whole selves.

We open our arms wide to all those who want to sing, worship, and work together, for one another, as a kahal—a collective, engaged Jewish enterprise. We took an active part in the fight for marriage equality and have rejoiced in celebrating many same-sex marriages since then. Allying with marginalized populations has always been a key part of our social justice work, which is itself central to our entire synagogue mission.