Welcoming LGBTQ+ Members
At Anshe Emet, we intentionally work to create an environment where all Jews feel welcome and celebrated for who they are.
We embrace the entire spectrum of our Jewish community, and welcome interfaith families and members of any age, race, background, ethnicity, ability, marital or family status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
Keep reading to find out how we're working to make you feel at home. If you have additional needs or concerns, please reach out. Specific contact information is included below.
Visibility and Inclusion Efforts:
Anshe Emet has partnered with Keshet, a national organization working for full LGBTQ+ equality in Jewish life, to ensure our commitment to full LGBTQ+ inclusion is reflected in our actions, programming, rituals, personnel and physical space.
- Periodic training for clergy, staff and lay leaders on LGBTQ+ inclusion
- Specific LGBTQ+ programming, events and groups
- Openly LGBTQ+ people are involved in the synagogue as leaders, members, students, parents and staff
- Inclusive language on all membership forms
Rituals and Lifecycle Events:
We celebrate with all members as their lifecycle events and other milestones are shared with the congregation. Our clergy works with individuals and families to mark occasions in ways that are both personally and Jewishly meaningful.
- Same-sex weddings or commitment ceremonies, performed inside or outside the synagogue
- Aufrufs and aliyot for both members of a same-sex couple
- Adoption and baby-naming ceremonies
- Naming ceremonies for those undergoing gender transitions
- Gender-neutral aliyot
Contact Liz Berke at [email protected] with questions.
The B’nei Mitzvah experience at Anshe Emet is highly personalized. Our Ritual Director works with each family to make sure this simcha is celebrated in a way that allows each student to reach their potential. Please contact Naomi Weiss-Weil at [email protected] with your questions.
“We have found the Anshe Emet Community to be thoughtful, caring, and truly committed to the highest ideals and ethical traditions of Judaism. It is a house of worship with kavanah and joy, and a house of learning with inquisitive minds, a place for comfort and solace, and a place for celebration and play. It is also a place where all families are not only welcomed but embraced. We are proud to be members of the Anshe Emet Community! Anshe Emet is our home. The perfect place to raise our family.”
—Debra Stark & Jessica Choplin
“Anshe Emet has instilled me with the Jewish values to recognize the inherent value of all human life, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. This community has made me feel accepted in all of my identities and has provided an unconditional safe space for me to explore who I am as a young Jewish person.”