Celebrating Distinctions Understanding the LGBT Alliance withinthe needs of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Community 1
Overview• Beginnings- 1996 with the leadership of Al Baum• Mission- Increasing opportunities for Bay Area LGBT Jews to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish life.• Staff- Lisa Finkelstein, Director• Lay Leadership- Arthur Slepian, Chair Advisory Board• Core Partnership- Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay (JFED)• Online- http://www.qjew.org• 2010 Published Documents- LGBT Needs Assessment Study and our Strategic Plan titled, Celebrating Distinctions
A Large & Diverse Community• Estimated over 10% or 36,000 LGBT Jews amongst the total San Francisco Bay Area Jewish population• Estimations do not include children raised in LGBT households or LGBT identified people under 18- years-old• Diversity is vast across age, affiliations, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography, family status, spiritual connections, health status, socio- economic status, interests and social networks
Sharing Similar and yet, Distinct Challenges• Similar to the broader Jewish community, only more so…. • Affiliation • Inter-marriage • Israel Perspectives • Socio-Economic Status • Religious Observance• And yet, some unique and distinct challenges… • Bullying • New family structures • Gender identity and expression
Long Term Priorities1. Targeted engagement & programming2. Inclusion and Welcoming3. Access and Visibility4. Information and Connection5. Opportunities for Philanthropy
How does the LGBT Alliance build community?Partnership Activism CelebrationsOur community is In the Jewish tradition of Through multi-prongedrecognized globally as a pursuing tzedek or justice efforts that includesmodel in LGBT inclusion. leaders of the LGBT Alliance leadership together raise our voices development, advocacy, aIn order to help sustain and and take action. nd community organizingbuild on this understanding we celebrate our dualisticwe work alongside many We are involved in the LGBT and Jewish identities.organizations and work as Marriage Equalityactive members of Kol Movement, host a We also work to welcomeTzedek. Transgender Task Force & newcomers and celebrate support anti-bullying LGBT and Jewish holidays. initiatives.
Moving Forward• Build Community Partnerships• Develop Leadership• Foster Engagement with Israel• Develop online content and access to resources• Cultivate Giving
Strength in our WorkWelcoming & Inclusion The Power of Change A Bellwether of the Future