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The World Congress of GLBT Jews: Keshet Ga’avah hosted with Keshet

Keshet a virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Service and Panel Discussion on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

This memorable program was a call to action and featured a short memorial service led by Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael, Keshet’s Director of Education and Training followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ian Brown, At-Large member of WCGLBTJ Steering Committee.

Panelists included Eliana Golberstein Rubashkyn, a Columbian born New Zealander and former stateless refugee. (Eliana was the first case of gender recognition in the world with a U.N. resolution under the international refugee statute of 1951.) and Rabbi Leiah Moser, the rabbi of Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel of Ridgewood, NJ.

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The World Congress is an amazing networking resource for LGBTQIA+ Jews from around the world to connect, engage, and support on local, national, continental and global levels. The Hebrew subtitle Keshet Ga’avah – Rainbow of Pride – emphasizes the importance of tradition and diversity. We have member organizations worldwide, hold annual board meetings and host regionals and world conferences on subjects of interest to LBGTQI+ Jews and their allies. The World Congress: Keshet Ga’avah strives to be the voice of LBGTQI+ Jews worldwide.
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What We Do

Global Advocacy

The only truly global LGBTQIA+ Jewish organization with our volunteers reflecting the diversity of our member organizations from all over the world. We lend our collective voice to advocacy initiatives and support efforts of other global LGBTQIA+ organizations.

Recent Social Actions/Social Justice Efforts:

  • 2018: Outreach to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supporting equal surrogacy laws for all Israelis
  • 2018: Supported equality language in the United Nations International Crimes Against Humanity Treaty
  • 2019: Supported United Nations mandate to address violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

International Conferences

Sydney, Australia

Rome, Italy

25 conferences. Our first conference was held in Washington D.C. in 1976. We went to Buenos Aires in March 2017 with JAG, Paris in September of 2017 with Beit Haverim, Rome in March of 2018 with MDKI and Sydney in 2018 with Dayenu.

Community Outreach

We reach out to remote Jewish communities. In 2010, we helped translate training packages for LGBTQIA+ inclusion delivered to Buenos Aires. We connect smaller organizations with larger ones in hopes of achieving global equality for LGBTQIA+ Jews.

  • 2019: Supported educational forum in Brazil focused on the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ Jews in today’s world
  • 2019: Letter to Prime Minister of Israel denouncing the statements of the Education Minister regarding his unethical, ignorant and dangerous endorsement of gay conversion therapy
  • 2020: Regional European Conference to support and provide networking opportunities to LGBTQ+ Jewish organizations and Rainbow Jews throughout Europe
  • 2020: Hosted a European dialog about anti-Semitism and homophobia in Europe
  • 2020: Supported launch of Keshet Sefarad, LGBTQI Jewish organization in Spain
  • 2020: Hosted International TDOR Memorial Service and Panel discussion with KESHET
  • 2020: Presented (represented by member organization MDKI) on panel dedicated to LGBTQI+ issues at first e-summit of European Jewish leaders
  • 2021: Collaborating with The Jewish Agency for Israel to build a Transnational Partnership Platform for Jewish LGBTQI+ Activists

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