NJ Lesbian and Gay Havurah

Temple Emanu-El is considered a home for people of any race, gender, ethnic background, physical capability, sexual orientation, national origin and marital status. We are especially proud of our longstanding relationship with New Jersey's Lesbian and Gay Havurah.

New Jersey's Lesbian & Gay Havurah is a community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed Jews and their friends throughout NJ. The Havurah's members represent the full spectrum of Jewish backgrounds and observances. Anyone interested in the development of GLBTI and Jewish culture and community is welcome.

The Havurah was founded in June 1991 following a panel discussion at Temple Emanu-El called "Bridging the Gap: Welcoming Gays and Lesbians to the Synagogue." Temple Emanu-El's Rabbi Alfred Landsberg (now our Rabbi Emeritus) hosted the first Havurah meeting at the Temple. Sixteen people attended and began the process of developing a safe, inclusive place for the Jewish LGBT community of New Jersey. Several years later, Temple Emanu-El became the first mainstream NJ congregation to host a Gay Pride Shabbat. The Temple now enjoys a strong and positive connection with the Havurah.

Please visit the NJ Lesbian & Gay Havurah website:

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