Congregation Or Ami welcomes all Jews, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, as full participants in all religious practices and in the entire community life of the congregation. We hope you will share in the warmth of our community and contribute your own gifts by joining us. Congregation Or Ami offers individuals and couples the opportunity to explore their Judaism in a warm, welcoming environment. We work to empower people to make Jewish choices for themselves and their families and we strive to provide resources to inform educated decisions.
What It Means To Be A Gay Teen In A Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Community
GAY, LESBIAN JEWS FIND RABBI AMONG THE STRAIGHT - Chicago Tribune
In North America today, it is estimated that , Reform Jews - and , members of the larger Jewish community - are gay or lesbian. Over the last fifteen years, the UAHC has admitted to membership four synagogues with an outreach to gay and lesbian Jews. Hundreds of men and women who once felt themselves alienated from Judaism and unwelcome in mainstream congregations have joined these synagogues, adding their strength and commitment to our religious community. In , the UAHC General Assembly called for an end to discrimination against homosexuals, and expanded upon this in by calling for full inclusion of gay and lesbian Jews in all aspects of synagogue life. While that resolution urged that congregations not discriminate in employment, it did not address rabbinic employment, pending the report of the CCAR ad hoc Committee on Homosexuality and the Rabbinate.
GAY, LESBIAN JEWS FIND RABBI AMONG THE STRAIGHT
Below, Rabbi Daniel Nevins reflects on his part in this process. For the past four years, I have spent many of my spare hours reading the voluminous literature on what Judaism has to say about homosexuality. The early record is quite clear and literally forbidding. Rabbinic law greatly expanded upon this prohibition, banning other forms of sexual intimacy between men, and also sexual intimacy between women.
The subject of homosexuality and Judaism dates back to the Torah. The book of Vayikra Leviticus is traditionally regarded as classifying sexual intercourse between males as a to'eivah something abhorred or detested that can be subject to capital punishment by the currently non-existent Sanhedrin under halakha Jewish law. The issue has been a subject of contention within modern Jewish denominations , and has led to debate and division. Traditionally, Judaism has understood homosexual male intercourse as contrary to Judaism, and this opinion is still maintained by Orthodox Judaism.