Our friends at Mosaic of Westchester offer local programs for LGBTQ+ Teens and Allies, and Keshet offers national Shabbaton Retreats. 

KESHET

LGBTQ & Ally Teen Shabbaton Retreats

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Join our one of a kind Shabbat retreats for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens to learn, grow, and celebrate who you are in a warm and vibrant community. Being a teenager is hard. For queer Jewish teens, the social pressures to fit in or the anxieties of standing out may feel even harder — especially in a world where homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism are on the rise. At Keshet’s Shabbat retreats, LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens are able to exhale; to find their place and their voice as emerging Jewish leaders. Together, they build meaningful friendships, engage in deep Jewish learning, and return home to build a world we can all be proud of.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE KESHET EAST COAST SHABBATON, FEB. 28-MAR. 1, 2020, IN PENNSYLVANIA.

Keshet will arrange carpools to Penn Station from White Plains for Amtrak train travel to Baltimore, where they will provide a bus to the Shabbaton.  Registration is only $54; Keshet offers travel scholarships available to help participants with train travel.

MOSAIC OF WESTCHESTER

Mosaic of Westchester is a committee of the Westchester Jewish Council.

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2019-2020 PROGRAMS FOR JEWISH LGBTQ+ TEENS & ALLIES IN 8TH-12TH GRADE:

Join us for discussions and activities that celebrate LGBTQ+ and Jewish identities! LGBTQ+ attendees can be at any stage of their coming out journey.

  • October 27 from 4-6pm at Purchase SUNY College (Red Room in Student Services Bldg on Lincoln Ave in Purchase), led by Hillels of Westchester students
  • December 15 from 4-6pm Chanukah party at Bet Am Shalom in White Plains
  • March 22 from 3-5pm Mosaic Pride Passover: Rethinking the Seder Plate—community event for all ages at Scarsdale Synagogue, teens can help lead activities
  • June NYC Pride March

Additional dates may be added.

These programs are organized by members of the Mosaic Advisory Council:

  • Abby Reiken, Education Director at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue
  • Jill Schreibman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience serving LGBTQ adolescents and Program Coordinator at Westchester Jewish Community Services

For more information and to RSVP, contact: Abby Reiken (914) 946-8851