Curveballs and Time Outs

I was talking to someone recently about how even though the journey of being the Orthodox parent of an LGBTQ child gets much easier over time, curveballs can still get thrown your way. Sometimes they’re large curveballs, sometimes they’re smaller ones.  I had a very small one thrown my way over Succot, but it gave me some… Continue reading Curveballs and Time Outs

Explanation Episode

When I was a kid I didn’t understand how TV worked. I didn’t know about the concept of syndication so to me, shows that were both on the air and on in syndication played every day and again once a  week but that once a week episode was always way newer than the every day… Continue reading Explanation Episode

Get it out there

I got together today with my oldest friend in the world.  I have years of history with this woman and we don’t see or speak nearly enough.  This woman grew up Orthodox like I did and is definitely living in a more yeshivish Orthodox world than I am. I’m not saying this to try to… Continue reading Get it out there

Un-mazel tov

Apparently, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), a prominent liberal Modern Orthodox Synagogue reversed its recent decision to include same-sex wedding announcements at the shul.  According to the Times of Israel Article which wrote about this:  The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx will no longer announce the weddings of its LGBT members in… Continue reading Un-mazel tov

Baltimore LGBTQ People and Family Members: Please Help!

The folks at JQ Baltimore asked me to post this and your participation is really important/: YOUR CHANCE TO BE HEARD! JQ Baltimore is sponsoring focus groups in mid-November and we are looking for Baltimore-based LGBTQ people and family members to share your experiences, opinions and ideas. Groups will be led by a 3rd party… Continue reading Baltimore LGBTQ People and Family Members: Please Help!

National Coming Out Day Version 2.0

You know it’s been a while since I blogged when I couldn’t remember how to log in to this site.  Weird. Here’s the short version of what’s been going on with this Orthodox Mom of Gay Kid (After almost 4 years, I completely regret the title of this blog.  Oh well.  A life without regrets… Continue reading National Coming Out Day Version 2.0

2017 Eshel Parent Retreat

Registration for the 2017 Eshel Retreat for Traditional and Orthodox parents of LGBT people is open! The retreat will take place the weekend of May 5-7, 2017 at the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp.    I’m on the planning committee and I can tell you, it is going to be a fantastic weekend.  Here are some… Continue reading 2017 Eshel Parent Retreat

Eshel Meetup in Baltimore

If you are in the Baltimore/DC/Philly area next week and are an Eshel member (or potential member) or parent (or potential Eshel parent), consider attending a wonderful Eshel event that will take place. It is amazing that the Eshel Directors, Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Miryam Kabakov will be running the event. Details on the location… Continue reading Eshel Meetup in Baltimore

A Call for Jewish Schools to support LGBT Students

In an article published in his school’s newspaper, Rabbi Ari Segal, headmaster of Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles called for Orthodox leaders and specifically schools to create safer spaces for LGBT Jews in our communities.  The article is titled, “The biggest challenge to “Emunah” of our time.” In this article, Rabbi Segal writes about the… Continue reading A Call for Jewish Schools to support LGBT Students

Links of Interest

Some great pieces this week: How Israel’s Modern Orthodox Jews Came Out Of The Closet: A brother writes about how and why his sister  (and others) chose to come out publicly in the wake of very strong LGBT statements made by several Rabbis in Israel. What Can You Do For the LGBT Jew in Your… Continue reading Links of Interest