WELCOMING COMMUNITIES PROJECT
A 10-month community program to foster greater inclusion.
SOJOURN’s Welcoming Communities Project helps regional synagogues, schools, agencies, and entire communities become welcoming places for GSD (Gender and Sexually Diverse) Jews in both theory and practice. Our focus is on starting the conversation, not ending it. Click here to learn more about our Welcoming Communities Project, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOJOURN staff and volunteers expertly model creating safe spaces to facilitate and
discuss challenging topics, guided by Jewish learning and scientific data.
EDGE (EARLY DEVELOPMENT FOR GENDER EQUITY)
EDGE engages religious & preschools in synagogues, day schools, and community programs to develop goals for and lead discussions with that institution or community on the effects of gender stereotypes and their ability to counteract gender bias in the classroom and at home. The multi-faceted program includes games, stories, art, film, and song to address the infinite possibilities of gender equity.
GSD 101: LEARNING THE TOOLS NEEDED TO BECOME AN ALLY
Our "GSD 101" workshop provides participants with accurate definitions of terms related to sexual orientation and gender identity and increases participants' comfort level when using terms related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Participants learn how everyday actions can create (or destroy) a sense of welcoming and comfort for our friends, family, and communities.
DEFINING AN ALLY: "IF I AM ONLY FOR MYSELF" & TAKING ACTION
Becoming an ally can be a challenging - and scary - undertaking. Participants will learn the skills necessary to speak out against homophobia and transphobia both in public and private while exploring the ways they can change their communities for the better.
The Torah is traditionally understood to condemn sexual relations between men and has long been used as a weapon against GSD people of all kinds. Using biblical, talmudic, and contemporary texts, participants will compare traditional and changing attitudes & ideas towards homosexuality while diving deep into the meaning of the legal proscriptions and prohibitions.
LOVE AND SUPPORT: PREVENTING SUICIDE IN THE GSD COMMUNITY
Using elements of the award-winning Sources of Strength curriculum and SOJOURN's own expertise, participants will learn how to combat the challenges GSD people face every day. This session focuses on the steps communities, schools, synagogues, and camps can take to ensure that they create a welcoming space wherein all people feel comfortable sharing their true feelings - even those that are challenging or difficult to discuss.