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Mission: Jewish Mosaic partners with Jewish organizations, communities, and individuals of every denomination to create a world where all Jews are fully included in communal life, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As a national trans-denominational organization, Jewish Mosaic: - Conducts strategic policy research on issues related to LGBT Jews and the Jewish world; - Engages with questions of sexuality, gender and inclusion in Jewish sacred texts; - Collaborates with allies, supporters, rabbis, scholars and activists across all movements in the Jewish communal world; - Keeps LGBT issues on the agendas of national and international Jewish institutions; - Provides LGBT-focused resources, education, and consulting to synagogues, Jewish organizations and Jewish communal leaders throughout the country and the world; - Connects locally-based LGBT Jewish advocacy groups with one another; - Delivers diversity training workshops that engage Jewish community members with LGBT issues in a Jewish framework; - Engages LGBT and allied Jews in community building programs locally in Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area. Based in Denver, with a regional office in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jewish Mosaic is a managed project of Jewish Funds for Justice and was founded in 2003 by Judaic studies scholars Dr. Caryn Aviv and Dr. David Shneer.

Geographic areas served: National; special outreach in Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Jewish Mosaic is changing the Jewish world, providing essential data & information about GLBT people in the Jewish community, and putting out great work like Torah Queeries, a weekly commentary (& now book) on the Torah portion from a queer perspective. They are valuable allies and change agents in the Jewish world!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The have been instrumental in empowering LGBTQ Jews- religious, secular, cultural, and any combination- in making challenging, supportive, empowering, and healing communities and contexts to be both Queer, Jewish, Jewishly Queer, and Queered Jewish.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jewish Mosaic provides substantive education for the GLBT community and allies through its newsletter, Torah Queeries, and other resources. They are a great collaborative partner. Our organization worked with them on an extremely successful Pride Shabbat, and we are planning for future programs together. Mosaic is an invaluable resource.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are an incredibly necessary GLBT pioneer in the Jewish community in Denver. They've put on some wonderful programs, and I look forward to many more in the future. I helped start a Jewish GLBT social group here which lasted for about 4 or 5 years, and Mosaic really stepped in and picked up where we left off. Thanks Jewish Mosaic.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jewish Mosaic is an outstanding, mission-driven organization that has made a significant contribution toward the greater project of making Judaism relevant and welcoming for all Jews (even for those who don't realize it). I have availed myself of their immense collection of resources (human and material), been inspired by their leaders -- Gregg Drinkwater and Karen Erlichman, in particular -- and been moved to act in solidarity with LGBTQ Jews on sanctifying and legalizing same-sex marriage, transgender inclusion and other issues thanks to the advocacy and educational efforts of Jewish Mosaic.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My organization collaborates with Jewish Mosaic frequently.The local, regional staff person is inspired and inspiring to work with. Mosaic is creative, inclusive and has made a difference in expanding the notion of what it means to be Jewish.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a rabbi in Denver who works for a non-profit that specializes in outreach to many under-served Jewish constituencies including Jewish GLBTs. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Jewish Mosaic for a Pride Shabbat service and celebration and hope for more opportunities to join forces. I also frequent Jewish Mosaic's website for information and perspectives that help me more effectivly serve Jewish GLBTs. And I deeply appreciate Torah Queeries, their weekly Torah commentary. What a great addition to the Jewish people's relationship with Torah!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my experiences with jewish mosaic stem mostly from the research work they have done and published. I participated in their 2nd study here in denver, and encouraged other leadership members from our community to do so as well. Additionally, I am enriched every week with Torah Queeries and feel more connected to the Jewish happenings by receiving their weekly email. Additionally, as the president of the board at my synagogue, I often referred to their website for information. I have made a donation, but it was quite modest. Addtionally I was asked, but was unable, to help lead a shabbat service for one of their events. I have been so impressed with the overall vision of Jewish Mosaic, and their ability to forge connections and relationships in the Denver community and nationwide as well. Every interaction I have had with their staff has impressed me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a rabbi in one of the communities Jewish Mosaic serves, and have seen a variety of their important work. For example, their efforts played a big part in having a survey done of needs among LGBT Jews in the area, which is groundbreaking and much-needed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Jewish Mosaic as a collaborating organization on a variety of projects related to LGBT Rights and social justice including a campaign fro marriage equality (culminating with working to try to defeat Proposition8 inn California), addressing transgender inclusion in the Jewish community, and LGBT inclusion. I have also partiicipatd as an author in their recently published groundbreaking volume, Torah Queeries."