Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

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Location: PO Box 18743 Denver CO 80218 USA

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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing LGBTQ Jews more greatly fulfill our collective, communal, and individual potential for claiming our Judaism in a way that is relevant and positively challenging to our lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way I get to see myself more completely in our holy texts- specifically Torah- as a lesbian religious Jew.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaging, spoke with me as an equal despite her many distinguished accomplishments, took me seriously, kind, sociable, supportive, and- despite everything she has already done for our communities- invested in learning and growing more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a Pride Shabbat in Cheesman Park in June.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have it more involved in the Jewish community in general, to get more exposure to GLBT issues.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their creativity and enthusiasm.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice, knowledgeable, and sincere.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become a major Jewish player and leader in the GLBT world in Denver and around the world, furthering culture, faith, and fun in the GLBT communities and connecting them to communities at large.

Ways to make it better...

the event were shorter.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growing it so that it is more involved.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it should be more for the lay person who may not be so religious and not just intellectual.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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