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
Producing amazing programs in the Rocky Mountain region for LGBT Jews, Jews interested in social justice, and for the whole community that push people to think about what an inclusive Jewish community really means.
JM also conducts the most current research in the Jewish community related to LGBT issues having done studies nationally, in New York, San Francisco, Colorado, and elsewhere.
I've been involved with Jewish Mosaic for a number of years, first as a friend, then as a member of the Advisory Board and now as chair of the Board.
It's a particular privilege: to paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., the destiny and freedom of all Jews is bound up in the destiny and freedom of LGBT Jews; the dignity of one is the dignity of all. And the Jewish community cannot hope to advance the cause of human rights based on the principle of "tzelem Elohim" (that every human being is created in the image of G@d) if we cannot address the inequity and injustice pervasive in our own house.