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Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
November 1, 2009

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

our Jewish community learning more about the needs of LGBT folks and how we can better respond to them

Ways to make it better...

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

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Ways to make it better...

they had more staff time available to work on the projects they want and need to do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & participated in collaborative meetings with them and follow their work in our community.

Jewish Gateways
October 14, 2009

As an African American Jew whose untold generations of ancestors survived unique challenges to maintaining family, cultural and religious ties in the face of enslavement and discrimination in the U.S., Jewish Gateways has been a unique and refreshing breath of support. The many meals I enjoyed in their accessible, cozy little home were seasoned with inspiring Torah-based discussions and simmered in the context of diverse allies lending savory perspectives shaped by illuminating life stories. Rabbi Bridget Wynne creates an atmosphere of warmth and inclusivity, then presents the raw elements of divine sparks which participants weave in an exhilarating dance of logic and emotion and mysticism. No matter what path brings one to these gatherings, it is clear that all are welcome. In addition, Rabbi Bridget was available for individual consultation which I found particularly useful in clarifying my specific needs to her. Perhaps even more importantly, she continues to be a champion of following up---keeping me informed of specifically relevant opportunities in the local community. For instance, over the months following our one-on-one consultation, she suggested many Jewish classes that were consistent with my expressed interests. Exactly a year ago I began a weekly parsha study class that has become central to my week. It has helped to bridge the distance between what the greater community says and what is actually done. Now, despite many previous failed attempts at integration, I am convinced that there is room in the predominantly European-based Jewish community for a black woman with Torah at the center of her heart as has been my familial inheritance. More recently, after sampling more than a dozen potential Hebrew teachers over several years, the Rabbi connected me with someone who, at last, seems to be the one for me so that I can continue from the prayerbook level into being able to translate material in the first five books. Having the ability to have Torah nourish the midrash of my heart means a great deal to me, and thus I reciprocate her support by disclosing these truths about J-Gate.

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

I believe it is essential to have a place that rewards diversity rather than fearing it or ignoring it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I attended Jewish Gateways events and met individually with the rabbi.