Widening Our Gates

Supporting congregations in their mission of inclusion and providing a welcoming home for all.

Keshet Leadership Project: LGBTQ Inclusion

Western Massachusetts

Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:30am-3pm

Congregation B'nai Israel, 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA 01060

  • Learn how to evaluate current programs, policies, and culture, and identify areas for growth in LGBTQ Inclusion.

  • Discover how to recognize opportunities and challenges for welcoming and affirming LGBTQ members of your community.

  • Create an achievable action plan for making your community more LGBTQ inclusive within twelve months.

  • Receive expert coaching and support from Keshet to implement your action plan.

We are proud to embark on a new partnership, with InterfaithFamily, as part of SCM's "Widening our Gates" stream of work. We are committed to supporting congregations in becoming the most welcoming spaces possible.


Don't Say "Non-Jew": How to Embrace Interfaith Families.

Tuesday morning, January 15, 2019

8:30-10:00 am

JCC North Shore

4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA

light breakfast served

Don't Say "Non-Jew": How to Embrace Interfaith Families will help participants' congregations become more welcoming and comfortable places for interfaith individuals, couples, and families. We will discuss who interfaith families are, how to use sensitive and affirming language, and how to effectively communicate your welcome on everything from a website to a membership form.


Don't Say "Non-Jew" seminars are in development for more locations. Stay tuned for announcements.

Click Here for more information on InterfaithFamily.

Event Details:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Cocktail reception 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:30-9:15 p.m.
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward Street, Newton

Featuring author Tom Fields-Meyer
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Transgender Inclusion In The Jewish Community

An evening of listening, sharing, and learning for Jewish communal leadership, was presented by Keshet and URJ Reform Jewish Outreach Boston on Thursday, March 30, at Temple Shalom, Newton.


In 2015, congregations of the Union for Reform Judaism unanimously passed a resolution calling for the full inclusion of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in our communities.


This was an opportunity for Jewish communal leaders to learn about the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in our congregations and communities and how to better welcome and honor people of all gender identities.

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