I stopped just dropping promos for upcoming events, but every once in awhile, I’ll break my own rule. Here’s one of those times:

The Welcoming Synagogues Project: Diversity & LGBT Inclusion in the Jewish World

Coming to — yes, no surprise — NY and LA (I feel folks pain about limited access to events now that I live in Oakland, albeit I know I still get a handful more than many other regions of the country). Events are free and open to the public.

New York February 22-23:
Sunday evening, Feb. 22, 6:30-8:45pm
Monday morning, Feb. 23, 8:15-9:45am
Location: The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue

How well do congregations address the full spectrum of our Jewish communities? How do we relate to interfaith couples, Jews of color, and specifically LGBT Jews?

Sunday evening, Feb. 22, 6:30-8:45pm

A moderated discussion on diversity and inclusion in the Jewish world.
Speakers include:
* Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, Ph.D., noted author, Professor of Religion &
Women’s Studies at Temple University
* Paul Golin, Associate Executive Director, Jewish Outreach Institute
* Idit Klein; Executive Director, Keshet, a Boston-based Jewish LGBT
organization
* Dr. Caryn Aviv, author and Jewish Studies scholar at the University
of Denver

Monday morning, Feb. 23, 8:15-9:45am

Presentation of the results of the first trans-denominational synagogue
survey on inclusion and diversity with:
* Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at
Hebrew Union College-JIR
* Dr. Caryn Aviv, author and Jewish Studies scholar at the University
of Denver

Sponsors: Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at Hebrew Union College-JIR (IJSO), Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project, and The JCC in Manhattan.

Los Angeles, March 1-2
The Colen Conference Center at the American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles , CA

Sunday Evening, March 1, 6:30-8:45pm:
A moderated discussion on diversity and inclusion in the Jewish world.
Speakers include:
* Rabbi Denise Eger, Congregation Kol Ami
* Dr. Bernard Schlager, Interim Deputy Director and Development Director, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)
* Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Valley Beth Shalom
* Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Program Director, Institute for Welcoming Resources

Presentation of the results of the first trans-denominational synagogue
survey on inclusion and diversity with:

Monday morning, March 2, 8:15-9:45am:
* Dr. Caryn Aviv, author and Jewish Studies scholar at the University
of Denver

For information, or to RSVP, contact Jewish Mosaic at 303-691-3562, or info@jewishmosaic.org

These public events are part of a two-day strategic convening on the topic of LGBT inclusion in synagogues. Jewish Mosaic and the IJSO, in collaboration with Dr. Steven M. Cohen, have been conducting research on how synagogues across all Jewish movements respond to diversity issues including intermarriage, Jews by choice and Jews of Color, but particularly around LGBT people. These convenings bringing together scholars from Judaism’s main seminaries, experts in congregational change, leaders in LGBT inclusion from both Jewish and Christian settings, and rabbis and educators from each of the Jewish movements to explore the latest research, hone in on movement-specific “best practices” for inclusion and create strategies for change in congregations nationwide.