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An LGBTQ+ Learning Series

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on June 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm

One event on June 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm

One event on July 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm

One event on July 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm


Want to know more about LGBTQ+ people? Not sure how to be more inclusive and supportive? Join our series of friendly talks for learners at all levels! Together, we can build a more educated, welcoming, and inclusive Jewish community. Presented by staff of Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service and special guests.

All sessions are free to attend online or in person.

Register here.

Each session will be hosted by a different Austin-area congregation:

LGBTQ+ 101: LGBTQ+ 101: Understanding the Alphabet
May 19 | 7 PM
Congregation Beth Israel
This friendly introduction is a chance to review some familiar ideas and learn some new ones. When you register for this session online, be sure to send in any questions! We’ll do our best to answer them. This session will be led by Hannah Rakestraw, JFS Social Work Intern.

Getting Nerdy with JFS: LGBTQ+ across cultures and history
June 9 | 7 PM
Congregation Shir Ami
The common thread among LGBTQ+ people is subverting mainstream ideas about gender. But where do our mainstream ideas come from? And how have other societies thought about human gender? By answering these questions, we’ll be challenged to examine our own ideas and stretch our minds a little. This session will be led by Amanda Mills, LCSW, JFS Children’s and Family Therapist.

Beyond the Rainbow: Diversity within the LGBTQ+ community
June 23 | 7 PM
Congregation Beth El
Tonight we’ll explore the diversity of LGBTQ+ experiences. What do LGBTQ+ people typically have in common? What differs between L, G, B, T, and other members of the community? And what aspects of their experience depend on generation, race, religion, and other factors? We’ll also consider stereotypes about the community and where they come from. This session will be led by Matt Smith, LMSW, JFS Therapist and Family Mediator.

Judaism and LGBTQ+: Affirmation and celebration
July 12 | 7 PM
Temple Beth Shalom
Jewish tradition teaches that all humans are created b’tzelem Elohim (in God’s image). Join this session to learn more about LGBTQ+ Jewish experiences. How do Jewish values inform our understanding of gender and sexuality? What’s it like to be an LGBTQ+ Jew and how has that changed? This session will be led by Rabbi Ellie Steinman and Emma Howitt, JFS Clinical Director.

Young and LGBTQ+: The experiences of children and teens today
July 28 | 7 PM
Congregation Agudas Achim
In some ways, it’s getting easier to be an LGBTQ+ young person. In other ways, it’s getting much harder. Tonight, we’ll explore how young people are affected by supportive families and communities… and by those who are less friendly. We’ll also talk about the politics and policies that are increasingly in the public eye, from Abbott’s executive order to QAnon’s latest conspiracy theories. And we’ll consider the question, what can we all do to support our community’s young people? This session will be led by Amanda Mills, LCSW, JFS Children’s and Family Therapist.

Register here.


May 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Emma Howitt