Bashert is the LGBTQ Initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Bashert reaches out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning Jews in Greater Seattle in order to build a stronger, more inclusive Jewish community. This initiative creates opportunities for Jews to come together, celebrate and explore their Jewish identities in a welcoming environment.
Join Kolenu on Monday, December 2, beginning 7 pm, for Light the Night, our fifth annual GLBTQ Hanukkah celebration! Enjoy tasty latkes, colorful dreidels, music and a beautiful candle lighting symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and the idea that great leadership and community action will prevail against oppression.
Light the Night is taking place at the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City, 517 E. Pike St., Seattle.
Pride Shabbat will take place Friday, June 28, at Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. Doors open at 6 pm and Shabbat service begins at 6:30 pm.
Pride Shabbat, taking place during Pride Month, is a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Jeews, along with their friends, allies and families. It's a come-as-you-are event, where you can hear personal stories from individuals in Seattle's Jewish LGBTQ community. There will be a post-service oneg.
While we anticipated this day was coming, it is now official: marriage equality for loving, gay and lesbian couples is the law of the land in Washington State.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and 25 other Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Family Service, Herzl-Ner Tamid, Union for Reform Judaism, Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center and the National Council of Jewish Women, supported Washington United for Marriage and the campaign to defend the marriage equality law in Washington State. We support marriage equality as a matter of basic religious liberty. Clergy should be free to decide for themselves which couples they choose to marry.
Today, rabbis from the Reconstructionist, Reform, and Conservative movements issued the following joint statement:
Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, issued the following statement regarding the recent Washington visit by the Alliance of Israeli LGBTQ Educational Organizations:
Last week, a group of lesbian and gay delegates from Israel stopped in Seattle as part of a West Coast tour to promote awareness of LGBT issues within their country. In the ensuing days since their arrival, there appears to be a growing impression that no leaders of Washington's LGBT community would agree to meet with them. While it is true that the Seattle LGBT Commission rescinded an invitation to meet with the delegation under pressure from a small, vocal opposition, on the whole this impression is incorrect.