The LGBTQ Inclusion Committee is led by Rabbi Tom Weiner and Felice Miller Baritz, Religious School Director, and includes various members and youth leaders.
Congregation Kol Ami proudly embraces gender equality under the law. As society’s attitudes about sexual orientation and gender identity have changed, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have made considerable progress with laws that protect various LGBTQ communities from discrimination.
At Congregation Kol Ami, compassion, kindness and social responsibility for one’s actions are skills that are developed in teen gatherings that are conducted by the clergy and lay leaders. Consequently, those societal systems, that incorporate the mind and emotions through scholarship and religious practice, will result in a collective responsibility that will enable young people to be global citizens of a shared planet.
Continuous discussions among clergy, lay leaders, administrators, religious teachers, members, students and parents have led to a number of LGBTQ initiatives. As a result, Congregation Kol Ami is a place that is safe and comfortable for many religious and educational pursuits.
What follows are various social, educational and religious programs, activities and projects that enhance LGBTQ inclusion at Congregation Kol Ami:
- High Holy Day Sermons
- Teacher Training
- Youth Group Programs
- Synaplex Speakers
- Adult Education Classes on Gender and Spirituality
- Gender Neutral Bathroom
- Prayer Book Liturgy
- Pride Shabbat Services
- LGBTQ Bulletin Board
Devotion to America’s noble ideals of democracy is apparent at Congregation Kol Ami. With that in mind, gender equality, that is equitable and judicial, is an important part of the temple’s environment.
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