Celebrating and Reflecting on 10 Years of Admitting LGBTQ Rabbinical and Cantorial Students to The Jewish Theological Seminary

This Sunday, March 19th and Monday, March 20th, The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host a conference with the first openly gay JTS-ordained rabbis and prominent LGBTQ rabbis Gil Steinlauf, Benay Lappe, and Amichai Lau-Lavie to mark the 10-year anniversary of JTS admitting openly LGBTQ students to its rabbinical and cantorial schools.


The conference at JTS—one of the preeminent institutions of Jewish higher education, training rabbis, cantors, educators, leaders, and scholars—will be an opportunity to reflect on the advancements towards equality for LGBTQ people since 2007, and discuss what action is still needed to spark more inclusion and fairer treatment within the community.

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The conference includes a series of events, panels, and a concert featuring queer Jewish rock musician Ezra Furman.

What: LGBTQ @ JTS, From Yesterday to Tomorrow
WHO: Rabbi Benay Lappe, founder and rosh yeshiva of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Senior Rabbi, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul NYC and creator of Storahtelling, Inc. And more.

When: Sunday, March 19th and Monday, March 20th
Where: Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027