Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ+) Programming
Support and affirmation for the LGBTQ+ community
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ community throughout your life. We have created a place where Judaism, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression can intersect to be embraced, affirmed and celebrated.
When someone is exploring sexual orientation or gender identity, the experience can be liberating, empowering, and at the same time it can sometimes be frightening. Some of those difficult feelings can range from isolation, confusion and anxiety to depression and loneliness. But you’re not alone; others have taken the same path and found acceptance and peace. JFCS can help you find that path.
Our Support and Programs
We provide counseling and support groups to individuals and families in the LGBTQ community, including programs that address:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Coming out
- Family conflict
Virtual Support Groups
LGBTQ+ Peer Support Group
This group builds ona a foundation that all participatns are experts in their own identities. No one member of the LGBTQ+ community has all of the answers – we need to work together to create a healthy and healing space. These meetings begin by focusing on the experience of the LGBTQ+ community during the COVID-19 crisis, but will have a flexible approach to subject and needs. This group meets via Zoom. Click here for more information.
LGBTQ+ and Allied Jewish Teens
Tzelem is a social and educational group for Jewish LGBTQ+ and allied teens. We’ll connect through our queer identities, and discuss topics like life transitions, health relationships, body positivity, self-compassion, mental health, Jewish identity, and more! This group meets via Zoom. Click here for more information.
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INCLUSION TRAINING & COACHING SERVICES
We offer Sensitivity Training for Affirming and Respectful Spaces (STARS), an LGBTQ sensitivity training program, to synagogues, schools and other community-based organizations.
Our Speakers Bureau trains individuals (LGBTQ youth, parents, students, Jewish professionals/leaders/clergy, teachers and community members) to participate on panel discussions at schools, congregations and community-based organizations where they can share personal stories and address the unique issues and challenges faced by the LGBTQ community.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia works each day to help strengthen the lives of those in our community. We do this through outreach to individuals as well as to organizations.
J.Proud Jewish Philly LGBTQ Consortium
J.Proud is committed to working together as a collective agent of change to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the diverse needs of the Jewish LGBTQ community while building relationships with allies in the Greater Philadelphia area.
J.Proud’s Consortium of members, including Jewish organizations, synagogues, schools and other institutions, are committed to creating, nurturing, and supporting a comprehensive net of LGBTQ-inclusive programs and resources for the Jewish LGBTQ community in the Greater Philadelphia area. J.Proud hosts events throughout the year for the LGBTQ community, their families and friends in an effort to create spaces that foster building community and pride in being Jewish and LGBTQ.
JFCS Non-Discrimination Policy
JFCS clients have a right to be treated with dignity and respect; free of all discrimination, including that which is based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, or disability; and not subject to any verbal, sexual, emotional, or physical abuse; or harsh or unfair treatment. To the extent possible, JFCS will make every reasonable accommodation to serve you consistent with our program services.