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Keshet: LGBTQ Outreach and Support

Keshet means rainbow or קשת in Hebrew. Our congregation welcomes all individuals, couples, and families, including members of the LGBTQ community. We’ve partnered with numerous affinity organizations and events to ensure that queer members know they are vital participants in our congregation. Our social justice efforts focus on equal rights for all.

At Shaare Emeth, everyone can worship, experience life cycles, and feel safe. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, gender-neutral B’nei Mitzvahs, and religious school are open and welcoming to all congregants. We honor and recognize significant queer dates during our Kabbalat Shabbat worship, including PRIDE and Transgender Day of Remembrance.

In 2019, Congregation Shaare Emeth convened a group of community members to focus on affirming and welcoming members of the LGBTQ community. This group – our Keshet Team – is working to ensure that all congregants feel truly at home at Shaare Emeth. The Keshet team provides information in every edition of ShaareMail on programming, books, movies, podcasts, and more. For more information about our Keshet Team, please contact Rabbi Lori Levine.


Keshet Committee Presents: An Online Tour of the Missouri Historical Society’s “Gateway to Pride” Exhibit
Thursday, May 13, 7 – 8 p.m.

Join us for a wonderful, guided tour of St. Louis’s LGBTQ+ story with MHS Presenters Sharon Smith and Ian Darnell. If you love St. Louis history and want to learn and reminisce about the LGBTQ+ community’s rich local stories, please join us on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00pm on Zoom for a fascinating look at St. Louis’s past and present. Admission is free.

How to participate: Register at sestl.org/gateway-to-pride


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