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.