Being a Welcoming Congregation
Shir Hadash welcomes all members of the Jewish Community.
Since 1997, when Ellen Degeneres first came out on television, and Congregation Shir Hadash joined other local liberal congregations in advertising that, “Ellen You Can Worship With Us,” Congregation Shir Hadash has been active in the area of GLBT inclusion. Throughout our history we have affirmed the welcome to all members of the Jewish community and been sensitive to the needs of the GLBITQQ community. Some examples of how Shir Hadash supports this community include:
- A commitment to hiring clergy and other leadership without regard for sexual orientation.
- A change in all of our forms and processes to include all kinds of families.
- Over a decade of support for the Marriage Equality and marriage ceremonies in our sanctuary.
- Inclusion of members of the GLBT community in our services, committee’s and activities.
- A Gay/Straight Alliance group for our teens that meets periodically.
Two highlights of the year for our GLBTQQ community are the Succot gathering and the Pride Shabbat. Our Succah gathering includes a special outreach to family, friends and allies and has been a source of support to families as their young people self-identify. It is a wonderful multi-generational event with grandchildren and grandparents, reflecting the age diversity of our GLBT members who range from teenagers to retirees.
Congregation Shir Hadash founded the South Bay Gay Pride Shabbat which last year was held at Temple Emanu-El for the first time. The congregation also supports the South Bay GLBT Havurah and has participated in World Aids Day commemorations. For more information or questions, contact for general information, or concerning the GSA.