Temple Israel of New Rochelle welcomes and embraces gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families as valued members of our community. Founded in the spring of 2007, our Kulanu Committee, chaired by Linda Barat and Sharon Gorman-Cooper, supports and advocates for all LGBT individuals, families and friends. We strive to make our congregation a place which promotes the complete inclusion of gay and lesbian Jews in all areas. Through programs, speakers, and our annual "Pride Shabbat," we work to educate and inform the Temple Israel family and the larger community about LGBT concerns as well as Jewish concerns from an LGBT perspective.
Our programming includes holding LGBT movie screenings and discussion, advocating for LGBT issues and concerns in Albany, attending and supporting local LGBT events, hosting a Pride Shabbat service, and marching in the New York City Pride Parade.
We join with other local synagogues in creating programming and hosting joint events.
In June 2010, the Kulanu Committee held a Marriage Equality Rally to voice our support for this important civil rights issue, along with other faith representatives. The Kulanu Committee works with of the advocacy arm of our Reform movement: the Reform Jewish Voice of New York State. Our Reform movement has been on the forefront of LGBT issues facing many in our Jewish community. In 1990, the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) endorsed a report by its Ad Hoc Committee on Homosexuality and the Rabbinate, which formally endorsed the equality of all Jews and the acceptance of gay and lesbian Jews into Hebrew Union College.
The first openly gay man was accepted into the Reform Movement's rabbinical school, Hebrew Union College, in 1983. In 2003, its first openly transgender student was accepted. For more information, please call (914) 235-1000 and speak with our clergy.