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Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah is proud to provide a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who wishes to join our family. We strive to be an inclusive community, welcoming all Jews and their Jewish and/or interfaith partners and families, regardless of age, race, color, disability, religious background, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We are eager to help those who identify as LGBTQ to feel comfortable and accepted—and to enjoy full participation in every aspect of our synagogue life.

Our clergy will gladly will officiate at same-sex Jewish weddings and aufrufs, and we welcome to our Academy the children of same-sex parents. We celebrate baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and other smachot (happy occasions) of same-sex families the same as all families. And in times of bereavement, the BHBE community comes together to provide comfort and support to all its mourners.

At BHBE, we strive to promote communication, understanding, and acceptance between the broader Jewish and LGBTQ communities. We maintain that all people are created b’tzelem Elokim (in God’s image); thus, we are committed to modeling behavior—in our congregation and in the world—that reflects core Jewish principles of equality, fairness, and chesed (unconditional loving kindness).

To view the Pride Photo Gallery from Sunday, June 25, 2017, Click Here!

Join us each June as we proudly march in the Chicago Pride Parade! Or if you’d like to join our LGBTQ Inclusion committee, please contact Aaron Frankel:

Resources for Jewish LGBTQ Youth:

The LGBTQ Inclusion Committee works closely with Keshet, the nation's largest organization striving to achieve LGBTQ equality in all aspects of Jewish life. Essie Shachar-Hill, the Education and Training Manager for Chicago's branch of Keshet, assists the LGBTQ Inclusion Committee in bringing health education awareness and empowerment to BHBE's youth community and in implementing bystander intervention and bias prevention. 
Keshet resources and contact information: 
Essie Shachar-Hill 
Education and Training Manager for Keshet in Chicago 
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Keshet: For LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life
4700 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite B
Chicago, IL 60640

Additional LGBTQ Jewish Resources:

A Wider Bridge  A Wider Bridge is the North American organization working through education, advocacy, relationship-building and grant-making to create equality in Israel by expanding LGBTQ inclusion in Israel, and equality for Israel by cultivating constructive engagement with Israel.

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