Keshet organizes Queer Seder 2012 and more GLBTQ-inclusive events

Marking the beginning of Passover, the seder is a ritual meal that brings together generations of families -- and tomorrow's Queer Seder 2012 will definitely extend the definition of family. In conjunction with Integrity Print Group, Keshet is hosting a GLBTQ-welcome dinner at Temple Emanuel. "We work for the full inclusion of GLBTQ people in Jewish life," says Rafi Daugherty, an outreach coordinator for Keshet.

To further an atmosphere of openness and acceptance, this Passover gathering will feature some changes to traditional texts used in the ritual. "What's different about Queer Seder is that we use a Haggadah written specifically for LGBT Jews, to reflect current struggles and oppression," says Daugherty. Queer Seder also offers vegan and gluten-free options. "There are a lot of gluten-free Jews out there," he jokes.

Keshet's biggest event of the year, Queer Seder has already signed up more than 150 GLBTQ individuals and allies of all faiths and denominations. Though registration for Queer Seder 2012 is now closed, Keshet has plenty of events planned for the GLBTQ community and its supporters.

At 6 p.m. on April 27 at Temple Micah , 2600 Leyden Street, it will host a Shabbat Potluck open to people of all faiths. Admission is free, but participants should bring a vegetarian or kosher fish item. For more information, go to Keshet's website; to RSVP, e-mail rafi@keshetonline.org by April 25.

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