Out at the J: LGBTQIA+ Programs

Out at the J people dressed up
Out at the J people with pride flags
Out at the J people party on the roof
Out at the J people party on the roof
People dressed up at a party

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan empowers and connects the LGBTQIA+ Jewish community through social and cultural events, lectures, museum and theater trips, and support services. We are committed to building a welcoming, inclusive environment that allows you to meet new people and build community. In addition to JCC programs, our relationships with multiple partner organizations enable us to serve a diverse community of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations.

add close
Partner Organizations

In addition to individual programming, we pride ourselves on partnering with many LGBTQ organizations across New York City. Whether we're collaborating on events or hosting other groups in our space, we cherish our historical relationships across the community.

A Wider Bridge
A Wider Bridge builds a strong relationship between LGBTQ communities in North America and Israel by advancing LGBTQ inclusion in Israel through Impact Grants to LGBTQ-focused Israeli organizations. They advocate for justice, counter LGBTQphobia, and fight antisemitism and other forms of hatred.

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)
CBST is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism. Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, non-binary, queer, and straight individuals and families who share common values. Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people.

Eshel's mission is to create a future for Orthodox lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and their families. Through its innovative and culturally sensitive programming, Eshel supports LGBTQ Jews, opening hearts, minds, and doors in traditional Jewish communities.

JQY fights to ensure the emotional and physical health and safety LGBTQ Jewish Youth, with a special focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chasidic, and Sephardic communities. They address the unique needs of members through social and support programming and advocacy and education efforts. JQY continues to build a community where individuals can come together to both confront their challenges and celebrate their triumphs.

A dynamic, fun, and thought-provoking social group for Jews from traditional backgrounds, ages 18–30. Come for discussion and a chance to meet new people.

Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. Keshet strengthens Jewish communities, equips Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge to build LGBTQ-affirming communities, creates spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued, and advances LGBTQ rights nationwide.

Men Having Babies
These monthly seminars bring experts, parents, and surrogates together with representatives of leading clinics and surrogacy agencies from around the U.S. and beyond.

This organization offers support groups for parents, families, and friends of LGBTQIA+ people, as well as LGBTQIA+ people themselves. PFLAG offers a safe place to share experiences and connect in a continuing process of learning, acceptance, and celebration.

TransFamilies Project
Issues of gender identity are distinct from sexual orientation, and PFLAG NYC's Trans Parents Group is an environment that addresses the topics specific to parents of trans individuals.

UJA Pride
A safe, inclusive space for people who identify as LGBTQ, who are LGBTQ allies, and who want to strengthen our community and make an impact.

add close
Resource Materials

The wonderful Cantor Laura Stein has compiled a Queer Passover Seder Haggadah. You may be familiar with this Haggadah if you attended a JCC Seder in the past. Please feel free to use this as a resource during Passover.

For more information, contact the team at Out at the J.

Sign up for the Out at the J mailing list.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support LGBTQ/Out at the J programs at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.