Another prominent member of a national LGBT organization was in a relationship for over a decade with a man who was not Jewish but is proudly connected to his synagogue.
I asked a woman at a conference if she was Jewish because I just had that feeling and she said yes, but said she had not done anything in years and implied that maybe she does not count.
I am Shaily Hakimian from Lincolnshire, Illinois studying elementary education at Indiana University.
I feel like there is so much I already know about a person just after meeting them. To me, this is turning into my reason why I hope to commit to someone Jewish. But over the last few years, I have looked closer at my own intersection of Jewish queerness.
I have gone to Tel Aviv pride and I have lead Jewish caucuses at both Creating Change and MBLGTACC, both queer conferences, among other things.
I grew up going to Solomon Schechter Day School where I received a Conservative Jewish education as a Sephardic Jew living in America.
My dad is from Iran and my mom is from Morocco, though she spent part of her life in Israel.
Though as a whole I don’t think Judaism excludes LGBT Jews as much as other religions exclude queer members, I don’t see this same effort happening to keep queer Jews dating.
The pride is still there amongst all the Jewish queer people I mentioned, but are we doing enough to keep that energy going to future generations? As a young person, I have so much to learn but I also have so much to teach.These interactions, and the many other conversations I have had during caucuses, have led me to believe that queer Jews have been left behind.I say this from the perspective of a young person who sees all the efforts on campus to keep Jewish young people connected.Is getting people to date something we want to prioritize with Jewish queers as it has been done with straight Jews throughout the Jewish movement? Wherever learning comes from, I am happy to take it.I have dated my fair share of Jews and non-Jews, but none too seriously. But I feel like I am at a point where I need to decide what direction I’m going to take.