Jewish LGBTQ Community in Orlando, Florida is a space where Jewish Lesbian, Jewish Gay, Jewish Bisexual, Jewish Transgender, and Jewish Questioning can communicate to create a Jewish LGBTQ Community in Orlando, Florida.
I moved here originally in December 2010, and found that I had no one to celebrate the High Holy Days (Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah) as well as Passover and Chanukah. Noticing that all the Temples/Synagogues and Jewish Organizations are on the outer border of Orlando, and not internally, questions raised in my mind… Where are all the Jews? Where are all the LGBTQ Jews? How do most LGBTQ Jewish people find each other? A majority of the LGBTQ activity in Orlando occurs mostly and closer to the downtown area, thus I felt that Jewish LGBTQ people were invisible, and cannot find each other. I’ve been told that we are here, and am delighted when I do meet a fellow LGBTQ Jew, yet the occurrence is rare, so I set out to find our community.
We have been raised with a strong sense of Jewish identity and pride. Sharing our Jewish culture with each other will allow us to make stronger ties with our home, Orlando, and solidify the feeling of “We belong”, settle down, and make ties to the land.
This group will allow us to connect and share our commonalities, heritage, traditions, hopes, thoughts, concerns, wishes, celebrations, and worship.
So, please join the group, and be a part of forming the Jewish LGBTQ Community. You can find others to kibitz and shoomz with; go to Temple with; have Seders and Chanukah parties with. If interested, we could even form a LGBTQ Synagogue. We could create a visibility to other LGBTQ Jews that need and desire this feeling of “community”, current and new residents, also transients. WHO KNOWS……the concepts are limitless, once we join together.
Any member can approve the membership of anyone asking to join. For more information please contact us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1397668847157117/1406618519595483/?notif_t=group_activity
Zei Gazunt….. it will be what it becomes.
-Jeffrey Stuart Korn, aka Yitzchak Simchah ben Godol