Equal Rights – Gay & Lesbian Jews (1992)

Judaism affirms that the divine image reflected by every human being must always be cherished and affirmed.

Jews have always been sensitive to the impact of official and unofficial prejudice and discrimination, wherever directed.

Gay and lesbian Jews have experienced not only the constant threats of physical violence and homophobic rejection, but also the pains of anti-Semitism known to all Jews and, additionally, a sense of painful alienation from our own religious institutions.

Further, the extended families of gay and lesbian Jews are often members of our congregations who live with concerns for the safety, health and well-being of their children.

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism resolves that, while affirming our tradition’s prescription for heterosexuality, it:

  1. Supports full civil equality for gays and lesbians in our national life.
  2. Deplores the violence against gays and lesbians in our society.
  3. Reiterates that, as are all Jews, gay men and lesbians are welcome as members in our congregations.
  4. Calls upon our Sisterhoods to increase awareness, understanding and concern for our fellow Jews who are gay and lesbian.