Youseffi - Welcoming Synagogues_ Queering Jewish Religious Spaces

 

Youseffi explores the need for Jewish communities (particularly in the United States) to focus on becoming more welcoming of gay and lesbian members. She uses the example of the Welcoming Synagogues program to illustrate that while many congregations across the United States feel that they are well prepared to deal with inclusion, often these are the communities that need the most help. As a means of tying the stories together, Youseffi highlights the story of Rebecca Wax, a lesbian who works for Welcoming Synagogues, but was actually shunned by her Orthodox sister.