The Jewish Queer Straight Alliance (JQSA) is the first community-wide youth group in Los Angeles and the West Valley for Jewish teens 13-18 of all sexual orientations and gender identities to come together in a safe and affirming environment.
What will members get out of the program?
Members of the JQSA will not only have their own space to socialize with other teens from the LGBTQ and ally community, but build an activist tool-kit to combat bullying and intolerance in and outside of the Jewish community.
Each meeting will center around a different subject or theme, giving members the opportunity to explore LGBTQ topics within a Jewish context. Speakers such as rabbis, educators, and community leaders from the Los Angeles LGBTQ community will be invited to engage members in Jewish education as well as their personal stories.
Such topics include: what it means to be a good ally to the LGBTQ community, debunking homophobic myths and stereotypes, the evolving structure of Jewish families, inclusion of transgender people in the Jewish community, the wide spectrum of gender, the LGBTQIA alphabet soup, how other world religions respond to the LGBTQ community, and more!
When and where does the JQSA meet?
The JQSA is now a part of two major geographical areas: The Westside of Los Angeles, and the West Valley.
The West Valley JQSA meets at a different Synagogue each month with a generous support from the Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, the Shalom Institute, Temple Kol Tikvah, as well as JQ International.
The Westside JQSA meets at the JQ International event space (801 Larrabee St. Suite #10, West Hollywood CA 90069) throughout the year. Dates and times vary depending on event.
Are you a new parent of an LGBTQ teen? An educator who wants to learn more about the LGBTQ community? Or maybe you’re an ally and in need of a refresher course on how to be inclusive? Come to our JQSA Parents Group that meets at the same time as the JQSA teen group for most (not all) events. Contact Deb Kollin if interested in joining our JQSA Parents Group.
Anna Goodman, Director of Programming
Office: +1.323.417.2627 x5
Rabbi Jon Hanish, Temple Kol Tikvah
Office: 818.348.0670 x222
Bill Kaplan, Director of Shalom Institute
Office: 818-889-5500 ext. 108