The Teen JQSA is the premiere
community for LGBTQ+ and ally
Jewish teens in Los Angeles.
Founded in 2015 by Rabbi Jon Hanish and Rabbi Bill Kaplan, JQ’s Teen JQSA cultivates connection by providing a safe, affirming, and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens and allies grades 8-12. The first such community-wide youth group in LA, the Teen JQSA provides social and educational events throughout LA, as well as health and wellness guidance. The JQSA equips participants with tools and resources to actively manage bullying, homophobia, and adolescent pressures, and fosters a greater understanding of Jewish values that affirm LGBTQ+ identity and inclusion.
Teen JQSA events include Jewish holiday celebrations, community-wide panel discussions, movie nights, arts & crafts, special speakers and presenters, games & team building, as well as an end of year day-long retreat. Through workshops and events, participants create lasting friendships, gain confidence, and and attain an increased awareness of LGBTQ+ inclusion in a uniquely Jewish context.
Teen JQSA Educational Engagements
In the Teen JQSA’s 45 – 90 minute introductory workshop, students will learn the foundational elements of LGBTQ+ identity and what it means to be an ally. Topics include LGBTQ+ vocabulary, the difference between gender identity, expression, and orientation, statistics on mental health in LGBTQ+ youth, discussion and role play of the inclusion continuum, and tangible steps to becoming an ally in our Jewish community.
JQSA EVENT PHOTOS
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