The Teen JQSA is the premiere

community for LGBTQ+ and ally

Jewish teens in Los Angeles.

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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.

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Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Jewish Teens in Los Angeles

Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Teens offers a safe space for students grades 7 – 12 to explore topics relevant to their lives — courage, friendship, stress, body image, spirituality and more – all while having fun and drawing wisdom and strength from Jewish values. Teens will leave each session empowered, inspired by Judaism, and connected to a special group of teens just like them.

Moving Traditions is a national organization that emboldens teens to flourish by fostering self discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning.

Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens will bring together the same group of teens each month to learn, grow, and bond together throughout the school year.

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. 





JQ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities, and ensuring inclusion through education, support, and identity-enrichment.


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