SUPPORT GROUPS

Grounded in the Jewish prophetic value of Pikuach Nefesh, JQ offers free virtual monthly and drop-in support groups for LGBTQ+ Jews and allies.

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JQ Virtual Support Groups
July – December 2022

Grounded in the Jewish prophetic value of Pikuach Nefesh, JQ offers free virtual monthly drop-in support groups for LGBTQ+ Jews and allies. Led by skilled and passionate facilitators, these groups are psycho-educational and provide guidance, education, and support on various issues. Participation in these support groups is not based on a mental health diagnosis. Health insurance will not be billed, and registration is based on a suggested donation of $125 per participant for the series. If you cannot afford $125, please pay what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds RSVP is required to attend. 

Please direct questions to JQ’s Director of Support and Wellness, Emily Abraham, ACSW.

Transgender & Nonbinary Adults

First Tuesday of the Month

7:00 – 8:00 pm PT on Zoom
July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

This group is open to Jewish transgender, nonbinary, or gender questioning people ages 18+. The group provides support to discuss changes in perceived identities, shifts in feeling a part of an LGBTQ or straight community, changes in sexual intimacy and comfort around bodies changing, conversations about medical and non-medical transition, sadness or fear, and a gathering of resources for continued support.

Facilitated by:

Michael Levine, AMFT (they/them)
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
AMFT 124078

Supervised by Mastaneh Moghadam,
M.S.W., LCSW
License No. LCSW 23095

Parents of Gender Diverse Youth and Young Adults

Select Mondays

6:00 – 7:00pm PT on Zoom
July 11, August 1, Sept 12, October 3, November 7, Dec 5

This group provides support and information for Jewish parents and caregivers from a behavioral health provider. It gives a space to ask questions or voice any concerns they have. No matter your level of transliteracy, you can get support and information and process thoughts and emotions that might not feel comfortable or appropriate to talk about with the trans and gender diverse young people in their lives.

Facilitated by: Jordan Held, LCSW (he/him)

Supporting a Partner through Gender Transition

Select Mondays

7:00 – 8:00pm PT on Zoom
July 11, August 1, Sept 12, October 3, November 7, Dec 5

A monthly drop-in night for non-trans (cisgender) people in an intimate relationship with a transgender/ nonbinary person. Relationship meaning: long-term, dating, casual, open, poly, monogamous, etc. The group will provide a space for non-judgmental and uninhibited conversation, support, and resources.

Facilitated by:
Shana Gee-Cohen, M.S.W. (she/her)

Iranian LGBTQ+ Adults

First Wednesday of Month

7:00 – 8:00pm PT on Zoom
July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7

This group is open to Jewish Iranian LGBTQ+ and questioning people ages 18+. The group provides confidential support to discuss culturally sensitive coming out issues, an opportunity to meet other LGBTQ+ Iranian individuals, and a gathering of resources for continued support.

Facilitated by:
Mastaneh Moghadam, M.S.W., LCSW (she/her)
License No. LCSW 23095

Family and Friends

Second Monday of the month

6:00 – 7:00pm PT on Zoom
July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, Dec 12

This group provides support and information for Jewish friends, family, loved ones, and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. It is for ages 18+ and is led by a mental health clinician. The group aims to be a warm, welcoming and confidential space to meet others, process emotions, ask questions, and gather supportive resources.

Facilitated by: Emily Abraham, ACSW

ACSW 94903
Supervised by Kelsey Smith, LCSW 75954

Queer Teens

Second Monday of the month

5:00 – 6:00pm PT on Zoom
September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

This is a mental health group for Jewish LGBTQ+ teens to discuss issues surrounding mental health, stress management, social relationships, identity development, and more. Parental consent is required to attend. Participants must live in California to attend, and the group is facilitated by a mental health practitioner. This group is in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.

Facilitated by: Emily Abraham, ACSW

ACSW 94903
Supervised by Kelsey Smith, LCSW 75954

JQ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and strengthen queer Jewish life through community building, educational programs, and support services creating a joyful and healthy future for LGBTQ+ Jews and their loved ones.

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