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, LCSW.

LGBTQ+ Coming Out

Third Thursday of the Month

6:00 – 7:00 pm PT on Zoom
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15

A monthly, drop-in group for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community who is at any point in their coming out process. It provides opportunities for discussion about the what, when, how, and who of coming out. This group aims to be an embracing space for identity exploration, expression of emotions, support, and bonding. 

Facilitated by:

Lauren-Tara Weinman, AMFT (she/her) 
AMFT 117739

Supervised by Dr. Laurel Wiig, PhD, LMFT 
License No. LMFT 43813

Exploring Healthy Relationships

Select Sundays

10:00 – 11:00pm PT on Zoom
January 8, February 12, March 12, April 2, May 7, June 4

This group is open to Jewish queer womxn and non-binary adults seeking to build healthier intimate relationships. It is a welcoming space where individuals can nurture a sense of community, explore methods of communication, receive mutual support, and learn coping techniques. This group aims to foster a sense of self-empowerment, health, and healing with oneself and in relationships. 

Facilitated by:

Lillian Farzan-Kashani, LMFT (she/her) 
License No. LMFT 121953 

Transgender & Nonbinary Adults

First Tuesday of the Month

y7:00 – 8:00 pm PT on Zoom
January 3, February 7, March 14, April 4, May 3, June 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 (she/they)
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
AMFT 124078

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

Parents and Caregivers of Gender Diverse Youth and Young Adults

Select Mondays

6:00 – 7:00pm PT on Zoom
January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 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
January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 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
January 4, February 1, March 1, April 19, May 3, June 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

Grief & Loss

Second Monday of the month

7:00 – 8:00pm PT on Zoom
January 9, February 13, March 13, April 24, May 8, June 19

This group is open to Jewish LGBTQ+ adults that are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. The group focuses on coping skills, connection with people also dealing with the loss of a loved one, and ways to combat isolation. It is open to individuals experiencing grief in any way and is led by a mental health practitioner. 

Facilitated by: Emily Abraham, LCSW
License No. LCSW 110789 

Queer Teens

Second Monday of the month

6:00 – 7:00pm PT on Zoom
January 9, February 13, March 13, April 24, May 8, June 19

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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