By Zach Pehel

This semester, Keshet, Hillel at Binghamton’s new Jewish LGBTQ group on campus has had many promising events. Keshet’s E-board have created events that cater to many areas within the Jewish LGBTQ community. They have had events such as #Blessed that discussed why we should feel blessed to be who we are, and helped host Acceptance Shabbat, which was a Shabbat dinner centered around the theme of not only accepting the LGBTQ community, but acceptance of our community and differences within culture. Following Acceptance Shabbat, Keshet and Student Group Outreach hosted a “Lunch and Learn” that was titled Out of the Box with Lox. This discussion focused on Jewish Law and text to create a meaningful conversation about identity, specifically to identity within Judaism while identifying as LGBTQ. Earlier this semester, members of Keshet attended a Jewish LGBT Leadership Conference at Brown University hosted by Nehirim. At this conference, four Keshet members attended a day of leadership activities and discussions on issues within the Jewish LGBTQ community such as identifying as LGBTQ and being Orthodox and how to engage your community to be more accepting of the queer community. Keshet is currently planning events for the upcoming semester and is excited to expand its influence here on Binghamton’s campus.







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