About Us

Mission:

JQ Baltimore helps to create safe spaces and equality for LGBTQ individuals and their families within the Jewish community through support, education and advocacy. 

Vision:
Baltimore’s Jewish community will be welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) individuals, families and allies. 

Values:

We believe that...
  • Everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, is created b’tzelem Elokim (in the image of God) and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect 
  • LGBTQ people are equal and celebrated members of the Jewish community
  • No LGBTQ person or their family should feel scared or alone
  • There is always a space to learn and gain understanding and we can help create that space
  • Through education and continuing dialogue, attitudes can change and bridges can be built
  • People can treat others with dignity without changing their religious beliefs

To carry out this vision, we:

SUPPORT

Guide LGBTQ Jewish individuals, families and allies to resources that offer answers to questions, affirmation and empowerment

Create a Jewish LGBTQ community with safe spaces for positive social and spiritual interactions for individuals and their families


EDUCATE

Enrich the Jewish identities of LGBTQ individuals so they can become active voices in the local community

Inform the Jewish community about LGBTQ interests and embrace the abundant diversity in the Jewish community


ADVOCATE

Advance human and civil rights for LGBTQ individuals and their families in the Jewish and regional community

Provide information and support to clergy and other Jewish professional and lay leaders so that they may engage in work around inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in their communities