Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life that strives to cultivate the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community.

PFLAG Howard County

PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Keeping families together is the mission of PFLAG. Our family values stress education, understanding, acceptance, and support, but most of all love, thereby empowering our children — straight and gay — to lead happy and productive lives.


Eshel’s mission is to create community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual,  and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities. Founded in June of 2010, Eshel provides hope and a future for Orthodox LGBT women, men, and teens.

Eshel Welcoming Shuls

This project began when Eshel started to receive calls and emails from LGBT members who wanted to know which Orthodox communities would openly welcome them and their families and fully embrace them. Eshel has conducted interviews with nearly 50 congregational rabbis of Orthodox synagogues so far. Questions posed by this project are those that Orthodox LGBT people, couples and their families want to know the answers to when looking for a synagogue in which to belong.


At GLSEN, the goal is for every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. GLESN accomplishes these goals by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.

Jewish Community Services

Through the programs and services of Jewish Community Services, families and individuals will be supported in meeting basic needs for economic sufficiency; in living independently; in achieving mental health and competence; and in feeling supported by and connected to the Jewish community in ways that are meaningful to them.


GLCCB, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, provides equality advocacy, social events, benefits, support groups, and health forums. The GLCCB also collaborates with community organizations that address a variety of health, recovery, mental health, legal, political, and social issues. GLCCB proudly publishes GayLife newspaper and produces the Baltimore Pride Celebration.

Chase Brexton Health Care

Chase Brexton Health Care provides a range of clinical services from primary medical care and behavioral health services to dental and pharmacy, among others, and welcome more than 30,000 patients annually. Chase Brexton founded the LGBT Health Resource Center which connects members of the LGBT community with critical services, resources, and tools, both at Chase Brexton and across the Baltimore area.


Resources to help you on your big day:

LGBTQ-friendly Baltimore/DC Rabbis and Congregations

View a map of Baltimore's LGBT-friendly shuls

Have any clergy to add to the list? Email with your suggestions.