Dayenu GLBT


Dayenu is a newly formed group at Temple Beth Am that exists to meet the needs of Jewish gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, transgender and intersex people, as well as their friends, families, partners and other supporters. Our hope is to provide spiritual growth and renewal through worship, outreach through education, information, resources, social activities and other activities. Email dayenu@tbam.org for more information on any event.

The Hebrew word Dayenu is loosely translated as "enough." The word has numerous applications, but we have adopted the name to capture our reaction to the ignorance, denial, narrow-mindedness and mistreatment which has vexed Jewish gays and lesbians and their families. We are tired of hiding in closets, of feeling shame or rejection from faith communities, and so we say — Dayenu! It's enough! 


Who runs Dayenu?

Dayenu is run by volunteers with the help of Rabbi Rachel Greengrass and Membership Director Rita Diaz, and founders Norman Bernstein and Herb Klein.


What outreach and support is provided?

Some Dayenu members are trained counselors and psychologists. All Dayenu members have experienced the pain of the struggle of coming out. We understand the unique challenges that being Jewish may cause in this process. Complete confidentiality is provided.


How do I become a member?

Anyone is welcome to become a member: whether Jewish or Gentile, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-gender, even straight! Please contact us and we will add you to the group's database — dayenu@tbam.org.


My partner and friends aren't Jewish/aren't gay.
Can we still join?

Yes. Dayenu is very much about people who support Jewish gays and lesbians. If you would like to support gay and lesbian Jews, are interested in learning or want to participate in an event, you are welcome to join us.


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