Are you Jewish and identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer? Are you looking for a place to call your spiritual home? Congregation B’nai Israel has a wonderful place for you. Kulanu, which means “All of US,” is the GLBTQ outreach group within this wonderfully open and accepting congregation.
Kulanu offers a place to meet other people, like you, who want to connect or reconnect with their Jewishness and find a community home that welcomes them. This group continues to evolve, and we are always open to ideas and projects for the members to do and share together. The possibilities are endless, and you can make a difference.
We join together for Shabbat dinners, Jewish holiday celebrations, discussions and outreach programs to bring GLBT issues to the larger community.
This is an opportunity to get involved and take advantage of a host of opportunities that are available with the support of the clergy and Congregation. It is also a chance to be positive role models for the younger gays and lesbians who are children of some of the congregants. Many Kulanu members are also actively involved in the full range of congregational opportunities – adult learning, teaching in Religious School, temple committees, and regular Shabbat and Festival communal worship.
The group currently consists of GLBTQ Jews of all ages and levels of spirituality. Non-Jewish partners and spouses are welcome, too, and often join us for our gatherings. Some people are just exploring the Jewish faith and using this group as a way to journey safely with people whom they feel comfortable. Some have children, and some don’t. We recognize that everyone has their own story, and we look forward to hearing yours.
Please feel free to contact Rabbi Evan Schultz or 203-336-1858 if you are interested in finding out more about us and would like to be added to our confidential mailing list. We look forward to meeting you!