An Orthodox synagogue on Long Island, New York is openly welcoming LGBTI Jews. Considering Orthodox Judaism doesn’t condone homosexuality, many are seeing this inclusion as groundbreaking. ‘It is very unusual for an Orthodox synagogue to have [LGBTI] outreach,’ said Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, Long Island’s chief Chabad representative. Chabad, which is known for its outreach and has really been a pioneer in the outreach world and the Jewish world, would never do such a thing.’ Kehilat Ahavat Yisrael is one of only about 120 Orthodox synagogues nationwide that, in varying degrees, welcome LGBTI Jews.
October 7 / Gay Star News