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Engaging GLBT Youth in the Celebration of the Jewish Tradition of Purim

On Saturday, March 2nd at The Center at Garden City, dozens of GLBT youth and their friends gathered to celebrate Purim with a youth-organized "Dragalicious Party."


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On Saturday, March 2nd at The Center at Garden City, dozens of GLBT youth and their friends gathered to celebrate Purim with a youth-organized "Dragalicious Party."  The event provided entertainment, including a "Purim Spiel" performed by the youth in costumes reflecting the themes and culture of Purim.  Food was donated by Congregation Beth Emet. 

Youth organized the event through weeks of planning through The Aleph Project of LIGALY, that works to help GLBT Jewish youth to integrate both their Jewish and GLBT identities.  The Aleph Project works in partnership with synagogues and Jewish community centers and day schools to create positive, inclusive activities for GLBT Jews. The Aleph Project provides education and training, youth programming, discussion groups, and holiday activities. 

The Aleph Project Youth are joining with Aleph 2.0 young adults for their next project, LIGALY's Second Annual Community Passover Seder, taking place Thursday, March 28th at the Center at Garden City.  Last year, over 60 people of all ages participated  in the event. Joining the youth and young adults are Rabbi Lina Zerbarini (Director of the Weinberger Center for Jewish Life and Learning at the Sid Jacobson JCC) and Song Leader Adam Blotner (Congregation Beth Emet).  In May, the youth are working with students from Solomon Schechter School of Long Island and Temple Sinai of Roslyn Heights to create a Jewish GLBT Youth Summit. 

If you would like information on working with LIGALY's The Aleph Project, please contact Karen Taylor, Director of Jewish Outreach, at ktaylor@liglbtnetwork.org.

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