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Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah is proud to provide a warm and nurturing environment for everyone who wishes to join our family. We strive to be an inclusive community, welcoming all Jews and their Jewish and/or interfaith partners and families, regardless of age, race, color, disability, religious background, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We are eager to help those who identify as LGBTQ to feel comfortable and accepted—and to enjoy full participation in every aspect of our synagogue life.

Our clergy will gladly will officiate at same-sex Jewish weddings and aufrufs, and we welcome to our Academy the children of same-sex parents. We celebrate baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and other smachot (happy occasions) of same-sex families the same as all families. And in times of bereavement, the BHBE community comes together to provide comfort and support to all its mourners.

At BHBE, we strive to promote communication, understanding, and acceptance between the broader Jewish and LGBTQ communities. We maintain that all people are created b’tzelem Elokim (in God’s image); thus, we are committed to modeling behavior—in our congregation and in the world—that reflects core Jewish principles of equality, fairness, and chesed (unconditional loving kindness).

To view this year’s Pride Photo Gallery from Sunday, June 25, 2017, Click Here!

Join us each June as we proudly march in the Chicago Pride Parade! Or if you’d like to join our LGBTQ Inclusion committee, please contact Rabbi Tucker:

Rabbi Tucker’s Messages about GLBTQ Inclusion Click-able Links:

GLBTQ Pride Month 3
GLBTQ Pride Month
GLBTQ Pride Month2
IMO Orlando Victims

Jewish LGBTQ Resources:
A Winder Bridge

Recommended Event:

"Moving from Divisions to Dialogue: The Need to Engage LGBTQ Communities on Israel" 
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation (Sanctuary)
4 Happ Road, Northfield, IL 60093 

Over the summer, Chicago became the eye of a news media storm when Laurie Grauer, and several other women, were excluded from the Chicago Dyke March for carrying Jewish Pride flags (Rainbow flags adorned with a Star of David). This controversial move took place sixteen months after anti-Israel protesters shut down a speaking engagement featuring Israeli LGBTQ activists at the Chicago Hilton.

These contentious events raise the following questions: Why do these episodes continue to happen in Chicago? What are the local and national implications? What are ways to counter anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments found in LGBTQ, and other communities traditionally thought to be progressive?

Join Laurie as she discusses these experiences and her role as the Midwest Manager of A Wider Bridge, the LGBTQ organization advancing support for Israel and LGBTQ Israelis.

Tue, March 20 2018 4 Nisan 5778