BHCBE 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 BHCBE community comes together to provide comfort and support to all its mourners.
At BHCBE, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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