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Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens in LA

Moving Traditions and JQ International’s Teen JQSA are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens.

Moving Traditions is a national organization that emboldens teens to flourish by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. This group of 7th – 12th grade teens will gather each month to learn, grow, and bond together throughout the school year. Tzelem, led by a queer young adult group leader, brings together teens from all over the West Coast once a month throughout the school year via Zoom.

Tzelem program offers a safe, brave, and supportive space to make new friends and explore issues such as:

  • Gender Identity
  • Wellness & Mental Health
  • Life transitions
  • Friendship & Healthy Relationships
  • Self-Compassion
  • Jewish Identity & Spirituality
  • And much more!

For those who are familiar with Rosh Hodesh and Shevet, the Tzelem group will incorporate the best of those programs, infusing special content created specifically for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens.

Tzelem is a monthly community where we will play games and do projects based on the topics, talk about them, and explore Jewish perspectives. For those who are familiar with Rosh Hodesh and Shevet, the Tzelem group will incorporate the best of those programs, infusing special content created specifically for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens.

A 2020-2021 Tzelem participant shared that “Tzelem has helped me to feel comfortable in my queer Jewish skin. I am able to bond with teens just like me over issues that we are all facing. I am so grateful for the safe space that my Tzelem community has given to me!

Meetings from will take place on ONLINE via Zoom, and 1-2x a year we will meet at JQ’s headquarters in West Hollywood. (801 Larrabee St. West Hollywood, CA 90069).

We are planning to meet on the following dates online from 6:00-7:30 p.m. PT. Please note dates are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Taste of Tzelem
Get your questions answered and meet and connect with the staff of the program and other parents and teens at Taste of Tzelem on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – Tzelem 1
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – Tzelem 2
Sunday, December 12, 2021 – Tzelem 3, at JQ’s headquarters if it is safe to gather in-person , otherwise it will be held online
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – Tzelem 4
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – Tzelem 5
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 – Tzelem 6
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 – Tzelem 7
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 – Tzelem 8
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – Tzelem 9
Sunday, June 12, 2022 – Tzelem 10 – Tentative celebration event at JQ’s headquarters if it is safe to gather in-person, otherwise it will be held online.

Group Leader: Marlee Goldshine

Marlee Goldshine (She/Her/Hers) is a Jewish professional with a Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management from the HUC-JIR Zelikow School. Her background is in educational programming, relationship building, and direct community service. Marlee enjoys walking her dog, starting a new craft project, and hosting Shabbat dinner. She’s excited to continue facilitating Tzelem.

Register today!

For additional information about this program, please contact: Marlee Goldshine, mgoldshine@jqinternational.org, 323.417.2627 x701

A $200 registration fee per participant, plus contributions from both JQ International and Moving Traditions, covers the full cost of running Tzelem in Los Angeles. We offer a sliding scale to ensure that all teens who want to join are able.

  • $100
  • $150
  • $200 (full registration)
  • $400 (full registration + sponsor the registration of another teen to participate in a Tzelem group)


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