Tzelem – Long Island

Moving Traditions, Keshet, and HERJC Congregation Etz Chaim are excited to partner and bring you Tzelem for Trans, Nonbinary, Gender Expansive, and LGBTQ+ Jewish teens on Long Island.

Tzelem offers a safe, supportive space to make new friends and explore issues like:

  • Life transitions
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Body Positivity
  • Self-Compassion
  • Mental Health
  • Jewish Identity
  • And much more!

All sessions will be Thursdays 7-8pm online through Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed with your registration confirmation.

  • Jan 25th
  • Feb 8th
  • March-May dates TBD

Group Leader: Faigy Gelbstein

Meet Faigy Gelbstein, a dedicated middle school special educator with nearly a decade of experience in supporting LGBTQ youth. Faigy’s unique journey as a queer individual who grew up in the Chassidic Jewish community in Brooklyn has fueled her passion for inclusive education and advocacy within the LGBTQ community. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Faigy’s educational journey has been shaped by her own experiences and the desire to create positive change. She holds a deep commitment to fostering inclusive learning environments. With almost 10 years of experience, Faigy has been a stalwart advocate for LGBTQ youth, providing guidance, mentorship, and support to help them navigate the complexities of adolescence. Her expertise in special education has been invaluable in tailoring educational experiences to meet the unique needs of each student. Faigy’s mission is to create safe and welcoming spaces for queer teens, where they can thrive academically and personally. She believes in the power of open dialogue to promote growth and understanding among all individuals, regardless of their background or identity. Faigy recognizes the critical intersection between education and LGBTQ advocacy. She firmly believes that access to education is a fundamental right for all individuals, and her work is driven by a commitment to breaking down barriers and fostering acceptance. Faigy Gelbstein’s journey from her Chassidic Jewish upbringing to her role as a middle school special educator and LGBTQ advocate is a testament to her dedication to inclusivity and equality. Her work continues to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, ensuring that education is accessible and affirming for all.

For additional information about this program, please contact:
Hazzan Bonnie Zakarin, or Stacy Shapiro at

Supporting Partners