Registration for the National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex, Students 2008 conference is open!
Where: New York City!
When: Friday February 8th- Sunday February 10th 2008
What: A weekend leadership to support and empower LGBTQQI Jewish students organized by Jewish LBTQQI students!
Who: Anyone who self-identifies as Jewish and LGBTQQI (and more!)
Hosts: Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s Gayava will host NUJLS 2008 at Columbia University and her affiliate campuses: Barnard College and The Jewish Theological Seminary.
The world around us is changing and its effects on LGBTQQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex) Jews in our political, religious, and personal lives are far-reaching. This year's NUJLS conference seeks to explore the changes in our world- both globally and within ourselves.
~The political climate in North America and in Israel has changed. Some changes are glorious others are volatile. LGBTQQI people and issues are front and center in a way we never have been before.
~The way in which LGBTQQI people are viewed and treated within a spectrum of religious communities has changed. Of particular note is the recent shift in policy of the Conservative Movement of Judaism but it is not this alone. Many Christian denominations, alongside Orthodox and Reform Jewish leaders, are also actively re-examining the role of LGBTQQI people in their communities.
~ The way in which young LGBTQQI people live in the world has changed. We are coming out younger, louder, and in greater numbers. The world around us has changed. Thank goodness.
This year, more than any in recent memory, serves as an opportunity to confront what these changes mean to each one of us no matter how we identify in either the LGBTQQI or the Jewish community. NUJLS 2008: A Time of Change, seeks to put forth a relevant, vibrant, and contemporary conference in which participants will embrace and explore, personally and communally, the changes our world has presented us and the changes we choose to present to our world.
To register for the conference go to http://www.nujlsonline.org/conference.php and click register now!
The registration fee will be announced shortly, but will be under $80. This amount includes food, housing, workshops, etc. (Everything but travel). Travel and registration subsides are available (to start the process, request them during registration).
Also, we invite you to lead a workshop or service or ask your local shul/Temple/Synagogue to sponsor.
If you have any questions email me (Vinny) at info(at)nujlsonline(dot)org.
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