Sunday, May 12, 2013

JQY's New Writers Group Program!!!

JQY is proud to present the new JQY Writer's Group program! 
The purpose of this program is to nurture, inspire and coach young writers (or members who just enjoy writing) of JQY and the Jewish LGBT community. More importantly, it will provide a safe, creative and open-minded environment for members to express themselves artistically (beyond the monthly meeting setting).

This program is open to writers of all levels. All you need is an idea!

The group will meet bi-monthly at a destination TBD. There is a maximum of 8 participants per group. Each group cycle will have approximately six meetings. At the meetings, members are encouraged to bring something they have been working on (or have been wanting to start working on). Could be:

o Play
o Film or TV script
o Novel
o Poetry
o Editorial or blog (with intent to publish)

The group will be moderated by a program moderator and each member will be asked to share a piece of their material. After a member shares material, the other members will have time to critique and comment within a positive, nurturing safe environment. Within each cycle, there will also be guest artists (writers, directors, producers, etc.) invited who will come to speak to the group, share their experiences and take questions.

If you are interested in signing up or have any additional questions, please email 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Annual LGBT Community Shabbat Dinner! 6/1/13

LGBTQ Community Shabbat Dinner!

The LGBT Shabbat dinner will be a wonderful opportunity to socialize with 250+ LGBTQ Jews and enjoy a delicious traditional kosher meal, Israeli wine and good times. All are welcome.

After dinner, the room will be open until 11:30 p.m. for dessert, wine, cocktails and MORE SCHMOOZING.

7 June 2013 – 7:30 p.m. (prompt)
Congregation Rodeph Sholom (Schalfer Forum)
7 W 83rd St @ CPW, NYC

$40 ($25 for students) by Monday, 1 June.
$48 ($30 for students) thereafter (on a space available basis).

Before dinner, join Rodeph Sholom for its 17th Annual LGBTQ Pride Shabbat Service at 6pm. Our speaker at the Pride Shabbat service will be Joy Tomchin, a producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary “How To Survive A Plague.”

Reservations for dinner are made through the JCC in Manhattan online at or by calling 646.505.5708
Student price must be booked by telephone & not on the website.

Please wear Shabbat synagogue attire.

All food is kosher. Vegetarian available upon request on or before Monday, 3 June.
No one will be admitted without reservation and prepayment.

If you have any questions, please contact the dinner committee at .

If you are a regular at these shabbat dinners or want to get more involved, consider volunteering. We need you! Email


(This event is cosponsored by the Congregation Rodeph Sholom LGBTQ Committee and the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, partnering with JQY, CBST, GLYSDA, Eshel and JQ International).

March with JQY at the Celebrate Israel Parade! 6/2/13

March with JQY and the LGBT Community at the Celebrate Israel Parade! 

 Sunday, 2 June.  Line up, location and breakfast party details TBA.  For more information, contact:

Shavuos Picnic in Central Park! 5/15/13

Shavous in the Park:  Wednesday, 15 May,  2:30-6pm

Join GLYDSA, JQY, and Eshel in the northwest corner of Sheep Meadow in Central Park, in the shade of the big tree. Map location can be found on

Look for the blue-and-white-striped blanket. Bring kosher food, snacks, or soft drinks to share. Pareve or dairy, please. Paper goods will be provided. Note that glass bottles are not allowed in Sheep Meadow. Dress comfortably. Bring a blanket if you like. Rain date: Thursday, May 16.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May's JQY Meeting!!! 5/9/13

Hey Everyone,

It's that time again!

What: May's JQY Meeting

When: Thursday, May 9th, 8:30pm-10:30pm

To find out about this month's topic and location, join our list by visiting

Suggested donation: $3,

Refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for meeting topics, or if you would like to lead a discussion for a certain topic or month, feel free to email: