Wednesday, March 25, 2015

JQY Mental Health Conference on Sexual Orientation in the Orthodox Community 4/19/15

JQY presents a Mental Health Conference on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in the Orthodox Community:

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Orthodox Jewish Community
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A mental health conference open to therapists, religious leaders and educators

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 8:30am-5:30pm

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Conference Cosponsors:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, & Psychology
& Lincoln Square Synagogue
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The Conference:
The program features experts in the mental health field of sexuality and gender, along with leading Orthodox Rabbinic authorities and clinical professionals with experience working with LGBT people from the Orthodox and Hasidic community. They will present cases, review the latest research and develop a conceptual framework in which therapists and Orthodox rabbis can work together to offer the best care.
This Conference is designed for mental health professionals, educators, and rabbinic leaders.
Featured Speakers: (full speaker list & bios on registration site)
W.A.White Institute: Ali Feit PhD (Co-Chair), Alan Slomowitz PhD (Co-Chair), Mark Blechner Phd, Jack Drescher MD
Lincoln Square Synagogue: Rabbi Shaul Robinson, Senior Rabbi
Rabbinical Council of America (RCA): Rabbi Mark Dratch MSW, Executive Vice President
Congregation Ahavath Torah: Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Senior Rabbi & past President of the RCA
Date:  Sunday, April 19, 2015, 8:30am-5:30pm (breakfast and lunch served)
Location:  The Kraft Center for Jewish Life, Columbia University, 606 West 115th, NY, NY 10025
Cost:  $135,  Early Bird: $100,  Student: $50 (limited)
Food: Kosher breakfast, lunch, coffee & refreshments served

For more information or to become an Institutional Cosponsor contact:
Additional Cosponsors:
NYU Silver School of Social Work: Office of Global and Lifelong Learning,
Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Columbia University: The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The 8th Annual JQY PURIM Bash and Megillah Reading 3/4/15

The 8th Annual JQY PURIM Bash and Megillah Reading!

Presented by JQY & JCC Manhattan

Dust off those costumes, and break out the groggers! 
Join over 300 friends, old and new, for our 8th Annual LGBTQ Community Purim Party and 7th Annual Megillah Reading, complete with appetizers, Hamantaschen, an OPEN BAR, costume contest and dance party!

Date: Wednesday, March 4th
Time: 6:30 PM Megillah Reading; 8:00 PM Party and Costume Contest
Cover: $20.00 ($10.00 for students at the door)
Location: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St, NYC

We begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. with a special traditional Megillah reading by members of our own community! The festivities continue 8:00 p.m into the night with an OPEN BAR, dancing, yummy food, and a costume contest with prizes!

Come for the Megillah, come for the dancing, or just come to fulfill the Mitzvah of getting so drunk that you can't tell the difference between Esther and Mordechai!
...At this party that may be easier than you think!

OPEN BAR!!! (For those 21+)

This Event is open to the entire LGBTQ Jewish Community along with their friends, families and allies.

Cosponsors include: JQY, JCC Manhattan , Friday Night Lights Events, Congregation Or Chayim and more...

For more info or to volunteer (free admission) email:
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Interested in being a Gabbai at the Megillah reading? email Bobby Saferstein:

3 ways to buy tickets:

1. Online on Universe:

2. On JCC Manhattan's website

3. In Person:
At the event!