World Congress Jewish LGBT+ Conference - March 2019
Sydney, Australia will host the 25th World Congress Jewish LGBT+ Conference to be held from 21th-24th March 2019. This is the first time the World Congress - Keshet Ga’avah has held its conference in Australia.As a peak body, their mission is to be the worldwide voice of Jews of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. They recently published a book, Kol Koleinu (All Our Voices) which highlights the excellent work that they do.
Delegates from the United States, France, Amsterdam, Italy, Latin America, New Zealand, Israel and around the globe will be attending the conference. Celebrating the Light is the central theme woven through the program. It begins with the Jewish festival of Purim, in which tradition has it that people dress-up, blur the lines of gender and generally have a lot of fun! What a wonderful context to enter into a weekend of LGBT+ discussion, collaboration, workshops, presentations and creativity.
HistoryDayenu was conceived in 1999 as a co-operation between the local lesbian and gay Jewish groups to enter a combined float in the 2000 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Shortly after the parade, the group formalised and agreed to operate in order to:
- Provide outreach and support;
- Deliver educational information and public representation; and,
- Organise social activities for Jewish Gays & Lesbians and their partners, friends and family.
Who runs Dayenu?
Dayenu is run by volunteers. There is no paid staff, as the group runs on a not-for-profit basis.
What does Dayenu mean?
An article written by one of our members explains that the Hebrew word Dayenu is loosely translated as "enough". The word has numerous applications, but as is written in the article, we use it to capture our reaction to the ignorance, denial, narrow-mindedness and mistreatment that has constantly vexed Jewish gays and lesbians and their families.
What outreach and support is provided?
Some Dayenu members are trained counsellors and psychologists. All Dayenu members have experienced the pain of the struggle of coming out. We understand the unique challenges that being Jewish causes in this process. Complete confidentiality is provided. If you would like to contact one of our counsellors, please see your counselling page.
What educational information is delivered?
Dayenu has members that are always willing to speak on Jewish, lesbian or gay issues. Please contact us for more information.
What social activities are there?
The group organises events periodically. These range from pub nights, movie nights, going out for meals, ten-pin bowling, Shabbat dinners (including our huge annual Mardi Gras Shabbat Dinner), a Seder night during Pesach, etc.). Our activities are always a lot of fun. See our events page for more information.
How do I become a member?
Anyone is welcome to become a member: whether Jewish or Gentile, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-gender, even straight! If you subscribe to our email list or befriend our Facebook group, you will be informed of our social activities.
My partner and friends aren't Jewish - can we join?
Yes. Dayenu is very much about people who support Jewish Gays and Lesbians. You don't have to be Jewish to come to our events or participate in our Mardi Gras Float.