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Tzelem for LGBTQ+ Teens

Tzelem for LGBTQ+ teens fosters self-discovery, takes a stand for freedom of identity, and inspires a commitment to Jewish life and learning. We are thrilled to welcome 7th – 12th grade LGBTQ+ teens from throughout the San Fernando Valley and beyond to learn, grow, and bond together as a community.

Led by a LGBTQ+ adult facilitator, Tzelem offers a safe, brave, and supportive space to make new friends and explore issues such as:

  • LGBTQ+ identities 
  • Wellness & Mental Health
  • Life transitions
  • Friendship & Healthy Relationships
  • Self-Compassion
  • Jewish Identity & Spirituality
  • And much more!

Tzelem has helped me to feel comfortable in my queer Jewish skin. I am able to bond with teens just like me over issues that we are all facing. I am so grateful for the safe space that my Tzelem community has given to me! -- '20-'21 Tzelem Participant

About the Tzelem Group Facilitator: Rachel Hershman 

Rachel Hershman (She/Her/Hers) is the assistant director of education at Temple Judea and a graduate of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she earned a double masters in Jewish Education and Nonprofit Management. Rachel recently moved to LA from NYC, and enjoys long hikes with her dog, Luna, cuddling with her kitten, Phoenix Zohar, star gazing at Griffith Observatory, and taking lots of photographs. She’s excited to facilitate this Tzelem group.


Tzelem Parent Community and Support 

While teens are in their Tzelem group, we invite parents to stay on the Temple Judea campus to join in a parent support group facilitated by Amy Taff, LCSW, who specializes in LGBTQ+ issues. 


Registration and Cost

We are asking for a Tzelem registration fee of $180, yet we do not want cost to be a barrier to your teen’s participation. Please know that scholarships are available. 

Additionally, to register for the Tzelem Parent Community, we’ll ask for a modest registration fee of $250 for each family unit in order to cover the cost for our expert facilitator.


Registration is open now!

Questions? Please email Rabbi Eric Rosenstein ( ) at Temple Judea.


Organizational Partners:


Congregation Or Ami, Kol Tikvah, Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Aliyah, Temple Beth Hillel, Temple Judea, Valley Outreach Synagogue


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