CSI’s PRIDE Committee was established to create an embracing community and safe spaces for all of our members and guests, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are committed to educating and creating awareness around LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, etc.) subjects through a variety of programs and collaborations.
One of our first initiatives is to launch a Welcoming initiative as one way we can make our building more safe, inclusive, and respectful of gender and sexual diversity.
You may notice the Safe Space stickers around our building. These are the spaces where individuals can talk freely with Rabbi Kane, Cantor Shiovitz, Nursery School Director Naomi Elyachar, Assistant Religious School Director Libby Spitzer and/or educators about feelings and issues without feeling judged. Safe Spaces are designed to allow the individual to express oneself in a more relaxed setting, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe because of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability.
One’s sexual orientation is in relation to the gender(s) to which they are attracted. One’s gender identity is a person’s personal perception of having a particular gender, which may or may not correspond with their birth sex. One’s gender expression is the way in which a person expresses their gender identity, typically through their appearance, dress, and behavior.
A welcoming community does not judge people for the way they dress and does not assume to know a person’s identity based on physical features.
Look for more initiatives, which will include terrific educational and social programming throughout the year!
Watch the Mosaic Storytelling Initiative, which includes a story told by CSI member Diana Schutt about her family’s experience at Congregation Sons of Israel.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Suzanne Haber, committee chair.