At GJC, being a home for LGBTQ Jews is one of the core ways we fulfill our mission of embracing and celebrating diversity.  We learn from Torah about God’s love for all of humanity, how all of us, in all of our fabulous differences, are created in the image of God.  In the vision of Torah, there are no exceptions–we are all bathed in divine love.  We learn from those around us about the love that two human beings can have for each other, the beautiful variety of loving relationships that can lift up and transform the lives of individuals.  And we learn from living in community with each other about how the diverse forms of love we see around can enrich our lives and open our hearts to each other and to the divine impulse to love that is implanted in each of us.  This is the essence of embracing LGBTQ pride in our community every day:  to open ourselves to love and be loved, knowing that we are reflecting divine love in the love we show each other.