In Washington Heights, an OU Funded Model of Orthodox Inclusivity Emerges

After graduating from Yeshiva University’s Stern College, Rachael Fried moved to Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. As she looked around for an Orthodox community that would welcome her, she could not find a synagogue where she felt comfortable as a young Orthodox, queer woman.

“I stopped going to shul altogether,” she said, using the Yiddish word for synagogue.

Not long after she decided to come out of the closet, the Beis was started, and she realized how much she had been hoping for a similar community to appear.

Read the full story on the Jewish Daily Forward website.


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