LGBTQ Task Force

The Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life is committed to providing exceptional person-centered care to all, including LGBTQ individuals and their families. Underlying the mission of the Abramson Center and the work we do is the belief that all people are created, b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God and deserve respect, compassion and care.

In 2014, we created a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Task Force as part of our LGBTQ Initiave to make the Abramson Center a welcoming place for LGBTQ individuals and their families to call home, to work at, and to receive services from. Members of the LGBTQ community have historically experienced institutionalized discrimination. These experiences have negatively impacted the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and families. Aware of this unfortunate history, we are dedicated to serving members of the LGBTQ community with sensitivity, awareness, compassion and respect.

We strive to nurture a community in which individuals are valued, celebrated and supported to be their authentic selves and flourish. We are committed to this on-going work. To find out more about our initiative, please contact Rabbi Erica Steelman, staff chaplain at

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