Chief Rabbi supports LGBT Jews in a surprising move

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The UK’s Chief Rabbi has spoken out in support of LGBT+ Jews being accepted by Orthodox communities as part of a new guide for religious schools on how to deal with students who identify as LGBT+.“The Wellbeing of LGBT+ Pupils: A Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools,” created by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis with the help of Jewish LGBT+ group KeshetUK, is an unprecedented step towards LGBT+ equality in Orthodox Judaism. The Chief Rabbi urged Orthodox synagogues to welcome LGBT+ people into their communities when he took on the prestigious position in 2013, and sent his love, support and payers to the victims of the Orlando massacre 2016. Now he goes further, offering a new guidance about gender-appropriate languages, coming out issues and discussing children’s sexuality with parents.“Orthodox schools have understandably found it difficult to engage with LGBT+ issues,” said Rabbi Mirvis, “We must be ever-mindful of the mitzva to “Love your neighbor as yourself.’”The guide, which was created over the course of nine months, also explains to schools what the current rules and regulations are and how to follow them, and includes a glossary of LGBT+ terms.

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