LGBTQ+ Mentorship Program

Panellists discuss the LGBTQ+ Experience in the Jewish Community, March 2021

This five-month LGBTQ+ Mentorship Program is a pioneering project of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies LGBTQ+ Working Party. It is designed to support, engage, and mentor Jewish LGBTQ+ individuals who are looking for guidance and community.

Through one-on-one mentoring sessions, informal group discussions and a range of sessions with professional guest speakers, participants will learn more about themselves and their personal journey, create a Jewish LGBTQ+ support network, and form steadfast relationships with mentors and mentees.

The aim is to build a stronger, more inclusive and diverse NSW Jewish community, where all LGBTQ+ individuals feel welcomed, supported, celebrated and empowered.

“Some of us are fortunate enough to find mentorship and community early in life. As a young queer Jewish person I would have loved the opportunity to engage with the incredible mentors that this program provides. I can’t wait to see the connections that are built, and to see young queer Jews empowered in our community.” Josh Kirsh, Chair of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies LGBTQ+ Working Party.

*Applicants to this program must be 18+ and identify as LGBTQIA+ and Jewish.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the start date?
The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies LGBTQ+ Mentorship Program will run from late February – June 2022.

What is the time commitment?
There are three Sunday morning sessions in the program, as well as meeting at least once a month with your mentor or mentee. Mentors will also be invited to attend a pre-program training meeting and a skill-building session in April.

Privacy and confidentiality?
We take privacy, confidentiality and trust very seriously. Each participant will be asked to sign a privacy and consent form prior to beginning the program as we know this can be a sensitive and private topic for some applicants. If you are not out to the community, you are still welcome to apply to the program and we can discuss the best way to involve you as anonymously as possible. All applications are kept confidential.

When will I know if I have been accepted?
We will let you know if you have been accepted into the program by the first week of January 2022. We try to match mentors and mentees as best as possible. Please do not be discouraged if you are not matched the first time around.

I have more questions!
We encourage you to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or want to clarify any part of the form.