GLBT Haggadah Tells Passover Story Anew

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tradition and new rituals merge in an exceptional Haggadah that includes the voices and experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) Jews. Developed by JQ International, a group of GLBT Jews in their twenties and thirties, in collaboration with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Institute for Judaism & Sexual Orientation (IJSO), the GLBT Haggadah is a completely traditional Haggadah infused and integrated through the lens of GLBT and feminist culture. 

This fully integrated GLBT Haggadah aims to speak to a current generation of GLBT Jews, their families and friends, and all those committed to freedom and liberation 

Each year at Passover, Jews around the world retell the Jews' exodus from Egypt. The GLBT Haggadah includes new versions of the four children, new plagues, and a fifth question to join the traditional four. 

The new JQ GLBT Passover Haggadah is available for Passover 2008 - and a PDF version is available at The Haggadah will be featured at the University of Southern California Hillel's seder, led by HUC-JIR rabbinical student Daniel Mikelberg.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.