The Institute for Judaism & Sexual Orientation was a proud co-sponsor of the historic 20th World Conference of GLBT Jews from August 13 through August 15 at the UCLA Hillel. The sponsoring organization, Keshet Gaavah, the World Congress of GLBT Jews, was the first organization to bring together GLBT Jews from all over the world beginning in 1976. Many great HUC-JIR alumni took part of the conference, including Rabbi Lawrence Edwards, Rabbi Lisa Edwards, and Rabbi Jocee Hudson, to name a few. Dr. Joel Kushner, Director of the IJSO at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, presented a review of programming and best practices for the facilitation and promotion of GLBT inclusion in Jewish institutions with Asher Gellis. The World Conference honored Senator Mark Leno for his lifelong advocacy of GLBT rights and inclusion.