Our history

RJ booklet


Our team produced a wonderful exhibition mini-catalogue that synopsises the findings and stories that we have collected for almost two years.

DOWNLOAD here: RJ Exhibition Booklet_KB


For those at the intersection between Jewish and LGBT identities, life can be doubly complex. Yet over the course of a single lifetime, LGBT Jewish identity has transformed, from something not even named to something celebrated. Here you will find a truly diverse range of Jewish voices including Ultra-Orthodox lesbians, bisexual rabbis, gay Holocaust survivors and transgender activists.



The exhibition was launched at the London School of Economics in London during LGBT History Month in February 2014. Designed as a touring exhibition, it is set go go round the UK in the years to come. But you don’t have to wait; you can view the panels here:

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Jewish LGBT timeline world pride 2012

Rainbow Jews explores the sub-theme ‘Pioneers and Milestones’.

Download this Keshet UK timeline to find out more about Jewish and LGBT history in the UK from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Please note that this is a work in progress and may not cover all achievements and experiences of the Jewish LGBT community.


Jewish same sex unions

Liberal Judaism has long been an advocate of LGBT equality, and became the first religious group to publish official liturgy for blessing same sex unions with its 2005 publication Covenant of Love (Brit Ahava). In 2014, with the Equal Marriage Act, same sex couples have had ‘traditional’ Jewish weddings at progressive synagogues.

Two women smiling, one with her arm around the other