Jewish Student Conference planned for February 16

On Friday, February 16, 2001, lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender Jewish students will gather from around the country at Yale University for a weekend conference. This is the fifth annual conference of its kind, and the three-day program will include group bonding activities, sharing of stories, exciting workshops based around Jewish/LBGT issues, and festive Shabbat meals and activities.

Previous conferences have included everything from creating Jewish coming-out rituals to campus political organizing, from Shabbat singing to nights on the town. Whether youre partnered or single, new to being being out or knew since your were born, this conference is for you. As we come together as a community, we will strive to create an atmosphere where we all feel welcome, have the opportunity to meet new people, learn a lot from each other. In addition, we hope the weekend will be spiritually uplifting for all of us as Jews and LBGT people whether your idea of Shabbat is going to the movies with your friends, spending the day in synagogue, or meditating in the forest.

The conference is organized by student leaders from the National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Students (NUJLS) and is hosted by the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Workshops are generally participant led, so if you have something youd like to share, teach, or explore in this context, then let us know. Wed love participants to be involved in as many ways as they can be, so if you play guitar, read Torah, teach yoga, have experience as a campus leaderor just want to get involved, let us know.

The cost of the conference, which goes from early Friday afternoon February 16, to early Sunday afternoon February 18, 2001 (Presidents Weekend), is $55, which includes local housing in New Haven, kosher meals, and conference materials. For more information, including an application or travel subsidies, please contact David Cavill or Rachel Marcus, conference co-chairs at david.cavill@yale.edu / (203) 436-8088 or rachelmm@linc.cis.upenn.edu / (215) 640-0191. Also register on line at www.nujls.org.

©1995-2000 Oasis Magazine. All Rights Reserved.