Party planned for LGBTQ teens

Party planned for LGBTQ teens

The LGBTQ Connection holds the Un-Masquerade Ball, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson and Sha’ar Communities, with funding from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.

The party, a celebration of individuality, acceptance, and self-expression in a Jewish context, for eighth- to 12th-graders, is on Wednesday, March 23, from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, where there will be a Megillah reading at 6:45.

According to Sha’ar’s Rabbi Adina Lewittes, “Four in 10 of these teenagers say that the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBTQ people. Given our strong and cohesive Jewish community, the alienation experienced by these adolescents is likely even more intense, often leading to deep feelings of isolation. We wanted to provide an inclusive event, focused on our shared faith, while having a great time.” The ball will include a DJ, food, and opportunities to meet new friends.

JFS’ LGBTQ Connection serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning Jewish adolescents and their parents. Entry fees will be donated to Keshet and GLSEN. For information, call JFS at (201) 837-9090 or email

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