Central Reform Temple welcomes all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to providing a spiritual experience for all those who are seeking to be part of our community and explore the teachings of Jewish tradition, in a broadly inclusive, progressive way. An embrace of LGBTQ inclusion has been a core value of our congregation from its founding in 2004. Our Rabbi was a leader in the struggle for Marriage Equality in Massachusetts, as the Founder of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in 1998. He and his husband were among the very first couples to be married in 2004, and he, in turn has officiated at hundreds of same-sex weddings since. LGBTQ individuals were among the founding members of CRT, and constitute a significant proportion of our leadership and membership today.
We strive to be a Jewish home for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, whether single or as a couple, married or not, with or without children. Our worship is always welcoming and embracing of the full diversity of our community. We celebrate milestones in our lives together. Our educational and cultural programs always include encounters with LGBTQ issues and concerns, whether in our study of Torah, our many arts-related programs or our diverse travel experiences, where we seek out dialogue and express our support for LGBTQ communities in other countries.
From one of our members
Many Synagogues and churches welcome the gay community as “diversity outreach.” Here at CRT, the LGBTQ presence is integrated completely in the Rabbinic and lay leadership and the broader membership. It is reflected in everything that we say and do as a Temple family.