Celebrating Distinctions: A Strategic Plan for the LGBT Alliance
Recognizing the need for a deeper understanding of the needs of Bay Area LGBT Jews the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (SF JCF) and the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay (JFED) joined to explore strategies to reduce the barriers for participation in Bay Area Jewish life. In early 2008 the LGBT Alliance, having been an affinity group out of the development department of SF JCF since 1996, transitioned into the Planning and Programs Development Department and began managing the strategic planning process in conjunction with lay leaders from both SF JCF & JFED. The lay leadership group, aptly named the LGBT Alliance Planning and Advisory Group (PAG),10 began an unprecedented and ambitious Bay-Area-Wide collaborative initiative to research the needs of and then strategically plan for meeting the needs of LGBT Bay Area Jews.
In addition to commissioning a Bay Area LGBT Jewish community needs assessment study with Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, the LGBT Alliance staff collected basic psychographic information from the community in 45 small group and one-on-one interviews as well as published12 a report of recommendations for Trans inclusion collectively designed to complement and diversify the findings. What resulted in this process deepened our understanding about the particular needs, issues, and concerns of the LGBT population that emerged from those 2005 study results.
Topic: Non-Professional Leadership, Homosexuality, Engagement, Jewish Identity, Jewish Organizations, GLBT Issues, Diversity, Jewish Identification, Lay Leadership, LGBT Issues, Outreach, Affiliation, Inclusion, Community Building, Identity
Genre: Strategic Plan
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Celebrating Distinctions: A Strategic Plan for the LGBT Alliance. Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties,Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay. 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7460
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