Aleph Melbourne for gay/bisexual Jewish men in Melbourne, Australia
Aleph Melbourne (for gay/bisexual Jewish men)
C/- Unit 2/24 Winbirra Parade ASHWOOD VIC 3147
Aleph Melbourne serves to assist Jewish gay, bisexual and same-sex attracted men in Melbourne who are wanting to network, share experiences or are confused about their sexuality. This is done within a confidential and friendly environment and is independent of but sensitive to any religious observance. Aleph Melbourne also invites transgender and intersex Jews to make contact.
Aleph Melbourne celebrates Jewish culture and tradition in an open-minded and inclusive manner. Gay and bisexual men, along with friends and partners, are encouraged to attend events and functions with this aim in mind.
Aleph Melbourne is represented on the Committee of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Conference (AGMC). The AGMC aims to discuss, explore and respond to a variety of issues including sexuality, gender identity and multiculturalism.
Details of the AGMC can be found at www.agmc.org.au.
Since 1995 Aleph Melbourne has held a variety of activites including Shabbat dinners, Jewish festival celebrations, group meetings, participated in the Gay & Lesbian Pride March, manned a stall at the "Concert in the Park" Jewish Community carnivals, held movie and theatre nights and dinner outings. We hold very successful dinners each year to coincide with major Jewish festivals. For the first time Aleph Melbourne attended Chanukah in the Park in 2002, with a very good turnout of members, some of whom hadn’t celebrated chanukah previously.
In 2003 and 2004 Aleph Melbourne held very successful Shabbat dinners at the Leo Baeck Centre in Kew.
2005 sees 10 years since Aleph Melbourne was founded. In January we held a very successful celebration at The Outlook in South Yarra to mark this occasion. Members of Aleph Melbourne, along with members of other gay and lesbian multicultural groups came along on the night. Special guest Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Gary Singer also attended the celebration.
Aleph Melbourne is currently offering a support and referral service as well a discussion forum and information service.
Activities for 2005 include a Purim picnic, a Queen’s Birthday Shavuot afternoon tea, our annual Pesach and Rosh HaShana Shabbat dinners and a variety of other events.
In addition, Aleph Melbourne will be attending Jewish & Israeli sessions at the 2005 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
Please contact us for details.