Showing Up for LGBTQ+ Youth: Navigating Intersecting Identities In A Politicized World

The Jewish Education Project
April 9, 2024


In partnership with Keshet and RootOne

How can educators and youth-serving professionals support and empower LGBTQ+ youth in Jewish spaces, especially at a time when LGBTQ+ identities are being politicized and polarized and as they navigate the intersections of antisemitism, homophobia, and transphobia? 

Together we will deepen our understanding of the current political climate LGBTQ+ Jewish youth find themselves in and explore how best to recognize and hold the many different perspectives, sources of pressure, and sources of connection youth who live at the intersections of LGBTQ+ and Jewish identities might be experiencing at this time.

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Jaimie Krass
Jaimie Krass

With anti-oppressive pedagogy and a love of adventure as her modi operandi, Jaimie serves as Keshet's Director of Youth Programs. She brings a decade of creative curriculum design experience, an innovative spirit, crisis management skills, and boundless energy to this holy work of building a more just, affirming, and celebratory world for LGBTQ+ Jewish youth.

Prior to joining Keshet, Jaimie served as a Hillel campus professional for seven years (two at Muhlenberg College Hillel in PA, and five at Columbia/Barnard Hillel in NYC), creating and leading immersive experiences, reimagining Jewish tradition, and empowering students to seize ownership of their journeys and become leaders in their communities. She received her B.A. in political science and Jewish studies from the University of Florida, and her M.A. in experiential education and nonprofit professional leadership from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Throughout her career—and extending back to her teenage years—she has advocated for LGBTQ+ justice and inclusion, facilitating trainings at a variety of conferences, JCCs, and synagogues, and creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ Russian-speaking Jewish teens in Brooklyn, NY.

She is a dedicated crisis counselor with The Trevor Project, can recommend a good taco place in just about every neighborhood of NYC, and lives in Manhattan with her wife and their dog, MishMish.

Amram Altzman
Amram Altzman

Amram (he/him) joined the Keshet team in 2017, where he works to make empowering, liberatory spaces for LGBTQ Jewish teens and young adults across the country. In 2017, he graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, where he studied Jewish history and sociology. Prior to joining Keshet, he also spent three years writing for New Voices, an independent, online magazine created by and for Jewish college students, and was part of the Brandeis Precollege Programs community education team. He brings a passion for justice, Torah, writing, and the social sciences to his work as an educator and organizer. A New York native, Amram lives in upper Manhattan with his husband Jamie and their two cats, Perle and Herschel. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute. He likes to live his life with an unironic, unwavering love of cats, kale, coffee, and pop music.

Erica Hruby
Erica Hruby

Erica Hruby is a Jewish educator with over 28-years of teaching, curriculum writing, and professional development experience in Jewish community, academic, and residential environments. Erica serves as the Senior Manager of National Teen Education and Engagement at The Jewish Education Project, formerly the Executive Director of JTEEN - Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Network. She is also the founder of Anchored Parenting, LLC where she serves as an educator and coach for tw/eens, parents, and grandparents. Erica has an M.A. from Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. She lives in Clearwater, Florida with her high school sweetheart with whom she shares two daughters.



  • Educator Training
  • Congregational Learning
  • Teen Engagement