Diversity & Inclusion Part 1 - LGBTQ+

About the Course

This is the first session in our Inclusion and Diversity series. This virtual panel, moderated by CRC Director Laura Cherner, will address LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life and Jewish Pittsburgh through the local, national, and Israeli lens.

Our Panelists include:

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael (he/him or they/them), serves as Keshet's Director of Education and Training. Before Keshet, Micah served as the Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy with Jewish Family Services of St Louis, providing spiritual care for individuals throughout the St. Louis community. Micah has a BA in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St Louis and Rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Micah enjoys cooking and baking, and lives in St. Louis with his wife Aviva, four children, and assorted pets.

Sai Koros (they/them), is Congregational Manager at Congregation Dor Hadash where they also serve as a Religious School Teacher. In addition, they are an assistant to the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. They graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Religious Studies and Sociology as well as a Jewish Studies Certificate. They have earned numerous awards for their community work and academic achievements, including the Western States Center Youth Activist Award as well as Gilboa and Halpern Jewish Studies scholarships.

Hila Peer (she/her), 35 was born and raised in Tel -Aviv. Formerly the chairwoman of Aguda-The Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel. Peer is a cisgender lesbian social activist who believes that true change goes through the Knesset corridors. Her previous position was as the vice president of the Aids Task Force and she currently manages an initiative for medical clowns in hospitals.

Your Moderator

Laura Cherner

Director - Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Laura Cherner