The Interview: Young, Queer and Orthodox

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Safe Space: Mordechai Levovitz, co-founder of JQY
Courtesy of Mordechai Levovitz
Safe Space: Mordechai Levovitz, co-founder of JQY

By Nadja Spiegelman

Published September 23, 2010.

For young people in the tight-knit Orthodox community, being gay can feel extremely isolating. But ever since Mordechai Levovitz co-founded Jewish Queer Youth, a support network for queer Orthodox Jews under 30, there’s been a community ready to accept each other with open arms. He recently visited our podcast studio to discuss coming out to his parents, the pitfalls of reparative therapy, and how he’s learned to live as a gay observant Jew.

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We’re Here: Levovitz holds up a JQY sign.
Courtesy of Mordechai Levovitz
We’re Here: Levovitz holds up a JQY sign.


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