The Gay and Lesbian Inclusion Committee’s programs are designed for the gay and lesbian community, their families and friends, and are not limited to members of Temple Beth-El. (Click to further understand who we are.)

When the temple’s committee was formed, programming became an integral part of its mission. GLIC hosts holiday related events at Sukkot, Chanukah and Pesach with invitations going out to the gay and lesbian community of Long Island and, in the spirit of inclusion, their families and friends are also welcome.

Over the years, other programming has been inserted into the temple’s life including social events such as dances, social action and educational events such as films/videos, lectures and the like about AIDS in the Jewish Community and documentaries about gay and lesbian Jews. Many of these programs have been co-sponsored by other temple committees – Social Action, Caring Community, Brotherhood and Women’s Network. World AIDS Day is annually commemorated at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck. Discussion groups and a book club are other events sponsored by GLIC.

Please feel free to contact John Hirsch or Herb Leiman, GLIC co-chairs, at


This year, GLIC cordially invites its friends to join with the Beth-El congregation at the “Bring Your Own Dinner to the Sukkah” evening, Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner in the temple sukkah is followed by a Sukkot and Shabbat Eve Service at 7:00 p.m for the entire congregation.

Chanukah Supper

Each year GLIC holds a Chanukah Supper that recognizes the similarity of the Maccabees’ historical fight for their right to be different and the contemporary fight by GLBT persons for their right to be different. Gay and lesbian Jews, their families and friends – gay or straight — are invited; children are welcome. There is a nominal charge for the supper. There always is Chanukah music and fun for all as GLIC celebrates this holiday of miracles.

In the spirit of giving during Chanukah, everyone is asked to bring a new, unwrapped child’s toy or book for infants to children six years of age. These gifts are distributed to children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

In 2014, there will be no Chanukah Supper, but the toy and book drive is taking place throughout the month of December, until December 24. Toys and books should be delivered to the temple office.

Passover Evening

During Passover, GLIC hosts a casual get-together, a Passover Evening. Long Island Jewish lesbians and gays, their families and friends are invited. Children are welcome. A light Passover-appropriate supper is served. Reservations are required and there is a nominal charge for the evening.

In 2015, there will be no GLIC Passover Evening.