Isaiah demands of us that we “not hold back” when it comes to the welcoming capacity of our tents. For the past thirty-seven years, we have been working to do this at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. Originally founded by a group of gay men, we have grown over the years, stretched our tent curtains wider, and are stretching wider still. The site of our tent is now a place of trans folks, lesbians, bisexuals, children, interfaith couples, and a sizable number of straight allies.

All work of tikkun olam, of mending the world, happens in community. It is in community that we find ourselves. It is in community that we find power. As members of groups who have not traditionally found space in the tent, community can be a terrifying concept. Communities have been the source of so much of our pain, so much...

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