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LIGHT IN THE CLOSET

TORAH
HOMOSEXUALITY
AND THE POWER TO
CHANGE



BY: Arthur Goldberg.


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JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, is a non-profit international organization dedicated to educating the world-wide Jewish community about the social, cultural and emotional factors which lead to same-sex attractions. JONAH works with those struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions (SSA) and with families whose loved ones are involved in homosexuality...read full mission statement   

 

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November 2014
Roger shared with us...

One of the things I rarely talk about is that my same-sex attraction (SSA) was a direct result of my childhood sexual abuse . Having been sexualized by a male, and by my father, I became curious about others of my own sex at a very early age. Now most boys are curious about other boys at some point and that is normal. All boys wonder if they are the same as others; do I look the same, does ‘it’ work the same, etc. Nothing strange or gay about that and all little boys gravitate to their own sex in play and for friendships just like girls. I have seen little 4 and 5 years old boys holding hands and even kissing each other and it is cute, innocent and harmless. Left alone they grow out of it and can become best friends, which is a great thing....


October 2014 
Michael shares with us...

I just had the most amazing experience of my life. It was worth telling my fiancée about my SSA just for the experience itself. 

The girl who I am dating (her name is xxxx) is a truly amazing woman! I took her to Central Park and we went to the Lobe Boathouse.  We went rafting for an hour and it was so beautiful. Great place for a date. (highly recommended). Then I took out the towels and kosher food I brought with us. I made a beautiful picnic and we ate lunch there. Then, I went for the "dive." 

I started by telling her how beautiful I thought she was and about all the amazing things I have seen in her since I met her. I told her that I trust her completely and that I am only sharing this information because I love her so much. I felt it important and wanted her to see the *REAL* me, and thus understand the true source for my growth. 

I started by telling her a summary of all that I had shared with her already. Then I went on to tell her about the sexual abuse that I went through at ages 7-10.  As I was explaining this, she started to tear, and I asked her what the tears were about. She responded "that must have been so hard for you".  We spoke about the abuse for 20 minutes and I reassured her that I am no longer bothered by it because I have done my work around that. She responded with awe.

In 2007, JONAH established a separate division, The Jonah Institute for  Gender Affirmation, to provide research and clinical strategies for growth out of homosexuality.  Jews are obligated to reach out and serve the entire community under the principle of tikkum olam (working together with G-d to heal and perfect the world); simultaneously we are commanded to avoid proselytizing while offering such help. In this respect, both JONAH and the new Institute differ from most other faith-based ministries because we assist non-Jewish individuals and families in a manner which will not threaten their personal religious or secular beliefs.

 
As a non-profit organization, JONAH strives to help others through the generosity of its supporters, officers and members.