Rabbinical Council of America
The Rabbinical Council of America January 2004
Newsletter published the following article.
It can be accessed on their website. *
JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality) is the only Jewish based organization dedicated to assisting individuals with unwanted same sex attractions move from “gay” to “straight.”
Rabbis may refer any individuals within their congregations who are dealing with unwanted same sex attractions or any families who have a member thereof facing such an issue. Please contact them if you need referrals for therapists who specialize in working with this population or for programs that may be of assistance. JONAH's numerous support groups may be of value to congregants, either for those struggling with the issue and/or for their families.
Their Speaker's Bureau (including many individuals who have recovered from same sex attraction) helps educate the Orthodox world that change of sexual orientation is achievable (contrary to popular mythology that people are born that way and that such condition is unchangeable). Such change of sexual orientation can occur, whether such orientation involves arousals, fantasies, identity, or behavior. Speakers are available to synagogues anywhere within the United States, Canada and certain other countries.
JONAH can be reached either through their message line (201) 433-3444, through an email directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at P.O. Box 313, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302. Their website is www.jonahweb.org.
*Although RCA subsequently questioned this article, it is presented here as evidence of RCA's initial support.