Dayenu LGBTQIA+ is a group that provides support to the Jewish community, friends and allies, and produces one heck of a Mardi Gras float every year, as well as amazing social events throughout the year… to name just a few of the fabulous things they do.
Dayenu was conceived in 1999 as a cooperation between the local lesbian and gay Jewish groups to enter a combined float in the 2000 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Shortly after the parade, the group formalised and agreed to operate in order to:
- Provide outreach and support;
- Deliver educational information and public representation;
- Organise social activities for Jewish Gays & Lesbians and their partners, friends and family.
Who runs Dayenu?
Dayenu is run by volunteers. There are no paid staff, as the group runs on a not-for-profit basis.
What does Dayenu mean?
An article written by one of our members explains that the Hebrew word Dayenu is loosely translated as “enough”. The word has numerous applications, but as is written in the article, we use it to capture our reaction to the ignorance, denial, narrow-mindedness and mistreatment that has constantly vexed Jewish gays and lesbians and their families.
What outreach and support is provided?
Some Dayenu members are trained counsellors and psychologists. Many Dayenu members have experienced the pain of the struggle of coming out. We understand the unique challenges that being Jewish causes in this process. Complete confidentiality is provided. If you would like to contact one of our counsellors, please see our counselling page.
What educational information is delivered?
Dayenu has members that are always willing to speak on Jewish and/or LGBTQ+ issues. Please contact us for more information.
What social activities are there?
The group organises events throughout the year. These include pub nights, movie festivals, ten-pin bowling, trivia, fundraisers, Shabbat dinners (including our popular annual Mardi Gras Shabbat Dinner) and holiday specific events like treetop adventures for Tu BiShvat. Our activities are always a fun way to meet new people and socialise with other likeminded LGBTQ+ Jews. See our events page, subscribe to our newsletter, or add us on Facebook for more information.
How do I become a member?
Anyone is welcome to become a member: whether Jewish or Gentile, LGBTQ+ or straight!
If you check our Events page, subscribe to our newsletter, follow our public Facebook page, or join our private Facebook group, you will be informed of our social activities.
My partner and friends aren’t Jewish – can we join?
Yes! Dayenu is very much about all people, including those who support Jewish queer folk. You don’t have to be Jewish or Queer to come to our events or participate in our Mardi Gras Float.