• Ratzon: Center for Healing and Resistance

    Community Organizing

    Queer Resources

    Jewish Practice

  • Covid-19 Response

    This has been both a time of uncertainty and deep community connection. However you are feeling - we are with you.

    Love and solidarity <3

  • Sing with Us

    Last year, three queer, Jewish song leaders joined us in a community sing. When we sing - alone or together - we can connect across distances and feel the presence of one another. Wherever you are, whoever you're with - take a listen, sing along and join in with the voices of the Ratzon community.
    Singing begins around 10 minute mark. Thank you to Batya Levine, Sol Weiss and Margot Seigle for singing with us.

  • Who We ARe


    Ratzon is Hebrew for yearning and possibility. Our space is a place to dream up a new world and connect to your passions.

    Healing and Resistance
    We believe that healing and resistance go hand in hand. When oppression and violence rattles our communities we are often left with political, emotional, and spiritual wounds. Joining together to heal and fight back helps us care for ourselves and those we love.



    We invite members of the community to host events at our space and get involved in our projects.

    Ratzon is a place for those from marginalized communities, cultures and identities to gather in healing and resistance.


    Jewish and Non-Hierarchical


    We believe that ancient traditions can nurture us and teach us how to seek justice. Led and supported by the Jewish community, Ratzon uses a foundation of Jewish practice to create rituals and learning opportunities that further healing and resistance.


    At our core, we aim to create non-hierarchical communities. We question hierarchies that exist in our relationships and our broader world.

  • What we do

    We offer many resources to our community. We invite you to get involved!



    Join us at our space and online for programs and events centered on healing our pain and resisting that which oppresses us.



    Connect with the Ratzon Food Distro to access gender affirming clothing, food, materials for activist projects and objects for Jewish ritual practice.



    Join Shulayim L’Shalom for youth-led drop-in hours.


    Shulayim L'Shalom is a youth group for queer Jewish teens. Check them out!


    Spiritual Practice

    Ratzon is a space to connect to Jewish practice. We welcome the complexity of who you are.

    We offer post-denominational Kabbalat Shabbat twice a month. Shabbat dinner is nourished by One Table

  • Ratzon Food Distro

    Since May we have collected and distributed food and wellness items to community members in partnership with Pittsburgh Mutual Aid. In the face of crisis, we are joining together to build a network of care, support and mutual aid to help one another survive and resist.

    Our food distribution is taking a break for the summer. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on this project.


  • Join Shulayim L'Shalom

    Shulayim L'Shalom is a queer Jewish youth group for teens ages 13 - 18. Connect to other queer teens and learn about queer activism.


    Shulayim L'Shalom meets every week online. This group is open to Jewish and non-Jewish teens.


    Please email shulayimlshalom@gmail.com for more information and to register.

  • Want to Host an Event at Ratzon?

    Ratzon is a place for those from marginalized communities, cultures and identities to gather in healing and resistance. We prioritize event requests from folks from these communities.


    We are currently accepting event requests for virtual events. Never hosted an online event before? We can help! Fill out the form below.

  • Stay Connected

    Keep up with what's happening at Ratzon with our monthly newsletters

  • Donate

    Donate to help us keep running Shabbat dinners, youth programming, our food distro and more.
    If you would like to donate via check please email us.

  • Contact Us