Ratzon Ratzon is Hebrew for yearning and possibility. At Ratzon, we invite you to dream up a new world and connect to your passions. We strive to support the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of LGBTQ+ Jews and their community. Together, we create opportunities for communal gatherings, spiritual practice and political organizing.
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.
Participation 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 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.
Anarchist At our core, we aim to create non-hierarchical communities. We question hierarchies that exist in our relationships and our broader world. The foundation of our programs and infrastructure draws upon the resistance work and culture building of past and contemporary anarchist movements.
Solidarity & Collective Liberation
As queer Jews, we believe in collective liberation - that the liberation of all people is intertwined. Ratzon stands in solidarity with Palestinians and all people resisting state violence, colonization, and forced displacement, in the US and everywhere.
Ratzon is based on the land of Monongahela, Osage, and Shawnee people, currently called Pittsburgh, PA. Find out whose land you're inhabiting at native-land.ca