meetings we regularly discuss important issues,
such as anti-Semitism, lesbophobia and coming
out. We have organised many ground-breaking
activities in our communities and will continue
to do as issues arise.
provided on our JLGV page.
In 2012, we began thinking of a way to celebrate
our 20 year anniversary! We decided that
producing a documentary film telling our story
would be a real celebration. We then embarked on
our fund-raising and media campaigns, and the
making of our film began. By the end of the
year, we had successfully raised over $10,000
towards the production and distribution of our
documentary film, ‘It’s Who We Are: Celebrating
20 years of the Jewish Lesbian Group of
2013, we worked with professional film makers to
produce and edit our documentary film, ‘It’s Who
We Are’. In December, we received the exciting
news that our film had been chosen to screen in
the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2014.
In March 2014,
our documentary film ‘It’s Who We Are:
Celebrating 20 years of the Jewish Lesbian Group
of Victoria’ will have its world premiere at
Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Check our page
In Feb 2009,
the Australian Jewish News (AJN) featured a
photo of JLGV members at Pride March.
In 2006, we
launched the JLGVic website using the web design
expertise of Zina Sofer.
We mourned the
untimely death and celebrated the life of one of
our most dedicated and loved members, Rochelle
Millar in October 2006. Many of us
were recipients of her warm and caring nature,
as well as her wicked humour. Rochelle's
remarkable attitude to her illness was an
inspiration to us all. She is very much
Lesbian Group of Victoria was one of the groups
that organised the AGMC “Living and Loving in
Diversity Conference” in October 2004.
We wrote a
letter regarding lesbian and gay youth suicide
which was published in 'The Australian Jewish
News' in August 2002.
Night March' 2001 changed the night of the march
from Friday night to Saturday night to increase
Jewish access after concerns were raised by
members of the Jewish Lesbian Group of Victoria.
the fun-tastic ‘Multi-culti Lesbian Party' in
2001, building bridges with culturally diverse
the very successful open ‘Shabos'
ceremonies at LesFest (2001), Sistajive Women's
Music Festival (2001), South Coast Women's Music
Festival (1999) and National Lesbian Cultural
Celebration and Conference (1998).
We have held
Jewish Lesbian Seders every year since 2000.
the Jewish Australian Lesbian Anthology Collective
and compiled and edited the first Australian
Jewish lesbian anthology.
We ran the
hugely successful ‘Feast of Jewish Lesbian
We organised and facilitated workshops on
‘Creating Cultural Inclusion in our Communities'
at National Lesbian Cultural Celebration and
with other groups, we succeeded in closing down
the nazi bookshop in Fawkner (1998).
We were the
first Jewish group to march in the annual Sydney
Mardi Gras (1998).
We were the
first Jewish group to march at Pride March
Victoria, and have marched with our banner
in the annual Victorian Pride March every year
We ran the
very successful forum, ‘Are Jewish
Lesbians Kosher?' where a psychologist debated a
We staffed a
table at the annual ‘In One Voice',
Concert in the Park (since 1995).
presented papers about Jewish Lesbian issues at
countless conferences, starting with ‘Sappho was
a Wog Grrl conference' in 1995.
We have been
interviewed and have written many articles for
Lesbian, Gay and Jewish publications in
Australia and overseas.
We have been
interviewed extensively on radio, including
the SBS Hebrew program, 3ZZZ, Dykes on
Mics (3CR) and Joy Melbourne, as well as on
Channel 31 ‘Bent TV'.
We have run
many educational workshops, including for the
Australian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS).
Our members are involved in many diverse
community organisations where we have input into
greater awareness and inclusion of Jewish
Some of the activities in which we have been
A number of us participated in the introductory
Keshet event, ’The Need for Educating our Jewish
Community on GLBTI issues‘ which took
place in August 2012.
One of us was a member of the JCCV reference
group that was established in 2010 ’to better
understand the needs of gays, lesbians and
transgender people in the community’. The JCV
report was released in October 2011.
In May 2007, JLGV and Aleph Melbourne
participated in a public forum at the Temple
Beth Israel on Jewish same-sex commitment
ceremonies. The Council of Progressive Rabbis of
Australia, New Zealand and Asia decided at its
meeting on 5 June 2007, to give permission to
rabbis to officiate at same-sex ceremonies where
both members of the couple are Jewish.
In August 2005, we participated in the
Queer Multicultural Conference (AGMC) Trivia
In December 2002, we participated in ‘United We
Dance: A Celebration of Melbourne's Gay and
Lesbian Cultural Diversity'.
We were active in the Victorian AIDS Council
Cross Cultural Group.
We participated in ‘Stand Strong Against
Racism' and ‘Heath and Difference' conferences,
speaking on panels and facilitating workshops.