Hosted by Liberal Judaism (LJ) ‘Rainbow Pilgrims‘ is a landmark project that discovers and celebrates the hidden history of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) migrants in the UK past and present. The project intends to cover the period from the first Jewish Kindertransports to Britain (1938-40) to today. Rainbow Pilgrims explores the narratives around ‘rites and passages’, documenting the interconnection between faith, religion, sexuality, gender and ethnicity in place and time.

This collection will be the first source of LGBT and migration in a faith context in Britain.

For more information contact Shaan Knan at

Rainbow Pilgrims is a project supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
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Twilight People is a landmark project, hosted by Liberal Judaism, that discovers and celebrates the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK past and present. This collection is the first source of faith and transgender history in Britain.
The project explores the narratives around ‘body and ritual’, documenting the interconnection between faith and gender journeys beyond the binary categories of male and female.
The images and stories of over 40 members of the various Abrahamic faith communities – Christian, Muslim and Jewish – will be documented by means of oral history, film and photography.
The collated materials are mapped, catalogued, deposited and shared with the wider audience via free and accessible channels including an archive collection, website, interactive digital hubs, touring exhibition, events, booklet, educational resource packs and other current learning tools including an app.
To find out more about Twilight People and/or to get involved, visit the Twilight People website.
Twilight People is supported by the National Lottery through the Lottery Heritage Fund and hosted by Liberal Judaism. Project partners and associates are Islington Museum, London Metropolitan Archives, University of Warwick, Gendered Intelligence and various LGBT and faith groups including Safra, Imaan, LGCM and Keshet UK.
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Rainbow Jews is a pioneering oral history project, hosted by Liberal Judaism, which showcases the lives of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in the UK from the 1950s to today. It was launched in October 2012.
We invite you to explore this hidden history at – uncovered here for the very first time. Join us and discover how the stories and experiences of LGBT Jews have shaped British culture and society; and find out what inspired Rainbow Jews project manager Surat-Shaan Knan to set up this landmark initiative.
The Rainbow Jews exhibition launched in February 2014 is the first big milestone in the Rainbow Jews History collection. We are proud to say that over 100 individuals and organisations have given us their time, energy, financial support, help, advise and professional expertise.
Our partner organisations include London Metropolitan Archives, LSE Hall Carpenter Archives, LGBT History Month/Schools Out, Keshet UK, JGLG, Leicester LGBT Centre and Rukus.
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Ritual Reconstructed (RR) is a collaborative, community and academic project which has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the Connected Communities programme. The project is a collaboration between Liberal Judaism, Buckinghamshire New University; University of Portsmouth and The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. The project runs until September 2015 with a closing event in November 2015.
In this project we are working with film, performance, installation and storytelling to look at the ways in which Jewish people who identify as LGBTQI engage in religious and community life. We are really interested in finding out how being LGBTQI has influenced, shaped or changed Jewish faith rituals and how our Jewish selves have influenced LGBTQI rituals.
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