Club Freeze to YUPA Stay

On September 16, 2022, Yeshiva University announced a freeze of all undergraduate club activities in an email sent to the undergraduate student body. In response, JQY offered to sponsor club activities until the end of the shutdown. To prevent all students from facing the consequences of YU’s decision, the Pride Alliance agreed to grant Yeshiva University a stay on September 21 until the resolution of all appeals on the case.

Club Freeze + JQY Funding

Yeshiva University Temporarily Freezes All Undergraduate Club Activities
Jonothan Levin | September 16, 2022
YU Commentator
Yeshiva University Provides Statement About Future of Clubs to The Commentator
Commentator Staff | September 17, 2022
YU Commentator

Club Freeze + JQY Funding

YU Pride Alliance Gives Yeshiva University Stay to End Club Freeze
Jonothan Levin | September 21, 2022
YU Commentator
Amid Court Fight, L.G.B.T.Q. Club Proposes a Compromise to Yeshiva
Liam Stack | September 21, 2022
New York Times
YU Pride Alliance statement on the stay
YU Pride Alliance | September 21, 2022
Yeshiva University Granted Permanent Stay After Agreement with Pride Alliance; Clubs Confirmed to Restart After Sukkot
Ariel Kahan and Jonothan Levin | September 30, 2022
YU Commentator

Clubs Return

Yeshiva University Student Councils Host Club Fairs
Rina Shamilov | November 14, 2022
YU Commentator

Appeal to Stay

After Kotler’s ruling, Yeshiva University filed for a stay from the court, which they were refused. The next week, they applied for a stay form the U.S. Supreme Court, which, after initially being granted by Sonia Sotomayor, was denied in a 5-4 decision.

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YU Must Allow LGBTQ Club to Form Immediately as Court Denies Motion to Stay
Ariel Kahan and Elishama Marmon | August 23, 2022
YU Commentator
Yeshiva University Requests Stay on Order to Recognize LGBTQ Club from Supreme Court
Jonothan Levin | August 29, 2022
YU Commentator

Fostering an Inclusive Community Letter

In the aftermath of two quasi-rejected applications, YU appointed a committee, headed by then Vice-President of the university, Josh Joseph, to look into the idea of an LGBTQ club. On September 3rd 2020, a letter was released which included nods to greater LGBTQ inclusion, but claimed that having a club under university auspices would cloud the Torah’s nuanced message.

Documents and News Articles

Interview with President Berman
Commentator Staff | September 8, 2019
YU Commentator
YU Announces New LGBTQ Inclusivity Policies, Denies LGBTQ Club Formation
Sruli Fruchter | September 3, 2020
YU Commentator

Student Response

A Letter to the Josh Joseph Committee
Jacob Stone | December 22, 2019
YU Commentator
Jacob Stone requests the Josh Joseph committee to consider the hypocrisy that would be inherent to denying an LGBTQ club.
In Response to an LGBT Club Denial
Fruma Landa | September 30, 2020
YU Observer
Fruma Landa asks how an LGBTQ club violates “Torah nuances” and criticizes what she believes the Fostering an Inclusive Community letter implies for broader queer inclusion in the Orthodox world.

Club Application

In the aftermath of the “We, Too, Are YU” protest, and in conjunction with concurrent administrative discussions, YUPA was launched as an unofficial club. A few times YUPA applied to be recognized as a club under the name “YU Alliance.” The general assembly elected not to vote on the matter, leaving it to the administration. It is alleged in YUPA’s lawsuit that the administration instructed the GA to do this. The case was brought to the Beren Student Council, due to their constitution having a non-discrimination clause, but they refrained from taking a position. 


Former Student Leaders Detail Past Efforts for LGBTQ Inclusion
Jacob Stone | November 24, 2019
YU Commentator
Students Discuss LGBTQ Issues at YCSA ‘Meet & Greet’
Sruli Fruchter | December 12, 2019
YU Commentator
Petition Supporting Formation of LGBTQ+ Club Signed by Over 50 Student Leaders
Yitzchak Carrol and Yosef Lemel | Feburary 3, 2020
YU Commentator
Student Council Abstains from LGBTQ Club Vote, Leaving Decision to YU Administration
Yitzchak Carrol and Elisheva Cohn | Feburary 9, 2020
YU Commentator
Student Council Presidents Abstain from Voting on LGBTQ+ Club
Observer Staff | Feburary 9, 2020
YU Observer

Beren Lawsuit

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Open Letter to President Berman from Cardozo Students
Undersigned | Feburary 3, 2020
YU Observer
A Message to the Student Council Presidents
Anonymous | May 12, 2020
YU Observer


Before YUPA was founded, there was the controversy about an LGBTQ club in Cardozo in the 90’s. More recently, there have been several clubs founded which made part of their mission to provide a safe place for queer students, including the Tolerance Club, Diversity Club, and Jewish Activism Club.


Club Profile: Jewish Activism Club
Bina Davidson | March 24, 2021
YU Observer

Initial Case

In the aftermath of the lawsuit filing, various reactions were put forth by the broader community. Eventually, on June 14, 2022, Justice Kotler of the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Pride Alliance.

Case Overviews

The Ghosts Have Become Alive: Yeshiva University and the Future of Religiously Affiliated Higher Education in America
Michael J. Broyde | May 10, 2021
YU Commentator
Michael J. Broyde lays out various possible strategies YU could use to not be forced to allow the Pride Alliance to become an official club.
Letter to the Editor: A Clarification
Michael J. Broyde | May 12, 2021
YU Commentator
Broyde clarifies that his giving strategies YU could use is only for the case where they think they can’t allow one, it does not necessarily reflect his personal views about letting the Pride Alliance exist.
Everything You Need to Know (So Far) About The LGBTQ Discrimination Case Against YU
Natan Ehrenreich | October 24, 2021
YU Commentator
Ehrenreich provides the legal and factual background relevant to the lawsuit against YU.

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YU Must Allow LGBTQ Club to Form on Campus, Court Rules
Chaim Book, Seffi Jonas, Nava Katz, and Jonathan Levin | June 14, 2022
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Yeshiva University Must Recognize L.G.B.T.Q. Club, Judge Says
Liam Stack | June 13, 2021
New York Times


On April 26, 2021, a group of students and the Yeshiva University Pride Alliancesued Yeshiva University. Below are the documents and articles from around thefiling of the lawsuit.

YUPA Filings

Initial Court Filing Documents
Summons and Complaint
Molly Meisels Affidavit
Daniel Weinreich Affidavit
John Doe Affidavit
Jane Doe Affidavit

YU Filings

Ari Berman Affidavit
Chaim Nissel Affidavit

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LGBTQ students sue Yeshiva University for discrimination
Simone Somekh | April 27, 2021

Westboro Baptist Church Protest and Counter-Protest

In 2017, the Westboro Baptist Church announced their intent to, and later held a protest against YU on March 27th. Part of the announced reason for the protest was, they claimed, Judaism’s role in promoting acceptance of Homosexuality. A counter-protest centered on defending YU’s queer students was organized by Asher Lovy, who described the purpose as being “to make sure that the LGBTQ students of Yeshiva University wouldn’t walk out and see a message of hate that wasn’t countered by a message of love”

News Articles

Opinions Articles about the protest and counter protest

Why We Must Protest The Westboro Baptist Church
Doniel Weinreich | March 24, 2017
YU Commentator
The Sad State of LGBTQ Inclusion at YU Needs to Change
Masha Shollar | March 9, 2017
YU Observer
Don’t Protest the Westboro Baptist Church
Doron Levine | Date
YU Commentator

Counseling Center

The counseling center, and broader LGBTQ sensitivity issues, had been a center of critique for a while, with students encouraging the administration to allow more clear support for queer students to be expressed. In the aftermath of the Fostering an Inclusive Community letter, YU started a counseling center support group, but this group alone is insufficient, and more is to be done.

2020 Panel

In 2020, Yeshiva University held a panel speaking with past and present queer students over zoom, moderated by Dr. Jenny Issacs, about being queer in the orthodox world, which brought over 600 attendees.

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