Asher Gellis, founder and Executive Director of JQ International, an LGBTQ and ally Jewish nonprofit that creates community through identity building programs, provides teen education, and national support services and resources. A native of Los Angeles, Asher was raised within Conservative Movement, a product of Adat Ari El Day School, Ramah, and United Synagogue Youth. As a young adult, Asher earned a B.A. in Political Theory from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Prior to launching JQ International in 2004, Asher served as the Regional Director for Hadassah’s Young Judaea in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. He created curriculum for the Builders of Jewish Education in Los Angeles and guided teen scholastic credited Israel tours. For six years following earning his MBA, Asher worked in real estate asset management while simultaneously developing and launching JQ International.
Judaism That Embraces All: The Pride of the LGBTQ Jewish Community