GREENSBORO, N.C. — The American Hebrew Academy, 4334 Hobbs Rd., was recently earmarked as one of 11 Jewish educational institutions nationally recognized in a growing number of schools who are starting gay-straight alliances. Once uncommon, these support groups are becoming more commonplace.

The Jewish Daily Forward reported that “acceptance is not universal within the Jewish educational world.” It also said that none of the schools identified were Orthodox (most observant of the branches in Judaism) or part of the Schechter Day School Network (a Conservative Movement affiliate).

Finding acceptance among Orthodox schools is challenging and most have diversity clubs that omit gay as part of their organizational structure.

The Academy is a boarding school that focuses on college preparation. In December 2011, it collected people and resources to participate in Triad Health Project’s Winter Walk for AIDS. On Jan. 29 the alliance posted a YouTube video in which participants took a stand against bullying.

Lainey Millen

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