“Kol Koleinu (“All Our Voices” in Hebrew): From the Closet to the Bimah – A Legacy For Future Generations And All Communities” features the voices of Jewish members of the LGBTQ community and their struggles of being minorities within minorities.Giaoui was one of several event coordinators for the launch at the Los Angeles Sculpture Gallery and said he was delighted to see “Koleinu” circulate in so many hands.
Giaoui grew up in France, was raised to be an activist, and joined several Jewish and LGBTQ organizations before moving to New York to oversee World Congress. One of the biggest reasons he wanted to create “Kol Koleinu” was to “write and preserve LGBTQ history” and share those voices on a global scale.
According to its mission statement, the non-profit operates as a “worldwide voice for LGBTQIA+ Jews,” striving to educate and strengthen the sense of community to ensure diversity and inclusivity. World Congress, which officially got its title at San Francisco in 1980, has chapters in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and works with these countries to set up conferences, translate materials and meet other specific needs they desire.