Changing Attitudes

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Your various articles regarding
the gay pride parade, the Supreme Court
ruling on same-sex marriage, and the JONAH verdicts prompt the
following reaction. 

Gay-To-Straight Conversion Group Committed Consumer Fraud, Jury Finds

Awards plaintiffs $72,400 in damages; found that JONAH misrepresented its program as scientifically based.

06/24/2015 - 20:00
Religion News Service

(RNS) A New Jersey jury found a gay-to-straight conversion therapy organization guilty of consumer fraud in state Superior Court on Thursday.

Plaintiff Michael Ferguson with Seth Anderson and Shannon Minter, Nat. Cntr for Lesbian RighKathleen Perrin/Equality Case Files

Gay-Conversion Trial Opens Window On Orthodox Debate

Fraud suit against Jewish group’s homosexuality ‘cure’ puts spotlight on divide over sexual orientation in frum world.

06/09/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Jersey City, N.J. — The only time Benjamin “Benji” Unger lost his composure on the stand was when recounting how he stopped talking to his mother for several months after his gay conversion therapist suggested that his closeness with his mother was a root cause for his homosexuality.

Only 19 at the time, Unger, a Borough Park native, started seeing a conversion therapist when he told his parents that he was attracted to men. His father directed him to the only resource he knew: a conversion therapy nonprofit JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing.

Benjamin Unger testifying in the JONAH trial in Jersey City. Courtesy of The Star-Ledger

As A New Jersey Court Considers Conversion Therapy, Many Orthodox Jews Have Moved On

06/03/2015 - 20:00

For decades, Orthodox LGBT Jews faced a difficult choice: Stifle their sexual identity or leave their religious community.

Islamic Extremists Impose Reign Of Terror On Iraq

08/04/2014 - 20:00

Baghdad — Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiites and others have signs stating they are property of the Islamic State. And everyone walks in fear amid a new reign of terror.

Jonah: Not Using Our Gifts Is A Self-Imposed Disability

Why is the Book of Jonah the last biblical reading on Yom Kippur? True, it recounts how the nation of Nineveh repented, as we are called upon to do on the Day of Atonement. However, the liturgy could have instead featured King David, who admitted his shortcomings and constantly sought to improve himself.

Rabbi Michael Levy

Abuse Or Religious Freedom?

Jewish LGBT groups welcome Christie’s ban on ‘reparative therapy’ for gay youth, while Orthodox ones challenge it.
08/19/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision this week to sign a bill that prohibits therapists in the state from performing so-called reparative therapy on young gay patients drew a mixed reaction from Jewish and civil rights organizations.

Gov. Chris Christie signs bill that bans controversial form of therapy on New Jersey minors. Getty Images

Lawsuit Charges Orthodox 'Cure' Center With Fraud

Three plaintiffs are members of JQY, activist group for "young, frum, gay Jews."
11/27/2012 - 19:00

JONAH, a Jewish center in New Jersey that offers therapy to reverse homosexuality, is being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims.

Chaim Levin, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against JONAH.
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