LGBT

New Jewish Children's Book Features Gay Parents

01/31/2013
Associate Editor

Don’t expect any tired stereotypes of Jewish mothers in “The Purim Superhero,” a children’s picture book just out from Kar-Ben Publishers.

'The author of 'The Purim Superhero' says Purim is all about being who you are. Photo courtesy Keshet

Jewish Community Subject of First LGBT-Inclusion Index

About 204 organizations participate in survey from Human Rights Campaign to create index.

11/12/2012
Staff Writer

About 100 Jewish organizations are taking significant steps to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals and families, according to an “inclusion index” released today by the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT civil rights organization.

In partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Morningstar Foundation, Stuart Kurlander and an anomymous donor, the campaign made the Jewish world the subject of its first index for a faith-based community.

Idit Klein heads Keshet, the LGBT advocacy organization. Photo courtesy Keshet

Like Weimar, But Better

More than anyone else, gay Jews are have cause to reflect on Weimar Germany’s mixed legacy.

On the one hand, both gay and Jewish culture flourished in that place and time, and had a dramatic impact on the rest of the world. On the other, that period was also full of menace, of threats that the Nazis would soon carry out.

Yet tomorrow, proud and vital members of this group will board a plane for Berlin to grapple with that history – and go clubbing.

He'bro, the events promotion business backing an LGBT-Jewish trip to Germany, knows how to have fun. Via myhebro.com

Orthodox Gays Need Allies, Not Just Compassion

08/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

A few months ago, a young Orthodox rabbi decided to “come out of the closet,” in a sense, when he publicly identified himself as an “LGBT ally,” referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice group, and a director of the UCLA Hillel, explained that he felt he had been quiet for too long and wanted to say what he felt was the truth.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg

Other: The Fastest Growing Jewish Community Segment

07/19/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

 

Quick, what’s the fastest growing part of the Jewish community, or at least the New York metro area’s Jewish community? Orthodox? They’re growing, but not the fastest. Conservative? Nah. Reform? Not anymore. Reconstructionist? Nope.

According to the recently released study of the NY Jewish community, the group that has doubled its share of the community, growing from just 15% to a whopping 37% is [drum roll, please]…OTHER. That’s right, “other”. [Source: Jewish Community Study of New York, page 121].

Writing Her Way To A New Life

Documenting the fraught journey from Jay to Joy Ladin.

07/17/2012
Jewish Week Book Critic

In an interview, Joy Ladin begins several responses, “When I started living as myself…” For the Stern College professor, poet and author, the boundary between then and now, between living a lie and leading an authentic life, is her transition from man to woman.

For Ladin, her transition from man to woman is an experience of rebirth.

A Presidential Blessing

06/06/2012

 Last week, I had the honor of sitting at a table with the President of the United States in the Roosevelt Room at The White House.  President Obama and his Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew, wanted to hear from Conservative rabbis from around the country.  It was a meeting I will remember for the rest of my life.

Rabbi Daniel Greyber at the White House.

Sign Of The Times: Gays March, ‘No One Cared’

06/05/2012
Staff Writer

Even as the brilliantly sunny Sunday of the Celebrate Israel Parade turned into an overcast and chilly start to the workweek, excitement persisted over the long-sought inclusion of a coalition of organizations representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Jews.

LGBT Jews under the banner of Jewish Queer Youth march Sunday. Robert J. Saferstein

Obama Gay Marriage Nod Praised By Many Jewish Groups

05/10/2012

 

A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage, and an Orthodox group said it was "disappointed."

"History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America," the Reform movement's Religious Action Center said in a statement Wednesday. "While the President has long publicly supported civil unions, these are distinct from full marriage rights."

LGBT Palestinians Escape To Party Freely in Tel Aviv

04/24/2012

As the Palestinian territories have no specific civil rights legislation protecting LGBT people from discrimination or harassment, a group called the Palestinian Queer Party has held monthly parties in Tel Aviv for the last decade, according to an April 20 report in the Times of Israel.

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