At Eshel, We Are Hopeful

04/09/2014 - 20:00

Our friend Justin Spiro has hit upon the challenge in his piece, "LGBTQ Youth Have No Derech To Stray From." We cannot complain that young people are leaving a community if it leaves them first. 

Israel Recognizes Transgender Man As Biological Father

09/15/2013 - 20:00

Israel’s Interior Ministry has for the first time recognized two biological fathers of the same baby.

The baby was born to Yuval Topper-Erez, the first Israeli transgender man to get pregnant, and Matan Topper-Erez. Yuval Topper-Erez in December 2011. After Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar and the chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, Miri Regev, intervened on behalf of the couple, the ministry recognized both men as the child’s biological parents.

ADL And Other Jewish Groups Hail Ruling Against DOMA

06/25/2013 - 20:00

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday hailed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

The DOMA lawsuit had been brought by a Jewish woman, Edith Windsor, who was forced to pay federal taxes on the estate of her late wife, Thea Spyer, who was also Jewish, despite the fact that their Canadian marriage was recognized as legal by the state of New York, where they resided.

Tel Aviv Youth Center Shooting Was a Hate Crime

06/11/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Nearly four years ago, on August 1, 2009, a horrific shooting at the Bar Noar LGBTQ youth center in Tel Aviv injured dozens of teens and killed 27 year old youth counselor Nir Katz and 16-year-old Liz Trubishi. The tragic event struck fear in the LGBT community and deeply shook LGBT people and straight allies worldwide.

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen

Fourth Arrest In Deadly 2009 Shooting At Tel Aviv Gay Club

06/05/2013 - 20:00

A fourth man was arrested in connection with a 2009 shooting attack at a youth center for gays in Tel Aviv.

The man arrested early Thursday morning is a gay activist and police believe he has information that could assist in the investigation. He is not suspected of involvement in the 2009 shooting which led to the death of two people, according to Ynet.

The arrest comes a day after three other suspects were arrested. The suspects are all believed to be Jewish, from central Israel and between the ages of 20 and 40, according to reports.

Israel's Emergence Intersects With Global LGBT Struggle

04/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Today, Israel’s 65th Independence Day, it is appropriate that we stop and take pride in the many strengths of this young nation, and what its existence and growth has meant for Jewish people not only in Israel but around the world. 2013 offers much for LGBT people to take pride in compared with 1948.

Arthur Slepian

Badge Of LGBT Inclusion

Amid national Boy Scout debate, Jewish committee is prepared to welcome gays.
02/19/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Although the Boy Scouts of America opted to delay until May 24 a vote on whether to end its controversial ban on gay members, the National Jewish Committee on Scouting wasted no time in voting for the change.

Jewish Scouts at a gathering in Riverhead, L.I. Jewish Scouts chapters nationwide voted informally to end the gay ban.

New Jewish Children's Book Features Gay Parents

01/30/2013 - 19:00
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.
11/11/2012 - 19:00
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
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