A Busy Week at the Jerusalem Open House

In a new letter, Tom Canning, the new Director of Development at the Jerusalem Open House gives an update on the developments regarding the pro-LGBTQ legislation being debated in the Israeli Knesset.

TomCanning180x200The entire community in Israel is mobilizing to try to gain ground in the struggle towards equality, and JOH is not planning to stand idle. Due to inclement weather in Israel, JOH has decided to postpone the planned demonstration against anti-gay obstructionism in the Knesset until January 7th, 2014. To ensure maximal attendance and depth, the JOH team decided rescheduling the event made the most sense.

In most welcomed move to promote dialogue, Israeli gay television icon Assi Azar invited conservative Economy Minister Naftali Bennett to have lunch with him this week. The two met in a Tel Aviv restaurant to discuss the unique opportunity Bennett has to support gay rights this year. Read more about it here.

Like Assi, JOH has also been putting pressure on Minister Bennett and MK Amram Mitzna, urging them to support pro-equality legislation. If you haven’t done so already, you can help by writing a letter to Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, encouraging him to support same-sex families by pressing here. Also join in writing to MK Amram Mitzna, urging him to support legislation detailing anti-discrimination measures in Israeli schools. To write to him simply click here.

If you are looking for a good overview on the different bills, JOH activist and Jerusalem rabbinical student Matt Green wrote an Op-Ed in the Jerusalem Post detailing the current state of gay rights legislation in the Knesset. You can read his article here.

A lot has been happening indeed. And the momentum continues to crescendo.