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A Wider Bridge: Laurie Grauer

Laurie Grauer, Midwest Manager of Programs and Operations, joins A Wider Bridge after serving for the past five years as the Executive Director of Gesher Chicago, an organization she co-founded to connect LGBTQ Jews and allies to the greater Chicagoland Jewish community. Laurie was one of the first recipients to receive Oy Chicago Magazine’s “36 under 36” award, in recognition of her outreach within the Jewish LGBTQ community. In 2010, she co-founded the Illinois Interfaith Civil Union Coalition, a state-wide task force of religious institutions who successful mobilized their congregants to lobby on behalf of Civil Unions. She has also served on the board of Congregation Or Chadash, Chicago’s LGBTQ congregation. Professionally, Laurie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Jewish Educator. She has taught at Temple Sholom of Chicago for the past seven years, and most recently she was a case manager for Ezra MSC, a Jewish social service agency based in Chicago.


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A Wider Bridge Referenced in Top 5 Stories to Watch in 2018 (Times of Israel / December 27, 2017)
Chicago Recap: How Can We Support Israel’s LGBTQ Communities? (A Wider Bride / October 27, 2017)
Dyke March Incident of AWB’s Laurie Among Top 10 Moments that Mattered to Jews in 5777 (JTA / September 12, 2017)
Brave Conversations: Steps to Create Positive Change in Our Political Discourse and Social Justice Initiatives (A Wider Bridge / August 15, 2017)
It’s Increasingly Difficult to Be Pro-Israel and Queer (JTA / June 27, 2017)
I’m Glad the Dyke March Banned Jewish Stars (The New York Times / June 27, 2017)
AWB’s Laurie Grauer: “Why Was I Kicked Out of the Dyke March?” (Haaretz / June 26, 2017)
Chicago woman kicked out of march over Jewish pride flag (WGN9 / June 26, 2017)
Chicago ‘Dyke March’ Bans Jewish Pride Flags: ‘They Made People Feel Unsafe’ (Haaretz / June 26, 2017)
Chicago Lesbian March Bans Jewish Pride Flag: ‘As a Jew, I Am Not Welcome’ (Washington Free Beacon / June 26, 2017)
Jewish LGBT Leader Scorns Chicago Dyke March Organizers For ‘Heinous’ Defense of Star of David Ban (Algemeiner /June 26, 2017)
Ban on Jewish Pride flags at gay march called ‘unbridled hypocrisy’ (Cleveland Jewish News / June 26, 2017)
Chicago Woman Asked To Leave LGBT March Because Of Jewish Flag (CBS2 / June 25, 2017)
Anti-Semitism Again Rises In LGBTQ Chicago (HuffPost / June 25, 2017)
HRC Tweets Support for Women with Jewish Flag Who Were Told to Leave (Twitter / June 25, 2017)
Gay Pride Marchers With Jewish Flags Told to Leave Chicago Parade (Newsweek / June 25, 2017)
PRESS RELEASE: LGBTQ Jews Dismissed from Chicago Dyke March (A Wider Bridge / June 24, 2017)
Hope, for Both the U.S. and Israel (A Wider Bridge / November 30, 2016)
Interview With Laurie Grauer (TC Jewfolk / February 5, 2016)
LGBT Group Cancels Conference Reception with Israeli Activists (Washington Blade / January 18, 2016)
Task Force Cancels Israel-Focused Event (Windy City Times / January 17, 2016)
A Wider Bridge Opens Chicago Office (Windy City Times / August 24, 2015)
Introducing: A Wider Bridge Chicago (A Wider Bridge / August 5, 2015)