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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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)
HRC Tweets Support for Women with Jewish Flag Who Were Told to Leave (Twitter / June 25, 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)