Bat Kol – the Religious Lesbian Organization – is a growing community building new pathways for fulfilling and celebrating both religious and lesbian identities, making it possible for women to live in loving relationships and raise children within the context of traditional Judaism and the larger religious community. Working in collaboration with a diverse group of Orthodox Rabbis, Professors, community members and friends, Bat Kol aspires to promote and sponsor education for tolerance and the acceptance of difference within the religious community and society at large.
In November 2010, A Wider Bridge sponsored a delegation of leaders representing Israel’s Religious LGBT Community that spoke about their work and experiences to audiences in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. You can read about these events, which inspired people everywhere, here.
GREAT THINGS FROM BAT KOL
Shoval/ Pride Minyan
Members of Havruta and Bat Kol founded Shoval, an Orthodox LGBT speakers’ bureau and education project, and The Pride Minyan, a group that develops prayer services and holiday celebrations that are designed to be a welcoming place for religious LGBT Jews. Members also help to run support groups for Orthodox LGBT teens that are run in conjunction with Israeli Gay Youth. All of these groups work together as part of a broader collaboration known as Religious LGBT Community or Kehilah Datit Ga’ah.
Shoval – the Religious GLBT Speakers’ Bureau -increases awareness of Orthodox LGBT Israelis and their unique issues. Speakers share their personal stories with educators, military personnel, and social service providers to promote acceptance and help them serve Orthodox LGBT people in their institutions.
The Pride Minyan – LGBT Jews who pray together during the holidays in the LGBT Center in Tel Aviv. The Pride Minyan also organizes various Shabbatot during the year, as well as religious services for Pride Shabbat.
“Refusing to Choose” Forum Highlights Orthodox LGBTQ Activists (New Voices / February 2, 2017)
Orthodox LGBTs Talk Coming Out, Staying Visible (Windy City Times / January 29, 2017)
Impressions of Israel Orthodox LGBT Lecture Tour (A Wider Bridge / January 18, 2017)
‘The Silent Revolution’ in Orthodox Attitude Towards LGBT People (A Wider Bridge / December 19, 2016)
Refusing to Choose: LGBT and Orthodox in Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 15, 2016)
LGBT Connection to Judaism, in Israel (A Wider Bridge / October 11, 2016)
Rabbis, Religious Leaders Ask LGBT Community For Forgiveness (Ynet News / October 9, 2016)
Give Elsa A Girlfriend! (Saloona / May 6, 2016)
‘Make Yourself A Rabbi’ (Facebook / April 13, 2016)
Israeli Orthodox Rabbinical Group Calls for Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians (Multiple Sources / April 11, 2016)
Religious University Hosts it First LGBT Panel (A Wider Bridge / March 22, 2016)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Zehorit Talks LGBT-Jewish Visibility (A Wider Bridge / December 28, 2015)
“Our Faces:” Personal Stories (A Wider Bridge / December 23, 2015)
Opening Up the Religious Community to LGBT (A Wider Bridge / December 22, 2015)
Religious LGBT Jews Come Out Online (Ynet / December 14, 2015)
A Religious, Sephardic, Lesbian Woman (Ynet / May 13, 2015)
I’m a Religious Woman, A Mother, A Lesbian (La’isha / July 9, 2013)
Havruta and Bat Kol Awarded French Human Rights Prize (Facebook / December 2011)
Israeli, Orthodox and Gay (A Wider Bridge / November 2010)
The first generation of “Bat Kol” at the organization’s 10th Anniversary party [Photo: Facebook ]