A Wider Bridge is proud to be honoring four truly outstanding leaders from the U.S.and Israel, all of whom have dedicated much of their lives to the fight for LGBT equality and to building stronger bonds between the U.S and Israel.
Roberta A. Kaplan
Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan, a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss LLP, has been described as a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture” whether “in the gay-marriage legal fight or high-profile corporate scandals.” She has been selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the United States, as a “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, a “Lawyer of the Year” by Above the Law, and the “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” by The Financial Times.
In addition to representing clients like JPM Chase, Columbia University, the Minnesota Vikings, Fitch Ratings, Handy Technologies, Inc. and Airbnb, Robbie represented Edie Windsor in the landmark case of United States v. Windsor in which the Supreme Court ruled that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act violated the U.S. Constitution. Robbie has also litigated two landmark cases in Mississippi, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, which cleared the way for gay couples in Mississippi to marry, and Campaign for Southern Equality v. Mississippi Department of Human Services, which struck down the Mississippi law barring adoption by “couples of the same gender.” She is the author of the book “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” published by W.W. Norton.
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Rabbi Sydney Mintz has been a leading advocate for LGBT rights and a strong voice for Israel.
Rabbi Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi since her ordination in 1997. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004.
Sydney currently serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and as a Rabbinic Scholar for American Jewish World Service. She is a graduate of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program and is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice. She led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and is an avid open ocean swimmer. In 2016, Rabbi Mintz became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program.
Imri Kalmann & Chen Arieli
Co-Chairs, The Aguda
Under their leadership, The Aguda, Israel’s LGBT Task Force, has become a strong political force in bringing LGBT issues to the Israeli Knesset, and an “umbrella” organization working to nurture many other key organization and projects in the community.
The Aguda was our partner in bringing the 40 Years of Pride LGBT global leadership conference to Tel Aviv in 2015.