Havruta, Religious Homosexuals in Israel, is the largest organization of Orthodox Jewish gay men. It provides a safe haven and actively works to inform and educate the religious public about LGBT issues in their communities. In just a few years, Havruta and Bat Kol, the organization of Orthodox lesbians, have created huge change in Israel’s Orthodox world, bringing conversation about LGBT people where previously there was complete silence, and making it possible for LGBT Orthodox people to consider maintaining both aspects of their identity.
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 HAVRUTA
Shoval/ Pride Minyan
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.
The Orthodox Gay Marriage Proposal That Got to the News (A Wider Bridge / February 21, 2017)
“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 Important Work of Havruta (A Wider Bridge / January 5, 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)
The Rainbow Flag in Shiloh (A Wider Bridge / December 14, 2016)
Orthodox Rabbis Meet Gay Religious Men (A Wider Bridge / November 14, 2016)
Rabbis, Religious Leaders Ask LGBT Community For Forgiveness (Ynet News / October 9, 2016)
Modern Orthodoxy embraces the religious LGBT People – Partly (The Times of Israel / September 22, 2016)
Rabbis: Meet With Us, Stop Fearing Us (A Wider Bridge / July 21, 2016)
Yaakov’s story: Staying in the Closet (Mako Pride / July 7, 2016)
Daniel Jonas: Coming Out Story (Part 1/6) (Mako Pride / July 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)
HOD Celebrates 8 Years- Rabbis Congratulate (A Wider Bridge / February 8, 2016)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Zehorit Talks LGBT-Jewish Visibility (A Wider Bridge / December 28, 2015)
Coming Out of the Jewish Closet (Israel Hayom / December 25, 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)
Jerusalem is for Everyone (Mako / September 30, 2015)
“We Need Gay Politicians” (Havruta / January 8, 2015)
Yeshiva blesses gay couple — by mistake (The Times of Israel / September 8, 2014)
Why Can’t There Simply Be Religious Gays? (Havruta / July 28, 2014)
A Brochure on Safe Sex and Prevention of HIV for Frum gays, Approved by Rabbis (Ynet / April 24, 2014)
Havruta and Bat Kol Awarded French Human Rights Prize (Facebook / December 2011)
Israeli, Orthodox and Gay (A Wider Bridge / November 2010)
members of Havruta at Jerusalem Gay Pride [Photo: Facebook]