Jerusalem’s LGBT community celebrates Purim

The event was organized by the LGBTQ Student Association, Women’s Gathering, Havruta, Bat Kol, Jerusalem Open House, Maavarim, Hoshen and Yerushalmiot.

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Sarah Weil (left) and partner Dalia in Jerusalem on Purim.

Members of Jerusalem’s LGBT community held daylong Purim festivities called Puriya b’Tachana at the First Station on Thursday, in what organizers say was the first family event arranged by the city’s LGBT groups.

The event was organized by the LGBTQ Student Association, Women’s Gathering, Havruta, Bat Kol, Jerusalem Open House, Maavarim, Hoshen and Yerushalmiot, and supported by the Ginot Hair Community Council.

Sarah Weil, executive director of the Women’s Gathering community of LGBTQ women, said that the idea for the event arose from the stabbing attack at last summer’s Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem by an extremist haredi man who murdered 16-year-old Shira Banki and wounded several others.

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