Maavarim (Transitions) U.S. Tour

AWB is thrilled to announced our groundbreaking U.S. tour with leaders from the Israel’s transgender community.

The U.S. tour, presented by A Wider Bridge, will introduce Ma’avarim (Hebrew for “transitions”) to LGBT leaders and communities in five cities across the U.S. (South Florida, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and Los Angeles) to highlight the Israeli transgender community’s diversity and progress towards equality, as well as their need for advocacy and support as they work to address their ongoing challenges and needs.

Aug 15 Fort Lauderdale Private Home event* Wine & Cheese Reception
Aug 16 New York Temple Israel Center Program & Dinner for Teens and Community Wine & Cheese Reception
Aug 17 New York Black Door NYC A Wider Bridge Honoree Roberta Kaplan and an introduction of Ma’avarim
Aug 21 San Francisco Private home event*
Aug 22 San Diego Private home event*
Aug 24 Los Angeles JQlub Hosted by JQ International and JQSA

*Address upon RSVP

Ma’avarim US Delegation will feature Executive Director Elisha Alexander, and young leaders Alan Walker, Amy Auerbach, and Adi Ben Barak

Over the past several years, the Israeli transgender community has gained a stronger and more prominent role within Israel’s LGBT community, and garnered greater recognition of their contributions and achievements in Israel. Yet the Israeli trans community still faces many challenges in the public and legal arenas – particularly outside of progressive, secular Tel Aviv. Elisha Alexander, Executive Director of Ma’avarim, and three young Israeli transgender leaders join A Wider Bridge to discuss their work of building transgender community and advocacy all across Israel.

Ma’avarim was established with the goal to empower and support members of the trans community, facilitating both personal and social change. Using an innovative approach to trauma within marginalized communities, and burnout among activists, “Ma’avarim” aims to bring about positive change in our society, our communities, and in the life of each and every one of us.

Meet Elisha Alexander, Executive Director of Ma’avarim

ElishaAlexander-spElisha Alexander, 41, lives in Tel-Aviv, serves as the founding director of Ma’avarim, the NGO for the Israeli transgender community. Coming out as trans at the age of 30, Elisha mobilized grassroots transgender activism in Israel today, promoting much needed trans visibility. A relentless community organizer, he has produced everything from trans-friendly S&M play parties, to Transgender Remembrance Day vigils, drag festivals, drag king calendars, the first and second radical queer march (alternative to Tel Aviv municipality Gay Pride parade), and alternative radical queer parties. Elisha is also one of the founders of the Green Bloc for trans visibility, as well as Gila Project.

Today, Elisha’s work includes promoting sustainable activism – capacity building, and holistic healing of insidious trauma within the trans community, through Ma’avarim.

Together with Elisha we introduce three transgender teens:

Alan Giora Walker, 19 years old, lives on a Kibbutz, and is doing his National Service in the democratic school in Tel-Aviv. He enjoys drawing, sculpting, dancing, theater, and languages. He is currently studying sign language. He is part of the “Dream Team” an employment empowerment program for trans youth.

Adi Ben Barak, 19 years old, he is doing his National Service as part of Ma’avarim organization, he is our administrative director, and is teaching trans and genderqueer people who have not finished high school get their high school diploma at the LGBT center. Adi wishes to study education, or social work in the future.

Amy Auerbach, 17 years old, live in Mo’ddin, she is in 11th grade, active in the LGBT community and in Ma’avarim, and wishes to promote the trans community around the world, and perhaps become a member of the Israeli parliament. Her role model is Janet Mock, and she really likes music. The quote that guides her is: “being a leader is not going against the flow, it’s taking it to a new direction”.