A Wider Bridge MidWest

Dyke March Incident of AWB’s Laurie Among Top 10 Moments that Mattered to Jews in 5777

Back in June, Midwest Manager of A Wider Bridge, Laurie Grauer, was kicked out from the Chicago Dyke March for ...
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LGBTQ and Jewish: Photovoice Project

What does it mean to be Jewish and queer? What strengthens or hinders your involvement in the Ann Arbor and ...
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Orthodox Lesbian is Running for Knesset in Feiglin’s Party

Lisa Liel was inspired to become more observant by the late MK Rabbi Meir Kahana, who spoke about Jewish pride ...
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Rabbi Shoshanah Conover Receives Award from Chicago Board of Rabbis

Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, a member of the AWB Chicago Metro Council, recieved an award for her contribution to society and ...
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Queer Jews to be Honored at the JUF Annual Meeting

Ellie Spitz and Michael Oxman among young Jewish leaders and professionals to be honored at Federation Business Meeting (From left) ...
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Queer Black-Mexican Rabbi Shares Her Unique Point of View

Ramona Hernandez-Perez is a queer, female Black-Mexican rabbi with stories to tell. Hernandez-Perez is in her 60s and is a ...
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Governor Rauner Approves Ban on Use of LGBTQ Panic Defense

Gov. Rauner signed the panic defense ban on Friday afternoon, with the birth certificate modernization bill. Illinois is now the ...
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Why Do White Supremacists Hate Jews? Because We Can Fight Them

Danya Ruttenberg, a rabbi-in-residence at Avodah, a Jewish service corps, says that a shift from relative peace for Jews in ...
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What’s the Matter With Chicago?

Gretchen Rachel Hammond asks how did a city that gave us one of the nation’s most thriving Jewish communities become ...
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Now Accepting A Wider Bridge Student Fellow Applications!

A Wider Bridge Midwest is excited to announce that we are currently recruiting for our first ever campus initiative, A ...
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Gov. Rauner Signs LGBTQ Public Service Bill

At a time when federal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans are being rolled back at the ...
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For Lesbian Couple, Creating Jewish Home is Part of the Job

Rabbi Megan GoldMarche and her wife Paige are likely the first queer couple hired "to be a family to the ...
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Brave Conversations: Steps to Create Positive Change in Our Political Discourse and Social Justice Initiatives

Following the Chicago Dyke March incident in June, the staff of A Wider Bridge embarked on a dialogue tour, answered ...
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“I Don’t Feel Safe in My Transgender Community Because I’m Jewish”

At a time when film critic and activist Danielle Solzman doesn’t feel all that included in the Chicago Orthodox community ...
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SlutWalk Chicago Backtracks, Will Allow Zionist Symbols at Event

The organizers of Chicago’s annual SlutWalk announced that Zionist symbols would be allowed at the August 12 event, overturning an ...
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Three Queer Jews Made it to Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36 list

Alex Entratter, Ben Halbig and Jamie Greenbaum, all members of YLD Pride, made it to the 2017 annual Chicago’s Jewish ...
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The 7th Annual Shabbat On The Lake

Join us for the 7th Annual Shabbat On The Lake Friday, July 21 @ 5:30pm Waveland Clock Tower | Addison ...
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ADL Demands Apology From Chicago LGBTQ March Organizers After Jewish Participants Ejected

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on organizers of a Chicago LGBTQ pride march to apologize after three women were ejected ...
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TAKE ACTION! Call on the Chicago Dyke March for Full Apology and Affirmation of Inclusion

#StopTheHate TAKE ACTION Sign the Petition - Click Here Email the Chicago Dyke March - dykemarchchicago@gmail.com Share the Petition - ...
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Gay Pride Marchers With Jewish Flags Told to Leave Chicago Parade

Jewish people celebrating LGBT Pride in Chicago were told not to display Star of David flags because other people found ...
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PRESS RELEASE: LGBTQ Jews Dismissed from Chicago Dyke March

A WIDER BRIDGE CONDEMNS THE EXCLUSION OF LGBTQ JEWS AND ALLIES FROM THE CHICAGO DYKE MARCH We are deeply disturbed ...
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A Wider Bridge Chicago is A JUF’s Breakthrough Fund Recipient!

For the fourth straight year, JUF's Breakthrough Fund is funding leading-edge local programs and initiatives that meet local human needs, ...
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Transgender woman shares her life story in a new documentary

Ramona Hernandez-Perez, 65,  a Black-Mexican-transgender rabbi and native Chicagoan, studied in Jerusalem for six months through a joint effort by ...
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Chicago auxiliary signs ad decrying postelection bigotry, violence

Catholics in Chicago publish an ad rejecting anti-semitism and homophobia Auxiliary Bishop Albert Rojas of Chicago was one of more ...
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State, local Holocaust observances reinvigorate spirit of ‘never again’

Khana Stolyar, a survivor of the Mogilev Podolsk Gehtto, accompanied by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, lights the last of six ...
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An Evening with Daniel Friedman, Founder of Bindle & Keep, Takes Place May 2nd.

After developing a neuro-cognitive setback, Daniel Friedman appropriated skills from his former architecture career to develop a unique method of ...
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A Response to An Anti-Semitic View

Jessica M. Choplin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychological Science, DePaul University Department of Psychology, and Debra Pogrund Stark, Professor of ...
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A Wider Bridge Statement in Regards to the Anti-Semtic Materials that Appeared Around the UIC Campus

A Wider Bridge is a pro-Israel LGBTQ organization that believes steadfastly in engagement, pluralism, communal responsibility and social justice. We ...
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The Sacred Goal of Interfaith Family Inclusion

Rabbi Ari Moffic was introduced to a children’s book called Zero,  which reminded her of a talk with The Aguda- The ...
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God Loves You: Rabbi Dror’s ELI Talk

Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould's ELI Talk is here! Watch below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nymo5omn8pU As a young out gay boy, Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould was ...
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Student Group at Illinois U Vows to ‘Expose True Hateful Nature’ of BDS, in Response to Launch of Anti-Israel Divestment Campaign on Campus

A Wider Bridge Stands with United of Illini Students Against BDS. United Illini for a United Campus calls for fostering ...
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“Protests Have Impact and Are Good for the Soul”

David Fink, who runs a storytelling show in Chicago, is a congregant of the Loop Synagogue, the one that was ...
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Our Primary Motivation to Do Good

Lilli Kornblum, a board member at Temple Sholom of Chicago, writes about the choice that we have of whether or ...
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Faith groups to host diverse, trans-inclusive Evanston book fair

JRC book fair promises not only to introduce a child to their new favorite book but open their eyes to ...
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Why I Decided to Educate Myself About Israel

Mary DeBacker decided to join A Wider Bridge's Mission to Israel in order to educate herself more about the country, ...
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Finding Acceptance (and a Shul) in Chicago

Danielle Solzman, an Orthodox Trans Woman from Kentucky, can never go home again but thankfully she found a community in ...
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Orthodox LGBTs Talk Coming Out, Staying Visible

Windy City Times covered Zehorit Sorek and Daniel Joans' visit to Chicago, talking about being LGBT and orthodox Jewish. When ...
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Orthodox LGBTs Talk Coming Out, Staying Visible

Windy City Times covered Zehorit Sorek and Daniel Joans' visit to Chicago, talking about being LGBT and orthodox Jewish. When ...
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Israelis Fighting For Orthodox-LGBTQ Equality Coming To Minnesota

While many people look at Israel as a welcoming place for LGBTQ people based largely on a strong Pride Festival ...
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Laurie Joins Equality Illinois’ Advisory

A Wider Bridge's Midwest Manager of Programs and Operations Laurie Grauer has joined Equality Illinois' Community Advisory Group. In her ...
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First Female and First Gay Rabbi at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

Rabbi Rachel Weiss will be installed during a ceremony at the Evanston synagogue this month. Rabbi Rachel Weiss will be ...
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D’ror Chankin-Gould to Speak About His Experience As A Gay Rabbi

Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould to give an ELI Talk about being a gay man and a rabbi. When Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould ...
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