Refusing to Choose: LGBTQ and Orthodox in Israel

A Wider Bridge presents a series of talks across the U. S. featuring Zehorit Sorek and Daniel Jonas, leaders of Bat Kol and Havruta, Israeli Religious LGBTQ Organizations.

Daniel Jonas Zehorit Sorek

1/10 Miami At the home of Marc Levin, Miami Beach – 7:oo PM address upon registration
1/11 Wilton Manors, FL The Pride Center at Equality Park, Shubert Room – 6:30 PM register
1/12 Washington DC Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW – 7:00 PM register
1/16 New York City Sixth Street Community Synagogue, Manhattan register
1/18 Minneapolis Shir Tikvah Synagogue, 1360 West Minnehaha Parkway register
1/19 Chicago Home of Yoni Pizer and Brad Lippitz address upon registration
NEW DATE ** 1/21 Chicago 2:00 pm event at the Florence G. Heller JCC Register
1/21 Skokie, IL Home of David & Kayla Avraham address upon registration

Israel’s LGBT community is far from monolithic. Beyond secular Tel Aviv, where LGBTQ life is vibrant and accepted, are many other communities that continue to struggle with LGBTQ acceptance. In religious Orthodox Communities in Israel, being LGBTQ is more often than not taboo, marginalized, or often even unacknowledged. In the past several years, religious LGBTQ Israelis have come together to “refuse to choose” between their LGBTQ and religious identities. Together, they’ve make inroads in religious communities and created spaces of their own where they can be their full authentic selves – LGBT, Israeli, and observant.

Daniel Jonas of Havruta (Gay Men Religious Israeli Organization) and Zehorit Sorek of Bat Kol (LBT Women Religious Israeli Organizaion) join A Wider Bridge to share their organizations’ work changing attitudes in religious communities across Israel, fighting homophobia and hurtful tools like conversion therapy, and cultivating the flourishing LGBT religious communities and events that exist today in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and across the State of Israel.