A Wider Bridge is pleased to announce that Ronit Bezalel has joined our staff as Digital Communications Manager, taking on the role that has been performed so admirably for the past five years by Yanir Dekel. Bezalel, who is based in Chicago, is the award-winning director of the documentary 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green. She brings her vast experience in journalism, filmmaking, photography and marketing into this role.
We deeply appreciate Yanir’s contributions to A Wider Bridge. He has grown our website into a central resource for LGBTQ news about and from Israel, and has greatly amplified our social media presence. Under his guidance, our online magazine attracts more than 10,000 readers each month, and A Wider Bridge’s Facebook page has become a community hub with over 26,000 followers!
Yanir, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities and spend more time with his family, had this to say: “It’s been an amazing five years for me. I saw A Wider Bridge develop from a small initiative on the West Coast into an influential national organization. As a gay Israeli-American, I am touched by the help, the support and the love from the organization and its members and supporters to the Israeli LGBTQ community. As much as I am excited about what’s coming up next for me, I’ll continue to follow AWB’s work, as a supporter and a fan.”
Ronit Bezalel looks forward to stepping into the very big shoes left by Yanir. Ronit shares A Wider Bridge’s vision of equality in and for Israel.
In Ronit’s words, “I began my involvement with Israel’s LGBTQ community five years ago, through an internship at the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance. This was an incredible opportunity to experience firsthand the breadth and depth of Israel’s LGBTQ organizations, and see their successes and challenges.”
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with A Wider Bridge, and help to continue the mission of building community and support for Israel’s LGBTQ organizations. A Wider Bridge is an amazing organization, and I’m honored to be a part of the family!”
A Wider Bridge welcomes Ronit Bezalel to our staff and thanks Yanir Dekel for his many years of service.