Weekly Round-Up: April 28, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of Israeli, LGBT and Jewish life! A Wider Bridge

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A WIDER BRIDGE ANNOUNCES 2018 LEADERSHIP TRANSITION. A Wider Bridge founder and Executive Director, Arthur Slepian, to step down after eight successful years building bridges. Deputy Director, Tye Gregory, to succeed Arthur effective January 15, 2018. A Wider Bridge

The Aguda, Israel’s National LGBT Task Force, is leading what they hope to become an international event – demonstrating in front of Russia’s embassy in Tel Aviv, against the persecution of LGBT people that is happening in Chechnya. A Wider Bridge

TEL AVIV PRIDE NEWS

The Tel Aviv Pride Parade will take place June 9, 2017, under the theme: Bisexual Visibility.

Under the title ‘Let it B,’ an illustration of bisexual men and women riding unicorns and bearing the rainbow and bisexual flags is the official illustration of this year’s Tel Aviv Pride parade. WDG

ISRAEL LGBT NEWS

“Israel will not shut its eyes,” declares a new video produced as a response from the LGBT community in Israel to the horror that is taking place in Chechnya: “We will work vigorously until Israel declares itself as a country that absorbs refugees who are persecuted in Russia for their sexual orientation,” says one of the activists. Mako

Haifa Rabbinical court forces transgender woman to grant wife a get, despite claiming she could not give it because she’s now a woman and women can not give get. The New York Jewish Week

Prison authorities decided Tuesday to allow a homosexual prisoner a conjugal visit with his male partner for the first time in Israel. The Times of Israel

With the background of the latest news about persecution of gay men in Chechnya, and the growing number of LGBT people from Arab countries requesting refuge in Israel, the Israeli LGBT Task Force relaunched the Facebook page for its LGBT Refugees Program. A Wider Bridge

Blue and White Pride is a new group that seeks to counter growing resistance to LGBT people and women in the Israel Defense Forces. A Wider Bridge’s Leadership Mission alum Michael K. Lavers had the chance to speak with Omer Nahmany, the group’s founder, late last month. The Washington Blade

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

DETROIT — It was a year ago in May, when Sam Dubin pitched a broad idea of NEXTGen Detroit Pride, a group for LGBT Jews in Michigan. Now the group is getting ready for its first year anniversary. Pride Source

MINNESOTA — A Wider Bridge applauds the Minnesota State Legislature for passing a law prohibiting state agencies from contracting with organizations that participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The legislation will head to the desk of Minnesota Governor Dayton, where he is expected to sign the bill into law. A Wider Bridge

OPINIONS

Etai Pinkas, a prominent Israeli gay activist and city council member in the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, writes about the Supreme Court’s decision to enable the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality to implement its council decision to allow commerce during Shabbat. The Forward

Rabbi Adina Lewittes, the first Canadian woman to become a Conservative Rabbi, explains why it’s time to accord full religious respect to bisexuals and gay men, following the old teaching “Great is human dignity.” The Forward