Weekly Round-Up: January 13, 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!



Many in the orthodox community exclude LGBT members of their families due to ignorance and fear of the reaction of others. Only a push to educate through orthodox media has proved to change minds and dramatically reduce ignorance amongst the orthodox. Find out how you can help.

Ori Berwald-Shaer and Tina Bruzel, two Israeli Femme lesbian women, talk about the prejudice, the stigma and the misconceptions they face on a regular basis, from the gay and straight community alike, just because they don’t look like the common ‘lesbian type.’ Mako Pride


LOS ANGELES — West Hollywood’s Congregation Kol Ami is once again offering 2 $2500 college/grad school scholarships for LGBTQ Students and/or children of LGBTQ parents. A Wider Bridge

MAINE — Rav Rachel Isaacs talks about being gay and Jewish in the small town of Waterville, about moving from New Jersey to Maine, and about giving the benediction at the White House Hanukkah party. Kveller

NEW YORK — Savyon Zabar, an ex-Israeli and a well-known owner of a popular Midtown gay club was found strangled in his apartment, cops said Friday. New York Daily News

PENNSYLVANIA — Bryn Mawr College alumna Judith Mazer contributes material that represent queer and Jewish identities in the Bryn Mawr community for the community archives that are now being documented. The Bi-College News


A panel of High Court justices considering a petition that seeks to legalize gay marriage in Israel expressed empathy about same-sex couples’ situation at an initial hearing Monday, but suggested that the matter was probably one for the Knesset. Haaretz

Who says gay people are less good in sports? It’s been a busy weekend for the Tel Aviv LGBT Sports Club, full of achievements and winning against straight teams. A Wider Bridge

As an artist he presents black and Arab men in the nude and inserts homosexual imagery into the bourgeois salons. As a curator, he also presents artists he can’t stand and puts his own work in his exhibitions. Doron Rabina is the “bad boy” of the Israeli art scene who turned into a star, and has now been hired as the Chief Curator of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Art Asia Pacific


Miss Trans Israel 2016 Talleen Abu Hanna has been making a tremendous service for transgender visibility in the TV show “Big Brother” for three weeks. In a conversation she held in the court yard this week with Indle, another contestant in the show, she explained about the “cycle of repression”, that pushes many transgender women in Israel to have no choice but to engage in prostitution. Mako


Yonit Zeidberg, a genderqueer woman who grew up until the age of 15 as a yeshiva student, captivated the Israeli audience on Tuesday in the TV reality music competition “The Next Star.” In a TV interview after the show, she talked about the special relationship with her ultra-Orthodox father who accompanied her to the audition. A Wider Bridge

“Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” will make its New York premiere on Saturday, January 14, at the New York Jewish Film Festival. The film will be followed up by a discussion with gay Israeli director Tomer Heymann. NY Blueprint

Eddie Rosenstein’s documentary “The Freedom to Marry” centers on civil rights activist Evan Wolfson, whose career began with a 1983 thesis on marriage equality and culminated three decades later with the historic 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Atlanta Jewish Times


Nimrod Dagan’s ultra-orthodox brother cut ties with him after hearing about his gay relationship. But when he slipped from a roof just before Hanukkah, Nimrod thought that it would be a chance to reconsider reconnection. Mako Pride

Gay former Yeshiva University student Joshua Tranen wrote an essay claiming that the Modern Orthodox institution in New York is not safe for LGBT people. Jewish Journal

Lesbian mother Stav Ziv had to fight the Israeli healthcare system in order to be registered as a parent of her daughter. Despite the difficult bureaucracy, mostly because she’s not the mother who gave birth, she received a sympathetic ear from an unexpected source: an Arab doctor of her baby. A Wider Bridge