Weekly Round-Up: January 27, 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!



Today, January 27, we remember the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 2 million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.  A Wider Bridge

What a difference a year makes. One year after the ugly protest in Chicago that shut down our reception at Creating Change, A Wider Bridge returned to the conference, this year in Philadelphia, to educate LGBTQ leaders about our work. A Wider Bridge

Tourism-Review.com, a leading multilingual tourism news website, selected Tel Aviv among top 5 LGBT tourism destinations in the world. A Wider Bridge

Spectrum, a new web series, looks into the lives of 10 transgender people living in Israel. Watch the trailer here: A Wider Bridge

Hayley Mandel, a queer, Jewish plus-size, non-binary model is on a quest to change the world. Refinery29

A moving story: Lesbian couple gives birth to a son through sperm donation from a 26 year old young man who died of cancer. Ynet


NEW YORK — Irena Klepfisz, daughter of Holocaust survivors and a second-wave feminist, explains why she joined the Women’s March on N.Y.C.  Haaretz

CANADA — First-Ever Canadian LGBTQ Birthright Israel Trip Wants Participants to ‘Embrace Jewish State as Region’s Beacon of Acceptance’ Jewish Federations of Canada


Israeli Supreme Court gives women new hope at Western Wall: In an interim ruling Jan. 11, Israel’s Supreme Court sided in favor of women being allowed to read from a Torah scroll in the women’s section at the Western Wall and declared that women should not be subjected to body searches before entering the plaza. Cleveland Jewish News

Several hundred demonstrators in Tel Aviv joined hundreds of thousands of people in some 20 countries around the world protesting in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington. The Jerusalem Post / i24News

Super-Pharm’s ad campaign that premiered last week, displaying families consisting of two fathers and two mothers, caused a stir on social networks and led to threats by homophobe customers that they’d stop buying at the chain’s branches. Mako

On Tuesday evening, the winter plenary session was held in Jerusalem’s Open House, during which a new board committee was elected for the organization. WDG


Bisexuality will be the official theme for Israel’s Pride events in 2017, and it’s exciting. Studies show that people who feel attraction for more than one gender represent about 30% of the population, but the visibility of this large community is minimal. Its members are suffering from a lack of accessibility to friendly health services; they experience sexualization of their identification, and are excluded from the ‘relationship material’ population. Therefore, it’s good that the subject will be on the table at the Pride events in this coming year. Miki Zaidel, a prominent voice in the bi-pan-poly community, explains it further more. Davar 1

Livvy K., an Essex County, NJ Middle School Student, didn’t believe in God or Judaism until a female soon-to-be Rabbi told her that homosexuality is not and will never be a sin. She now thinks it’s all about education. The Huffington Post

Following an op-ed of homophobic rabbi Zvi Tau, who incited against women, the LGBT community and non-Jewish soldiers, and charged IDF with ‘losing its humanity’ by adopting liberal values, activist Omer Nahmany calls for all LGBT people in the Israeli army to come out – to demonstrate the power of the community. A Wider Bridge

“Because Jews can also be women, who can also be queer (and so on), intersectionality demands that Jewish groups support feminism and gay rights” – an academic view on intersectionality. The Forward


By following her female identity, transgender artist Roey Heifetz found herself facing new problems, including alienation from the gay community that had once been her home. Through big sketch portraits she is currently presenting on exhibit in Jerusalem, she is dealing with conservative responses to her and her fear of aging. Haaretz

Popular transgender Chinese TV host and dancer Jin Xing to perform in Tel Aviv, marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and China. The Times of Israel

Oren Safdie’s Mr. Goldberg Goes To Tel Aviv revolves around a Jewish Canadian gay author who arrives in Tel Aviv to deliver a blistering attack on the Israeli government to the country’s left leaning literate. “If you think you can understand the complexities of the situation in the Middle East and make a judgement from reading a few articles or watching a couple of documentaries, you’re doing yourself a disservice,” says the playwright. Broadway World


Melanie Nathan, a lesbian activist from San Francisco and a friend of A Wider Bridge, wrote a post following President Trump’s inauguration – and the removal within minutes of all reference to LGBT equality by the Department Of Labor while the White House has removed reference to climate change from their respective websites. O-blog-dee-o-blog-da

Marlon Reis, partner of Jewish Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), shares from his personal experienced in the last eight years. USA Today

Joanna Valente from the Jewish parenting website Kveller says that Dads Who Play Barbie totally get how parenting should be – breaking gender roles and stereotypes. Kveller


On Jan 18, AWB 2016 LGBTQ Mission alumnus Sarah Erickson, of United Strategies, organized meetings between A Wider Bridge, Orthodox LGBTQ Israeli leaders Daniel Jonas and Zehorit Sorek, and several members of the Minnesota State Legislature.

Pictured: Ethan Roberts (Minneapolis JCRC), Tyler Gregory (AWB) Daniel Jonas (Havruta), Senator Ron Latz, Zehorit Sorek (Bat Kol), Laurie Grauer (AWB), Senator Scott Dibble