Weekly Round-Up: June 2, 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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TOP NEWS

Shalom and welcome to Israel! Our 7th annual LGBTQ Leadership Mission to Israel officially kicked off this week, with 30 LGBTQ leaders from all across the USA, who travel and learn about LGBTQ Israel in 10 days. Check out the journey’s photoblog! A Wider Bridge

TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s annual LGBTQ Film Festival, has been unfairly attacked by Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists. A Wider Bridge invites you to support TLVFest to ensure Israel’s premiere LGBTQ cultural festival has the support and resources to thrive. A Wider Bridge

TEL AVIV PRIDE

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

Five ambitious women are among the big producer of over 30 events around Tel Aviv during 2017 Pride season. “The entrance of women into the production of the Pride events this year is definitely felt.” Mako Pride

ISRAEL NEWS

Microsoft Israel, with the help of Tel Aviv women’s party line BE PROUD, has produced a series of images for the pride events, under the title “Titkadmu” (‘get on with it’), a message to the Israeli government to legalize marriage equality. WDG

Ivri Lider, Israel’s most successful gay musician of all times, is celebrating 20 years of his musical career with a new album recorded live in Caesarea. And also: see him on stage at Wold Pride in Madrid! A Wider Bridge

Social activist and former co-chair of the Aguda, Imri Kalmann, and Anat Nir, a social entrepreneur, announced their intention to run as Meretz’ candidates for the Knesset in order to create a significant political LGBTQ force involved in leading the country. WDG

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

For Gay Pride Month, Jewish stage and screen icon Barbra Streisand, a longtime supporter of gay rights, penned a ‘love letters’ to the LGBTQ community. Billboard

CHICAGO — Ramona Hernandez-Perez, 65, a Black-Mexican-transgender rabbi and native Chicagoan, studied in Jerusalem for six months through a joint effort by the Leo Baeck Institute and Hebrew Union College. Now she shares her life story in a new documentary. Chicago Defender

VIEWS

Israeli-American philanthropist, Adam Milstein, explains why BDS is more of an anti-Semitism movement rather than an anti-Israel one. HuffPost

Orthodox leader unleashes extraordinary verbal assault on Sephardi Community’s rabbi Joseph Dweck for saying that the ‘gay revolution is fantastic.’ Jewish News UK

A professor at Georgetown University called out a Neo-Nazi at her gym, and Joanna Valente loves her for it. Kveller