Weekly Round-Up: March 31, 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!



The 2017 A Wider Bridge Guide to Tel Aviv is here! Traveling to Israel this summer? Here’s your LGBT cheat sheet for things to do in Tel Aviv. A Wider Bridge

JAG, the organization of LGBT Jews in Argentina and the World Congress of LGBT Jews organized the first global event in South America, gathering participants from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. JTA

Yuval Avrami, whose father served with military academy’s rabbi Yigal Levinstein, responds to the rabbi’s latest homophobic comments: “I don’t know anyone who spreads evil and libel without thinking as you do. You called my mother a miserable woman. But you’re the miserable one”. Ynet


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

The two biggest gay party producers in Tel Aviv set their flagship parties for Gay Pride Week for the same day at the same time: Superstar DJ Offer Nissim will play Ramat Gan Stadium, and the Pet Shop Boys will take the stage at Hayarkon Park. The party-goer crowd is disappointed: “We want to party together and not be divided.” A Wider Bridge


CONNECTICUT — Former Israel Defense Forces commander Hen Mazzig delivered a lecture to students of the University of Connecticut about the struggles of being openly gay in the Middle East. Daily Campus

MASSACHUSETTS — Dr. Susie Tanchel, Head of School at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, will be honored with Hachmei Lev Award by Keshet next month. In a new interview she speaks about coming out and LGBT inclusion at Jewish day schools. My Jewish Learning

NEW YORK — Yeshiva University became the unlikely location for the latest protest of the Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based group that has achieved notoriety over the years for its aggressively anti-gay stance. The New York Jewish Week

TEXAS — Texas has been a hotbed of anti-BDS activity in recent days, with the passage of a bill in the Senate on Wednesday that will bar state contracts and investment in companies that boycott Israel, and mounting criticism by Jewish organizations of a local bank’s BDS activity. Jerusalem Post


The District Court in Lod accepted Thursday the appeal of two moms on the subject of parenting orders, and ruled that a parenting order may be applied to the date of birth. WDG

Israelis welcomed Knesset lawmaker Merav Ben-Ari’s announcement that she gave birth to a baby girl, whom she has said she will raise with the baby’s gay father. Jerusalem Post


A new bus in New York City spreads ignorance and transphobic messages. Transgender advocate and A Wider Bridge’s Israel Mission alumna Hannah Simpson had the chance to visit this eyesore in person on Thursday, as it sat parked near the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. NBC News

Matthew Greenfield, a gay Jewish gymnast, reflects on the struggle to come out and life lessons learned at Penn State: “I regret never officially coming out to my college gymnastics coach.” Outsports


Shalom, Britney! The ‘princess of pop’ Britney Spears will give her first-ever performance in Israel on July 3. Jerusalem Post

AWESOME: Israel to host hundreds of LGBT athletes from around the world at first-ever Tel Aviv Games- this weekend. Outsports

Martin Duberman, the distinguished historian, author and playwright, delves deeper into our collective history with his latest book, Jews Queers Germans. Towleroad


Yarin Azulay, a 19-year-old Israeli, reflects on his coming out letter and its consequences. “Two years ago I was reborn and I don’t regret a single moment,” he writes. “If you’re in a similar situation, don’t be afraid to be who and what you are.” A Wider Bridge

Intersectional theory is uniquely suited to take on anti-Semitism. But intersectional activists often refuse to do so, perpetuating the prejudice instead: “Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are intersectional challenges. The intersectional justice movement should be doing everything that it can to tackle those issues and to include Jews and Jewish institutions in its advocacy work.” – Brown University alum, Benjamin Gladstone, writes. Tablet

It’s ironic that a hate group that usually targets gays and lesbians, went -of all Jewish places- after Yeshiva University, that has been accused of being less than supportive of gay rights. Daniella Cheslow writes. The Forward