Weekly Round-Up: May 12, 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

Military Advocate General (Brig.-Gen.) Sharon Afek, a top member of the high command of the Israeli army, came out in an interview with Israel Bar Association’s official magazine: “When I was a young officer I was worried that if it was known I might have hit the glass ceiling, but today and since it has been known I have never felt it was an issue.” The Jerusalem Post

More than 600 demonstrators descended upon the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv on Friday to protest the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. Ynet News

A group of people living with HIV have launched a new organization that will work for the welfare of people in Israel who carry the virus. WDG

Imri Ziv, who represents Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “I Feel Alive” made it to the Eurovision Final, that will be aired Saturday, 3pm ECT (12pm PT) on “the gay channel,” Logo. A Wider Bridge

ISRAEL LGBT NEWS

Tel Aviv LGBT Pride, one of the largest Pride events in the world, will highlight bisexual visibility this year with the first bisexuality-themed parade anywhere. The Advocate

Date of the 2017 Jerusalem Pride March was announced: August 3rd. A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge is proud to be included on Time Out Israel’s list of local centers and organizations where Israeli and international queers can build a peaceful revolution for a more accepting society. Time Out Israel

About 50 yeshiva and ulpana principals from the State-Religious school system in Israel attend a conference that deals with issues related to the gay community. Ynet News

On Wednesday, the religious LGBTQ community of Israel marked the 9th annual Pesach Sheni – Religious Tolerance Day event at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. A Wider Bridge

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

A Wider Bridge joins the JCRC of San Francisco in expressing deep concern over the toxic environment at the San Francisco State University for Jewish and pro-Israel students. J Weekly

World Jewish Congress president applauds decision to shut down the bank account of the virulent anti-Israel organization, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. The Jerusalem Post

LOS ANGELES — Daniel Jonas, Chair of Havruta – Gay men’s religious Israeli organization – is coming to temple Beth Chayim Chadashim later this month to speak about keeping both his orthodox Jewish AND his gay identities. A Wider Bridge

CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Former NSYNC boyband member and TV personality Lance Bass is currently in Tel Aviv on vacation with husband Michael Turchin. For both Lance and his Jewish husband, it’s the first time in Israel, and we collected and put together their trip’s photo album. A Wider Bridge

In a new documentary, former reality search star and TV director Simon Atkins goes to Israel on a mission for BBC to find out if Judaism is more tolerant of his sexuality than his Catholic faith. My So Called Gay Life

VIEWS

Canadian Rabbi Lisa Grushcow decided to switch from the Conservative branch of Judaism that she was raised in to Reform Judaism, where lesbian rabbis are accepted and quite common. She was ordained as a rabbi there, and she married the woman she fell in love with. CBC News

Gay Tel Aviv Council member Etai Pinkas was asked to speak about sexual identity at a formally organized conference of the Ministry of Education’s national religious education department. Here’s what he later wrote about the experience. The Forward