Weekly Round-up: September 15, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!

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TOP NEWS

A Wider Bridge mourns the loss of Edie Windsor, a true hero of the modern movement for LGBT equality. Her determination and perseverance to fight for what she knew was right brought about an end to the odious “Defense of Marriage Act” and paved the way for the later historic decision that brought full marriage equality to the United States. Edie lived her life with grace, dignity and courage, and among her many passions she loved to reminisce about her travels to Israel, a place she truly loved. She will be sorely missed. A Wider Bridge

MK Yigal Guetta left the ultra-Orthodox Shas party after prominent rabbis demanded his resignation for attending a same-sex marriage. Haaretz/TheTimes of Israel

ISRAEL NEWS

A public service announcement celebrating Arab and LGBT equality cannot be banned, but the part of the advertisement emphasizing gay marriage can be, the High Court of Justice ruled Wednesday. The Jerusalem Post

Orthodox lesbian woman Lisa Liel is running for Knesset in Moshe Feiglin‘s party – the former MK who once described himself as ‘a proud homophobe’ – seems like he’s gone a long way since then. The Jerusalem Post

The weekend edition of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot featured an extensive and empowering interview with Daniel Moreshet, the religious teen actor who came out publicly during the adoption crisis in July. A Wider Bridge

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

CHICAGO — Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, a member of the AWB Chicago Metro Council, recieved an award for her contribution to society and her work for justice. She’s described as ‘a wonderful voice in our community.’ JUF News

IOWA — Join A Wider Bridge for cocktails, hors d’ouvres, and an introduction to the important work of A Wider Bridge, building LGBTQ support for Israel and LGBTQ Israelis. Facebook

MICHIGAN — What does it mean to be Jewish and queer? What strengthens or hinders your involvement in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area Jewish community or in the LGBTQ community? These questions (and more) are being asked by the University of Michigan Spectrum Center through a new LGBTQ Photovoice Project in the Fall this year. Pride Source

VIEWS

Racheli Gueta, daughter of Haredi MK Yigal Guata, who was forced to resign after attending his gay nephew’s wedding, wrote a note in support of her father, revealing that Yigal’s support of his family’s happiness has been an issue for his colleagues for a while. A Wider Bridge

Omer Nahmany, leader of the movement for LGBTQ people who serve in Israel’s security forces, wrote about President Trump’s transgender military ban, and about what it must feel like being a transgender soldier serving in the United States armed forces these days. A Wider Bridge

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