A Wider Bridge: Western States

This Lawyer Fights for His Heroes — Transgender Youth

36-year-old attorney Asaf Orr from San Mateo is a Transgender Youth Project staff attorney at NCLR Asaf Orr says transgender ...
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Why this LGBT Synagogue is Moving Beyond Its 40-Year Mission

San Francisco LGBT congregation Sha'ar Zahav marks 40 years, and there's no intention to toss out its rainbow flags or stop ...
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Celebration, Sorrow and Arrests at Annual Gay Pride March in Jerusalem

“Bears,” Families with young children (including babies with “I love” stickers stuck onto their onesies) and other "experienced native priders” ...
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Can Gay and Lesbian Teens Find a Home in Orthodoxy?

For many young orthodox people caught up in the struggle to come out as LGBTQ, the root of the problem ...
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Queery: Rabbi Denise Eger

Newly founded the Los Angeles Blade published an introduction interview with Rabbi Denise Eger. Rabbi Denise talks about coming out, ...
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Troye Sivan To Be Honored At GLAAD Media Awards In Los Angeles

Gay Jewish singer-songwriter Troye Sivan will be honored for his LGBT rights advocacy at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los ...
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LA’s LGBT Synagogue Celebrates

Los Angeles' LGBT synagogue Beth Chayim Chadashim marks 45 years of existence this weekend with a special concert honoring six ...
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LGBTs Condemn Attacks on Jewish Community

Bay Area Jewish LGBTs have condemned the more than 100 anti-Semitic bomb threats that have occurred at Jewish community centers ...
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Spirit of Inclusion for Transgender Students Prevails

Amid the national debate over transgender rights and the use of school bathrooms, a number of local Jewish summer camps ...
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Tel Aviv’s mini-burgers Come to OC

Internationally known mini-burger chain, Burgerim, is opening its first Orange County outlet later this year in Orange near the MainPlace ...
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Modern Orthodoxy and LGBT Panel in LA

Micha Thau, a senior at Shalhevet High School, spoke at Westwood Village Synagogue on Feb. 8 as part of a ...
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SF Synagogue Welcomes LGBT Refugees

Michael Chertok, president of congregation Sha'ar Zahav, is among congregation members who have offered to open their homes to LGBT ...
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New Generation of Gay Dads

Our very own Yanir Dekel launched a page for "the new generation of gay dads," the first generation of gay ...
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Wiener Unveils LGBT Seniors Bill

LGBT seniors and HIV-positive people living in long-term care facilities throughout California would be protected from discrimination under a bill ...
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Elephant Talk

Juval Porat, cantor of LGBT synagogue in Los Angeles Beth Chayim Chadashim, traveled to Thailand to to volunteer at the ...
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Bill Seeks 3rd Gender Option

Gay Jewish California state Senator Scott Wiener proposed a bill to create a third gender option on driver’s licenses and ...
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What Trump’s Inauguration Means to this Jewish Lesbian Mother

Melanie Nathan, a lesbian activist from San Francisco and a friend of A Wider Bridge, wrote this post following President ...
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‘Mr. Gaga’ Dances Across the USA

The acclaimed Ohad Naharin documentary, by Tomer Heymann, is ready to take America by storm next month. Ohad Naharin The ...
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JCRC to Honor Mark Leno

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is scheduled to honor in February gay former California State Senator Mark Leno, as ...
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Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

West Hollywood's Congregation Kol Ami is once again offering 2 $2500 college/grad school scholarships for LGBTQ Students and/or children of ...
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A Nonprofit to Fund Trans Surgeries

American Jewish University alumnus Jacob Rostovsky started a nonprofit that subsidizes surgeries and hormones for transgender people. For transgender people who want ...
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Trip to Germany A Reminder of Our Duty to Speak for the Voiceless

A recent trip to Germany made queer Jewish woman Becca Israel more understanding of her Jewish responsibility. The week after ...
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How Rape Culture Kept Me From Coming Out Sooner

Eighteen-year-old NCJW LA intern Emily Heaps was reluctant to come out, and then went from being ashamed of who she ...
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On Transgender Day of Remembrance, Jews join in to show support

Love and acceptance were the day’s watchwords at JQ’s Trans Equality Brunch in Los Angeles; Caro Barkowitz calls for making ...
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Colorful life of influential artist in ‘Rainbow Logic’

Seth Eisen, a Bay Area-based teacher, choreographer and chronicler of LGBT artists, has created “Rainbow Logic,” a performance piece that ...
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Screening: The Man I Am (Bay Area)

On Sunday, November 6, at 3:30 PM, A Wider Bridge co sponsors a screening of the transgender Israeli documentary "The ...
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“Who Will…”

Read Rabbi Lisa Edwards' inspiring Yom Kippur drash on the value of life and coming out about emotional and spiritual dis-ease ...
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From rabbinical student to legislator to ‘next adventure’

Gay Jewish politician Mark Leno, representing California's 11th State Senate district, finishes his term at the end of November and ...
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In The End, We’re All One Big Family

Israeli gay activist Gal Alperovitch rediscovered Judaism during his visit to Congregation Sha'ar Zahav while traveling in San Francisco At a ...
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Building a Dream for Peace

AWB LGBT Mission Alum Joe Goldman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager at JCRC San Francisco, is part of a ...
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The Pledge

Micha Thau, a senior at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, seeks to make it possible to be an observant ...
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The Flamboyant and Controversial Nir Zilberman Has Left WeHo

Nir Zilberman, a known personality in West Hollywood's local LGBT community, has left the city and went back to live ...
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Sam Goldman is A Leadership Honoree

Sam Goldman was one of three activists recognized at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund’s annual Day of Philanthropy ...
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Workshop aims to change Orthodox LGBTQ conversation

An Allies workshop event of Eshel, a national support and advocacy organization for Orthodox LGBTQ Jews that offers programming in ...
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Honoring Rabbi Sydney Mintz

This weekend, A Wider Bridge honors Rabbi Sydney Mintz, a leading advocate for LGBT rights and a strong voice for Israel, ...
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Shalhevet head urges Orthodox community to take on LGBT acceptance

Rabbi Ari Segal,head of school at Shalhevet High School, an Orthodox Jewish day school, penned a nearly 2,000-word editorial for ...
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Historic Video Exhibit

Denise Eger, the first openly gay woman rabbi in the world, and now the officiant at Kol Ami in West ...
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Things I Learned From Being A Gay Dad

We are proud to publish this wonderful essay on gay parenting by our own Yanir Dekel, Manager of Online Outreach ...
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Sex and the Talmud Discussion in LA

Iconic L.A. Author Maggie Anton to Discuss Sex and the Talmud at Jewish Women's Theatre on September 25. Maggie Anton, ...
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Yehuda Poliker Announces 2016 U.S. Tour

Gay veteran Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker announced a U.S. tour in five cities, beginning October 29, ten days after his ...
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A Moment in Time to Think

Gay Los Angeleno rabbi Zach Shapiro in a message for the month of Elul, prior to Rosh Hashana This Sunday ...
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Maavarim: SF Community Reception

AWB is thrilled to announced our groundbreaking U.S. tour with leaders from the Israel's transgender community, featuring Elisha Alexander, Ma'avarim Executive Director, ...
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