Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Jewish Americans headed to Israel on Thursday, May 26 for a seven day tour in an effort to bridge connections between Israelis and LGBT Americans.
This mission was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and their partner A Wider Bridge, and is led by Stuart Kurlander, former president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
“Despite all the many positive changes that have taken place in recent years,” said Kurlander, “much work remains to create a fully inclusive Jewish community, and more progress is needed to be made for the broader LGBTQ community as we still face civil rights challenges, and continue to fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and in all aspects of life.”
Comprised of more than 100 members, the delegation, the largest ever, will meet with Israeli officials including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, and other community leaders and business owners.