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2017 LGBTQ Mission to Israel Photoblog: Journey to Jerusalem

Today was a very meaningful day for our Mission participants. It started at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, then a tour in the old city of Jerusalem, including visiting the Western Wall, and ended with a visit to the all-important Jerusalem Open House, to learn about its work.

Jordan from A Wider Bridge’s Staff with gay MK Amir Ohana.

The group toured Israel’s capitol building, met LGBTQ-friendly representatives of Israel’s government, and heard from several parties’ Members of Parliament discuss their respective party platforms for Israel’s future, from foreign policy issues like the Arab Spring and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to domestic issues of economic inequality to LGBTQ rights.

Cindy at the Knesset.

Speaking with Yael German, one of the biggest LGBTQ ally Members of Knesset.

Tony with Amir Ohana

Then the group toured the city rooftops, the Kotel (the Western Wall), and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The old city is one of the world’s true centers of civilization.

H. Alan Scott at the Western Wall.

At the evening our Mission members met the staff of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH) for a short tour of the Open House and an introduction to their work along with members of the local LGBT community.

Meeting Mordechai and Aryeh, a Jerusalem couple who’s been together for 59 years, was so beautiful and moving.

“Even in far off countries I’m a cat whisperer” – H. Alan Scott