Israeli Organizations

Bat Kol

BatKol-Featured-1Bat Kol – the Religious Lesbian Organization – is a growing community building new pathways for fulfilling and celebrating both religious and lesbian identities, making it possible for women to live in loving relationships and raise children within the context of traditional Judaism and the larger religious community. Working in collaboration with a diverse group of Orthodox Rabbis, Professors, community members and friends, Bat Kol aspires to promote and sponsor education for tolerance and the acceptance of difference within the religious community and society at large.
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In November 2010, A Wider Bridge sponsored a delegation of leaders representing Israel’s Religious LGBT Community that spoke about their work and experiences to audiences in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  You can read about these events, which inspired people everywhere, here.


AWB Impact Grant Supports ‘Our Faces’ LGBTQ Religious Video Series (A Wider Bridge / July 22, 2019)
Zehorit Sorek Describes the Fight For LGBT Equality in Israel’s Orthodox Community (The Jewish Chronicle / December 25, 2017)
How the Gay Student Brotherhood in Ariel Changed the life of Shirel, a 25-year-old Trans Religious Man (WDG / Octiber 30, 2017)
Conference for Israel’s LGBT Religious Communities (A Wider Bridge / October 10, 2017)
Naftali Bennett Doesn’t Rule Out an LGBTQ Person in His Jewish Religious Party (Kipa / September 25, 2017)
An Orthodox Woman from Belarus Comes Out, Finds Love in Israel (Shatil, July 30, 2017)
Orthodox LGBTQ Community Puts Out AWB-Impact Funded Campaign (A Wider Bridge / July 21, 2017)
Tomorrow: Pesach Sheni – Religious Tolerance Day in Israel (A Wider Bridge / May 9, 2017)
Gay Daughter of Ultra Orthodox MK Runs for the Parliament (The Jerusalem Post / April 14, 2017)
“Refusing to Choose” Forum Highlights Orthodox LGBTQ Activists (New Voices / February 2, 2017)
Orthodox LGBTs Talk Coming Out, Staying Visible (Windy City Times / January 29, 2017)
Impressions of Israel Orthodox LGBT Lecture Tour (A Wider Bridge / January 18, 2017)
‘The Silent Revolution’ in Orthodox Attitude Towards LGBT People (A Wider Bridge / December 19, 2016)
Refusing to Choose: LGBT and Orthodox in Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 15, 2016)
LGBT Connection to Judaism, in Israel (A Wider Bridge / October 11, 2016)
Rabbis, Religious Leaders Ask LGBT Community For Forgiveness (Ynet News / October 9, 2016)
Give Elsa A Girlfriend! (Saloona / May 6, 2016)
‘Make Yourself A Rabbi’ (Facebook / April 13, 2016)
Israeli Orthodox Rabbinical Group Calls for Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians (Multiple Sources / April 11, 2016)
Religious University Hosts it First LGBT Panel (A Wider Bridge / March 22, 2016)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Zehorit Talks LGBT-Jewish Visibility (A Wider Bridge / December 28, 2015)
“Our Faces:” Personal Stories (A Wider Bridge / December 23, 2015)
Opening Up the Religious Community to LGBT (A Wider Bridge / December 22, 2015)
Religious LGBT Jews Come Out Online (Ynet / December 14, 2015)
A Religious, Sephardic, Lesbian Woman (Ynet / May 13, 2015)
I’m a Religious Woman, A Mother, A Lesbian (La’isha / July 9, 2013)
Havruta and Bat Kol Awarded French Human Rights Prize (Facebook / December 2011)
Israeli, Orthodox and Gay (A Wider Bridge / November 2010)

The first generation of “Bat Kol” at the organization’s 10th Anniversary party [Photo: Facebook ]

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