Gay Marriage: Good Business Sense

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Sean Yazbeck, winner of NBC’S The Apprentice and President/CEO Wavsys-An INC 500 ‘Fastest Growing Company in America,’ criticizes businessmen who don’t support marriage equality and explains why equality will be “good for business” With politicians shifting positions daily, the gay marriage debate is over. It’s been the most significant civil rights discussion since the feminist, […]

Stumbling on History

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Tablet’s managing editor Wayne Hoffman went on a pre-opening tour of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and it turns out that the Holocaust destroyed Plock’s Jewish community, but the exodus started decades earlier, after World War I. On a special pre-opening tour of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews yesterday, I found […]

Israel Intersects With LGBT Struggle

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The New York Jewish Week has published on Israel’s 65th  Independence Day a special opinion column by founder and Executive Director of A Wider Bridge, Arthur Slepian, about the country’s achievements in regards to LGBT rights, as it looks in 2013. Today, Israel’s 65th Independence Day, it is appropriate that we stop and take pride in […]

NYC Elected Officials support LGBT CENTER, support Israel and condemn the accusations of “Pinkwashing”

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JOINT STATEMENT BY NYC COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN, NYS ASSEMBLY MEMBER DEBORAH GLICK, NYS SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN, AND NYC COUNCIL MEMBER JIMMY VAN BRAMER Re: New LGBT Community Center Space Use Guidelines “We support the new Space Use guidelines, terms and conditions being implemented by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center. Their […]

My Support is Not ‘Pink-Washing’

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Jayson Littman, founder of He’bro, reflects on his first trip to Israel as a gay Jew, and how it influenced him to organize group trips for gay Jews, with no connection to politics whatsoever. Growing up as a black-hat Orthodox Jew, I never celebrated Israel in a Zionistic fashion. Zionism was a secular concept, sort […]

Two Decades at LGBT Shul

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Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum celebrated her 20th anniversary at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the country’s largest LGBT synagogue with 1,100 members Kleinbaum of New York City’s Congregation Beit Simchat Torah had been in rabbinical school for less than a year when she attended a secret conference of gay and lesbian rabbinical and cantorial students and rabbis […]

Confessions of a Pinkwasher

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The New York Times recently dedicated precious space to the follies of Israel’s public relations. I’m not talking about Sarah Schulman’s “Israel and Pinkwashing,” which alleges that the Israeli government effectively leverages the gains of the LGBT community to have its way with the Palestinians, but rather a Times story about a clumsy Israeli government-sponsored […]