One Jew at a Time: Yes, You Can Be Progressive and Zionist

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My twenty-something Passover Seder guest didn’t know he could be exactly what he was: both Progressive and a Zionist. We have to do better with our young people. Arafat’s cunning lie, “Zionism is Racism,” is on steroids today, and our young people are being hurt. We live in a time of increasingly anti-Semitic responses to […]

“A Wider Bridge’s Support Helps Our Story To Be Told”

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One of AWB’s longterm Israeli LGBTQ partners is the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH). We recently chatted with Irene Rabinowitz, JOH Director of Outreach and Development, about the recent leadership transition and her own story. AWB: How did you become involved in the Jerusalem Open House (JOH)?  I made aliyah in 2014 after […]

Orthodox Rabbi’s Wife Returns from AWB/Olivia Mission: I Too Can Help Promote Change and Understanding

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Guila Rice, an Orthodox Rabbi’s Wife, recently returned from the AWB/Olivia 2017 Women’s Mission Trip to Israel. She shares her experiences and what she learned. Giula Rice with Olivia co-founder Rachel Wahba So picture me, an Orthodox Rabbi’s Wife along with a group of Lesbians. Would they accept me? Would I be made to feel […]

AWB Mission Alum Guila Rice: Chanukah Memories Then And Now

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Guila Rice recently attended the A Wider Bridge/Olivia 2017 Mission Trip to Israel. As Chanukah approaches, she reflects on her Chanukah memories then and now. In Jerusalem: Guila Rice and Olivia Founder Rachel Wahba My Dad was a House Painter who came to Canada from the ashes of the Holocaust. He worked 6-7 days a week […]

2017 Queer Women’s Mission to Israel Photoblog: Tel Aviv & Jaffa

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Day eight of A Wider Bridge/Olivia’s Queer Mission to Israel began with a tour at Tel Aviv’s LGBTQ Center, in the heart of the city in Gan Meir (Meir Park). The tour included a discussion with leaders of LGBTQ Israeli organizations. At the Gay Center entrance We then visited the storied Arab town of Jaffa […]

2017 Queer Women’s Mission to Israel Photoblog: The North

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Heading north! We spent the past two days in the north of Israel, visiting the beautiful Galilee region, seeing the Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret), riding along the Northern border and peering into Syria. We then visited the vibrant city of Haifa, the third-largest city in Israel. We visited the Golan, overlooking Syria, and learned […]

2017 Queer Women’s Mission to Israel: Our First Days!

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The AWB/Olivia Women’s Queer Mission is in full swing! Our first full day began with a visit to Masada and concluded with Shabbat dinner in Jerusalem. Day two featured a tour in the old city of Jerusalem, including visiting the Western Wall, and then a trip to Tel Aviv for the Lethal Lesbian film festival. […]

Widening the Bridge with Olivia: AWB’s First Mission in Partnership with Olivia Tours

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A Wider Bridge is partnering with the Olivia lesbian travel company to bring queer women on a 10-day mission to Israel to experience the country through an LGBTQ lens. Olivia is THE Travel company for lesbians! Over the past 40 years, the company has evolved into a vibrant community and a culture, that has taken […]