2018 LGBTQ Leadership Mission Trip: Words and Pictures

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Twenty-six LGBTQ community leaders and personalities joined A Wider Bridge staff on a 10-day mission to Israel to experience the country through an LGBTQ lens. This powerful trip changes lives, allowing them to go beyond the news headlines and soundbites, and embrace the nuances of this complex country. The trip took participants to the north of […]

A Wider Bridge Joins Tel Aviv’s Largest Pride Ever: Pictures

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The Tel Aviv Pride Parade took place TODAY under the theme: LGBTQ Pioneers. Check out some photos from this extraordinary day.     Look who we ran into at #TelAviv #Pride! It’s @bravoandy!!!! with @jboygb #AWBPride … #Pridemonth #gayboyselfie #gaystagram #gayguy #gay #andycohen #LGBTQ #israel #prideweek A post shared by A Wider Bridge (@awiderbridge) on […]

A Wider Bridge’s LGBTQ Leadership Mission Has Begun!

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A Wider Bridge’s 9th Annual LGBTQ Leadership Mission to Israel has begun! Twenty-six LGBTQ community leaders and personalities join A Wider Bridge staff on a 10-day mission to Israel to experience the country through an LGBTQ lens. Ready to guide: #AWBPride. A Wider Bridge staff member Sheridan Bahar in Israel! A Wider Bridge engages LGBTQ […]

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 […]

A Wider Bridge Trip Alumna Hannah Simpson Honored For Creating Change

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Trans queer Jewish activist Hannah Simpson is a fearless pro-Israel changemaker. She recently attended the Creating Change conference, where she was interviewed by Metro Weekly as one of 30 amazing activists who are creating change in the LGBTQ community. Metro Weekly: Why are you here [at Creating Change]? I’m here to learn from the best […]

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 […]

Freedom to Marry Founder Evan Wolfson Discusses Same-Sex Marriage Abroad

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A Wider Bridge 2017 LGBTQ Leadership Mission alumnus, Evan Wolfson, recently attended a conference in Costa Rica that focused on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Latin America. He says efforts to advance anti-LGBT religious freedom measures and litigation are “nothing new.” “It’s part of the classic pattern of civil rights advances in American history,” Evan […]

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 […]