Gay son and his mother speak at Tiberias pride about LGBTQ Acceptance

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Avichai Abarbanel, CEO of Havruta (Israel’s Religious Org for Gay Men), and his mom Hadassa Abarbanel speak about love and acceptance at this year’s Tiberias pride. “I’m here because I believe my family is real, that Avichai’s family and the one he will have is real. I’m here because I’m refusing to accept anyone cursing and harming my […]

Martin Luther King Day Reminds Us the Road of Equality Isn’t Yet Done

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 21 2019,  is a celebration of his life and a reminder that there’s still work to be done in this country for his dream to be fully realized. Besides Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday named after a person. That honor alone […]

Anat Nir: Key Moments for Israel’s LGBTQ Communities

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For over 40 years, Israel’s LGBT* communities have waged some of the most effective fights for human and civil rights in Israel.  Israeli activist Anit Nir examines key moments in this movement and looks at what’s next, including a run for MP as part of the Meretz party. 1975 – The Beginning In 1975, “The […]

A Place Where Being Jewish Isn’t a Source of Fear

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Professor Gabriel Gomez joined the 2018 AWB LGBTQ Leadership Mission to Israel. Upon returning, he penned this OpEd about his complex family history with Judaism. Despite being curious about Israel, because of some complex personal concerns, I’ve been wary to travel there because a visit could be construed as support for long-standing, Israeli government policies […]

A Peek Into The Lives of Gay Asylum Seekers in Tel Aviv

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LGBT asylum seekers in Israel are one of the countries’ most ostracized groups, if not THE most ostracized. Eyal Migdalovich, founder of the Israeli LGBTQ Refugee and Asylum Seekers Program, writes about this at-risk population. Many asylum seekers and refugees  kept their LGBT identity an absolute secret during their tough escape from Africa to Israel. […]

Erev Kehila: Parents of LGBTQ kids need to come out of the closet, too.

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Rachel M. recently attended “Erev Kehila” a Jerusalem community event for religious families geared to parents and their LGBTQ children. She was moved to hear how parents quickly became advocates for their children. These are her reflections on the evening. “Parents of LGBTQ kids need to come out of the closet, too.” That sentence has […]

Hannah Simpson: Israel’s Surrogacy Law is Bad, But Not Anti-Zionism Fodder

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Transgender/LGBTQ advocate and a Wider Bridge Mission Trip to Israel Alumna Hannah Simpson argues that we must respect and support the homegrown activism in Israel that will no doubt prevail in securing surrogacy, adoption rights and universal marriage equality. Protestors shout slogans during a LGBT community members protest against discriminatory surrogate bill in Tel Aviv, […]