Michael Oren pinkwashes the truth about Israel and gay Palestinians

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The appropriation of gay rights in Israel diverts the conversation from Palestinian oppression in an attempt to present Israel as a liberal democracy. After she won the 1998 Eurovision competition, Israeli pop star Dana International was asked about the potential conflict between the fact that she represented the “Jewish state” and the fierce opposition by […]

Gay Jews March for First Time in Celebrate Israel Parade

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Sunday, the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York commemorated its 64th anniversary with purportedly the largest gathering in the world saluting Israel. Celebrate Israel transcends religious and political differences to represent the American Jewish community and celebrate our common history and solidarity with fellow Jews here and in Israel. This year, there was even more […]

Embrace LGBT Jews as vital members of the community

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Next week, as millions of people around the world celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we in the Jewish community will mark the occasion with a pivotal milestone: the first-ever Jewish LGBT Movement Building Convening, to be held June 27-29 in California. Organized by the leading Jewish LGBT organizations, Keshet, Jewish Mosaic: […]

Three Reasons Obama’s Right on Gay Marriage

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President Obama’s announcement on same-sex marriage is good for the Jews. Why? Here are three reasons. First is the “who.” Obama’s support of same-sex marriage signals that he’s not going to let a noisy religious minority dictate public policy. This is important for all religious minorities, including the Jewish one, because that same group of […]

Rabbi Gail Diamond — What Am I Doing in Israel?

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February, 2012 — Adventures of a lesbian-feminist-rabbi-mom in the Judean Hills — With all of Israel’s progress on LGBT rights, out LGBT rabbis are still rare there, making our evening with Rabbi Gail Diamond, Associate Director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, a unique opportunity. Rabbi Gail Diamond talked about her experiences moving to and […]