Politics and Activism

Daniel Jonas

Daniel Jonas is the chairperson of ‘Havruta – Religious Gay Man,’ a gay Jewish-observant organization in Israel.

Daniel was born and raised in Jerusalem. An observant Jew, married to Uri, Daniel holds an MA degree in Jewish History from Hebrew University. His MA thesis was about the homoerotic aspects of the Sabbatean theology.

Jonas first became motivated to volunteer and help his fellow closeted women and men following the murderous attack at the Bar-Noar (gay youth club) in Tel-Aviv in August 2009. He joined the board of Havruta, first as spokesperson and for the past years as chairperson.

Today he works at ‘Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights’ as spokesperson, and he’s becaming more involved in local Jerusalemite politics and culture, running in the Meretz primaries for the elections to the city council and as ‘Yeru-Shalem – the Coalition for an Inclusive Jerusalem’ coordinator.


Israeli Newspaper Recognizes LGBTQ Activists in Top 50 List (Ynet / December 31, 2017)
Naftali Bennett Doesn’t Rule Out an LGBTQ Person in His Jewish Religious Party (Kipa / September 25, 2017)
Ottawa Mayor Learns About LGBTQ Rights in Israel (Canadian Jewish News / August 21, 2017)
Daniel Jonas is Building Bridges Between LGBT and Orthodox Communities (Metro News / August 12, 2017)
Orthodox LGBTQ Community Puts Out AWB-Impact Funded Campaign (A Wider Bridge / July 21, 2017)
“Refusing to Choose” Forum Highlights Orthodox LGBTQ Activists (New Voices / February 2, 2017)
Orthodox LGBTs Talk Coming Out, Staying Visible (Windy City Times / January 29, 2017)
A Wider Bridge Allows LGBT Jews To Keep Faith (South Florida Gay News / January 18, 2017)
Impressions of Israel Orthodox LGBT Lecture Tour (A Wider Bridge / January 18, 2017)
9 LGBT Israelis to Watch in 2017 (A Wider Bridge / January 3, 2017)
‘The Silent Revolution’ in Orthodox Attitude Towards LGBT People (A Wider Bridge / December 19, 2016)
Orthodox Rabbis Meet Gay Religious Men (A Wider Bridge / November 14, 2016)
Daniel Jonas: “Coming out only brought me closer to G-d” (Mako Pride / July 6, 2016)
‘Fight For Equality and Justice Far From Over’ (J Weekly / June 9, 2016)
40 Years of Pride: Meet Daniel Jonas (A Wider Bridge / June 9, 2015)
Yeshiva Blesses Gay Couple By Mistake (The Times of Israel / September 8, 2014)
Coming Out Kosher? (Vocativ / June 13, 2013)
Bringing Holiness to the Hedonism of Tel Aviv Pride (Haaretz / June 4, 2013)
Jerusalem Gay Man Assaulted (Gay Star News / April 13, 2013)
Havruta’s First Shabbat in Jerusalem (Jerusalem Post / March 3, 2013)
Observant Jew – and Gay (Mako Pride / December 4, 2012)