Israeli Organizations


Havruta-Featured-1Havruta, Religious Homosexuals in Israel, is the largest organization of Orthodox Jewish gay men. It provides a safe haven and actively works to inform and educate the religious public about LGBT issues in their communities. In just a few years, Havruta and Bat Kol, the organization of Orthodox lesbians, have created huge change in Israel’s Orthodox world, bringing conversation about LGBT people where previously there was complete silence, and making it possible for LGBT Orthodox people to consider maintaining both aspects of their identity.

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In November 2010, A Wider Bridge sponsored a delegation of leaders representing Israel’s Religious LGBT Community that spoke about their work and experiences to audiences in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  You can read about these events, which inspired people everywhere, here.


AWB Impact Grant Supports ‘Our Faces’ LGBTQ Religious Video Series (A Wider Bridge / July 22, 2019)
Israeli Newspaper Recognizes LGBTQ Activists in Top 50 List (Ynet / December 31, 2017)
Conference for Israel’s LGBT Religious Communities (A Wider Bridge / October 10, 2017)
Naftali Bennett Doesn’t Rule Out an LGBTQ Person in His Jewish Religious Party (Kipa / September 25, 2017)
Whisper It, but Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Community Is Starting to Talk About Homosexuality (Haaretz / September 18, 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)
Tomorrow: Pesach Sheni – Religious Tolerance Day in Israel (A Wider Bridge / May 9, 2017)
Gay Challenge From a Torah Perspective (Arutz Sheva / April 18, 2017)
The Orthodox Gay Marriage Proposal That Got to the News (A Wider Bridge / February 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)
Impressions of Israel Orthodox LGBT Lecture Tour (A Wider Bridge / January 18, 2017)
The Important Work of Havruta (A Wider Bridge / January 5, 2017)
‘The Silent Revolution’ in Orthodox Attitude Towards LGBT People (A Wider Bridge / December 19, 2016)
Refusing to Choose: LGBT and Orthodox in Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 15, 2016)
The Rainbow Flag in Shiloh (A Wider Bridge / December 14, 2016)
Orthodox Rabbis Meet Gay Religious Men (A Wider Bridge / November 14, 2016)
Rabbis, Religious Leaders Ask LGBT Community For Forgiveness (Ynet News / October 9, 2016)
Modern Orthodoxy embraces the religious LGBT People – Partly (The Times of Israel / September 22, 2016)
Rabbis: Meet With Us, Stop Fearing Us (A Wider Bridge / July 21, 2016)
Yaakov’s story: Staying in the Closet (Mako Pride / July 7, 2016)
Daniel Jonas: Coming Out Story (Part 1/6) (Mako Pride / July 6, 2016)
‘Make Yourself A Rabbi’ (Facebook / April 13, 2016)
Israeli Orthodox Rabbinical Group Calls for Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians (Multiple Sources / April 11, 2016)
Religious University Hosts it First LGBT Panel (A Wider Bridge / March 22, 2016)
HOD Celebrates 8 Years- Rabbis Congratulate (A Wider Bridge / February 8, 2016)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Zehorit Talks LGBT-Jewish Visibility (A Wider Bridge / December 28, 2015)
Coming Out of the Jewish Closet (Israel Hayom / December 25, 2015)
“Our Faces:” Personal Stories (A Wider Bridge / December 23, 2015)
Opening Up the Religious Community to LGBT (A Wider Bridge / December 22, 2015)
Religious LGBT Jews Come Out Online (Ynet / December 14, 2015)
Jerusalem is for Everyone (Mako / September 30, 2015)
“We Need Gay Politicians” (Havruta / January 8, 2015)
Yeshiva blesses gay couple — by mistake (The Times of Israel / September 8, 2014)
Why Can’t There Simply Be Religious Gays? (Havruta / July 28, 2014)
A Brochure on Safe Sex and Prevention of HIV for Frum gays, Approved by Rabbis (Ynet / April 24, 2014)
Havruta and Bat Kol Awarded French Human Rights Prize (Facebook / December 2011)
Israeli, Orthodox and Gay (A Wider Bridge / November 2010)

members of Havruta at Jerusalem Gay Pride [Photo: Facebook]

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