Israeli Organizations

Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance

OpenHouseLogo-Featured-1Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH) is the flagship LGBT organization in Jerusalem and its only LGBT center. In their words: “With a constituency as diverse as the city itself, the JOH transcends political, ethnic and religious boundaries to build and unite a community in pursuit of the common goal of tolerance and mutual support.”

Official Website

English Speakers Group


JOH Organizes the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance, the largest human rights demonstration in the city. It also provides numerous support services and social groups for LGBT youth, as well as a place where all LGBT Jerusalemites – including Orthodox Jews, Arabs, and transgender individuals – can go for support, services, and to just be fully themselves, which they often cannot be anywhere else. As the only LGBT health resource in Jerusalem, JOH also provides the only free, anonymous, rapid-result HIV/AIDS testing service in the city.


A Wider Bridge’s Support Helps Our Story To Be Told” Chat with Irene Rabinowitz of the JOH (AWB / February 11, 2018)
The First Transgender Commander in the IDF Conquers a New Height (Ynet / December 20, 2017)
Branden Johnson Talks About Qyear Jerusalem, A New Social Group for LGBTQ English Speakers (A Wider Bridge / November 9, 2017)
Conference for Israel’s LGBT Religious Communities (A Wider Bridge / October 10, 2017)
Chief Rabbi Said Pride Is Bad For Jerusalem. 22,000 People Disagreed. (HuffPost / August 4, 2017)
Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade Draws 14,000 (A Wider Bridge / August 3, 2017)
Police in Jerusalem Prepare for Annual Gay Pride Parade (Jerusalem Online / July 31, 2017)
Israeli Welfare Minister Meets Representatives of the LGBTQ Community to Discuss the Adoption Crisis (WDG / July 25, 2017)
Two LGBTQ Israeli organizations Among NCJW Grant Recipients (A Wider Bridge / July 12, 2017)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Will Skip LGBTQ Pride in His City (Jerusalem Post / May 18, 2017)
Religion and LGBT is the Theme of the Jerusalem Pride Parade (WDG / May 18, 2017)
The 2017 Jerusalem Pride Parade Date Announced (A Wider Bridge / May 9, 2017)
Let My People Go: Fighting For LGBT Russians (The Bay Area Reporter / April 27, 2017)
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Pride Parades Take Place As Planned (WDG / March 22, 2017)
JOH Elects New Chairman (A Wider Bridge / February 6, 2017)
Jerusalem Open House Selects New Board for 2017 (WDG / January 25, 2017)
Jerusalem LGBT Group Sees ‘Incremental’ Progress (Washington Blade / December 7, 2016)
In Jerusalem, LGBT People are ‘People With Special Needs’ (My Net / November 3, 2016)
Rabbis: Meet With Us, Stop Fearing Us (A Wider Bridge / July 21, 2016)
US Consulate in Jerusalem Issues Warning Over Gay Pride March (JTA, The Times of Israel / July 19, 2016)
Words Can Kill (Israel Hayom / July 19, 2016)
Rivlin Urges End to Anti-LGBT Incitement (The Times of Israel / July 17, 2016)
10,000 Expected at Pride Parade in Jerusalem (Haaretz / July 15, 2016)
Jerusalem Gay Pride: Calendar of Events (A Wider Bridge / July 15, 2016)
Launching Jerusalem Pride March (A Wider Bridge / July 4, 2016)
Jerusalem Pride Murderer Sentenced to Life (A Wider Bridge / June 27, 2016)
The Fear That Remains (Israel Hayom / June 14, 2016)
Pride Week in Israel in an Age of Extremes (The Huffington Post / June 5, 2016)
The Knesset Talks LGBT-Hate Crimes (WDG / June 1, 2016)
Jerusalem Pride 2016: Bigger Than Ever (WDG / May 20, 2016)
Much Is Lost By Not Listening to Each Other (The Advocate / April 19, 2016)
Jerusalem Pride Attacker Convicted of Murder (A Wider Bridge / April 19, 2016)
LGBT Advocates to Attend Global HRC Summit (The Washington Blade / March 24, 2016)
Gay Community Must Build a Tent Large Enough to Include Pro-Israel Voices (JTA / January 25, 2016)
Creating Change? LGBT Task Force Cancels Israeli Event (WDG / January 18, 2016)
LGBT Group Cancels Conference Reception with Israeli Activists (Washington Blade / January 18, 2016)
Israel-focused Jewish Group Booted From Major LGBTQ Event in the U.S. (Haaretz / January 18, 2016)
Task Force Cancels Israel-Focused Event (Windy City Times / January 17, 2016)
2015 in Bridging LGBTQ North America and Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Trans Activist Commits Suicide (Ynet / November 17, 2015)
Why Are Gay People Unprotected Here? (Ha’aretz / September 3, 2015)
Will Stabbing Attack Tear Apart Israel’s LGBT Community? (The Forward / August 6, 2015)
The Week After the Attack (Voice of Israel / August 3, 2015)
JOH Condemns Smortrich’s Words (A Wider Bridge / August 5, 2015)
Wounded Girl at Jerusalem Pride Dies of Injuries (A Wider Bridge / August 1, 2015)
Violence at Jerusalem Pride Parade (A Wider Bridge / July 30, 2015)
Don’t Blame Gay Men for Surrogacy Industry’s Troubles (Ha’aretz / July 2, 2015)
The Bumpy Road to Equality in Funds (A Wider Bridge / March 30, 2015)
Jerusalem Open House Fights Conversion Therapy Panel in Jerusalem Conference (JOH / February 25, 2015)
Education Committee, in the Shadow of Terror (A Wider Bridge / November 18, 2014)
Interview with Sarah Weil (Voice of Israel / September 22, 2014)
Jerusalem Pride will go forth next week (JOH / September 10, 2014)
Jerusalem Pride Parade Postponed (GoGay / July 21, 2014)
LGBT Center Falsely Linked to Killing (The Washington Blade / July 17, 2014)
A Tale of Two Gay Cities (The Land / May 14, 2014)
Updates from JOH (Jerusalem Open House / January 26, 2014)
LGBTQ legislation in Israel: Jerusalem Open House Update (Jerusalem Open House / January 7, 2014)
A Busy Week at the Jerusalem Open House (A Wider Bridge / January 2, 2014)
JOH: Pro LGBT Legislation Campaign (A Wider Bridge / December 24, 2013)
“No Gays in Beit Shemesh” (Ynet News / November 11, 2013)
Jerusalem in Pink (A Wider Bridge / October 2, 2013)
Support LGBT Rights in Israel (Reform Judaism / August 8, 2013)
The Jerusalem Pride Experience  (A Wider Bridge / August 5, 2013)
Marching for Freedom in Jerusalem (A Wider Bridge / August 1, 2013)
Standing up for tolerance on Tisha Be’av (Jerusalem Post / July 16, 2013)
Jerusalem Holds Gay Pride Parade (Ynet News / August 2, 2012)
Attack and Threats at Gay Film Screening in Jerusalem (Gay Star News / July 25, 2012)

In April 2012, A Wider Bridge sponsored events in Los Angeles and San Francisco featuring Elinor Sidi, the Executive Director of JOH and Zachary Cohen, its Development Director.  You can read about those programs here.

Tom Canning and Sarah Kala-Meir, leaders of Jerusalem Open House