A Wider Bridge missions are an exciting way to encounter leading Israeli LGBTQ institutions, thought leaders, and most importantly, the diverse individuals working to build a more fair and inclusive society.
Through sessions with Israeli and Palestinian thought leaders, our missions explore history, geopolitical context, and peacemaking efforts.
We believe there is much to be gained by experiencing Israel through an LGBTQ lens. Our mission alums return home as storytellers, advocates, and supporters with a personal stake in the future of A Wider Bridge, the LGBTQ communities, Israel, and its people.
Our alums are acquainted with the leadership of Israel’s most significant LGBTQ organizations, each at the forefront of change in Israeli society. We meet leading Israeli LGBTQ figures from all walks of life – religious and secular – in politics, activism, culture, music, film, and much more.
Participants also meet organizations and people building the future of modern Israel – those fueling the country’s growth as a diverse and urban high-tech and research powerhouse, as well as those working to address the country’s many domestic and foreign challenges and contradictions.
Missions to America
A Wider Bridge brings Israeli LGBTQ influencers to North American cities. Through shared experiences and meaningful encounters, the trip will connect the Israeli LGBTQ community with the American, Jewish, progressive, LGBTQ communities.
A Wider Bridges Virtual Leadership Missions to Israel are tailored for the online era, bringing together influential LGBTQ leaders and providing a balanced, sophisticated, deep look at the local LGBTQ community, Israel’s strategic imperatives, the diverse society, the rich culture, and iconic sites of the land.
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See what our alums have to say about our missions
This experience was abundant and life changing! I felt so grateful to be included on a mission with some many inspiring individuals. Thank you for sharing the gift of knowledge, awareness and hope! I felt like I was a part of something bigger than me and left feeling filled with love and inspired to be more fearless.
It felt like a true people to people experience, like we were meeting “our” people in Israel. For me, meeting with the folks who work for LGBTQ equality in religious communities felt particularly special because I come from a religious community here.
An extraordinary opportunity to go beyond the headlines and meet the people behind the Middle East’s most dynamic LGBT community.
I had an absolutely incredible, life-changing experience on the trip. I learned so much, met so many outstanding people, and truly feel like a more whole person since my travels. I loved everyone’s ability to ask hard questions, engage each other with kindness and curiosity, and speak to the work that matters so much to all of us.
I thought this mission was really great. I came in with little knowledge and came out with much more confidence to speak to people on both sides of the conflict. Seeing the work of the LGBTQ activists, the work of the Knesset, and learning about the struggles that continue, will be useful in my own work.
This being my fifth trip to Israel, I expected it to be redundant. It was anything but. Seeing the place through an LGBT lens, with a focus on LGBT realities in the place, with oftentimes challenging discussions among the participants made for an enlightening experience.