Monthly Roundup – August 2018

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this month in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!

A WIDER BRIDGE NEWS

(photo: Ma’avarim)

A Wider Bridge launched our AWB Impact Grantmaking initiative to help build capacity for Israel’s LGBTQ community organizations. In the 2018-2019 cycle, we funded the following Israeli organizations: Haifa LGBTQ Center: Center Programming, HIV/AIDS Task Force Israel, Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, Bat Kol and Havruta, the LGBTQ Religious Community, Ma’avarim, the Israeli Transgender Community. EJewish Philanthropy

Nearly 700 rabbis from across the United States and Canada signed on to A Wider Bridge’s letter, committing to LGBTQ acceptance and equal rights in Israel.  A Wider Bridge

It’s a wrap! We’ve just concluded our A Wider Bridge Impact Tour with grantees Eyal Migdalovich, founder of the LGBTQ Refugee Program, and Ohad Hizki, CEO of the Aguda, (the initiative’s sponsoring organization).   A Wider Bridge.

Executive Director Tyler Gregory, a Schusterman Fellow, was recently featured in the Schusterman Foundation’s newsletter. He chatted with the Foundation about leadership, life, and the best advice he’s ever received. Schusterman Blog

“I am more of a Zionist than a Jew. I was born and grew up in Savannah, GA: Southern, Jewish, gay—and impoverished: an interesting hybridization of backgrounds.” Award-winning author Perry Brass talks about being a Zionist and why he supports A Wider Bridge. A Wider Bridge

We were honored to be a funder and co-sponsor of this year’s Jerusalem Pride, August 2nd. Check out our photo album on Facebook. (In photo with sign: LA City Controller Ron Galperin)

ISRAEL NEWS

On the heels of pride, a Jerusalem pizzeria refused service to A Wider Bridge friend and supporter Sammy Kanter, because he was gay. MAKO

Imri Kalmann, former chair of  The Aguda, the Israeli LGBTQ Task Force, is founding a New LGBTQ Political Party in Israel. Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to LGBTQ Criticisms; Activists Note The ‘Big Gap’ Ha’aretz

Israeli athletes win 19 medals at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris! WDG

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Say Cheese! Greetings from Miami and the “Out of the Shadows” AWB Impact Tour. A Wider Bridge