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Monthly Roundup – March 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!


“When They Go Low, We Go Hai-fa Tour!” We just wrapped up a very successful U.S. tour featuring Arnon Allouche and Adi Sadaka of the Haifa Communities’ House LGBTQ Center. As a picture is worth 1,000 words, check out our tour photo album:  Facebook

Adi Sadaka and Arnon Allouche discuss LGBTQ Haifa on the Out Chicago Podcast. Out Chicago

A Wider Bridge joins the Israeli LGBTQ community to urge the Israeli Ministers of Justice and the Interior to prevent the deportation of vulnerable LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers, and awards an AWB Impact grant to support the Israeli LGBTQ Refugees Project of the Aguda – Israel LGBT Taskforce. A Wider Bridge

Join our team! A Wider Bridge is seeking a dynamic and passionate detail-oriented professional to be our full-time Programs and Development Assistant in New York City. A Wider Bridge

Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2018,  fell on the first day of Passover this year. Lawyer and Civil Rights advocate Seth Marnin collaborated with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz to bring you a guide for bringing more trans inclusivity to your Seder. Times of Israel


Tel Aviv’s LGBT Center will be undergoing a 5.7 million dollar facelift! YNET

The State of Israel erased the names of non-biological lesbian mothers from the birth certificates of their children. During a family trip to India, Irit and Einat Zievieli-Efrat discovered this horrific occurrence. A Wider Bridge

Chen Arieli, chair of the Aguda, was chosen as one of the 20 most influential women activists in 2018 by top financial Israeli magazine Globes. She dedicates the award to all women activists.  Globes

A major milestone! Eitan Ginzburg was selected by the Raanana City Council to replace the outgoing mayor. He will be the first openly gay mayor in Israel. WDG
Aviad Fenyo organizes musical protest against homophobic rabbi who declared country has become “LGBT-stan.”  A Wider Bridge 
The Haifa Communities’ House will use funds from an AWB Impact Grant to support trans women working in the sex trade industry. A Wider Bridge


NEW YORK — Peter Fox, a member of A Wider Bridge’s Young Professionals Network, represented our organization at the #DigiTell18 Social Media Conference in Jerusalem. Leading up to the event, he penned an op ed piece in Israel’s YNET titled, “Jews Deserve to Be Included In Progressive Movements.” YNET

NEW YORK — A Wider Bridge Trip alumnus Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, will be a recipient of the Lambda Legal Liberty Award. A Wider Bridge


“I could not tell my soldiers, my name is Ofer and I am your [female] commander.” Ofer Erez, the newly minted CEO of the Jerusalem Open House, tells for the first time how he made history and became the first transgender officer in the IDF. Israel Hayom

““We’re in 2018, and I’m supposedly the first trans man [in sports] in the state of Israel. How can it be? How did it happen?” Pro soccer player Roy Ohana speaks out.  Channel 10 News

Netta Barzilai’s Toy is the hot favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The catchy video is totally addictive! Metro

In a sharp and moving column for the religious men’s organization Havruta, an Israeli gay man shares his difficulties of life outside the closet.  A Wider Bridge



Now in its 23rd year, the community Seder at the Israeli LGBT Center in Tel Aviv