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Monthly Roundup – November 2018

Here’s what’s been happening in the intersecting worlds of A Wider Bridge, Israel and the LGBTQ community.


November was a time for A Wider Bridge events in DC, Florida and Iowa as we continue to build support for Israel and its LGBTQ communities.

This year, we celebrated an early Hanukkah at our DC holiday party, with special guest Congresswoman Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen, who spoke about her longtime support of Israel and the LGBTQ community. Thank you to all who attended and to our generous hosts Stuart Kurlander & David Martin. View photos.

In Ft. Lauderdale, our hosts Ira Baer and Drew Tabatchnick put on a beautiful event with over 50 leaders from the South Florida Jewish and LGBTQ communities.

Arizona Representative, Daniel Hernandez Jr., speaking at our Florida event about his Israel Mission Trip experience and commitment to LGBTQ equality in Israel.

Iowa State Representative Liz Bennett sharing her Israel Mission Trip experiences at A Wider Briefing in Des Moines, Iowa.

Curious about our LGBTQ Leadership Missions to Israel? Check out this amazing video produced by Rom Ozeri of Ellesia Films, featuring some of our incredible alumni from the Fall 2018 Trip.

Thank you for everyone who helped us surpass our $10k #GivingTuesday Challenge on November 27th!  We appreciate all your help in building equality in Israel and for Israel.


This fall, Israel’s LGBTQ Communities have been heating up their protests once again. The Knesset voted against surrogacy rights for gay men, but the fight for equality is far from over.  YNET NEWS

When police demanded that a Tel Aviv Gallery ban a same-sex video of men kissing, the Aguda LGBTQ Task Force countered with their own video, showing that #YouCantStopLove. Watch video.

Family in Transition, a documentary directed by Israeli filmmaker Ofir Trainin opened in the United States. The film follows the story of Amit and Galit Tsuk, an Israeli couple trying to hold their family together through Amit’s gender confirmation process. Queerty