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Meet Trans IDF Captain Ofer Erez, CEO of Jerusalem Open House, October 10-25

Join A Wider Bridge in Portland (OR), San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis, to meet our newest grantee, Captain Ofer Erez, CEO of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance. October 10-25!

Watch our short video to learn more about the program!

Next month we are bringing a remarkable young Israeli leader to meet our community. At just 25, Ofer Erez already made history as Israel’s first openly transgender IDF officer. During his 3 1/2 years of service, Ofer spearheaded the fight for policy changes for fellow trans service members. At a time when some of our own decision makers are calling trans military service into question, Ofer provides a much needed voice for our LGBTQ advocacy here at home.

In the Spring, Ofer traded out his IDF uniform for civilian clothing, continuing his leadership as the new CEO of the Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the capital city’s LGBTQ community organization and organizer of the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance.

This summer, A Wider Bridge awarded Ofer and the Jerusalem Open House with an AWB Impact Grant to fund the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance – attended in August by a record-breaking 30,000 people.

If you are in Portland (OR), San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Minneapolis, check out our events below and RSVP to join us. To our friends elsewhere, we invite you to join via Facebook livestream of select events.



Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
Co-Sponsored by the OJMCHE and the Jewish Federation of Portland


Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.
A Wider Benefit
Bimbos 365 Club
1025 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco


Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.
JQlub (JQ International)
801 Larrabee Street #10, West Hollywood
Hosted and Co-Sponsored by JQ International
Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Home of William Weinberger
and Danny Gibson (address provided upon RSVP)
Sunday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.
Home of Les Zendle
and Jerry Hanson (address provided upon RSVP)


Monday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Temple Sholom
3480 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657
Co-sponsored by Temple Sholom


Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Shir Tikvah
1360 W. Minnetonka Blvd
(Accessible entrance at 5000 Girard Ave)
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Co-Sponsored by Shir Tikvah