A Wider Bridge advances “Equality in Israel” and “Equality for Israel” through the core strategies of education, advocacy, relationship-building and grant-making.
LGBTQ Leadership Missions to Israel
A Wider Bridge engages LGBTQ leaders in politics, entertainment, government, and advocacy to participate in 8-day missions to Israel to experience the country through an LGBTQ lens. Mission participants are exposed to Jewish peoplehood, Israel, and LGBTQ Israelis, and develop a stake in the future of Israel and its LGBTQ community. Our Mission Alumni return home to their LGBTQ communities as advocates for A Wider Bridge, Israel, and LGBTQ Israelis.
Through shared experience, the trip connects modern Israeli and LGBTQ life with the ancient roots of its people. Our 10-night journey takes us to Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Galilee, and Tel Aviv. The Israel Mission is also an opportunity for leaders to connect and bond with an accomplished and diverse group of LGBTQ leaders from all backgrounds across North America.
Participants 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 – from 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. And no LGBTQ mission would be complete without savoring the culture and nightlife of Tel Aviv, consistently rated one of the leading LGBTQ cities of the world!
A Wider Bridge strengthens Israel’s LGBTQ community by providing financial resources, public platforms, and leadership networking for LGBTQ NGOs and community projects.
Each year, we sponsor AWB Impact delegations – visits of Israeli LGBTQ organization and community leaders to cities across North America- to feature their work and stories at community events, leadership gatherings, and networking opportunities.
Through these visits, LGBTQ and allied North Americans are exposed to the work of LGBTQ Israelis and develop a personal stake in the work of Israeli NGOs and community leaders. And through online crowd funding and fundraising events, Israel’s LGBTQ community will become better equipped to advance their goals.
Our AWB Impact tours are expanding mutual understanding, engagement, and philanthropic support; strengthening the LGBTQ communities of both North America and Israel.
To host an AWB Impact event, click here.
Trainings and Education
Through community trainings, A Wider Bridge provides toolkits for communities and leaders to become more knowledgeable and better-equipped advocates and supporters of Israel and LGBTQ rights in Israel.
We work with communities and individual leaders in North American politics, activism, religion, culture, and media. Our trainings engage diverse audiences: Jews and non-Jews; LGBTQ people, allies and future allies; progressives and conservatives.
To host an AWB training, click here.