Please welcome our new Board Members and Officers

A Wider Bridge is proud to welcome three new Board Members, Cindy Brown in Miami, Daniel Hernandez in Phoenix, and Frank November in Tel Aviv!

Also, please join us in congratulating our newly elected officers: Alan Schwartz, Chair, Jim Moon, Vice Chair,  Carmella Ettinger, Secretary

Rounding out our Executive Committee are Barry Blecher, continuing as Treasurer, Arthur Slepian remains our Founder, and Bruce Maxwell as Past Chair.

WELCOMING OUR NEW OFFICERS 

ALAN SCHWARTZ, BOARD CHAIR
New York
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the newly elected Chair of A Wider Bridge’s Board of Directors. A Wider Bridge is a cause that brings together my personal passions for building a better Israel, with fairness and equality for the LGBTQ community. I am grateful to our outgoing Board Chair, Bruce Maxwell; our phenomenal Board of Directors; our talented staff under the leadership of Tyler Gregory; and the thousands of generous supporters in our community who have embraced A Wider Bridge’s mission, building support for Israel and LGBTQ Israelis.”
JAMES MOON, VICE CHAIR
Miami
  
“My identity as a gay man, growing up in environments where my identity could (and often did) lead to my being ostracized or attacked for being gay, gave me valuable insight into the nature of bigotry and hatred. I am passionate about the work of A Wider Bridge, both supporting the LGBTQ community in Israel, and countering anti-semitism at home.”
CARMELLA ETTINGER, SECRETARY
Portland (OR)
“As a Jewish lesbian Zionist whose family has been in Jerusalem for 8 generations, it is important to me that Israel be safe and welcoming for all members of the LGBTQ community and that Israel is treated fairly and equally by North America’s LGBTQ community. I believe in AWB’s work to advance those goals, and I am grateful for the hope that this work provides.”

WELCOMING OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

CINDY BROWN, Miami
“Traveling to Israel with AWB’s LGBTQ Leadership Mission gave me an opportunity to not only experience the country through an LGBTQ lens but to hear perspectives from many sides regarding the conflict that most Americans are not privy to. I am thrilled to join AWB’s Board to allow more people to have this experience and to forward the work of LGBTQ organizations both here in the US and in Israel.”
REP. DANIEL HERNANDEZ, Phoenix
“I’m thrilled to be joining the board of A Wider Bridge. Few organizations embrace intersectionality as authentically as AWB. As an openly gay elected official, I see the need for relationship building across identities and across borders AWB does this in a thoughtful and meaningful way.”
FRANK NOVEMBER, Israel
“There’s never been a more important time to grow support from the LGBTQ community in North America for Israel and its LGBTQ community. I’m proud to be A Wider Bridge’s first board member living in Israel.”