From September 19-26, A Wider Bridge launched our first-ever LGBTQ Reverse Mission to America, bringing a delegation of the 12 CEOs of Israel’s LGBTQ rights organizations — including many of our grantee organizations — to New York and Washington, DC.
Our delegation learned about American LGBTQ, Jewish, and pro-Israel life, building community relationships, meeting diverse organizations, and sharing ideas with all of us. Mission alumni joined our emerging Beyond the Bridge Alumni Network.
On Sunday, September 22nd, A Wider Bridge hosted our New York-Israel LGBTQ Symposium, which brought together combined panels of American & Israeli LGBTQ leaders to discuss topics affecting our communities, ranging from trans equality to LGBTQ youth to religious inclusion. This event was hosted by Out at the J, Marlene-Meyerson JCC in Manhattan and co-sponsored by Eshel, JQY, Keshet and UJA Pride.
On Wednesday, September 25th, A Wider Bridge hosted a Washington-Israel LGBTQ & Allies Reception to bring together the LGBTQ, Jewish and pro-Israel communities of Washington D.C. to meet our guests from Israel. This event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Stuart Kurlander.