Reverse Mission to the US: Washington Photos 2019

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In September 2019, we were thrilled to kick off our first-ever LGBTQ Reverse Mission to America, bringing a delegation of 13 Israeli LGBTQ leaders to the US to learn about American LGBTQ life, Jewish life, social justice, and the political fissures our communities grapple with today.

WASHINGTON DC

Meeting with LGBTQ & Pro-Israel Members of Congress and Staff

We were honored to discuss LGBTQ Equality and the US-Israel Relationship with Members of Congress and the LGBTQ Equality Caucus.

Congressman Ted Deutch, AWB Board Chair Alan Schwartz, Congressman Chris Pappas, AWB ED Tyler Gregory 

 AWB Board Chair Alan Schwartz with Congressman Alan Lowenthal 

Avichai Abarbanel (Havruta Religious Men’s Organization), Congressman Jamie Raskin, Etty Haddad (Bat Kol Religious Women’s Organization)

Arine Szybowski, Board Member of the Be’ersheva LGBTQ Center and Congresswoman Grace Meng  

Arine Szybowski, Board Member of the Be’ersheva LGBTQ Center and Congresswoman Lois Frankel 

 Julie Tagen (Chief of Staff for Rep. Jamie Raskin & AWB Alumna) with Miri Bialer (Tehila/PFlag Israel) and Etti Haddad (Bat Kol Women’s Religious Organization)

Rina Patel (Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus) and Eran Globus (Board, Jerusalem Open House)

Shawn Gaylord (Executive Director, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus) and Elisha Alexander (Ma’avarim Israeli Trans Organization)

Learning about The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and reduce inequality.

Meeting with David Rittberg and Mary Ann Weiss at the Schusterman Family Foundation 

Washington-Israel LGBTQ & Allies Reception at Sonoma Wine Bar

Avihoo Mizan, Chen Smilo, Elad Strohmayer (Spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel to the US in DC),
Naomi Schayek, Oren Ben-Yosef

Miri Bialer (Tehila/Israel’s PFlag)

Oren Ben-Yosef, Quentin Hill, Elad Strohmayer (Spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel to the US in DC), Ofer Newman,
Sheridan Behar


AWB Board Secretary Carmella Ettinger, AWB Board Chair Alan Schwartz

Ron Kaplan addressing the audience

AWB Board Secretary Carmella Ettinger, AWB Board Chair Alan Schwartz, AJ Campbell (Nice Jewish Girls)

Tyler Gregory (ED, AWB), Kenneth Romero (AWB Alumn), Alan Schwartz (AWB Board Chair)


Tammy Ben-Haim, Minister of Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Israel to the US


Ofer Newman (CEO, Israel Gay Youth)

Eran Globus (Board, Jerusalem Open House)