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.
Lunch with LGBTQ Elected Officials at NYC City Hall
Matt McMorrow, Senior Advisor to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and AWB Mission Alumn
New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres (Right) with Chen Shmilo (Israel AIDS Task Force)
Matchmaking with LGBTQ Organizations at the NY LGBTQ Center:
Connecting directly to leaders addressing similar issues
Historical LGBTQ Walking Tour in Greenwich Village
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi James and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in NY
Building Civil Rights Movements with AWB Mission Alumn Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry)
Meeting with United Jewish Appeal NY to learn about the historic role of the North American Jewish Federation system for American Jewish life
LGBTQ Israeli Leaders with Jeff Schoenfeld (1st LGBTQ President, UJA-NY)
Dialoging with the LGBTQ Outreach Unit of the NYPD
Meeting with civil rights leaders Rabbi Joanna Samuels, the founding Executive Director of Manny Cantor Center and Alan Van Capelle, CEO of the Educational Alliance.