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A Wider Bridge Selected for Slingshot ’13-14

For the second consecutive year, A Wider Bridge was named one of North America’s 50 most innovative and inspiring Jewish organizations — honored for our work of engaging LGBT Jews with Israel.

Top 50 Button Green JPEG VersionToday we are a proud member of the 2013-2014 Slingshot Guide that highlights the best of the thriving Jewish non-profit world. This is the second consecutive year that A Wider Bridge has been selected for the guide, and once again, we are the first organization to be featured on the list! This year, A Wider Bridge is one of three LGBT Jewish organizations featured in the guide (the others are Keshet and Nehirim).  And we are also one of just three organizations in the guide whose work is focused on engagement with Israel.

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 83 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide calls A Wider Bridge, “the only organization working specifically to inspire LGBTQ Jews to develop deeper connections with Israel, ultimately building stronger Jewish identities among its participants. With its focused dedication to Israel engagement in the Jewish LGBTQ community, A Wider Bridge also leads the way in forming strong bonds between the US and Israeli LGBTQ Jewish communities…”

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Full guide on Slingshot’s website

Organizations included in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. A Wider Bridge is proud to once again be among the 50 organizations honored for meeting those standards.

“A Wider Bridge being honored by Slingshot for the second consecutive year is a testament to the need for and significance of our work and the impact we are having in both Jewish and LGBT communities, ” said Arthur Slepian, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge.  “There are so many LGBT Jews who care about Israel and want a deeper connection, and so much to be gained by building relationships with Israel’s LGBT communities.   Israel needs to be so much more than a topic of political debate in our communities.  A relationship with Israel can enrich both our Jewish and LGBT identities, and strengthen our sense of belonging to the Jewish people.”

“The groundbreaking organizations that we highlight in the Slingshot Guide are game-changers in the realms of community engagement, social justice impact, and religious and spiritual life,”Added Will Schneider, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year. “The Slingshot Guide is not just a book listing organizations doing interesting things; it’s a resource relied upon by doers and donors alike. It’s the framework for a community that through the collaboration that results from inclusion in the Guide, becomes something significantly more effective than what each of the individual organizations can achieve on their own.”

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