Protect Transgender Children

Posted Posted in home views, Jewish LGBTQ News, NEWS, VIEWS, Views From North America

Atlanta-based educator, activist and writer Robbie Medwed reminds us that according to Judaism, when someone’s life is on the line, we must do everything in our power to keep them safe. It’s been a bad week for transgender people. The Departments of Education and Justice sent a letter to schools across America withdrawing the guidance […]

Bet Haverim Celebrating 18 Years With Lesser

Posted Posted in NEWS, News from America, SOUTHEAST

Since becoming Congregation Bet Haverim’s spiritual leader in 1999, gay Rabbi Joshua Lesser has made a mark on the Reconstructionist synagogue and beyond. Membership at Bet Haverim has risen 300 percent, and the congregation has become a model for inclusivity while ending decades of wandering through private houses and rented spaces by moving into its […]

Community’s Embrace Eases Tough Year

Posted Posted in NEWS, News from America, SOUTHEAST

Rebecca Stapel-Wax, executive director of SOJOURN: Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity reflects on year 5776 5776 has been a very difficult year. Immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision to make marriage equality the law, there was a backlash with 200 legislative bills spread across the country proposing to discriminate against lesbian, […]

More Transgender, Youth Support

Posted Posted in NEWS, News from America

The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity has announced a new mission and strategic plan to expand its reach: “Advancing LGBTQ affirmation and empowerment across the South” Executive director of SOJOURN Rebecca Stapel-Wax (left) and Education Director Robbie Medwed (right) with Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham The plan includes a new mission […]

Bet Haverim Celebrates 30-Years

Posted Posted in NEWS, News from America, SOUTHEAST

Congregation Bet Haverim celebrated three decades as Atlanta’s first gay and lesbian synagogue with a multimedia presentation about its origins. The occasion is a bittersweet reminder for Michael McNeir-Clark, the only survivor of the shul’s four original founders. “Increasingly during the 1980s, there was a growing sense of urgency: Don’t whine; fix it. Don’t put […]

Bauman Calls for LGBT Protection in Georgia

Posted Posted in NEWS, SOUTHEAST

Atlanta’s Temple Sinai member Andy Bauman, who represents Sandy Springs’ 6th District on the City Council, is proud of the decade-old city’s record of nondiscrimination, and he doesn’t want to see that position change in light of House Bill 757, the religious liberty legislation the Georgia General Assembly last week sent to Gov. Nathan Deal. H.B. […]

Georgia Passes Religious Liberty Bill

Posted Posted in NEWS, News from America, SOUTHEAST

A religious freedom bill described by opponents as being discriminatory against same-sex couples passed the Georgia state legislature on Wednesday night. The Georgia General Assembly sent religious liberty legislation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday night, March 16, outraging the LGBT community and its supporters and renewing warnings from the business community of the economic […]