A Bridge Between Israeli and American LGBTQ Communities

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LGBTQ activists from Haifa will share their reflections on their movement’s progress and talk about their new Communities’ House for Pride and Tolerance this weekend in Boston. The tagline for A Wider Bridge (AWB) conveys its mission concisely: Equality in Israel, Equality for Israel. That goal is being successfully realized through AWB’s Impact Delegations. Each year AWB […]

Affirming Transgender Lives

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Four panelists shared their hard-won insights about the future of gender. Milton Diamond, a renowned professor and researcher on anatomy and human sexuality, once said, “Nature loves diversity; society hates it.” Diamond’s observation deepened an already thought-provoking panel on “The Future of Gender” that took place last week at the Jewish Community Centers of Greater […]

Being transgender and Jewish

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“There is a place in Judaism for everyone, including transgender people, it just might not be the sect your were assigned at birth,” transgender activist Hannah Simpson says in a new interview. It was Yom Kippur 2013, a sunny Saturday in Boston. That afternoon, then 29-year old Hannah Simpson was preparing to give a d’var […]

The Middle East Conflict on Campus

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Tufts university clerics try to put Palestinian supporters and Friends of Israel in the same room for a discussion. Who shows up? Itamar Ben-Aharon, president of the campus group Friends of Israel, is decorated during a get-together called Celebrate Israel. Photo: Katherine Taylor for The New York Times What some see as a celebration of […]

Boston Jews lament Israel’s summer of homegrown terrorism

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Two-hundred Jews gathered in Boston’s Temple Israel on Wednesday evening to lament a summer of Jewish extremist violence in Israel. During the hour-long memorial and solidarity gathering, a dozen community leaders spoke about the Jewish terror attacks that rocked Israel and the Diaspora six weeks ago: the stabbing death of Jerusalem teenager Shira Banki during […]