It’s Increasingly Difficult to Be Pro-Israel and Queer

Posted Posted in Global Views, home views, NEWS, Support for Israel, VIEWS

Being pro-Israel at LGBT events has become difficult, LGBT Jewish leaders say, and at times the opposition to Israel has spilled over into making Jews feel uncomfortable about displaying their identity. For years, Laurie Grauer had waved a rainbow flag emblazoned with a Jewish star at the Chicago Dyke March, sometimes marching near activists waving […]

Affirming Transgender Lives

Posted Posted in NEWS, VIEWS, Views From North America

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 […]

The North Carolina Jewish Federations Stand Together for LGBTQ Inclusion

Posted Posted in NEWS, News from America

The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (GA) in Washington, D.C. is an annual conference of thousands of North American federation leaders, Jewish philanthropists, agencies and Jewish organizations like Keshet. Attendees travel to the GA to meet, learn, and work together in support of the Jewish community. This year, speakers include the Honorable Ruth […]

Q&A with Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

Posted Posted in home views, MID-ATLANTIC, NEWS, VIEWS, Views From North America

Keshet recently spoke with Raffi Freedman-Gurspan. Raffi, a Jewish woman, is the first openly transgender member of staff at the White House, and the White House’s Primary LGBT Liaison. Pictured: Raffi (center), with Keshet’s Idit Klein (left) and Joanna Ware (right). How has your Jewish identity and/or your Jewish values helped shape the course of […]

Why transgender inclusion is a Jewish imperative

Posted Posted in home views, NEWS, VIEWS, Views From North America, WESTERN STATES

Just when the LGBT community thinks it has taken another step toward full equality and inclusion, along come the Dennis Pragers of the world to remind us how far we still have to go. Our Torah is a living, breathing document, whose words and teachings can be understood and interpreted anew to reflect humankind’s limitless […]

Gender and sexuality in Jewish texts

Posted Posted in NEWS, News from America

Idit Klein of Keshet spoke in Massachusetts to the Jewish community’s interpretation of biblical texts regarding the LGBT community Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion in society is ethically mandated by Jewish textual tradition that exists in “a constant state of dialogue of reflection, of interpretation and reinterpretation,” argued Idit Klein, who serves as the […]