Branden Johnson Talks About Qyear Jerusalem, A New Social Group for LGBTQ English Speakers

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Branden Johnson is a gay man from Houston who is studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.  Through a partnership with the Jerusalem Open House, he founded Qyear Jerusalem, a social group for LBGTQ adults, 25-35, who are living in Jerusalem for the year. A Wider Bridge caught up with Branden for an interview. Firstly, can […]

Chicago Recap: How Can We Support Israel’s LGBTQ Communities?

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On October 25, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the bar Sidetrack in Chicago to address how we can support LGBTQ Rights in Israel. The evening began with socializing, drinks, and nosh – followed by a panel discussion. The discussion featured A Wider Bridge Staff Laurel Grauer who generated worldwide attention on the intersection of LGBTQ […]

Conference for Israel’s LGBT Religious Communities

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Building upon the theme of this year’s Jerusalem Gay Pride which focused on the coexistence of religion and LGBT, members of Israel’s LGBTQ religious communities held an “Erev K’helah” conference on Sunday, October 8 to discuss LGBTQ relationships, marriage and family within the orthodox community. The conference, sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation, was well attended […]

Israeli Welfare Minister Meets Representatives of the LGBTQ Community to Discuss the Adoption Crisis

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Following a protest against the state’s position on adoption, a meeting was held Monday between representatives of the Aguda, the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, and Welfare Minister Haim Katz. In the meeting, the LGBTQ representitives presented the outline of the solution to the current crisis: “We are waiting to see whether there will be […]

For LGBTQ Jews, Niche Birthright Israel Trip Offers Raw Emotion and Self-Discovery

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Since 2000, Birthright has provided free 10-day educational and cultural trips to Israel for more than 500,000 Jews ages 18-26. Niche Birthright trips like the LGBTQ trip ensure that all eligible participants feel they have a place in the often transformative experience of discovering Israel. Bex Zank: “I came to Israel in attempt to get […]