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

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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 […]

The Jewish Community’s Obligation to Trans Youth

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On March 1st, Keshet launched Kavod Achshav | For the Sake of Dignity: A Campaign for Trans Youth to mobilize the Jewish community in support of trans youth, in response to the recent federal roll-back of protections for transgender students in public schools. Joy Ladin underlines the urgency of taking action today to support trans […]

An Interview with Ilana Kaufman, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay JCRC

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Ilana Kaufman is a nationally recognized speaker, a Jewish community leader with twenty years of organizational development experience, and a published author of many articles, including, “What It’s Like to Be a Black, Gay, Professional Jew.” Keshet interviewed her about her work for the Jewish Community Relations Council and how the Jewish community can more fully embrace its diversity. Can you describe your […]

7. Love Your Transgender Kid.

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Counting down the biggest stories on our website in 2016… The High Holidays can be such a public time for families- they may be in synagogue where the biggest crowd of the year gathers. Rabbi Ari Moffic, a mom of a transgender child, led a Keshet webinar in September about the inclusion of Jewish transgender, […]

Hunter Keith Makes Gender Revolution

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Hunter Keith, a 17-year-old transgender teen and a longtime participant in Keshet’s LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton, appears in the current issue of the National Geographic, titled ‘Gender Revolution.’ In the photo, Hunter is holding his skateboard, which prominently features Keshet’s own “LGBTQ Jewish Safe Zone” sticker. Hunter Keith’s picture was published as a part […]

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 […]

Fight For Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Could Reignite

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Some of President-elect Donald Trump’s top advisers support gay conversion therapy, which raises fears of a potential change that could resurrect the communal battle over the practice. Just four years ago, more than 200 leading Orthodox rabbis signed a letter asserting that therapy can “heal” gay Jews. The letter came amid a heated Jewish communal […]