Arrested Gay Rabbis Speak Out

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Following their arrest at the Manhattan protest outside Trump International Hotel on Monday evening, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi David Dunn Bauer published statements reflecting on their experience and expressing their feelings. “Dear Friends, I am deeply grateful for all the good wishes on the occasion of my doing civil disobedience with 18 other rabbis,” […]

LGBT Rabbis Arrested in Manhattan

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Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of CBST and Rabbi David Dunn Bauer are among 19 rabbis arrested outside Trump’s Manhattan hotel to protest travel ban Police arresting rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (photo: Gili Getz) Nineteen rabbis were cuffed Monday night outside a Trump hotel near Columbus Circle while protesting the President’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, […]

“I’m Beginning to See What My Parents Saw in 1930s”

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Irena Klepfisz, daughter of Holocaust survivors and a second-wave feminist, explains why she joined the Women’s March on N.Y.C. against President Donald Trump. Moises Rosenfeld, left, and Irena Klepfisz at the March on NYC, Jan. 21, 2017 (photo: Neta Alexander) Like a real-life Forrest Gump, the Jewish lesbian poet, activist and academic Irena Klepfisz has […]

NYU Jewish, Gay Community Shaken But ‘Strong’ After Finding Swastika Sticky Notes in Dorm

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A wave of anti-semitism in New York: swastika sticky notes posted on an NYU dorm-room door; Anti-Semitic pamphlet sent to gay New York state senator A swastika on a sticky note posted on an NYU dorm-room door. Photo: Anastasiya Muravyeva/Facebook. After being confronted by a swastika and “white pride” messages on the door of their […]

Symbolism, Security, and Inclusivity

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Architecture Research Office (ARO) paid careful attention to symbolism, craft, security, and inclusivity in designing the new building of LGBT synagogue CBST in Manhattan “The Torah was the first building code,” said Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), the prominent LGBTQ-welcoming synagogue. Stephen Cassell, principal at Architecture Research Office (ARO), quoted the […]

Get to know Gòn Halevi

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Gòn Halevi is a singer, pianist, actor and composer from Israel who’s currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree in voice at the Mannes School of Music in Manhattan. Gòn Halevi (Photo by Camilo Gomez) In June, a video showing a Japanese opera star performing an Israeli classic song “Horshat Ha’eucalyptus” in fluent Hebrew went viral […]

Orthodox Shuls Host LGBT Event, Amid Row

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An organization that hosts events and weekend retreats for Orthodox LGBT Jews went forward with programming in downtown Manhattan last weekend, despite pushback from several prominent Orthodox rabbis. A letter signed and circulated by 12 community leaders, including Rabbi Yeshaya Siff of the Young Israel of Manhattan and Rabbi Zvi Dovid Romm of the Bialystoker […]