One Jew at a Time: Yes, You Can Be Progressive and Zionist

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My twenty-something Passover Seder guest didn’t know he could be exactly what he was: both Progressive and a Zionist. We have to do better with our young people. Arafat’s cunning lie, “Zionism is Racism,” is on steroids today, and our young people are being hurt. We live in a time of increasingly anti-Semitic responses to […]

Bay Area Lesbian Mizrahi leader Rachel Wahba calls out the NY Times for first omitting LGBTQ Israelis, and then Jews from Arab lands.

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A recent New York Times article on LGBT rights in the Middle East praised Lebanon, yet completely neglected Israel. Bay Area Mizrahi leader Rachel Wahba takes the Times to task. Seriously? Lebanon, not Israel, is the only country in the Middle East and North Africa with gay rights? What’s going on? Is this a basic […]

Orthodox Rabbi’s Wife Returns from AWB/Olivia Mission: I Too Can Help Promote Change and Understanding

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Guila Rice, an Orthodox Rabbi’s Wife, recently returned from the AWB/Olivia 2017 Women’s Mission Trip to Israel. She shares her experiences and what she learned. Giula Rice with Olivia co-founder Rachel Wahba So picture me, an Orthodox Rabbi’s Wife along with a group of Lesbians. Would they accept me? Would I be made to feel […]

AWB Mission Alum Guila Rice: Chanukah Memories Then And Now

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Guila Rice recently attended the A Wider Bridge/Olivia 2017 Mission Trip to Israel. As Chanukah approaches, she reflects on her Chanukah memories then and now. In Jerusalem: Guila Rice and Olivia Founder Rachel Wahba My Dad was a House Painter who came to Canada from the ashes of the Holocaust. He worked 6-7 days a week […]

Widening the Bridge with Olivia: AWB’s First Mission in Partnership with Olivia Tours

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A Wider Bridge is partnering with the Olivia lesbian travel company to bring queer women on a 10-day mission to Israel to experience the country through an LGBTQ lens. Olivia is THE Travel company for lesbians! Over the past 40 years, the company has evolved into a vibrant community and a culture, that has taken […]

Revolt and Unity Under the Chuppah

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Like so many gay and lesbians Jews and non-Jews, writer and psychotherapist Rachel Wahba didn’t give up on her family, her government, or her Synagogue. When DOMA went down Rabbi David Wolpe took a giant step forward. He unilaterally began wedding gay men and lesbian women under the chuppah despite disrupting a large faction of […]

It’s not easy to be ‘progressive’

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When Israel is threatened, San Francisco Bay Area based writer and psychotherapist Rachel Wahba, like any Jew who understands history should be, feels threatened. She chooses to remain a Jew in America, a Zionist in an anti-Semitic world, and a progressive in the San Francisco bay area. I grew up with no such “choice.” I was just a […]