Israel’s Coalition Rejects Bill to Extend Surrogacy Rights to Gay Men; AWB Attends Session

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On Wednesday, October 31, A Wider Bridge’s 2018 Fall LGBTQ Mission Trip to Israel sat in the Knesset gallery as the opposition introduced the pro-LGBT surrogacy Bill, which was ultimately defeated.  The group witnessed an ugly episode as ultra-orthodox MK shouted out at MKs Yair Lapid and Yael German for championing the LGBTQ community. AWB’s Quentin […]

Nearly 700 Rabbis In Support of LGBTQ Rights and Acceptance in Israel

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In response to growing controversies in Israel regarding anti-gay surrogacy legislation and the homophobic letter signed by 200 prominent Orthodox Dati Leumi (national religious) rabbis in Israel, nearly 700 rabbis from across the United States and Canada signed on to A Wider Bridge’s letter, committing LGBTQ acceptance and equal rights in Israel. We, the undersigned rabbis […]

Hannah Simpson: Israel’s Surrogacy Law is Bad, But Not Anti-Zionism Fodder

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Transgender/LGBTQ advocate and a Wider Bridge Mission Trip to Israel Alumna Hannah Simpson argues that we must respect and support the homegrown activism in Israel that will no doubt prevail in securing surrogacy, adoption rights and universal marriage equality. Protestors shout slogans during a LGBT community members protest against discriminatory surrogate bill in Tel Aviv, […]

Take Action: Sign Petition to Support LGBTQ Strikes Across Israel

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On Sunday, Israel’s LGBTQ community is going on strike. A Wider Bridge and the Israeli LGBTQ community need our international support. Please help us build momentum for the LGBTQ Strike Across Israel by signing and sharing this online campaign. Thank you! #YesLGBTQ On Sunday, July 22, tens of thousands of LGBTQ Israelis and allies will stay home from work and close […]

Anti-Gay Surrogacy Bill Passes, The Aguda Calls for Nationwide LGBTQ Strike

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday dashed to the Knesset for the express purpose of voting against a measure that would have extended surrogacy rights to same-sex couples — two days after publishing a video explaining why he supports the idea.  In response to the passage of this anti-gay surrogacy bill, the Aguda National LGBTQ […]

We Lost Today

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A Wider Bridge’s Executive Director Tyler Gregory penned this response to the anti-gay surrogacy bill that just passed the Knesset today. I’m sad to say that we lost at the Knesset today, despite fierce opposition and broad public support for LGBTQ families. Ultra-orthodox parties within the government forced a vote on an anti-gay amendment to […]

Passage of Anti-LGBTQ Surrogacy Bill in Israel Part of a Worrying Trend 

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Contact: Ronit Bezalel, Communications Director,, 1-866-288-5774 x6 NEW YORK — A Wider Bridge, the North American organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ communities in Israel expressed disappointment in Knesset’s actions to pass a law today preventing access to surrogacy in Israel for gay couples and single men. Under the law as it stands, gay couples and single men […]

Surrogacy Vote Delayed after PM Backs Inclusion of Same-sex Couples in Bill

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The Israeli Knesset is deliberating over an amendment to the surrogacy bill which will allow single women to obtain the use of a surrogate in Israel, but will still exclude gay couples from obtaining this service also. Until now, the service has only been legally available in Israel to married, heterosexual couples. Demonstrators protest against […]

Thousands Protest Knesset’s Surrogacy Bill’s Exclusion of Gay Couples

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Israel’s LGBTQ communities demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a looming bill on surrogacy that, if passed, would exclude gay couples. Photo: Guy Cohen The bill, which is expected to pass into law in its final readings at the Knesset on Monday, updates current legislation that only grants state-supported surrogacy for married heterosexual […]