Women’s Gathering in Jerusalem

Tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm, in Jerusalem, the first Women’s Gathering of the Jewish new year, co-sponsored by A Wider Bridge. Yes, men can come too. Join this event on Facebook

Sarah Weil, an LGBTQ activist and scholar from Jerusalem, is the creator of the Women’s Gathering events in Jerusalem, designed to bring the lesbian community in Jerusalem closer.

The first Women’s Gathering of the New Year is made in conjunction with giving a welcome to A Wider Bridge 2014 Israel Mission, which arrived in Jerusalem earlier today, to meet and mingle with the LBTQ and friends community of Jerusalem in a warm environment.

“We are having a special Women’s Gathering in honor of A Wider Bridge, who is doing so much to further the relationship between the US and Israel’s LGBTQ communities,” says Weil. ” Today, being accepted in the LGBTQ community often means rejecting Israel.  Many LGBTQ Jews feel that Judaism and/or Israel can have no place in their lives as LGBTQ peoples.  A Wider Bridge is creating a vital community in which is challenging that and giving many people a way of both being connected to Israel and proudly LGBTQ.  This Women’s Gathering my way of saying Thank You.”

Women’s Gathering will be kicking off this New Year with a longtime staple of the Jerusalem cafe scene, Nocturno Home and Cafe, where the space of the “Designers in the City” studios will turn into a party hall.

DJ extraordinaire Eran Hollander from Tel Aviv has graciously accepted the invitation to share his brilliant music. Eran is an intricate improvising sound weaver, using the power of his voice, body and didgeridoo to create a new language of music through Loop machines. Tel Aviv based professional dancers Leia Rose Weil and Snunit Baraban, trained in Ohad Naharin’s movement language GAGA, will also participate.

“We are so fortunate that Sarah Weil was open to hosting a Women’s Gathering timed for our trip,” says Erica, one of the leaders of A Wider Bridge’s 2014 israel trip. “It should be a really special thing for our group to experience!”

“It’s primarily for women, but it’s open to  everyone, including women identified men, men identified women, trans, and the larger Jerusalem population,” says Weil. “The environment is not exclusive, but the idea is to create an event when people who normally feel odd and alienated in our society to feel ‘normal’ in a space that celebrates difference and diversity. “

“The Jerusalem LGBTQ community is as diverse as the larger heteronormative population, but what brings us together is our common experience of gender and sexual difference…if you walk around and really talk to people, you will find that each person has their own often painful and often traumatic story of being born into a world and society in which they simply to not fit, and having to struggle with trying to carve out a space to just be themselves when most of the rest of the world does not mirror them or simply cannot understand them because the majority of people cannot relate…at least in terms of gender and sexual difference, to the experience of actually being ‘queer’ / LGBT in our society.”