Weekly Round-up: August 25, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!



Mohammed Wari, the first Arab board member of the Israeli National LGBT Task Force, is leaving the board and speaks about Arab LGBT activism in Tel Aviv, about his recent marriage and about his next move. WDG

Udi and Guy Ledergor, a doctor and high-tech person are the dads starring with their little girl in the new Oral-B TV ad in Israel. This ad just made history. Haaretz

Arthur Finkelstein, who led dozens of campaigns in the US and in Israel, died of lung cancer on Friday. Finkelstein was openly gay and lived with his long time partner, who he later married, and two adopted children. The Times of Israel


LGBTQ people in the Arab sector are exposed to manifestations of violence, humiliation, ostracism, threats, and isolation. A pride parade in Nazareth can be a significant step in alleviating the distress from which Arab LGBT people suffer. Attorney Eran Rosenzweig believes that a parade that will create dialogue rather than antagonism, can remove the curtain of silence in the matter and break the closet doors in Arab society. Mako Pride

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan and one of the most respected leaders and Torah Sages of the religious Zionist sector, said that the Jewish community needs to understand the difficulties inherent in being LGBT, and to draw LGBT people who struggle with their identity closer. Israel National News


CHICAGO — Over the past 18 months, Chicago has made headlines for a series of ugly snubs targeting Jewish organizations and individuals. Gretchen Rachel Hammond asks how did a city that gave us one of the nation’s most thriving Jewish communities become ground zero for anti-Semitic agitation? Tablet

SAN FRANCISCO — LGBT congregation Sha’ar Zahav marks 40 years, and there’s no intention to toss out its rainbow flags or stop participating in Pride week events. However, recent changes at Sha’ar Zahav epitomize an evolution taking place around the country. J Weekly

CANADA — A week before the local Ottawa Pride Festival, Mayor Jim Watson welcomed Daniel Jonas, leader of Havruta – Israeli organization for orthodox gay men- for a discussion of LGBTQ issues. Canadian Jewish News

UNITED KINGDOM — Candidates in the race to be the next leader of the UK Independence Party include a gay, pro-Israel former television producer Peter Whittle and his opponent – an activist who has described herself as “an opponent” of Islam. The Jewish Chronicle


An American Bear in the Middle East. Was his travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem safe? In one word: Yes! “I will continue to tell of my love of Tel Aviv, the beach, the men, the food in future posts on here,” writes Adam Dupuis. Read his blog. Instinct magazine

Recent battles over the rainbow flag and the Star of David have exposed long-simmering biases. Philadelphia Gay News’ Mark Segal asks: Is the Queer community eating its own (again)? Lavender Magazine

A Wider Bridge Midwest is currently recruiting for our first ever campus initiative, A Wider Bridge University. A Wider Bridge