Weekly Round-Up: January 20, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of Israeli, LGBT and Jewish life!



At a meeting held Wednesday, it was officially announced that bisexuality will headline Pride 2017 events in Israel as a central theme. WDG / A Wider Bridge

Zehorit Sorek and Daniel Jonas‘ tour of talks around the U.S. comes to an end this weekend with their last stop in Chicago. In between the busy schedule, Zehorit found the time to reflect on their journey. A Wider Bridge

“All parents face the same challenges”. That’s the message of a new online ad campaign by the Israeli pharmacy chain store Superpharm. The ad presents three different same-sex couples, and it’s adorable. A Wider Bridge


DETROIT — Attorney and civil rights advocate Dana Nessel won’t quit fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community. Detroit Jewish News

FLORIDA — Robert Boo, Chief Executive Officer at Florida Equality Park’s Pride Center was joined by Zehorit Sorek and Daniel Jonas to talk about Orthodox LGBT life in Israel. South Florida Gay News

MINNEAPOLIS — Local Jewish magazine writes about the arrival of Daniel and Zehorit to Minnesota. “We’re trying to bring awareness and visibility,” Sorek said. “In 2010, when I came the first time to the U.S., I realized were dealing with same issue in both countries.” TCJewsFolk

PHILADELPHIA — Gay philanthropist David Gold, who has been involved with Jewish Federations for decades, took his non-Jewish partner James Yiaski to see Israel. They visited both the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jewish Exponent

SAN FRANCISCO — The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is scheduled to honor in February gay former California State Senator Mark Leno, as one of the community champions. A Wider Bridge

CHILE — A young Jewish gay rights activist wearing Israel T shirt was attacked at a park in Santiago by three men who carried neo-Nazi symbols. The Forward


An investigation revealed that members of Chevra Kadisha, Jewish burial services, across Israel aren’t prepared to bury homosexuals: “If it is possible for them to be buried in another place, it is preferable.” Jerusalem Online

Schools in Tel Aviv are set to update Shabbat-welcoming services held in municipal preschools to portray a variety of non-heteronormative families. Pink News


Lesbian musician Efrat Kolberg explains why releasing a love song for a woman is a political statement in 2017, when she she faces lesbophobia – even on the street. A Wider Bridge


Model and actress Hari Nef made history as the first transgender woman to appear in a L’Oreal Paris commercial. To celebrate, The Forward magazine put together a list of 10 things you might not know about this fashion icon. The Forward

In the cover story of the latest issue of entertainment magazine Vulture, gay Jewish actor Billy Eichner, whose career reached new levels in the past year, says dating life has been ‘fantastic’ now that he’s more famous. Vulture

The acclaimed Ohad Naharin documentary, by Tomer Heymann, is ready to take America by storm next month. Jerusalem Post

At 53, Jewish gay artist Cary Leibowitz has landed his first-ever solo museum exhibition, which includes over 350 artworks from 1987 onward. The Bay Area Reporter

Famed host Andy Cohen recalls that the late Joan Rivers found common grounds with celebrity dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy over love for Israel. Haaretz


Guy Lavie, content manager of the Israeli satellite documentary channel Yes Docu and a proud gay man, writes about the effect of transgender visibility on television. WDG

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 16, is a celebration of his life and a reminder that there’s still work to be done in this country for his dream to be fully realized. A Wider Bridge