Weekly Round-Up: January 6, 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!



As we open 2017, A Wider Bridge brings you a list of nine LGBT Israelis to keep an eye on in the new year. A shout out to Amir Ohana, Zehorit Sorek, Omer Nahmany, Miki Zaidel, Talleen Abu Hanna, Daniel Jonas, Sarah Weil, Shine Horovits and Sagi Krispin. A Wider Bridge

By making a change in their local orthodox communities, members of Havruta are changing the entire Jewish world — one rabbi at a time. A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge LGBTQ Mission to Israel alumna Lynare Robbins was inspired by a progressive and artistic approach to solving social issues in Israel. Medium.com

In break from tradition, ultra-orthodox rabbi Mike Moskowitz gives emotional speech about transgender acceptance; The New York City resident is making waves for speaking about a sensitive subject. A Plus


NEW YORK — Lesbian Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum lighted this Hanukkah, not with a menorah, but with love. The firebrand rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah brought Jews and Muslims together to fight a rise in hate crime. NBC News

UNITED KINGDOM — Gay couple assaulted in anti-Semitic, homophobic attack: Two men and friend celebrating Christmas in north Yorkshire pub set upon by gang who accost them because one is Jewish. The Times of Israel


The LGBT community in Israel is now being called on to vote for the theme of Tel Aviv Pride 2017. A Wider Bridge

The World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) has voted Wednesday in favor of joining Achva – LGBTI Student’s Association in Israel, to its union. A Wider Bridge


Amir Stein, a transgender man, is sick of people prying in his private parts and asking intimate questions as if his feelings don’t matter; These days he even finds it hard to get out of bed. WDG

American Jewish University alumnus Jacob Rostovsky started a nonprofit that subsidizes surgeries and hormones for transgender people. NBC Out

Sahar Avital writes about being a gay kindergarten teacher, and the extra values that the kids receive from him, like acceptance, respect, and letting people be who they are. Mako Pride


Michael Twitty’s forthcoming book, ‘The Cooking Gene,’ explores the sometimes-bitter taste of the cuisine of enslaved African-Americans. The young, black, gay Jewish blogger and chef is the Observer’s choice for The Next Big Culinary Star. The Observer


Attorney Iris Sheinfeld calls for appointing an openly LGBT justice in the Israeli supreme court, in order for the court to be a true representation of Israeli society. Mako

Looking over this history, Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld finds many clear and stunning connections between historical representations of LGBTQ people and Jewish people; Both have historically been regarded as wolves in sheep’s clothing. LGBTQ Nation