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Weekly Round-Up: July 1, 2016

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!



A new era for the American Jewish World Service begins today as Robert Bank, a gay man, takes over at the global Jewish organization AJWS. The Bay Area Reporter

On Sunday, June 26, the Judges in Jerusalem District Court sentenced Yishai Schlissel to life in prison plus 31 years, and more than 2 million shekels in reparations to his victims. The court recognized the severity of his crime, the lack of regret shown by Schlissel and the danger he poses to the LGBTQ community, and assured that he would not be released from prison again. A Wider Bridge / The Daily Mail

From Stonewall to 2014’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Jews have been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ rights. JTA lists nine of the most influential Jews who have helped make LGBTQ issues visible and are still working to enact change: Jazz Jennings, Tony Kushner, Rabbi Denise Eger, Barney Frank, Fran Drescher, Abby Stein, Larry Kramer, Evan Wolfson and Rabbi Steven Greenberg. JTA

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, principal of Bronx-based SAR Academy, acknowledged the grief of the LGBT community in a speech that went viral on Facebook. Tablet Magazine


For most transgender people, coming out is a nightmare. For one lieutenant Shachar from the Israel Defense Forces, it was “a fairy tale.” J Weekly


CHICAGO — Michael Oxman just returned from a transformational mission to Israel, The Jewish Federations of North America’s “See Israel with Pride,” and wrote about his experience. JUF News

OHIO — Lake Miller, a straight ally teen, is set to start and help lead an LGBT-friendly Cub Scout pack this summer. Dayton Daily News

LOS ANGELES — New movie that is describe as the Israeli Blue Is the Warmest Color will be screened at this year OutFest, the Los Angeles International LGBT Film Festival. BCC-LA

NEW YORK — On Wednesday night, Hebro threw its annual pre-Pride parade happy hour at the Attic Rooftop & Lounge on West 48th Street. NY BluePrint

RHODE ISLAND — More than 100 people attended an inspirational Pride Shabbat June 17 at Temple Habonim in Barrington. Prayers and readings included a remembrance for those killed in Orlando. The Jewish Voice

ST. LOUIS — A variety of Jewish congregations and organizations took part in the St. Louis PrideFest parade, hoping that Jewish community presence  sends message of support. St. Louis Jewish Light

UNITED KINGDOM — A record 160-strong Jewish LGBT group took part in London Pride last weekend. Jewish News


Noga, a 39-year-old lesbian taxi driver, explains why she joined “Monita” – a new feminist Taxi cooperation in Tel Aviv: “Unfortunately, to date there are drivers who find it difficult to accept when they see a female taxi driver.” A Wider Bridge

The annual Opera Workshop gets under way in Tel Aviv, and special guests include Steven Goldstein, husband of Rabbi Steven Greenberg. The Jerusalem Post


Columnist Marjorie Ingall gives tips for standing up for the LGBT community. Tablet

In recent years Jewish camps have been catching up with shifting the attention to the needs of transgender and gender-fluid kids and staff. JTA

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League and an attorney who led the organization’s marriage equality push tell us why the storied group is ready to devote even more resources to expanding LGBT rights. The Advocate


Israeli singer David Lavi will go on the Indie Stage at the 20th Copenhagen Gay Pride Festival that takes place in August. WDG

The gay dads who became famous when a photo taken at the birth of their son went viral release a children’s book, a story from the point of view of baby Milo- about surrogacy, love and becoming a family. Canadian Jewish Times


Michael J. Broyde And Amy D. Katz claim that “mini-bathrooms,” that are small, self-contained and fully enclosed, can solve both transgender bathroom issue and the privacy and modesty issue required by Jewish law. The New York Jewish Week

“Gay is all around Tel Aviv:” Staff of popular British magazine went to Israel to try figure out why people make a meal out of Tel Aviv men – and came back in love. Gay Times

Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development pays a tribute to the outgoing President of the American Jewish World Service, Ruth Messinger. The Huffington Post

Jeffrey Salkin pays last respect to his former gay, Jewish English teacher, Bob Yesselman, who was also the director of Dance/USA/NYC for 36 years. “Back in late 1960s Bethpage, New York, that word [‘gay’] did not exist. It was more like “fag”. Or “homo.” Except we had no real idea of what those words meant.” Religion News Service

Robbie Medwed, Education Director of SOJOURN, criticizes Rabbi Herzfeld for showing solidarity with the LGBT community by visiting a gay bar: “If you want to stand with the LGBTQ community now, and I sincerely hope you do, go to vigils and speak out against bigotry and hatred, especially in your own congregations.” Atlanta Jewish Times

Renée S. Septimus writes a letter to the editor of the New York Jewish Week about her religious son’s acceptance of gay people: “I’ll just love, and let God Judge.” The New York Jewish Week

Zoe Schlanger, a young Newsweek writer, took part in Birthright’s LGBT trip to Israel, but didn’t go on the trip a blank slate: “My image of Israel has been shaped by an anti-war upbringing.” Newsweek