Politics and Activism

Zehorit Sorek

zehorit-Featured-1Zehorit Sorek is a prominent Israeli LGBT activist, Founder of the Pride Minyan group for religious LGBT Israelis and leader of the LGBT caucus of Yesh Atid party.

Zehorit Sorek founded the Pride Minyan in Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur 2009, after she felt like she has no place in her native Orthodox synagogue.

As a born and raised Orthodox Jew, Zehorit dedicated her volunteering work to the creation of a proud Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender religious community. Besides her work for the Pride Minyan, she’s an active member of “Bat Kol”, the religious lesbian organization, and a former director at “Hoshen” an educational program for LGBT acceptance. Also, she’s a member of the advisory committee of the LGBT community center in Tel Aviv. In 2012 she got the honor of Distinguished Members of the LGBT Community. During the last year she functions as the Chairperson of the LGBT cell of “Yesh Atid” party.

Zehorit holds a M.A in Studies in history and archeology of Israel from Bar ilan university nowadays she works at the education system as a teachers trainer . Zehorit currently lives in Tel Aviv, with her wife, Limor, and two children, Tzvi-Bar and Ariel.


Fighting a Rabbi’s Homophobia with Images of Love (AWB / February 25, 2018)
Orthodox Gay Wedding Goes Viral (WDG / January 22, 2018)
Zehorit Sorek Describes the Fight For LGBT Equality in Israel’s Orthodox Community (The Jewish Chronicle / December 25, 2017)
Naftali Bennett Doesn’t Rule Out an LGBTQ Person in His Jewish Religious Party (Kipa / September 25, 2017)
“Refusing to Choose” Forum Highlights Orthodox LGBTQ Activists (New Voices / February 2, 2017)
Orthodox LGBTs Talk Coming Out, Staying Visible (Windy City Times / January 29, 2017)
A Wider Bridge Allows LGBT Jews To Keep Faith (South Florida Gay News / January 18, 2017)
Impressions of Israel Orthodox LGBT Lecture Tour (A Wider Bridge / January 18, 2017)
9 LGBT Israelis to Watch in 2017 (A Wider Bridge / January 3, 2017)
Refusing to Choose: LGBT and Orthodox in Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 15, 2016)
LGBT Connection to Judaism, in Israel (A Wider Bridge / October 11, 2016)
Tel Aviv 2016 Pride Theme: Women! (WDG / Gebruary 4, 2016)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
Zehorit Talks LGBT-Jewish Visibility (A Wider Bridge / December 28, 2015)
Opening Up the Religious Community to LGBT (A Wider Bridge / December 22, 2015)
A Wider Brunch: Watch in Full! (A Wider Bridge / November 3, 2015)
Who’s Who Queer Jew (Jerusalem Post / November 1, 2015)
LGBT Issues in Israeli Elections (A Wider Bridge / March 18, 2015)
First Openly Lesbian Candidate (A Wider Bridge / January 29, 2015)
Get to know Zehorit Sorek (A Wider Bridge / January 28, 2015)
Yesh Atid Candidate Aims to Become Knesset’s First Out Lesbian (Jerusalem Post / January 27, 2015)
LGBT Equality: Yom Kippur Services (Mako Pride / October 2, 2014)
A Wider Bridge Israel Trip: Day 3 (A Wider Bridge / November 18, 2013)
A Wider Bridge Israel Trip: Day 2 (A Wider Bridge / November 15, 2013)
I’m A Religious Woman, A Mother, and Lesbian (La’isha / July 9, 2013)
Orthodox Gay Israelis Attend Eshel Midwest Retreat (A Wider Bridge / July 24, 2012)
Rainbow Flags Aflutter, Orthodox Groups Enter a Float in Gay Pride Parade (The Forward / June 15, 2011)
Israeli, Orthodox and Gay (A Wider Bridge / November 2010)