Jewish Journal

  • Living with Conviction

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    July 4, 2010 | 12:52 am

    I am blessed to have parents who are supportive of me regardless of my sexuality.  My father has made it clear that he loves me unconditionally, but in the back of his head, still wishes that I would find a nice Jewish guy to settle down with. I know that the main reason he thinks... read on

  • Be’er Sheva’s First Gay Pride Parade

    By Maital Guttman

    July 3, 2010 | 5:53 pm

    Tel Aviv is known as the “gay city” of Israel.  Some estimates say that 15% of Tel Avivians are LGBT, probably because most Israelis who are gay escape the smaller towns for the big city of night life, beaches, and fabulouness.  But Be’er Sheva, a smaller city in the South of Israel (the Neveg), is making its own steps towards inclusivity.  This year, the municipality, which included an ultra-Orthodox Jew, approved the first Gay Pride Parade.  Hear from Shai as he described the triumphs and challenges of the day.

  • A Tale of Two Prides

    By Sasha Perry

    June 29, 2010 | 10:13 am

    A few weeks ago I attended Los Angeles’ Pride Parade.  It was my first in the States as an adult.  Growing up, Las Vegas wasn’t organized enough or maybe not queer friendly enough to have a Pride parade that I can recall.  My first several Pride events took place in Jerusalem.  I was... read on

  • The Tightrope

    By Chanel Dubofsky

    June 28, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    The economic crisis has forced Jewish communities to focus more on the quality of its relationships than on the amount of its programming. It’s a novel idea, sadly, but a good one. The problem is, of course, the execution. 

    The idea that we as Jewish educators can use our own... read on

  • Just a lil’ Tzedakah, Early in the Mornin’

    By Tera Greene

    June 28, 2010 | 9:01 am

    Hello Friends,

    Before the past weekend began, I was sent a message in my inbox that made me perk up and want to help out.  Los Angeles is a sprawling city, and CicLAvia is a project that aims to open seven miles of streets to bikes, pedestrians, dogs, families and strollers, by... read on

  • StandWithUs Speaker BANNED from USSF Conference, Gay Rights in the Middle East will NOT be discussed

    By Maital Guttman

    June 28, 2010 | 4:55 am


    USSF “Social Justice” Forum Bans Advocate for Middle East Gay Community
    Intolerance for Israel Trumps Human Rights Commitments, Causes Harassment of Scheduled Speaker
    and Sudden Cancellation of Educational LGBT Workshop

    [Los Angeles—June... read on

  • The Road to Authenticity

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    June 24, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    On August 23rd, 2007, I boarded a plane heading for Los Angeles in hopes of creating a new life. I had been struggling with depression for several years, and finally believed that I had hit an emotional bottom. I came to L.A seeking recovery and a new way of life at Beit T’Shuvah,... read on

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