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  • Amendment allowing Israeli gays, singles to use surrogate mothers advances

    March 3, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    An Israeli government committee approved an amendment that would allow same-sex couples and singles to use surrogate mothers in Israel.

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the amendment to the surrogacy law on Sunday by a vote of 7 to 5. Under the current law, only...

  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • Jewish values dictate protecting gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    In the early 1970s, while I was CEO of the Seagram Company, public dialogue about gay rights was largely nonexistent in corporate America. Social discourse had not yet even evolved into the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ethos that dominated the following decades. Homosexuality was simply...

  • California: the left’s laboratory

    By Dennis Prager

    June 6, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Our state of California has become a laboratory. The progressive party, the Democrats, holds every statewide office, from governor on down, and they hold super-majorities in both houses of the state legislature. Even if every Republican legislator in Sacramento votes against a...

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  • The queerness of love: A Jewish case for same-sex marriage

    January 24, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Last year, I officiated at the first same-sex wedding in the 145-year history of my synagogue.  For a Conservative congregation, this was quite a break with tradition.  Nevertheless,  I was proud to stand beneath the wedding canopy with this couple, who affirmed the sacredness of...

  • Hagel’s homophobia

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 9, 2013 | 10:14 am

    A few years ago I was out having dinner with my orthodox, gay, Jewish brother when a religious man walked over to me and asked if I was Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. From his aggressive posture I knew in my gut that I should not respond in the affirmative but was simply too tired to lie....

  • A more modern view of homosexuality

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The American Modern Orthodox community has just entered uncharted territory. Last week, our largest rabbinic organization, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) formally withdrew its support of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality). JONAH has long been the...

  • Orthodox Rabbi Steven Greenberg talks to Pasadena shul about homosexuality, welcoming the stranger

    By Roberto Loiederman

    November 20, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    When Rabbi Steve Greenberg was a young rabbinical student at an Orthodox Yeshiva near Jerusalem in the mid-1970s, he was attracted to a fellow (male) student. He wanted to talk about his feelings of homosexual desire to a respected old rabbi — but was afraid to. So Greenberg fudged...

  • Index measures Jewish communal groups’ LGBT sensitivity

    November 12, 2012 | 10:34 am

    A new survey of Jewish communal organizations found that 50 percent of them have taken significant steps to welcome gays and lesbians and their families.

    The Jewish Organization Equality Index provides benchmarks for gauging and improving policies regarding gay, lesbian bisexual...

  • Conservative day school cancels Boy Scout troops over exclusion of gay leaders

    October 25, 2012 | 9:48 am

    A Conservative Jewish day school will not renew its Boy Scouts charter because of the organization's policy excluding gay and lesbian adults as leaders.

    The Golda Och Academy in West Orange, N.J., said in a letter to parents last week that the Scouts' policy presents a...

  • RHONJ – Time To Go Manzo

    By Ilana Angel

    August 27, 2012 | 7:23 am

    This week is what seems like the 8th week in Napa. The show is all about everyone talking crap about Teresa, her defending herself, chicks fake crying, men acting like children, and the fans getting one step closer to being alcoholics because it has become near impossible to watch...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Double Blog

    By Ilana Angel

    August 20, 2012 | 9:42 am

    This is the one housewife show I enjoy watching.  That said, they are testing my patience.  It is predictable and not real, but somehow I look forward to it each week.  I missed last week as I was away, so this is a double dose of blogging.  Two weeks, one blog.  Lets begin!

    Hang...

  • New Tel Aviv center aiming to reduce anti-gay violence

    August 1, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    Israel’s association for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is launching a center in Tel Aviv to combat anti-gay violence.

    The center, which opens Wednesday, will collect data on violence against gays and offer members of the LGBT community legal and...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Hit the Road

    By Ilana Angel

    July 30, 2012 | 9:33 am

    We start the week with everyone packing for the trip to Napa.  A hurricane is about to hit New Jersey, but all the women are leaving their children behind and flying away from the storm.  Not sure it is what I would have done, but I guess the show must go on.  By show of course I...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Men’s Night

    By Ilana Angel

    July 23, 2012 | 6:33 pm

    We all continue to watch this show even though none of us can stand it.  Why do we do it?  We all have different reasons I suppose.  For me it’s the large amount of alcohol I drink to get through the first five minutes.  I also watch because I lost my remote when the season...

  • RHoNJ – Gia Rocks & Melissa Sucks

    By Ilana Angel

    July 15, 2012 | 9:34 pm

    We start off the train wreck with Melissa proving she cannot sing, and she cannot dance either.  Chris Judd is humiliating himself by trying to choreograph her, which is hilarious.  We flash to Gia learning her dance moves and we see that she is fabulous.  It is really rather...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey – Oy Vey!

    By Ilana Angel

    July 9, 2012 | 9:07 am

    I love this show but it has reached the point where writing about it is more to mock them than talk about how great it is.  Everyone is predictable, many are pathetic, and some have clearly worn off their welcome and need to get the hell off of our televisions before even mocking...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey – Another Fake Doctor?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 1, 2012 | 11:20 pm

    The episode this week is proof that Bravo is now struggling to put a show together in New Jersey.  It was boring, dragged out, full of inconsistencies, and dripping with fakeness.  It’s hard to care enough to watch for an hour and near impossible to blog about.  You have to wonder...

  • June 5, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    On Friday night, June 8 JewishJournal.com will be airing a live stream of Beth Chayim Chadishim’s Shabbat services.  Founded in 1972 as the world’s first lesbian and gay synagogue, today BCC is an inclusive community of progressive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual Jews, our families and friends.

    Broadcast to begin at 8pm (PDT)

  • Lesbian couple can both be child’s mother, Israeli court rules

    March 5, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Both members of a lesbian couple who had a child together can be recognized as the child’s mother, an Israeli court ruled.

    The egg of one of the women was fertilized with donated sperm and implanted in the second woman’s uterus. Only the woman who gave birth to the baby boy was...

  • A man’s equipment…

    By Julia Bendis

    November 4, 2011 | 10:00 pm

    It has been years since I’ve watched old episodes of ‘Seinfeld’. I usually come across it, watch for a few minutes then move on.  Today’s show, however made me pause and think.  It was the one where Elaine tries to change a homosexual man into a heterosexual unsuccessfully. ...

  • Making it easier for LGBT Jewish kids to be open, honest

    By Ryan E. Smith

    November 1, 2011 | 8:44 pm

    Someday, maybe every gay Jewish youth will have as easy a time coming out as Elias Rubin did.

    “I came out a few days after I figured it out myself,” said the 11th-grader from Valley Village. “Everybody was totally supportive and accepting.”

    That was when he was in eighth...

  • National Coming Out Day: Be Brave, Be Strong, Be Yourself, Be Happy

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Today is National Coming Out Day. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities have my support on this very important day.  I hope those of you who are contemplating coming out, have the love and support you need to embrace who you are, be proud, and be free.

    The day will...

  • Jersey Shore vs. Chaz Bono – Who is Classy? Who is Trashy?

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Anyone who thinks Chaz Bono appearing on Dancing With the Stars is bad for America, should watch last week’s Jersey Shore, and then shut the hell up.  I love the kids from the shore as much as the next person, but they should be under attack, not Chaz.  Chaz Bono is a lovely man...

  • Lesbian couple ejected from Gertude Stein exhibit

    July 21, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    A lesbian couple was reprimanded by a guard for holding hands and asked to leave an exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

    The museum apologized to the couple, who were attending the exhibit “Seeing Gertude Stein” on July 17. The exhibition about the famous...

  • Preparing for Same-Gender Weddings

    June 28, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    All eyes will still be on New York in the coming weeks as the state prepares for marriage equality. I learned a lot in the run-up to wedding mania here in California in 2008, so I thought I would share some tips with those in New York.

    Clergy, officiants and recorders: Meet...

  • Out and About for L.A. Pride

    By Adam Wills

    June 10, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    There’s no rain in the forecast, but you can expect to see rainbows this weekend—lots of them—in West Hollywood. The 41st annual L.A. Pride kicks off tonight, and a few local synagogues are holding special Pride Shabbat services.

    Organized by Christopher Street West, L.A. Pride...

  • BCC Looks to Future With New Home, Programs

    By Ryan Torok

    June 1, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Drivers at a red light looked on with curiosity as hundreds of congregants and supporters of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) poured out of the doors of a synagogue, forming a parade on the sidewalk of Pico Boulevard. Their destination: BCC’s new location, at 6090 W. Pico Blvd.

    This...

  • N.Y. gay center rapped for renting space to anti-Israel group

    May 27, 2011 | 10:27 am

    A gay community center in New York is facing controversy again for renting meeting space to an anti-Israel group.

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center announced Wednesday that it would allow Queers Against Israeli Apartheid to rent meeting space in its...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

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