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  • Why we are crying

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    5 days ago

    I was reminiscing with a friend last night about my 21 years as rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), the first and oldest LGBT synagogue in the world (founded in 1972). I arrived in 1994, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, and my calendar filled immediately with death-bed...

  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    1 week ago

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Tel-Aviv Celebrates - Pride Parade 2015!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Tel-Aviv's 17th Pride Parade, one of the most talked about LGBTQ events worldwide drew approximately 160,000 people from all around the world. The grand festival, which opened Israel's Pride Month, took place this Friday, all across the city with parties and colorful gatherings....

  • Striking Down Marriage Equality Bans Would Protect Religious Liberty

    April 30, 2015 | 4:47 pm

    Love. Commitment. Trust. These are the values that form the basis of a marriage. Yet, the equal right to civil marriage has been denied to loving, committed same-sex couples throughout our country’s history.  As the Supreme Court considers oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a...

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  • Earth Day, Race Day, Gun Day, Money Day

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 10, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Is change even possible? 

    The national conversation about excessive use of police force that we’re supposed to have been conducting since Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner were killed didn’t save Walter Scott’s life.  The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 26...

  • LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

    By Ryan Torok

    March 26, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community. To help bridge the gap, JQ International — a nonprofit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to...

  • Rabbi Denise Eger seeks to open doors wider to all Jews

    By Tess Cutler

    March 4, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    What does God require of you? Only to do justice, to love compassion and walk humbly with your God.

    “It’s on my wall,” said Rabbi Denise Eger, pointing to the spot in her office where her favorite Bible verse is written (also transcribed on her tallit). “Prophet Micah, Chapter 6,...

  • Meet Joel Simkhai, the Israeli foundr of Grindr

    By Tess Cutler

    February 11, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    “Everybody knows Grindr. If you’re a gay man and you don’t know what Grindr is, then you’re lying.”

    Steve Levin may be head of sales at — you guessed it — Grindr, but he isn’t speaking hyperbole. 

    Late at night at a drag bar in West Hollywood, a table of seven gay men in their...

  • Urban Outfitters is shaming the memory of the Holocaust

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 10, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    A “tapestry” reminiscent of the concentration camp garb the Nazis cruelly made homosexuals wear; a yellow six-pointed star on a sea of cerulean stripes; a shirt pattern eerily close to drenched blood. Normally, browsing for clothes doesn’t inspire righteous anger. Yet, sadly, in...

  • Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

    January 29, 2015 | 11:15 am

    It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay.

    What is a little surprising, however, is when he does so at age 82.

    Joel Grey — whose illustrious career includes winning an Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award, all for playing the master...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2014 | 7:14 am

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • Paley Center Celebrates TV’s Impact on LGBT Equality

    By Nicole Behnam

    November 13, 2014 | 11:31 pm

    The Paley Center's annual Los Angeles Benefit Gala celebrated television's impact on LGBT Equality Wednesday at the Skirball Cultural Center. The fundraising event recognized the trailblazing work by networks, studios, producers, series, and other creative talents across the media...

  • The same-sex marriage party poopers

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 14, 2014 | 10:42 am

  • Aboard Amsterdam’s Jewish gay boat, activists warn against tolerating hate

    August 4, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Its passengers included celebrities, a rabbi and revelers in biblically themed costumes, but the Jewish boat at Amsterdam’s gay pride parade stood out for more than just its riders.

    Following a west-to-east course along the Dutch capital’s Prinsengracht canal on Saturday along...

  • The Israel-Hamas war through Haredi Orthodox eyes

    July 23, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    Most Israelis blame the war in Gaza squarely on Hamas, though there are plenty who fault the Israeli government for not pursuing peace more aggressively.

    In the haredi Orthodox community, however, where practically everything is ascribed to the omnipresent hand of God in one form...

  • Jewish groups praise Obama on LGBT worker rights expansion

    July 23, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama for extending federal job protections for gay employees to employees of government contractors.

    Obama signed two executive orders, one extending existing job protections for federal employees who are gay to employees of federal...

  • #WorldPride Toronto 2014!

    By Tera Greene

    June 24, 2014 | 7:19 pm

    World Pride 2014 June 20-29 Toronto

     

    Super Excited to be heading to World Pride 2014.
    Going to be my first time in Toronto.
    Gunna bring some business cards.
    Gunna Dance and Celebrate with the World!
    #WorldPride #RiseUp

    For more info, check out http://www.worldpridetoronto.com/



    Woohoo! World Pride
    WOOHOO!

     

  • UCLA and the anti-Israel students, should we be worried?

    May 23, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    As I sat waiting to testify at Sunny Singh’s hearing before the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) undergraduate student judicial board on May 15, it occurred to me that on college campuses today, students seem to want to hear only from people with whom they agree. And I...

  • 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...

  • Congresswoman ‘disturbed,’ ‘saddened’ by Ugandan anti-gay bill

    By Ryan Torok

    February 25, 2014 | 4:28 pm

    Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-37th district) has denounced the decision of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to sign into law a bill that criminalizes specific forms of homosexual activity.

    “I am deeply disturbed and saddened that President Museveni decided to sign this...

  • Jewish group condemns new Ugandan anti-gay law

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 4:55 pm

    After Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill assigning a life sentence to some forms of homosexual activity, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which has made LGBT rights its foremost issue, swiftly responded.

    “By signing this draconian bill...

  • Calendar December 7-13

    By Laura Donney

    December 5, 2013 | 10:01 am

    SAT | DEC 7

    THE KLEZMATICS

    The old country just got a little newer. Taking traditional sounds and themes and infusing them with some modern funk, the Grammy-winning band brings rhythm and timeless spirit to its audiences. With 25 years of experience and a growing fan base, the...

  • U.S., Israeli LGBT community leaders convene

    December 4, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    In a first-ever seminar organized by Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities from the United States and Israel met recently to explore possible collaborations and...

  • Finding LGBT pride in Chanukah

    By Ryan Torok

    November 26, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    Fifteen years ago, Stephen Sass and his husband, Steven Hochstadt, consecrated their commitment to each other during a religious marriage ceremony that took place during Chanukah. The timing was intentional.

    “Chanukah has always resonated deeply for me as a Jew and as a gay man,...

  • Watch: Bar Refaeli speaks out on civil unions

    November 19, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Grab a Hebrew or Russian-speaking friend and check out this sweet video released Sunday by Israeli political party Yesh Atid, promoting their proposed civil unions bill.

    You might not be familiar with many of the 20 Israeli celebs who appear on screen answering the question, “Why...

  • Gay candidate blazes new trail in Israel mayoral race

    October 15, 2013 | 12:49 pm

    As a candidate to become the Middle East's first openly gay mayor, Nitzan Horowitz is hoping his bid to run Israel's famously liberal city of Tel Aviv will help homosexuals across a region where they are widely frowned upon.

    The left-wing legislator is not predicted to defeat the...

  • Ron Diskin: Mapping defenses against HIV

    By Simone Wilson

    October 9, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    The race to find a cure for AIDS, one of Earth’s most pressing epidemics for more than three decades now, is often more of a chaotic relay. Thousands of international scientists must constantly revise their own projects to keep up with findings from across all scientific...

  • Is the Civil Rights movement over?

    August 28, 2013 | 5:17 pm

    Ask any schoolchild when the civil rights movement took place and she will likely tell you it was in the 1960s. Recent events have made us wonder what we can do to re-create a similar sense of urgency about the civil rights at issue today. Although the challenges we are facing...

  • High Holy Days: What’s NEXT for Birthright

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    High Holiday map screenshot. Courtesy of NEXT.

    On Aug. 5, the Birthright Israel alumni organization NEXT launched its 2013 High Holy Days initiative. It features an interactive, nationwide map of services and events — including learning opportunities, dinners and...

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