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  • Israel’s dance superstar, cultural ambassador

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 weeks ago

    Ido Tadmor is probably the closest any Israeli dancer and choreographer has come to achieving rock-star status in his home country. 

    He’s a former dancer with Israel’s Bat-Dor and Batsheva dance companies who earned the 2011 Landau Prize in Israel for lifetime achievement. He was...

  • New Machzor offers progressive take on gender equality, LGBT acceptance

    September 9, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    From the Reader’s Kaddish to Ralph Waldo Emerson, a new set of High Holy Days prayer books for the Reform movement is filled with an eclectic mix of texts. 

    “The purpose of the book is to be open to everybody. So if someone doesn’t connect to a prayer, there are many...

  • Gay pride parade stabber indicted for murder

    August 24, 2015 | 8:41 am

    The haredi Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, leaving a 16-year-old girl dead, was charged with murder.

    Yishai Schlissel, 39, was indicted Monday in Jerusalem District Court on one count of premeditated murder in the death of Shira Banki, six...

  • The Reform movement’s new holiday prayer book is radically inclusive

    August 21, 2015 | 9:28 am

    When some Reform synagogue-goers open up their prayer books this High Holiday season, they will be greeted with snippets of poems by the likes of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. Feminist and LGBTQ-friendly terms and phrases will be subtly incorporated into the prayers, and scattered...

  • A Lesson in Tolerance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 3, 2015 | 10:30 pm

    When it comes to my country, I am usually the first one to brag and show-off. Israel is a High Tech world-leader, with the most startups per capita than any other place in the world. Israel is also a leading country when it comes to women’s rights, and at the forefront of morality...

  • Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

    August 3, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem for a memorial to Shira Banki, the teen who died from injuries suffered in a knife attack at the city’s gay pride parade.

    Friends and supporters of Banki and the LGBTQ community held the tribute on Sunday night in Zion Square. Banki, 16, a high...

  • All that glitters is Ari Gold

    By Jonathan Maseng

    July 16, 2015 | 10:07 am

    Sir Ari Gold isn’t actually a knight, but the popular singer and LGBT rights activist can be seen in shining armor in photos on his website. His bold and scandalous style, outspoken nature, and catchy music blending dance and R&B sensibilities ensures no one could ever mistake him...

  • JNF Canada cancels Huckabee speech amid LGBTQ objections

    June 15, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    The Jewish National Fund of Canada has canceled a scheduled speech by U.S. presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee

    Huckabee, who is vying for the Republican bid in 2016, had his Oct. 15 speaking engagement in Ottawa canceled on June 10 following objections from the Canadian LGBTQ...

  • Tel-Aviv Celebrates - Pride Parade 2015!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 15, 2015 | 8:17 am

    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....

  • Thousands celebrate gay pride in Tel Aviv

    June 12, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    Tens of thousands of people participated in Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade, whose theme this year was the transgender community.

    Friday’s parade, Tel Aviv’s 17th, featured an appearance by Conchita, the transgender Austrian performer who last year won the Eurovision song...

  • JQ International opens its WeHo doors

    By Tess Cutler

    May 21, 2015 | 11:29 am

    It was 9 p.m. on a Thursday and Asher Gellis, founder of the out-and-proud nonprofit JQ International, was sitting on a barstool at Revolver, a West Hollywood hot spot, as scantily clad performers shimmied on tabletops. 

    Earlier that evening, his blooming organization had hosted...

  • Moving and shaking: The Dead Sea Scrolls, JQ International, JIMENA and more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 11, 2015 | 12:21 pm

    “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition” represents not only “the birth of modern Judaism but also of Christianity … and later, Islam. … So we’re really celebrating the Abrahamic traditions and monotheistic religions,” explained David Siegel, the consul general of Israel in Los Angeles,...

  • The true value of Birthright Israel

    October 7, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Sitting in a circle in coastal northern Israel, listening to a group of 46 American and Israeli Jews share their coming-out stories — stories of anxiety and relief, shame and pride, heartbreak and celebration — I realized that this trip was going to be different. 

    It was my...

  • LGBTQ community in Jerusalem marches on, despite controversy

    September 29, 2014 | 10:11 am

    After being rescheduled twice because of this summer’s conflict, the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade occurred last Thursday evening. Unlike Tel Aviv’s Pride parade, the “holy city” of Jerusalem’s parade resembles “more of a serious political march than a festival-like celebration.” 

  • #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


  • Jewish boat making waves ahead of Amsterdam gay parade

    May 8, 2014 | 9:15 am

    Its maiden voyage is months away and will only take a couple of hours, but the first Jewish boat of Amsterdam’s annual gay parade-on-the-canals is already making international waves.

    On Monday, the Jewish boat got the thumbs up from the British actor Stephen Fry, who described it...

  • Biden’s message carries Jewish echoes

    April 2, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    As of this year, marriage equality is the law in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Last summer, the Supreme Court struck down California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, and federal district courts have followed suit, invalidating other laws mandating...

  • Battle over Purim children’s book with two dads

    March 7, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    The line between respecting diverse religious beliefs and violating the rights and dignity of gays and lesbians is at the center of a debate between gay advocates and the PJ Library over a children’s picture book featuring a family with two fathers.

    “The Purim Superhero,” by...

  • 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,...

  • Pride Shabbat Provides Water for the Thirsty

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 3, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Last weekend was the hottest weekend we’ve had so far this year. It was hotter than normal for this time of the year. And our synagogue has no air conditioning.

    There was both a bar mitzvah and a bat mitzvah ceremony in the sanctuary on Saturday morning. It was crowded. We opened...

  • West Coast Zion

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 2013 | 11:11 am

    Just before I sat down to talk about the future of L.A. Jews, I took a quick tour of L.A.’s Jewish past.

    “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic,” the new exhibition at the Autry National Center, begins with the Gold Rush-era influx of Jewish merchants to what was then an iffy, isolated...

  • Homophobic Redemption in Pro Sports

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 21, 2013 | 10:23 am

    By M. Alexander

    Upon the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008, many claimed that this was the final indicator that our nation had moved beyond Plessy, Jim Crow, and Ole Miss—that we finally live in a post-racist nation.  Unfortunately, this is not...

  • 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...

  • Pro-gay marriage leader apologizes for ‘Nazi’ comments

    October 31, 2012 | 11:43 am

    A religious outreach official for a campaign seeking marriage equality for gays in Minnesota apologized for likening opponents' tactics to those of the Nazis.

    “It was a terrible mistake to even mention Nazism in an attempt to illustrate my point, and I fully understand why many...

  • Viva Chick-fil-A!

    By Mark Paredes

    August 2, 2012 | 12:04 am

    As part of my personal campaign to oppose bigoted boycotts, I will be having lunch tomorrow at the Chick-fil-A in Hollywood. I couldn’t get there for today’s official “Chick fil-A Appreciation Day” declared by Mike Huckabee, but I suppose late is better than never when it’s...

  • Episcopal Church approves liturgy for same-sex unions

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2012 | 9:14 am

    The Episcopal Church—the U.S. branch of the old Church of England—yesterday approved a liturgy for its clergy to use during same-sex unions. Episcopalians are the largest U.S. denomination to do so.

    Reuters reports:

    Delegates to its triennial convention voted 171-50 to approve the...

  • Y-Love, black Jewish rapper, comes out as gay

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 15, 2012 | 4:44 pm

    Yitz Jordan’s identity as a black Orthodox Jewish rapper was already a bit complicated. Jordan, known as Y-Love has struggled with his public image for years—and today in an interview published by Out magazine Y-Love revealed that he is gay.

    An excerpt:

    “I’ve never been...

  • Jewish groups, Orthodox excepted, laud Obama on gay marriage

    May 10, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, and an Orthodox group said it was “disappointed.”

    “History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America,” the Reform...

  • Biden: ‘Absolutely comfortable’ with gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 6, 2012 | 10:58 am

    On “Meet the Press” this morning, Vice President Joe Biden said that he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage, via TheBostonChannel.com.

    “I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it is a simple proposition:...

  • Going to the chapel…or something like that

    By Naomi Goldberg

    April 19, 2012 | 8:43 pm

    In two weeks, I’m getting married. Well, that’s what we’re calling it.  Technically, my girlfriend of nearly five years and I are entering a civil union. But, what’s the verb that goes along with that?  We’re civil unioning?  Civil unionizing? 

    Here in Illinois, we can get...

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