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Judaism and LGBTQ Issues: An Overview

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am
myjewishlearning.com 


Attitudes have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with sharp differences between the Orthodox and liberal movements.


As social attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people have undergone a sea change in North America, Western Europe and Israel, official Jewish views, among the liberal denominations at least, have changed along with them.

 

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Transgender Jews Find a Place in the Mikveh

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00am
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 


Traditional rituals have become more inclusive and embracing


“For a long time before I transitioned, I had this dream of being in my body, as myself, in a beautiful clean and light and open space filled with water,” said Mel King, 29, a development manager and writer in Brooklyn. “The first time I went to the mikveh, I felt I’d walked into that dream. And I knew this was something I wanted to come back to.”

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BRITAIN’S CHIEF RABBI SUPPORTS LGBT STUDENTS WITH SCHOOL GUIDE

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
BY JTA in the Jerusalem Post


 
The booklet in some cases employs Torah values to show the school leaders how to teach students to deal with the issue, such as not speaking ill of others.


Britain’s chief rabbi published a guidebook for Orthodox Jewish schools to help them provide support for LGBT students in the Jewish community.

The guide by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis calls for a zero-tolerance approach to homophobic or transphobic bullying, despite a biblical prohibition against homosexual acts.

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7 fantastic reasons to put Beersheva on your travel itinerary

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Nicknamed B7, the unofficial capital of the Negev is emerging as an alternative cultural destination to bigger sisters Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.


When Gabe Axler and Ravit Greenberg moved to Israel from Chicago seven years ago, they banded together with other young couples to create an intentional community in the heart of Beersheva, the multiethnic unofficial capital of the Negev.


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How Jewish LGBT Weddings May Improve Straight Ones

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY HAVIVA NER-DAVID for myjewishlearning.com 


Heterosexual couples have much to learn from gay ones when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.


As a straight post-denominational rabbi who has advocated for women’s rights and gay rights in Jewish ritual practice, and who has done much work in the area of Jewish marriage and divorce, I think that straight couples have much to learn from gay couples when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.

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An Up-to-the-minute Pride Reading List for Kids

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 


New books with LGBT characters to enjoy during Pride month, and beyond


Presumably you know about modern-day gay kidlit classics like And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole; The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner, illustrated by Mike Byrne; and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. But hey, just in time for Pride Weekend here in NYC, let’s talk about some brand-new children’s books with gay or transgender characters!

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TORAH QUEERIES

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
From Keshet.org


Keshet’s Torah Queeries archive offers more than 150 creative and incisive “queer” takes on the weekly Torah portions and major Jewish holidays, written by some of the Jewish world’s most dynamic scholars, rabbis, activists, and lay leaders.

 
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HINEINI: COMING OUT IN A JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
From Keshet


The story of a whole community inspired and changed by one girl’s courage.


HINEINI (Hebrew for ‘Here I am’) chronicles the story of one student’s courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and the transformative impact of her campaign on her entire community.

Longing to connect more deeply with her Jewish identity, Shulamit Izen enters 9th grade at The New Jewish High School (now Gann Academy) in Waltham, Massachusetts. She also starts school as an out lesbian.

Using interviews with Shulamit, her family, teachers, and other students – both those who support her campaign and those who oppose it – the film allows the members of this community to tell their own stories. What emerges is a potent and inspiring story of Jewish pluralism and a community navigating the cross-currents of Jewish tradition and social change.

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