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Queer Jews Deserve Better: Why OSU Hillel Should Reinstate B’nai Keshet

Posted on May 1st, 2017
Benjamin Winter, opinion for The Forward

Growing up in a tight-knit Modern Orthodox community, I rarely encountered people whose backgrounds, perspectives, or life experiences were very different from my own. I went to college at Yeshiva University, a Modern Orthodox University in New York.Though I learned from brilliant professors and formed lasting friendships, I regretted the fact that I had placed myself in such an insular community — Yeshiva University was, in many ways, ideologically and culturally homogenous. 

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Global event held in Buenos Aires for LGBT Jews

Posted on April 24th, 2017

LGBT Jews held their first global event in South America in Buenos Aires.

JAG, the organization of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transexual Jews in Argentina and the World Congress of LGBT Jews organized the first global event in South America, gathering participants from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

JAG is an acronym of Judíos Argentinos Gays that is pronounced like the Hebrew word for holiday, Chag.  The organization has been in existence for 12 years.

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The "Fun Home" World of Alison Bechdel

Posted on April 17th, 2017
Mayim Bialik from GrokNation 

I’m not a voracious consumer of graphic novels, but I’ve been reading one that has seized me in its graphic style and its impossibly tragicomic and beautiful writing. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, was published in 2006 to rave reviews and depicted her childhood growing up and coming of age in Pennsylvania in a house full of secrets and treasures; Alison – in the graphic novel and in real life – comes out as a lesbian while at college, realizing in the process that her perfectionist, antiques-obsessed father was also gay and closeted.

In 2013, Fun Home became a musical, winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the score by Jeanine Tesoro and book/lyrics by Lisa Kron won a Tony and made history, as the first all-woman team to win for Best Score. (“Fun Home” recently opened in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater, where I saw it last week.)

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Ex-IDF officers fight to keep Israel’s military friendly to women, gays

Posted on April 10th, 2017
BY ANDREW TOBIN for The Times of Israel    


Pride in Blue and White launches campaign to raise funds for army prep courses, mentoring programs for female, LGBT youth

Shahaf Ben-Yakov always found it maddening when her ability as a combat soldier was questioned just because of her gender.

Nonetheless, she dismissed as nonsense the notion that army service “has driven our girls crazy” — as a rabbi who runs a pre-military academy in the Eli settlement claimed in a speech broadcast on Israeli television Tuesday night, hours ahead of International Women’s Day.

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Lesbian Couple Are Both Pregnant with Boys–At the Same Time

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

Usually, when you find out a couple is expecting, you assume it’s just one of the people in the relationship, not both. Well, Toby Fleischman and Lindsay Lanciault defied expectations, including their own, when they announced they are both pregnant.

The couple shared their news on Instagram, announcing that they are both expecting boys. What made the announcement even more adorable is the fact that their dog, Liz Lemon, also had a “Big Sister” sign around her neck. The caption on the photo confirms it:

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Did You Know...?

Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?


With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool.  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

Our next communal dinner will be Friday, April 28. RSVP to the Beth El office


Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects



For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.


Beth El House

For more information go to https://www.bethelhebrew.org/community/beth-el-house

Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.



upcoming events



Food drive the month of April



for men and women

the month of April


April 30 and May 21


Lifelong Learning


Wednesday, May 17 and 24 at 7:00 PM


There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

the full calendar