A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge builds connection to Israel among LGBT Jews and non-Jews in the U.S. through programming that focuses on bringing LGBT people into meaningful and thoughtful connection with Israel and LGBT Israelis. Their programs create opportunities for education, engagement and experience, and include travel, speakers and discussions, cultural events, online resources, advocacy and philanthropy. Learn more about their great work at http://awiderbridge.org/

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National LGBT Jewish Organization- Nehirim

Looking to connect with an LGBT Jewish Community across the country, check out Nehirim. Nehirim is a national community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews, families, and allies, committed to a more just and inclusive world. ­­­ Their retreats, student programs, and community events transform lives. Their our advocacy work promotes equality and diversity based on the teachings of the Jewish tradition. Learn more at http://www.nehirim.org/

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Q Jews of St. Louis

Are you feeling inspired after Pride 2014? Get involved with Q Jews of St. Louis, a fun community of LGBT Jews in St. Louis. We host Happy Hours, Speakers, Shabbat dinners and more! Our next meeting is August 18th at 7:30 PM at Meyer’s Grove! After that we’ll be meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 PM. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all that we’re doing! https://www.facebook.com/QJewsSTL?ref=br_tf

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Israeli lawmaker calls on military to stop enlisting gays

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli lawmaker said the Israel Defense Forces should stop enlisting homosexuals. Knesset member Uri Ariel of the National Union Party said in an interview with the Knesset Channel that homosexuals “interfere in the military’s ability to fight.” He also said that homosexuals should not be enlisted because “We must conduct ourselves in accordance with Jewish law. The Torah forbids homosexuality and demands that those who behave in such a manner be punished.” Ariel’s comments come a week after Anastassia Michaeli of the Yisrael Beiteinu party made anti-gay statements during a Knesset discussion on sexual harassment. Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich responded to Ariel by saying that “The latest assault on the gay community is a primitive and dangerous attack that comes in at a time when the Israeli public is finding enlightenment and tolerance, and is accepting the community as equals.” “[Lawmakers] attacking the community may earn them political points,” she added, “but their incitement endangers the gay community and damages the State of Israel.” Michaeli had said that “Most homosexuals are people who experienced sexual abuse at a very young age.” She also accused Israel’s Channel 10 of broadcasting programming that encourages children to be...

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