Prominent Israeli LGBTQ* Activist to Speak

Leading Israeli LGBTQ* activist, Etai Pinkas, will deliver a keynote entitled, “Marriage Equality & LGBTQ* Issues in Israel,” on Monday, November 14 at 7:30 pm in Umrath Lounge on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.  Named one of the “100 most influential people in Israel,” speaker Etai Pinkas served as Chairman of the national LGBT association in Israel and advises the Mayor of Tel Aviv on LGBTQ* affairs.  He and his partner have challenged the legal system in Israel to recognize same-sex marriages and provide equal accessibility to the surrogacy process in Israel for same-sex couples.  Both of these issues have reached the Israeli Supreme Court through his appeals.

The event is free and open to the public and is being co-sponsored by Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, Nice Jewish Queers, WashU Students for Israel, Hillel International and Jewish United Fund’s Israel Education Center.

Umrath Lounge is adjacent to the Danforth University Center at Washington University.  Parking is available in the Danforth University Center Garage on Wallace Drive off of Forsyth Boulevard or in any yellow designated parking spot on campus.  A light dessert reception will follow.  For more information, visit or contact Jackie Levey, Executive Director, Hillel at Washington University, at

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