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One hundred LGBT Jewish Americans head to Israel to promote solidarity

LGBT Jewish Americans head to Israel in an effort to strengthen bonds.
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Jewish Americans headed to Israel on Thursday, May 26 for a seven day tour in an effort to bridge connections between Israelis and LGBT Americans.

This mission was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and their partner A Wider Bridge, and is led by Stuart Kurlander, former president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

“Despite all the many positive changes that have taken place in recent years,” said Kurlander, “much work remains to create a fully inclusive Jewish community, and more progress is needed to be made for the broader LGBTQ community as we still face civil rights challenges, and continue to fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and in all aspects of life.”

Comprised of more than 100 members, the delegation, the largest ever, will meet with Israeli officials including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, and other community leaders and business owners.

The faction will not only be representing U.S. pride, but get to learn more about the community in that part of the world.

Acquainting themselves with Israeli history, as well as experiencing the many cultural differences through food and entertainment, the visiting men and women will also visit Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, to learn about the travesties that impacted gays and lesbians during that tumultuous time in world history.

The contingent will end their tour at the Tel Aviv Pride Parade on Friday, June 3.

“This trip will allow us to stand in solidarity with Israeli members of the LGBTQ community who continue their own struggle for greater rights,” said Kurlander

To learn more about the Jewish Federations of North America click HERE.

To learn more about A Wider Bridge click HERE.