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Meet The Queer Ex-Hasidic Woman Embracing Life Outside Her Faith

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.05.2016 | Religion

Melissa “Malky” Weisz is a former Hasidic Jew who grew up in Brooklyn, New York. As a teen, Weisz had trouble accepting the strict rules about gen...

As a Jew, Here's Why I Cannot Fear My Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Larry Dvoskin

I had relatives who died in the concentration camps of WWII Germany. And as a younger Jewish man I moved to Munich, Germany. I met a musician who's ...

Why This Black, Queer, Trans Jew Is Reimagining Passover For Modern Times

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion

On the first night of Passover, Jews around the world gather with family and friends to partake in a Seder, or ritual feast, and retell the story of t...

Muslims And Jews Find Common Ground At Iftar Shabbat Dinner

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion

At sunset on Friday evening, Muslims around the world broke their Ramadan fast with a ritual meal, called an iftar. At the same time, Jews around the ...

She's Black, Gay And Soon You Can Call Her ‘Rabbi'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Sandra Lawson, a former military police officer turned personal trainer, wasn’t religious about anything, except maybe fitness. She wasn’t l...

Major Jewish Organization Welcomes First Openly Gay President

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

The 126-year-old Central Conference of American Rabbis will welcome its first openly gay president on Monday. Rabbi Denise L. Eger, CCAR's third wo...

Boston LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

At a recent protest rally on the streets of Boston, just one of many that I've seen personally, watched on TV and read about, members of our community went at each other's throats, demonstrating not only how we're not monolithic when it comes to passion and politics but how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events.

Retreat Brings Gay Jews Together To Celebrate Faith And Sexuality

Religion News Service | Ann Marie Somma | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion

FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. (RNS) Jews from across the country have converged on the Nehirim retreat for a weekend of prayer and reflection. They come from ...

Being Queer and Jewish in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn

J.E. Reich | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J.E. Reich

Perhaps my refusal to truly be myself in Crown Heights, to be open about who I am, a Jewish queer woman, is not entirely oppressive. Lost in my own preconceptions about the community that I love with verocity, despite everything, I forgot that people here, as everywhere, are complex.

The Forward Takes a Look at the Lives of Transgender Jews

Naomi Zeveloff | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Naomi Zeveloff

After a few Jewish LGBT advocates told me that transgender inclusion was the "new frontier," I began to look more closely at how Jewish settings are welcoming trans Jews, and at how trans Jews are creating communities of their own.

Jewish And Gay: One Choice In This Election

Stuart Milk | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stuart Milk

The Jewish community has been involved in every major civil rights fight in American history. We know that those who marginalize and diminish any minority group should put us all on alert. The struggle for LGBT equality is no different.

PHOTOS: Gay Jews March For First Time In Celebrate Israel Parade

Mordechai Levovitz | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Mordechai Levovitz

For the first time since the parade was established in 1964, a queer Jewish group was allowed to march explicitly represent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews. This is a historic milestone in the effort for full LGBT inclusion in Jewish life.

Wearing My Rainbow Yarmulka With Pride

Chaim Levin | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

I wear my yarmulka because I am proud: I am Jewish and gay. I am equally proud of both identities and would not want see anyone discriminated against because of either.

WATCH: Can Jews Pray The Gay Away? The Case Of Chaim Levin

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Chaim Levin chronicled the intense psychic duress that struggling to maintain a gay and Orthodox Jewish identity created for him. Subsequently, he was criticized in an op-ed in the Jewish Press.

Taking Off The Mask For Purim

Chaim Levin | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

This year's Purim marks three years since I started my incredible journey of coming out. Until three years ago I struggled in isolation with my identity as a gay man and an Orthodox Jew.

Jewish And Transgender: Follow The Words Of Hillel

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Leora Tanenbaum

On the face of it, "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders" (just out from University of Wisconsin Press) is the story of how Jay ...

Creating A Jewish Culture Of Inclusivity

Lynn Schusterman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Lynn Schusterman

Now is not the time for us to shy away from challenging ourselves to make substantive change for the better. We have the opportunity to raise the bar in the faith-based world by forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity and equality are paramount.

Welcoming Synagogues: Queering Jewish Religious Spaces

Jessica Youseffi | Posted 03.20.2012 | Religion
Jessica Youseffi

Many LGBT Jews may not have the luxury of a synagogue that welcomes them. However, an ambitious project aims to train congregations cross across denominations to become safe and welcoming spaces for all Jews.

LGBT Discrimination And The Promise Of Tikkun Olam

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.15.2012 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have a hope. I hope we can all join together as allies to counter the misunderstanding, marginalization and oppression so we can make real the true potential of "Never Again."

Renewal And Rededication: Supporting LGBT Equality During Hanukkah

Miriam Lazewatsky | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Miriam Lazewatsky

As a straight ally, I want my LGBT family and friends to have all the same freedoms I have. I see progress every day.

Good Tidings To All: LGBTQs Still Looking For Holiday Celebrations

Ankita Rao | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Ankita Rao

Despite increased awareness, parties and worship services have not always been welcoming to the LGBTQ community. But advocacy groups, cultural organizations and mainstream religious institutions have stepped in.

Transgender Jews: Breaking Down One Wall, Praying At Another

Idit Klein | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Idit Klein

Israel is a country in which life is rigidly defined by gender. This is experienced most starkly at the Western Wall. And yet, this is a space where transgender people have no place at all.

Judaic Change And Recognizing Gay Difference

Mira Sucharov | Posted 09.28.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

Our institutional tents need to stand wide and open for all to enter. But effective inclusion may require a delicate balancing act of sameness and difference.

An Open Letter On Same-Sex Marriage From A Gay Orthodox Rabbi

Rabbi Steven Greenberg | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Greenberg

The state cannot choose to reject these marriages any more than it can reject marriages that I, as an Orthodox rabbi, would not perform because one partner is a Jew and another a Christian.