Liberal Orthodox Yeshiva Says It Won’t Ordain Gay Student, Months Before Graduation
By Ari Feldman for The Forward
The leading liberal Orthodox rabbinical school told a gay student it will not ordain him, only months before his graduation, the Jewish Week reported. The decision is being widely interpreted as a sign of just how far Modern Orthodoxy, which blends strict observance with progressive social values, is willing to go in adopting pro-LGBTQ stances.
The one place LGBTQ Jews should feel totally safe
Assaf Weiss for The Times of Israel
After fighting for acceptance in the Jewish community, we're now being hounded by American LGBTQ organizations
“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” This troubling slogan calling for the elimination of the state of Israel was recently chanted on stage by anti-Israel disruptors at the National Creating Change LGBTQ conference in Detroit, A national conference that defines itself as building “the strongest possible LGBTQ and allied movement.” For the Jewish-LGBTQ members of this “strongest possible LGBTQ movement,” such an incidence is all too familiar, as more and more LGBTQ Jews find themselves targeted for their pro-Israel beliefs.
Celine Dion Teams Up With Tel Aviv Designers to Gender-Neutral Kids' Garments
By Diana Rabba, NoCamels
Canadian singer and music icon Celine Dion recently launched a new collaboration with Tel Aviv-based, international children’s clothing brand Nununu for a new collection of gender-neutral garments for kids, from infants to teens. The line is called Célinununu and is sold online, while the Nununu brand has been available for years in prominent US stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Orthodox gay rabbi speaks about religion, homosexuality
By Sheri Shefa, Staff Reporter for CJNNews
Rabbi Steve Greenberg, the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, was in Toronto to discuss the conflict between homosexuality and Judaism and to offer a “poetic” way to interpret the biblical texts that are understood to condemn same-sex relationships.
Queer? Trans? Female? Here’s How To Find Tefillin
Danna Lorch for The Forward
There are literally hundreds of different ways of choosing, wrapping, and storing a set of tefillin [phylacteries]. Eichler’s Judaica superstore offers more than 2,000 tefillin-related items for purchase online alone, from a Swarovski crystal adorned bag, to a military camouflage case, and a strangely economical set of blinged-out gold plastic storage boxes—all to compliment the numerous styles of tefillin available. The tefillin themselves vary in size, according to left or right-handed preference, as well as Sephardi or Ashkenazi affiliation.