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Equality IN Israel, Equality FOR Israel

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    Rosh Hashanah is a time for us to reflect on the year past, celebrate renewal, and make way for change. And in an era of shifting sands for LGBTQ people in the US and in Israel, we knew the time had come to strengthen our voice, for the benefit of our supporters and communities who advocate for A Wider Bridge, and more effective messaging in the public square. What made our rebrand unique was our desire to tell a new story – to gain clarity of our vision, strategy and goals. With this in mind, we are marking 5779 with a new logo that tells this new story. While staying true to the rainbow arch of A Wider Bridge’s past, our new logo represents more than building bridges: it symbolizes the movement of ideas, people, and resources across the bridge to realize the change we seek: equality in Israel, and equality for Israel. The two triangular points are an echo of the star of David, committing us to this work as a project of Jewish peoplehood, while its incompleteness reminds us of the work ahead to build a stronger, more inclusive Israel. And the infinite rainbow loop reminds us that [...]

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    Join A Wider Bridge to meet our newest grantee, Captain Ofer Erez,  October 10-25! Details “I was so nervous. I don’t remember anything from this talk.” That’s how the first openly transgender officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Ofer Erez, recalls the time three years ago when he was training to be an officer and told his company he was trans. “Back home I already identified as a male but enlisted as a female because I was afraid it would affect my service,” he says. “[But] in order for me to have an open and honest relationship with my soldiers,” he remembers thinking as he prepared to serve as an officer, “I must be first open and honest with them.” So Erez stood up in front of the 70-plus soldiers he was commanding and told them his story — “not in order for them to better know me,” he says, “but to be a better commander, to give them another tool to be the best officer they can be.” The IDF paid for all the costs related to Erez’s sexual reassignment. Israel has universal health insurance. “I did my upper surgery, my chest surgery, actually during my service,” he says. “The IDF [...]

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    As a progressive, I’m often questioned about why I support Israel. And as a state representative, I’m told it’s not my area and I should stay out of this thorny issue. However, with the recent passing of Sen. John McCain, I’m reminded of two lessons: First, you can have your feet planted at home with eyes open to the world, and second, questioning policies and politicians, whether at home and abroad, can be one of the most important things you can do when you care deeply.   In 2004, while running for reelection as president, George W. Bush pushed for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. In 2017, Donald Trump tweeted out a policy to block trans Americans from serving in our military. Both times, although I was disappointed and frustrated with American politicians, my love and support of America remained steadfast. Likewise, my love for Israel is deep despite some disagreements with policies made by its politicians. For example, Israel leads other developed countries on some issues, like acceptance of LGBTQ people in the military and banning discrimination against this community, which it has since the 1990s. Yet on others, like surrogacy and civil marriage, it still lags. [...]

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