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Debra Messing bashes Ivanka Trump as ‘one Jewish mother to another’

Posted on May 22nd, 2017
By Gabe Friedman for JTA

Tell us how you really feel, Debra Messing.

Accepting an award from GLAAD, an LGBT advocacy group, on Saturday night, the Jewish actress implored Ivanka Trump to stand up to her father, President Donald Trump, on a number of issues, from healthcare to immigration policies to LGBTQ rights,

Messing, who starred on the TV show “Will and Grace,” quipped that Ivanka was secretary of state before calling her out for inaction.

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Paula Vogel’s ‘Indecent’ Leads Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Posted on May 15th, 2017
Talya Zax for The Forward

Sholem Asch would be proud. Today, when the Outer Critics Circle today announced the nominees for its 2017 awards, Paula Vogel’s and Rebecca Taichman’s “Indecent,” an homage to Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” racked up six nominations, making it the most-nominated play for this year’s awards.

While “Indecent” was the most-nominated play, the production to gain the most nominations overall was the new Broadway musical “Anastasia,” which received 13.
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It’s Time For Conservative Jews To Embrace Sexual Fluidity

Posted on May 8th, 2017
Rabbi Adina Lewittes for The Forward

“Homosexuality, Human Dignity and Halakhah” was approved by the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) on December 6, 2006, representing a watershed moment for the Conservative Movement. Rigorous scholarship, moral clarity and rabbinic courage provided a compassionate religious response to a complex matter, epitomizing the ethical and redemptive power of halakhah. However, despite wide recognition, its finer details are often ignored or misunderstood, posing ongoing challenges for the lives it impacts, especially gay men and bisexuals.

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Queer Jews Deserve Better: Why OSU Hillel Should Reinstate B’nai Keshet

Posted on May 1st, 2017
Benjamin Winter, opinion for The Forward

Growing up in a tight-knit Modern Orthodox community, I rarely encountered people whose backgrounds, perspectives, or life experiences were very different from my own. I went to college at Yeshiva University, a Modern Orthodox University in New York.Though I learned from brilliant professors and formed lasting friendships, I regretted the fact that I had placed myself in such an insular community — Yeshiva University was, in many ways, ideologically and culturally homogenous. 

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Global event held in Buenos Aires for LGBT Jews

Posted on April 24th, 2017

LGBT Jews held their first global event in South America in Buenos Aires.

JAG, the organization of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transexual Jews in Argentina and the World Congress of LGBT Jews organized the first global event in South America, gathering participants from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

JAG is an acronym of Judíos Argentinos Gays that is pronounced like the Hebrew word for holiday, Chag.  The organization has been in existence for 12 years.

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