A project of Upstart Bay Area
Inspiring LGBT Jews to engage with Israel and deepening the connections between the LGBT communities in Israel and North America.
A Wider Bridge builds connection to Israel among LGBT Jews and non-Jews in the U.S. through programming that focuses on bringing LGBT people into meaningful and thoughtful connection with Israel and LGBT Israelis. Our programs create opportunities for education, engagement and experience. We offer programming in five areas:
We create opportunities for LGBT people and allies to experience Israel, learn about and engage with LGBT Israeli society, and broaden their perspectives through LGBT focused trips.
We bring Israeli LGBT leaders, activists and artists to the U.S. to talk about their work, and share their personal and organizational stories of struggle, triumph and hope. We bring Israeli and American Jewish and LGBT community leaders together to learn from each other, share best practices and build lasting collaborative relationships.
Through our website -- an innovative daily news and culture magazine -- and social media we are reaching a global audience, allowing people anywhere to learn about Jewish and LGBT life in both Israel and North America.
Working with Hillel, Israel advocacy organizations, LGBTQ student groups, and others, we bring seminars, speakers, performers, and other resources on Israeli LGBT culture and society to college campuses. We will be launching an Israeli LGBT film and discussion series at several campuses around the country in 2013.
We are creating opportunities for people in the U.S. to learn about and support Israeli LGBT organizations and to be a part of the work of furthering the cause of LGBT equality and inclusion in Israel.
Israel – We believe, that all Jews, both straight and LGBT, have a stake in Israel, in learning about its past, experiencing its present, and helping to shape its future. We believe there is a unique and powerful connection that LGBT people, both Jews and non-Jews, can have with Israel.
Engagement – We believe in the intrinsic value of being in the conversation, of building relationships, of people learning about each other, sharing, and working together.
Pluralism – We are open to a wide range of political perspectives and religious views. We promote the welcoming and inclusion of people of all sexualities and gender identities. We aspire to a world in which the lives of all people are celebrated.
Communal Responsibility – Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh BaZeh (All Israel is responsible for one another) – We believe all Jews share a fundamental connection, and we see our work as part of the broader project of building creative new relationships among the Jewish people globally.
Justice – We believe we are all obligated to do our part to create a better world, and we seek to empower LGBT Jews to be agents of social change in Israel, throughout the global Jewish community, and beyond.
A Wider Bridge's fiscal sponsor is UpStart Bay Area.
A Wider Bridge website: http://www.awiderbridge.org/
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