I'm an American Orthodox rabbi and I visited a gay bar. Here's why I did it

By Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, June 23, 2016

I heard about the horrific shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, while our synagogue in Washington was celebrating Shavuot.

Even though the holiday is a happy time, I cried as I recited our prayers.

A dozen members of our congregation thought about how we could show solidarity, and decided to pay a visit to the Fireplace, a gay, predominantly African-American bar near Dupont Circl


Chief Rabbi rails against homophobia

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led the British community's response to the terror attack at the Pulse nightclub.

Expressing condemnation of the murders and solidarity with the victims, Chief Rabbi Mirvis said: "At a time of such anguish, it is difficult to adequately convey the depths of our moral revulsion for an individual who was so motivated by hatred that it led him to mass murder.


Charedi fury over education ruling

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2016

Britain's Charedi schools are on a collision course with education authorities over a requirement to teach about same-sex relationships and other faiths.

At a special meeting at the end of last week, the rabbinical leadership of the London-based Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations made clear that no compromise was possible on religious principle.


Knife attacker convicted of murdering teenage girl at Jerusalem gay pride parade

By Rosa Doherty, April 19, 2016

A man has been convicted of murdering a teenage girl at Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade.

Yishai Schlissel stabbed teenager Shira Banki in a homophobic attack at the event last July. She died from her injuries three days later.


Probe into rabbi's call to 'exclude gays'

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2016

A leading educational group has removed a guest rabbi's lectures from its website while it investigates accusations that he called for homosexuals to be "excluded from the community".

The Jewish Learning Exchange has launched an investigation into Rabbi Dr Dovid Gottlieb's controversial views of gay people.


Flying the rainbow flag at King Solomon High

By Charlotte Oliver, December 10, 2015

It may be cold, dark and grey outside, but King Solomon was awash with rainbow colours last week as it raised awareness for LGBT issues.

For five days, the Redbridge school's halls were lined with posters and rainbow flags, while classes and activities were dedicated to promoting awareness and tolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.


You don't have to be gay to take pride

By Jeremy Brier, July 9, 2015

It wasn't the parades and the parties that most astonished my friends going to Tel Aviv for Gay Pride recently, it was Israeli passport control. They had joined the back of the queue at Ben Gurion arrivals with the usual trepidation, being a group of (distinctly non-Jewish looking) men travelling alone and expecting a stern inquisition.


Labour telling Orthodox Jews I’m gay, claims Tory candidate Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Conservative election candidate has claimed Labour campaigners attempted to discourage Orthodox Jews from voting for him by telling them he is gay.

Mike Freer is standing for re-election in Finchley and Golders Green – the constituency with the highest number of Jewish voters in Britain.


Aspiring rabbi uses gay app to promote Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A rabbinical student is being paid by his university to invite locals to Shabbat dinners using a gay hook-up app.

Matt Green, a 24-year-old, second-year student at Hebrew Union College in New York, has been given a university grant to find and engage estranged members of the community on Grindr.

The free app, which uses geolocation software to identify nearby users, has been characterised as


Synagogue to hold first single-sex wedding

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

When Paul Ginsberg and Eli Kaufman step under the chupah at Finchley Reform Synagogue on Sunday, they could be making history.

The couple are thought to be the first to have a same-sex Jewish wedding in a synagogue in this country.

Mr Ginsberg, 35, who works at the Royal Society of Arts, met Mr Kaufman, 32, an operations manager at a driving performance centre, who is originally from Israel,