Moderation and Gay Pride

By Jonathan Rynhold, August 18, 2016

Hatred is my enemy. Religious, straight, and I love all of you." This was the message printed on the t-shirt of a kippah-wearing participant in the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade a few weeks ago. He was not alone. A good-sized group of religious Zionists were there as well, demonstrating their solidarity. All of this might seem strange, given the Orthodox halacha regarding homosexuality.


Importance of being inclusive

By Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, July 28, 2016

When the dust of the current worldwide political turmoil eventually settles, one of the many lessons to be learnt will unquestionably be that of the power of language.


Gay couples reorient the conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

Identifying as a Palestinian while having a Jewish boyfriend "is not as complicated as it sounds", according to Khader Abu-Seif, the main protagonist of a documentary that chronicles the lives of three gay Palestinians living in Tel Aviv.

Born and raised in Jaffa, the 29-year-old and his Jewish ex-boyfriend Daniel, were filmed during the 2014 war in Gaza and the events surrounding the murder of


Clary stars for newlyweds

July 8, 2016

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Bradley Reback married solicitor Stuart Lawrence in the first male gay wedding under Finchley Progressive Synagogue auspices since the 2013 law change enabling same-sex marriages.

The 150 guests at the wedding, held at the couple's home, were entertained by actor and comedian Julian Clary, who made the simchah the unofficial final night of a three-month national


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.