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I can't deny couples the ritual they need

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, October 23, 2014

Since my own wedding, 10 years ago, I've had the honour of celebrating, as rabbi, almost 200 weddings. I've seen babies be welcomed into the Jewish covenant and barmitzvah kids become adults. I've celebrated long marriages, and sat on religious courts witnessing divorce. It's given me a certain insight into why and how people seek out a life partner - and what happens next.

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Masorti approves single-sex marriages

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

British Masorti has followed the Liberals and Reform movements by taking a historic decision to allow its rabbis to conduct same-sex marriages.

Gay couples will now be able to marry in Masorti synagogues in a move approved without opposition by the movement's trustees on Tuesday night.

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I'm gay, US rabbi tells shul-goers after Yom Kippur

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

In what the New Republic editor Franklin Foer described as "the most dramatic possible way to break the Yom Kippur fast", his rabbi at the Conservative Adas Israel synagogue in Washington DC announced on October 6 that he was gay.

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Masorti makes history as rabbis approve same-sex marriage

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2014

The British Masorti movement has followed the Liberals and Reform by taking a historic decision to allow its rabbis to conduct same-sex marriages.

Gay and lesbian couples will now be able to marry in Masorti synagogues in a move approved without opposition by the movement’s trustees last night.

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Generous Fry takes gay history project to funding target

October 14, 2014

Actor and comedian Stephen Fry has put his money where his mouth is to take Rainbow Jews - the gay and lesbian oral history project hosted by Liberal Judaism - to a £5,000 crowdfunding target to continue its work.

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Gay Masorti rabbi a first for Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

A Liverpool-born man has become the Israeli Masorti movement's first gay pulpit rabbi.

Mikie Goldstein has been inducted as the rabbi of Congregation Adat Shalom-Emanuel in Rehovot, and has broken new ground for Israel's gay community in two respects.

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Have lesbian and gay rabbis found equality?

By Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, July 10, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, two lesbians were ordained under the auspices of London's Leo Baeck College: Rabbi Sheila Shulman and me. Until then, there was only one gay rabbi in Britain, Lio nel Blue. Since then, a further 12 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rabbis have received semichah from LBC, and four others, ordained elsewhere, have become part of the Progressive movement.

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The LGBT community: I felt as if I was letting my parents down

By Naomi Firsht, July 10, 2014

Lara Atkin, 30, is a PHD student and teacher in English literature at Queen Mary University of London

At 18 I had a nice Jewish boyfriend, but something wasn't quite right. I didn't really understand and my first thought was, "what's wrong with me?" But as time went on, I realised this was who I am.

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The LGBT community: How do I tell others? Will I have grandchildren?

By Naomi Firsht, July 10, 2014

Alison Walsh is a member of the support group, Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians

Having a Jewish child come out can be a bewildering time for parents. Alison Walsh says the orthodox community should be providing more support for families.

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Gay, Jewish - and not afraid to say so

By Charlotte Oliver, July 10, 2014

Benjamin Kaye has one regret. He never assured an elderly relative of his that he was not alone and did not have to suffer in silence.

Mr Kaye's relative, like him, was gay. But he never said so. His generation rarely did and he died, aged 88, never having spoken of it.

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