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,


West London's same-sex ties

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

West London Synagogue is expecting to hold its first same-sex wedding within the actual synagogue next month, with one of its rabbis among the celebrating couples.

Previously, a civil same-sex marriage was held in the Reform shul's hall, while another couple had a religious wedding in an outside venue conducted under the synagogue's auspices.

Simon Myers, WLS executive director, said, "We ca


Breaking glass and breaking new ground

By Simon Rocker, October 31, 2014

For 15 years Natalie Grazin and Samantha Cohen have been stalwarts of the New North London Synagogue, the country's largest Masorti congregation.

They helped to found the egalitarian minyan Assif. They have a boy and a girl who attend Jewish primary school.

The couple, who met at Limmud in 1997, formally pledged their commitment to each other in 2005 in a brit ahavah, a covenant of love.


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.


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.


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.


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.