Stephen Fry compares Russian gay discrimination to Nazi Germany

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry has compared Russia's treatment of gay people to Hitler's persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Mr Fry made the claim in a letter calling on the International Olympic Committee to strip the Russian city of Sochi of next year's Winter Olympics.

Members of Mr Fry's family were killed in Hungary during the Holocaust.


Spanish chief rabbi denies calling gays "deviants"

By JCReporter, August 8, 2013

A spokeswoman for the Jewish community in Madrid has denied the authenticity of quotes attributed to its chief rabbi in which he reportedly called gays “deviants” who need “re-educating”.

Rabbi Moshe Bendahan was alleged to have made the comments last week during an interview for Religion Digital, a news website.


Jewish Agency setting up network for gay olim

By Simon Rocker, August 1, 2013

The Jewish Agency is setting up a network for new gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) olim at the initiative of a British immigrant.

Roy Freeman, 40, who is originally from Luton, moved to Israel last year after spending 11 years in Australia, where he chaired an LGBT group Dayenu in Sydney.


Candidate for chief rabbi is 'severe bigot'

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

borderline racist, sexist and homophobic statements made by the leading candidate in the Sephardi chief rabbinate election have caused outrage in Israel, with Knesset members and Israeli citizens calling for his disqualification.


Gay rights pioneer dies

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2013

Michael Brown, the activist who founded the first Jewish gay organisation in the world, has died aged 82 after losing his battle against leukaemia.

Mr Brown was instrumental in the establishment of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group in 1972, as a place to "meet and socialise with like-minded people".


LJS backs gay pride

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2013

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue is tonight hosting a special Friday service on the eve of the London Pride parade. The “Celebrating Together” service is being held in conjunction with the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group and the Beit Klal Synagogue. Lionel Blue is among rabbis taking part.


Gay Jewish woman in historic legal victory

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

A lawsuit brought by a Jewish woman has led the Supreme Court in America to abolish a law which denied gay spouses equal benefits.

The justices narrowly voted 5-4 in favour of striking down section three of the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma), a move which further normalises gay marriage in America.


What if I told you that I was gay?

By Abigail Radnor, June 21, 2013

Dear Mum and Dad,

What if I was gay?

Would you think any differently of me? Do you think you would be happy for me? Would you be disappointed in me? Do you think you would care?

Would you think I was any less Jewish? Would you consult the Talmud to see how acceptable my lifestyle is? Do you consult the Talmud to see how acceptable your lifestyle is?


Dignity and sense

June 6, 2013

Only one figure emerges with credit from this week's unedifying intra-community row over gay marriage: Vivian Wineman, the President of the Board of Deputies.


'Shame'-sex marriage? Rabbis clash over Bill

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The Federation of Synagogues this week launched a blistering attack on Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman for failing to back his interfaith adviser in opposing same-sex marriage.