Board adviser's view on same-sex marriage 'does not reflect offical policy'

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has made it clear that a letter co-signed by its interfaith adviser Rabbi Natan Levy, which calls on the government to halt legislation to allow same-sex marriage, does not reflect its policy.


I’ll make Tel Aviv greener (and pinker)

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2013

If Nitzan Horowitz wins Tel Aviv’s municipal election in October, the city will be able to mark a double first.


Creating a safe space for minority students

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

“Feminism is seen as a dirty word within the Jewish community and I want this to change.” That is the view of Melissa Leigh, co-chair of the new Union of Jewish Students Women’s Network.


Homophobia is tackled at schools

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2013

Campaigners against homophobic bullying in schools have translated posters into modern Hebrew as part of a UK-wide programme.

Through a joint initiative between gay rights groups Keshet UK and Stonewall, a series of translated tolerance posters have been put up for the first time at a Jewish school, JCoSS in

The posters read: “Some people are gay – Get over it!”


Gay Jewish parents slam Catholic MP’s anti-family allegations

By Ray Filar , February 12, 2013

Jewish same-sex parents have hit back at Liberal Democrat minister Sarah Teather’s claim that gay marriage will make family life more unstable.


Gay marriage: shuls ready

By Ray Filar, February 7, 2013

Gay Liberal and Reform couples are already making plans for wedding ceremonies after the House of Commons this week approved the Same-Sex Marriage Bill.

The two movements have already said they will conduct same-sex weddings if they are made legal.


Top rabbi: more honesty needed on homosexuality

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

A senior modern Orthodox rabbi has said that the violation of Shabbat is worse than homosexuality.

Rabbi Dr Aharon Lichtenstein made the statement that recognised homosexual feelings, according to a report on Ynet news.


Israeli lesbians win landmark discrimination case

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2012

An Israeli lesbian couple living in London have won a landmark case in an Israeli court preventing non-religious organisations from discriminating on ground of sexuality.


Was the Chief Rabbi right to speak on gay marriage?

By Simon Rocker, July 20, 2012

A wry smile might have crossed the lips of anyone who read the JC letters page last week. Not often do you find the chairman of the Reform movement jumping to the defence of the Chief Rabbi, after he had been attacked for opposing government plans to introduce civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples.


Lottery cash funds Liberal study of gay Jews in Britain

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

Liberal Judaism has won a grant of nearly £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in Britain since the Second World War.

It plans to create an archive of audio-visual interviews, a resource pack for schools and a touring exhibiton on the experiences of LGBT Jews.