One Equal World

JCC-affiliated LGBT group Visits Israel

Posted on: June 12, 2014

The Jewish Community Center Association of North America is sponsoring its first ever LGBT delegation to Israel. The delegation of 21 people began its ten-day trip on Sunday and planned its visits to coincide with Tel Aviv’s Pride Week. The New York-based gay Jewish nightlife group Hebro organized the trip.

jcca-logo“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Aliza Orent, organizer of the JCCA trip and director of Jewish Life and Learning at the JCC in Austin, Texas. “It’s been a passion of mine and the stars aligned.”

The trip is more than a “basic Israel 101,” and is filled with various LGBT-themed activities including meeting the founders of Chavruta, an Orthodox gay organization, and a visit to the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance.

“I was really encouraged by the support we got from the executive offices in New York when I first brought up this idea,” said Aliza Orent, the driving force behind the initiative and the person who will be leading the group to Israel. “There were no questions or judgment.”

On June 13, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Gan Meir, a record-breaking number of people—estimates are that 130,000 people will attend Gay Pride events in Tel Aviv this month—will march through major streets across the city to the beachfront Charles Clore Park, in solidarity with the LGBT movement.

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