LGBTQ Israelis: A Keystone Community for Israel's Future
In honor of Pride Month, Beth Am welcomes Tyler Gregory, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge (AWB) -- the LGBTQ organization building support for Israel and LGBTQ Israelis. Increasingly in recent years, supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement have targeted LGBTQ communities and leaders by pushing a false narrative of “pinkwashing” – dismissing Israel’s strong record on LGBTQ rights (all of which were achieved through decades of community struggle), as a mere cover-up for issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Gregory will discuss the important work of AWB in directly engaging North American LGBTQ leaders with Israel and its LGBTQ people.
All are welcome, but A Wider Bridge asks that you RSVP online.
An Oneg Shabbat, sponsored by the Milton I. Liebhaber Oneg & Holiday Fund, follows the service, with an opportunity for questions and discussion with our speaker.
Tyler (Tye) Gregory envisions a progressive movement in the U.S. that sees no contradiction between a love for Israel and a commitment to social justice and equality. Tye serves as the Executive Director of A Wider Bridge, the LGBTQ organization advancing equality in Israel, and equality for Israel. In his capacity at AWB, Tye partners with his talented team and dedicated board to advance our LGBTQ Israel movement. Previously, Tye served for three years as the Deputy Director of A Wider Bridge, managing the fundraising and programming portfolios of the organization. Before AWB, Tye spent several years working for AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), America's pro-Israel lobby. He is a native of San Diego and a graduate of the University of California, Davis. He recently moved to Manhattan, New York, where he is discovering that much of the world lives through not one, but four seasons.
A Wider Bridge is a North American organization working through education, advocacy, relationship-building and grant-making to create equality in Israel by expanding LGBTQ inclusion in Israel, and equality for Israel by cultivating constructive engagement with Israel. Learn more at awiderbridge.org.
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