The Great Pride Parade Adventure


Pride Parade Flag

Pride. When we are aware of our own dignity and worth; when we feel deep pleasure from our own and others’ achievements; when we delight in who we are and what we do. Pride.

Susan Rosenberg, An American Radical


Susan Rosenberg's "An American Radical"

I guess it’s inevitable, when you’re at a book talk by a 1970s radical political activist who was wanted by the FBI, went underground, got arrested, and spent 16 and a half years behind bars, that

Interfaith leaders rally to raise awareness of homelessness among LGBTQ youth


When I moved to New York City, I was told that there are a set of rules one should follow in order to ride the subway safely.

It Gets Better: Where are the Jews?


By now, the It Gets Better Project has made headlines around the world, with everyone from Lady Gaga to president Obama posting a video to support and enc

Girl Scouts of Colorado take a stand against gender injustice


Girl Scouts

The Jewish community has had a varied relationship with scouting.

Gloria Steinem: An unheralded GLBT advocate


Gloria Steinem

As I watched HBO’s incisive documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, one irony became clear instantly:

New York's Big Day


Donovan's Big Day

We were thrilled to see gay marriage pass in New York this weekend, just in time for the release of Lesléa Newman’s new book, Donovan's Big Day. Lesléa Newman is the author of the classic children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, which has helped a generation of childern see their families represented in the books they read. Her new book takes the work a step further by familiarizing the experience of watching one's parents get married.

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum stands up for gay marriage in the face of Jewish prejudice


Yesterday a scuffle broke out between a group of Rockland Hassidic men and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. The incident occurred during a protest outside the New York state senate where a gay marriage bill is currently under debate.

Jewish mothers for marriage equality


The title on made me chuckle: "Jewish mothers lobby for right to nag all their kids about getting married." Yeah, that sounds about right!

Is the shul a place for political activism?


Synagogue sanctuary

I spent last Friday night celebrating Shabbat at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass., a Reform synagogue I’d never before visited. I was in awe of the chapel’s breathtaking, brightly colored stained glass windows, and I was fascinated by Rabbi John Franken’s take on Parshat M’tzora, which drew unexpected parallels between, of all things, skin diseases and marketing (all with a Jewish bent, of course). But it was a bright green insert in the Friday night program that struck me most.


Rising Voices


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