Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative Rabbis Urge Conversations About Marriage Equality During Passover

By: Friday April 6, 2012 4:36 pm

As efforts to protect Washington’s new marriage equality law continue, it is beautiful to see the increasing amount of support that Washington United for Marriage has gotten from faith communities across Washington state. Their support helps people realize that civil marriage equality is completely consistent with religious liberty. In the tradition of seeking to do [...]

A pathetic missive from anti-gay Orthodox Jewish groups that oppose marriage equality

By: Saturday May 28, 2011 4:14 pm

This has got to be one of the poorest attempts ever at using religion to cover bias.  This week a group of Orthodox Jewish organizations released a statement in opposition to marriage equality. May 23, 2011 On the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage, the Orthodox Jewish world speaks with one voice, loud and clear: We [...]

An orange on the seder plate

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 3:25 pm

Seder at the home of Laura Ruderman, a former Washington State Representative, and her husband Craig Greenberg. Pictured are Laura’s mother Equal Rights Washington Board member Margaret Rothschild and Margaret’s husband George Heidorn. I’ve just learned about this wonderful tradition.  Many progressive Jewish homes put an orange on the Passover seder plate as a symbol [...]

Rabbi Jonathan Singer: Seek equal rights, not tolerance

By: Sunday March 27, 2011 11:20 pm

What a pleasure it was to sit down for an interview with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Senior Rabbi at Seattle, Washington’s Temple Beth Am.  This uncompromising advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people brought a new perspective to the congregation when he arrived in 1995; while his predecessor was “pretty homophobic”, Rabbi Singer actively [...]

Guest column by Jake Goodman: A Coalition Gathers in Brooklyn: Hate is the Abomination (Not Queers)

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 8:38 pm

A Coalition Gathers in Brooklyn: Hate is the Abomination (Not Queers) by Jake Goodman This past Thursday, a broad coalition of Jewish and queer New Yorkers gathered on in sub-freezing temperatures for a protest march through the heart of the Jewish neighborhood in Flatbush.  The event, titled “In God’s Name,” was organized by grassroots activist [...]

Happy Hannukah from Heschel GSA!

By: Friday December 3, 2010 12:27 am

Esther, Sasha, Aaron and Sarah, students from the Gay-Straight Alliance at the A. J. Heschel School in New York joined together Wednesday to introduce the first Hannukah candle with some beautiful words meaningful to us all.  Ok, I didn’t understand the Hebrew words, but the English ones made me proud to know of these, our [...]

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