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By 2013, more than 123 Orthodox rabbis in Israel and abroad had signed the community charter in progress, which they call the "Document of Principles." The document argues that coercing LGBTQ people into heterosexual marriages degrades the act of marriage itself and emphasizes the importance of accepting queer people in spiritual communities.Yosef believes it's the responsibility of individual spiritual leaders to explore how people of faith can honor religious law in a loving gay relationship.Last summer, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli man stabbed and killed several people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.Hod is now at the forefront of working with rabbis to negotiate religious laws surrounding LGBTQ identity and relationships.For many years Jewish people [in Israel] had no other option."A Hod survey in 2014 estimated that up to two-thirds of gay ultra-Orthodox men in Israel still marry women.It helps shield them from homophobia and also provides their families with all the benefits given to parents the state officially recognizes as "religious Jews." Even if those estimates are generous, the stigma associated with being LGBTQ in Israel is still widespread.New York The Gay and Lesbian Yeshiva/Day School Alumni A friendly and supportive community for lesbian and gay yeshiva and day school alumni, and all others with a commitment to their Jewish heritage, created to integrate Jewish and gay identities through discussion, socializing, and other activities.
"How different is [a sexless 'sham marriage'] from a [sexless] heterosexual marriage?
Or Chayim is a start-up congregation of monthly traditional Jewish Shabbat dinners, prayer services and community for LGBTQ Jews and allies. The JCC in Manhattan offers a variety of social and cultural programs designed for the Jewish LGBT community.