Works on :
- Local level
- National level
Works for :
- Gay community
- Bisexual community
- Trans community
Promoting LGBTI rights as Human rights
Raising awareness through mass media
Teaching LGBT rights in schools
LGBTI Families /Parenting
Donor insemination services and fertility treatments
Legal recognition of parental role of a non biological parent
Laws and leadership
LGBTI movement (community organizing & leadership)
Laws and human rights
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In many places in the world, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are subjected to discrimination, humiliation and even verbal and physical abuse. In Israel, where there is no separation between religion and state, harassment still exists against LGBT individuals and communities even though constitutional persecution and discrimination has officially ended. This is particularly true in the religious societies, where opinions and attitudes are often extreme and where alternative sexual and gender identities are seen as contrary to religious law.
Religious people in these communities who identify themselves as LGBT are faced with many hardships and challenges. Many live in fear of harassment, humiliation and of being ostracized by their communities and families. Those who are out of the closet often fear verbal and physical abuse.
For this reason, Bat-Kol and Havruta were founded to assist religious lesbians and gays respectively. These organizations offer a social and support network for religious LGBT people. Beyond being a safe haven, these organizations also actively work to inform and educate the religious public about LGBT issues in their communities. Through the work of these organizations, some religious leaders are now boldly speaking publicly and freely about LGBT issues. Educators and counselors now turn to these religious LGBT organizations for guidance and information. Through outreach and education, Bat-Kol and Havruta aim to break down stereotypes, and encourage a religious culture that is tolerant and understanding for all who are different whether by gender, race or religion.
The goals of the joint project that Havruta and Bat-Kol have submitted here are in the spirit of the Human Rights Prize of the French Government. Your acknowledgement of these organizations will greatly help them continue to work toward change, acceptance, respect and tolerance toward all.
Havruta was established by graduates of Jewish religious institutions, yeshivas and high schools for men who identify themselves as gay and have a strong connection to Jewish religious observance. Since its establishment in 2007, Havruta has grown from a discreet group into a community of who participate in monthly activities, along with a mailing list that are received by hundreds, and a website that receives thousands of hits.
Havruta provides monthly social meetings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as well as annual hikes and weekend retreats that attract many members. Havruta is a voice for the religious gay community in the media, at government panels, conferences and other venues.
Havruta is in constant discourse with religious leaders and advocates that all are created in the image of G-d and that one’s sexual preference and identity is not contradictory with religious beliefs. This is the message that Havruta imparts to religious communities with the hopes of creating greater tolerance toward religious gays.
Havruta helps facilitate religious gays who are “coming out” and with to live honest and truthful lives, Havruta serves as a community for religious, formerly religious, single and married, closeted and non-closeted gays and helps bridge the wide gaps that exist between religious and gay life with understanding, tolerance and compassion.
Bat-Kol and Havruta work together on many joint projects for its members and beyond its immediate community, including IGY- Israel Gay Youth groups for religious teens and youth and The Pride Minyan which offers welcoming religious services for the entire LGBT community. The SHOVAL Project is a joint project for education and outreach to religious leaders and educators to provide them with a greater understanding of the issues affecting religious LGBT members and through personal encounters create a discourse of compassion and tolerance.