Critics of religious influence talk about it as if it is a demon uniquely threatening Israel’s culture and society. It's not, writes an Israel Democracy Institute leader.
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"A lot of the rabbis are more familiar with it," says one activist. "You can't say anymore that it doesn't exist in our community."
Esti Weinstein’s body and a suicide note were discovered in her car at a beach in Ashdod a week after she went missing. Weinstein, 50, had written a memoir about growing up in the Gur Hasidic sect.
A divide within Labour or the Conservatives could encourage xenophobia, a prospect the Jewish community finds worrisome.
In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, here are nine of the most influential Jews who have helped make LGBTQ issues visible — and are still working to enact change.