Monday, August 23, 2010

Orthodox Jewish lesbians will have a new online home

American Sarah Weil, 20, emigrated to Israel and threw herself into studying Jewish law through the lens of strict chasidic rebbetzins in Jerusalem. Ms. Weil wants to keep the Torah and mitzvot and live in the Orthodox world. Yet, she is gay and that practice is considered an "abomination" in the eyes of many in the Orthodox community.

However, with the assistance of another "American olah," Talya Levy, as well as a grant from a major Jewish contributor, Weil is readying to launch an English version of the Bat Kol website. Bat Kol ("Daughter of a Voice") lobbies for gay rights in the Jewish world. For religious lesbians, Weil characterized the new site as a "life-net," which is a cross between a lifeline and a safety net.

The New York Theological Seminary is an institution that is dedicated to human dignity, equal rights and social justice for all persons and groups. The seminary's primary mission is to prepare men and women, from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, for careers within ministry.

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