The Los Angeles Blade covered Jeremy Lawrence’s Lavender Songs show that took place at BCC. The magazine highlighted the drag show’s message of resistance to the current government — just like the original 1920s show on which it’s based.
This article by Rabbi Paul Kipnes first appeared on Reform Judaism website. It went viral via email between our congregation members. I invited a former synagogue member – a wonderful and very pleasant person – to rejoin the synagogue after a few years away. She said she had thought about it and wondered, “How would […]
Nearly 600 rabbis representing Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish communities from across the United States and Canada signed an open letter calls on Orthodox rabbis to retract recent homophobic comments in Israel, and asks the governing coalition of the Knesset to immediately reverse recent anti-LGBTQ surrogacy legislation.
Our member Everlyn Hunter penned a column on the Reform Judaism website about the new meaning of Jewish LGBTQ spaces in a culture where same-sex marriage is legal, when gender pronouns are increasingly announced and asked for upon first meeting, where many Reform synagogues openly welcome LGBTQ Jews, and when more families are, blessedly, fully […]
BCC member Everlyn Hunter was selected among 16 fellows from all over North America to participate in URJ’s cutting-edge seminars focusing on identity enrichment, professional and leadership development.
Jewish Journal magazine featured an article on Beth Chayim Chadashim’s member Nathan Looney A micro-crisis unfolded at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market in late January. It pitted loyal customers of Westside Urban Gardens, a small micro greens farm, against one another. The losers had to leave the Sunday market without some of their favorite greens, […]
Point Foundation (Point) will honor Jewish innovative TV and film writer, director, and producer Jill Soloway with the Point Impact Award at the Point Honors Los Angeles gala Oct. 7. The award is presented to an individual who has made a significant impact on improving the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
Rabbi Heather Miller and Rabbi Lisa Edwards were among community leaders gathered to celebrate 500 conversions performed by the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din.
Rabbi Heather Miller chaired a town hall meeting on immigration where LASD Civilian Oversight Commissioners take in community’s concerns and recommendations.
Exploring his multi-pronged identity, Los Angeles-born author who is of Judeo-Spanish descent via Cuba, Orlando Ortega-Medina, recently released his book ‘Jerusalem Ablaze’ to a warm critical reception
Gay Jewish musician Eli Lieb has released the new video for his song “Shangri La” that he says is his “most intimate tune” yet.
Rev. Troy Perry visited Texas last week, and the article covering his visit on the prominent local paper Dallas Voice mentions the Rev. help to the foundation of BCC.
Joshua Gershick and wife Elise were at the LA LGBT Center’s protest against the transgender military ban last week.
L.A.-based comedian Dana Goldberg is savvy at getting audiences to donate to political causes she believes in. Luring them in with laughter, and lightening their wallets in the process; she does them both for a good cause.
Los Angeles has a long history of acceptance and groundbreaking advancements in the LGBTQ movement, including the world’s first LGBTQ parade in 1970. Along with the vibrant and active LGBTQ community, the City of Los Angeles celebrates LGBTQ Heritage Month every June. Explore Los Angeles through the lens of L.A.’s pioneering LGBT history.
Alumni of the popular drag competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race perform in Los Angeles frequently. Which of them are Jewish? Here’s your quick guide. (plus RuPaul’s surprising knowledge in the Talmud)
History doctoral student Samuel Clowes Huneke analyzed several police files from the 1940s that illuminate the limited toleration some lesbians found during the Nazi regime.
PRIDE Explorer™ is the 1st and only self-guided Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and Allied History Tour of Los Angeles that is both educational and entertaining.
Risa Wallach serves a Conservative synagogue in an affluent suburb in Northern California, identifies as genderqueer and is also married to a woman.
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Rabbi Rachel Bat-or is featured in the Jewish Journal’s cover story about the relations between LGBT people and the Orthodox Jewish community in LA
The World Congress of GLBT Jews and JQ International are co-sponsoring a demonstration Friday, May 5, 2017, from 5 – 7 pm, at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and La Cienega in Los Angeles, to protest the persecution and murder of gay men and transgender women at the hands of the Chechen government.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center will host 360, a health and empowerment fair for LBTQ women, on April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Honorary BCC member Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould gave an ELI Talk on being a gay rabbi. Watch here
Following a concerted effort by local LGBTQ activists, Los Angeles Pride will take on a decidedly more political atmosphere this year.
The new Trump administration has fostered a lot of fear in immigrant communities. Because of these concerns, the American Civil Liberties Union distributed a flyer (in English and Spanish) that explains what your rights are if you are stopped by an officer – either police or immigration.
Micha Thau, a senior at Shalhevet High School, spoke at Westwood Village Synagogue on Feb. 8 as part of a panel called “Modern Orthodoxy and LGBT: Navigating a Complex Reality,” alongside Shalhevet head of school Rabbi Ari Segal; actor and comedian Elon Gold; Westwood Village Synagogue Rabbi Abner Weiss; a clinical psychologist, and moderator Alexander […]
Author Maggie Anton will be speaking about “Talmud After Dark” at six venues in and around Los Angeles and the SF Valley starting tomorrow, January 18.
BCC member Sylvia Sukop, now attending graduate school in St. Louis, recently visited with BCC friend Olga Grilli in New York.
Rabbi Lisa and Cantor Juval Porat are both taking part in a program organized on the eve of the Inauguration, Thursday Jan. 19 at 7pm at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park.
American Jewish University alumnus Jacob Rostovsky started a nonprofit that subsidizes surgeries and hormones for transgender people.
Longtime Tel Avivian LGBT-community-favorite restaurant Orna & Ella, located in the chick district of Shenkin, is known for its unique sweet potato latkes recipe. Now you can make it at home, just in time for Hanukkah.
Cantor Juval Porat will be singing live this Sunday 12/25 at an event of West Hollywood’s Inspire Spiritual Community. Read the story of the community, headed by Jesse Brune-Horan.
Dr. Les Zendle was elected by voters (with over 23,000 votes on November 8, 2016) to the Desert Healthcare District Board of Directors.
A song by Cantor Juval Porat is included in a new Jewish compilation album called There is Hope. The album, dubbed a musical anthology for the spirit and curated by Rabbi David Paskin and Rabbi Menachem Creditor, is now available for a free download.
Implementing historic criminal justice reform, the Board of Supervisors appointed the first-ever Civilian Oversight Commission for the Sheriff’s Department, with a mandate to promote transparency in law enforcement and restore public trust. BCC’s very own Rabbi Heather Miller is one of the 9 people appointed for this important role.
Jason Stuart plays a slave owner in “The Birth of a Nation,” based on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831.
Longtime LGBT advocate, author, speaker and educator Ronni Sanlo spoke on campus at Fullerton College Oct. 6, 2016, at the annual LGBT Forum and played her documentary “Letter to Anita” for those in attendance.
Did the Holocaust really happen? Seventeen-year old computer nerd Beth needs to know, so in 2017 she becomes her own avatar and time-travels back to 1945 to accompany her 19 year-old great-grandfather Sandy through the last five months of WWII. Ronni Sanlo’s new book The Soldier, the Avatar and the Holocaust: WWII Germany, Jan-May, 1945 […]
Adam Kulbersh play Sam’s (Pam’s) dead father who only appears in flashbacks to the late 70s/early 80s. In the current season (aired on FX), he pops in and out occasionally.