The Nazi Trifecta

Posted on November 13th, 2017
Kenny Fries for Jewish Book Council

At a dinner party soon after I moved to Berlin, a German guest recounted the story of his struggle to restore the bomb-battered grave of his grandfather at the Jewish Cemetery in Weissensee. He regaled the dinner guests, telling us about his phone call to the cemetery administrator, who told him the requirement that all new gravestones are required to quote scripture.

“But my father wasn’t a believer,” he complained to the administrator. “He wouldn’t have wanted scripture, Jewish or otherwise, on his tombstone. He was a Communist.”

“Make up your mind,” demanded the administrator. “Was your grandfather a Jew or a Communist?”

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The Terrific ‘Beach Rats’ Isn’t Your Typical Gay Coming of Age Movie

Posted on November 6th, 2017
By: Nico Lang for

The new film by Eliza Hittman is a complicated coming-of-age story that challenges how we think about queer films today.

Great movies often feel as though they are in conversation with other movies. Beach Rats, the second feature film from Eliza Hittman, is not quite a great movie, but it aspires to be one.

A tone poem about a young man struggling with his attraction to other men, Beach Rats recalls Saturday Night Fever, another film about frustrated masculinity set in blue-collar Brooklyn. Frankie, played by the electric Harris Dickinson, is a spiritual successor to Tony Manero. Both characters struggle to find themselves in an environment that doesn’t appear to have many options for the men they want to be. Beach Rats is the rare movie to feel like a descendant of both Kenneth Anger and Harmony Korine. Anger festishizes masculinity, whereas Korine explores the consequences when manhood isn’t fully realized.

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Birthright Trip for LGBTQ

Posted on October 30th, 2017
From Sachlav Israel on the House

Israel Rainbow

Want to experience all that Israel has to offer, in a safe, comfortable, and empowering environment, with other LGBTQ identifying people? Join like-minded people this season for the complete Birthright Israel trip experience, along with additional Israeli LGBTQ oriented activities. Led by members of the LGBTQ community, the trip covers all the same sites and activities as our flagship “Israel Explore” itinerary, while introducing you to the Israeli LGBTQ community, and their experiences. It’s ultimate introduction to Israel, with maximum exposure to the best that Israel, and its human landscape, have to offer. You will taste the culture, embrace the adventure, discover more of your Jewish heritage, and meet with organizations at the forefront of the LGBTQ community in Israel.
Places very limited – sign up now to avoid disappointment!

Please Note: This trip is run for groups  ages 20 to 26

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Rachels Weisz and McAdams as Queer Orthodox Jews

Posted on October 23rd, 2017
By Gabriela Geselowitz for Jewcy

Get on board the hype train for ‘Disobedience.’

Get ready; soon, you’re going to be hearing a lot about Disobedience, a new movie starring two Rachels: Weisz, and McAdams.

Disobedience is about an off-the-Derekh daughter of a prominent London rabbi (played by Weisz, who is also a producer) who returns home after her father’s death. There, she encounters two childhood friends, one of whom is now the rabbi’s presumed successor (Alessandro Nivola), and the other of whom (played by McAdams) is his wife. But the two women have a shared history; they were caught kissing once as teenagers. Is it only a matter of time before these two women give in to renewed passion and rekindle their youthful affair? Spoiler: Yes, and apparently it’s super sexy.

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Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Posted on October 16th, 2017
By DAVID COURBET for The Times of Israel

First of roughly 94,000 same-sex couples begin exchanging vows, after change of heart by Chancellor Angela Merkel allows measure to pass parliament

Two German men made history Sunday by saying “I do,” and becoming the first same-sex couple to marry after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights isn’t over.

Wedding bells rang out in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and other German cities, where local authorities have exceptionally opened their doors on a Sunday, allowing weddings on the day the law comes into effect.

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