Take part in a meaningful discussion about LGBT issues in Israel.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Sherith Israel - Bart Hall
2266 California Street
San Francisco, CA
On August 1, 2009, Ayala Katz lost her 26 year old gay son Nir Katz z"l in a shooting at the Bar Noar, a center for LGBT youth in Tel Aviv where Nir worked as a volunteer counselor. Following Nir's death, Ayala was invited to become the Chairperson of the LGBT parents' support organization, Tehila, where she served until February 2011.
In her capacity as Chairperson, she worked to promote Tehila in the media and foster cooperation between Tehila and other LGBT organizations in Israel and abroad. During 2011, Ayala wrote a weekly opinion column on the Ma'ariv website, where she discussed a range of issues and current events and focused many columns specifically on LGBT issues.
The main project Ayala pushed forward was the establishment of the Nir Katz Center for Violence, Discrimination, and Homophobia Reporting in Tel Aviv, which opened in August of 2012. Sponsored by the Israeli LGBT Association (The Aguda), the Nir Katz Center operates a helpline to field complaints of LGBT abuse and offers concrete psychosocial and legal support to victims of violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, using Israeli LGBT Association services.
Please contact Tye Gregory at A Wider Bridge if you have any further questions.
Co-sponsored by A Wider Bridge, Keshet, Congregation Sherith Israel and the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation