How should we treat members of the LGTB community into our churches and synagogues? Come meet Rabbi Aviad Friedman, an extraordinary rabbi who is coming to talk with our Israel Today Members about how he got involved with Israel’s LGBT community and more.
More than a Rabbi
For starters, Rabbi Friedman served as a personal advisor to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He is formerly the director-general of Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry and served as senior advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.
Rabbi Friedman is also a businessman who invests in various technology start-ups and is active in these companies in various positions, including that of chairman, director and advisory council member. He served as deputy CEO of Maariv, one of Israel’s largest Hebrew-language daily newspapers.
Together with his wife Hanna, Rabbi Friedman co-founded B’yahad or “Together” – a liberal Orthodox community in Tel Aviv that welcomes all of God’s children, including members of the LGBT community.