Queerness and Judaism: Are They Compatible? Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Queerness and Judaism: Are They Compatible?

Israel Today visits a major LGBT event to find out just how “tolerant” they really are


Entering the hall of the “Queer Utopias in Israel” conference was no easy task. Since the invitation said the conference was open for all, I didn’t bother to register. As I approached the building, I saw an unusual number of security personnel guarded the entrance. “Why the heavy security?” I asked the man in charge, “I see no protestors here.” “There was a demonstration,” he told me. “Where?” I asked. “At Geha Junction,” he answered. “Geha?” I looked at him, “but it’s three miles away from here.”

Nice as he was, the guard wouldn’t let me enter. The hall is full, he told me. “But I am a journalist,” I tried, “I came here to do a job.” “The hall is full,” reiterated the conference coordinator, who looked at me suspiciously, “and who are you? You should have registered.” “But the invitation says open for all,” I shot back. And so it went back and forth, until she reluctantly consented to let me in.

And yes, the hall was packed, no doubt because unlike with the first…