The Agudah (formerly the SPPR) is a volunteer-based non-profit
organization serving the GLBT community in Israel.
The Agudah is the only national GLBT organization in the Middle
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- To work for the full legal, social and cultural equality of the
Israeli GLBT community.
- To provide support and social interaction for GLBT persons and
enhance a sense of communal cohesion.
- To educate the general public and widen the sphere of
understanding and pluralism within Israeli society.
This web page was created by The Agudah
Oversees Relations Committee
The Agudah is a member Organization of:
ILGA-International Lesbian and Gay Association
Congress of Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Jewish Organizations
28 Nachmani St - P.O. Box 37604, Tel Aviv 61375, Israel Tel
972-3-6293681 Fax 972-3-525-2341
AIDS Project - BELH DOEGET
BELH DOEGET works under the auspices of the Agudah
- to increase AIDS awareness in Israel,
- to encourage safer sex,
- to provide a safe space for people living with AIDS/HIV.
Bella Doeget runs:
- "Cafe Plus" and "Cafe Plus Info"for people affected by HIV
- an annual Wigstock celebration.
- International AIDS Day activities
- safer sex / AIDS awearness campains
The Knesset decriminalizes homosexuality
The Knesset prohibits anti-lesbian / gay
discrimination in the workplace.
The Knesset, under the initiative of Knesset
Member Yael Dayan, establishes a sub- committee on LGB issues.
Even, a leading activist in the Agudah, comes out publicly,
spurring the Israel Defense Force to initiate an
anti-discrimination policy towards GLB soldiers.
The Agudah organizes the first public GLBT
pride events in Israel.
The Israeli Supreme Court upholds a lower
court's decision requiring El Al Airlines to grant full spousal
benefits to the same-sex domestic partner of airline employee
The Agudah and Knesset Member Yael Dayan
cooperate in an attempt to legislate equal status for GLBT couples
in many legal matters (The religious parties succeed in preventing
a vote on the measure through parliamentary procedures.)
The Israel Defense Force recognizes Adir
Steiner as the legal widower of Dr. Lt. Col. Doron Maizel for
The Tel Aviv Military Court recognizes Adir
Steiner as the legal widower of Dr. Lt. Col. Doron Maizel,
awarding Steiner "widower benefits." The decision the law. (This
decision is being appealed by the Israel Defense Force.)
The Knesset passes an amendment to the Libel
Law prohibiting defamation on grounds of sexual orientation.
Support groups and hotlines operate throughout the country
offering a sympathetic ear, advice and referrals. The services are
available to lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, PWA and their family
- Hotlines,switchboards and support groups.
- Ha Kav HaLavan - Agudah GLBT Hotline.
- The Agudah employs a part-time social worker, who supervises
group facilitators and provides individual counseling.
The Agudah sponsors and plays host to a large number of social
activities in the GLBT community:
- Groups for:
- young women,
- youth under 22 ,
- religious men,
- men over 50,
- Transgendered persons,
- parents of GLBTs,
- people living with HIV and AIDS.
- GLBT pride events
- Drop-in social evenings at the community center
- Special events at various night clubs
The most important tool for improving the quality of life for
GLBTs in Israel is educating ourselves and society as a whole. To
this effort, the Agudah offers:
- A speakers bureau, which organizes lectures in schools, youth
groups, and universities, etc.
- HIV and AIDS educational programming
- Lectures and special events at the community centers
During than 20 years of activism, the Agudah has led the
way in the struggle for equal rights for LGBs in Israel.
Political activities include:
- "Otzma" - the Agudah's political lobbying group
- Cooperative work with local municipalities
- Participation in the Knesset sub-committee on LGB issues
The Agudah has increased the visibility of the GLBT community in
Israel in many different ways:
- Israeli television history was made in 1996 when the Agudah
first produced "Gayim L'hatzig" (Gays/Proud to
Present), a weekly GLBT news and entertainment magazine.
- Guest lecturers and authors from around the world have hosted
open forums at the community centers.
- GLBT libraries in the community centers.
"We are everywhere!" The Agudah's slogan becomes and
relevant every day in Israel's growing GLBT community:
- The Haifa community center provides services for the northern
- Collaborative efforts between the Agudah and Jerusalem's GLBT
- The Agudah's youth groups are all over the country Afula and
- The Overseas Relations Committee,
ORC, liases with LBG
organizations and individuals around the world.
AGUDAH COMMUNITY CENTERS
Tel Aviv Community Center - TACC
28 Nachmani Street, Tel (03) 629-3681
- Bela Doeget - Aids Education
- HaKvutza HaPtuha -THE OPEN GROUP for men, Mondays 20:00
- B-gay Klali -students, every other Friday 14:00
- Hod - religious LGBs
- Hamon Aliza -women under 25,Tusdays
- Tehila - parents of LBGs -last Thursday of the month 17:30
- Zahal Bet - LGBs under 22 - Saturdays 19:30
- Open House at the Community Center - Thursdays at 20:00
- Cafe Plus - PWAs, friends and family,last Friday of the month
- Yayin Noshan - gay men over 50.
- "It's Pleasant to Touch" - Touching does not always mean sex.
This group for 18-22 year olds will meet Sundays, 18:00 - 20:00
- English speaking Tehila (Parents of LBGs) meets, last Sunday
of the month 17:30
- Oversees Relations Committee (ORC) first Thursday of the month
- Rikudei Am (folk dance) group is forming.
- Gay games Amsterdam 98 team group is forming.
Join us for a picnik every last Saturday of the month 14:00 at
Sporteck Tel Aviv
HAIFA COMMUNITY CENTER - HCC
6 Nordau Street, (04) 867-2665
- HaKvutza HaPtuha -THE OPEN GROUP for men, Tuesdays 20:30
- The Pink Silver Screen - LBG films -every other Thursday
- Youth group for 15-22 year olds - every other Saturday 19:00
- Tehila -parents of LBGs - last Sunday of the month 18:00
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Please mail or fax this form to the Agudah at:
28 Nachmani Street
P.O. Box 37604
Tel Aviv 61375
Tel: 972-3-6293681 - Fax: 972-3-5252341
Tax-deductible donations to the Agudah may also be sent via the
The New Israel Fund at:
1625 K Street NW,
Washington, DC 20006,
Israeli television history was made in 1996 when the Agudah
first produced "Gayim L'hatzig" (Gays/Proud to Present), a weekly
LGB news and entertainment magazine.
Most of the The program was brodacsted in the Community Cable
Chanel and partly suported financially by the Israeli .
It is posible to purchess VCR casetts of the programs from the
Agudah. The first 5 programs have an English subtitle version
avalable in PAL. For information contact the
A speakers bureau, which organizes lectures in schools, youth
groups, kibbutzim, and universities, etc.
The lectures are given by a team of a gay man and a lesbian woman
and can be tailored to the needs of the audience.
For information contact
COMMITTEE FOR ADVANCEMENT OF STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub Committee on LGB Issues
The Agudah Oversees Relations Committee / Ra'anan / firstname.lastname@example.org
/revisied May 1998
- Dayan, Yael - Chairperson
- Beilin, Yossi
- Blumenthal, Naomi
- Chazan, Naomi
- Darawshe, Abdul Wahab
- Elon, Benny
- Gozansky, Tamar
- Itzik, Dalia
- Lubotsky, Alexander
- Maor, Anat
- Solodkin, Marina
- Vaknin, Yitzhak