The sig­niÒ­cance is in for re­spect borne out

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

WHEN SOME­ONE de­faced a banner ad­ver­tis­ing “GayW3” week at the JW3 cen­tre last year, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spoke out. “Ho­mo­pho­bia is un­ac­cept­able and we must have zero tol­er­ance for it,” he said.

It was a sen­ti­ment not uni­ver­sally shared across the com­mu­nity.

He was be­rated for his in­ter­ven­tion by one rabbi on the Ortho­dox right, who thought he should have con­demned the cen­tre rather than the graf­fiti.

While there may be some who would rather that LGBT+ Jews be in­vis­i­ble, the Chief Rabbi has in­stead shown an out­stretched hand. They are not a prob­lem to be wished away, but a val­ued part of the Jewish com­mu­nity.

His newly pub­lished guid­ance on the need to en­sure the well­be­ing of young LGBT Jews is an un­prece­dented doc­u­ment for Ortho­dox schools.

While Ortho­dox schools may have un­der­stand­ably found it chal­leng­ing

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