The signiÒcance is in for respect borne out
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