SOTRU Live Listening Session

SoTRU T-Families Event FlyerWe Are Straight Allies is partnering with WJCT, Museum of Contemporary Art and State of the Re: Union (SOTRU), hosted by Al Letson, to present a public listening session of SOTRU’s “Trans Families” episode. The event will incorporate a Google Hangout so that people can text or call in questions for our featured panelists of transgender people from our community who will also be sharing their courageous stories.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm
MOCA | 333 N. Laura St.
This event is FREE and open to the public
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Ally Profile: Rabbi Joshua Lief

Rabbi Lief_FP_Print_R3Rabbi Joshua B. Lief is the Senior Rabbi of historic Congregation Ahavath Chesed. He grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia where he was active in all sports, music, and was an Eagle Scout. He attended Princeton University, where he swam on the varsity squad, competed on the debate team, and graduated with a degree in History.

After Princeton, Rabbi Lief attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  After living in Jerusalem for the first year of the seminary, he completed his studies at HUC-JIR’s campus in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was ordained as a Rabbi in May of 2003.

Prior to moving to Jacksonville, Rabbi Lief served as the Rabbi of Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he helped grow the congregation and reached out to the larger community. Here in Jacksonville, he serves on the boards of ONEJAX, JCCI, and the Community Hospice. He is an avid athlete, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, member of the Downtown Rotary Club, a graduate of the Leadership Jacksonville New Leadership Summit, enjoys and supports the arts, and is honored to engage in civic activities.

Rabbi Lief is married to his beautiful wife Rebecca. They are delighted daily by their adorable daughters, Leah and Ellie, and are proud to make Jacksonville their home.

As a Rabbi, I am relieved that Judaism only demands of me that I make myself the best person that I can possibly be.  I am not required to change anyone else to be more like me.  Indeed, with my faith in a God who is wholly (and holy) beyond my comprehension, and a conviction that all people are made in the Divine image, how could I ask anyone not to be who they are?  Many people are fond of taking Biblical verses out of context and frequently Leviticus 18:22 is cited as an injunction against homosexuality.  From my perspective, the operative verse on the issue of civil rights is actually to be found one chapter later, at Leviticus 19:17, “Reprove your neighbor, but come to no guilt on his account.”  The issue is not the perceived rightness or wrongness of any individual’s private behavior.  Rather, the issue is the absolute wrongness of public discrimination against our fellow human beings for simply being who they are.  It is quite fitting that the very next verse is Leviticus 19:18, “Love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord.”  Would that we could all reach that level of holiness.  Let’s keep trying.

To contact Rabbi Lief, please email him at rabbi@thetemplejacksonville.org.

John Delaney, President of University of North Florida

Former Jacksonville Mayor and current President of UNF, John Delaney shares his support for passage of a comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance in the city of Jacksonville (despite receiving backlash from those in the community who have fought against it).

To read John’s full ally statement, visit: http://wp.me/p3PnKk-iw

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We Are Coming Out for BINGO!

Help us raise money for Equality with some Charity Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s JAX!

We have 50/50 raffle tickets and great door prizes provided by:
A weekend stay at Omni Hotels [downtown jacksonville]
Sweet Pete’s | Three Layers Cafe
WJCT | Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Equality Florida | CityXtra Magazine

Hosted by Karissa Wade
Brought to you by We Are Straight Allies, City Xtra Magazine and the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality

Come join us – this ain’t your grandma’s basement bingo!

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Steve Halverson, President and CEO of Haskell

Steve Halverson is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Haskell Company, one of the nation’s largest integrated design-build organizations. Steve believes that employees want to work for a company that is both fun and exciting, but also safe and fair. Work should be a “place that they feel comfortable” and a “place that is tolerant”. To see his full profile, click here: http://wp.me/p3PnKk-cb

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We are straight allies coming out in support of our LGBT community and the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance.

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