In 1999, another support and advocacy group, Aleph, failed in its bid to be admitted as a member of the JCCV due to threats by some of the JCCV’s Orthodox constituents to quit the peak state body.
We have come a long way as a society since 1999. We know the many challenges associated with being a member of the LGBTI community – increased mental health issues, self-harm and suicide, to name a few.
It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to take a stand. If we are a member of an organisation that has a vote at the JCCV Plenum, we must do what we can to ensure they vote to admit Keshet as a member.
Sadly, all too often we have seen where bigotry and intolerance lead. Just today, at Jerusalem’s Pride Parade, numerous people were viciously attacked with a knife by a homophobic Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) protestor.
Also today, dozens of former Yeshiva students in Israel identified themselves as gay in an open letter, challenging a prominent rabbi who referred to homosexuality ‘a perversion and sin’.
Recently, in a landmark decision, a US court ruled that a Jewish organisation offering “conversion therapy” committed fraud.
It is long overdue for us as a community to take an unequivocal stand on this issue. The JCCV Plenum is a great opportunity for the Melbourne Jewish community to do so.
UPDATE: Keshet Australia has been voted in unanimously as a JCCV affiliate. This sends a powerful message. Well done to all concerned.