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“I do want to say something about the young people…They live with such a commitment to social justice. There was a group [at the Cemetery] yesterday I noticed from Washington University Hillel. They knew nobody in that Cemetery. They were there because they knew they had to speak out. It speaks to what the younger generation is all about. They are activists and they have high ideals and they invest in their own time when they believe it’s necessary and I was really thrilled to see that.” - Lynn Wittels, President & CEO of the St. Louis JCC, during an interview today on "St. Louis on the Air"
Named one of the "100 most influential people in Israel” in 2006 by Haaretz publication TheMarker, Pinkas served as Chairman of the national LGBT association in Israel and advises the Mayor of Tel Aviv on LGBTQ affairs. He and his partner have challenged the legal system in Israel to recognize same-sex marriages and provide equal accessibility to the surrogacy process in Israel for same-sex couples. Both of these issues have reached the Israeli Supreme Court through his appeals.
A group of Washington University students and faculty organized and participated in a counter protest to the Westboro Baptist Church’s demonstration on Friday against the Transgender Spectrum Conference held on campus over the weekend. WashU Hillel participated in the demonstration, and our Campus Rabbi Jordan Gerson was quoted in this article.