Archive for December, 2009

Video of segments from “Being Gay in The Orthodox World: A conversation with Members of the YU Community”

YU has not released an official transcript of it’s event this week in order to protect the privacy of participants. Several participants, however, have allowed footage of their comments to be shared on Youtube, and we are including these videos here. If others who were at the event are willing to share their comments, we will be sharing them as well.

View of the Audience:

Introductory Remarks:

Rabbi Blau’s Intro (we are waiting for permission to publish this)


1st Panelist: (pending permission)

Avi Kopstick:

Mordechai Levovitz:

Closing Remarks: Dr. Pelcovitz:

View of the Crowd at the end:


December 24, 2009 at 4:46 pm 5 comments

Being Gay in the Orthodox world: A conversation with Yeshiva University Community Members

Uptown Campus

12/22/2009 8:00 PM to 12/22/2009 10:00 PM

The Yeshiva University Tolerance Club invites you to: Being Gay in the Orthodox World: A Conversation with YU Community Members. Over the past year in YU, there has been an increasing amount of dialog and disturbance with regards to the issue of homosexuality within the Modern Orthodox community. The last issue of the Commentator alone contained almost four pages worth of content in response to a letter written by an anonymous gay YU undergraduate student. In response to these escalating events, Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the YU Tolerance Club are organizing a panel event, featuring gay undergraduate and recently graduated YU students and moderated by Mashgiach Ruchani Rabbi Yosef Blau. Sponsored by Wurzweiler School of Social Work, YSU and SCWSC.

December 21, 2009 at 11:46 am 1 comment

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