NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The LGBT Network, a non-profit and advocacy organization in Queens and Long Island, is holding a rally and town hall in Hauppauge Thursday night to express the LGBT community's support for Israel and to denounce antisemitism stateside.
"With the more than 400% increase in antisemitic attacks [according to the ADL] against Jewish people since the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack against Israel, and the continued growing number of hate crimes committed against the LGBT community, LGBT Jews face double jeopardy to be victims of hate crimes," the LGBT Network said in a press release. "The fight for LGBT rights and the fight against antisemitism should run on a parallel plane, but many LGBT Jews are increasingly feeling abandoned by the LGBT and progressive communities that they have long stood by."
Speakers at the event include LGBT Network president David Kilmnick, Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet of Syosset's North Shore Synagogue, Rabbi Jeb Weinstein of Woodbury's Congregation Simchat HaLev and Dan Haddad from A Wider Bridge, which advocates for LGBTQ rights in Israel.
The event is being held partnership with American Jewish Committee Long Island Region, Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island, North Shore Synagogue, Congregation Simchat HaLev, A Wider Bridge, and BBYO.
According to the LGBT Network, this is the first rally in support of Israel by an LGBT group in the U.S.
The event takes place at LGBT Network Hauppauge Center (125 Kennedy Drive) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.