LGBTQ Rights from Israel to DC and Back Again

LGBTQ Rights from Israel to DC and Back Again

This article was originally published in Washington Blade.

Itsik Sayag came to Washington 10 months ago to work as a Shaliach (an emissary) with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Shlichim Program.

He’s one of 16 here in a program that places young Israelis in Jewish congregations in the D.C. area to teach American Jews more about Israel from first-hand perspectives.

Sayag is just starting his second 10-month term and is now at the Beth El Synagogue in Bethesda and with the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md. This summer he was a summer counselor at a local Jewish camp.

While visiting area schools, he talks with students about gay rights, coming out in Israel, disability rights, society, food and pop culture and helps them with their Hebrew.

Sayag has enjoyed noting the differences between gay life in Washington and his native Tel Aviv.