A Promised Land for LGBT Jews, on 30th Street in NYC

After 41 years of wandering, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah breaks ground on a new synagogue in midtown Manhattan.

NEW YORK – In 1973, an ad was placed in The Village Voice calling for gay Jews to meet for Friday night services. Eleven men and a Christian woman named Mary showed up at the basement of the Church of the Holy Apostles, in Chelsea. Saul Mizrahi was one of them.