Happy Pride Month! We’ve come a long way since President Clinton first declared June 1999 as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots. Since then we’ve got gay marriage and a lot more queer representations in popular culture… But we’ve also got book bans and attacks on parents of trans kids… So we still have a lot of work to do.
As Jews, we have many amazing and historic queer Jews to celebrate this month. Being a Jewish parenting site, we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate Jewish queer parents who are #ParentingGoals (using that term, I should show you how old I was when Pride Month ended was created for the first time).
While Pride Month is not celebrated internationally in June, it is also celebrated in Israel that same month, with Pride marches taking place across the country – in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. So this list includes both incredible American and Israeli parents that we want to celebrate this month and every month. Plus, it’s an excuse to share lots of adorable baby pictures.
Executive producer of “Real Housewives” and “Watch What Happens Live!” host Andy Cohen has two children, Ben Cohen and Lucy Cohen, and judging by his…all, he loves being a dad. He dresses them up in the best outfits, shares his story time routines and book reviews on IG stories, and generally gives us lots of delicious photos of his superb Jewish baby and toddler.
Cohen, who recently welcomed his second daughter (he asked his rabbi her name), has been open about how much his surrogate means to him. He is also incredibly sweet with his Jewish mother, Evelyn, from whom Lucy takes her middle name.
The hilarious Jewish stand-up comedian (and former Kveller Podcast guest) is a mother to two boys – Ben and Henry. Ben is something of a college basketball star, and like a good Jewish mother, Gold loves to tweet about him. Ben was recently praised by another famous Ben – Ben Stiller, who celebrated another #TallJew.
Gold often jokes about motherhood and Judaism, and we love her for it. She has also appeared on some of our favorite shows including Life & Beth, Better Things, Search Party and Showtime’s recent anthology drama The First Lady.
3. Sarit Hadad
Sarit Hadad is perhaps the greatest Mizrahi music star of all time. Her career and her many, many accomplishments date back to the mid-1990s. Still, she’s always been incredibly withdrawn when it came to her private life. She welcomed two daughters – alone. Last year, Hadad decided to show herself in her most beautiful way with an affirmative love song called “A Love Like Ours,” in which she revealed her current partner, musician Tamar Yahalomy.
4. Ezra Furman
Last year, musician Ezra Furman announced to the world that she was a Jewish mother. The 35-year-old, whose beautiful songs grace the soundtrack of Netflix’s Sex Education, explained that they came out as both a trans woman and a mom of over two because “one problem with being trans is that we’re so few have visions of what it might be like to live an adult life, to grow up and be happy and not die young. When our baby was born, I had about zero examples that I had seen of trans women raising children.”
“I never thought it would be possible to be happy and self-actualized and trans and unlocked and also become a parent,” the student rabbi wrote, “but it is and I am doing it. Because trans people deserve to live the lives we want, on our terms.” Amen, amen, a thousand times over.
5. Nate Berkus
Jewish interior designer Nate Berkus has two children with husband Jeramiah Brent. These two won our hearts in TLC’s Nate & Jeremiah by Design, which ran between 2017 and 2019. They married in 2014 and had their daughter Poppy in 2015 and son Oskar in 2018. Oskar was named after Berkus. His late partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, died in a tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004 – Oskar was his middle name.
6. Jared Polis and Marlon Reis
Colorado’s first gay governor and his lovely first gentleman married in a beautiful, intimate, outdoor Jewish ceremony under a beautiful chuppah during the pandemic.
The wedding, which came on the 18th (chai!) anniversary of their first day, came after a turbulent time for the couple when they both contracted Covid – with Polis even having to be hospitalized with the virus.
Reis and Polis have a son and a daughter: Caspian Julius and Cora Barucha. Cora is named after Kasha Barucha, Polis’ great-grandaunt.
7.Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood is an inspiration. The brave Jewish mother-of-one starred in and produced the absolutely harrowing documentary Phoenix Rising, which details how she was abused by Marylin Manson as a teenager — including the anti-Semitic aspects of the abuse. She has also spoken before Congress on behalf of abuse survivors like her.
Wood is also proudly bisexual and says when she spoke to her son about how he would feel if she dated a woman, “he said, ‘I think that would be great. That would be so cool!'”
8. Orna Banai
Comedian Orna Banai is part of the Banai family, a major Israeli heritage that includes the country’s most prolific musicians. Originally a stand-up comic, Banai first rose to fame on the Israeli satirical show Rak BeIsrael, where she played the show’s funny and quirky co-host Limor. Since then, she’s starred in countless shows, films, and plays, including “Imale” – meaning “mommy” – a show based on her own experiences of parenthood.
Banai’s first pregnancy was the unintended result of an affair she had with a famous Israeli journalist. She had her son Amir in 2003 and later adopted a daughter, Mika. Banai is fairly private about her children, but she’s not private about her politics: She’s a strong advocate for women’s and animal rights.
9. Dan Bucatinsky
We all loved Dan Bucatinsky in – well, basically everything we’ve seen him in, from “Web Therapy” to “Scandal” to the recent American remake of the Israeli hit “Baker and the Beauty.” He’s also the producer of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are, a show that brings us so many great historical tidbits about our favorite stars.
Bucatinsky, the son of Argentine Jews, has two teenagers – a son and a daughter – with screenwriter Don Roos. He wrote all about her journey to fatherhood in his hilarious autobiography, Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
10 Harel Skat
Harel Skaat is an Israeli reality star and a man with very good cheekbones and a beautiful singing voice. Skat, whose family is Yemeni and Iraqi, first rose to fame when he starred in the musical reality competition A Star Is Born, where he finished second to winner Harel Moyal.
Skat appeared in a TV special in 2010 and is currently married to Idan Roll, a former model and current Deputy Secretary of State. The two have two children, a daughter and a son, who were conceived through a surrogate mother in the United States. They got married in Utah in 2021:
Skaat’s latest single ‘Baruch Haba La’Balagan’ – ‘Welcome to the mess’ – is sort of the perfect soundtrack to the dissolution of the Israeli government, and that’s what the singer was made aware of. Here it is juxtaposed with some news clips:
11. Asi Levi
Israeli actress and singer Asi Levi is a must see Wonder. The longtime actress was last seen on the Israeli show Black Space, which is currently streaming on Netflix. She starred in Harem, an Israeli show based on the story of a famous religious sect leader, and of course the Israeli original In Treatment – BeTipul. But perhaps one of my favorite roles of hers is in the award-winning 2006 film Aviva, My Love.
Levi is also a talented musician and mother of two daughters – Leehee and Zoe. She shares adorable videos and pictures of her with her daughters on Instagram. Here’s one of her and Zoe lip syncing together:
Levi came out in 2012 when she opened up about her relationship with dancer Tamar Shelef.
12. Jehudit Ravitz
Why are the best Israeli musicians queer? Yehudit Ravitz is another Israeli music icon, widely regarded as one of the most celebrated Israeli musicians of all time, with a career spanning over 40 years and covering many musical disciplines – from jazz to rock to children’s music. And yes, she is a lesbian and a mother. Ravitz adopted daughter Ella in 1998; She recently shared this adorable vintage video on Instagram of the two together on the beach.
13. Ivri Lids
Ivri Lide is a gay Israeli music legend. His long and checkered career includes a gender-specific cover of a famous Rita song for the soundtrack of the historiographical Israeli gay film Yossi and Jagger. He’s also written many, many songs about queer life, from heartfelt ballads to bops with electronic duo TYP.
Lider became a father through surrogacy in the US in 2019, but he has been open about surrogacy and adoption rights for queer couples in Israel. He is a parent to his son Albi in Tel Aviv with his partner Jonathan, a Jewish Swedish expat and the grandson of a Holocaust survivor – they really are a beautiful family.