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Israel Appoints First Ambassador with Gay Spouse

Mikie Goldstein is set to become the first-ever gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador.  Goldstein, 44, will accompany his partner Yitzhak (Izzy) Yanouka to Angola when he takes up his appointment as the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda.  Goldstein is Resource Development Director of NIF grantee Masorti (Conservative) Movement and chairman of Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, Israel’s largest LGBT organization.  

 Mikie Goldstein (right) and Yitzhak Yanouka.

Following victories in Israeli courts by the NIF family over the past two decades, Goldstein is entitled to the full legal and economic rights due to spouses of foreign ministry staff, including full-time employment in the embassy where his spouse is stationed.  Goldstein has previously served as Information Officer in Israel’s Brazilian embassy and Cultural Attache in Israel’s Irish Embassy.


$250 million to Israeli social change groups since 1979.