We chose the name Laviot (לביאות), Hebrew for “lionesses”, because it has a strong tie to all three of our identity pillars.
Lions are a matriarchal animal system - the females hunt, rear the children and divide labour to the best of each individual's abilities!
The Jewish people are likened to the children of a lioness (Ezekiel 19:2) and when asked what has God made of Jacob and the people of Israel, it is answered, “A people that rises like a lioness” (Barmidbar 23:24).
Lots of lionesses together makes a… PRIDE
Hi! I'm Gabi. I grew up in Brighton (yes, I am just that cool!) but now live in North London and work as a yoga teacher. I can usually be found trying out all the vegan junk food London has to offer. Laviot, for me, represents a space where my identities collide; where my bisexuality is part of my Judaism and vice versa.
Hi! I'm Oli. I grew up Orthodox but secularly educated in London, and now in adulthood I am trying to fit together my Jewish traditions, feminist values and LGBT+ experience, which is how Laviot was born. On the side, I work in data science, and I'm often cooking, rereading Harry Potter, or trying to fit movie quotes into everyday conversation.