Show Off Your Pride This June

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The rainbow flags will fly high for Pride Month this June.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is committed to creating welcoming Jewish spaces where all are accepted.

“More than ever, now is a time to build a community that stands together,” said the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Director of Leadership Development and Governance Lori Rubin. “By celebrating Pride Month, we highlight that each individual is unique and an important part of our story. The Jewish Federation strives to create opportunities to celebrate Jewish pride, Jewish identity and treating all community members with dignity and respect. We want to ensure that everyone can be connected to Jewish life and receive the resources they need to feel welcomed and included.”


The Jewish Federation is a proud member of the J.Proud Consortium, which will host events throughout the month that focus on acceptance, inclusion and community.

“When you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community and also Jewish, you’re facing discrimination on every side,” said Program Manager Galia Godel of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia that heads the J.Proud Consortium. “When the Jewish community comes together to celebrate Pride Month, it allows queer Jews to connect closely with the community, something that is so necessary in an unsafe world. Right now, being Jewish in queer spaces is especially complicated. In a world that’s become increasingly dangerous to both of these identities, it’s so important for leaders and organizations to show their unequivocal support for the gorgeous diversity of their community.”

From marches and festivals to picnics and learning sessions, there are so many Jewish ways to celebrate the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and other gender identities and sexual orientations) community.

To see the full list and registration information, visit jewishphilly.org/pride.

Queer Learning Sessions
Wednesday, June 5 | 6-8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 14, Wednesday, June 19, Wednesday, June 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Weitzman Museum of American Jewish History

What do the ancient rabbis have to teach us about gender diversity? Delve into the history of biblical figures as we discuss queerness in Jewish history and text with Tribe 12. Did King David have a gay love affair with Jonathan? Was Ruth in an asexual romantic relationship with Naomi?

Pronouns Defined
Thursday, June 6 | 11 a.m.-noon
Kaiserman JCC

While we’ve always used pronouns to refer to someone else in conversation, recently we’re hearing and seeing more discussion around pronouns. And yes, it can be confusing at first. They/them, he/him, she/her.

Using someone’s pronouns correctly is a way of respecting them and referring to them in a way that’s true to who they are. In this session, we’ll discuss the “why” behind pronouns, the impact of pronouns, and how being mindful about using the correct pronouns is a great way to show respect for your family members, friends, and acquaintances.

Chester County PrideFest
Saturday, June 8 | Noon-5 p.m.
Bridge Street, Phoenixville

From music, art, and entertainment to various vendors, games and activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Celebrate, support and simply enjoy a day filled with positive energy and community spirit. Join jkidpride at Chester County’s PrideFest, which is a fantastic opportunity to come together, express yourself, and revel in the diversity that makes our community so special. All are welcome to join in the celebration.

Gender-affirming Clothing Swap
Sunday, June 9 | 1-3 p.m.
Congregation Beth El

Bring new or gently used clean clothing for a clothing swap. Bring your own bag and shop until you drop Clothing can be dropped off before June 7.

Queer Singles Rainbow Picnic
Saturday, July 13 | 2-4 p.m.
Southwest Corner of Washington Square

Join Philadelphia’s queer Jewish singles for a rainbow picnic. What’s a rainbow picnic? It’s a creative and collaborative riff on a traditional picnic. Every guest is assigned a color, and that person is responsible for providing their share of the rainbow by bringing a food in their assigned color. Then everyone gets to share all the food and enjoy a fun, colorful meal. All sexual orientations, gender identities and commitment preferences are welcome at this Tribe 12 event.

Queeraoke!
Thursday, June 20 | 7:30-10 p.m.
Tavern on Camac

Join Tribe 12 and Moishe House for an evening of live piano music and a singalong.

Bucks-Mont Pride Festival
Sunday, June 30 | Noon-5 p.m.
Abington Arts Center

The Welcome Project PA is hosting its fourth annual Bucks-Mont PRIDE Festival at the beautiful Abington Art Center. Join jkidpride and enjoy live music, food, community resources, family-friendly activities and more at this free, indoor/outdoor event.

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As a member of the J.Proud Consortium and a funder of organizations, programs, and initiatives that support the LGBTQ+ community, the Jewish Federation remains steadfast in its mission to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. You can support this work by making a gift at jewishphilly.org/donate.

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