GMW Pride

Celebrate Pride in Greater MetroWest

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each year in June. According to the Library of Congress, it is a time to celebrate “how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.”

In honor of Pride Month, we invite you to review the resources below and hope you will participate one (or more!) of the exciting events happening in our Greater MetroWest community!

Keep checking back to learn about additional events and programs being added!

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TEE of Westfield: Pride Shabbat

Temple Emanu-El of Westfield 756 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ

Join us for a very special and joyous Shabbat Service where we celebrate pride. All members of the LGBTQ+ community (and allies) are encouraged to attend! During the service, one […]

Bnai Keshet: Pride Shabbat

Bnai Keshet 99 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ

Join us for an exuberant Kabbalat Shabbat celebration of Pride. ​​We will sing, celebrate and unite against hate as we welcome the Schechina, or the original Shabbat Queen. We also […]

Pride Shabbat- Congregation Shomrei Emunah

Congregation Shomrei Emunah 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ

Shomrei celebrates Pride! On the weekend of Montclair Pride, please join us in song and prayer at a joyful musical service incorporating special melodies and themes of LGBTQ+ Pride. This […]


Temple Shalom Pride Shabbat

Temple Shalom 215 S Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, NJ

Please join us for Shabbat celebrating PRIDE month where we will be joined in-person by Jewish educator, counselor & former Rabbi, Motti Salzberg. Motti Salzberg was born and raised in […]


Pride Shabbat Friday

Congregation B'nai Israel

Join us for a community dinner and Pride Shabbat on Friday, June 16. We will be joined by special guest Speaker, American civil rights activist, Steven Goldstein. Steven has played […]

Pride Shabbat with Guest Speaker Jennifer Raz

Temple B'nai Abraham 300 East Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ

Temple B'nai Abraham (TBA) continues our annual tradition of having a Shabbat speader for Pride Month. Jennifer Raz describes her topic as "discussing my own journey as well as my […]


Ner Tamid: Pride Shabbat featuring The Stonewall Chorale

Join the Ner Tamid Community in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride on Friday, June 16. Our Shabbat evening worship service, beginning at 6:30pm, will elevate LGBTQ+ affirming texts and experiences. And […]


Pride Shabbat

Congregation Ohr Shalom 67 Kent Place Blvd, Summit, NJ

Congregation Ohr Shalom will hold its first Pride Shabbat celebrating our Jewish and LGBTQIA+ identities on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 9:30am. We will join together in readings, songs, and […]


Pride Shabbat at Congregation Beth El (South Orange)

Congregation Beth El 222 Irvington Avenue, South Orange, NJ

Join Congregation Beth El during Shabbat Services as we honor and celebrate our LGBTQ+ community members, have them teach us Torah, and share a Pride Blessing with the community.

Additional Resources:

Faith For Pride is a program of the Interfaith Alliance to “….bring people together to demonstrate that congregations and communities across faith and place vehemently oppose the bills that threaten the lives and livelihoods of our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and neighbors…to build an interfaith movement that fights for the rights and safety of the LGBTQ+ community.” Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is proud to be a co-sponsor of #Faith4Pride this year!

Keshet is a national organization that “…works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life.” They strengthen Jewish communities, equip Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge to build LGBTQ-affirming communities and create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued, and advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.

Eshel is a national organization and their mission “…is to create a future for Orthodox lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and their families. Through its innovative and culturally sensitive programming, Eshel supports LGBTQ Jews, opening hearts, minds and doors in traditional Jewish communities.”

JQY (Jewish Queer Youth) is an organization that “…supports and empowers LGBTQ Jewish youth with a special focus on teens and young adults from Orthodox, Chassidic, and Sephardi/Mizrahi communities.”

For a more comprehensive list of groups and organizations that support the Jewish LGBTQ+ community, click here.  

JFEDGMW is proud to support the following Pride events in our region:

Summit Has Pride

Friday, June 2
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Village Green in Summit

JFEDGMW is proud to support the Summit Has Pride celebration, featuring family-friendly entertainment, including a concert and movie showing!

Morris County Pride Festival

Friday, June 2
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
County College of Morris

JFEDGMW is proud to support Morris County Pride Festival, a family-friendly event to support visibility and local LGBTQ+ programming and care.

Livingston Pride Picnic 2023

Sunday, June 4
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Livingston Oval

JFEDGMW is proud to support the Livingston Pride Picnic, a celebration of diversity & inclusion with live music, entertainment, food and activities!

Montclair Pride 2023

Saturday, June 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Montclair

JFEDGMW is proud to support Montclair Pride! This is a free, family-friendly celebration of Pride in Montclair, with music, food, vendors and more. Look for the WAE Center of Jewish Services for Developmentally Disabled (JSDD) table where they’ll be selling their handmade art!

North Jersey Pride Festival

Sunday, June 11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Memorial Park, Maplewood

JFEDGMW is proud to support the North Jersey Pride Festival. Come find our GMW table at the North Jersey Pride Festival on Sunday, June 11th from 12-6p.m.! This is a free family-friendly event with live music and performances, vendors, food court, and a kid zone!

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is made stronger by the participation of people of every age, ability, race, ethnicity, denomination, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and religious affiliation.

Building an inclusive community is a priority. Please email to let us know if you require an accommodation to meaningfully participate in an event. One of our Federation professionals will reach out to you to learn more.

DID YOU KNOW: The rainbows on display all around Pride events date back to the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. The flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker at the request of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California. Learn more about Harvey Milk in the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust program: Harvey Milk: Gay Jewish Icon.

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