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.”

We invite you to review the resources below and join us at an upcoming event.

Resources for Families:

Looking for a Jewish summer camp for your child? Many Jewish camps joyfully welcome and support LGBTQ+ campers and families. Learn more

Children’s books related to Pride: 

The Purim Superhero by Elizabeth Kushner  

Havdalah Sky by Chris Barash  

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous by Lesléa Newman 

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman 

The Family Book by Todd Parr  

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold 

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer 

A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary 

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.  

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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