Supporting Ritual around "Peace, Pride & Equality Celebrations!"
We want to help support you in creating a “Peace, Pride & Equality Celebrations.” As we have been inspired by the teachings from the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, Jewish Milestones, Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Gender & Sexual Diversity, Nehirim: GLBT Culture & Spirituality and Ritual Well, we want to encourage you to be creative in making or adapting LGBT Pride rituals that meet your own organizations or Congregations religious and aesthetic requirements for holidays, lifecycles as well as time-honored Jewish customs.
Making a ritual your own can involve many dedicated hours of research, writing and compiling, or it can involve spending just a little bit of time personalizing something that already exists.
For example, to kick-off Pride-Week in NYC Congregation B’nai Jeshurun first began holding a Stonewall Pride Kosher Dinner & Seder in 1996 open to all people, LGBT or straight and of any faith. This Seder, based on a Seder written by the Berkeley Queer Minyan years before, is a way to celebrate and sanctify the role of the LGBT community in the Jewish tradition and in the contemporary struggle for equality and justice.
Here are some more resources to help you construct your own “Peace, Pride & Equality Celebrations”: