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Celebrate Pride with Temple Beth El in June!

June is the national LGBTQ Pride Month, so we are showing our Pride too!

Temple Beth El has enjoyed a festive Pride Shabbat Service and Rainbow Reception each summer for a few years now and participated in citywide festivities. This summer we can’t hold our Pride festivities in our building, but our digital world will be filled with Pride all month long.

This June, we invite the LGBTQ community and allies to join us for a whole rainbow of Pride happenings exploring the intersection of Judaism and LGBTQ identities.

Bo’u Nashir! (Come, Let Us Sing!)—Pride Edition

Tuesdays in June, 3:00 pm (Facebook Live)

The soul-fulfilling song sessions you have come to love return with special Pride connections all month long. Cantor Jacob Niemi will be singing pieces by LGBTQ composers or with Pride themes. How many songs about rainbows does he know? Tune in via Facebook Live to find out!

Quarantine Kitchen—Pride Edition

  • Thursday, June 11, 12:00 pm—Rainbow Challah with Jen Szlasa
  • Thursday, June 18, 12:00 pm—Pride Cupcakes with Theo Jacobsohn
  • Thursday, June 25, 12:00 pm—Rainbow Cheesecake Swirl Bars with Eliana Goff

Take a quarantine lunch break and join us for these virtual cooking classes via Facebook Live. Visit for recipes.

Queer Jewish Memory: Documenting Ourselves as Jews, Queer Jews, and Allies

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm (register for the Zoom link)

We hope you’ll join us for a special evening with Rena Yehuda Newman! In this interactive talk, they will guide us through a conversation, asking what it means for us to document ourselves in historical times and view our own lives as historical subjects. How do we document ourselves as Jews, queer Jews, and allies? How do we see ourselves through the past? What does it mean to imagine queer Jewish futures? Rena Yehuda’s art can be found in the TBE Haggadah Project, and they have taught at Midrasha, along with many other accomplishments.

This pre-Shabbat meditation on memory-making through the lenses of history, archives, comics, art, and storytelling is ideal for adults and teens, LGBTQ+ community members and allies.

Pride Shabbat Service

Friday, June 12, 6:00 pm (Facebook Live)

Celebrate Pride and welcome Shabbat through this special service honoring the Jewish LGBTQ+ community and allies. This service will include pieces written by some of our LGBTQ teens just for the occasion. Join us on Facebook Live for this community celebration of love, faith, equality, and respect.


Pride Friendship Bracelets Live

Monday, June 22, 12:00 pm (Facebook Live)

Missing some of those camp activities? Looking to feel connected with friends and family? Join Jen Szlasa on Facebook Live for this demo of special friendship bracelet patterns with a Pride theme. We look forward to seeing your creations!


Reading through a Bent Lens:
How Queer Approaches to Text Can Illuminate and Elevate the Study of Torah

Sunday, June 28, 10:30 am (register for the Zoom link)

Join Cantor Jacob Niemi for a special introduction to reading and interpreting the Torah from LGBTQ+ perspectives, and learn how these readings can elevate the study of Torah for all. We hope this will be a stepping-stone to future text study sessions looking at a variety of topics through this lens.



We’ll be sharing fun Pride-themed items on our Facebook page all month long.


TBE Blog

Check the Temple blog in June—we’ll be sharing lots of wonderful resources here throughout Pride month.

To view events on Facebook Live, go to our Facebook page at (you do not need to have a Facebook account).

While we won’t be decorating our building in all things rainbow this year, we’ll still have you seeing rainbows with this array of activities. We hope you’ll join us!

Contact Aleeza A. Hoffert at with any questions. Thank you to the Pride committee for their work to make our Pride month happenings a reality.

September 22, 2020 4 Tishrei 5781