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Celebrate Jewish Pride
June 2018
Ongoing Meetings

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Baltimore/DC LGBTQ Meet Up

June 3, 2018 • 6:30-8:30 PM

Please join our monthly support group for Orthodox
(or formally Orthodox) LGBTQ, co-sponsored by Eshel and JQ Baltimore. We have a new location that better serves the needs of both our Baltimore and DC participants. View details for June meeting here.

 

Baltimore/DC Parent Meet Up

June 20, 2018 • 7-8:30 pm

New Group for Parents Only!
Please join our NEW monthly support group for Jewish parents of LGBTQ children, co-sponsored by Eshel and JQ BaltimoreView June meeting details here


PFLAG Monthly Meetings 

PFLAG offers all kinds of resources, as well as several kinds of monthly support meetings in both Howard County and Baltimore County.

Howard County Meetings Location:
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21044

Baltimore County Meetings Location:
The Church of The Holy Comforter 
130 W. Seminary Avenue
Lutherville, MD 21093

View details here
Upcoming Events
Baltimore-Area Events

Pride Interfaith Service 

June 12, 2018 • 7-10 PM

Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln., Baltimore, MD 21210

The service welcomes people of ALL faiths, all sexual orientations and gender identities. The service will be followed by a reception. View more details and register online

Co-Hosted by Bolton Street Synagogue, Interfaith Fairness Coalition of Maryland and Baltimore Pride
 

Pride Shabbat Program

June 15, 2018 • 7:30 PM

Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ln., Baltimore, MD 21210
Celebrate LGBTQ Pride at a Kabbalat Shabbat service plus an oneg and schmoozing following services. View details here


Baltimore Pride Parade

June 16, 2018 • 12:30 PM

Johns Hopkins Hillel, Charles and 32nd Street

Meet up in front of Hopkins Hilllel and join Bolton Street Synagogue members and over 300 interfaith community members to march in the Parade together with Faith Communities of Baltimore With Pride.


LGBT Pride Night at Camden Yards

June 27, 2018 • 7:05-11:00 PM

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W Camden St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
View details and buy tickets here
 
View more Pride Month events here
DC and Beyond 

6th in the City Shabbat: National Pride Edition

June 8, 2018 • 6:15-8:30 PM 

Sixth & I, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Hosted by Bet Mishpacha, GLOE and Sixth and I

Join this annual inclusive service celebrating the diversity of DC Jewish life as they stand together, unapologetically proud. View details and register online here
 

Celebrate 2018 Capital Pride in DC

June 5-9, 2018

Multiple locations

Join GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement
and their community partners for a weekend of Pride celebrations! View details here
Save the date for these national conferences!

Keshet Teen Shabbaton

August 24-26, 2018

Capital Retreat Center, Waynesboro, PA

Keshet is hosting an LGBTQ Teen and Ally Summer Shabbaton in the Greater Baltimore/DC area.  A great opportunity  for a weekend of fun, community and learning for and by Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens! View details and register here
 

Eshel Parent Retreat

November 16-18, 2018

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136

Eshel has announced that their next annual national Parent Retreat for Orthodox Parents of LGBTQ Children will take place in the Baltimore area!  View details here
Rabbi's Corner

JQ Baltimore is pleased to highlight a message of inclusion from one of our local clergy. This message is brought to us by Rabbi Jeremey Fierstien, Executive Director of UMBC Hillel.

“Is it worth it, let me work it…” - Missy Elliot

 
Rabbi Jeremy Fierstien“Through the act of fulfilling mitzvot (divine commandments) we are able to uncover hidden sparks of divine light [a.k.a. Khokhma = ancient or divine wisdom] that are embedded within the material world. This is taught to us in Psalms 104:24, which says “with wisdom You made them all,” meaning that all of God’s creation was created with wisdom [embedded within].” – Sefat Emet, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Alter
 
The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the national experience of Divine revelation at Mt. Sinai. The Jewish mystical tradition understands Divine revelation, a.k.a. Khokhma = wisdom, to be ongoing and ever present. Further, our job is to unearth the morsels of wisdom embedded in the material world and fulfill one of the goals of creation, to foster meaningful relationships with humanity, corporeality and ultimately the Divine. According to the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Alter, this act of fulfillment can be achieved by manifesting the values set forth in the Torah through performance of the “mitzvoth,” the commandments.

We learn in the creation story, “And God created humanity in God’s image, in the image of God humanity was created..." (Genesis 1:27). This verse can be seen as the foundational value through which we engage in our relationships, which are to be infused from the beginning with holiness and respect. A short time later we receive two of the earliest commandments in the Torah when it states, “God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden, to work it and guard it (Genesis 2.15).” Working the garden refers to the responsibility of exposing the ever present revelation hidden in our world by manifesting our chosen values daily. But, what does it mean to guard the garden? 
  
The Kedushat Levi, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev said, “When one wants to raise the spark, one must cleave to God’s attribute of 'hesed,' translated as loving-kindness.” In this metaphor the act of guarding the garden is to infuse our work with the value of loving-kindness. We must guard our relationships with our fellow humans, the world, and the Divine from harm by always approaching our work through the attribute of hesed. Only then will we be able to tap into the ever present ancient wisdom that lies beneath the surface and bring forth meaning and harmony in our daily life. And yes Missy, it is worth it, we should work it... put our thing down, flip it and reverse it.

Rabbi Jeremy Fierstien
Executive Director UMBC Hillel
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