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Spend time in Alison Bechdel's Childhood Home
Wednesday, February 13, 2019  7:30 pm
Baltimore Center Stage- 7000 N. Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Fun Home is a Tony-winning musical with a lesbian protagonist on discovering one's sexuality. This inspiring play comes to the Baltimore theater circuit this winter. JPride has secured a promo code for your use.
RSVP here!
Special Announcement!
JPride Baltimore currently has some openings on our board. If you are someone who feels passionately about LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish Baltimore, now is your chance to help us make a difference and help us grow to serve the vast needs of our community. Email us today!
Ongoing Meetings

Eshel Baltimore/DC Meet Ups

Baltimore/DC LGBTQ Meetup

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Pikesville, MD • RSVP

Get together with our Baltimore/DC Eshel family. Join us in this intimate, confidential setting to meet others, like yourself, in the extended Eshel network. Baltimore/DC Eshel Support groups are co-sponsored by JPride Baltimore. Learn more here.

Baltimore/DC Parent Meeting

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 • 7 - 8:30 pm
Pikesville, MD • RSVP

For traditional Jewish parents of LGBT+ people who may be struggling with their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity and/or wish to connect with other parents like themselves. Baltimore/DC Eshel Support groups are co-sponsored by JPride Baltimore Learn more here. 

Teen Support Groups


Rockville Teen LGBTQ Meetup

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Rockville, MD

Rockville Open House (ROH) a safe space gathering for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (Q+) teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 years old. Learn more 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
Learn more about this chapter here.

Baltimore County Meetings Location:

The Church of The Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville, MD 21093
Learn more about this chapter here.

Baltimore City Meetings Location:

GLCCB: 2530 N. Charles St, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21218
This chapter will be returning to the city in the next few months. We will update you with more information once we are informed.
Upcoming Events

Baltimore-Area Events

TRANSLATIONS! A Stress Management Support Group for Gender Diverse* Teens

Wednesdays • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Through February 27, 2019


Translations provide trans* youth with an affirming space to relate to one another while learning techniques to cope with stress at home, in school, and in the community.

All sessions include a skills-training presentation by a licensed psychologist with opportunities for group members to share personal experiences and seek guidance.

Learn more about the partners of this program here.

LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment Report Launch

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 • 12:30 pm
Center Stage- 700 N. Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Pushing Back: A Blueprint for Change. Lessons learned from the 2016 Needs Assessment of LGBTQ Marylanders

Join FreeState for the launch of our LGBTQ Needs Assessment Report. This report shares what we learned from our 2016 statewide needs assessment. A dynamic panel of local service providers and advocates will share their reactions to the report findings, as well as strategies to strengthen our movement for LGBTQ equity in Maryland. Delegate Gabriel Acevero will give opening remarks.

Learn more about the panelists of this program here.

OUT Networking Happy Hour

Thursday, February 21, 2019 • 5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Elephant- 924 N. Charles  St., Baltimore MD 21201

Meet us at The Elephant on Charles Street for our monthly OUT Networking on Thursday, February 21st! Network with other LGBT Business Professionals and allies.

Buy tickets here.

DC and Beyond

Kosher Komedy

Saturday, February 23, 2019 • 7:30 pm

1600 Jonquil St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20012

Ohev Sholom and OYP (Ohev Young Professionals) present Kosher Komedy featuring Leah Forster and a pop-up restaurant from Pow Pow.

Buy tickets here.
Recommended Reading

Ms., Mr. or Mx.? Nonbinary teachers
embrace gender-neutral honorific

written by Ben Kesslen. Read here.

Keshet East Coast Shabbaton

March 1-3, 2019
Capital Retreat Center, Waynesboro, PA 

Join teens grades 8 through 12th for a weekend of fun, community and learning for and by Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens! Meet new friends, learn about LGBTQ organizing and identities, and celebrate Shabbat with a warm, vibrant community of LGBTQ and ally teens and adults. LEARN MORE here.

Trans Jews Are Here: A Convening

MARCH 29-31, 2019

130 W. 30th St, New York, New York 

An uplifting and educational convening of trans-Jews, co-chaired by Seth M. Marnin and Jillian T. Weiss; led by Convening Director, Rafi Daugherty; featuring Kate Bornstein, Ofer Erez, Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Abby Stein, Rabbi Reuben Zellman with more to come! LEARN MORE here.


June through July 2019

Dates #1 and #2- Walker Creek Ranch Petaluma, CA 
Date #3- Isabella Freedman Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT 

This summer we'll be running THREE Queer Talmud Camps, with two back-to-back Queer Talmud Camps at Walker Creek Ranch! Come for one, come for two, come for three, but definitely come 😉. AND we're excited to be spreading some Queer Talmud love to the east coast with a new camp at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center. LEARN MORE here.
Rabbi's Corner

JPride Baltimore is pleased to highlight a message of inclusion from one of our local clergy. This message is brought to us by Rabbi Debbie (Debi) Wechsler of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Pikesville, MD

A Tale of Two Jews

Last June I was proud to be a part of a milestone occasion in my congregation’s (Chizuk Amuno) 147-year history.  I officiated at the first same-sex wedding at Chizuk Amuno Congregation and the first officiated at by Chizuk Amuno clergy. In almost all ways it was a typical wedding: two Jews met, came to love one another, desired to create a Jewish home together and wanted to celebrate their love with blessings offered in the presence of the community. As a Conservative-ordained rabbi, the landmark decision of the Committee on Jewish Law Standards that provided an authentic liturgy for same-sex weddings and the State of Maryland’s legal decision to permit same-sex marriage means we are able to joyfully celebrate with all Jewish couples.

It brings me great joy to know that the young people who grow up in our congregation are able to bring their beloved life partners into our Chizuk Amuno family and to stand with them under the huppah. They want to build a bayit ne’eman be yisrael, a faithful home in Israel and we are humbled that they wish to begin that home in their spiritual home.

Let me close with gratitude and say thank you to JPride and to all of its allies and supporters. We are fortunate in the Baltimore Jewish community to have inclusion as one of our foundational values. Thank you for being a part of JPride Baltimore and for allowing me to be a part of it as well.

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