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 JQ Baltimore. View details here.
Baltimore/DC Parent Meeting
December 26, 2018 • 7 - 8:30 pm
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. RSVP for location and fill out the contact form for future dates.
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.
Learn about what Judaism has to say about gender, sex, and sexuality and hear from experts in the field. Get ready to challenge your own Jewish identity with this sophisticated new series powered by 4Front and our amazing partners.
Though we are often prone to portraying sex and gender as binary, ancient Jewish sources understood that these categories were more complex and diverse than we might expect. Come to explore some of these ancient texts and consider what they might mean for how we think about gender and sexuality today. Keshet is a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.
The University of Maryland and Preservation Maryland, in partnership with the Clifton Pleasure Club, are excited present the initial phase of documenting LGBTQ history in Baltimore, Maryland! This phase is a part of a statewide LGBTQ Heritage Preservation effort being conducted by @PreservationMaryland as part of their #SixtoFix program (http://presmd.org/lgbtq). We are excited to invite the LGBTQ community and allies from Baltimore and beyond to this event to show how LGBTQ heritage and history might be documented and preserved on all scales and budgets.
Slip into your winter best at the December Bash - a winter fundraiser to benefit the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland. Join fellow community members for an evening of food, friends and dancing with music by DjSwank and performances by this year's King & Queen of Pride with other local artists.
Take a deep dive into the traditions of niddah, Jewish laws regarding the separation of menstruating women from men. Discuss what’s gained and what’s lost by this practice, and how might it be meaningful for couples, both straight and LGBTQ. Led by JoHanna Potts, Education Director and co-founder of The Jewish Studio.
Each class is $18. Buy your tickets here.
The main dish will be provided by PFLAG Columbia-Howard County. Bring a side dish to share. Also, bring one or more items (new items only, please) to donate to the youths in Grassroots Family Shelter. Suggestions include:
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. Read more here.
A Retreat for Orthodox Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews
JAN. 18-20, 2019 FALLS VILLAGE, CT
During our annual weekend, we gather in this ever-growing community of formerly Orthodox/currently Orthodox/traditional/Ortho-curious folks and anyone who wants to experience a traditional Shabbat with other LGBTQ Jews. During Shabbat we get to know each other, learn, sing, and schmooze, and Saturday night we share our talents and have lots of fun! On Sunday we offer exciting out-of-the-box learning opportunities. Learn more here.
JPride Baltimore is pleased to highlight a message of inclusion from one of our local clergy.
This message is brought to us by Ariana Katz, the rabbi of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl.
On Hannukah, one of the few mitzvot for the holiday is to “publicize the miracle,” by putting hannukiyot (Hannukah menorahs) in the window. As the nights get shorter, we fear that light might not return. So we light candles, bring the light. This light, like the lights of our neighbors who put candles in the window for the winter solstice, for Christmas, for Kwanza, fulfill that basic human instinct to bring light into the darkness.
The hannukiyah in the window brings the light into darkness and declares the miracle that the few and vulnerable can overcome the many and powerful, like the brave Maccabees.
The hannukiyah in the window declares that though we fear we will run out, abundance proves true, like the oil that lasted for 8 nights in the temple.
The act of coming out, too, is one of bravery and abundance. When we come out as LGBTQIA, or the family of someone who is LGBTQIA, it is an act of real power, and publicizing the miracle. Coming out declares the miracle of you, shines your light into the darkness.
But it can sometimes feel dangerous to publicize miracles, to declare joy openly. Our tradition tells us that in times of real, tangible, physical danger, we are not obligated to endanger ourselves by displaying the hannukiyah. The act of setting a hannukiyah in your window is an act of both defiance and of joy, just like the act of coming out is an act of both defiance, and of joy. The decision to not place a hannukiyah in your window, to preserve your safety, just like the decision to not come out at any given moment, is your choice and is holy.
And, inside your home, inside your sanctuaries, you can let your light shine. May we soon live in a world where our hannukiyot, and our brilliant queer selves, shine brightly. This Hannukah, however you publicize the miracle of light, the miracle of you, know we celebrate with you.
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