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Topside: 612 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 

January 17, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Come hang out with fellow Jewish LGBTQ+ folk for schmoozing, mixing and mingling, board games, and some wicked fancy drinks
RSVP here!
Ongoing Meetings

Eshel Baltimore/DC Meet Ups

Baltimore/DC LGBTQ Meetup

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Pikesville, MD

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. RSVP here.

Baltimore/DC Parent Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 • 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. Baltimore/DC Eshel Support groups are co-sponsored by JPride Baltimore RSVP 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.
Upcoming Events

Baltimore-Area Events

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

Wednesdays • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
January 9 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.

DC and Beyond

Torah & Sexuality: The Eroticism of Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington, DC 20001

For centuries, the study of Kabbalah—Jewish mysticism—was off limits to almost everyone. It was thought to be far too powerful and too sexually charged to share with the masses. But why was it so secretive? What hidden powers did the ancient rabbis believe it had? And what power can learning it hold for us today?  

$18  • Buy tickets here.

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

One Year ‘Out’: Finding Acceptance, Encouraging SupportNew York Jewish Week

written by ARI SHANE WEITZ
Read here.


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.

Join the Eshel 2019 National Retreat

Isabella Freedman Retreat Center
January 18-20, 2019 

The deadline for this annual retreat is approaching soon.  Register 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 Kim Blumenthal, Bet Chaverim in Columbia, MD

It Does Get Better

I once had a colleague who often greeted people with the phrase, “Does it get any better than this?!?”  Said with joy and enthusiasm the greeting was generally well received and seen in context as his desire to remark upon the encounter as a blessing.  But there were times when I found myself quite put off by this greeting. Because while from his vantage point the moment in time was marked by goodness, I might offer the statement with a different inflection, one that would suggest, “please tell me it gets better than this.”  Sometimes we need to be reminded to see the blessing in our days. Other times we need to be reminded that we can overcome obstacles—that things can, indeed, get better.

I reflected upon this memory a few weeks ago as we lit the eighth and final candle on the Hanukkah menorah.  The tradition of lighting the Hanukkah menorah invites us to recall the miracle of the holiday by adding an additional flame each night.  The Talmud recounts the argument between the ancient sages Hillel and Shammai. Shammai instructed that the Hanukkah menorah should be lit with eight candles on the first night, seven on the second and so forth.  From the perspective of re-enacting the story of the oil that lasted longer than expected, allowing the Temple to be resanctified, Shammai’s position makes sense. The light would start bright and gradually diminish.  However, Hillel, whose position we ultimately follow, taught that we should light candles to correspond to the day of the holiday, one on the first night, two the second, and so forth. Hillel taught that we go up in matters of holiness.  Our experience of holiness in connection to the holiday grows with each passing day, and that is represented by the flame burning brighter each night. Hillel’s responds to the rhetorical question of “does it get any better than this,” by acknowledging that we are always striving to do better.  Our tradition of adding to the flames on the Hanukkah menorah each night allows us to express our hope that things will continue to move in the direction of progress. This message has relevance in many matters spanning the personal, communal and global and incorporating both the holy and the profane.  

By adding to the light each night of Hanukkah we symbolically expressed our prayers for progress.  As the holiday has now passed, we are left without the presence of the light. But our vision of the light which grew each night of the holiday is burned into our memory, serving as a reminder that each new day holds potential—somebody is seeking a new, better day.  May we be the conduits of progress in our lives and our world.

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