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!
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.
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
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.
Joan Cox' work falls within the context of identity politics, with equal parts feminist agenda and lesbian narrative. She makes paintings that are full of symbolic complexity and social relevance while also portraying women who are confident in their own sexuality. By taking the route of translating her biography into a sort of composed fiction, Joan creates works that present the viewer with images of intimate relationships between two women, acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze.
The Center invites you to join us as we honor women in service at HERstory. There will be performances from Baltimore creatives and we will present awards to women for their activism, trailblazing spirit and leadership.
Join us for a night of learning, conversation, and storytelling focusing on issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and what Jewish tradition has to offer on the topic.
The evening will include teaching by Rabbi Ariana Katz of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl. There will also be an interactive experience and discussion facilitated by J Little and Missy Smith from QueerCore: Behind the Music. QueerCore gives life to the stories behind Smith's “coming out” songs and seeks to inspire others to share their experiences.
The Trans Visibility Community Festival is an annual event, held for the first time in 2019. It is an inclusive festival for the local community to come together and celebrate the journeys of trans folx.
The event is for all ages and free to attend and exhibit. The festival will feature a multitude of organizations that serve the trans community, as well as trans artists and creatives showcasing their work. There will also be other activities such as film screenings and open mic sessions for the general public to share their stories, passion, and creativity.
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 MOREhere.
QUEER TALMUD CAMP 2019
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 MOREhere.
JPride Baltimore is pleased to highlight a message of inclusion from one of our local clergy. This message is brought to us by Rabbi Craig Axler of Spiritual Leader of Temple Isaiah, Fulton, MD
Shalom! It’s a pleasure to be asked to share some words for this March newsletter – particularly because this month includes Purim (March 20-21). One of the happier holidays, it’s got great things: dressing up, celebrating, delicious(ish) foods. Of course, we shouldn’t strip Purim down to its pediatric elements, ignoring that Esther is a particularly difficult text.
A young woman forced to conceal her identity with disastrous consequences for any mis-step; A tale that asks the painfully about Jewish in the Diaspora under a regime that can turn on a dime in relating to its minority Jews; a gruesome account wherein victorious Jews use their newfound power for a campaign of “cleansing the opposition” – Esther is a complicated story. And I haven’t even mentioned harem, eunuchs and bacchanalia!
I once heard Rabbi Donniel Hartman pose a seemingly simple question to rabbis from various streams: “Who is the villain of the Purim story?” Simple questions rarely have simple answers. Anyone would be justified in naming Haman as the villain. The worse character, he claimed, was King Achashveirosh. Why? Haman plotted the destruction of the Jews out of pure evil. But he could not carry this out without the consent of the King. Presented Haman’s account, Achashveirosh simply removed his signet ring and told Haman “The money and the people are yours; do with them as you see fit.” Effectively, Achashveirosh cannot be troubled to inquire whether Haman’s report was correct; he simply wants to deal with a minor disturbance in the way that requires the least effort; then he and Haman sit down to eat and drink! The king, Hartman argued, personifies the worst kind of bystander, and earned the title of the true villain of the story.
Which is why I am proud to count myself as an ally of the LGBTQ+ Jewish community in our region. There will always be hatemongers, people driven by whatever dark motives lead them to target this community through legislation, discrimination and sadly through violent acts. The responsibility for defending the rights of this community cannot fall only on those within its ranks. Every ally is necessary. In fact, I would particularly say that for those of us in the Jewish community who have any degree of power and voice, to sit out any opportunity to express our solidarity and support, our unwavering commitment to full inclusion and equality in every way, is to follow the route of Achashveirosh the bystander; to help along the persistent evil that will never be fully blotted out. I am honored to be counted as an ally of JPride Baltimore and this community.
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