By Rabbi Emma (She/Her)
Temple Israel will be celebrating Pride throughout the month of June, with special events and PRIDE-ful moments during worship services.
On 2 June we begin with a webinar on LGBTQI+ Inclusion in the Progressive Movement, the last in our series of webinars co-hosted with the SA Jewish Museum on contemporary aspects of Progressive Judaism. Later in the month there will be an event for parents and loved-ones of the queer community who may be looking for some basic information, education and resources to best support their loved one. This event will be co-hosted with Gender DynamiX (GDX), the first registered Africa-based public benefit organisation to focus solely on trans and gender diverse communities. The event will be online and is open to all. Details of date, time and how to register can be found on Temple Israel’s website and social media. Temple Israel is also partnering with the Gitlin library to feature books written by LGBTQI+ authors and will be fundraising to ensure that all of these books can be made available at the Gitlin Library. Temple Israel’s rabbinic team will also be contributing to the purchase of these books. Each Shabbat in June, we will also be taking a moment in our online services to celebrate Pride, as well as to have moments of remembrance, focussing on inter-generational themes as well as highlighting the global LGBTQI+ community. All of this will culminate in our annual Pride Shabbat, on 25 June.
Details and registration links for all of our services can be found on Temple Israel’s website and social media and all events and services can be viewed on our Facebook page. We look forward to a month of affirming our values of acceptance, inclusion, diversity and equality throughout Pride month in our community.
Temple Israel www.templeisrael.co.za
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