By participating in Pride, we acknowledge Jewish religious and cultural norms have had historical negative consequences for queer Jews, and the work to repair and embrace has a long way to go. We strive to offer ways we can give back, make change and help create inclusive and safe spaces.
The JCCSF is committed to the Jewish idea that each human life is infinitely valuable, all of us are deeply connected and every person is radically unique. For too long, queerness may have seemed like a subplot of the Jewish story, something to be contained or eschewed. Yet, we see from textual activists that queerness has always been in the center of Jewish life, and today, the community of LGBTQ+ Jews and allies are working to build programs and institutions so members of the LGBTQ+ community can bring their/our whole selves to Jewish living and learning.
LGBTQ+ is an initialism (an abbreviation) that means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning. “Plus” also represents gender and sexuality diversity not covered by the letters as our understanding of queerness as a society evolves and shifts.
We’re not the only JCC in the Bay that loves to celebrate Pride Month! We’re proud to be a part of the Power Through Pride series, a collaboration between our friends at the JCC East Bay, the Peninsula JCC, the Oshman Family JCC, the JCC Los Gatos, the Osher Marin JCC, and Keshet. Check out the full series schedule of events here.
In addition to the many fun and impactful events happening throughout SF in June, we’ve got a few more festive ways for your family and friends to celebrate, share and shine!
- Start a new chapter in your Pride journey with a book from our curated suggested reading list
- For the kids and the kids at heart – show your true colors with a Pride coloring sheets
- Settle in for drag storytime with Brock Harder and Mari Posa as they read you heartwarming tales of triumph
I AM A RAINBOW
WHEN I’M A GROWNUP
MY DAD THINKS I’M A BOY
- Put on your dancing shoes, our Spotify playlist will have you movin’ and groovin’ all month long
- Watch “Zander’s Magic Shoes” – the story of a gay refugee man who discovered a new sense of freedom on his journey from Uganda to San Francisco, filmed as part of the What We Carry With Us video project in partnership with Citizen Film. Zander’s story will also be highlighted as part of the 2021 Frameline International LGBTQ+ Film Festival taking place June 10 – 27.