This month, we’re proud to team up with Lesbian Bar Project, which aims to celebrate, support, and preserve the remaining Lesbian Bars that exist in the United States. They hope to ensure that these bars not only survive but thrive in the post-pandemic landscape.

More about the project, from the Lesbian Bar Project page:

We believe what makes a bar uniquely Lesbian is its prioritization of creating space for people of marginalized genders; including women, non-binary folks, and trans men. As these spaces aim to be inclusive of all individuals across the diverse LGBTQIA+ community, the label Lesbian belongs to all people who feel that it empowers them. In the late 1980s, there were an estimated 200 Lesbian Bars across the country. Now there are thought to be just 21. These bars are disappearing at a staggering rate and we cannot afford to lose more of these vital establishments to the fallout of Covid-19. 

On June 3rd, we are launching a 20 min documentary film through the lens of the bar owners, community activists, archivists, and patrons – their struggles during the pandemic, their hopes for the future, and why we must work to save these sacred spaces. This will launch another 4 week fundraising effort. Our goal is to raise $200k for our Bars during Pride Month 2021.

Without space, we lose power, validity, communal safety, and access to intergenerational dialogue. With the support of our community, we can make sure these bars receive not only the financial assistance they need but the reverence they deserve. When our history isn’t protected, we must protect it ourselves.

To learn more, visit https://www.lesbianbarproject.com.

Why Celebrate with Shabbat dinner?

Shabbat is about imagining a better world — it’s both a time for pause and rejuvenation, and an opportunity to plan what actions we will take to make the world better in the week ahead.

Pride Month, which celebrates the impact of the LGBTQ+ community on the world, takes place in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969. We also know that the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and LGBTQ Movements are intertwined. Marsha P Johnson, Stormé DeLarverie, Miss Major, and many other Black and brown transgender and LGBQ people led the front line of the Stonewall riots, advocating for gay rights and an end to violent police misconduct.  This year and every year, we are proud to be a part of the Jewish and Lesbian community’s Shabbat experience and the continued fight for freedom and equity.

For as long as there have been Jews, there have been queer Jews. We can see Jewish explorations of gender as early as the Talmud, which describes 6 different genders in detail. In modern history, Jews and queer people have often found themselves fighting side by side for civil rights against brutal oppression. From Emma Goldman to Harvey Milk to Leslie Feinberg, LGBTQ+ Jewish writers, artists, and activists have shaped the landscape of queer liberation.

Oneg, joy, is an inherent part of the Shabbat dinner experience. While the LGBTQIA+ community and allies are still fighting for rights, there’s much to celebrate. Shabbat dinner, taking a moment to connect with community and heal from the week of busyness, is essential for self- and community-care.

Lesbian Bar Project x OneTable Shabbat Guide

One of the queer community’s greatest strengths is resilience. Use this guide to rest, to feel, and to celebrate. This year, we’re proud to launch a guide that speaks specifically to the Lesbian experience.

How do I host a Lesbian/LGBTQ+ Pride Shabbat? We have some tips for you.

When posting your dinner, or searching for a seat at the table, use the tag Pride2021. 

New to OneTable? Check out this page on hosting and our resource library.

Questions? Here are some answers:

How does hosting a Shabbat with OneTable work?

If you are not already a OneTable Shabbat dinner host, sign up here. (Applications take up to 3 days to process.) Once you’re a host, you can post your dinner here.

We are now supporting the following dinner types:

  1. In-person dinners outdoors, in accordance with Social Distancing Requirements. Here are some of our favorite items you can get with Nourishment for an epic Shabbat dinner picnic.
  2. Solo Shabbat: Post your dinner to be in community with other solo Shabbat hosts and qualify for Nourishment for one.
  3. Indoor Shabbat dinners for up to 10 individuals total, including those not living with you, are now allowed on our platform. All guests must be fully vaccinated.
  4. Shabbat with your roommates or those who live with you.
  5. Virtual Shabbats (including OneTable Live when applicable)

When does my dinner need to be posted?

Shabbats must be posted on the site by the Tuesday before the dinner at midnight local time.

What is Nourishment?

It’s a resource OneTable is able to offer to those hosts who need a little extra help to elevate their dinners. It is not meant to cover the full cost of the dinner. It comes in the form of digital gift cards. Our options are businesses that give us discounts on their services. If you do not need this assistance, you can choose to “pay it forward” and it will help another host bring more Shabbat into their life!

Dinners are eligible for $10/seat, up to $100.

When do I need to choose my Nourishment?

We encourage you to choose your Nourishment ASAP.

With that in mind, you will only be nourished for the number of guests you have signed up by  the Wednesday before your dinner.

Can I host more than once this Pride?

Yes!

Can I have my parents/kids/non-Jewish friends at my table?

All people present must be over the age of 21.

OneTable is uber-inclusive. At OneTable, we want you to spend Friday night with the people who YOU want to spend your Friday night with – guests of any and all religions and cultures are welcome.

What makes a Friday night dinner a Shabbat dinner?

We want you to find the right ritual fit for you and your guests. We encourage you to check out the above resources and check-in with your Field Manager. Set the intention that makes you want to elevate your dinner for your guests.

More questions?

Check out our full FAQ here, and/or get in touch with your Field Manager.

More Resources

LEARN

Learn more about Jâgermeister’s effort to help #savethenight and support the nightlife industry during this difficult time.

TAKE IN

Visit the Lesbian Herstory Archives, some of which are now digitized, and learn about herstory!

LISTEN

We made you a playlist to get everyone in the mood to talk history, justice, and celebration.

SHOW UP

“By showing up in community, sober, and celebrating the gift of Shabbat we make this time and space sacred… It has been said that the opposite of addition is connection, and sober Shabbat allows sacred space for this to happen.” Visit our Sober Shabbat Dinner Guide for more soul-nourishing goodness.

RAISE AWARENESS

The number of remaining lesbian bars in the US is in the low double digits. See the list of bars here. Do your part in helping them stay alive beyond this time.

VOLUNTEER

Repair the World offers volunteer opportunities across different areas. Learn about gender justice opportunities this month.

EXPLORE

ADDRESSES PROJECT investigates lesbian and queer womxn’s space and memory in New York City from the early 1900s to the present day through map-making, oral history interviews, ephemera and portraiture.

READ

Read about what three lesbian bar owners said to them earlier in the pandemic about the struggles to stay in business and their wishes for the future.

LEARN

Another way to add to your Shabbat table is by bringing a piece of Torah for your guests to learn together.