Pride Shabbat 2019

There’s a lot to honor and celebrate this year!

It’s the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, World Pride is taking place in NYC, and we’ve partnered with JQ International to make it easy to host a Pride Shabbat.

What is JQ International? Established in 2004, JQ is the premiere LGBTQ+ Jewish organization in Los Angeles. JQ celebrates the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities and ensuring inclusion through education, support, and identity-enrichment. They envision a world where all LGBTQ+ Jews feel a strong sense of self, pride, and community – a place where LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies are supported by communities that embrace their needs and celebrate their unique gifts.

What was Stonewall? The Stonewall Riots were incited by Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman and organizer, Sylvia Rivera, a Puerto Rican trans woman and organizer, and other members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to a discriminatory police raid on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in NYC. It lasted five nights and was a major turning point for the LGBTQ+ activist community to unite in a nationwide movement.

What is World Pride? The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. In 2019, NYC Pride welcomes WorldPride as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation.

Why celebrate with Shabbat dinner? One of our core values is oneg, joy, which 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.

What’s the hashtag? When posting your dinner, or searching for a seat at the table, use “Pride2019” – posting on socials? Add #myonetable and #jqinternational

How do I host a Queer/LGBTQ+ Shabbat? Our director of communications has some tips for you.

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 10 days to process.)

Once you are a host, you can post your dinner here. (Private dinners are for just you and your friends, choose “Host Approval” to let new people request a seat, or “Open” if you’re hosting publicly – anyone can rsvp to an Open dinner.)

OneTable Shabbat dinners are at least 5 people (including the host), and are for hosts not in undergraduate between 21-39ish. Individuals under 21 cannot be present at OneTable dinners.

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!

Private dinners are eligible for $10/seat, up to $100, Host Approval and Open dinners are eligible for $15/seat, up to $150.

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?

One dinner a month per host is eligible for Nourishment in most of our cities.

You are welcome to post multiple dinners, but only the first one you post for each month will be eligible for Nourishment assistance.

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.

Getting Started

A LETTER FROM RABBI RACHEL BAT-OR

An important welcome to the second LGBTQ+ Pride Shabbat from the JQ Helpline and Inclusion Services Director, Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or.

THE ONETABLE X JQI GUIDE

While the LGBTQIA+ community and allies are still fighting for rights, there’s much to celebrate. We hope this guide will help you create a night of celebration and healing.

More Resources

INSPO

It’s not all rainbows and glitter (but it’s definitely some rainbows and glitter).

TUNES

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

CARE

The JQ Helpline provides inclusive support and resources for LGBTQ+ Jews, their families, and allies. Print out this flyer to share at your dinner.

PRINTABLE BATHROOM SIGN

An inclusive printable bathroom sign to hang outside your bathroom.

ICEBREAKERS

One of the best parts of gathering around the table is the incredible conversation. Here are some ideas to get it flowing.

LEARNING

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

World Pride in NYC

You’re invited to World Pride Shabbat! Join Out at the J, Friday Night Lights, OneTable for a fabulous Shabbat celebrating World Pride and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.