Every Friday in June 2022
Include the word “pride” in your Shabbat dinner title or description + receive a discount code for The Queer Agenda game!
We want to embrace radically welcoming ourselves and others to show up as authentic individuals for Pride 2022. At OneTable, we know that when people can gather from a place of authenticity, conversations and connections feel deeper and more real. And, that brings even more joy + elevation to our Friday nights!
We invite you, the OneTable queer and ally community, to host Pride Shabbats all throughout June. Together, we can ensure that each person has the power and support to share themselves in a way that is present and holy for them.
Pride Shabbat Resources
What’s Jewish about Pride?
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 LGBTQ+ people led the front line of the Stonewall riots, advocating for gay rights and an end to violent police misconduct. We are proud to be a part of the queer Jewish community’s Shabbat experience and the continued fight for freedom.
For as long as there have been Jews, there have been queer Jews. We see Jewish explorations of gender as early as the Talmud, which describes six 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.
Why Celebrate with Shabbat dinner?
Radical Hospitality, or Hachnasat Orchim in Hebrew, is an inherent part of the Shabbat dinner experience. Rooted in the foundational texts of Judaism, welcoming guests and being a guest are expressions of radical hospitality that honor the essential value in every human being (kavod ha’briot) and create opportunities for connection in the modern world.
While the queer community and allies are still fighting for the right to be fully welcomed and celebrated in showing up authentically by society, we can create spaces where people don’t have to check parts of themselves at the door. Taking a moment to connect with others at a Shabbat dinner and pause from the week are essential for self- and community-care. This is a key step toward how we can all thrive in our fullness!