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Pride Month Events 2013

Not sure how or where to celebrate Pride Month this year? Repair the World has got you covered!

The festivities begin during the last days of May and continue throughout the end of June, and there are events going on all around the country. Check out our roundup of fun, fabulous (and in many cases free!) events, talks, film screenings, parties, marches and shabbat dinners celebrating LGBTQ rights during Pride Month.

Boston
May 31: Join Keshet for “Erev” Pride Week Shabbat services and dinner in Sommerville, MA.
June 1: Congregation Am Tikva in Brooklyn, MA is hosting a Pride Liberation Seder – aka a retelling of the story of the LGBT liberation following the Passover seder model.

Chicago
June 22 and 23: Chicago’s annual Pride Fest helps kick off summer in the second city!
June 24: Congregation Or Chadash is hosting a beach-side BBQ and Shabbat service to launch the city’s Pride Week.

Denver
June 14: Shabbat services and a picnic lunch are at the heart of this Keshet-inspired Pride Month event.

Los Angeles
May-June: There are a ton of events going on in West Hollywood before and during Pride Month, from a discussion of LGBTQ rights around the globe on June 18, to the official LA Pride Parade on June 9. For more events in and around Los Angeles, click here.

Miami
June 5: Temple Israel of Greater Miami is hosting a ru’ach pride seder, celebrating the freedoms and remembering the challenges of the LGBT community.

New York
June 22: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is hosting a multigenerational pride picnic in the park.
June 28: Join other New Yorkers for the Pride Week Kickoff Rally at Pier 26.

San Fran
June 9 Keshet is hosting a LGBTQ mixer and Pride Month picnic in Delores Park.
June 28: Join the Jewish Community Federation for a gay pride Shabbat celebration.
June 29-30 San Franciscans know how to party during their annual Pride festival.

Seattle
June 28: JConnect in Seattle will host their annual Pride Shabbat with services, music, food and mingling.

Washington DC
May 29: Join in on the fun at the Big Queer Jewish Pride Kick Off Happy Hour event hosted at Mova Lounge.
June: The Washington DC JCC’s LGBT group GLOE is hosting several fun events, all worth checking out.
June 8: Join in the annual Capitol Pride Parade, and March with GLOE.

Did we miss a great Pride Month event? We want to hear about it! Share it below or tweet us at @repairtheworld #pridemonth.

Community of Service in Boulder County

Bonai ShalomWhat do people serving in the US military, the homeless community, and cats in Longmont have in common? They were all recipients of acts of Chesed (loving kindness) during Boulder’s Community of Service.

This school year, Jewish supplementary schools from around the county are participating in a Community of Service – simultaneous Tikkun Olam projects under the unifying themes of Chesed (loving kindness) and Gevurah (boundary setting and self-care).

One of the core principals of the community of service is that “participants engage in meaningful, authentic service that addresses genuine and unmet community needs”. This ensures that the service outcomes are valued by those being served. Har HaShem’s fifth grade class, made care packages for soldiers living away from their families, followed this principle by inviting a soldier to their class to find out what a soldier would want in a care package.

B’nai mitzvah students from Nevei Kodesh and fifth graders from Bonai Shalom worked with Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO) to identify needs and ways they can help. The students at Nevei Kodesh took the lesson even deeper by discussing the difference between helping someone with a donation and examining the root causes of a problem to work toward a long term solution.

There were so many exciting projects happening this year. The cats residing at the Longmont Humane Society received an unexpectedLongmont1gift of catnip toys lovingly made by the students at the Longmont Hebrew School. The students at the BJCC preschool learned about pe’ah, leaving the corners of your fields available for people in need, while they tended their yearly garden. Teens from Hebrew High are volunteering at the Boulder Homeless Shelter after having attended the Panim El Panim Conference in Washington DC where they meet with members of congress on the issue of homelessness. Students in Beth Ami’s Jewish Cultural School worked with Jewish Family Service to provide hand-tied blankets to seniors and donated food to the Weinberg Pantry after learning about the specific needs in those communities.

Mitzvah Dubi, a stuffed bear, learned about mitzvot alongside the kindergarden and first grade Bonai Shalom2students at Bonai Shalom getting to help with chores, take care of family pets, and making food for those who are sick.

Children who are placed in emergency foster care received a decorated shoebox creatively crafted by Bonai Shalom’s second grade class. The third and fourth grade class at Bonai Shalom learned about Pirke Avot when they collected food for the Community Food Share.

All of the projects will be featured at the Boulder Jewish Festival on June 9th. Festival goers can learn more about these projects from displays housed at each organization’s booth and during a brief presentation on the festival stage just before noon.

The students and their teachers utilized principles from Repair The World, “the leading authority on volunteering and service in and by the American Jewish community”, to organize their projects and optimize the service learning components.

According to Rabbi Will Berkowitz, Senior Vice President for Repair the World, Boulder is one of the first cities to implement a Community of Service using their materials and resources. Berkowitz visited Boulder for the 2012 Chidush Teacher Workshop.

 

On Tap: PanimWorks Southwest

Calling all high school students on the lookout for an amazing summer adventure: join Panim: The Institute for Jewish Leadership & Values for 12 days of Jewish learning, cultural exchange and service in the Southwest.

Participants will live and work on a Native American reservation in Colorado and northern New Mexico, spending one week volunteering with local organizations, painting homes, and helping organize activities with the Navajo, Hopi or Zuni Nation communities. Along the way, they will gain first-hand experience about Native American traditions, spend time hiking, exploring and camping in the Southwest’s gorgeous landscape, interact with a pluralistic community of Jewish participants, explore Jewish texts and celebrate Shabbat together. (The trip is kosher, vegetarian and Shabbat-friendly.)

Panim, which is a division of Bnai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), is a youth-focused Institute that impacts the next generation of Jewish teens, empowering them towards a lifetime of leadership and service.
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