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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.

SongRise Sings for Social Justice in DC

Yesterday we posted a piece about a Boston-based band, Hot Molasses, which uses its music to promote awareness about social issues.

Well good things must come in at least twos, because later that day I saw that a Jewish environmental educator friend of mine, Laura, also performs with SongRise: a Washington DC-based women’s social justice a cappella group.

According to their site, the women of SongRise “use our music to inspire people to fight for social and political change. We offer up our singing talents at community events, rallies, protests, farmer’s markets, civil rights celebrations, DC voting rights events, arts showcases, in schools, at churches, in prisons…you name it, whoever among us can be there will stand up and sing!”

Music, justice and service together – what could be better? How about an upcoming show? This Friday, SongRise is perfoming at The Potter’s House in DC as part of their weekly Songs of Hope benefit concert series. Funds raised at the concert will go to Beyond Borders, a non-profit working to promote equality, education and literacy, and empower citizens in Haiti.

Find more information about the show here – and support SongRise in singing out for justice.

Choosing Service: Avodah’s Work with La Clinica del Pueblo in Washington DC

On May 13 Alicia Wilson, the Executive Director of La Clinica del Pueblo, spoke with the DC-based members of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps at their annual Partners in Justice event.

Since 1983, La Clinica del Pueblo has worked to provide Washington DC’s Latino community with health services – primary and mental health care, substance abuse services, HIV prevention and care, and community health education – regardless of their financial standing. For the last several years, AVODAH corps members (Alyssa Kasten, Julie Keselman and, this year, Melissa Mayer) have spent their year of service working with La Clinica del Pueblo.

Like the AVODAH corps members, Wilson got her start in the world of service through a “corps” volunteer year – and she truly believes in the power of community service to change both a community and the volunteer forever. But Wilson says it best – below the jump, read some highlights from her remarks:
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An Investigator Seeks Justice in the Public Defender Service

Eleanor waved her hands in front of her chest and shook her head, “I don’t want to think about it. I don’t want to get involved. I don’t want anything to do with this.” The grief on her face broke my heart – I didn’t want to make her go through this pain again. She was a seventy-three year old woman, and I felt terrible. But I also felt like I wasn’t doing my job.

I interviewed Eleanor one week after finishing my training as an investigator for the Public Defender Service for DC (PDS). I no longer remember the specifics of the case, but the look on her face will stick with me. Most likely, she was the complaining witness in a case – the victim, in other words. In most cases victims are victims, but in some cases they aren’t. Sometimes incidents don’t take place the way they are reported. And that’s why my job matters.
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