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Top ways to celebrate Pride month!

By Lisa Finkelstein, LGBT Director for the Jewish Community Federation
The Jewish Community Federation is proud to celebrate the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Month! Each June our LGBT Alliance collects and presents a number of ways our community can participate Jewishly in the festivities of Pride. Here is our list of not-to-be-missed-events this Pride month:
  1. Live Performance!Outrageously popular, artistically outstanding and always delicious, The Fresh Meat Festival is the nation’s premiere transgender and queer performance festival. This year, Fresh Meat celebrates its 10th anniversary with an all-star lineup.Fresh Meat Productions creates, presents and tours transgender and queer performance, dance and media arts.
  2. International Film! Frameline is the oldest and largest GLBT Film Festival in the world. 80,000 people annually attend the 200+ films shown during the last two weeks of San Francisco’s Pride month each June. We are proud to present on Saturday Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann’s The Queen Has No Crown
    Ordering online is easy - just browse our website, find a film you want to see and from the film detail page, click the "buy tickets" button in the box with the date and time of the screening you wish to purchase.
  3. Learn Local History! 45 years-ago on a hot summer’s night in 1966 at Turk and Taylor in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco a group of people who identified as gay, trans and/or gender nonconforming fought back against police harassment at Gene Compton’s Cafeteria. This public act of resistance helped define the history of a human rights struggle that is still relevant in our lives today.
    Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria  by Victor Silverman & Susan Stryker
  4. Wander!San Francisco Pride held over “Pride weekend” June 24 to 26, 2011 throughout the Mission, Tenderloin & Castro neighborhoods is said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage. With 500 Pride flags waving throughout the city take the time to wander the neighborhoods!

    Pink Triangle symbolically hung over Twin Peaks each June during Pride Month can be seen througout most areas of San Francisco
  5. Volunteer!The LGBT Alliance has a booth this year at Grove and Larkin Streets amongst the festivities. We will be providing information about our Bay Area Jewish community alongside our Pride partners this year Be’chol Lashon and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Visit our booth during Pride Weekend this year for a chance to win a $250 Gift Card! We still always love volunteers to join us so please sign up for both Saturday and Sunday!
    Our annual Jewish community booth
  6. March!Interested in marching? Camp Newman, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Congregation Temple Sinai, A Wider Bridge and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav will all have a presence in the SF Pride Parade. Invite your friends and family and go march on Pride Sunday.
    Rabbi's Marching in the 2009 Pride Parade
  7. Dance! Dancing in the streets with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on Pink Saturday is a San Francisco favorite for thousands of party-goers! This year, Pink Saturday has gone dry but there are plenty of official options for those who want to relax in an alcohol free atmosphere during the Pink Saturday street party too. In the Castro, visit the Metropolitan Community Church to sing, eat and “Measure your life in love” at a RENTmovie sing-along.Pink Saturday in the Castro
  8. Pray! At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav during our Annual LGBT Alliance sponsored Kabbalat Shabbat Pride Service thousands of participants from the Trans March will hoot and holler as they walk by on Dolores Street. It is the quintessential Jewish San Francisco experience to be able to wave hello to the thousands of marchers while you daven with the first LGBT Reform-Liturgy-based Prayer Book, Siddur Sha’ar Zahav.
    Trans Marchers
  9. Observe Stein! This summer has quickly become thought of as a Spectacular Summer of Stein. Exhibitions on Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas are on view throughout the Yerba Buena Arts District until Sept. 6. Take a look at how these two Jewish Lesbian women raised in the Bay Area became extraordinarily influential Americans of the 20th century! We have LGBT Jewish programs and family activities listed on our events calendar.

    Gertrude Stein Called

A proud weekend for our Jewish community

San Francisco Pride held over “Pride weekend” June 25 to 27, 2010 throughout the Mission, Tenderloin & Castro neighborhoods is said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.”

See all our photos from Pride weekend! 

The LGBT Alliance took advantage of the opportunity for outreach among the major festiveness at Civic Center with a LGBT Jewish community booth.

In addition to introducing multiple Bay Area LGBT Jewish lay led programs like Jewish Transitions, Grief and Growing weekend, The 20th World Congress of GLBT Jews, The HIV Story Project and A Wider Bridge we also introduced hundreds of folks to how our organized Bay Area LGBT Jewish community can be relevant to their everyday lives. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the weekend:

Volunteer Lay Leader, David Zeeman, surrounded by LGBT Jewish folks excited to share Chag Pride

The samples of the very popular Israeli Bamba snacks proved to be a huge hit!

In town for the LGBT Jewish Movement Building Convening at Berkeley Hillel June 27 - 29, Rabbi Steve Greenberg stops by the LGBT Alliance booth!

Friends and volunteers stop by and say hello. From left to right David Zeeman, Sam Goldman, Zvi Bellin, Elana Robinson-Lynch, Yair Qedar and David

Our LGBT Alliance Director, Lisa Finkelstein, pauses while hanging up the flag above the booth.

Celebrate LGBT Pride

Paul Munson prepares to light rainbow candles during a Pride community ceremony in Sonoma County

Paul Munson prepares to light rainbow candles during a Pride community ceremony in Sonoma County


Last year organizing a community-wide SF Pride parade group, though intended to be a specific response to Prop 8, was so successful that we wish we could have continued this every year. But we do not have the resources. This year the LGBT Alliance will not be sponsoring a community-wide SF Pride parade group. Instead, as in past years, members of the LGBT Alliance and our allies will march with other organizations that are sponsoring a parade group. If you or your organization is interested in marching in the SF Pride Parade, please visit our Facebook page and share your plans so others can join you. We understand that Camp NewmanCongregation Temple Sinai and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav are all marching in the SF Pride Parade. 

After having just completed a two-year process of study, reflection and strategic planning, the Alliance has chosen to begin implementing its plans with a focus on leadership development and programmatic partnerships, and this year encourages Pride ‘organizing’ among the many Jewish groups and organizations in our community who have participated in Pride for years. The LGBT Alliance is excited to celebrate the many diverse Jewish groups and their Pride involvement. 

Celebrate Pride Weekend

San Francisco Pride held over “Pride weekend” June 25 to 27, 2010 throughout the Mission, Tenderloin & Castro neighborhoods is said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” The LGBT Alliance has a booth this year on both Saturday and Sunday among the major festiveness at Civic Center. We will be introducing multiple Bay Area LGBT Jewish lay led programs like The HIV Story Project and A Wider Bridge as well as providing information about our Bay Area Jewish community. 

Celebrate Pride Month

In the Bay Area the entire month of June is filled with opportunities to celebrate LGBT Pride including highlights like: 

  • The 34th Annual Frameline LGBT International Film Festival
  • The 3rd Annual Contra Costa County LGBTQ Pride Picnic & BBQ
  • Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride including the annual young adult pride dance
  • The 9th annual Fresh Meat transgender & queer performance Festival
  • The 12th Annual Queer Arts Festival
  • The 6th Annual Trans March
  • The 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Pride Rally
  • The 18th Annual Dyke March
  • Sonoma County Pride Parade and Celebration along the Russian River in Guerneville
  • The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Pink Saturday Castro Street Party
  • Plus, in August we have San José Pride and after a six-year absence, the East Bay Oakland Pride festival will return Labor Day weekend along with the 9th annual Sistahs Steppin In Pride East Bay Dyke March & Festival!

Multiple Bay Area Jewish Congregations celebrate Pride each year by hosting a Pride Shabbat. If you would like to organize a Pride Shabbat or community ritual at your Bay Area Jewish congregation or home please connect with us! We would love to help you discover unique Drashot & help spread the word about your Pride celebration! Here are a few of the congregations that have communicated with us that they are organizing a Pride Shabbat, Potluck, Oneg or Havdallah gathering during Pride month this year: 

Celebrate Pride! Celebrate our community! Celebrate the unique distinctions of our LGBT Bay Area Jewish community! 

Celebrating freedom, LGBT pride & Tu B’Shvat in Sonoma County

Paul Munson lights the seven candles as everyone read, “As we share in the light of these candles, we rededicate the flame each of us carries within, that small reflection of the Creator’s Light that is our to use as a beacon in our work of tikkun olam.”

A celebration of diversity, freedom, Jewish values and inclusion took place on Tu B’Shvat January 31, 2010 at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa. Paul Munson and Shirley Liberman, members of Congregation Shomrei Torah, envisioned an LGBT Jewish celebration in Sonoma and they volunteered to orchestrate and design the evening that welcomed 85 LGBT Jewish Sonoma County residents, their families, friends and supporters.

Guests rise as the read a portion of the LGBT Pride Freedom Seder Haggadah written and later adapted by Andrew Ramer

Andrew Ramer, the author of the Haggadah originally used at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and recently adapted for the members of Congregation Shomrei Torah, led the service along with Paul Munson and Shirley Liberman. Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Rabbi & Liturgical Soloist, Rabbi George Gittleman & Leira Satlof, along with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav President, Alex Ingersoll and Congregation Shomrei Torah, President, Marcy Pluznick-Marrin participated. Lisa Finkelstein, Director of the LGBT Alliance at the Jewish Community Federation also attended.

Each guest created a pin to represent reclaiming the image of homosexuals forced to wear a pink triangle in the work camps and Jews forced to wear a yellow star under the Nazis. Guests wore these pins as a symbol of the commitment for justice to all. They read aloud, "Blessed are those who have been marked, in all times and all places. May they always be remembered, through us and through our lives."

The beautiful photos are from the evening and taken by volunteer photographer, Ira Gelfman ( You can click here to see more of Ira’s photos.


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