top of page

Rabbi Lisa


This Shabbat brings the new month of June, which means it’s time to kick off Pride month. While Pride month is a secular observance, it has everything to do with Jewish values. The past few years, I have shared and taught that Pride month is a very important time on the Jewish calendar–a time to Celebrate, Collaborate, Commemorate, Educate, and Unify. As we do all of this we naturally re-connect with core Jewish values and commit to a relationship of solidarity and allyship with our LGTBQ family.

The very first Pride marches were held on June 28th, 1970– the one year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York. This was a major turning point for the LGBTQ+ community and began raising awareness, securing rights, and celebrating the freedom to be exactly who we are. We understand this freedom in Judaism with a phrase from Torah, B’tzelem Elohim–being made in G-d’s image. We love ourselves exactly as we are, because each of us is made in the image of the Divine. Each of us is unique, beautiful, and holy. This is worthy of celebration! 

We give thanks for this sacred time on the calendar. May this Pride month bring festive celebration. May we experience the freedom to express ourselves authentically, without fear or anxiety. May we deepen our resolve to stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sisters who are marginalized and at risk. May we live our Jewish values to their fullest. Amen.

27 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Hazzan Steve's Message

When Is Your Jewish Birthday? Does That Matter? Thanks to a firm but friendly shove from my mashpiah, my spiritual director, I find myself open to clues or hints or messages from malachim (messengers)

Rabbi Lisa's Message

5/15/24 When Israel became a state in 1948, three new holidays were added to the Jewish calendar: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance day, which we began at sundown on May 5th), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial

Rabbi Lisa's Message

5/8/24 Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, was this past Sunday evening through Monday. On Yom HaShoah, Jewish communities around the world remember the 11 million lives lost under the Nazi regime


bottom of page