June, 1, 2022
Today is the first day of June, which marks the beginning of Pride Month. In June of 1969, the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan served as the tipping point for Gay Liberation and the beginning of a new era of LGBTQ+ rights. Since that time, the month of June is Pride month, and commemorates this important historical moment.
Jewish tradition teaches core values around inclusion, equality, love, and respect. A small sampler of these values include B’tzelem Elohim, “We are all made in the Image of God,” and V’ahavta L’reacha K’mocha, “Love your fellow as yourself.” It follows that Pride month is an important time on the Jewish calendar, and calls for our participation.
On Saturday, June 11th, CBI will be participating in the Stonewall Chico Pride Pop-Up Fair with our own informative and engaging booth. The fair takes place in the Stonewall Chico lot at Orient and 6th Street from 10 am - 3pm. Thank you to Rhonda Z and Meadow Davis, for co-chairing this event on behalf of CBI!
Later in the month, on Wednesday, June 22nd, I will represent CBI in the 3rd Annual Interfaith Pride Service. Hosted by Faith Lutheran Church, the evening will feature sermons, stories, and music by several Chico Area affirming faith communities. Everyone is invited to attend.
Want to learn more about LGBTQ equality in Jewish life? Check out Keshet, an organization committed to creating full inclusion and equality of all Jews and their families in Jewish life.
May this Pride Month inspire all of us to shine with the authenticity and beauty of who we are truly meant to be.