Community, Caring, & Belonging
Learning, Growth, & Families
Social Justice & Activism
Pride at BJ is special. We are taking meaningful action to build a more inclusive, loving, and holy community. We continue to place tremendous value on expanding the definition of “us,” creating a safe place to be, to learn, and to pray.
We are in a constant state of evolution—always exploring the ways in which we can make our life cycle events more welcoming for transgender and gender non-conforming community members. Our staff completed the Keshet Leadership project for the second year in a row, implementing more inclusive practices in our policies, and programming.
In 2022, we have already seen a record number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced, such as the Don’t Say Gay act in Florida and a bill in Kentucky banning transgender girls from participating in girls’ sports. In a time that may seem hopeless, we remember our roots at BJ are in activism; we recall the brave and necessary work of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer and the community of the 1980s in the height of the AIDS crisis, welcoming the sick and feeding the hungry. We think back to 2011 in Albany, when BJ members lobbied for marriage equality in New York State and celebrated its passing the same year. In May of this year, dozens of BJ members participated in the Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice, because abortion rights are crucial to our Jewish values, for women, and the LGBTQ+ community.
This year we are looking back at the strength of the LGBTQ+ Jews who have led us through history and celebrating the diversity of our community today. We hope you join us as we continue to embrace ways of making BJ an inclusive, welcoming space for all.
Shabbat Dinner and Pride Storytelling
As we celebrate Pride Shabbat and close up the month of June, we invite you to join us after services for a Shabbat dinner and an evening of Pride storytelling. You will hear from several of our beloved BJ community members from all generations as they share their personal stories on being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. We hope you will join us in uplifting their voices, celebrating Pride and Shabbat together, and embracing our beautiful community.
Friday, June 24 @ 7:45PM
You may have noticed that BJ staff lists their pronouns to their email signatures. Read about why we made the decision to add pronouns.