LGBTQ Equality

LGBTQ Equality at The Temple

The Temple has always promoted the two central ideals in Jewish teachings “Love thy neighbor” and “all people are created in God’s image.” Throughout The Temple’s 175 year history Rabbis and lay leaders have been active in civil rights and in advocating for fair treatment of all people including LGBTQ individuals.

The Temple rabbis are active with the Fairness Campaign and have conducted same sex marriage rites since 1996 – including the first same sex marriage in the state of Israel. The Temple is a welcoming congregation and celebrates the contributions of all of its members. The Temple rabbis hope that Pride Shabbat will help to promote acceptance for and celebration of LGBTQ individuals in Louisville and throughout the region.

Schedule of Events for Pride Month 2019:

Friday, June 14

Short Lay-led Service | 6:00 pm
Parade Begins Downtown | 7:00 pm
The Temple will have a team participating in the Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade!
The parade will begin at the intersection of Market and Campbell and ends at the Big Four Lawn.
Please RSVP to The Temple at 502-423-1818 to order your FREE team t-shirt.

Friday, June 21

Shabbat Oneg | 6:00 pm

Friday Night Services with Special Guest Speaker | 6:30 pm
“Making Kentucky and Louisville a Just and Fair Society” How do we make sure everyone is treated equally and justly? What should we be doing to make our city, state, and country better? How do we create equality for the LGBTQ community?
Chris Hartman is the first Fairness Campaign Executive Director, working statewide for LGBTQ rights in Kentucky. In the past several years, he has helped more than triple the number of Kentucky cities with anti-discrimination Fairness Ordinances, including the state capital Frankfort, the Appalachian coal town of Vicco, and Kim Davis’ hometown of Morehead. He previously worked as Congressman John Yarmuth’s campaign press secretary, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, and a touring Shakespearean actor and improviser. He serves on the board of the national Equality Federation, and is Chair of the Louisville Metro Landmarks Commission.

Saturday, June 22

Torah Study | 9:00 -10:00 am

Pride Shabbat Morning Service | 10:30 am
Led by Shir Chadash, Student Cantor Mike Jarvis, and Jennifer Diamond. The LGBTQ choir, INNER VOICES of Kentuckiana, will join us in song. The service includes our traditional Pride Parade with the Torah.

Free Kiddush Luncheon | 12:00 pm
INNER VOICES of Kentuckiana will perform with music and personal stories. A free delicious buffet lunch will be served to those who RSVP for lunch by Tuesday, June 18.

Sunday, June 23

Pride Movie Night | 6:00 pm
The Bubble looks at LGBTQ life in Tel Aviv and Israel. It is a sleek, chic film that defines the contradictions of modern Israeli life. The Bubble weaves together the lives of likable young characters of various exuberant sexualities into a storyline that raises issues far more complex than the characters seem prepared to handle.

All events are free and open to the public and generously sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

The Temple LGBTQ Pride Shabbat

Fifth Annual Pride Shabbat “Creating a Welcoming Community”

The Temple commemorates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Pride month with the Fifth Annual Pride Shabbat.

The Temple represents the only Jewish congregation in Kentucky that commemorates LGBTQ pride month with a special Shabbat Service.

Judaism teaches that the differences between humans are a divine act: God created us different and distinct from each other. Every one of us has our own face, opinions, and orientation. Some of us have one sexual orientation and one gender identity, and some have another. We were all created in God’s image.

Together with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members, we celebrate the sanctity of every human life and seek to realize the divine image inherent in us all. The Temple is leading religious discourse that seeks to welcome LGBTQ members as equals in society at large and in our own community. A genuine invitation to join our community requires recognition of the unique value and life stories of LGBTQ people and celebration of the contribution they make to our Temple.

Through such an invitation, our own community will become richer and more diverse; while members of the LGBTQ community are able to enjoy community life and the additional meaning Reform Judaism bring to all our members.

During the month of June, The Temple will mark Pride Shabbat through prayer, study, and experience. The Pride Shabbat can help us advance from the stage of accepting the LGBTQ community to the stage of actively inviting LGBTQ people to be full partners in our community.

Pride Shabbat is celebrated in June as part of a worldwide program of Pride events commemorating the beginnings of the LGBTQ liberation movement in June 1969. Since then, Pride Month includes parades, demonstrations – and prayers.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about this special Pride Shabbat, please contact:

Becky King at 502-212-2028 or [email protected].