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. Additionally, we 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.
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.