PHOTO: Last year Liza and Beth Milliner, Danit Rothstein and Rachel Nelson represented the Jewish community in Pride at the 2021 PrideNW parade in a car draped with Pride banners from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Portland Jewish Academy and Congregation Neveh Shalom. This year the parade returns to its usual format of groups marching together downtown.
Nationally, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in 1999.
In the Jewish community, Keshet is a national organization that works for LGBTQ equality in all facets of Jewish life. Keshet is a Hebrew word meaning both “rainbow,” a symbol of LGBTQ pride, and “bow,” an instrument for action. Find Keshet’s online events at keshetonline.org/resources-and-events/event-calendar/.
Locally, check out the Pride offerings below from OneTable and JewishPridePDX.
OneTable supports Pride Shabbat hosts
In celebration of Pride month, the first 10 OneTable Portland hosts who post a Pride Shabbat in June are eligible to receive a print copy of the updated Pride 2022 Shabbat Guide along with other OneTable goodies to help elevate their Shabbat dinners.
OneTable is a national nonprofit that empowers young adults (21-39ish) to find, share and enjoy Shabbat dinners. This year, OneTable launched the Pride Shabbat initiative, onetable.org/pride/, to celebrate Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community. The website enables anyone to find a dinner, become a host or learn more about building community.
Hosts can post Shabbat dinners at dinners.onetable.org/journey.
Post a Pride Shabbat by 11:59 pm the Tuesday before your dinner and email the dinner link to Cascadia Field Manager Abbie Barash (she/her) at email@example.com to receive the printed guide and other items. Learn more about hosting Shabbat with OneTable at dinners.onetable.org/host/promote.
OneTable is “nourishing” (subsidizing) Pride Shabbats and will help participants elevate their dinners with resources and up to $10 per guest, up to $100. To become a host, visit onetable.org/pride.
The Eastside Jewish Commons offers an 18 percent discount for any OneTable host who uses an EJC space to host a OneTable Shabbat dinner. That same discount is available for members of other EJC partners including synagogues and Jewish agencies and TischPDX graduates. Visit ejcpdx.org/host or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you're looking for a welcoming, LGBTQ+ friendly Pride Shabbat dinner, new OneTable host, Angel (they/them), will be celebrating Shabbat at the Eastside Jewish Commons on Friday, June 24. Time + details TBA. All young adults are welcome! For more information, contact Cascadia Field Manager, Abbie (she/her) at abbie@OneTable.org.
Jewish groups to join Pride March
Join the Jewish community to march together at Pride 2022, 11 am-1 pm, June 19.
Last year, the Portland Pride Parade was pre-recorded at a private venue to keep the community safe during the pandemic and Pride Nortwest hosted a community viewing on Zoom. In past years, about a dozen Jewish organizations have marched together and organizers expect that to be the case again this year.
Pride has been celebrated in Portland since the early 1970s, with the first outdoor celebration in 1976. The Portland Pride Festival and Parade have been organized by Pride Northwest since 1994.
When the gathering location for Jewish Pride marchers is announced, it will be posted on the Jewish Federation Facebook page facebook.com/JewishPDX or facebook.com/jewishpridepdx.