Central Celebrates PRIDE

At Central Synagogue

PRIDE at Central

Each June, we have the opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, honor their activism and culture, commemorate their struggles and losses, and recommit ourselves to upholding freedom and equality for all. At Central, we are proud to offer opportunities for learning, to participate in community events, and recognize and lift the voices of the LGBTQIA+ members of our own community. Here’s what we have in store:

Changing The Game: A Discussion Celebrating the Intersection of Cultural, Religious, and Gender Identities

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 7:00–8:15 pm

Rabbi Haber brings together athletes, activists, and policy experts from Changing the Game and Athlete Ally for a panel discussion about transgender inclusion in sports, the intersections of Jewish identity and gender identity, and how we can create safer and more affirming spaces for trans youth.

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Coffee With Clergy: “Making Room for ‘They’”

Thursday, June 17, 12:30–1:00 pm

Join us for a special Coffee With Clergy conversation between Rabbi Nicole Auerbach, her sibling, Bonz Swencionis (they/them), and Rabbi Dr. Nikki Deblosi (she/her) about the importance of creating Jewish spaces that embrace people with non-binary gender identities.

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A Conversation With Abby Stein

Tuesday, June 22, 7:00–8:00 pm

Come for an intimate conversation with Abby Stein, the author of Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman, and hear her journey from being born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent, completing a rabbinical degree, and leaving the Hasidic world to explore a self-determined life.

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Pride Shabbat

Friday, June 25, 6:00–7:15 pm

Let us come together as a community as we kick off NYC Pride weekend with a special Shabbat service. Join Central’s clergy and LGBTQIA+ Core Group for an evening of celebration, pride, and prayer.

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Journeys to Authenticity: Multigenerational Stories of Coming Out

Saturday, June 26, 6:00–7:00 pm

Join Central’s LGBTQIA+ Core Group, Cantor Mutlu, and Rabbi Haber for a special community havdalah celebration featuring multigenerational stories of coming out experiences from Central community members. We will celebrate queer joy and life across generations.

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Join LGBTQ Central; A Core Group Open to All (Open to Central Members Only)

Saturday, June 26, 6:00–7:00 pm

LGBTQ Central is a forum for you to connect with a Jewish LGBTQ community. Meetings provide an opportunity to network, share experiences, engage in social activities, participate in community and social justice events, and maintain visibility within the larger Central community. We’d love to meet you!

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