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Pride Shabbat 2019

Below is a list of all the community events surrounding Pride and Pride Shabbat. We also hope you’ll walk with us at the parade on June 30! We are meeting at 11 am at Gate 3 at Market and Broadway. We will stand together in solidarity, to celebrate and speak out with our collective voice. We have a strong history of coming together as a community and are excited to bring everyone together again to get involved!

We look forward to a strong Jewish Community presence!


Pride Shabbat Events

Central Reform Congregation Pride Shabbat

Friday, June 14, at 7:30 pm at CRC
June Awaken Shabbat will feature music by CHARIS


Congregation Shaare Emeth Pride Shabbat

Friday, June 14, at 6 pm
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Sharon Dunski Vermont, who is a general pediatrician, writer, and transgender ally/advocate. She is also a physician at the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and is the Medical Advisor for TransParent. Sharon frequently speaks to educators, medical professionals, and families in order to educate them about transgender issues. Her goal is to change hearts and minds so that all people can be accepted for who they are.


United Hebrew Congregation Pride Shabbat

Friday, June 21, at 6 pm
Shabbat Services with guest speaker Ian Mackey, State Representative, District 87, who will speak on his personal experience and how our community can be more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community.

Saturday, June 22, at 12 pm
Lunch and Learn with Emily and Amy Bornstein, who will speak on their personal experiences growing up in St. Louis.


Temple Israel Pride Shabbat

Friday, June 28; Pre-Oneg at 6 pm; Service at 6:30 pm
Gall Family Sanctuary
Speaker: TI Rabbis will speak about the value of inclusion and supporting our fellow human beings. For more information on Pride Weekend, visit


Congregation B’nai Amoona Pride Shabbat

Saturday, June 29
Speaker: Missy Waldman, current Mayor of Olivette


Kol Rinah Pride Shabbat

Saturday, June 29; Services from 9 am-12 pm
Followed by a Lunch and Learn


Other Pride Events


Poetry Reading with Joy Ladin
Tuesday, June 18; Doors open at 7 pm; Reading begins at 7:30 pm
Hosted by QJews, MaTovu, Jewish Book Festival, Kol Rinah’s queer community, and the Gateway Business Guild.


The Center for Jewish Learning 

Community Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Joy Ladin

  • A Book Talk: “The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective” on Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm at The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Performing Arts Center, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., 63146. Dr. Ladin’s book will be available for purchase, and she will be signing books after the program. Registration preferred.
  • A Lunch and Learn: “Reading Torah Through the Lens of Transgender Experience” on Thursday, June 20, at 11:30 am at Kaplan Feldman Complex, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., 63146. Cost: $10. A light kosher lunch will be served. Registration required.

In 2007, Ladin became the first openly transgender employee of Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish institution. Ladin has published numerous poetry collections, including The Future Is Trying to Tell Us Something (Sheep Meadow Press, 2017), Fireworks in the Graveyard (Headmistress Press, 2017). Ladin is also the author of a memoir, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012). Ladin is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Hadassah Brandeis Research Fellowships, two Forward Fives awards, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship. Ladin teaches at the Stern College of Yeshiva University, where she holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English.

Sponsored by The Center for Jewish Learning, along with community partners: St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, MaTovu, Kol Rinah, JCRC, St. Louis Rabbinical & Cantorial Association, Q Jews, and the Gateway Business Guild.

For additional information, contact Kathy Schmeltz at or 314-442-3761.


Movie Screening: Indecent

Max & Louie Productions is presenting the St. Louis premiere of Indecent, a poignant and inspiring affirmation of the power of two women in love, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel. Initially written by the famous Yiddish writer Shalom Asch, Indecent traces the reactions of shock, horror, and ultimate triumph as his play journeys from the shtetls of Poland to Broadway and finally back to the horrors of the Lodz Ghetto. The play runs June 20-30 at The Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square in St. Louis. For more info go to Tickets at or 314-534-1111.