Cuban Hebrew Congregation is the first Jewish organization to join Safe Place, an initiative of the Miami Beach Police Department to provide the LGBTQ community with easily accessible safety information and safe places throughout the city they can turn to if they are the victims of crime.
What started off as a relatively modest crowd of 15,000 people at the first event in 2009, Miami Beach Pride has ballooned into one of the most popular parties along Ocean Drive, drawing over 140,000 people in 2019.
Historically, the festivities have taken place the first week in April, but after a 2020 cancelation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami Beach Pride returned this week (September 10-19, 2021).
The Board of Directors and the staff of the Cuban Hebrew Congregation wish the LGBTQ+ Community of Miami Beach a Happy Pride!
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Cuban Hebrew Congregation wishes the Miami Beach LGBTQ+ Community a Happy Pride Week!
One of the four leading branches of Judaism, the Conservative Movement (also known as Masorti Movement outside of the United States and Canada) is intent on integrating contemporary societal values with religious and cultural traditions. As Rabbi Bradley Artson wrote in Conservative Judaism: Covenant and Commitment, “It is precisely this traditional approach—which combines fidelity to inherited tradition and the courage to integrate necessary change—that motivates Conservative Judaism today. Whether asserting the equality of women, reaffirming the centrality of Shabbat (the Sabbath), kashrut (the dietary laws), tzedekah (charity/justice), and prayer, or applying timeless wisdom to contemporary issues, Conservative Judaism insists on observance of tradition and respect for visionary change.”
The denomination constitutes approximately one-fifth of the Jewish population in the United States, and includes Conservative schools, camps, national and local organizations and, of course, synagogues. While the Rabbinical Assembly, and it’s Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards, sets policy for the denomination as a whole, rabbis and their congregations make their own choices regarding LGBTQ+ ordination, same-sex marriages, and their commitment to the creation of welcoming and affirming communities.
ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION & GENDER IDENTITY
LGBTQ+ Conservative Jews will encounter a wide range of experiences at Conservative institutions. Some are welcoming and affirming, ordaining LGBTQ+ rabbis and celebrating same-sex marriages. Others are not. As a denomination, however, Conservative Judaism has taken a firm and public stance for inclusion.
As early as 1990, the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which sets halakhic (legal) policy for the Conservative Movement, stated their desire to “work for full and equal civil rights for gays and lesbians in our national life.” In 2011 the Committee recommitted themselves to that resolution and added specific goals that include extending “its call for full and equal civil rights to bisexual and transgender persons,” supporting “the extension of civil rights and privileges . . . to same sex couples,” and calling on communities to “develop an action plan to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for GLBT individuals.”
In 2016, the Rabbinical Assembly passed a historic resolution on affirming the rights of transgender and non-conforming people affirming "its commitment to the full welcome, acceptance, and inclusion of people of all gender identities in Jewish life and general society." Experiences may vary significantly, however, between synagogues.
ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY
The Conservative Movement recognizes and celebrates same-sex marriages. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality in 2013, the Rabbinical Assembly released a statement, saying, “Judaism views marriage as a sacred responsibility, not only between the partners, but also between the couple and the larger community. Our Movement recognizes and celebrates marriages, whether between partners of the same sex or the opposite sex. We therefore celebrate today’s decisions on gay marriage by the Supreme Court.”
In 2012, the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards approved two model wedding ceremonies that rabbis can adapt to suit the needs of specific congregants. However, LGBTQ+ couples, like straight couples, cannot be married by a Conservative rabbi if the marriage is between a Jew and a non-Jew. Individual synagogues remain autonomous and are not required to adopt the policies set by the Rabbinical Assembly.
Along with many other religious organizations the Rabbincal Assembly, representing Conservative Judaism in the United States, endorsed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), adding their name to a statement that reads, in part, “As a nation, we cannot tolerate arbitrary discrimination against millions of Americans just because of who they are. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people should be able to earn a living, provide for their families and contribute to society without fear that who they are or who they love could cost them a job.”
Ordination has been available to openly LGBTQ+ rabbis since 2006, though it’s only recently that those rabbis have completed their seminary education and been ordained. Ordination has been available to women in the Conservative Movement since 1985.
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On this last weekend of Pride Month, it is fair to comment on the efforts of the Cuban Hebrew Congregation to advocate for integration and equality, especially towards the LGBTQ community.
For several years, the Board of Directors together with the Rabbi have redoubled their efforts to collaborate and carry a message of equality and integration, in collaboration with various organizations in our community, as well as with Jewish organizations in Israel and the USA that fight for rights. of the LGBTQ community.
We are the first Jewish institution in the city of Miami Beach to be part of the Miami Beach Police Department's SAFE PLACE program, which provides a safe place for residents and visitors of the LGBTQ community.
Our Shabbat religious services have always been open to members of the LGBTQ community, Jews and non-Jews who have wanted to experience a connection to Judaism and its culture. We have also dedicated Kabalat Shabbat (Saturday Reception) nights to members of the LGBTQ community.
Our facility has had the honor of hosting numerous events held by organizations that defend the rights of the LGBTQ community, such as SAVE's Halloween Ball Fundraiser, for two consecutive years. The Aqua Girl organization has also made use of our beautiful facility.
It is our desire and obligation as Jews, to continue working, in conjunction with other organizations, to promote and defend the rights of equality and integrity for all members of our community, and we hope to continue hosting our own events and other LGBTQ organizations, especially, in September, in which our city will host its Gay Pride Week.
WHY TEL AVIV IS THE ULTIMATE LGBTQ TRAVEL DESTINATION
Situated along the stunning Mediterranean Sea, and dubbed the “City that never sleeps”, Tel Aviv is famously known for its beaches, its nightlife, and the LGBTQ community: Tel Aviv is the ultimate LGBTQ travel destination! The city is an open-minded, progressive and welcoming city that starkly contrasts some of the more religious and restrictive cities in Israel and the surrounding region. Tel Aviv is known internationally as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, welcoming gay tourists with open arms, and also offering a safe refuge for those from the LGBTQ community of surrounding countries in the region. As Pride 2021 approaches, here are just a few reasons why Tel Aviv is the ultimate LGBTQ travel destination.
TEL AVIV GAY PRIDE WEEK
One of the biggest and most exciting Pride Week celebrations around the globe, Tel Aviv is known to throw some of the best parties, and hosts a breathtaking pride parade throughout the city, culminating on the beach for an unforgettable beach party into the sunset. Last year, some 250,000 participants joined the parade, attracting more international tourists than ever before The city of Tel Aviv opens is arms to international travelers, promoting tolerance, inclusiveness, community, and support. Many Tel Aviv Gay Pride Events will take during this week.
GAY POPULATION IN TEL AVIV
Approximately 25% of Tel Aviv’s population identifies as gay, which considering the city’s population is about 400,000 that means that some 100,000 people in the city identify themselves as part of the LGBTQ community. Tel Aviv is known for the supportive and collaborative gay community that continues to grow.
GAY RIGHTS IN ISRAEL
While Israel may be a trailblazer in terms of tolerance for the LGBTQ community and is certainly the most accepting and progressive in the Middle East, there are still improvements to be made. Same-sex marriage is not performed in the country, however, Israel does accept and recognize common-law partnerships of same-sex couples that live together. Beyond this, gay couples are permitted to adopt as of 2008, when Israel legalized same-sex parent adoption. There is always progress to be made, but Israel is a leader of gay rights in the region.
THE ISRAELI ARMY IS LGBT SUPPORTIVE
All Israeli citizens must serve mandatory military service, and openly gay, lesbian or bi-sexual soldiers may serve in the Israeli Defense Force in all military branches. Discrimination against those who identify as gay is strictly forbidden and the military even recognizes same-sex couples in the cases of war widows or widowers.
Beyond this, Tel Aviv is an ideal travel destination boasting pristine beaches, unique architecture, world-class cuisine and a plethora of art, culture, music, and dance. Tel Aviv is a city for coffee lovers, street art aficionados, foodies and more. Gay Pride 2021 is set to be one of the biggest celebrations of the year, after a year of masks and social distancing!
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Dalia Fleming is the Executive Director of KeshetUK, which works towards a vision of a world where no one is forced to choose between their LGBT+ and Jewish identity. Dalia is an experienced trainer, facilitator, and programmer manager, drawing upon a strong volunteer and local government background.
Xiomara Lorenzo is a member of Keshet’s (US) Board of Directors. Xiomara combines her backgrounds in business strategy, data analytics, and product leadership to lead user experience, product, and operations teams at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Eli Nassau co-founded Guimel, an organization that serves the LGBTQ+ Jewish Mexican population, their families, and friends. In addition to serving as Guimel’s Executive Director, Eli also works as an actor and an English as a second language teacher.
Anastacia Tomson is a medical doctor, author, and activist in the field of LGBTQIA rights. Anastacia’s work allows her to partner with a number of queer-identified groups in South Africa including Jewish Outlook, which is committed to providing a social environment, support network and a political voice to LGBTQ+ people within and outside the Jewish community.
Gay Pride or LGBT Pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as a social group. Pride as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements. This year, Miami Beach Gay Pride week will be celebrated September
Origin Gilbert Baker, an open gay activist served in the US army for two years in 1970. After an honorable discharge he taught himself to sew. In 1974 he met Harvey Milk a influential gay leader who challenged Baker to come up with a symbol of pride for the gay community. The pride flag was born. It went public in 1978 at the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco.
Before the pride, the Pink Triangle was used to represent as a symbol of the LGBT movement. But a dark chapter in history during the World War II it was used to identify and stigmatize the homosexuals by the Nazis, in the same way Nazis used the Star of David against the Jews.
It has been suggested that Baker may have been inspired by Judy Garland’s singing “Over the Rainbow” and the Stonewall riots that happened a few days after her death. Another suggestion the rainbow flag originated at college campuses I the 1960s, demonstrating world peace with Flags of the Human Race borrowing it from the Hippie movement of that time. Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors.
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