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Celebrate Pride Month at these Jewish community events

Pride Month in the Bay Area offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate the LGBTQI community and its history. Many synagogues host “Pride Shabbats,” but you can also join the Jewish community at other events to show your pride.

For example, kids and their parents can enjoy the “Family & Friends Pride Shabbat” outdoors in Dolores Park on what hopefully will be a beautiful, warm Saturday morning. High school students (including incoming freshmen) will be able to make new friends and dance the night away in a fun and safe environment at the “LGBTQ+ Teen Pride Prom” at the JCC of San Francisco. And for moviegoers, there’s a Frameline festival documentary about a middle-age, binary, Jewish husband and wife who for decades ran a small but somewhat famous gay pornography shop in West Hollywood.

Monday, June 17

“Somewhere Under the Rainbow”—Congregation Sha’ar Zahav hosts a panel about what it’s like to be LGBTQ in a religious community, with speakers from Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopal, Muslim and Jewish perspectives. At Manny’s, 3092 16th St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP required.

Thursday, June 20

Pride challah baking—Make colorful challahs with rainbow dough and share Shabbat rituals and pride stories. Hosted by Made 2 Gather. At 1031 Cotton St., Oakland. 5 p.m. Also Friday, June 28.

“Call & Response: Curator Swap”—Progressive gallery talks at three Mission Street museums — including Contemporary Jewish Museum’s “Show Me As I Want to Be Seen” exhibit, which features several queer artists — in connection with Pride. 20 minutes at each site. Starts at Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F. 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 21

“Circus of Books”—Rachel Mason’s 2019 documentary about a Jewish couple (her parents!) running a gay sex shop in West Hollywood. Playing in the Frameline LGBT film festival. At Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, S.F. 4 p.m. $13-$15.

“Family & Friends Pride Shabbat”—A joyful and song-filled evening service for all ages includes dinner, with music by Isaac Zones. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 6 p.m. Also Saturday, June 22, an outdoor service with music and storytelling. At Dolores Park. 10:30 a.m. Free; RSVP required.

Saturday, June 22

“Intergenerational Pride Seder”—Modeled after a Passover seder. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 6 p.m. $10-$15.

Pride Comedy Night—Lisa Geduldig of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy hosts a lineup of LGBT comedians. At Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. 8 p.m. Also Sunday, June 23 at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $25-$30.

“LGBTQ+ Teen Pride Prom”—Includes free food, giveaways, a drag performance and a DJ for dancing. Open to high-schoolers and incoming ninth-graders from all Bay Area high schools. At JCCSF, 3200 California St. 6:30 p.m. Free in advance; $5 at the door.

Sunday, June 23

“Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud”—Local author Andrew Ramer discusses his book, which imagines the future of diaspora Jewry centered in the East Bay, where women and queer people dominate as leaders. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 2 p.m. Free.

Monday, June 24

“Before You Know It”—Writer-director Hannah Pearl Utt and co-writer Jen Tullock star in a 2019 comedy-drama about a Jewish family running a community theater in New York City, co-starring Judith Light, Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin. Playing in the Frameline LGBT film festival. Utt and Tullock scheduled to appear. At Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $20.

Friday, June 28

“Pride Shabbat”—Tyler Gregory, executive director of S.F.-based A Wider Bridge, which builds support for Israel and LGBTQ Israelis, speaks about the importance of Israel’s LGBTQ community. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 5:30 p.m. Free; RSVP required.

“Pride Shabbat, Cocktails & Trans March”—Cheer on participants in the 16th annual San Francisco Trans March, followed by cocktails/mocktails and a joyous service at 7:30 p.m. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St. 6 p.m. Free; RSVP required.

Saturday, June 29

S.F. Dyke March with Sha’ar Zahav—Cheer on participants in the 27th annual San Francisco Dyke March and hand out water to keep them going. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 4 p.m. Free.

Sunday, June 30

San Francisco Pride Parade—Walk with the JCCSF and Sha’ar Zahav contingent, or ride in one of two VW buses if you aren’t able to participate otherwise. Meet at 9 a.m., place given with registration (by 3 p.m. June 27).

San Francisco Pride Parade—Walk with Reform synagogues under the banner of Union for Reform Judaism. Meet at 9 a.m., place TBA.