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Jewish marchers in the 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade (Photo/Wikimedia-Sarah Stierch CC BY 4.0)

Jewish events to check out this San Francisco Pride weekend

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Pull out your rainbow gear. As the Bay Area prepares for San Francisco’s 53rd Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, the Jewish community is hosting events, including picnics and celebratory Shabbat services.

Friday, June 23

Trans March Shabbat Picnic

Gather with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, San Francisco’s first queer synagogue, and Kehilla Community Synagogue for a Shabbat celebration and picnic before the 20th Annual San Francisco Trans March – one of the largest transgender Pride events in the world. Bring your own Shabbat picnic dinner to enjoy before the marchers leave at 6 p.m. from Dolores Park. Meet at Dolores Park, up the hill from Dolores and 19th streets, S.F. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Free.

Pride Pre-Party and Shabbat

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is also hosting a Pride Pre-Party and Shabbat service for those who would rather celebrate in shul. Attendees can cheer on marchers in the Trans*March and enjoy plenty of food and drink (alcoholic and non). Following the party, Rabbis Mychal Copeland and Reuben Zellman will lead a joyful Pride Shabbat Service. After services, a rainbow-themed oneg with post-service bites will close out the night. At Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F., and on Zoom. 7:30pm. Free. Zoom registration.

Sunday, June 25

SF Pride Parade — march with Bay Area Jewish organizations  

March in the San Francisco Pride Parade with your local JCC, J. and many more Jewish organizations. PJCC will lead the contingent from the Peninsula and JCCSF will lead the contingent from S.F. and surrounding Bay Areas. Participants can walk or ride along; all who register in advance get a free JCC Pride T-shirt. Bring water, and show your best Pride style. Community partners include Keshet, JCRC, Honeymoon Israel, Jewish Baby Network, Value Culture, East Bay JCC, Jewish Silicon Valley, Osher Marin JCC, Peninsula JCC, Oshman Family JCC, Congregation Sherith Israel, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Congregation Beth Jacob — and J. The Jewish News of Northern California! Meet on Main Street between Mission and Market streets, S.F. 10am. Free. Register here to join.

SF Pride Parade — march with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is also leading a cohort in the SF Pride Parade and attendees are invited to march or ride in their cable car. Sha’ar Zahav is teaming up with United In Spirit, a group of religious organizations from a variety of faith backgrounds, and First Mennonite Church, the congregation that shares a building with them. Together the cohort will take a stand against religiously-based homophobia and transphobia and make the statement:  “we are both religious and LGBTQ!” Meet south of Market Street on Main St. between Mission St. & Howard St. 11:15am. Free. Register here to join and for more information.