Pride 2021 Is Here!

J-Pride will have several offerings throughout June; whether you prefer ritual engagement, educational opportunities, or just hanging out with community, there’s a place for everyone to be loud, proud, and Jewish this month.

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10:
Antisemitism & Queerphobia w/ JCA

How does yesteryear’s Nazism impact the rhetoric of today’s antisemitism and Queerphobia? How did we get from the burgeoning sexual and religious freedom in Berlin in the 1920s to the near eradication of those communities a decade later? Join us and Jewish Community Action’s Brandon Schorsch to explore oft-forgotten histories at the intersection of Queer and Jewish life. Register for this Zoom workshop here.

12-4 p.m. Saturday, June 12:
Golden Valley Pride Supply Drive @ Brookview Park

The 2021 Golden Valley Pride Festival will look a little different this year. Rather than the annual Pride Festival, Golden Valley is asking the community to celebrate Pride Month in a new way. For those whose Shabbat observance includes travel, join us for a Food and Necessities Drive to benefit PRISM from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at Brookview Park. The community is invited to donate items to PRISM in this drive-through, bike-up or walk-up event. More information here.

7 p.m. Sunday, June 13:
Interstate Jewish Speed Date

Meeting and connecting with a “Nice Jewish Person” in your late-20s, 30s, or 40s can be a challenge. If you’re single, Jewish, and living in the Upper Midwest, Interstate Jewish Speed Date, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, can help you meet potential dates who actually live within driving distance! Registration takes just a minute:

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20:
Family Fun Day @ TC Pride w/ PJ Library

Join J-Pride and PJ Library for a day of celebration! All families are welcome to join us for this community-wide event sponsored by Twin Cities Pride. Come find us at the well-marked J-Pride/PJ Library area for some crafts, stories, and snacks. Please register your family at the main event website here:

10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 26:
Pride Shabbat Service

  • Welcome Shabbat morning with us on Zoom with a sweet, community-led service centering Queer and Trans voices. All are welcome to join for this celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride. This event will be closed-captioned and ASL-interpreted. Registration and more details coming soon.

4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29:
Happy Hour @ Cafe Racer Kitchen

  • Booze (or coffee) and schmooze – in person! Meet up at the Cafe Racer patio (2929 E. 25th St. Minneapolis) for a drink and casual conversation on us.

10 a.m. Saturday, July 3:
​Adath Pride Shabbat Morning w/ guest Robbie Kaplan

Roberta (“Robbie”) Kaplan is the founding partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. She is perhaps best known for successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of her client Edith Windsor in United States v. Windsor, the landmark case in which the Supreme Court ruled that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the U.S. Constitution by barring legally married same-sex couples from enjoying the wide-ranging benefits of marriage. Find more information on Adath’s website here, and join in the service on Zoom here.

6:30 p.m.
Pride night w/ the MN Twins @ Target Field

Join J-Pride on Tuesday, July 6, to celebrate diversity while enjoying a game of baseball! The Twins have generously donated tickets to us; due to limited availability, we are capping requests at two (2) tickets per household. We’ll meet at Gate 6 at the northwest corner of Target Field (near 5th Street and the light rail) at 6:30 p.m. and walk together to our seats. Register for your tickets here today!

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Twin Cities Pride Festival @ Loring Park

We are so excited to be able to gather together for Pride again, this year in person! The snow has melted, the flowers are in full bloom, the rainbows are abundant, and we are finally catching a taste of the hugs, kisses, dancing, and playing that we have been so carefully avoiding for the safety of our communities for the last 16 months.

While we understand that gathering in-person may still not be safe or comfortable for everyone, we also understand the deep need and longing to see, hold, and sing with each other in glorious 3-D. We also acknowledge that Twin Cities Pride this year overlaps with the mourning day of Tisha B’Av; donating to J-Pride or volunteering are some ways to stay connected and support our mission, even if your observance or health and safety doesn’t allow for you to join us day-of.

As always, J-Pride spaces are open to all.

Please let us know if you need any accommodations. Our goal is to host accessible and inclusive LGBTQ+ normative spaces for the whole community. Please do not hesitate to reach out for more specific access information.

If you have questions about accessibility, content, or anything else,
please contact Miriam Graham, J-Pride Program Coordinator.