Jewish Journal


June 10, 2011

Out and About for L.A. Pride



There’s no rain in the forecast, but you can expect to see rainbows this weekend—lots of them—in West Hollywood. The 41st annual L.A. Pride kicks off tonight, and a few local synagogues are holding special Pride Shabbat services.

Organized by Christopher Street West, L.A. Pride events this year include a festival in West Hollywood Park on Saturday and Sunday—featuring Jewish performers Kat Graham (“Vampire Diaries”) and Aimee Allen—as well as a parade on Sunday, June 12.

Andy Cohen, Bravo’s executive vice president of programming, will be honored as Person of the Year during the L.A. Pride parade, which is expect to draw more than 400,000 people along Santa Monica Boulevard. Pride parades commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion in New York on June 28, 1969, a pivotal moment in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Sunday, but be sure to arrive early for the Interfaith Pride Service, sponsored by the Los Angeles Queer Interfaith Clergy Council, on the parade route at 10 a.m.

Come early for the Shabbat Picnic Dinner at Kol Ami’s Gan Shalom rooftop garden (you bring the dinner, they provide the wine and challah) and stay for services with Rabbi Denise L. Eger and Cantor Mark Saltzman. 6:30 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (services). Free. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 606-0996. kol-ami.org.

June marks 30 years since the first recorded cases of what would eventually become known as AIDS. It also marks a significant anniversary of wellness for BCC member Ginger Jacobs – 30 years cancer-free. Join Jacobs, Rabbi Lisa Edwards and Cantor Juval Porat for a healing and spiritual Pride Shabbat filled with music, visuals, prayer, commemoration and celebration. Services conclude with an especially proud refreshment social hour. 8 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.

Kick off the parade in a musical, spiritual, uplifting way with the Los Angeles Queer Interfaith Clergy Council. Join clergy from Jewish, Buddhist and Christian congregations for the annual interfaith worship service on the parade route. Beth Chayim Chadashim’s Cantor Juval Porat will be singing “True Colors.” Sun. 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Corner of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards (north side of Santa Monica, next to CVS). Look for the “In Your Faith” banner.

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