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Reform Movement Marches in Solidarity with San Francisco Pride Parade

Alan Zeichick: "Every person, Jewish or non-Jewish, gay or straight or bisexual or transgender, is created in the image in God."

Contact: Max Rosenblum or Alan Zeichick
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 25, 2014 - The 44th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade will include an exciting new contingent: More than a dozen Reform Jewish synagogues from the S.F. Bay Area marching together as one, in unity with the Jewish principles of respect, rights and equality and dignity of the individual.

The SF Pride Parade is June 29, on Market Street in San Francisco. More than 200 parade contingents will march together to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and families. The Reform Jewish synagogues participating include:

Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton
Congregation B'nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek
Congregation Rodef Sholom, San Rafael
Temple Sinai, Oakland
Temple Israel, Alameda
Temple Isaiah, Lafayette
Temple Beth Torah, Fremont
Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame
Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo
Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa
Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos
Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco

Jewish tradition teaches that every person is created b'tzelem elohim (Genesis 1:27), in the image of God and is thus, worthy of respect and dignity. It is in this spirit that the Reform Jewish Movement has long supported LGBT equality and families, early on welcoming the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life, and working to achieve the same in society at large. Learn more about Reform Judaism's commitment to LGBT equality, and its celebration of Pride Month, here.

Alan Zeichick, lead organizer of the Reform Jewish Movement's historic unified participation in the 2014 SF Pride Parade, said, "We are at an historic moment in the struggle for LGBT equality. The achievements of the past several years are a cause for celebration. Yet we know that there is more work to be done to ensure that LGBT Americans nationwide enjoy the rights and responsibilities they deserve when it comes to marriage equality, being free from workplace discrimination and more. That is why it is so important that the Jewish community comes together to demonstrate pride and support and to recommit working together for the dignity of each and every individual.

Zeichick continued, "At the 2014 SF Pride Parade, we stand together, for the good of our congregations, for the good of our communities, and for the good of all people, no matter their gender identity or sexual identity. Every person, Jewish or non-Jewish, gay or straight or bisexual or transgender, is created in the image in God."

Everyone is invited to sign up to march as part of the Reform Movement's contingent in the 2014 SF Pride Parade. There is no charge to participate, and you do not need to be Jewish or a member of a Reform Jewish synagogue. Learn more and sign up at http://urj.org/west/sfpride/.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.3 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.

Alan Zeichick is president of the board of Peninsula Temple Sholom, a 730-family synagogue in Burlingame, Calif., a suburb of San Franicisco. Zeichick also serves on the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism, and on the Board of Overseers of Hebrew Union College, a Reform Jewish seminary in Los Angeles.



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