Temple Israel holds Shabbat honoring LGBTQ community

The Pride Shabbat was held in honor of June being Pride month.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 9:08 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2019 11:39 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Temple Israel opened its doors for a special Shabbat ceremony Friday evening. It was a Pride Shabbat celebration held in honor of June being Pride month, welcoming and honoring LGBTQ members of the Greater Lafayette area.

Rabbi Mike Harvey said he wants show that this community is an LGBTQ safe zone, and it's not just tolerance.

"We welcome you, we want you here, we have LGBTQ members," he said. "We are so excited about it we are celebrating pride month together."

Temple Israel is a synagogue that practices under the Union for Reform Judaisma practice of faith that has recognized LGBTQ since 1965.

The liturgy was tailored to the special service, including quotes from people from the LBTQ community and people who fought for LGBTQ rights. Those in attendance sang songs praising diversity and inclusion for all. The keynote speaker at Shabbat was Ashley Smith, the president of Pride Lafayette. Several in attendance, including Rabbi Harvey, wore rainbow yarmulke in honor of the service.

Rabbi Harvey said anyone is welcome at Temple Israel, and it's important for LGBTQ members of our community know that they have a place to worship.

"This is a moment for us as Reform Jews to say this is Abraham's tent, it's open on all sides, please come in and celebrate," he said.

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