Atlanta’s LGBT Jewish community will host a Pride Seder service as part of Stonewall Month. Set for Friday, June 22 at the Central Congregational Church, the seder is being organized by Congregation Bet Haverim and the Atlanta Pride Committee.
“Seder” in Hebrew means “order” or “arrangement” and is most commonly linked with the Jewish holiday of Passover. The Passover Seder is a family ritual which involves the retelling of the Israelites’ escape from bondage in ancient Egypt.
This year’s Pride Seder service is entitled “No Place Like Home” and will place an emphasis on homelessness in the LGBT community, particularly among young people, according to Congregation Bet Haverim Rabbi Joshua Lesser.
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“We want to educate ourselves and our community,” Lesser said. “This is a broader issue outside of the gay Jewish community.”
Lesser said he and other organizers were reaching out to local nonprofits and advocacy groups that deal directly and indirectly with homelessness.
Last year’s Pride Seder was the first officially held as part of Stonewall festivities. Lesser said the increased exposure from partnering with the Atlanta Pride Committee helped the event reach a larger communal audience.
Like last year, there will be a sing-a-long with a few special surprises, but Lesser said a song or two from “The Wizard of Oz” are in the mix to fit with this year’s theme.