Keshet is a national organization that works for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. The organization equips Jewish leaders with tools to build LGBTQ-affirming communities, creates spaces for queer Jewish teens to feel valued and develop their own leadership skills, and mobilizes the Jewish community to fight for LGBTQ justice. Keshet’s blog spotlights this work, as well as the voices of LGBTQ Jews, our families, and allies.
As May rolls along, one thing is very clear: wedding season is here.
With so many positive steps towards marriage equality occurring throughout the country we thought we’d round up a few of our favorite gender neutral/same-sex traditions.
A Jewish Wedding Story: We love this G-dcast video of Margee and her partner’s traditional same-sex marriage. It was important to the couple to have a traditional Jewish wedding, and it took a lot of conversations to decide why and how to use traditional, Hebrew, religious language as a way to affirm their unique place in the Jewish community.
Queering Conventions —In Style: Buzzfeed has 11 ways to reinvent old wedding traditions with an LGBTQ twist. Our favorite? Their suggestion to get a new poem with “something old, something queer. Something borrowed, something dear.”
16 Dapper Brides Who Said No To A Dress: Who could resist these fantastic brides who defined their own style with bow ties, vests, and suspenders!
A Proposal at Pride: June isn’t just wedding season—it’s also LGBTQ Pride month! If you’re looking for some wedding inspiration, read Josh and Aden’s story. The two met at a Keshet Shabbat dinner and Aden proposed at last year’s Pride parade in Boston!
The Photographer: Last February our own Keshet blog manager (and wedding photographer!) Jordyn Rozensky took the time to reflect on how she could make her wedding business as inclusive as possible. There are some great ways to think about approaching weddings as something other than “all about the bride.” (And, it’s a helpful reminder that even those of us who work for LGBTQ inclusion and equality on a daily basis have more to learn.)
The Equality Guide: Now that you have your planning down, don’t forget to check out Keshet’s Equality Guide for listings of rabbis and synagogues who welcome same-sex celebrations. (And, if you happen to know a synagogue that isn’t on our list, be sure to point it out to your rabbi!)
The Marriage Project: Check out our library of marriage materials! The Marriage Project includes liturgy, guidelines, and sample rituals for clergy and couples interested in infusing unions of LGBTQ couples with Jewish tradition.
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