All you need to know about Pride 2018

J-Pride brings together LGBTQ and allied folks in the Jewish community all year round but June—LGBTQ Pride month—is an especially exciting month. Why June? The history of Pride goes back to the Stonewall Riots, which began on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in New York City. Tired of being targeted by law enforcement and police, members of the LGBTQ community decided to fight back when law enforcement and police attempted to raid the bar. Led by some of the most marginalized in the community, Stonewall marked a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights.


Now, Pride parades and festivities take place in June all over the world, as we celebrate how far the LGBTQ community has come—and think about how much more there is to do. From our annual happy hour to Twin Cities Pride, J-Pride is looking forward to celebrating with all of you. Consider this your “hub” for information, links, and details on all that is happening.


Mark your calendars!


Pride. Joyful. Shabbat.

10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23

Loring Greenway – Find us on the far West end of the Loring Greenway, located between W. Grant St. and Yale Place. For landmark oriented folks, we’ll be across from the Loring Park dandelion-shaped fountain (Berger Fountain).


Rain or shine, Shabbat is happening! In the case of rain, please join us at:

Loring Way (condo)

210 W. Grant St, Unit #513



Dial “Leichter” in the entryway to be buzzed in. If this is incompatible with your Shabbat practice, have no fear! We will have a greeter stationed downstairs from 9:50-10:10 who can let you in! Rain call will be made by the start of Shabbat on Friday; Check the Facebook event for updates. 


Saturday morning has never been so FABULOUS! Spiritual? Religious? Something else? Not sure? All are welcome at this ASL-interpreted Shabbat service!


Gather with us at Loring Greenway where we will pray together and share songs, stories, celebration, and remembrance in community in this queer, energizing, and uplifting Shabbat service crafted and led by Soon-To-Be-Rabbi Amy Josefa Ariel and Song Leader Extraordinaire Shana Eisenberg. Continue your day at PRIDE, take a Shabbat walk in Loring Park, or head home for a shabbos schluf (nap).


No previous experience necessary. LGBTQ allies and folks of all faiths welcome! Bench seating will be very limited. Bring along a chair or blanket for comfort and coziness. Event info on Facebook, or contact so we can help you feel at home! If you have any questions or get lost the day of, please call or text Heather at 612-481-1037.


Twin Cities Pride

June 24

Loring Park

1382 Willow St. Minneapolis


Booth details

Booth #P24

Located along W. 15th Street, between the Dunn Bros and the Women’s Club. We’re located in the purple section on the festival map.


Marching details

Unit #42
Meet up with us on 3rd Street between Marquette Avenue and 2nd Avenue.
Please arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m.


J-Pride is thrilled to be participating in Pride for the 13th year in a row! The 2018 Twin Cities Pride Festival will be the weekend of June 23 and 24. As always, our participation will be Sunday-only to respect Shabbat. Our booth will be open to all on Sunday the 24th and our contingent will be doing the Hora on Hennepin in the Parade.


To march with us in the parade, sign up here.


Get involved!

Participate at Twin Cities Pride on June 25—march, volunteer, and spread cheer!

J-Pride booth volunteers will connect with folks who visit the J-Pride booth in Loring Park on Sunday, June 25. Click here for more information. Pick the best time slot for you and sign up here.


We are looking for extra volunteers to serve as parade greeters. J-Pride parade greeters will help spread cheer and fun during the Twin Cities Pride Parade, with step off at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 24. Click here to read more about being a greeter. Sound like something you’re interested in? Email Heather Renetzky ( by June 15 and let her know why you’re pumped to march with us this year.


For general updates on what’s happening with J-Pride, like J-Pride on Facebook and email Heather ( to be added to the J-Pride email list.


Got questions? Contact Heather Renetzky at or 612-481-1037.




Thank you to our co-sponsors, who make our participation in Pride possible!

NCJW Minnesota
Temple of Aaron
Beth Jacob Congregation
Temple Israel Minneapolis
Mount Zion Temple
St. Paul Jewish Federation
Mayim Rabim Congregation
TC Jewfolk
Jewish Recovery Network
Or Emet: MN Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Jewish Community Action
Jewish Family Service
Amos & Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Shir Tikvah
Talmud Torah of Saint Paul – Newman School – Hineni
Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas
Bet Shalom Congregation
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
Minnesota Hillel

Minneapolis Moishe House

St. Paul JCC

Sabes JCC

By the Rivers


Beth El Synagogue