J Pride

The more welcoming a Jewish community is, the more powerful it becomes.

JPride, formerly known as the LGBT Inclusion Project, began in 2005 when the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona became one of the first federations in the country to actively reach out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the Jewish community. Initially, the project aimed to help synagogues and Jewish communal organizations create more welcoming spaces for LGBTQ Jews. The focus has since shifted to creating social events for the LGBT community at large.

JPride provides a platform with which Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ Jews and their allies can explore issues and ideas of importance to their community. The program offers an opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ Jews, observe Jewish celebrations such as Hanukkah parties, Passover Seders, and Yom Kippur breakfasts, experience dynamic arts and education programming, and volunteer with social action projects that benefit greater Tucson.

In recent years, JPride has partnered with local agencies to bring Dr. Joy Ladin, the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox institution (Yeshiva University), Masha Gessen, award-winning journalist, and Michael Kagan, J.D., former director of a refugee rights clinic at the University of Tel Aviv Law School.

JPride is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and The Tucson J.

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Murray Keshner’s “Anyone Can Draw and Paint” students have a display up in the JHC! Make sure to swing by and check out some of their amazing work. 🎨🖌

Want to sign up? https://tucsonjcc.org/event/anyone-can-draw-paint/2019-03-05/

#paint #draw #liveup #tucsonj #art #paintings #artist #sketch #thingstodointucson
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Send a kid to Summer Camp J!

Liam Keith, age 10, tells us “I love camp because of the pool and the field trips. My first day of camp I was super scared, but I liked my counselors a lot. When asked if he made friends at camp, he says, “Yes, I made friends in camp. Keaton and I are really good friends. He taught me how to get better at archery and I taught him how to swim better.” When we asked Liam about what he learned at camp, he responds, “In my second year of camp I did robotics and I learned a lot of multiplication. When I went back to school they put me in extended math, and I still am in extended math…I still have the robot I made, too.” When asked what advice he would give to kids who are new to camp, he said, very wisely, “It’s kind of scary at first, but if you just be yourself and talk to people, it will be very easy.”

To give a gift right now and watch a video of our interviews with five awesome campers, go to http://tucsonjcc.org/give
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Prom-o-rama is based off of the idea of Cinderella's fairy godmother making her dream to attend the ball come true. The J is excited to partner with Cinderella's Closet, which was created to do just that - provide dresses and accessories to enable girls to attend their high school proms. It’s also a way to recycle these lightly used items.

Bring dresses in any size to The J before March 30th to help make a girl’s dream come true!

Please make sure dresses are current with what a high school girl would wear and make sure items are clean.
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Swinging into the weekend with kettlebells! We have many personal training packages and classes to choose from. Summer will be here before you know it! #BodyGoals 💪🏋

https://tucsonjcc.org/sports-and-wellness/

#liveup #tucsonj #gym #fitness #train #workout #personaltrainer #work
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Happy Purim! Everyone at The J is getting into the spirit. Check out all the fun costumes! 🎉🎈
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