May 22, 2020; New York, NY – Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
With no large gatherings or festive parades through the streets, how do we celebrate? It’s important to remember that LGBTQIA+ Pride itself is not something that can be cancelled, and there are many ways your congregation can safely celebrate and honor LGBTQIA+ Jews and our families.
When the coronavirus pandemic forced us to cancel our annual gala, Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, N.Y., turned to technology to raise needed funds and to bring our community together.
As COVID-19-related challenges escalate, we ask how our methodology and experience might shield the Jewish community from partisan torches and pitchforks. Here’s an approach to healthy decision-making under these circumstances.