Sunday, August 27th, was a glorious, sunny day in downtown San Jose, and Jewish Silicon Valley (JSV) was rallying the community to walk in the 48th annual Silicon Valley (SV) PRIDE Parade. Our colorful cohort walked together to demonstrate our commitment to equitable representation and celebrate with our Queer community members and Allies, sending one powerful message: LOVE.
We announced JCRC’s SV PRIDE parade participation on Tu B’av, the Jewish day of love. Talk about Kismet! Along with a LOVE-filled logo and messaging in English and Hebrew, we united 14 Jewish organizations committed to solidarity with the larger Silicon Valley LGBTQIA+ community.
More than 150 people, from toddlers to retirees, gathered to walk arm and arm. Some wore their custom JSV LOVE t-shirts, while others waived JSV LOVE signs specially created for the event. Jewish Silicon Valley also hosted a booth at the PRIDE Festival, where we could engage with a steady stream of diverse festival-goers. One of our booth volunteers noted that several people they spoke with had ties to other Bay Area JCCs and were moved to see the Jewish community represented in such a meaningful way at SV PRIDE this year.
LOVE t-shirts are still for sale on our Bonfire site and have earned $300 in donations. Jewish Silicon Valley celebrates and stands for diversity 365 days a year, and we can’t wait to bring an even more significant contingent to next year’s Silicon Valley PRIDE.
Thank you to the following organizations for joining us!
- Congregation Beth David
- Congregation Emeth
- Congregation Shir Hadash
- JEDI + JSSJ Graduate-Level Certificate Program
- Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFS SV)
- LGS Creative
- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, San Jose Local Group
- Temple Beth Torah – Fremont
- Temple Emanu-El
- USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice
- Yavneh Day School
- Congregation Sinai
- Congregation Beth Am
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