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Pride Committee

All interested individuals are welcome to participate in the committee, join our email roster, as well as bring ideas and energy to address the many issues affecting GLBTQ rights in these times. For further information, please contact Ezra Cole at or look up his number in the member database by logging into your account. Thank you!

The Pride Committee, previously known as the 'Gay Rights Committee,' was created by CBI members of all orientations to voice support for the LGBTQ+ community at a time of troubling acts of hate and homophobia in the Sacramento area. The committee evolved to be active in the campaign for marriage equality. More recently, attention has been given to the place of transgender individuals in Reform Judaism and in the history of Jewish thought.

Now known as the 'Pride Committee' to create a more inclusive umbrella for individuals of different gender identities and orientations, the committee has sponsored an Oneg dessert reception following CBI's annual Pride Shabbat in June each year. A contingent of CBI members has marched with the CBI Banner in the Sacramento Pride Parade in past years along with other concerned religious communities. 

At Congregation B’nai Israel, we are blessed with many advocates and allies above and beyond those involved in the Pride Committee. In the absence of compelling action items the committee has been inactive in the recent past.  

However, as we come to the end of 2020, much of the progress that has been made toward marriage equality and civil rights for all members of the LGBTQ+ community is coming under increasing threats that justify discrimination in the name of ‘religious freedom’ as well as a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, with some Justices openly calling for reversal of prior court rulings.  

With those challenges in mind, we are inviting all interested members, regardless of orientation, to step forward to be part of a re-energized Pride Committee and bring their ideas for action items to support and protect the civil rights of all LGBTQ+ people. Prior members of the committee are asked to reconfirm their commitment.


Mon, June 27 2022 28 Sivan 5782