The more welcoming a Jewish community is, the more powerful it becomes.
The Tucson J is thrilled to add JPride to its roster of innovative, engaging and inclusive programming for the Tucson community.
JPride, then 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 Jewish community and presenting educational programming that engages the 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 break fasts; 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.


• Celebrate Jewish Holidays with JPride – Hanukkah parties, Passover Seders, and the High Holidays

• Enhance your religious and/or spiritual life – Services with other LGBTQ Jews, study and discussion groups, speakers, monthly   programs

• Socialize with other LGBTQ Jews - Enjoy fun community outings and cultural programming, including the TIJFF Fabulous Faygeleh Film Series. Create a Jewish presence at Pride in the Desert and Tucson’s annual Pride Multifaith Service

• Join together with other community groups in tzedakah and service to help make our community better for LGBTQ youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, and other worthy service projects

• Help the Jewish community advocate for the full civil rights of LGBTQ individuals and families LGBTQ individuals and families


Welcoming Synagogues
Congregation Anshei Israel
Congregation Bet Shalom
Congregation Chaverim
Congregation Kol Simchah
Congregation M’Kor Hayim
Congregation Or Chadash
Temple Emanu-El