New GLBT Prayer Book

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Just in time for Pride Month, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (CBST), the world's largest GLBT synagogue led by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (featured in JWA's exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution), has published a new siddur.

It's called Siddur B'chol L'vav'cha (With All Your Heart) and, as described in CBST's press release, it's "created for individuals coming from a broad spectrum of Jewish practice and tradition [and] introduces numerous liturgical innovations that expand definitions of Jewish family and community to explicitly embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families." Some of the liturgy includes texts by Muriel Rukeyser and Adrienne Rich, two of my favorite poets.

With marriage equality in the news quite a bit lately (boo, California; yay, New Hampshire), and having recently attended a Prop. 8 protest where the Massachusetts Jewish community was well-represented in support of equal marriage, it's affirming to see Jewish communities elsewhere becoming increasingly GLBT-inclusive, in the synagogue and out in the world.

Check out JWA's feature on Jewish Women and GLBT Pride and stay tuned for our Pride-related "Podcast of the Month."

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