ST. PETERSBURG — Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg will host Pinellas County's second annual Pride Shabbat service on June 23.
The service, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will celebrate equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, and questioning Jews, friends, families and allies, and is said to be the only such synagogue-affiliated Jewish event on Florida's West Coast. Last year's service drew more than 150 people from four counties.
Guest speaker will be Florida State Rep. Ben Diamond. Cantor Jonathan Schultz of Congregation B'nai Israel will lead singing with his guitar using both traditional and pop culture melodies. Participants will receive kippot (skullcaps) custom-designed for the occasion. Following the service, the synagogue will invite participants to enjoy a cocktail reception.
For information, contact Hana Cowart at (727) 344.1017, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cbistpete.org.