Pride Shabbat service supports LGBTQ+ community

A master quilter and a 13-year-old girl have teamed up to design a special rainbow-hued Torah cover that displays embroidered affirmations in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

The custom-made cover will be dedicated on Friday, May 31 as part of the 2nd annual Pride Shabbat service at Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties, 46 Peaceable St., Ridgefield. The service begins at 7:30 p.m.

“Pride Shabbat celebrates and honors LGBTQ+ community members, allies, friends and families,” said Rabbi David Reiner of Shir Shalom. “It is an opportunity to learn about Jewish views on LGBTQ+ equality.”

He said a national Jewish LGBTQ organization, called Keshet, helps organize similar services around the country during June, which is recognized as Pride Month.  

Eva Trachtenberg, a 13-year-old student, worked with Suzanne Sunday, a master quilter, to design the Torah cover. It displays words such as Freedom, Gay, Acceptance, Pride, and Lesbian.

Eva was one of the organizers of the first Pride Shabbat service in 2018. “I was overwhelmed with happiness that so many people came to share in this special occasion, to hear our stories, and to celebrate the LGBTQ community,” she said.  

The May 31 service will include special readings and music. In addition, congregants will share their personal LGBTQ+ journeys. A dessert reception (Oneg Shabbat) will immediately follow the worship service. All are welcome to attend.

Members of Congregation Shir Shalom plan to launch a monthly support group for family and friends of people in the LGBTQ+ community. The first meeting of the support group is scheduled for Monday, June 3, at the synagogue. For more information, contact