May 22 Board Meeting and Needs Assessment Open Listening Session

You’re Invited: JPride Open Meeting

Mon. May 22 8-9:30pm

Needs Assessment Listening Session

The Fall Needs Assessment is almost ready to be published! Join the JPride community and the public as we hear project highlights, led by Research Project Leader Louise Zirretta, a career market research professional who graciously and generously leads our report task force.

We’ll get the document into your hands by mid-May–please stay on the lookout.

Save the Date: Join us on Monday, May 22nd 8pm-9:30pm on Google Meet. See Google Calendar to RSVP.

In the meantime, please allow me to thank Liz Minkin-Friedman, who has for over four years given her expertise in community organizing, grants management, and transformative leadership. Liz has announced she will step down as co-Chair. Through her diligence in task management, her passionate ability to build genuine connections with others, her patience in common ground and fierce conversations, her charm with grantees, and her wisdom to inspire community leaders in ways they themselves hadn’t seen capable; in all of these, she has elevated and built bridges for our community. Over the course of her tenure with JPride, she has re-lit and kindled our torch into a beacon forward. The Neely Tal Snyder JPride Seed Grant continues to be known as a much-needed and prompt match that allows Jewish centers and groups the capability to burn bright themselves. Indeed, in many colors! Thank you Liz for creating this model and steering our Board and Grants Task Force to new heights. Let’s yell from the rooftops: Yasher Koach! Please join me in thanking her! Reply back to this message with your message, short or long, and I’ll get them to her.


-Justin Fair

About the Needs Assessment:

In early 2022, the JPride Board began discussing the desirability of a needs assessment to gain a better understanding of the Baltimore Jewish LGBTQIA+ community and thus grant-making priorities. In funding qualitative market research, it is JPride’s intent to share the findings and recommendations broadly with leaders and stakeholders in Baltimore Jewish institutions and organizations. 

JPride hopes to stimulate conversations and commitments in collaboration with local queer Jews that will result in a vital, inclusive and welcoming queer Jewish community. 

The Study reviewed 22 in-depth interviews (“IDIs”) with 22 individuals this past Fall. Three discussion guides were developed: one for LGBTQIA+ community members, onefor Jewish community professionals, and one for Orthodox parents of queer people. Hear Highlights of the Executive Summary, Findings, and Recommendations. We’d welcome your voice and your time on May 22!

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