THE largest ever contingent of Jews of Pride brought song, dance and festivity to the Midsumma Pride March held in St Kilda earlier this month.
For the first time, organisations National Council of Jewish Women (Victoria), Zionist Federation of Australia and Australian Jewish Democratic Society joined returning organisations Aleph Melbourne, Jewish Lesbian Group of Victoria, Jewish Care Victoria, Keshet, Habonim Dror Melbourne, SKIF, and Temple Beth Israel to form the loud and proud group.
The contingent of 140 people made its way along Fitzroy Street to the tunes of traditional Jewish and Israeli music pumping from a brightly decorated sound truck. Jewish Care added two brightly decorated minibuses to the contingent, an inclusive measure for those unable to walk the route.
“There was such an electric atmosphere,” reflected Aleph’s Michael Barnett, adding, “It was an excellent representation of the Jewish community, and showed support for LGBTQI inclusion, acceptance and was a celebration of our diversity which brought together the community in a way that I haven’t seen before.”