“JEWISH Stars Shining Bright” was the theme of Jewish LGBTIQ+ group Dayenu’s float at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday night.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s event was held at the Sydney Cricket Ground instead of parading along its usual Oxford Street thoroughfare, while Dayenu’s contingent – in its 21st appearance – was limited to 40 people.
LGBTIQ+ Jews were joined by representatives from Netzer, Moishe House and Emanuel Synagogue cantor Rabbi George Mordechai and his wife Michal.
Dayenu’s float featured a two-metre-high Magen David, around which members performed a choreographed routine with rainbow stars and flags to the tune of Hava Nagila.
Emanuel Synagogue hosted its annual Mardi Gras Shabbat service and dinner the previous evening.
Meanwhile, next Tuesday’s NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) plenum will feature a panel discussion moderated by Josh Kirsh, chair of JBOD’s LGBTIQ+ Working Party.
On the panel will be Kerryn Phelps and wife Jackie Stricker-Phelps, Dayenu president Jonathan David, transgender woman Danielle Meltzer, and Galit Taub, a Moriah graduate who aims to make religious Jewish spaces more inclusive for LGBTIQ+ individuals.
The plenum will be held both in person and online. Registration is required.
Register for the plenum at bit.ly/JBDMarch2021.