Philadelphia Community Gathers for Pride Havdalah to Remember LGBTQ Individuals Persecuted in the Holocaust

Community members gathered on Saturday, June 18 at the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for a Pride Havdalah program to learn about and commemorate the persecution of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Holocaust.

The event featured small discussion groups led by subject area experts on historic and current themes related to LGBTQ+ experiences during and after the Holocaust. The event concluded with a beautiful Havdalah ceremony, marking the conclusion of the Sabbath.

Organized by the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation (PHRF), Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and JProud – a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and co-hosted by Jewish Graduate Student Network, the event served as a symbol of the community’s commitment to never forget the LGBTQ lives lost in the Holocaust and to seek equality and inclusion in the United States and around the world. 

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