An art exhibit celebrating the faces and stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples and families at St. Louis PrideFest 2015 will be displayed at Congregation Temple Israel, Dec. 4 -18 and is open to the public during regular operating hours, the Jewish Light reports.

Via the Jewish Light:

At St. Louis PrideFest 2015, the St. Louis Jewish community’s interactive booth encouraged LGBT individuals and allies to share their faces and stories to humanize the cause of inclusion and diversity. Visitors to the booth had the opportunity to take a Polaroid picture of themselves and their families and transcribe stories and experiences to share with the rest of the community.

From these pictures, an art exhibit was created through the joint efforts of many St. Louis Jewish organizations under the umbrella of the St. Louis Jewish Pride Committee. A Jewish Federation of St. Louis Innovation Grant funded the materials and details of this exhibit as well as the programming that is accompanying it. The work has been completed by volunteers who believe in the cause of inclusion in the Jewish community.

All photographs were taken on Polaroid film by Jewish volunteers at St. Louis PrideFest at Soldier’s Memorial downtown. The writing featured at the bottom of the Polaroid's are written in the handwriting by those featured in the images.

Additionally, Temple Israel is hosting a Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, with a presentation and overview of reasons behind the exhibit’s creation and what diversity and inclusion mean to the greater Jewish community. 


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