Shabbat and Havdalah Guide for LGBTQ+ Jews of Color

Check out this guide to enhance your Shabbat and Havdalah services.

March 19, 2024

By Kadijah Spence

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Shabbat and Havdalah Guide for BIMPOC and BIMPOC LGBTQIA+ Jews

Artwork by Ayeola Omolara Kaplan


This vibrant collection of Jewish wisdom, ritual, and history celebrates the unique identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ Jews of Color. Dive into how Shabbat and Havdalah traditions intertwine with the rich tapestry of queer, Jewish, and BIMPOC journeys. Collected and edited by Kadijah Spence,with cover art and illustrations by Ayeloa Aomolara, this guide is a tapestry featuring prayers, traditions, and poems from LGBTQ+ Jews of Color across the globe. 

We thank Kadijah Spence for prioritizing accessibility by making the guide free and shareable to all to download and share within your community. Please print and share widely!

“I want to share Shabbat and Havdalah experiences of people whose voices have been silenced and whose experiences have been hidden… This guide is to help BIMPOC and BIMPOC LGBTQIA+ Jews create their own spaces and celebrate their experiences and rituals without question and pressure to conform.” – Kadijah Spence

Kadijah Spence (they/them) at the 2024 Keshet Neshamot/Rainbow Souls Shabbaton for queer Jews of color. Photo by Brittany Maxon.