News briefing Feb. 6-12, 2015

News briefing Feb. 6-12, 2015

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Jewish Pride events set

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT affinity group will raise funds for the Jewish community at an upcoming phone bank/cocktail mixer.

Jewish Pride will be among the many groups at JFGP’s Super Sunday event Feb. 8 at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, 272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Bryn Mawr. Cocktails will be served starting at 5 p.m. Phoning begins at 6.

Not good on the phone? You can write thank-you letters instead. Or, if you can’t make it in the evening, there are earlier shifts available.

For more information or to register, visit

— Ryan Kasley


Jewish Pride will also hold a fundraiser next month featuring openly gay Broadway performer Seth Rudetsky.

The event will be held 7-9 p.m. March 8 at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., third-floor auditorium.

The event is entitled, “An Evening With Seth Rudetsky: Deconstructing Broadway on Broad Street.”

Tickets are $36 and $25, depending on the location of the seating. A $360 “patron” ticket includes a pre-event cocktail reception with Rudetsky, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and two premium seats for Rudetsky’s performance.

The pre-event cocktail reception begins at 5 p.m. and will be held on the first floor of the Gershman Y.

“We want the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia to know there is a network of support within the local organized Jewish community for LGBTQ issues,” said Jay Steinberg, senior development officer at the Federation.

For more information, contact Steinberg at 215-832-0888 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— Timothy Cwiek


qFLIX to return

An LGBT film festival that began last summer will return in July.

qFLIX, run by Thom Cardwell and James Duggan, will have its second incarnation July 7-12. The festival will expand by a day to six days.

In addition to the films, the festival will include panel sessions, parties and meet-and-greets, as well as several new award categories and the opening of a director’s brunch.

qFLIX filled a gap left by the indefinite postponement of LGBT film festival QFest.

— Jen Colletta


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