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Photo & Video re-cap: Jews join the fight against AIDS

Posted by alilyamongthorns on July 31, 2006


Sunday, July 16th, marked the 20th annual San Francisco AIDS Walk.

I was first introduced to the AIDS Walk as a teen in the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Central Region West. I was glad to see that BBYO is still participating in the walk and introducing today’s Jewish teens to this extremely vital cause. There was a good turnout and they even made t-shirts commemorating the event. I still have a BBYO AIDS Walk shirt from the 90s.

Our group, Congregation Beth David’s Young Adult Group (CBDYAG), was set up right next to the BBYO group so we got to interact, reconnect with alumni that stopped by the booth, and walk together. And being the nice people that they are, the BBYO group shared their lunch with us. It was a great opportunity to show Jewish support for this cause and meet fellow Jews.

Read on for more narrative, photos, and videos from this fun event.
ChallahBackGirl was the energetic mastermind behind the CBDYAG team, and helped raise thousands of dollars for the cause. On the back of our group’s t-shirts there’s a graphic that ChallahBackGirl designed, with the famous words from the Talmud: “Whoever saves one life, it is as if they save the entire world.”An important reminder that every dollar helps.

Of course, our Jewish groups were but a mere fraction of the more than 25,000 people participating in AIDS Walk. People were marching in front and in back of us as far as the eye could see [video]. The walk is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Along the road, there were various forms of entertainment, from the UC Berkeley alumni band to a Pacific Islander dance group [video], to Japanese taiko drummers [video], to urban belly dancers [video]. Although perhaps the most entertaining people were the walkers themselves. There were men walking on stilts (I don’t believe for one second that they walked 10 km on those), a not-so-attractive man in a thong bikini and a hot pink wig (see pictures!), and of course, the vagina lady (in a giant pink & furry vagina suit), reminding us all that a vagina does not need STDs.

However, as much as we try to make AIDS Walk a positive event, there is an underlying sadness bringing us all together. Some walkers displayed signs with the pictures and names of loved ones they have lost. There was also a memorial quilt remembering those who have perished to this disease.

So in the end, AIDS Walk was a bittersweet event. We got together and shmoozed, made new friends and took a walk along beautiful Golden Gate Park. But we wish we didn’t have to walk for AIDS.

ChallahBackGirl’s Pictures

Oyster’s Pictures


4 Responses to “Photo & Video re-cap: Jews join the fight against AIDS”

  1. Oyster said

    This event was a lot of fun, and for a good cause. Thanks for posting this up, ALAT! :-p

  2. […] This picture was shamelessly stolen from their inaugural post. See that dork in the back wearing one of the Sisterhood’s “Yo Semite” shirts? Yeah, that’s Oyster. It is from the AIDSWALK team that they organized last year, that Oy Bay covered. […]

  3. […] my second year organizing Team Congregation Beth David. Catch up on last year’s AIDS Walk as posted by ALilyAmongThorns. We had another great year. We all walk for different reasons, some […]

  4. […] that guy at the AIDSWALK a few years back, that had the “Khesed” tattoo (of course you do!)? As I told him, “getting a tattoo in Judaism carries the same gravity as eating a […]

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