Earlier this month, a prominent Anchorage Jewish community – Congregation Beth Shalom – welcomed three drag queens to their place of worship for an emerging development on the drag queen story hour trend.

The LGBTQ activist group – The Queen’s Guard – admits to being a little taken aback when Rabbi Abram Goodstein asked to partner with them for the event.

“When Rabbi Abram reached out about having a Drag Queen Story Hour at Congregation Beth Shalom, I was a little surprised,” The Queens Guard Facebook page states. “When I met with Rabbi Abram to discuss his idea, to go over details, I was really not sure what to expect.”

The gathering featured a cross-dressing, bearded and mini-skirt-wearing Golden Delicious, along with DelaRosa and Dr. Feelgood. The gender-bending trio read children’s stories and sang songs as they promoted drag culture to children and others.

“Something great began on Sunday, May 7th, at the Congregation Beth Sholom in Anchorage,” The Queen’s Guard stated. “An amazing beginning to what will hopefully be many more events together!”

Congregation Beth Sholom describes itself as “a progressive congregation affiliated with Reform Judaism.”

Traditionally associated with sexualized gay bar entertainment, drag queen performances have since branched out to youth libraries, cultural centers and now places of worship. A number of liberal Christian churches around the nation are also embracing the idea of infusing drag culture into sacred spaces traditionally set aside for praise and worship of God.

Earlier this month a church in Kansas City held a drag queen event for children that featured a cast of performers. A promotional page for the event admits that drag queen events for kids make news “because some parties believe that the presence of these drag queens will confuse and challenge the understanding these kids will have about gender identity or sexual orientation.”

The page asserts that the goal is to “entertain first and demonstrate the value of diversity and healthy curiosity second. A child attending this event can appreciate that grown-ups can be silly and play dress up.”

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Anchorage drag queens perform for kids at Jewish house of worship

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • StandforChildren says:

    This is child abuse, plain and simple. The parents exposing their children to this debauchery should have their heads examined.

  • Ceak says:

    I think the push to say that Judiasm accepts this type of entertainment/behavior is disgusting. It’s a lie. It’s just like the progressive Christianity. These “rabbis” are putting their own desires into the teachings. This isn’t love. Real love is teaching the truth, even when it’s not what people want to hear.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Matthew 21:12-13
      God will overturn this evil in his church.

    • Rebekah Lohnes says:

      @Standforchildren: Amen!
      I would not be at all surprised to see my Orthodox Jewish friends such as Rabbi Dovid Smith and others have a differing view and responce to this mockery of both the Jewish and Christian Bible, to put it mildly. I wonder what my friends Rabbi Greenberg and Rabbi Glitsenstein,the Lubavitchers in Anchorage think of this shame.

    • Lucinda says:

      YOU feel confident to tell me what’s true?

      • Ceak says:

        the truth is not what I decide, it’s what God has decided. The Jewish synagogue in this article is straying from that. If they were following Judiasm, they’d be following the Torah and keeping Jewish law. You don’t have to go by “my truth”, it’s all clearly written by Moses from God.

      • Tamra Nygaard says:

        And yet, there you are, claiming you know more than 5,000 years of recorded history. Go figure.

  • Lez-o Brandon says:

    Isaiah 5:20-21
    20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    And here I thought the Jews believed in the Torah, wherein it explicitly states that a man shall not dress as a woman nor behave like one. “Reform” seems to mean “We threw out all that icky Biblical stuff.” I suspect some of the Reform congregation will be looking elsewhere for spiritual guidance in the future.

    • Lucinda says:

      Spiritual guidance elsewhere? Are Jews so feeble minded? Is christianity the only true religion?

      • Tamra Nygaard says:

        Really, Lucy, do you know nothing whatsoever? Reform Judaism is not the only Judaism around. Do some research before you spout your nonsense.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Listening to And We Know video ( and it just struck me that Mr. Davidson is helping us to stay aware of what is going on in our world via articles. LT with And We Know helps us stay aware of what is going on via videos/podcasts. Thank you Mr. Joel Davidson for putting the truth out there on our local level! May God bless you and give you strength to continue with the good works.

  • Roberta Zais says:

    As a Jewish person this is so frustrating and embarrassing to me! But not really surprising since the Reform movement doesn’t actually believe in the Torah and certainly doesn’t practice anything recognizable as Judaism. And to Joel, I think your headline is misleading because it’s not a “house of worship”. They don’t worship anything except leftist ideologies. Reform threw out G-d and the Torah decades ago.

  • Mboll says:

    Once again your need for trolling has corrupted your mind an therefore you’ve missed the point. Maybe you should try trolling on a sight that has not yet figured you out.

  • Lucinda says:

    Ceak. Hollow words for this evidence-based atheist.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      For somebody who believes in evidence, you are woefully lacking in perception.

  • Lucinda says:

    Sorry you’re upset Tamra. Perhaps your anger is because defending the evidence free, almost juvenile belief in magic over reality is a tough job.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      How do you get paid for spouting opposing comments Lucinda? Do you get paid by the remark or a flat salary?

      • Lucinda says:

        I am paid in the GLORIOUS currency of TRUTH! My task is to bring the fresh, cool, clean water of evidence-backed , verifiable truth to you who cling to the frail, tilting, withered branch of xeric wishes and grievances.

        But to tell you the truth, the staggering, lithic immobility of your convictions is a tough wall to knock down. And to tell you the truth, I have been completely unsuccessful in delivering the salve of logic, critical thinking, reason and rationale thought to you. You are a force!

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Lucinda, I pray to God Almighty to help me to stand up for the truth and to help protect the children. It is too bad that you will not open your heart and mind to the truth. There is still time though.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      Oh honey, I’m not upset. It takes more than an acting-out teenager to upset me. Bless your pointed little head.

  • George D says:

    My son went to school w/ many liberal Jews, some of who attended this Shul.
    He said some of the kids he knew, were making fun of the Beth Shalom rabbi (not this one I think) on social media because they believed in G*d
    The place is more of a social club then it is a religious institution. Just my opinion.

  • Kathleen Lynn LaMantia says:

    This is shameful. It saddens me that this Anchorage body would celebrate this. I have been to many services there but will never feel the same about this congregation.

  • Poppy says:

    This Rabi should go back and re read the Torah. Seriously?
    God will not be mocked.

    • Lucinda says:

      I’ve heard that phrase before. Why won’t your god allow mockery? It implies insecurity and weakness but I’m sure that is not it at all. So what gives?

  • John J Otness says:

    Welcome to the new Holomodor. This is modern Bolshevism at work.
    There is nothing new under the sun.

    • Lucinda says:

      You should be more careful with your words. I didn’t know the definition of Holomodor. Here it is: The term Holodomor (death by hunger, in Ukrainian) refers to the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in 1932–33 as a result of Soviet policies. The Holodomor can be seen as the culmination of an assault by the Communist Party and Soviet state on the Ukrainian peasantry, who resisted Soviet policies.