lgbtq+ at the j

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ABOUT US

Mission

LGBTQ+ at the J strives to be the heart of Toronto’s LGBTQ+ Jewish community, providing queer Jews opportunities to gather, celebrate and thrive. We aim for the full inclusion and celebration of LGBTQ+ Jews across Jewish communal institutions, in Jewish life, arts and cultural initiatives, and informal and formal education and more.

Vision
LGBTQ+ at the J fosters rich and diverse LGBTQ+ Jewish life in Toronto through dynamic programming – focused on social events, advocacy and education. We aspire to be a resource, safer space and home for all LGBTQ+ Jews across the spectrum of identities and affiliations. We intend to offer social and networking events and to provide opportunities for queer Jews to engage with Jewish holidays and traditions. We will partner with Jewish community organizations – including synagogues, schools and summer camps – to make their spaces and services more inclusive for LGBTQ+ Jews.

Looking to connect more to the community or have questions? Feel free to reach out to Cara Gold, carag@mnjcc.org

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS/EVENTS

 

LOCAL RESOURCES

Alex Richler, Community Builder
Alex is a white, Jewish, queer, neurodivergent, pickle-loving human who's excited to keep creating intentional community around Toronto and around the world.

 

CutTO 

CUT Toronto throws parties for Gay Jews. 

 

Danforth Jewish Circle 

The Danforth Jewish Circle is a joyous & inclusive, accessible & inspiring, egalitarian & independent Jewish community. Our members include singles and families of all ages who come from diverse Jewish backgrounds and cultural traditions, interfaith and intercultural families, and the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.

 

Eshel 

A community organization for Orthodox and formerly Orthodox LGBTQIA+ people and their families. We do social events, holiday celebrations, and peer support. 

 

Machane Lev 

Machane Lev is a one-week, Jewish overnight camp for children and youth who are LGBTQ+ or who come from LGBTQ+ families/communities. 

Moishe House Maple Leaf Gardens 
Moishe House Maple Leaf Gardens provides meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults by supporting Toronto leaders as we create a vibrant Jewish community.

 

Shir Libeynu

Our shul community welcomes all, including interfaith, LGBTQ+ and non-traditional individuals and families.  Inclusive and diverse, Shir Libeynu embraces an egalitarian and progressive Judaism. 

UofT Rainbow Jews

A space for LGBTQ+ Jews and allies at UofT and beyond to create community together, host events and speakers, and explore the intersection of Jewish identity and LGBTQ+ identity. More information: seth.goren@hillelontario.org

Queer Jewish Families

A new initiative bringing together Queer Jewish families for programming in downtown Toronto. 

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 

SUPPORT OUR WORK

We’re so proud of the team we’ve put together, and the outstanding line-up of programs and events we offer. Now we’re hoping we can count of you to support us! We’re still in the early stages of this work but we have lots of plans that will need financial support! Any amount helps.

LGBTQ+ at the J is proud to actively partner with the following downtown/downtown-adjacent community initiatives:

Alex Richler

Annex Shul

Danforth Jewish Circle

Machane Lev

Moishe House Maple Leaf Gardens

Congregation Shir Libeynu

Rainbow Jews/Hillel UofT

Congregation Beth Tzedec

TORONTO'S JEWISH LGBTQ+ CALENDAR

Best viewed on desktop/laptop or through the Google calendar app.

LGBTQ+ INCLUSION TRAINING

We're working in collaboration with Keshet to offer local LGBTQ inclusion training to Jewish organizations. Click here for more information.

 

QUEER JEWISH INCUBATOR

Announcing the first-ever Queer Jewish Incubator Cohort!

Queer Jewish Incubator is a new gathering space for LGBTQ+ Jewish people in the GTA to grow queer and Jewish connections while building stronger ties to the LGBTQ+ Jewish community. The incubator nurtures LGBTQ+ people as the visionaries, storytellers, guides, weavers, and disrupters currently missing – and needed - within our Toronto Jewish communal context. We are excited to share the six amazing individuals participating in Queer Jewish Incubator this year. During the spring and summer of 2022, QJI will bring together these individuals to support them in initiating an ‘exploration’ growing the participant’s connection to queerness and Jewishness or strengthening the fabric of queerness and Jewishness in Toronto. 

In grateful recognition of Community One Rainbow Grants for their financial support of Queer Jewish Incubator.

Meet our cohort.