lgbtq+ at the j
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.
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, email@example.com
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.
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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:
Danforth Jewish Circle
Moishe House Maple Leaf Gardens
Congregation Shir Libeynu
Rainbow Jews/Hillel UofT
Congregation Beth Tzedec
TORONTO'S JEWISH LGBTQ+ CALENDAR
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LGBTQ+ INCLUSION TRAINING
Shir Libeynu's Lunch and Learn
Bring your lunch, midday snack, coffee or tea and join Cantor Wunch on the third Tuesday of the month at noon on Zoom for our new Lunch and Learn program. We'll chat and engage in some casual text study. We'll begin with the weekly Torah portion (in English), and see where our interests take us. No previous experience with text study is necessary--just an inquisitive spirit! Presented by Shir Libeynu in partnership with LGBTQ+ at the J.
Shir Libeynu is Toronto's longest running explicitly LGBTQ+ inclusive synagogue. All of their programs and services are presented with openness and inclusivity as their core values.
Tuesday May 17
Tuesday June 21
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 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 launching a pilot program in spring 2022 to convene the first cohort of participants from the end of March until the end of August 2022. Applications are due Monday, March 21st at 7 pm.
Program details and application questions can be found here.
Please send your application to email@example.com with the subject line “Queer Jewish Incubator Application.” See page 4 for application details.
If you have questions, please contact Cara Gold, firstname.lastname@example.org