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About Us

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

UPCOMING PROGRAMS/EVENTS

Local Resources

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. 

Meet Our Programming Committee

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Support our Work

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.

LGBTQ+ Inclusion Training

QUEER JEWISH INCUBATOR

​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 that participated in our first Queer Jewish Incubator in the spring and summer of 2022.  QJI brought 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.

Queer Jewish Incubator
Top title is in a black cloud in white printing, "MNJCC LGBTQ at the J 2022 Queer Jewish Incubator". Another black cloud to the right says "Reflections from Cailan Bodnar, toby King,  Sadie Epstein-Fine, and Shari Ahava Cohen. Led by Cara Gold!". The Illustration has text bubbles against a blue sky under 5 categories that are symbols in the drawing. There are three black bold arrows pointing birds to another symbol. A bird landing in a nest sitting on top of tree branches. The bird has the word “Mentorship” on its wing and is feeding six black birds in a nest, with these quotes underneath: “One of the highlights was definitely meeting my mentor. She turned out to be the perfect person, and we became very close. She's become a life mentor.” “I have gained chavruta, I have gained mentors. My work is infinitely deeper because of my mentors, and because of the conversations I’ve had.” There is a heading above the center nest that says “Community Gatherings” with the following quotes, “I st

Concealing/Revealing - Pre-Purim Creativity & Conversation

Join us on Thursday March 2 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm as we spend the evening crafting, creating, snacking, and chatting. We will explore the themes of what is left hidden and what is revealed to us, both in the Purim story and our own lives. This event is free of cost and no prior knowledge about the holiday of Purim is expected. We ask that folks who are not feeling well stay home and encourage attendees to wear masks whenever you are not eating. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring any extra special decorations, markers, poems, or texts that you are feeling inspired by.

We are committed to ensuring our programming is accessible to anybody who wishes to attend. Please email emunahw@mnjcc.org with any accessibility questions or requests and we will work together to find ways for you to join us. This event is designed and intended for members of the LGBTQ+ Jewish community, whatever that means to you.

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