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

MONTHLY QUEER TEXT STUDY
LGBTQ+ at the J's new text study program for the Jewish LGBTQ+ community in Toronto is here to connect our community to text in an accessible, supportive and open space. Each month, we'll join together with a Queer Jewish educator as we dive in together to connect to text. Suggested donation of $10 to support our facilitator, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Email carag@mnjcc.org for any inquiries.

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/alexrichlercommunity

 

CutTO 

CUT Toronto throws parties for Gay Jews. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/336926743025502 

 

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 

https://djctoronto.com 

 

Eshel 

A community organization for Orthodox and formerly Orthodox LGBTQIA+ people and their families. We do social events, holiday celebrations, and peer support. 
https://www.facebook.com/JewishLGBTQToronto/ 

 

JF&CS LGBTQ+ Services 

JF&CS is committed to being a safe space for the LGBTQ+ Community. We offer counselling, groups and workshops to individuals and families as well and welcome folks of all sexual orientations and gender identities at our existing groups and workshops. 

https://www.jfandcs.com/lgbtq 

 

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. 

https://www.youngjudaea.ca/machane-lev 

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
https://www.facebook.com/MoisheHouseMLG/

 

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. 

https://shirlibeynu.ca 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/248056916086915  More information: seth.goren@hillelontario.org

 

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