August 3, 2018

Message to Kulanu Toronto Membership:

LGBTQ+ Jewish programming in Toronto has continued to evolve since 1975. First there was Hamishpacha followed by Congregation B’nai Kehilla Chutzpah Nice Jewish Girls, Congregation Keshet Shalom, and most recently Kulanu Toronto. Since Kulanu Toronto’s creation in 2000, our organization has experienced tremendous growth and success. Our mailing list has grown to 600+ emails and most recently we had over 160 people at our Pride Shabbat Dinner! We are so thrilled that the LGBTQ+ community and our allies have supported us over the years. However, continuing to operate as a stand-alone and 100% volunteer-run organization is not sustainable for our future. As such, over the past year Kulanu Toronto has been exploring various avenues to tap into existing resources within the Jewish community to ensure that LGBTQ+ Jewish programming in Toronto can continue to flourish.We are thrilled to officially announce that the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc) will be establishing a new volunteer leadership committee to meet the needs of the downtown Toronto Jewish LGBTQ+ community. Our hope is that the MNjcc LGBTQ+ Programming Committee will become the driving force behind LGBTQ+ Jewish programming in Toronto. As Kulanu Toronto members, you play a central role in building this new committee and supporting the continued success of Jewish LGBTQ+ community building. You can do two things right now:

  1. Please opt-in (http://eepurl.com/bsJOFj) to our new mailing list so you can receive communication from the new LGBTQ+ committee and keep up to date with the transition.
  2. Help us find the right people to serve on the new Programming Committee launching Fall 2018 at the MNjcc. Committee members will continue some of the most successful Kulanu programs, and direct the type of programming they’d like to see moving forward. This includes stretching to become more representative and inclusive of Jewish LGBTQ+ expression within the community.  Our goal is to bring together a group that is diverse and representative, able to commit to a leadership position for at least one year, and that brings expertise for long term success. Please consider contributing your leadership by serving on the committee. Applications can be found HERE.

We are committed to an intersectional approach to this work and we encourage expressions of interest from racialized people, women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community. We encourage expressions of interest from across LGBTQ+ communit(ies) and from those who identify with any form of Jewish involvement and practice.

Please click HERE more details on how you can apply to be on the committee. Applications are open until September 21, 2018.We hope that you are as excited about this new evolution in LGBTQ+ Jewish programming as we are!As always, if you have any questions or want to talk through how this transition may affect you please do not hesitate to contact us at info@kulanutoronto.org.

Thank you for your ongoing and continued support,

Kulanu Toronto Executive

PS- As a thank you to our community for the support over the years, we will be having our final event (rooftop BBQ) on Sunday September 16, 2018 at 4pm at 8 Wellesley Street East. Please purchase your ticket(s) here. Hope to see you for a final hurrah!

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As the voice of Toronto’s Jewish LGBTQ+ community, Kulanu Toronto aims to provide professional, caring, and confidential support services as well as a variety of social, cultural, and educational programs to our members. At Kulanu, we embrace diversity and promote respect and acceptance within a warm, welcoming, and safe environment.

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