LA: Staying Proud in Jerusalem

In the aftermath of the attack at The Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance, we hope you can join us as we hear from Sarah Kala and Tom Canning, leaders of Jerusalem Open House (JOH), Jerusalem’s LGBT center and the organizer of Jerusalem Pride.

Sunday, September 27at 5:00pm
at the home of Dean Hansell, 667 South June Street, Los Angeles

TomSara-Featured-1Jerusalem Open House Executive Director Sarah Kala and Tom Canning, Director of Development, join us to speak about the events and how the community has been impacted by the attack, in which 16 year-old Shira Banki was murdered and several others were seriously wounded. Sarah and Tom will share their hopes for the future of the LGBT community in Israel.

In the midst of the Jewish month of mercy and forgiveness and the Days of Awe, JOH leaders promote tolerance and reconciliation with a clear message: “Enough of hate, it is time for love”.

Sarah Kala – Executive Director
Sarah is an educator by profession and began her working career as a grade school teacher in Jerusalem. Her first position at JOH as the program manager of the LGBTQ Teen Support Program and later established the Psycho-Social service of the organization. During her time as a program manager, Sarah was able to establish the first official working relationship between the Jerusalem Municipality and the JOH, changing the 18 year perception that this would not be possible in a religious city such as Jerusalem. She entered her position as Executive Director this year with the goal of placing the LGBTQ community in Jerusalem as an integral part of Jerusalemite society by creating new coalitions with city stakeholders within and outside the LGBTQ community.

Tom Canning – Director of Development
Tom arrived in Jerusalem, following his military service, as an Economics student at Hebrew University and began volunteering at the JOH HIV Clinic. Two years later he became a staff member. Tom is a former activist and development coordinator of several organizations including Youth Action Nepal in Kathmandu, The United World Colleges Committee of Israel and later was the coordinator of the Arava Valley of Peace program for Israeli and Palestinian youth.

The event is co-sponsored by A Wider Bridge, JQ International and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. For more info and to RSVP please contact Tyler Gregory.