World Pride: Jewish Events

WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO), presented by Pride Toronto, is shaping up to be one of the biggest international events of our times. These ten days of queer celebration will turn streets into parades, parks into parties and strangers into friends.

This will be an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and liveable cities.

The Jewish LGBT community in Toronto will also celebrate World Pride with 13 events targeting LGBTQ Jews. Check out the full schedule below, organized by Kulanu Toronto.

SELECT A DATE: JUNE 20 | 21 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29

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World Pride Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, June 20, 2014 | 5:30pm | Holy Blossom Temple (1950 Bathurst St.)

Rabbi Jordan Helfman and David Gershon will lead participants in Bim Bam and other Shabbat favourites and tell an interactive story. Then we will move to dinner and craft activity as we celebrate with pride the diversity in the Jewish community.

Dinner and crafts: $12/adult, $7/child.

RSVP: 416-789-3291 ext. 221 or for voicemail ext. 532.

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World Pride Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Shabbat Dinner

Friday, June 20, 2014 | 7:30pm | Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Ave)

Join Congregation Shir Libeynu as we joyfully celebrate the coming of the Sabbath at our pride-filled welcoming of the Sabbath service. After the service, at 8:45pm, join Kulanu Toronto and other Jewish organizations for a delicious, vegetarian Kosher Shabbat Dinner catered by Andi Yumansky.

$10/person. RSVP for Shabbat dinner by June 16 at 5pm to

Purchase dinner tickets at via PayPal.



Joyous Shabbat Service & Potluck with the Danforth Jewish Circle

Saturday June 21, 2014 | 10:00am–1:00pm | Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave)

Celebrate Gay Pride and Shabbat together with a songful, joyous and accessible service and participatory Torah reading, followed by a community vegetarian potluck.

Shabbat Shacharit for World Pride

Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 10:30am (9:00am Torah Study) | Holy Blossom Temple (1950 Bathurst St)

All Torontonians and visitors are welcome to join us for a joyful, pride-filled Shabbat service in our historic sanctuary. Our community welcomes the many colours of the Jewish community to celebrate with a special Aliyah in honour of World Pride.


World Pride Interfaith Event

Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 3pm – 10pm | Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. E)

Faith-based communities from across the GTA come together from 3-6pm in McGill Square – the park in front of MUC – to celebrate World Pride. The celebration will feature musicians, performers, community leaders, kids’ arts and crafts activities, and information tables. The theme of the fair is “Rainbow Railroad” to honour those organizations in Canada that assist LGBTQs seek safe haven from the persecution they face in their home countries. A dynamic Sunset Service will follow inside MUC from 6-9pm. Concluding the day’s festivities will be a Havdallah service at 9:15pm in McGill Square.



Panel Discussion: “From Holy Land to Gay Mecca in 40 Years”

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 7:30pm | Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Ave)

Shai Doitsh and Itay Harlap, senior figures of the Israeli LGBT community, present a 40-year journey of pride in Israel, reflecting on the struggle for marriage rights, being queer and Orthodox, the life of queer Israeli Arabs, and challenges with homophobia.
Free event.


World Pride Comedy Show

Thursday June 26, 2014 | 7:45pm (Doors at 7:15pm) | Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West).

Goldstar Comedy presents, “Leave It To Beavers” – a celebration of queer female comedians. With a dazzling lineup of lesbian comics from Toronto and beyond, this show is sure to be a highlight of World Pride 2014. Presented in partnership with LGBTQ Jews and Kulanu Toronto, this special event is one night only, held at the National Ballet School’s stunning Betty Oliphant Theatre in the heart of Toronto’s Gay Village.

Tickets: $15 advance ($20 door). Limited availability. First come, first serve.

Contact to purchase tickets.




Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner with City Shul

Friday, June 27, 2014 | 6:30pm | The Wolfond Centre (Lower Level) 36 Harbord Street

City Shul welcomes all Pride participants from Toronto and around the globe to join us for an inclusive and progressive Kabbalat Shabbat service and potluck dinner. Led by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, this Kabbalat Shabbat service has been specially created for World Pride. In-town residents requested to sign up online to bring a vegetarian main course, dessert, or salad for dinner. Out of town guests requested to bring a bottle of wine or juice.

RSVP deadline for potluck dinner Wednesday, June 25 at


Joyous Traditional Friday Night Services & Kosher Catered Dinner

Friday, June 27, 2014 | 7pm doors open, 7:15pm services start |120 Homewood Ave., 2nd floor (just off Wellesley, between Jarvis & Sherbourne)

Celebrate this Shabbat of World Pride TO with Jewish tradition and warm, diverse community! Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism and Kulanu Toronto invite you to end the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services in which everyone can participate.

Dinner details TBA.

Info: or call 416-546-6043


Trans March

Friday, June 27, 2014 | 8:00pm | Location TBD

If you are Jewish and trans-identified, or if you are just a friend or ally, the Trans March is a perfect time for you to strut your stuff! As you march, demonstrate your support for Kulanu Toronto by wearing one of our Pride T-shirts, carrying one of our signs, or waving a Rainbow flag with Magen David.

Want to march? Email us:

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Kulanu Toronto Pride Booth

June 28-29, 2014 | All day | Location TBD

We need volunteers to staff our booth on Saturday and Sunday! This is an amazing opportunity to meet other queer Jews, promote the important work of Kulanu Toronto, and have fun at World Pride!

Want to do a shift? Email us:


Dyke March

Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 2:00pm | Location TBD

Calling all Jewish lesbians and trans folk to join Kulanu Toronto for another proud year at the World Pride Dyke March!

Want to march or help coordinate our contingent? Email us:

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Pride Parade

Sunday, June 29, 2014 | 1:00pm | Church/Bloor

March with Kulanu Toronto! Help create a huge Jewish impact at World Pride! Friends, family, and allies welcome. This year, we’re really excited to have a float with a Tel-Aviv graffiti beach theme, Israeli DJ, and dancers!

March line-up details TBA in June.

Want to march with us? Email us at