Yom Hashoah Ceremony - Sunday, April 27

The annual Yom Hashoah Community Commemoration will take place this Sunday, April 27th 2014 at 11:00 am at the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus (9600 Bathurst Street - Bathurst/Rutherford). This program is co-sponsored by the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre UJA Federation, with the participation of several other community organizations.
The highlight of the program is an emotional candle lighting ceremony, where 6 candles are being lit by representatives of different groups, directly affected by the Holocaust. The 6 candles are:
 - 6 Million Jewish Victims
-  Holocaust survivors
-  Partisans and Resistance Fighters
-  Allied Armed Forces & Liberators
-  Righteous among the Nations
-  Other Victims of National Socialism
Justine Apple, Executive Director of Kulanu Toronto, along with Sandy Keshen, President and CEO of Reena will jointly light the 6th candle in memory of all the homosexual and handicapped victims of the Shoah
All of you are invited to attend this special program. Every member of the community should be made aware of the significance of Holocaust commemoration and we must all do our part to ensure that the events and lessons of the Shoah will never be forgotten.
Details of the event can be found at http://holocaustcentre.com/Programs/Yom-Hashoah

Pesach Brunch!

Let’s brunch!

Got plans for Easter weekend? Bring a friend and come join us for an LGBT and ally-friendly Kosher-for-Passover brunch on Sunday, April 20. Everyone welcome. We’ll have a tasty buffet-style meal with refreshments, and of course, lots of schmoozing.

Time: 11:30am
Place: 30 Holly Street Party Room (Yonge/Eglinton)
Cost: $15 through PayPal at kulanutoronto.ca.
Payment deadline: Wednesday, April 16 at 5pm.
TTC: Take Yonge line to Eglinton. Walk one block east of Yonge to Holly Street (Starbucks on NW corner). Walk south on Holly Street till #30.
Parking: You are welcome to park in the 30 Holly Street parking garage. Please let us know in advance if you require a spot at kulanutoronto@gmail.com.

Hope you'll join us! And we wish all of you a Chag Pesach Sameach.

Kulanu on the Radio!

On Sunday morning, we joined Rosalin Kreiger at York University's CHRY 105.5 FM to discuss Kulanu Toronto on her "All Things Jewish" radio show. The experience was very positive as it gave us an opportunity to reach out to a grander audience and discuss what Kulanu Toronto represents, has done, and will do. We spoke about KT's social, educational and cultural events. We also spoke about how Kulanu allows our members to bring their Jewish and LGBT identities together. We discussed our intent to make World Pride a positive event free from negative and/or hateful speech. We plan to be back on 105.5 FM to give a preview on big and bold Kulanu Toronto events for World Pride beginning in June!

Below are some of the photos from our experience, and stay tuned for a link to the show in the coming weeks!

Chag Purim Sameach!

We hope everyone is having a great Purim! If you're enjoying some delicious hamentaschen of the traditional variety, you might want to try some rainbow hamentaschen. Here's the simple, delicious, and beautiful recipe: http://awiderbridge.org/recipe-rainbow-hamantaschen/

On Purim, Jews remember the oppression we faced and overcame in ancient Persia and throughout our history. Congressman Barney Frank speaks about how it is also important on Purim to fight against the oppression of others. In this thought-provoking article, he links the story of Purim, where a small group of people were demonized and rose up to defend themselves, to the importance of fighting LGBT oppression in Africa. http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/194226/fighting-anti-gay-hate-on-purim/

Purim involves dressing up, but has the ultimate message of being true to yourself, and of "coming out"  just as Queen Esther came out as Jewish to save her people.