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Pride Event: Sharing our Stories

June 22 @ 11:45 am - 2:00 pm

In-Person Event

Pride Event: Sharing our Stories

11:45 am – 2:00 pm @ Rafos Hall – In-Person

Following our Pride Shabbat Service, stay for Kiddush lunch, schmoozing and SHARING OUR STORIES.  Let’s come together as a congregation – queer, trans, straight, cisgender – to honour the resilience and tenacity of queer and trans communities in the face of ongoing oppression. We’ll be showcasing the talents of DJC LGBTQ2S+ members, as well as their allies. Come listen to stories of love and loss, joy and pain, fear and confidence, loneliness and community. Our guest speaker will be Joel Kadish, also from Toronto Pflag, who will share his personal journey as a Jewish parent of a transgender child.

We invite all DJC LGBTQ2S+ members and their allies to share their tales with our supportive congregation. Got a song to sing or a story to tell about your journey as a queer or trans person or as an ally? A spoken word piece? A painting or sculpture? An interpretative dance?

If you’re interested in participating, please sign up here. Participants will have a maximum of 5 minutes to share their personal offering.


Deadline to register as a story sharer/artist is June 12th.

Joel Kadish Bio:

Joel Kadish has been a lawyer for a long time, but it’s not his most important job. His most important jobs are husband to Jessica and dad to Noah 27, Matt 25 and Ruby who is proudly 4.

When Matt came out, we all did. I reached out to Toronto Pflag (Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies of Toronto’s 2SLGBTQAI+ Community), started attending meetings and met the most wonderful people. I noticed that while many moms were loud advocates, the dads expressed themselves differently when discussing gender and sexuality.

With the support and guidance of Pflag, I started Dads Night Out, offering peer to peer support to dads at a pub in the village. We are now in our fourth year and meet monthly. We have helped a lot of dads and it’s one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.

I don’t have any issues with Matt being trans and Ruby loves him as her brother Matt. She doesn’t care about his gender identity when he reads her stories and snuggles. We could all take our lead from her.

Participating in the Pride Parade with my Pflag family is life changing. Matt and I take a picture every year with a sign that says, “I love my trans son.” I really and truly am blessed to be part of this community. Matt has helped me look at the world in a new and wonderful way.

Event Schedule

10:00 am – 12 noon Pride Shabbat Service with a speaker from Toronto Pflag (Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies of Toronto’s 2SLGBTQAI+ Community)
12 noon – 2 pm Special Pride Celebration for All

The DJC wants everyone to be able to fully participate at our events. To learn more and to request accessibility support, visit our accessibility page.


June 22
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Danforth Jewish Circle
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Eastminster/ RAFOS HALL
310 Danforth ave. + Google Map
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