• Waffle

    Twins, no less? Mazel Tov. Who had the babies?

  • I’m sorry your reporter did not interview other Rabbis and synagogues which are all totally inclusive—including my own, City Shul, which has been LGBTQ inclusive as a matter of policy and mandate since its inception. I have performed many same-sex Jewish weddings and we “Pride” ourselves on being known as a shul where LGBTQ members and their families are completely “normative.”

    Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
    City Shul
    http://www.cityshul.com

  • Thank you and Ms. Shupac for this informative article, with its many voices and interesting history. However, describing Shir Libeynu as a gay shul (as the article positions us) only tells part of our story because many of our members are straight. We are an inclusive congregation that does not check or label members by their sexual orientation. As Aviva Goldberg, our co-founder and rabbinic leader, says: We celebrate “the diversity in Judaism, welcoming all, straight and LGBTQ, including same-sex couples and their children, for all the milestones and life-cycle rituals. And this has always been the case at Shir Libeynu.” Our own board is representative of this diversity with its mix of gay, bisexual, lesbian, trans and straight members, just like our haymishe community has been for 18 years.

    We at Shir Libeynu have found a religious home that embraces the entirety of our Jewish identity, and a congregation that has never “grappled” with same-sex unions.

    Regards,

    The Board of Directors, Congregation Shir Libeynu

  • Micah Streiffer

    An encouraging and exciting article. For those looking for an LGBTQ-inclusive congregation in the Thornhill/Richmond Hill/North York area, please call us at Temple Kol Ami on Atkinson Avenue. We are a diverse, vibrant, and welcoming community.
    Rabbi Micah Streiffer
    http://www.kolami.ca or 905-709-2620