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Jewish community members march at Pride parade

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Jewish LGBT supporters at Pride Toronto [Hannah Bender photos]
Members of the Toronto Jewish community marched at the annual Pride parade to show support for LGBT Jews and non-Jews alike.
 
Led by Kulanu, Toronto's main Jewish LGBT group, more than one hundred people showed up with signs, colours, and lots of energy. They cheered and sang as they marched from Bloor Street and Ted Rogers Way and down Yonge Street to Dundas Square.
 
Click below for my audio report from the parade, which marked the final day of the 10-day festival.

Council approves funding for Pride festival

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Kulanu Toronto members march in the 2012 Pride Parade. [Kulanu Toronto photo]

The City of Toronto approved a $140,000 grant to fund the annual Pride festival at its June 11 meeting.

That’s about $16,000 more than the amount Pride Toronto received in 2012.

For several years, the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) has been at the centre of a debate that prompted the city to reconsider its funding for Pride, as long as QuAIA was allowed to march in the festival’s showcase parade.

That event will be held this year on June 30.

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Peter Lewin: An untold story

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Dr. Peter Lewin

Dr. Michael Taylor and Bernie M. Farber

On June 7, 2005, Peter Lewin, a little-known doctor and scientist, died, all too young. Yet his story is the stuff of movies.

Though a pediatrician by trade, he was a pioneer in paleopathology, a field that employs modern medical investigative techniques to unlock secrets within human remains.

Toronto folk-rocker launches new album

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Evan Malach’s artistic alias is Stone/Angel. It’s a literal translation of his name into the Hebrew description of the words.

It’s also a pretty neat band name.

Next week, Malach, as Stone/Angel, releases his sophomore album, Along the Endless Highway, and it’s a bit of a departure from his first offering, 2008’s Revolution Rising, the latter being a rawer, less effects-heavy creation that was sold to raise funds for the people of Darfur, Tibet and Burma, all causes dear to him.

New Reform synagogue set to open in Toronto

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Rabbi Elyse Goldstein

TORONTO — Two months after her Nov. 30 retirement as director of Kolel: the Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein is hyped about her current project: a new shul in downtown Toronto.

The City Shul, to be launched on the High Holidays, will be the first Reform congregation south of Holy Blossom Temple. It will serve people in the area bounded by St. Clair Avenue, Queen Street, Yonge Street and Dufferin Street. Its location is yet to be determined.

Beth Tikvah implements Torah egalitarianism

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TORONTO — Women took part in the Torah service at Beth Tikvah Synagogue this past Shabbat for the first time ever at the Conservative shul.

The change was timed to coincide with the congregation’s annual Sisterhood Shabbat, after congregants voted in favour of implementing “Torah egalitarianism” at a special general meeting last week. The move allows women to participate in all aspects of the Torah service, including aliyot (except the first two), hagbah (lifting the Torah) and gelilah (tying and dressing), and leading the Torah service.

UJA campaign ahead of last year’s pace

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Richard Lewis, Barbara Bank and Gilbert Palter [Caley Taylor photo]

TORONTO — UJA Federation of Greater Toronto has raised more than $50 million in unrestricted gifts and almost $54 million total, in its 2012 campaign, Gilbert Palter, UJA Campaign 2012 co-chair with Barbara Bank, announced at last week’s campaign closing.

The campaign is “almost $2 million ahead of where we were last year at this time,” Palter told an audience of more than 700 people. The event, held Feb. 9 at Events on the Park, featured comedian Richard Lewis of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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