By Andrew Cohen.
It started with a call from Cheryl Sylvester, passing on a suggestion from a congregant, that we mark Toronto’s LGBT Pride Week with a rainbow flag in our sanctuary or youth chapel. It ended with Holy Blossom’s participation in the Pride Parade. None of this would have been possible without the effort and encouragement of Temple staff and volunteers, especially Rabbi Michael Satz, Yael Scataru, and Cheryl Sylvester. We made arrangements to march alongside Kulanu, Toronto’s main LGBT social and advocacy group; we ordered Holy Blossom Pride t-shirts to mark the occasion; and we sent an eBlast promoting the event.
Parade day began with participants gathering for a convivial brunch.
The day was replete with gifts and surprises, not the least of which were new connections and friendships. Later, as we marched down Yonge Street we were overwhelmed by the cheering crowds. Persistent rain couldn’t dampen our energy or enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to share with the broader community Holy Blossom’s commitment to a just and inclusive society.
Taking part in this amazing day were Sharon Smith, Nancy Ruth, Debra Bennett, Erin O’Connor, Darren Sukonick, Sherry Good (Cynthia’s sister) and Sandra Trehub (my mother)
Thanks to all!