Hi all, I just moved back to Toronto after about 15 years. I’m now a late-30s professional with a 1-year-old and looking to join a nice, easygoing shul with a decent sized membership. I’m mostly looking for somewhere my son can grow up in and for me to find community and maybe consider being a bit more observant. I was never really observant as a kid and my parents/extended family are not interested in attending with me; my spouse is not Jewish and I don’t think he has plans to convert, so interfaith-friendly is important. As a professional, it’s tough for me to find time to visit a bunch of shuls and reach out to all the rebbes so I’m hoping to get some good leads.
More details about us:
Quite lefty politically but not polarized on Israel (ie, something moderate and thoughtful either way would be what I want)
Would be great if they had fun summer camps associated
I do speak some Yiddish and would love to go somewhere where that is engaged
Live in the East End and don’t have a car, so Thornhill is a bit of a trek (so I assume Danforth is probably a good fit on location alone)
Here’s a few links I’ve been given, so if you have opinions about any of these I’d love to hear them!
Kol Ami: Reform (https://www.kolami.ca/)
Danforth Jewish Circle: Humanist (https://djctoronto.com/)
Oraynu: Humanist (https://www.oraynu.org/)
Darchei Noam: Reconstructionist (https://www.darcheinoam.ca/) – it’s super weird that my dad recommended this one to me given that he always told me reconstructionism was for weirdos when I was growing up (no offence)
The City Shul: Reform (https://www.cityshul.com/)
UJPO/Winchevsky Centre: Secular Judaism (https://www.ujpo.org/our-mission); I went to their Yom Kippur Zoom observance and liked a lot of things, but I don’t think secular is the right fit for me.