National LGBTQ2+ Advisory Council

Standing up for human rights and fighting discrimination is at the core of CIJA’s work. This is why CIJA works to support and build bridges with the LGBTQ2+ community, whether on Parliament Hill, at Pride festivals, or in communities across Canada.

CIJA’s LGBTQ2+ Advisory Council has been established to provide CIJA with guidance regarding policies and issues of interest to the LGBTQ2+ community, while strengthening CIJA’s capacity to engage local LGBTQ2+ activists and organizations across Canada. The Council consists of fourteen members from seven provinces. The Council includes both Jewish and non-Jewish members with a diverse range of professional and political backgrounds, including experience in law, academia, business, politics, advocacy, and Jewish community work.

CIJA has been involved in various LGBTQ2+ advocacy activities including sponsoring outreach events and products at various Pride festivals across Canada.

Thoughts from CIJA leadership:

“Since I was a Member of Parliament, I have worked as an ally to bring about true equity for members of the LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada and abroad. I was lucky to be one of the MPs advocating strongly for the rights of same-sex couples to get married legally and was proud to stand as an ally with my friends when that Bill passed, and became law. Canada is and must continue to be a champion for LGBTQ2+ rights at all levels both domestically and internationally, and we must be able to have NGOs like CIJA, continuing to push governments to do more. We must not stop and wait for the right moment to come; we need to make our opportunities. From advocating on key legislation like the former C-16 gender identity bill to hosting roundtables with Queer community leaders across Canada, CIJA stands with our family, friends, and allies within the LGBTQ2+ communities. Although our organization is known for hosting wonderful Pride Shabbats in major cities across the country, those serve as just one example of our activities to bring people from diverse communities together.” 

– Richard Marceau, General Counsel and Vice President Partnerships


At CIJA, we have a big tent and are inclusive of every segment of our community. If you are a Zionist – Jewish or not – you are welcome here. This extends to and most certainly includes LGBTQ2+ Jews and non-Jews whom we value as brothers, sisters, colleagues, and friends. The rich diversity within our community is something to be celebrated because ultimately it makes us stronger as a people.

 

LGBTQ2+ Advisory Council Members:

  • Profile picture for Michelle Ausfresser
    Michelle Ausfresser
    (She/Her)
    Edmonton, AB
  • Profile picture for Sheba Birhanu
    Sheba Birhanu
    (She/Her)
    Toronto, ON
  • Profile picture for Dan Brotman
    Dan Brotman
    (He/Him)
    Windsor, ON
  • Profile picture for Noa Farage
    Noa Farage
    (She/Her)
    Vancouver, BC
  • Profile picture for David Friedland
    David Friedland
    (He/Him)
    Ottawa, ON
  • Profile picture for Sophie Hershfield
    Sophie Hershfield
    (She/Her)
    Toronto, ON
  • Profile picture for Sheri Krell
    Sheri Krell
    (She/Her)
    Toronto, ON
  • Profile picture for Jonathan Lerner
    Jonathan Lerner
    (He/Him)
    Lantzville, BC
  • Profile picture for Rabbi Dara Lithwick
    Rabbi Dara Lithwick
    (She/Her)
    Ottawa, ON
  • Profile picture for Anna Murphy
    Anna Murphy
    (She/Her)
    Calgary, AB
  • Profile picture for Evan Pilz
    Evan Pilz
    (He/Him)
    Toronto, ON
  • Profile picture for Brandon Purcell
    Brandon Purcell
    (He/Him)
    Ottawa, ON
  • Profile picture for Boban Stojanovic
    Boban Stojanovic
    (He/Him)
    Calgary, AB
  • Profile picture for Justin Tobin
    Justin Tobin
    (He/They)
    St. John's, NL
  • Profile picture for Laura Wolfson
    Laura Wolfson
    (She/Her)
    Hamilton, ON