Chutzpah (Toronto, Canada) Collection

Span Dates: 1982-1991
Bulk Dates:
Volume: unknown


Collections related to Chutzpah include two separate accessions from two different sources. In 1990, Harvey Brownstone donated Chutzpah newsletters, constitution, and addresses by Svend Robinson (1990) and Ehlert Frerichs, (1990). In 1999, Johnny Abush donated flyers, newsletters, and other material related to Chutzpah. There is a vertical file dedicated to Chutzpah, the Chutzpah constitution, and addresses given by Svend Robinson in June 29, 1990 and Ehlert Frerichs in June 30, 1990. Various issues of the Chutzpah newsletter date from years 1982-1991.

Hist/Bio Note

Chutzpah was a Jewish organization active in Toronto from 1982-1991. It provided social and religious opportunities for Jewish gays and lesbians. Chutzpah's programming transformed from informal social meetings at homes or bars, to a highly structured and formalized organization of roughly one hundred and seventy-five members. Chutzpah formed important bonds with the mainstream Jewish community, especially the Jewish Family and Child Services and Holy Blossom Temple. Their combined efforts helped establish Jewish AIDS committees in Toronto. Chutzpah published a newsletter called “Koleynu,” Hebrew for “Our Voices.” In 1990, it hosted the World Congress of Jewish Gay and Lesbian. Over the decade, programming became increasingly religious in content, and eventually Toronto Jews formed an LGBT congregation and Chutzpah became inactive. Organizations with over 150 participants. In the following year, the Jewish congregation Keshet Shalom organized; and it supplied many of the needs of Chutzpah members.

Finding Aid

These materials are held separately. Email the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives for information.


These materials are held in the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives located in Toronto, Canada.


Jewish (ethnic, Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox) | AIDS | Canada | Toronto | Abush, Johnny