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Word of the Month: Naches

The Yiddish word naches (נחת \näKHəs\ NAKH-es) can be translated as pleasure, delight, or proud enjoyment. One might be heard saying, “What naches it gave us to see the whole gymnasium of the JCC filled with people of all types,

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$15 and Fairness

I’m involved in an initiative that I want you to know about — the $15 and Fairness Campaign.  This initiative is working to raise Ontario employment standards, affecting a range of concerns from fairer wages, to sick leave, to the

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Reflecting on 50 Years Since the Six-Day War

This June will mark fifty years since the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan.  The marking of a span of fifty years has deep significance in Jewish life.  It is called yovel / the Jubilee.  According to

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Many Ways to be Part of Community

One of the things we are proud of at the DJC is all the different ways there are to be part of our community.  In the past month alone we’ve had Shabbat services and an UnService for those more or

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Listening for New Life in Birdsong & Torah

I am grateful for my colleague and friend Aviva Chernick for the inspiring conversation and teachings that stirred these words. The earth is renewing itself. Trees that have been stark and bare for months are coming alive again, dotted with

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Oh, Spring!

“Oh, spring!  I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration.” ~ Emily Carr As our ancestors survived the transition from slavery to freedom, we have made it through the winter (and a week of eating matzah) to

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Jewish Innovation, Life-Long Learning, and Where We Are

I recently participated in a three-day consultation in the U.S. with an organization called New Paradigm Spiritual Communities Initiative.  Headed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, innovative Jewish leaders from across North America were invited to come together to share what we’ve

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Here’s to Freedom

As we approach Passover this year, the DJC’s role as a force for expression, engagement, freedom, and inclusivity has never felt more crucial. As so much of the world closes its doors, our Social Justice committee has at last welcomed

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Purim’s Radical Laughter

In Amnesty International’s recently released annual report, its authors state that the prevalence of hate crimes and hate speech world-wide have not been this high since the 1930s.  This year has seen thirty-six different countries closing their doors to refugees

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Following in Their Footsteps

Over the past month, the actions and rhetoric of those in the world who wish to divide, harm, and incite people has felt unbearable.  Yet, as the year rolls toward Purim and Passover, we are reminded of the struggle against

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