Rabbi's Message

Standing up for Religious Freedom in Israel 

A new conversion bill has been drafted in Israel and will be presented to the Israeli government in the next few weeks.  The proposed legislation would make conversion a uniform process under the auspices of a stringent state-authorized Orthodox body. 

Listening to the Four Children of the Haggadah

When we sit around our Seder tables, a stage set with various props and the script of the Haggadah, we prepare to tell a story.  This is a story of transformation from slavery, oppression and constriction to liberation, freedom and

#MeToo and #MeGillah: The Disturbing and Empowering Sides of Purim

This is a powerful, tipping-point moment. From a few brave individuals to waves of women gathering bolstered strength in numbers, #MeToo has been pulling the veil of silence off of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault.  More and more women have


Celebrating Deliverance The way the Jewish calendar falls this year, we celebrate both Purim and Passover in March. Though these holidays seem very different in mood, there are actually some significant links between them. Both holidays are focused on deliverance;


Data for the future This month, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has filled out our membership survey. Now what are we going to do with all this data, you might be asking? We


Yesterday, a beautiful Toronto afternoon was darkened by inexplicable violence.  We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and pray for the complete and speedy recovery of those who have sustained injury. We pray as well for the


Survey says… Happy spring/Pesach everyone! Remember that community survey that we did a few months back? Well, 159 of you responded, and here are some highlights of what you told us: Who are we? Most survey respondents (84%) were over


The month of May is all about celebrating the diversity in our community and encouraging inclusion in all our activities. Our annual Shabbat Itanu on May 4th hosted by the DJC Accessibility Initiative will feature Talia Johnson as a speaker

From the Recording Studio to Shabbat Shira

I just recorded my first album.  In the wide sanctuary of the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia, with a circle of microphones, an array of drums and the curving beauty of an upright bass in front the bimah, a skilled

January’s Board Message

Bring on the snowy new year!  We can learn a lot about ourselves and our community when harsh winter weather hits us. Neighbours brave the cold to assist one another with shoveling walkways and digging out buried cars, or head