Adrian Mattes

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.  Interestingly, that means that not only are Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist conversions in Israel not …

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#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 been courageously stepping forward to talk about their experiences of predatory and abusive sexual behaviour …

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MARCH BOARD MESSAGE

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; Purim is about deliverance from the threat of annihilation during the Jews’ period of exile …

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APRIL BOARD MESSAGE

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 40, many of whom have adult children captured under their family memberships. One half of …

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MAY BOARD MESSAGE

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 talking about reducing mental health stigma and welcoming people with mental health challenges into community. …

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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 to the parks to slide down hills, make snow angels and snow balls. Others take …

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November’s Board Message

It is 5778 and the DJC’s annual calendar of activities is in full swing! We have moved through the High Holy Days, welcomed friends and the harvest in the Sukkah, sang and danced for Simchat Torah, begun Rabbi Miriam’s Radical Wisdom Workshops, and embarked on training more ritual leaders. We have also strengthened our multifaith …

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