Wintering: Letting Within and Without Lie Fallow

I had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts on the topic of  “Wintering: Letting Within and Without Lie Fallow” with our neighbouring congregation at NUUC this past Sunday morning. We are fortunate to share wisdom and community through this unique Multifaith relationship. A few months after my 29th birthday I was in a serious car …

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Hachnasat Orchim

By Lorne Opler As we conclude reading Sefer Bereshit, the Book of Genesis, a reflection of this first book of the Five Books of Moses yields many momentous events. From the story of creation, to Noah’s Ark, to the “akeda”  or the sacrificial binding of Isaac by his father Abraham; from Jacob’s stealing the birthright from …

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DJC efforts/actions to further truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples:

November 2022: Circles for Reconciliation A DJC representative, one of five participating members of the Downtown Jewish Community Council, began a 10-session conversation with representatives of Indigenous communities in a program organized by Circles for Reconciliation. October 2022: Donation to Toronto Council Fire In an effort towards reconciliation, the DJC made a significant donation to Toronto Council …

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And You Shall be a Blessing: A Tribute to Rabbi Miriam and Cantor Lisa Kent

By Emil Sher Rituals are the mortar that connect us to our community, to our past, to each other.  There is one DJC ritual that, for the most part, has gone unnoticed. It happens when we stand on the cusp of the High Holydays, and Rabbi Miriam and Cantor Lisa stand on the bimah.  They …

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Rabbi Search FAQ

The DJC is undertaking a process to hire a new permanent Rabbi by Spring 2023! What’s the timeline for hiring a new permanent rabbi? Why did we hire an interim rabbi first?   It’s common practice among faith communities to have an interim spiritual leader, recognizing that immediately replacing a beloved leader makes for tough shoes …

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A Note from our Fundraising Committee

Now more than ever, organizations assisting others in our wider community need support from those of us more fortunate. Maria Rio, Director of Development at The Stop Community Centre, wrote in the Toronto Star this month: “If your favourite charity does work providing emergency supports like food, housing, or health care, I can guarantee that they …

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Looking for People to Join our Interfaith/Intercultural Task Force!

The intent of this task force is to help the DJC become a model of a welcoming community where all members, including interfaith/intercultural couples and families, feel a strong sense of belonging and pride in being part of the DJC community and the larger Jewish community. The DJC has always been a leader in progressive …

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Why Our 26th Year Matters

“Time is the soul of this world,” wrote Greek philosopher Pythagoras over two millenia ago. How right he was! The span of our lives is so often marked by noting the passage of time: a birthday to mark our increasing age, an anniversary to acknowledge our loving partnerships, the counting of school grades our children …

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The Ve’ahavta Project 2022

A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in The Ve’ahavta Project at the DJC! More than 50 participants of all ages made 12 blankets and over 350 cookies for Ve’ahavta to distribute from their outreach van to those sleeping on the streets. DJC was the second largest site after Ve’ahavta itself! Almost $1700 has …

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