Statement on Antisemitism

Public antisemitism has increased in Toronto and around the world since the recent violence in Israel and Gaza. This development is disturbing and runs contrary to the intersectional work of building solidarity and ending oppression. We want to share with you this statement on antisemitism from the Toronto Board of Rabbis. This is an important time …

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Statement from the DJC on Anti-Muslim Attack in London, Ontario

A Muslim family was targeted and attacked in London, Ontario while they were walking on Sunday evening. Four people were killed. A child was seriously injured. No one should be afraid to walk through the streets of this country. No one should live in fear of being attacked because of their religion, identity, or beliefs. With hearts broken, with prayer, we stand, as …

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DJC Statement on Kamloops Indian Residential School

We join all of Canada in mourning the devastating discovery of the remains of 215 children buried in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Jewish tradition teaches that every life that is lost is an entire world lost. Our prayers and broken hearts reach to recognize each life and each lost …

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Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: Tips for Estate Planning

In May 2021 Ontario made several changes to laws that could impact your legacy. Make sure you avoid legal pitfalls and family feuds! The Danforth Jewish Circle offered a webinar on May 5th, 2021 that provided enlightening answers to questions like these: For answers to these urgent questions and more, watch the recorded DJC webinar, or …

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A Message from the Danforth Jewish Circle on the Eve of Shavuot

Tonight’s celebration of Shavuot gathers us at the foot of Mount Sinai to open our ears and our hearts to hear Torah speaking to us and to this moment. This moment is one of multiplying heartbreak and horror as we witness rockets fall on Israeli cities and as we witness Israeli strikes on Gaza. This …

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Miriam’s Cup: What’s the Blessing for the Covid Vaccine?

In Jewish practice, brachot/blessings give us the language to express joy and gratitude.  Brachot also function as the spiritual technology for lifting experiences, mundane as well as sublime  experiences, into elevated moments of consciousness and wonder.  Particular experiences are assigned their particular blessings to root us where we are, directly linked with the action we …

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We Are Excited to Be a Founding Partner in the Danforth Multifaith Commons

The Danforth Multifaith Commons was born in 2020, when three faith communities – East End United Regional Ministry, the Danforth Jewish Circle, and Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation – joined in a long-term partnership. This partnership formalized many years of multifaith collaboration among our congregations and other faith communities, including an annual solidarity walk on the Danforth. …

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Spring Fundraising Campaign

30 March 202117 Nisan 5781 וכל המרבה לספר ביציאת מצרים הרי זה משובח And the more one expounds on and interprets the storyof the Exodus from Mitzrayim, the more elevated it is. Dear DJC Member, You’re receiving this letter almost exactly a year since the first lockdown. You may agree, it’s been quite a rollercoaster, with …

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Getting Ready for Pesach

These two weeks in the month of Nissan prior to Pesach are a time of preparation. Here are some ways you can prepare for a liberating Pesach for yourself and others: *Clean out your chametz – foods made from the 5 grains: wheat, barley, spelt, rye, and oats. You can donate food, give it to neighbours …

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Miriam’s Cup: Interfaith Families in Toronto – A Brandeis Study

Brandeis University’s Center for Modern Jewish Studies has released a study of Interfaith families in Greater Toronto. The project was initiated by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto with the desire to understand the needs and experiences of interfaith families. I have the pleasure of participating in UJA’s Interfaith Working Group, along with a thoughtful and …

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