Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5783 – Meeting Each Other In Loss and In Comfort

I want to thank my supportive, inspiring sermon hevrutah/thought partner and dear friend, Shira Stutman, for working out these ideas together.  You can hear her Rosh Hashana sermon on Chutzpod. It’s been 3 years since we’ve gathered together like this as a community in person – how precious and moving.  Seeing each others’ eyes, even …

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Who wants to be a fundraiser?

Already you might be thinking, “Ask people for money? No way. Not me.” Yet fundraisers make unique and impactful contributions to the social good, and their work can change the world in real and meaningful ways. For some, fundraising is a career skill that can lead to well-paid career opportunities in a wide variety of …

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DJC High Holydays Food Drive 2022

Your support is needed! Food Bank Donations at our High Holyday Services Every year at the time of the high holidays, the DJC launches a food drive to support the Bethany Church Food Bank in our Riverdale ‘neck of the woods’. Before services, we come to Eastminster bearing food offerings and place them in the bins set …

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Important Information About Accessibility at our High Holyday Services & Events

We are offering hybrid services this year,  people can join  on zoom or from the sanctuary. The Eastminster building is wheelchair-accessible, including washrooms.  There is a ramp up to the side entrance off Jackman Avenue, power buttons to open the door, and an elevator.  There are 3 wheelchair-accessible, single-stall all-gender washrooms, one on each of …

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Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and Jewish Values

My sister is regularly my teacher. With a commitment to engaging in substantive steps toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, she has started a new practice when she leads workshops on Unconscious Bias (which she does regularly). Rather than sharing a Land Acknowledgement, she begins with a Pledge. The Pledge is an evolving statement of specific commitments to learning, …

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Nominations are now being accepted for three new members on the DJC’s Board of Directors for the 2022-2024 term! 

This is a pivotal time to contribute your skills and creativity to strengthening the DJC. Along with the Rabbi and the staff leadership team, Board members provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure the health, vitality, organizational effectiveness, governance, and financial stability of the DJC. Board members are appointed for 2-year terms and can serve …

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

October 2021: Virtual Tour of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School The Danforth Multifaith Commons (DJC, East End United Regional Ministry, and Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation) organized a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. The tour covered the school’s 140-year history, including interviews with survivors, and concluded with an incredibly informative Q …

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Statement from Rabbi Miriam on the Uvalde School Shooting

The horror of yesterday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas is beyond words. 19 children and 2 adults have been killed.  Others are injured and all traumatized.  Schools should be places of safety and nurturing, places for the joys and challenges of learning and growth, for rich relationships among students and teachers.  I am amazed by …

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