Miriam’s Cup: Artists are the New Rabbis

As I listened to Amanda Gorman perform her powerful poem at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, I remembered and re-remembered this statement – “artists are the new rabbis.” These were the words of Kendell Pinkney, a theatre artist and rabbinical student who moderated the recent panel, ‘Art and Artists On Being Black and Jewish,’ assembled by Fenster …

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Miriam’s Cup: Learning From Trees – What Will Get Us Through the Winter

I was walking with a dear friend in High Park right after a beautiful snowfall. Tree branches held ribbons of snow along their leafless lengths. The cedars and spruces wore the snow more thickly among their needles. The ground was so soft, muffling the sounds of traffic and voices and our footsteps. We followed a …

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How do I decide what to give as my donation to the DJC this year?

Some of us have asked, “How big a donation should I give to the DJC over and above my Membership fees?”   There are so many variables that a simple straightforward answer is not possible. We hear a Jewish voice saying, “On the von hand and then on di udher hand…” “I do not believe one can settle how …

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Miriam’s Cup: What 15 B’nei Mitzvah Students are Teaching Me About Chanukah

This past weekend, I spent more time in our sanctuary at Bethminster than I have in the past 9 months!   I felt a special kind of quiet and reverence walking into the space. The colourful fabric banners were already hanging on the walls and the aron kodesh (the ark) was in its place on …

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Revised Nominating Committee Report to the Membership – October 30, 2020

The Nominating Committee consists of one Board representative and three community members who responded to a broad call for members. We were asked to reach out to the membership for recommendations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Board, consider potential candidates, and present a list of nominees to fill the vacant positions for a two-year term at the …

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A Little Less Alone, A Lot More Together: A Report from our Community Conversations

This past week, we held two community conversations about Judaism in the time of Covid on Zoom.  I love community conversations! (Yes, I am that kind of nerd.)  As a rabbi, I spend a lot of time leading and shaping experiences and practice for the community but when we gather to think together, share ideas …

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Take Action! Opportunities to get Involved from the DJC Climate Action Team

Our DJC Climate Action Team has curated a list with inspiration from Green11 of ways you can get involved and make a difference. Here’s the latest! Call for donations for sleeping bags via the Encampment Support NetworkThere are 1,000+ people sleeping rough in Toronto https://www.instagram.com/p/CGYTxeYAJN3/Email ESN at report.on.toronto@gmail.com to donate. You can follow ESN on …

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Starting a conversation on Anti-Racism

During the afternoon of Yom Kippur the Social Justice Committee led an interactive discussion and learning workshop on “Identity, Oppression and Racism — Starting the Conversation”. Over 30 people participated on Zoom. The session kicked off with a very informative and provocative presentation made by long-time SJC members, Lynne Raskin and Eve-Lynn Stein. They posed …

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We can’t all be Greta Thunberg, but your choices have a ripple effect

Greta says that our climate actions send messages to others and encourage governments to take action. We know our DJC community is concerned about the climate crisis and, as a community, we can make a difference by taking both individual and collective action. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stressed that individual …

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