Giving Corner – April 2022

Jessica has just come home from Jewish Studies. The family sits down to dinner and listens to the news. It’s all bad, so Dad turns it off. Jessica asks, “What’s going on in Ukraine?” Dad grabs a sheet of paper from her school bag to draw a map. Mom starts to explain about the war, …

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Havurot 5782

“Einstein and the Rabbi” Discussion Group Please join Rhonda Isaac for a summer reading and discussion group on the book “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul” by Naomi Levy. In this book, the author becomes fascinated with a found letter from Einstein, and a dialogue of curiosity, compassion, faith and science intercept. Our …

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How Do We Move Forward in the Face of Fear?

Baruch ata Adonai matir assurim – Blessed are You Adonai who frees the captives. I only heard about Saturday’s hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas when I turned my phone back on after Shabbat. Initially, I felt shocked and deeply worried until the hostages made it safely out of the building.  It …

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Miriam’s Cup: Tu BiShvat’s Outer Shells and Hidden Sparks

The wisdom of Tu BiShvat is coming right when we need it, as we face another round of Covid restrictions, illness, financial strain, separation and concerns. Tu BiShvat (from the evening of January 16th through January 17th) is the New Year of the Trees. What started as a day for fruit-tree taxation in ancient Israel …

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Miriam’s Cup: Building Sabbatical Culture – DJC Learning and Practice for the Year Ahead

I’m part of a newly formed group called the Shmita Sisters (we will definitely need T-shirts!). We’re a group of creative Jewish women leaders and teachers in Toronto, meeting monthly to explore how we might live the biblical practices of Shmita/the Sabbatical year that arrives every seven years. And this year is a Shmita year. …

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Welcome to our new Visiting Artist, Leah Gold!

The DJC’s Artist Selection Committee is excited to welcome Leah Gold as our Visiting Artist this year, in honour of our 25th anniversary. An experienced community artist, Leah will lead printmaking workshops that investigate our place in the natural world. Leah Gold is a visual artist and community arts facilitator. Her drawings and ceramics use …

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