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2022 DJC COVID-19 Policy for In-Person Services & Other Programs

The DJC COVID-19 policy has been developed to reflect the current requirements of Toronto Public Health, our partners in the Danforth Multifaith Commons (DMC) and the needs of our community. Our aim is to keep our staff and attendees as safe as possible during this challenging period.  Vaccination For the safety of the most vulnerable …

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Statement from Rabbi Miriam on Recent Attacks in Israel

Over the last week, 11 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Israel – from the Jewish, Druze, Arab-Israeli and Ukrainian communities. We firmly stand against this hate, and unite against terror. Torah extends moral imperatives to us to learn and practice – to pursue justice; to seek peace and pursue it; not to stand …

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Welcoming the Stranger – Refugee Shabbat and Taking Action

By: Heather Cohen and Eve-Lynn Stein In honour of World Refugee Day on April 4, acknowledging the war in Ukraine, and in recognition of Passover and its themes of wandering in search of safety, we have planned a special refugee-themed Kabbalat Shabbat for this Friday, April 8. Services will feature Naomi Alboim and you can …

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Connecting with the Natural World Through Jewish Ritual and Art Making

By: Artist in Residence, Leah Gold I am so honoured to work with the DJC community as the very first artist in residence. Over the next three months, I will be facilitating a series of workshops for community members of all ages, culminating in collaborative artworks to be displayed in the shared space of the …

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Shoes on the Doorstep, Sandals on Our Feet – A Pesach Teaching

This year, when we sit at our Seder tables sharing the story and significance of our journey from oppression in Mitzrayim (ancient Egypt) to liberation, reflecting on our individual and collective movement from constriction (maytzar) to expansiveness, it is a potent moment to weave into our discussion, ritual and actions the plight of refugees around …

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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

Jewish, Older LGBTQIA+ My name is Sheri Ahava Cohen and I recently came out as Queer. The coming out process is exhilarating, alive, unleashing, challenging and at times, difficult to navigate. I want to connect with older Jewish LGBTQ+ who have come out or are in the process of coming out now.  I am looking …

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