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310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

January 2017

LearningLab: Torah for the 21st Century ~ 2/4

January 19, 2017 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Adult education led by Rabbi Miriam during Children’s Jewish Studies Program.  Open to all. Leading with curiosity, discovery, and open conversation, this four-part series will be a learning laboratory for folks of all levels, backgrounds, and (dis)beliefs.  Each session offers a different lens of one of the Torah’s most riveting and formative scenes – revelation at Mount Sinai.  We’ll explore these topics through the lens of parenthood and the process of raising Jewish children.   Session 2:  SINAI THROUGH THE…

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February 2017

Awakening Song: A Special Musical Gathering Serenading Shabbat & Tu B’shvat

February 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Led by Rabbi Miriam & Cantor Lisa Join us for glorious singing this Shabbat Shira (Shabbat of Song) with guest musicians and choir as we both serenade Shabbat and sing to the trees in honour of Tu B'shvat, the New Year of the Trees.  Calling all soulful singers, all vibrating voices, and those who love to listen carried on the waves of song.  Shabbat Shira celebrates the Israelites song of liberation at the edge of the Sea of Reeds.  Tu…

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Child-Friendly Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner

February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Led by Rabbi Miriam. Rejoice with a songful, family-friendly, community-building Shabbat experience for all-ages.  We’ll gather together for blessings and singing before dinner and after dinner there will be programs for the children while the adults engage in conversation. Please let us know how many in your family will be attending and what vegetarian dish you will bring (enough for 8 hungry adults). Due to do serious allergies in our community, it is important that all potluck dishes arrive with…

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March 2017

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

March 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Led by Rabbi Miriam & Cantor Lisa. Take a pause in your busy week for a sweet and joyous song-filled service as we welcome Shabbat together.  A light Kiddush follows the service. Please enter via 2nd HURNDALE ENTRANCE (double gray doors just west of entrance at corner of Jackman & Hurndale) RSVP:  info@djctoronto.com

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Jewish Folk Dancing! DJC Hosting with Other Jewish Communities

March 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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The DJC, Shir Libeynu, City Shul, and First Narayever are jointly co-hosting our first Jewish folk dancing event!  This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the various downtown Jewish communities to have some fun together.  Don't know how to folk dance?  No problem.  We'll have an instructor there to teach the steps.  All are welcome no matter your age or level of dance skill.  Added bonus -- a light nosh will be provided to sustain us!  Please bring suitable…

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Earth Hour ~ Havdalah ~ Community Coffee House

March 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Led by Rabbi Miriam & Cantor Lisa We’ll mark the end of Shabbat amid flickering candlelight and celebrate Earth Hour together as a community with an evening of great live music from our talented community members. If you are interested in playing an instrument, singing a song, or sharing a story or poem, contact Cantor Lisa.  Please use subject line INTERESTED IN PERFORMING FOR EARTH HOUR.  Thank you. Enter via HURNDALE ENTRANCE (corner of Jackman & Hurndale). RSVP for event:  info@djctoronto.com

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Preparing for Pesach ~ Transforming Fear: A Workshop in Text & Movement

March 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Every Pesach we transform from being slaves to being free, from a life of narrow and fearful constriction to a life in the wide, brave, enlivened expanse together.  And yet, fear is present and palpable in all of our lives -- existential fear, fear of pain, fear of failure, fear of missing out, fear of public speaking, fear of loss, fear of greatness...  And we live in a frightening world.  And as Jews, we have inherited a legacy of fear. …

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LearningLab: Torah for the 21st Century ~ 3/4

March 30, 2017 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Adult education led by Rabbi Miriam during Children’s Jewish Studies Program.  Open to all. Leading with curiosity, discovery, and open conversation, this four-part series will be a learning laboratory for folks of all levels, backgrounds, and (dis)beliefs.  Each session offers a different lens of one of the Torah’s most riveting and formative scenes – revelation at Mount Sinai.  We’ll explore these topics through the lens of parenthood and the process of raising Jewish children. Session 3:  SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTERS WITH SINAI: …

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April 2017

Get Out Your Leaven: Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Chametz Potluck Dinner

April 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam & Cantor Lisa. Take a pause in your busy week for a sweet and joyous song-filled service as we welcome Shabbat and have a 'share your chametz' potluck dinner -- a feast of chametz (leavened food, any food made with grain or yeast).  As a way of preparing for Pesach, a time of physical and spiritual simplicity and unleavening (removing all that is puffed up or inflated in our hearts and cupboards), our potluck dinner will be…

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LearningLab: Torah for the 21st Century ~ 4/4

April 20, 2017 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Leading with curiosity, discovery, and open conversation, this four-part series will be a learning laboratory for folks of all levels, backgrounds, and (dis)beliefs.  Each session offers a different lens of one of the Torah’s most riveting and formative scenes – revelation at Mount Sinai.  We’ll explore these topics through the lens of parenthood and the process of raising Jewish children. Session 4:  WHAT’S LAW GOT TO DO WITH IT, GOT TO DO WITH IT?  FRESH PERSPECTIVES ON 'DOING JEWISH' Too…

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May 2017

Shabbat UnService ~ Shabbes Moth: An Evening of Storytelling

May 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam & Cantor Lisa. Join us around the flickering Shabbat candles for a warm, relaxed community gathering of storytelling.  The theme – My Jewish Inheritance, My Jewish Legacy. Whether you grew up with Judaism or not, if you find yourself at the DJC, you come with a story of connection to Judaism.  What is something Jewish you have received from previous generations?  Your grandfather's seder plate from Hungary?  A Yemenite lullaby?  Your great-aunt's passion for justice, socialism,…

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Blurred Lines: Examining the Six-Day War 50 Years Later

May 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Presented by the Third Space Committee This year marks 50 years since the Six-Day War in the Middle East, a war that drastically changed the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and that altered the map of the region.  For many Israelis and Jews around the world, it was seen as a miraculous victory, saving Israel from the brink of destruction by its Arab neighbours, creating a territorial safety buffer, and enabling Jews to visit holy sites in Jerusalem again.  For…

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June 2017

Jewish Meditation Circle [1 of 3]

June 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam. Begin your Shabbat morning with Jewish meditation and community.  These sessions will offer Jewish teachings and practices that support working wisely with our habits and reactions, guiding us toward living with open hearts, attuned awareness, and insightful action. June 17     # 2 of 3 June 24    # 3 of 3 Fill out short form to RSVP

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Abraham Joshua Heschel Reading Group [1 of 3]

June 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam. Session 2 ~ June 17 Session 3 ~ June 24 Due to the overwhelming positive response to the 5-part series The Many Faces of the Imageless God, we will continue to meet for 3 more Shabbat mornings for an in-depth exploration of Abraham Joshua Heschel's book Between God and Man: An Interpretation of Judaism.  Heschel's experiential orientation, poetic writing style, and sense of awe and wonder ground his ideas of God and Judaism in experiences in…

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Pride Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner

June 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam, Cantor Lisa, and community members. Put the J in LGBTQ!  Join us for a joyous, heart-opening Shabbat service – featuring the Pride Choir – and potluck in celebration of life, Jewish spirit, and gay pride courtesy of one of Toronto’s most inclusive community congregations.  LGBTQ, straights, families, singles, friends, Jewish, or not – all are welcome. Please let us know how many in your family will be attending and what vegetarian dish you will bring (enough for…

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Jewish Meditation Circle [2 of 3]

June 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam. Begin your Shabbat morning with Jewish meditation and community.  These sessions will offer Jewish teachings and practices that support working wisely with our habits and reactions, guiding us toward living with open hearts, attuned awareness, and insightful action. June 24    # 3 of 3 Fill out short form to RSVP

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Abraham Joshua Heschel Reading Group [2 of 3]

June 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam. Session 3 ~ June 24 Due to the overwhelming positive response to the 5-part series The Many Faces of the Imageless God, we will continue to meet for 3 more Shabbat mornings for an in-depth exploration of Abraham Joshua Heschel's book Between God and Man: An Interpretation of Judaism.  Heschel's experiential orientation, poetic writing style, and sense of awe and wonder ground his ideas of God and Judaism in experiences in nature, in relationship, in Torah's…

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Jewish Meditation Circle [3 of 3]

June 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam. Begin your Shabbat morning with Jewish meditation and community.  These sessions will offer Jewish teachings and practices that support working wisely with our habits and reactions, guiding us toward living with open hearts, attuned awareness, and insightful action. Fill out short form to RSVP

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Abraham Joshua Heschel Reading Group [3 of 3]

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam. Due to the overwhelming positive response to the 5-part series The Many Faces of the Imageless God, we will continue to meet for 3 more Shabbat mornings for an in-depth exploration of Abraham Joshua Heschel's book Between God and Man: An Interpretation of Judaism.  Heschel's experiential orientation, poetic writing style, and sense of awe and wonder ground his ideas of God and Judaism in experiences in nature, in relationship, in Torah's wisdom and imagery, in our…

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September 2017

Forgiveness for Dummies: A Non-Intimidating Guide to Apologizing

September 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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This session will explore Jewish practices of apologizing, reconciling and setting our relationships right.  During this month of Elul, the month leading up to the High Holydays, we are called upon to take stock of our relationships and actively make amends with people in our lives we have wronged or hurt.  Let's come together to learn, reflect and prepare our hearts, minds and actions for these days of teshuvah, return and repair. RSVP is requested

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October 2017

Simchat Torah Klezmer Celebration!

October 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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It is time to dance with the Torah, to the joyful noise of a boisterous Klezmer band!  Everyone will have the opportunity to come close to the Torah for an aliyah as we chant the very last lines of Dvarim/Deuteronomy and start again at the beginning (a very good place to start) with the first lines of Bereshit/Genesis. Families with young children are invited to come from 5:30 - 6:15 pm for a child-friendly Torah party, with special aliyot and…

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Child-Friendly Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam. Rejoice with a songful, family-friendly, community-building Shabbat experience for all-ages.  We’ll gather together for blessings and singing before dinner and after dinner there will be programs for the children while the adults engage in conversation. Please bring a vegetarian dish, enough for 8 hungry people! DJC will provide dessert. Due to do serious allergies in our community, it is important that all potluck dishes arrive with an ingredients list attached.  We know it is a lot…

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The Radical Wisdom Workshop (1 of 5)

October 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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The Radical Wisdom Workshop Navigating this life needs radical wisdom. This workshop is a deep dive into both Jewish sources of radical wisdom and learning the skills to engage Judaism in radical ways. Topic – Jewish Mysticism. While some participants will focus on other chosen material, the majority of those who have registered are interested in exploring Jewish Mysticism. To ground us in this complex and exciting material, we will explore a range of Jewish mystical interpretations on Genesis 12…

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Radical Wisdom Workshop (2 of 5)

October 31, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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What have you always wanted to learn in Judaism? Great stories of the Talmud about conflict and peace? Queer or Feminist readings of Torah?  Mystical interpretations of Abraham's journey into the unknown? We are kicking off a new Jewish learning project, diving into Judaism's radical wisdom.  For 5 Tuesday evenings, participants will choose a Jewish text or topic, sit in conversation with a hevrutah partner (study buddy) and explore! Come with a hevrutah or we will pair you up.  Come…

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November 2017

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

November 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Take a pause in your busy week for a sweet and joyous song-filled service as we welcome Shabbat together.  A light Kiddush follows the service.  

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NOV 13 CANCELLED~Ritual Leadership Training ~ Evening Session

November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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NOV 13 SESSION IS CANCELLED  Be part of our ritual leadership revolution! In order to be the inclusive and engaged community we aim to be, we want to train as many DJC members as possible to be leaders in Jewish ritual.  Since our exciting and unique decision last May, ritual leadership roles are open to everyone, Jews and non-Jews, who participate in our training program, growing knowledge, understanding, personal meaning, commitment, and skills. This program is also ideal for anyone…

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Radical Wisdom Workship (4 of 5)

November 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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What have you always wanted to learn in Judaism? Great stories of the Talmud about conflict and peace? Queer or Feminist readings of Torah?  Mystical interpretations of Abraham's journey into the unknown? We are kicking off a new Jewish learning project, diving into Judaism's radical wisdom.  For 5 Tuesday evenings, participants will choose a Jewish text or topic, sit in conversation with a hevrutah partner (study buddy) and explore! Come with a hevrutah or we will pair you up.  Come…

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Radical Wisdom Workshop (5 of 5)

November 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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What have you always wanted to learn in Judaism? Great stories of the Talmud about conflict and peace? Queer or Feminist readings of Torah?  Mystical interpretations of Abraham's journey into the unknown? We are kicking off a new Jewish learning project, diving into Judaism's radical wisdom.  For 5 Tuesday evenings, participants will choose a Jewish text or topic, sit in conversation with a hevrutah partner (study buddy) and explore! Come with a hevrutah or we will pair you up.  Come…

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December 2017

Israel and the Meaning of 50 years since the Six Day War (1 of 4)

December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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CHANGE OF TOPIC - Visions of Jerusalem: Israel & the Meaning of 50 Years since the Six Day War Led by Rabbi Miriam. With President Trump's announcement this week, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the plan to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we will change the topic of this evening's learning and discussion to focus on Visions of Jerusalem (originally the topic of the 4th session). Our conversation will weave together reflections on…

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Pre-Chanukah Arts Workshop

December 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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We will explore some of the evocative images and meanings of Chanukah through this hands-on creative workshop.  Jewish text will spark our creativity and curiosity for visual art-making. We will work primarily with collage in image and word.  Discover meaning in Chanukah as you have never encountered it before! No visual arts experience or skill is necessary. RSVP is required DJC Members:  FREE Non-Members:  suggested donation per session $18, $36, or PWYC; please pay  ONLINE or by CHQ (bring to event) or mail…

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Chanukah Kabbalat Service and Potluck Dinner

December 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Let’s bring light and warmth into a dark December night.  Bring your chanukiyah and 5 candles (for the 4th night of Chanukah).  We will celebrate Shabbat and Chanukah together with candle lighting, singing, blessings, and good food. **If possible, please bring beeswax candles instead of paraffin candles for your Chanukkiah.  Paraffin candles release toxins & there are sensitivities in our community. Thank you… Please bring a vegetarian dish to share (enough for 8 hungry adults!). Main or side dishes only.  DJC is…

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January 2018

Israel & the Meaning of 50 Years since the Six Day War (2 of 4)

January 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Yovel / Jubilee as a time of return – for the land, for families, for ownership Led by Rabbi Miriam. This past June marked 50 years since the Six-Day War in the Middle East, a war that drastically changed the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and that altered the map of the region.  A span of 50 years, called Yovel/Jubilee, is significant in Jewish sources.  For some of us, this particular Jubilee year marks a celebration of fifty years since…

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Inter-generational, Child-Friendly Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Come in from the cold and gather together to rejoice with a songful, inter-generational, child-friendly, community-building Shabbat experience.  We’ll gather together for blessings and singing before dinner and after dinner there will be programs for the children while the adults engage in discussion. Please bring a vegetarian dish, enough for 8 hungry people! DJC will provide dessert. Due to do serious allergies in our community, it is important that all potluck dishes arrive with an ingredients list attached.  We know…

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Shabbat Shira ~ Shabbat of Song

January 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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With guest musicians Danny Greenspoon, Brian Katz, Rachel Sheinin and Hartley Wynberg. Let's swim together in a sea of song, contemplative chant, stirring melody, and joyful noise.  Join Rabbi Miriam, Cantor Lisa, and talented musicians for a special Shabbat of Song/Shira.  This Shabbat, Jewish communities around the world read the section of Exodus describing the Israelites crossing the Sea of Reeds into freedom and bursting into song on the shores of the sea. Please bring a NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM for…

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March 2018

Kabbalat Shabbat service

March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam & Cantor Lisa Take a pause in your busy week for a sweet and joyous song-filled service as we welcome Shabbat together.  A light Kiddush follows the service.

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Israel & the Meaning of 50 Years since the Six Day War (3 of 4)

March 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Yovel/Jubilee and The Concept of Betach/ Sense of Security in the Land of Israel Led by Rabbi Miriam This past June marked 50 years since the Six-Day War in the Middle East, a war that drastically changed the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and that altered the map of the region.  A span of 50 years, called Yovel/Jubilee, is significant in Jewish sources.  For some of us, this particular Jubilee year marks a celebration of fifty years since a miraculous…

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Earth Hour ~ Havdallah~ Community Coffee House

March 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam with Cantor Lisa Let's sing our way to the end of Shabbat and into the night amid flickering candlelight.  We'll celebrate Havdalah and Earth Hour together as a community with an evening of great live music from our talented community members.  Interested in performing at Earth Hour? Please contact us **In subject line, please add INTERESTED IN PERFORMING AT EARTH HOUR. Thank you! RSVP is recommended

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DJC ARTS & CULTURE PRESENTS: Preparing for Pesach ~  A Workshop in Creative Writing and Transformation

March 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Facilitated by Rabbi Miriam  Pesach is a celebration of transformation – from slavery to freedom, from degradation to praise, from winter to spring, from narrow Pharaoh-ego to expansive, sacred communal purpose. In order to grow into something new, we have to know our present state of being, its narrow constrictions, and we have to creatively imagine what we might become. In this workshop, our tools will include exploring Jewish sources and guided writing exercises to interpret and imagine the transformation…

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April 2018

Children’s Jewish Studies Program – OPEN HOUSE

April 12, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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We offer a program for children to learn not just the what, but the why of Judaism, with an emphasis on arts, music, culture, and fun. We value Judaism as a dynamic, living religion rooted and nourished by tradition while evolving with contemporary questions, sensibilities, and concerns.  With an emphasis on the arts, Jewish culture, sources and stories, creative learning, and healthy debate, we guide students not only in learning the content of Jewish life, but in practicing the ways that being Jewish is…

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Israel & the Meaning of 50 Years since the Six Day War (4 of 4)

April 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Yovel/Jubilee – A Time of Liberation in the Land of Israel Led by Rabbi Miriam This past June marked 50 years since the Six-Day War in the Middle East, a war that drastically changed the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and that altered the map of the region.  A span of 50 years, called Yovel/Jubilee, is significant in Jewish sources.  For some of us, this particular Jubilee year marks a celebration of fifty years since a miraculous victory, saving Israel…

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May 2018

Shabbat Itanu

May 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Mental Health: How to do more than talk about it The DJC Accessibility Initiative is honoured to have Talia Johnson as our speaker this year for Shabbat Itanu, the yearly Shabbat Service focused on accessibility and inclusion. This year the committee invites you to a service focused on decreasing the stigma of mental health and illness, and how we as a community can be open, welcoming and supportive to members and potential members who are experiencing challenges and struggles around their mental health. As mental health issues are front and center…

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Shabbes Moth: An Evening of Storytelling – CANCELLED

May 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Our apologies for any inconvenience, this service has been CANCELLED.

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June 2018

Pride Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

June 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam, Cantor Lisa, and community members. Put the J in LGBTQ!  Join us for a joyous, heart-opening Shabbat service – featuring the Pride Choir – and potluck in celebration of life, Jewish spirit, and gay pride courtesy of one of Toronto’s most inclusive community congregations.  LGBTQ, straight folks, families, singles, friends, Jewish, or not – all are welcome. ​Please bring a vegetarian dish to share - enough for 8 hungry adults! Kindly bring a list of the ingredients…

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August 2018

Ritual Leadership Training ~ Evening Session

August 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Be part of our ritual leadership revolution! In order to be the inclusive and engaged community we aim to be, we want to train as many DJC members as possible to be leaders in Jewish ritual.  Since our exciting and unique decision last May, ritual leadership roles are open to everyone, Jews and non-Jews, who participate in our training program, growing knowledge, understanding, personal meaning, commitment, and skills. This program is also ideal for anyone interested gaining a greater understanding…

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Ritual Leadership Training: Evening Session

August 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Be part of our ritual leadership revolution! In order to be the inclusive and engaged community we aim to be, we want to train as many DJC members as possible to be leaders in Jewish ritual.  Since our exciting and unique decision last May, ritual leadership roles are open to everyone, Jews and non-Jews, who participate in our training program, growing knowledge, understanding, personal meaning, commitment, and skills. This program is also ideal for anyone interested gaining a greater understanding…

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September 2018

Simchat Torah Klezmer Celebration

September 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Another cycle of reading the entire Torah is completed. Now it's time to dance! Our live and lively Klezmer band led by the fabulous Brian Katz will accompany us for hakafot (dancing processions with the Torah) and juicy joy. Everyone will have the opportunity to come close to the Torah for an aliyah as we chant the very last lines of Dvarim/Deuteronomy and start again at the beginning (a very good place to start) with the first lines of Bereshit/Genesis. Food…

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October 2018

Beit Olam Cemetery Proposal – A Community Conversation

October 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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We are excited to share information and address questions about this proposal for a Jewish cemetery in which Jews and non-Jews can be buried side by side. Beit Olam is a Jewish cemetery section within the non-denominational Glenview Memorial Gardens. This project is in partnership with other shuls in Toronto who also have Jewish, interfaith and intercultural members. Please join us to be part of this important conversation!

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Around the Shabbat Table – All Ages Shabbat Potluck

October 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Come together for warm and welcoming community of all ages. We'll enter the sweetness of Shabbat with spirited songs and soulful blessings, great food, creative programming for children and dynamic adult learning and discussion. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, bring your own plates and cutlery to save on disposables and let's take a deep Shabbat breath at the end of a busy week. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend,…

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Radical Wisdom: Aging Wisely – Session 1

October 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Session 1: Changing Identities, Changing Roles No matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to explore how to age wisely. We'll draw from Jewish teachings and meaningful rituals to bring wisdom, reflection, spiritual awareness and daring to the process of getting older and all the changes that accompany it. In this first session we'll explore issues of changing identities and roles such as: Retirement and finding new purpose and new identity; Being single in…

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November 2018

Radical Wisdom: Aging Wisely – Session 2

November 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Session 2: Becoming a Wise Elder No matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to explore how to age wisely. We'll draw from Jewish teachings and meaningful rituals to bring wisdom, reflection, spiritual awareness and daring to the process of getting older and all the changes that accompany it. In this second session we will explore Jewish approaches to becoming a wise elder. While Western culture is obsessed with youth, we'll explore Jewish views…

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service: In Hope, Healing and Connection

November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Let's gather to support each other in the pain and possibilities of this political moment - in song, heartfelt prayer, contemplative stillness and reflection, with musical accompaniment by Danny Greenspoon. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend, but we’re grateful for any donation you wish to contribute, which you can do so HERE. Thank you for your support!

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Third Space Conversation: Jewish Communal Responses to Anti-Semitism

November 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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In the wake of the anti-Semitic attack on Jews in prayer at the Tree of Life Synagogue, our Toronto Jewish community and our Toronto movements for transformative justice have been grieving and putting forward calls to action in a range of ways. We, the Third Space committee, are hosting an evening of reflection and discussion, using the tools of deep listening, speaking from our diverse experiences and commitments and exploring questions. Some of the questions we want to explore include:…

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Radical Wisdom: Aging Wisely – Session 3

November 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Session 3: Relationship with the Aging Body No matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to explore how to age wisely. We'll draw from Jewish teachings and meaningful rituals to bring wisdom, reflection, spiritual awareness and daring to the process of getting older and all the changes that accompany it. In Session 3, we will explore Jewish practices specifically related to the body – cultivating gratitude, awareness and delight in the aging body, as…

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December 2018

Radical Wisdom: Aging Wisely – Session 4

December 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Session 4: Death Cafe No matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to explore how to age wisely. We'll draw from Jewish teachings and meaningful rituals to bring wisdom, reflection, spiritual awareness and daring to the process of getting older and all the changes that accompany it. In the last session in the series we'll be talking all about death! Based on the popular model of the Death Cafe, we will break down taboos…

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Chanukah Shabbat Celebration

December 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Let’s bring light, warmth and joy into a dark December night.  Bring your chanukiyah and 7 candles (for the 6th night of Chanukah).  We will celebrate Shabbat and Chanukah together with candle lighting, singing, blessings, and a catered dinner. We will provide latkes, a variety of hearty salads and sufganiyot. Come and bring your appetite! Following dinner, there will be a CHANUKAH MYSTERY for all ages! Come travel through time, meet past and present characters, and help us solve it! RSVP is…

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January 2019

Shabbat Shira: Shabbat of Song

January 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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With guest musicians Danny Greenspoon, Brian Katz, Rachel Sheinin and Hartley Wynberg. Let's swim together in a sea of song, contemplative chant, stirring melody, and joyful noise. Join Rabbi Miriam, Cantor Lisa, and talented musicians for a special Shabbat of Song/Shira. This Shabbat, Jewish communities around the world read the section of Exodus describing the Israelites crossing the Sea of Reeds into freedom and bursting into song on the shores of the sea. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Bethany Food…

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Third Space Committee presents: WANDERING: movement and movements in Palestine, Israel and beyond

January 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Join the DJC Third Space Committee this year for the first of three themed events exploring experience in Israel, Palestine and Diaspora. Through song in multiple languages, we will explore the theme of Wandering, and how it lives in diverse Israeli, Jewish and Palestinian narratives, as well as the diasporas of our complex communities. Come to discuss and learn together, with and across our differences as a community. Come to one, two or all three events through the year. No…

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United to End Anti-Semitism: A 4-Part Workshop Series for Jews and Allies

January 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Co-hosted by the Social Justice Committee and the Third Space Committee The recent rise in overt anti-Semitism opens an important opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of anti-Semitism and how it functions - historically and in the present. For Jews, we want to think with clarity and vision about our work to heal the distorting impact of anti-Semitism on the Jewish soul and psyche. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build…

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February 2019

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Take a pause in your busy week for a sweet and joyous song-filled service as we welcome Shabbat together, with musical accompaniment by Danny Greenspoon. A light Kiddush follows the service. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend, but we’re grateful for any donation you wish to contribute, which you can do so HERE. Thank you for your support!

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Around the Shabbat Table – All Ages Shabbat Potluck

February 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Come together for warm and welcoming community of all ages. We'll enter the sweetness of Shabbat with spirited songs and soulful blessings, great food, creative programming for children and dynamic adult learning and discussion. Bring a vegetarian dish to share, bring your own plates and cutlery to save on disposables and let's take a deep Shabbat breath at the end of a busy week. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend,…

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United to End Anti-Semitism: A 4-Part Workshop Series for Jews and Allies

February 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Co-hosted by the Social Justice Committee and the Third Space Committee The recent rise in overt anti-Semitism opens an important opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of anti-Semitism and how it functions - historically and in the present. For Jews, we want to think with clarity and vision about our work to heal the distorting impact of anti-Semitism on the Jewish soul and psyche. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build…

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B’nei Mitzvah Program Open House

February 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Do you have a student in grade 5 or 6? Are you starting to wonder about your options for your child becoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah at the DJC? Join us for an information session! Pizza will be provided. DJC Members and Non-Members are all welcome, but we ask that everyone RSVP to Alysse at djc.js.principal@gmail.com. Click here for more info about the B'Nei Mitzvah Program at the DJC.

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United to End Anti-Semitism: A 4-Part Workshop Series for Jews and Allies

February 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Co-hosted by the Social Justice Committee and the Third Space Committee The recent rise in overt anti-Semitism opens an important opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of anti-Semitism and how it functions - historically and in the present. For Jews, we want to think with clarity and vision about our work to heal the distorting impact of anti-Semitism on the Jewish soul and psyche. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build…

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March 2019

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Take a pause in your busy week for a sweet and joyous song-filled service, with Cantor Lisa and Rabbi Miriam, as we welcome Shabbat together. A light Kiddush follows the service. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend, but we’re grateful for any donation you wish to contribute, which you can do so HERE. Thank you for your support!

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United to End Anti-Semitism: A 4-Part Workshop Series for Jews and Allies

March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Co-hosted by the Social Justice Committee and the Third Space Committee The recent rise in overt anti-Semitism opens an important opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of anti-Semitism and how it functions - historically and in the present. For Jews, we want to think with clarity and vision about our work to heal the distorting impact of anti-Semitism on the Jewish soul and psyche. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build…

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Around the Shabbat Table – All Ages Shabbat Dinner

March 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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WE'RE COOKING DINNER AND YOU'RE INVITED! With special guest, Kobi Hass, Israeli musician and educator, we'll come together to sing our way into Shabbat. Learn new songs, eat good food and gather around the light of Shabbat's flickering candles. This event is open to both members and non-members. To help us cover cost of dinner, cost per adult is $5 for members and $8 for non-members; children are free! You may pay ONLINE: https://djctoronto.com/donate/donate-now/ (Under: 'make an immediate donation', click…

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Earth Hour Havdalah Community Coffee House

March 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam with Cantor Lisa Let's unplug with others around this precious globe! Mark Earth Hour as we sing our way to the end of Shabbat and into the night amid flickering candlelight. We'll celebrate Havdalah and Earth Hour with an evening of great live music and poetry from our wonderful community members. Interested in performing at Earth Hour? Please let us know in your RSVP form! RSVP is recommended This program is open to both members and…

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The Cry that Sparks Redemption – A Seder Workshop

March 31, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Join us for learning and creative ideas to make your seder meaningful, interactive and relevant. This workshop will explore the Haggadah's telling of the first sparks of liberation - the cries and sighs of an oppressed people – and trace the arc from wordless sound, to courageous speech, to freedom-song. We'll see how these teachings might guide the work of liberation today, for our world and for self-transformation. PLEASE RSVP This event is open to both members and non-members. We’re asking…

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April 2019

Children’s Jewish Studies Program – OPEN HOUSE

April 11, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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We offer a program for children to learn not just the what, but the why of Judaism, with an emphasis on arts, music, culture, and fun. We value Judaism as a dynamic, living religion rooted and nourished by tradition while evolving with contemporary questions, sensibilities, and concerns. With an emphasis on the arts, Jewish culture, sources and stories, creative learning, and healthy debate, we guide students not only in learning the content of Jewish life, but in practicing the ways that being…

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May 2019

How We Bear Witness: A Conversation for Yom Hasho’ah

May 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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DJC members Karen Robbins and Alan Gotlib recently participated in The March of the Living, a journey to Poland and Israel to learn about the Jewish communities that once flourished in Europe, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the establishment and flourishing of the State of Israel. In honour of Yom Ha'sho'ah, Holocaust Memorial Day, Karen and Alan will share their experiences and reflections. In conversation with Rabbi Miriam, we will explore different ways we bear witness to this history…

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Shabbat Itanu 2019: Disability Solidarity

May 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Free

Shabbat Itanu is an an annual, city-wide Shabbat of learning and community awareness focused on disabled folks in a Jewish setting. This year, please join the Danforth Jewish Circle for an evening of celebration and education, organized with the leadership of disabled Jews. A shabbat service dedicated to the theme of the crucial participation and meaningful inclusion of folks with disabilities will be followed by a kiddush (post-service snack) and a Barrier Hunt session where the community will learn more…

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June 2019

PRIDE Kabbalat Shabbat + Potluck Dinner

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Led by Rabbi Miriam, Cantor Lisa, and community members. Put the J in LGBTQ!  Join us for a joyously Jewish, heart-opening Shabbat service and potluck in celebration of life, Jewcy spirituality, and gay pride courtesy of one of Toronto's most inclusive community congregations. LGBTQ, straight folks, families, singles, friends, Jewish, or not – all are welcome. ​Please bring a vegetarian dish to share - enough for 8 hungry adults! Kindly bring a list of the ingredients ​due to allergies and dietary…

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Colonists vs. Advocates: The Jewish-Indigenous Encounter

June 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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As part of the DJC's ongoing commitment to the important and challenging process of reconciliation, we are pleased to host an informative and honest talk about the historical relationship between Jews and Indigenous Peoples. Join Rabbi Miriam in conversation with historian and York University professor David Koffman, author of the new book, The Jews' Indian: Colonialism, Pluralism, and Belonging (Rutgers University Press). The discussion aims to bring historical context to present-day realities, drawing upon Professor Koffman's unprecedented research. We'll examine tropes of Jewish…

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September 2019

Ritual Leadership Training: Evening Session

September 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Be part of our Inclusive Ritual Leadership revolution!  WE WANT YOU! Maybe this is your moment to step into new learning and leadership at the DJC. Are you curious to discover personal relevance in ancient words and practices?  Do you struggle to connect with God-language or the words of Torah?  Do you want to understand the words and diverse meanings of Jewish ritual and prayer? Take this opportunity to deepen your connection and help strengthen the DJC. In order to…

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Preparing Hearts and Minds for High Holydays

September 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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The High Holydays are also called “Yamim Nora'im/the Days of Awe”, but what exactly is awe and what is its value? How do we awaken awe while sitting in shul and chanting the same prayers we chant every year? In this interactive session we will explore Jewish sources on cultivating awe as a spiritual and moral practice, deeply needed at this moment in history. We will explore ways that the ingredients of awe, humility and wonder lay the foundation for…

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October 2019

Second Day Rosh Hashanah

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Services at Eastminster Churchexcept where noted. More info:  High Holy Days / To register: Membership & Registration Learning & Discussion: Shomrei Adamah/ Keepers of the Earth 10 AM – 12 PM Location: Auditorium Questions? Contact us or call 416-580-6303. *Note: Complimentary childcare (ages 2-6) is provided for all services. For evening services, from 7:00 PM to the conclusion of the main service; for day services, from 9:30 AM to the conclusion of the main service.  *The DJC has confirmed ASL interpretation for the following High…

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Simchat Torah Klezmer Celebration

October 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

It is time to dance with the Torah, to the joyful noise of a boisterous Klezmer band! Everyone will have the opportunity to come close to the Torah for an aliyah as we chant the very last lines of Dvarim/Deuteronomy and start again at the beginning (a very good place to start) with the first lines of Bereshit/Genesis. Families with young children are invited to come from 5:00 – 5:45 pm for a child-friendly Torah party, with special aliyot and seeing the whole Torah unrolled.…

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November 2019

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Marking one year since the anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh, join us for soulful prayer and peaceful stillness, learning and reflection, resilient song and the strength of community, with Cantor Lisa and Rabbi Miriam, with musical accompaniment by Danny Greenspoon. A light Kiddush follows the service. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend, but we’re grateful for any donation you wish to contribute, which you can do so HERE. Thank you for your support!

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Tikkun Olam Speaker Series – Featuring: Naomi Chazan

November 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Free

The DJC's Social Justice Committee is excited to kick-off our three-part "Tikkun Olam Speaker Series - Featuring: Naomi Chazan" -- one of Israel’s most renowned politicians, academics and activists who will speak on the topic, "Defending Democracy in Israel: Post-Election Reflections." Professor Naomi Chazan was a Member of Knesset from 1992 to 2003 and is widely respected for her role in championing the causes of human rights, women’s rights and consumer protection in Israel. Her insights this evening will focus…

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Radical Wisdom: Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop – Session 1

November 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop 4 Part Series: Nov. 11, Nov.18, Nov. 25 & Dec. 2 Do you ever leave Yom Kippur services with new inspiration, commitments and clarity, and then forget about them a week or two later?! Here is an opportunity to foster lasting change! This series will be an exploration of teachings and practices of Mussar, Jewish ethical-spiritual practice. Each session will dive into one middah/character trait, learning Jewish sources, meditations and exercises…

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Around the Shabbat Table: Catered Dinner and All-Ages Shabbat Celebration

November 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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DJC Members: $14 | Regular Adult: $18 | Child: $8 | Student/ under-employed: $10 Come together for warm and welcoming community and Shabbat joy. We'll enter the sweetness of Shabbat with spirited songs and soulful blessings, great food, creative programming for children and dynamic adult learning and discussion. This is a catered event! Bring your own plates and cutlery to save on disposables. Let's take a deep Shabbat breath at the end of a busy week. Fill out this form…

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Radical Wisdom: Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop – Session 2

November 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop 4 Part Series: Nov. 11, Nov.18, Nov. 25 & Dec. 2 Do you ever leave Yom Kippur services with new inspiration, commitments and clarity, and then forget about them a week or two later?! Here is an opportunity to foster lasting change! This series will be an exploration of teachings and practices of Mussar, Jewish ethical-spiritual practice. Each session will dive into one middah/character trait, learning Jewish sources, meditations and exercises…

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Learning Series: Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism

November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on January 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Last year we began this important project, deepening our understanding of how anti-Semitism functions, why it is surfacing now, and how to respond to it. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build our capacity to grow wise and resilient solidarity to end anti-Semitism. And we want to grow the tools and relationships to reach beyond the DJC, both in the wider Jewish community and in solidarity with other liberation movements, working to…

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Radical Wisdom: Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop – Session 3

November 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop 4 Part Series: Nov. 11, Nov.18, Nov. 25 & Dec. 2 Do you ever leave Yom Kippur services with new inspiration, commitments and clarity, and then forget about them a week or two later?! Here is an opportunity to foster lasting change! This series will be an exploration of teachings and practices of Mussar, Jewish ethical-spiritual practice. Each session will dive into one middah/character trait, learning Jewish sources, meditations and exercises…

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December 2019

Radical Wisdom: Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop – Session 4

December 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Mussar Workshop 4 Part Series: Nov. 11, Nov.18, Nov. 25 & Dec. 2 Do you ever leave Yom Kippur services with new inspiration, commitments and clarity, and then forget about them a week or two later?! Here is an opportunity to foster lasting change! This series will be an exploration of teachings and practices of Mussar, Jewish ethical-spiritual practice. Each session will dive into one middah/character trait, learning Jewish sources, meditations and exercises…

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service

December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Join us for spirited singing, soulful prayer and peaceful stillness, with Cantor Lisa and Rabbi Miriam, with musical accompaniment by Danny Greenspoon, as we welcome Shabbat together. A light Kiddush follows the service. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend, but we’re grateful for any donation you wish to contribute, which you can do so HERE. Thank you for your support!

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Learning Series: Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism

December 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on January 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Last year we began this important project, deepening our understanding of how anti-Semitism functions, why it is surfacing now, and how to respond to it. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build our capacity to grow wise and resilient solidarity to end anti-Semitism. And we want to grow the tools and relationships to reach beyond the DJC, both in the wider Jewish community and in solidarity with other liberation movements, working to…

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Tikkun Olam Speaker Series – Featuring: Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer

December 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Have you ever considered how to engage with Indigenous people in Toronto in a meaningful way? Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer, Executive Director of the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council and former Indigenous Affairs consultant to the City of Toronto, will introduce the Indigenous concept of community wellness and explore Indigenous histories, societal structures, contemporary issues and the future landscape. Participants will gain greater confidence and facility both to engage with members of the urban Indigenous community and to affect systems…

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Chanukah Arts Fair & Festival

December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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It's a Chanukah Arts Fair and Festival! Buy your Chanukah gifts from DJC artists and crafts people and support the DJC! From ceramics to fabric art, books, CDs, jewelry, prints, paintings and more. Participate in craft-making stations for adults and children of all ages, including paper making, print-making, a creative book project, face painting, a photo-booth and learn the 'how to' and deeper meanings of 8 nights of candle lighting. Join in at 2:30pm for a Chanukah Song Singalong. Refreshments…

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January 2020

Shabbat-Spirited Singing Circle

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Instead of our usual Kabbalat Shabbat service, join us for a Shabbat-spirited singing laboratory - growing heart, heat and soul on this chilly Friday night. Whether you're a mellifluous harmony-maker or you sing wildly off-key, join us as we sing our way into Shabbat with simple, contemplative melodies and energetic, ecstatic chanting. This gathering will also include mourner's kaddish. Stay for a kiddush nosh and community warmth. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for…

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Learning Series: Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on January 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Last year we began this important project, deepening our understanding of how anti-Semitism functions, why it is surfacing now, and how to respond to it. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build our capacity to grow wise and resilient solidarity to end anti-Semitism. And we want to grow the tools and relationships to reach beyond the DJC, both in the wider Jewish community and in solidarity with other liberation movements, working to…

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Around the Shabbat Table: Catered Dinner and All-Ages Shabbat Celebration

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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DJC members: $14  I  Non-members: $18  I Children: $8  I Students/under-employed: $10 Come together for warm and welcoming community and Shabbat joy. We'll enter the sweetness of Shabbat with spirited songs and soulful blessings, great food, creative programming for children and dynamic adult learning and discussion. This is a catered event! Bring your own plates and cutlery to save on disposables. Let's take a deep Shabbat breath at the end of a busy week. Fill out this form to register: REGISTER…

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February 2020

Shabbat Shira: Shabbat of Song

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

With guest musicians Danny Greenspoon, Brian Katz, Hartley Wynberg. This Shabbat, Jewish communities around the world read the section of Exodus describing the Israelites crossing the Sea of Reeds into freedom and bursting into song on the shores of the sea.  Let's swim together in a sea of song, contemplative chant, stirring melody, and joyful noise. Join Rabbi Miriam, Cantor Lisa, and talented musicians Danny Greenspoon, Brian Katz, Hartley Wynberg and Ian Werker, for a special Shabbat of Song/Shira. This event is…

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Learning Series: Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on January 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Last year we began this important project, deepening our understanding of how anti-Semitism functions, why it is surfacing now, and how to respond to it. As a community of Jews and people from other backgrounds, together we want to build our capacity to grow wise and resilient solidarity to end anti-Semitism. And we want to grow the tools and relationships to reach beyond the DJC, both in the wider Jewish community and in solidarity with other liberation movements, working to…

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Open House

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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The Bat/Bar Mitzvah Open House will take place on February 20 at 6:30 pm. Pizza will be provided! Please join Rabbi Miriam Margles and Alysse Rich (Director of Education) to hear about the meaningful, joyful, and inclusive programming for students becoming Bat/Bar Mitzvah at the Danforth Jewish Circle. This discussion will include information for students hoping to have their own individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah, as well as those interested in joining our popular group program for grade seven students. This open…

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Around the Shabbat Table: Catered Dinner, Shabbat Song and Israeli Folk Dancing

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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DJC Members: $14 | Regular Adult: $18 | Child: $8 | Student/ under-employed: $10 Come together for warm and welcoming community and Shabbat joy. We’ll enter the sweetness of Shabbat with spirited songs and soulful blessings, great food, creative programming for children and dynamic adult learning and discussion. After songs, blessings and a delicious catered dinner, join us for Rikkud/Israeli folk dancing, led by our skilled and energetic DJC teens! This is a catered event! Bring your own plates and cutlery…

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March 2020

Ritual Leadership Training: Evening Session

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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Be part of our Inclusive Ritual Leadership revolution!  WE WANT YOU! Maybe this is your moment to step into new learning and leadership at the DJC. Are you curious to discover personal relevance in ancient words and practices?  Do you struggle to connect with God-language or the words of Torah?  Do you want to understand the words and diverse meanings of Jewish ritual and prayer? Take this opportunity to deepen your connection and help strengthen the DJC. In order to…

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

Join us for spirited singing, soulful prayer and peaceful stillness, with Cantor Lisa and Rabbi Miriam, and beautiful musical accompaniment by Danny Greenspoon, as we welcome Shabbat together. A light Kiddush follows the service. This event is open to both members and non-members. There is no fee for non-members to attend, but we’re grateful for any donation you wish to contribute, which you can do so HERE. Thank you for your support!

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Green Purim!

March 8 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6

This Purim at DJC, go green, be green, wear green! We're throwing an eco-friendly celebration for all ages. Bike, walk or TTC on over in your finest recycled, upcycled gear and get ready for a party like no other. Come and bake your own hamentashen, make your own RRR (recycled, reused, reduced) accessories, turn trash into Purim treasure, and much more! At 6:15 pm, we'll come together for a spectacular costume parade and the "trashiest" Purim Shpiel/ creative megillah reading…

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Earth Hour Havdalah Community Coffee House

March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastminster / AUDITORIUM, 310 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, M4K 1N6
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This year, we will celebrate Earth Hour a little differently. We'll begin our Earth Hour program on-line at 8pm. But before we join together on-line, take some time to stand outside and breath in the night air. Notice the changing light of the ending of Shabbat. Perhaps you can see the sliver of the new moon in the sky announcing the month of Nissan, the month of Pesach. Unplug anything in your house that doesn't need to be plugged in.…

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