Events

For more details on these events, check out our latest newsletter.

May
5
Fri
2017
YOM HAATZMAUT SHABBAT CELEBRATION @ Borochov Cultural Centre
May 5 @ 7:30 PM
Join us for a special Shabbat marking Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day)

Come celebrate Israel’s 69th birthday at a party featuring:

  • Short Shabbat ceremony
  • Israeli food
  • A screening of the 2015 Israeli comedy “Atomic Falafel”
  • Israeli music with Mickey Lewin

Non-members welcome: $15
Please RSVP

May
9
Tue
2017
THEATRE OUTING: “Freud’s Last Session @ Greenwin Theatre
May 9 @ 8:00 PM

HAROLD GREEN JEWISH THEATRE COMPANY presents

“Freud’s Last Session”

NB – Our block of tickets has been sold out.

 

May
15
Mon
2017
NEW ROSH HASHANAH SERVICE PREVIEW – Members only
May 15 @ 7:00 PM
ROSH HASHANAH READ-THROUGH

As most of you know, we will be debuting a new Rosh Hashanah service this fall. This is the final High Holiday ceremony to be revised by Rabbis Karen Levy and Denise Handlarski, with input from Rabbi Eva Goldfinger, Sandi Horwitz and Barbara Ackerman. This is a chance to get a preview and offer comments before the final draft is created.
Members only — RSVPs a must.

May
20
Sat
2017
ECO-RAYNU SPRING EVENT at Wishing Well Sanctuary @ Wishing Well Sanctuary
May 20 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
ECO-RAYNU SPRING EVENT at Wishing Well Sanctuary

Strengthening our Yiddishkeit links to our living planet

WISHING WELL SANCTUARY is a rehabilitation centre for farm animals saved from maltreatment or slaughter.  It is an oasis of discovery and development, repose, and renewal – a centre for
personal growth, inner peace, healing and joy.  Learn more: www.wishingwellsanctuary.org

Join us as we are given a private tour of the facilities and then get our hands dirty helping out at the sanctuary with the many chores needed to keep it running.

We will do a picnic lunch, so bring your own.  And don’t forget working gloves, boots and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
We hope to arrange car pools for everyone.

Non-members welcome $15

To get involved in Eco-Raynu or for further details, please email Louise Sherman at: louisejay@hotmail.com

♦ When humans act with cruelty we characterize them as ‘animals’, yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity. — Anthony Douglas Williams ♦

May
30
Tue
2017
COMMUNITY EVENT: TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT @ Miles Nadal JCC
May 30 @ 8:00 PM – May 31 @ 8:30 AM

Oraynu is pleased to be a co-sponsor of WHERE SINAI MEETS SPADINA! Celebrating Shavuot at the Miles Nadal JCC

The annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot is a full night of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. Special programs for kids and teens. Come for the learning — stay for the cheesecake!

This year, Rabbi Denise Handlarski will be presenting on Jewish Birth practices (Time TBA)
There should be hundreds of people there so please come to represent Oraynu
!

Co-presented by Annex Shul, Beach Hebrew Institute, Beth Torah, City Shul, Congregation Darchei Noam, Congregation Shir Libeynu, Danforth Jewish Circle, Downtown Jewish Community School, First Narayever Congregation, Habonim Dror/Camp Gesher, Hillel of Greater Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple, Jewish Family & Child, Kensington Torah Circle, Kulanu Toronto, Limmud Toronto, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Moishe House Toronto, Nefesh HaChayim, Ontario Jewish Archives Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs, and UJA Federation’s Committee for Yiddish.

 

Jun
9
Fri
2017
IISHJ WEEKEND SEMINAR – ISAAC and ISHMAEL: JEWS and MUSLIMS THEN and NOW @ Borochov Centre
Jun 9 @ 7:30 PM – Jun 12 @ 12:00 PM
Join us for an exciting weekend of learning
Friday, June 9 — Sunday, June 11
International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism Seminar

Isaac and Ishmael: Jews and Muslims Then and Now

with Rabbi Adam Chalom, Ph.D., Dean of the IISHJ, North America

Jews and Muslims have had a complicated relationship from the very beginning. Today it is marked by fear, hatred and misunderstanding; but it was not always so. Centuries of coexistence
have been hidden by decades of conflict. What is the true history of Jewish life under Islam? Why is the situation so dire today, and what does the future hold?

SCHEDULE
FRIDAY NIGHT 7:30pm – 10pm  Oneg Shabbat, musical entertainment and Session 1: “Isaac and Ishmael – The Enduring Power of Myth”
SATURDAY MORNING 10am – 12noon  Session 2: “Cooperation from Mohammed to Muslim Spain”
SATURDAY LUNCH noon – 1pm
SATURDAY AFTERNOON 1pm – 3pm  Session 3: “Challenges from Medina to Modern Times”
SUNDAY MORNING 10am – 12noon  Session 4: “Jews and Muslims in the Modern World: Israel, Anti-  Semitism and the Diaspora”

Members: Friday evening event is FREE. Fee to attend all Saturday & Sunday sessions (including lunch and refreshment breaks) is $50; otherwise, each Saturday or Sunday component is $15.
Non-members: Fee for the entire weekend is $140 or you may wish to attend one or more sessions which are priced individually.

Rabbi Adam Chalom is one of the leaders of Humanistic Judaism. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and   Jewish Cultural Studies from the University of Michigan, and also serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash   Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago.

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 29, 2017

Click here to register.

Jun
25
Sun
2017
THE BLANKET EXERCISE @ Borochov Centre
Jun 25 @ 4:00 PM
THE BLANKET EXERCISE

Please join us for this experiential walk through Indigenous Canadian history plus talking circle. Indigenous-led, and with a cross-cultural focus on Jewish and Indigenous connections, come learn why people say this is a life-changing program:
“The Blanket Exercise will get you, for a time at least, walking in someone else’s shoes, and will raise your awareness and understanding of Aboriginal people in Canada.” — Rev. Curtis Korver

Note: We are inviting other cultural groups to join us for this program. It is an opportunity for more broad-based interfaith/intercultural engagement.

Facilitator is Dawn Maracle, coordinator of the Indigenous undergraduate medical education program at the University of Toronto. Maracle has much experience teaching Indigenous issues and history. She serves on the boards of the Toronto District School Board’s Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee and Native Family and Child Services.

Click here to register.

Jul
11
Tue
2017
SUMMER BBQ & POTLUCK SOCIAL @ Members' home
Jul 11 @ 6:30 PM
Join your Oraynu friends for a summer evening of food, fun and socializing!

Hosted by Sandi and Robert Horwitz

Burgers, dogs and fixings will be provided by Oraynu.
Appetizers, sides/salads and desserts are potluck.
You may add some wine/beer to the festivities.
Bring along a lawn chair if you can, to supplement our seating.

Non-members welcome: $15

Click here to register.