For more details on these events, check out our latest newsletter.
An Introduction to Oraynu Children’s School for Parents & Children
JK-Gr. 7 ~ Bnai Mitzvah Program ~ OraynuTots
Jewish Festivals ~ Family Education ~ Hebrew ~ Tzedakah ~ Arts ~ Music
Classes held on Sunday mornings, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
• Meet Principal Steve Shabes, our staff and our school committee members
• Learn about our unique curriculum and Bnai Mitzvah program, focussed on Jewish culture, history and values from a secular humanistic perspective
• Tour the school and view each class in action
• Bring your children—they are welcome to try a class
• Explore Jewish culture and values in a warm and open secular environment
• Engage in a school curriculum discussion followed by an open-forum question and answer period
• Food to nosh too!
Our open house will introduce you to the meaningful way Oraynu Children’s School participates in Jewish culture and values!
Come meet us and bring along your family and friends!
For more info, click here for the Children’s School website
Everyone welcome ￨ RSVPs requested ￨ No charge to attend
School funded with support from UJA Federation of Greater Toronto through the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education.
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
HAROLD GREEN JEWISH THEATRE COMPANY presents
“Freud’s Last Session”
NB – Our block of tickets has been sold out.
LAG B’OMER BONFIRE AND PICNIC
Don’t know what Lag B’omer is? Come find out! It is traditional to have a bonfire and celebratory fun outdoors. We’re joining the youth of Hashomer Hatzair for this family-friendly event. Roast some marshmallows, sing some songs, enjoy the beauty of spring.
Everyone welcome—no charge!
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.
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: email@example.com
♦ When humans act with cruelty we characterize them as ‘animals’, yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity. — Anthony Douglas Williams ♦
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.
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?
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
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.
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.