Events

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

Mar
15
Wed
2017
ADULT EDUCATION with Rabbi Eva Goldfinger – Session 2 @ Borochov Centre
Mar 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Jewish Consequential Ethics: Learning What to Do and Not Do

We will study the thoughts and actions throughout history of our Jewish ancestors and those with whom they came in contact and thus learn some history, anthropology, philosophy and psychology that can enable us to think and act in ways that have more positive consequences for us and those around us. Come have fun and learn….

Session 2: From Early to Contemporary Rabbis

Final session:
April 5:   From Jewish Humourists and Comedians

Click here to register.

Mar
23
Thu
2017
“SELF-LOVING JEW” with Jonathan Rotsztain @ Borochov Centre
Mar 23 @ 7:30 PM

Come hear a presentation and see images of this interesting comic. Jonathan creates autobiographical comics claiming a secular, cultural Jewish identity. Guilt-free, Self-Loving Jew addresses the shift away from established Jewish institutions amongst younger Jewish people. The work is an attempt to articulate some of the ambivalence Jewish millennials may feel about religious Judaism, identity and assimilation. It embraces forging personal beliefs and practices that honour the Jewish legacy, adapting them alongside other value considerations.

His collection of comic art entitled “Self-Loving Jew” was exhibited on the Koffler Centre for the Arts Digital Website last fall.

Non-members welcome: $15

Click here to register

Apr
5
Wed
2017
ADULT EDUCATION with Rabbi Eva Goldfinger – Session 3 @ Borochov Centre
Apr 5 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Jewish Consequential Ethics: Learning What to Do and Not Do

We will study the thoughts and actions throughout history of our Jewish ancestors and those with whom they came in contact and thus learn some history, anthropology, philosophy and psychology that can enable us to think and act in ways that have more positive consequences for us and those around us. Come have fun and learn….

Session 3:   From Jewish Humourists and Comedians

Click here to register.

Apr
9
Sun
2017
FAMILY/SCHOOL PASSOVER SEDER @ Borochov Cultural Centre Social Hall
Apr 9 @ 4:45 PM

Please join us for a Humanistic Celebration of Passover

Seder Reading presented by Oraynu Children’s School followed by a Potluck Dinner

POT-LUCK DINNER CONTRIBUTION: Please choose one dish to serve 18 people, or two items to serve 9 people each.
SALAD or VEGETARIAN DISH or CHICKEN/BEEF or PRE-CUT DESSERT

NOTE: At our seder, we would like to provide you with a Jewish cultural, culinary experience. Although your contributions so not need to be kosher, please do your best to bring Passover style dishes. Our goal is to celebrate the holiday with traditional Passover foods.
ALLERGY ALERT: All potluck contributions must be free of peanuts, tree nuts, poppy seeds and fish. Please avoid cross-contamination with utensils that have contacted these foods when preparing dishes. We have children with life-threatening allergies.

Guests and friends welcome: adults $15, students $7, children ages 4 and under $4

RSVP by email to Roby by March 27: roby@oraynu.org
Please indicate numbers attending + pot-luck contribution(s).

School Families, please note: There are no classes on the morning of the Seder.

Apr
10
Mon
2017
FIRST NIGHT ADULT/TEEN PASSOVER SEDER @ 175 St. Clair Ave. W. (First Unitarian)
Apr 10 @ 6:00 PM
We welcome you to join us for our Annual First Night Seder
  • Adult Seder, older kids and teens welcome
  • Led by Barry Olshen and Sandi Horwitz, authors (with Lisa Wright) of Oraynu’s Haggadah, “Roots and Branches: A Humanist Haggadah for Passover”
  • Partially catered Seder meal:
    • Along with wine and all the ceremonial foods, Oraynu will provide a main course of chicken, with a small vegetable serving.
    • To round out the meal, we ask that YOU, the attendees, each bring a salad, or vegetable or other side dish, or dessert – PASSOVER-STYLE, please! – enough to feed 8-10 people, with ingredient list. There is no “kosher for Passover” requirement.
  • Fees:
    • Oraynu members – $20 per person plus pot-luck contribution
    • Family members of Oraynu-niks – $32 pp plus pot-luck contribution
    • Other guests / friends / non-members  – $47 pp, plus pot-luck contribution

To access the “Tickets” registration link, click here.


 

HAGGADAH – Oraynu’s own adult-oriented Haggadah is available for purchase at $10 per copy, plus any mailing costs if you are not able to make arrangements to pick it up.  Take a glance here: http://www.oraynu.org/shop/roots-and-branches-a-humanist-haggadah-for-passover/

Apr
23
Sun
2017
INTRODUCTION TO HUMANISTIC JUDAISM @ St. Andrews Jr. High School
Apr 23 @ 10:15 AM
Are you . . .

  • A secular, cultural, agnostic, intermarried or LGBTQ Jew?
  • Searching for a congregation or Sunday School that fits you and your family?
  • Seeking insight on Humanistic Jewish beliefs and values?

Oraynu may be exactly what you are looking for!

We welcome you to attend our semi-annual intro session where we talk about who we are, what we do, and what makes Oraynu special! Tell your family and friends!

Led by Rabbi Denise Handlarski & Music Leader Sandi Horwitz

Everyone welcome No charge to attend

Click here to register.

 

 

Apr
30
Sun
2017
ORAYNU CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE @ Oraynu Children's School (at St. Andrews JHS)
Apr 30 @ 10:15 AM
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!

Running concurrently at the school will be an “Introduction to Humanistic Judaism” session where you can find out all about Oraynu and Humanistic Judaism – what we believe and how we celebrate. You may attend both sessions if you wish.

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.

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
  • Cultural program
  • Israeli music with Mickey Lewin

Non-members welcome: $15
Please rsvp