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ECO-RAYNU GOES HIKING! @ Mount Nemo Conservation area
Jul 9 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Join us for our last Eco-raynu event for this membership year as Louise Sherman leads us on a members-only hike to Mount Nemo

The Brock Harris Lookout offers a spectacular view over the Niagara escarpment; on a clear day you can see the CN Tower in the distance.
Event is weather-permitting; if any doubt we will advise one way or the other, that morning.

  • We’ll meet in the parking lot at 11am promptly!
  • Pack a lunch / bring water.
  • Make sure to wear sturdy lace-up shoes appropriate for an easy to moderate hike. We will be walking for about 45 minutes at a medium pace and we will stop along the way to take in the beauty of the Niagara escarpment.
  • For those adventurous enough, we will also investigate one or two of the thousand-year-old crevice caves – very cool indeed.
  • Mount Nemo is about a 50-minute drive from the 401 and 400 – we can arrange car pools if there is a need.  Let us know!
  • We will each pay our own park entrance fees: adults, $6.75; children under 14, $5.

For details:

Members: Please register (click here), so that we will know to expect you. 

 Eco-raynu programs are developed to strengthen our Yiddishkeit links to our living world.

SUMMER BBQ & POTLUCK SOCIAL @ Members' home in Cummer/Leslie area
Jul 11 @ 6:30 PM
Join your Oraynu friends for our annual 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. 
  • Following dinner, we will have a mini kumsitz, led by Sandi. Bring a guitar, banjo, kazoo and join in the fun!
  • Bring along a lawn chair if you can, to supplement our seating.

Non-members welcome: $15

Click here to register.

BOOK TALK: Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Here I Am” @ Member's home in the Wilson/Avenue Rd. Area
Aug 1 @ 7:30 PM


Rabbi Denise will lead a discussion on “Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer

In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” to order him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” to ask him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, “Here I am.”  How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father,   husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in eleven years–a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.  Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis.

Read the novel and come prepared to reflect, debate, and share your ideas. 

OR … don’t read the book and come anyway for a fun evening!

We will also be initiating a new Oraynu book club at this event. Come and find out what it’s all about!

Non-members welcome for a nominal fee.   

Click here to register.

Aug 26 @ 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join Oraynu as we come together to help build a home for someone who needs one!

No previous experience necessary. Learn some news skills, participate in this tzedakah project, and have fun! Let’s raise our hammers (of justice) together!

  • All participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Habitat for Humanity funds the housing projects via volunteer donations. Each participant is asked to donate $100. Lunch and team t-shirts are provided.
  • If you are unable to donate this amount, you may still participate. Please donate as much as you can, and consider donating a little bit more to cover other participants who are unable to donate the full $100. You will receive a tax receipt (from Oraynu) for your donation.
  • Once you register via Oraynu, you will receive a link to registration with Habitat for Humanity. *It is required that you complete both registrations to keep your spot*. The Habitat link provides important safety information as well as the site address and other useful information.
  • The registration deadline is 5pm on Friday August 4th.
  • Must call Oraynu office to register: 416-385-3910
FILM DISCUSSION Led by Heather Kassel: “Remember” @ Members' home in the Yonge/Davenport/Church area
Aug 31 @ 7:30 PM


Hosted by Oraynu member Heather Kassel, who is well-known in the community for the insightful book and film talks she has led for many years

Join Heather as she guides us through a discussion of “Remember,” a Holocaust film starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau and directed by the celebrated Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan.

*Please note that the film will not be screened at this event. Watch it on your own (copies available at the library), and then come for the discussion.

Note: Apartment and entry code given when you RSVP 

Non-members welcome: $15

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Sep 8 @ 7:30 PM

Mark your calendars for our first Shabbat after the summer.

Not only will there be a fascinating program (TBA), but we will also be honouring outgoing board member and school parent Karen Elkin. In addition, we will have the chance to meet and shmooze with Lina, Tamer and Nour—our Syrian family! Hope to see you there!

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Sep 11 @ 7:30 PM
Interested in learning more about Oraynu and Humanistic Jewish beliefs and values?

Find out: Who We Are ~ What We Believe ~ How We Celebrate

We welcome cultural, secular, agnostic, intermarried and LGBTQ Jews, single or partnered,  to attend.

Join us and bring a friend!

Led by Rabbi Denise Handlarski & Sandi Horwitz

Everyone welcome │ Click here to register