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Mar
3
Sun
2019
FAMILY PURIM FESTIVAL @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Mar 3 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate this holiday of mystery and masquerade!

Presentations ~ Music with Mendy Bisk ~ Purim Shpiel ~ Hamentaschen ~ Costumes

PURIM CARNIVAL
(following the presentations)
Bean Bag Toss ~ Origami ~ Balloon Art ~ Face Painting ~ Cupcake Decorating and Sale

PURIM TZEDAKAH: Collection of Kosher for Passover Food for National Council of Jewish Women’s Passover Food Drive for needy Jewish Families
Matzah – Gefilte Fish – Canned Tuna – Tea – Canned Fruit/Apple Sauce – Grape/Apple Juice – Jam – Matzah Meal – Soup/Side Dishes – Passover Crackers – Macaroons/Cookies

Oraynu grandparents—bring your grandkids to join in the fun
Non-member guests welcome: Adults $8, Children $4, Family max. $20 / Kindly RSVP to: 416-385-3910 or info@oraynu.org

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This program is part of Oraynu’s commitment to Family Education, and is funded in part by your generous donations

May
1
Wed
2019
NA-ME-RES POW WOW/FORT YORK INDIGENOUS ARTS FESTIVAL @ Fort York
May 1 all-day
Join Oraynu as we continue to learn about and forge connections with Indigenous communities

This Pow Wow and Festival, in honour of Summer Solstice, brings together incredible artists and performers. Experience Indigenous food and learn more about the many cultures that make up First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities in Canada.

The Indigenous Arts Festival is an annual celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, theatre, storytelling, film, crafts and food. Past performers have included Susan Aglukark, Tanya Tagaq, Morningstar River, Digging Roots, Red Spirit Singers, Logan Staats, Metis Fiddler Quartet, Red Sky Performance, and Kaha:wi Dance. The  festival is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and The Friends of Fort York.

May
10
Fri
2019
SHABBAT Celebrating Israel’s 71st Birthday – “State of the Union” @ Borochov Cultural Centre
May 10 @ 7:30 PM
Shabbat Celebrating Israel’s 71st Birthday “State of the Union”

The evening commences with a short Shabbat service with readings, poetry and music, followed by a discussion on Israel led by Rabbi Denise Handlarski, featuring information and insights by members Dror Orbach (who is from Israel and understands the political and social landscape), and Jenny Isaacs (teacher at the Oraynu Children’s School and director of the Heart to Heart program).

“State of the Union”
Many of us love Israel. Many of us are concerned about Israeli politics and policies. At this program we will discuss the 2018 Nation-State Law, the expansion of settlements, Anti-Zionism and/as Antisemitism (when it is, when it isn’t, how do you know?), the recent elections and more!

We’ll also have delicious Israeli snacks on hand to keep  us going. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, to share, and to nosh!

Non-members welcome: $15

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May
18
Sat
2019
LAG B’OMER CELEBRATION @ Earl Bales Park
May 18 @ 4:30 PM
Lag B’omer Celebration

Lag B’omer falls between Passover and Shavuot. It is a day of joy with bonfires and celebrations!
Join Oraynu and our friends at Hashomer Hatzair for a Family and Friends event. 
There will be some games, kids’ activities, singing, and a big bonfire, of course! Everyone welcome!
Rabbi Denise will share with you the real history of Lag B’omer that other rabbis don’t want you to know!

May
24
Fri
2019
THEATRE NITE: “Old Stock” IS SOLD OUT @ Tarragon Theatre, Mainspace
May 24 @ 8:00 PM
NOTE – THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Join us for a remarkable theatre experience!

OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY

A 2b theatre company production
by Governor General Award-winning writer Hannah Moscovitch
Songs by Ben Caplan & Christian Barry Directed by Christian Barry

** Followed by a private Q&A and post-show party **

Halifax, 1908: two Romanian Jews stand in line at Pier 21 in Halifax, would-be immigrants to an unknown country. Chaim’s entire family was murdered in a pogrom; Chaya lost her husband to fever and starvation. But the New World is giving them a second chance, and they embrace it to the fullest. This humorously dark folk tale narrated by The Wanderer — part showman, part rabbi — is a genre-bending rock/klezmer concert/theatre hybrid starring Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan and is inspired by the real-life love story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents.

“A hugely engaging experience” – The Guardian’s Top Recommended Shows (Edinburgh 2017 Fringe Festival)
★★★★★ “Emotionally engaging, visually stunning and at 80 minutes leaves us still wanting more.” – Musical Theatre Review

Moscovitch always sells out early – First come, first served.

Jun
8
Sat
2019
SHAVUOT ALL-NIGHT LEARNING SESSION @ Miles Nadal JCC
Jun 8 @ 8:00 PM – Jun 9 @ 8:00 AM
ORAYNU AT THE ANNUAL TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT

Rabbi Denise’s favourite community event of the whole year is back, filled with speakers and workshops on every Jewish topic imaginable! And it’s all FREE!  No RSVPs needed.

Over 50 sessions to attend, including two by Rabbi Denise:
8:30 pmJewish and Indigenous relations (she’ll be speaking about the work Oraynu has been doing!)
9:30 pm Feminist Torah/text study — chevruta (pairs). Having taught a 6-week module for Jewish young adults via Lishma (a learning organization for folks in their 20s and 30s), Denise will be highlighting how secular Jewish feminist text study works.

Come for the learning — stay for the cheesecake!
Go to: www.mnjcc.org/tikkun for more info.

Jun
14
Fri
2019
SHABBAT & FILM “Bending the Arc” @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Jun 14 @ 7:30 PM
SHABBAT & FILM SCREENING: Bending the Arc

Following a short Shabbat service led by Rabbi Denise, we will view the film “Bending the Arc,” a powerful documentary about Partners in Health, an extraordinary team of doctors and activists—including Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl and Paul Farmer—whose work saving lives in Haiti grew into a global battle for the right to health for all. The film is 102 minutes long; it was an Official Selection at several prestigious film festivals including Sundance and Telluride.

Board President Mark Brender, who is also National Director of Partners in Health Canada, will speak to us about the work of his organization.

Non-members welcome: $15

Jun
18
Tue
2019
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Jun 18 @ 7:30 PM

Open to Members Only
The Board invites you to join us for to discuss the past year at Oraynu and hear about upcoming plans. Following the Board reports, discussion and election of Officers for the 2019-2019 year, Board member Louise Sherman will present the survey data you provided and we’ll talk about ideas to make Oraynu even better in years to come.

And then, shmoozing and refreshments, as always. Don’t miss it.