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Events

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Jan
11
Fri
2019
SHABBAT & DISCUSSION – “Get Clear on your Jewish Year” @ NEW LOCATION: Members' home (Avenue Rd./WIlson area)
Jan 11 @ 7:30 PM
EVENT CHANGE OF VENUE:  Please note that we are moving our Shabbat and goal-setting program on Friday evening, Jan 11th to a member’s home.  Please call the Oraynu office at 416-385-3910 for more info.
First Shabbat Celebration of 2019

SHABBAT & DISCUSSION
Join us for a short Shabbat program with candles, challah, wine and song, followed by a workshop with Rabbi Denise on:
“Get Clear on Your Year – Jewish Style”
Come schmooze about your wishes and worries for 2019 and
help Oraynu chart a course for our year in terms of programming, social action, and more.
Non-members welcome: $15

 

Jan
20
Sun
2019
JEWISH INDIGENOUS TU B’SHEVAT SEDER @ Holy Blossom Temple
Jan 20 @ 7:30 PM

We invite you to join us for 

The Annual Jewish Indigenous Tu B’Shevat Seder

Sunday, Jan. 20 from 7:30-9pm  |  Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St.

Facilitated by Kim Wheatley, an Anishinaabe Traditional Teacher, Rabbi Denise Handlarski and Rabbi Miriam Margles, there will also be interactive nature activities led by Shoresh.

The Seder, now in its fourth year, is an evening of sharing Jewish and Indigenous nature traditions. We use the Jewish holiday as a platform for sharing cultural traditions through songs, poetry, reflections and traditional food rituals.

Tickets are available for $10 each. This event has reached capacity in previous years; reserve your ticket early to be guaranteed admission, visit www.seder2019.eventbrite.ca to book your ticket.

This event is sponsored by the Danforth Jewish Circle, Holy Blossom Temple, Miles Nadal JCC, Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Shoresh and Ve’ahavta.

 

Jan
24
Thu
2019
ADULT EDUCATION with Rabbi Eva Goldfinger @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Jan 24 @ 7:00 PM
Rabbi Eva Goldfinger’s Winter Adult Education Series presents:
“MeToo vs. NotMe: Relevance of Jewish Teachings Through the Ages for Jews Today”

Session 2MeToo vs. NotMe: Pros and Cons of Rabbinical Teachings and Laws

Jewish biblical and rabbinic texts, stories, poetry, and laws from ancient to contemporary times are filled with do’s and don’ts for appropriate and ethical Jewish behaviours.  Join Rabbi Eva as we study and examine Jewish texts through the ages that purport to tell us what is and isn’t ethical and how we should and should not behave in our everyday lives. Join the discussion on which rules of behaviour are ethical or unethical, and meaningful or irrelevant for us today. Then let’s create and share with others our Mini-Humanist-Talmud on what is and isn’t ethical ‘For Me/For Us’ today. Feel free to suggest specific issues you would like to discuss in our final session.

Thursdays, starting at 7:00 pm sharp and ending about 9:30 pm:
Feb. 21:   MeToo vs. NotMe: Meaningfulness of Modern Interpretation of Jewish Laws and Customs
Mar 21:   Contemporary Ethical Revolutions: Which are MeToos and Which are NotMes?

What kind of Jewishness has relevance and meaning for you?  Come and study with Rabbi Eva and have a say in the present and future of Judaism.  For you, what is and is not worth doing and passing on to future generations?  Come and dissect Jewish texts and writings from ancient times to today and join our open discussions on why the teaching is or is not relevant or ethical for us.  Your voice counts. Come and be heard!!!

Non-members welcome: $20 per session

Click here to register

Jan
25
Fri
2019
SCHOOL/CONGREGATION SHABBAT & POTLUCK DINNER @ Borochov Centre
Jan 25 @ 7:00 PM
JOINT SCHOOL/CONGREGATION ONEG SHABBAT & POTLUCK DINNER

Join us for a potluck Shabbat dinner – songs, blessings, fresh baked challah, an optional Shabbat ceramic craft activity and a talk on Jewish Art with Rabbi Denise.

Pre-order your own Shabbat ceramic item to make with our guest artists from ARTISTIC WAY – either a wine cup or a variety of challah platters (price is $20-30 to purchase the materials). If not interested in making ceramics, then come for the dinner and enjoy Denise’s talk.

Come find out why adults of all ages love these family Shabbats, especially the potluck dinner ones! They’re one of Oraynu’s best kept secrets.
Non-members welcome with potluck contribution + materials fee, if applicable.

Jan
31
Thu
2019
HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES REVIEW – Members only @ Members home
Jan 31 @ 7:30 PM
HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES REVIEW

Now that we have debuted all of our High Holiday services, we are seeking your input!
We will be discussing how we do the Scroll of Remembrance (Memorial Names Reading) at the Kol Nidre service and hearing feedback about the Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre scripts. Come have your say!

Please note: This event is for members only.

Feb
3
Sun
2019
NEUBERGER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTRE VISIT @ Lipa Green Bldg, 4th floor
Feb 3 @ 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Every year our grade 6 School kids and their parents visit The Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre for a guided visit which includes viewing exhibits and seeing films.

The event is open to all Oraynu members, including children 12+.
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Join us for a guided museum tour led by a museum educator which includes:
Brief historical overview
Thematic film with discussion; viewing of two displays
Meet with a Holocaust survivor, if available; or hear digitally recorded survivor testimony

No charge to attend, but voluntary donations are requested.
RSVP by Jan. 10 to Steve Shabes at: stevenshabes@yahoo.com/

Feb
12
Tue
2019
DARWIN DAY PROGRAM – “The Puzzle of Mazel” @ Borochov Centre
Feb 12 @ 7:30 PM
Join us for a Darwin Day program: THE PUZZLE OF MAZEL

with Prof. Jeffrey S. Rosenthal speaking on his new book
“Knock on Wood: Luck, Chance, and the Meaning of Everything” 

Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, author of the bestseller Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities, was born on a Friday the thirteenth, a fact that he discovered long after he had become one of the world’s pre-eminent statisticians. Had he been living ignorantly and innocently under an unlucky cloud for all those years? Or is thirteen just another number?

In Knock on Wood, Rosenthal, with great humour and irreverence, divines the world of luck, fate and chance, including such notions as fate/destiny/ karma/superstition and more, putting his considerable scientific acumen to the test in deducing whether luck is real or the mere stuff of superstition.

Copies of the book will be available at $30.
Non-members welcome: $15

Feb
21
Thu
2019
ADULT EDUCATION with Rabbi Eva Goldfinger @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Feb 21 @ 7:00 PM
Rabbi Eva Goldfinger’s Winter Adult Education Series presents:
“MeToo vs. NotMe: Relevance of Jewish Teachings Through the Ages for Jews Today”

Session 3:   MeToo vs. NotMe: Meaningfulness of Modern Interpretation of Jewish Laws and Customs

Jewish biblical and rabbinic texts, stories, poetry, and laws from ancient to contemporary times are filled with do’s and don’ts for appropriate and ethical Jewish behaviours.  Join Rabbi Eva as we study and examine Jewish texts through the ages that purport to tell us what is and isn’t ethical and how we should and should not behave in our everyday lives. Join the discussion on which rules of behaviour are ethical or unethical, and meaningful or irrelevant for us today. Then let’s create and share with others our Mini-Humanist-Talmud on what is and isn’t ethical ‘For Me/For Us’ today. Feel free to suggest specific issues you would like to discuss in our final session.

Thursdays, starting at 7:00 pm sharp and ending about 9:30 pm:
Mar 21:   Contemporary Ethical Revolutions: Which are MeToos and Which are NotMes?

What kind of Jewishness has relevance and meaning for you?  Come and study with Rabbi Eva and have a say in the present and future of Judaism.  For you, what is and is not worth doing and passing on to future generations?  Come and dissect Jewish texts and writings from ancient times to today and join our open discussions on why the teaching is or is not relevant or ethical for us.  Your voice counts. Come and be heard!!!

Non-members welcome: $20 per session

Click here to register

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

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

SHOW YOUR HEART 2019 – Focus on Indigenous Issues @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Mar 3 @ 7:30 PM
SHOW YOUR HEART 2019 Focus on Indigenous Issues

The Tikkun Olam Oraynu Committee continues to work on Indigenous issues in Canada. This special Show Your Heart event will be an opportunity for learning and action!

We will have speaker-led information on four topics related to Indigenous life in Canada: Quality Education, Access to Health care, Disability and Indigeneity; and Water Rights. We will have opportunities for letter writing, advocacy, and future work.

Ride the momentum of our work over the past few years: Indigenous/Jewish Tu B’shevat seders, the Blanket Exercise, supporting Grassy Narrows, donations to Na Ma Res and Native Women’s Resource Centre, discussions on cultural appropriation, and our phenomenal speaker Jesse Wente.

We are doing some great work together, let’s keep it up!