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Events

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Jul
23
Tue
2019
SUMMER BBQ & POTLUCK SOCIAL @ Members' home in Allen Rd/Eglinton area
Jul 23 @ 6:30 PM
Join your Oraynu friends for our annual summer evening of food, fun and socializing!
  • 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.

Jul
29
Mon
2019
Test Event – Admin Use Only
Jul 29 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Testing

Aug
20
Tue
2019
BOOK TALK: “KADDISH.COM” by Nathan Englander @ Members' home in Leslie/Cummer area, North York
Aug 20 @ 7:30 PM
Join Rabbi Denise for a fascinating book talk on “Kaddish.com”

Nathan Englander, celebrated Pulitzer finalist and prize-winning author, delivers his best work yet—a streamlined comic masterpiece about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for his father.

Larry is an atheist in a family of Orthodox Jews.  When his father dies, it’s his responsibility to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months.  To the horror and dismay of his sister, Larry refuses—imperiling the fate of his father’s soul. To appease her, Larry hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called kaddish.com to recite the prayer and shepherd his father’s soul safely to rest.

Sharp, irreverent, hilarious, and wholly irresistible, Englander’s tale ingeniously captures the tensions between the religious and secular worlds—a book to be devoured in a single sitting whose pleasures and provocations will be savored long after.

Bring your friends, too — non-members welcome: $15

Click here to register

Sep
10
Tue
2019
YIDLIFE CRISIS PRESENTS “YIDLIVE!” @ Miles Nadal JCC
Sep 10 @ 7:30 PM
In celebration of our 50th anniversary and our Yiddishkeit roots

Oraynu presents, in partnership with the Miles Nadal JCC,

Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, the “YidLife Crisis” guys in

YidLive

An evening of comedy, music, video and thought-provoking shtick

Tuesday, Sept. 10 @ 7:30 pm Miles Nadal JCC (Bloor/Spadina)

TICKET PRICING: $25  (members and non-members)  

Reserve ASAP — we anticipate a sell-out!      

Check out this video to see how they strike just the right balance between tradition and critical inquiry, with just the right amount of chutzpah thrown in: https://youtu.be/BCD4oZdMc04

Note: This show is for everyone regardless of background in Yiddish; subtitles are provided on large screen with videos.

Click here to reserve

Presented with the generous support of Susan and Roderick McLeod.

 

Sep
17
Tue
2019
SECULAR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM~ WHAT, WHY, HOW? @ Borochov Centre
Sep 17 @ 7:30 PM
Interested in learning more about Oraynu and Humanistic Jewish beliefs and values?

Come to our semi-annual info session on Oraynu and our branch of Judaism. Learn about how we “do Jewish” in a secular/cultural way and find out if this approach resonates with you. This is also a chance to meet our staff, find out about our programs, and eat yummy cookies.

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

 

 

 

Sep
30
Mon
2019
ROSH HASHANAH @ The Avenue Banquet Hall
Sep 30 @ 10:30 AM
We welcome you to join us for our unique humanistic High Holiday services to usher in the year 5780.

Come be inspired by philosophical reflections, evocative poetry and beautiful music … rather than prayer.

Commentary by Rabbi Denise Handlarski.
Choir accompanied by musical ensemble (flute, viola, clarinet, guitar, double bass and piano)

An engaging Children’s Program is offered for ages 4-9 (run by our Children’s School staff) and limited Babysitting available. Please pre-register.   Refreshments will be offered after the observance.
Guests are welcome to pick up tickets as of 10:00 am. Service starts promptly at 10:30 am.

Also join us for:

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre and Nizkor service)Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8 pm (no children’s program or babysitting offered)

Yom Kippur:  Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 am (Children’s Program and limited Babysitting available. Please pre-register.)

A Combined Ticket for all three events is also available for non-members: $200 adults, $100 students.

Oraynu Congregation Members/Non Members: Tickets will be available soon

 

Oct
8
Tue
2019
EREV YOM KIPPUR (Kol Nidre/Nizkor service) @ The Avenue Banquet Hall
Oct 8 @ 8:00 PM
We welcome you to join us for our meaningful humanistic High Holiday services to usher in the year 5780.

Come be inspired by philosophical reflections, poetry and music … rather than prayer.

Kol Nidrei soloist – Lenka Lichtenberg, accompanied by a woodwind and string ensemble

EREV YOM KIPPUR (Kol Nidre and Nizkor service): Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8:00 pm

Guests are welcome to pick up tickets as of 7:30. Service starts promptly at 8:00 pm

Also join us for:

Yom Kippur, Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 am ( Children’s Program for ages 4-10 – run by our Children’s School staff – and limited Babysitting available. Please pre-register.)

Oraynu Congregation Members/Non-Members: Tickets will be available soon

 

 

Oct
9
Wed
2019
YOM KIPPUR – Stories of Transformation @ The Avenue Banquet Hall
Oct 9 @ 10:30 AM
We welcome you to join us for our meaningful humanistic Yom Kippur service to usher in the year 5780.

Come be inspired by philosophical reflections, evocative poetry and beautiful music … rather than prayer.

Stories of Transformation: Our two heroes for this year are Amos Oz and Betty Friedan

Rabbi Denise Handlarski’s commentary will focus on:

An engaging Children’s Program is offered for ages 4-9 (run by our Children’s School staff) and limited Babysitting available. Please pre-register.

Guests are welcome to pick up tickets as of 10:00. Service starts promptly at 10:30 pm

Oraynu Congregation Members/Non-Members: Tickets will be available soon