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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: Reserve tickets here

Non Members: Purchase your tickets here



YOM KIPPUR DAY – 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 Humanist Jewish heroes for this year are Israeli author Amos Oz and feminist author Betty Friedan

Commentary by Rabbi Denise Handlarski.

An engaging Children’s Program is offered for ages 4-10 (run by our Children’s School staff) and limited Babysitting is also 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: Reserve tickets here

Non Members: Purchase your tickets here


SHABBAT, SUKKOT AND … SEX! @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Oct 25 @ 6:30 PM
Celebrate Shabbat, enjoy a potluck dinner in honour of the harvest and learn about the Sexual Ethics Statement by the Association of Humanistic Rabbis.

Rabbi Denise will talk about how we’re the only clergy in the world who have no rules about who has sex with whom and when (We don’t care if you’re married! We celebrate you if you’re queer!), but want people to have ethical sexual relationships.

POTLUCK DINNER: Bring whatever you wish, enough for 8 servings; mains, sides, salads, desserts, fruit.  No need to tell Roby what you are contributing.  It’s always fun to see what we end up with for our yummy dinner!

Non members welcome: $15 + potluck contribution.

Click here to register


Oct 27 @ 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
In honour of Oraynu Children’s School 50th Anniversary!
Support our school as we help Indigenous children with backpacks and school supplies!

Sunday, Oct. 27 –  1-hour fitness class
11:15am-12:15pm (Check-in at 11)

Adult & teens (13 and up)

As Oraynu turns 50, participate in a fun fitness class fundraiser.  Our anniversary tzedakah (social action) project is backpacks and school supplies for Indigenous kids! Our students will fill the backpacks at Oraynu’s 50th Anniversary Party, the following week, Nov 3 at Oraynu.

Registration:  Sign up by creating your own peer-2-peer fundraising web page by following this link:

ORAYNU Rockin’ Fitness Fundraiser REGISTRATION

Raise funds by asking your friends and family to sponsor you.  Create your own fundraiser page and send them the link to your page.

Proceeds will support Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and our project to assist Indigenous children through Native and Child Family Services.

ALL donations are tax deductible—Oraynu charitable registration # 11914 4277 RR0001

Rockin’ Fitness Instructor:  Oraynu Past President Louise Sherman, who is both a fitness and dance instructor

Members, school parents and friends of Oraynu are ALL welcome to participate.  And, for friends who want to participate, too, send them this registration link: FITNESS FUNDRAISER REGISTRATION LINK

Any questions? Contact Fundraiser Team Leader, Rayna Morris at or School Principal, Steve Shabes at

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto serves strives to provide a life of quality, well-being, caring and healing for children and families in the Toronto Native Community, including First Nations, Metis, Inuit and all those with Aboriginal heritage.

Nov 2 @ 7:30 PM
Oraynu is 50!! Share in the festivities as we honour our beginnings as the Secular Jewish Association and celebrate where we are today.
    • Marvelous Munchies (hors d’oeuvres, desserts, hot/cold drinks)
    • Memories & Memorabilia
    • Music by Mickey Lewin and the Ultimate Sound Trio
    • Tribute to Jenny Isaacs

Jenny Isaacs, Director of Heart to Heart, will be our guest of honour as we pay tribute to an outstanding community builder and social justice advocate. She is a graduate of our Children’s School and most recently taught our Gr. 6 class. We are proud to call her one of our own!

Tickets: $25 p.p. (cash bar) Please reserve by Oct. 20. Click here to register.

We invite current members, past members, founding members, school alumni, guests and friends of Oraynu to join us for a wonderful evening of memories and camaraderie!