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Events

For more details on these events, check out our latest newsletter.

Apr
15
Tue
2014
FIRST NIGHT SEDER @ 18 Wynford Drive, Main Floor
Apr 15 @ 2:15 AM

Please join us for a humanistic celebration of Passover at Oraynu’s Adult/Teen First Night Seder  

Led by Barry Olshen and Sandi Horwitz, co-authors (with Lisa Wright) of “Roots and Branches: A Humanist Haggadah for Passover”

Haggadah reading starts at 6:30 pm sharp.

Meal details: This will be partly-catered. We will provide a chicken main course prepared by member (and professional chef) Michelle Wolfson.  We ask that everyone bring a salad or Passover-style side dish, i.e. farfel, vegetable kugel or casserole, etc. or a dessert, enough to feed 8 people, with ingredient list, please.

Guests very welcome.

COST: Oraynu members: $18 pp + potluck contribution
Oraynu members’ immediate family: $30 + potluck contribution
Non-members: $45 pp + potluck contribution.

R.S.V.P. required no later than Monday,April 7th.

For more information on “Roots and Branches: A Humanist Haggadah for Passover,” click here.

 

 

Apr
28
Mon
2014
YOM HASHOAH V’HAGEVURAH (Holocaust Remembrance)
Apr 28 @ 3:00 AM

On this Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Resistance, join us for
A Service Honouring the Exiled and the Displaced
Commemorating Jews who survived by fleeing from their homes and those who survived to become “Displaced Persons” with no home left to which they could return

Our service concludes with Candle Lighting and Reciting the Names of Beloved Victims
All who attend are welcome to participate

Led by Rabbi Karen Levy
With Oraynu members Sue Drohan, Ruth Grant, John Sanders and Rita Small
~ Music by Barbara Ackerman (flute) and Brian Katz (guitar) ~

No fee to attend │ Kindly RSVP

May
4
Sun
2014
CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE @ St. Andrew's JHS
May 4 @ 6:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Are you a cultural, secular or intermarried Jew looking for a Sunday Jewish school for your child?
Consider Oraynu Children’s School – a program that kids and parents love!

Our acclaimed curriculum focuses on Jewish values, culture and history from a secular humanistic perspective

JK-Grade 7 ~ 2-year Bnai Mitzvah program ~ Oraynu-Tots preschool program*
Sunday mornings ~ Bayview/York Mills area ~ Est. 1969

Program includes: Jewish Festivals ~ Family Education ~ Tzedakah ~ Hebrew ~ Music ~ Arts

Join Principal Steve Shabes and the School Committee, meet the staff and get all your questions/concerns answered about our school.

Kindly RSVP

For more information on our School, click here.

* For our Oraynu-Tots Preschool Program (ages 2 to 3-1/2), join us the following week at our Oraynu-Tots Visitor’s Day on May 11th

May
7
Wed
2014
DYING WITH DIGNITY IN CANADA @ 18 Wynford Drive
May 7 @ 3:00 AM – 5:30 AM

Join us for this important discussion about end-of-life choices.

Moderator:  Rabbi Eva Goldfinger

Speakers: Wanda Morris, Executive Director, Dying With Dignity Canada
Dr. Nino Sekopet, Client Support Program Manager, DWDC

They will share ethical, legal and medical information about medically-assisted dying in Canada
and how to ensure that your medical treatment wishes are honoured.

Bring your questions and concerns. Everyone welcome. No charge.

May
11
Sun
2014
ORAYNU-TOTS OPEN HOUSE @ Oraynu Children's School
May 11 @ 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Join us for a preview of our pre-school program for ages 2 to 3-1/2 years.

Parents/caregivers join their preschooler for an opportunity to learn together through stories, art, drama, music and movement, while celebrating Jewish festivals and culture.
It’s a wonderful way to introduce your family to our Children’s School.

May
16
Fri
2014
HUGGING AND WRESTLING WITH ISRAEL @ 18 Wynford Drive
May 16 @ 3:00 AM

Oraynu marks Israel’s 66th Birthday with a dynamic, interactive program.

Hosted by Rabbi Denise Handlarski, join us for a workshop entitled
“Hugging and Wrestling with Israel”
delivered by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

HUGGING AND WRESTLING is a paradigm shift in Israel engagement and is a way of examining and forging a relationship with Israel. This paradigm broadens the tent and makes its safe for grappling, struggling and questioning. In this interactive session, participants situate themselves within the narrative and engage in thought-provoking dialogue, stimulated by images of Israel, thinking through aspects that instill a sense of pride and discomfort.

Note: This program was originally scheduled for May 2nd.

May
25
Sun
2014
ORAYNU JOINS UJA WALK WITH ISRAEL @ Meet at Coronation Park, Strachan and Lakeshore
May 25 @ 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Join Oraynu on the 2014 UJA Walk with Israel Sunday May 25 at 9:45 a.m.

The Walk is a major fundraising event for the UJA’S United Israel Appeal.  Money raised will help children in the cities of Bat Yam, Eilat and Sderot.

ORAYNU WALKERS: Meet at 9:45 in Coronation Park, located on Lakeshore Blvd W. & Strachan Ave. right across from the 509/511 street car stop.   Look for Karen Levy and Sara Miller with Oraynu signs and yellow-tipped Israel and Canada flags. Bring your friends and family and whatever you need for a fun time, rain or shine.  The Walk is for all ages and mobility modes.

First, RSVP to Roby: 416-385-3910 or roby@oraynu.org

Then, all walkers are asked to pre-register on-line or at the park at 9:00 am. To register, sign up sponsors, make a donation, or learn more: www.walkwithisrael.com

To contact us on May 25, call Sara’s cell: 416-820-5332

GETTING THERE:

TTC: The Subway opens at 9:00 am on Sundays

Option 1: From Union Station take the 509 Harbourfront street car going to the CNE

Option 2: From the Bathurst Station take the 511 Harbourfront street car going to the CNE

Whether on the 509 or the 511, get off at Fort York Blvd. Walk 2 minutes across the street to the Park.

UJA SHUTTLE BUSES: For locations and registration, go to: www.walkwithisrael.com  Free; registration mandatory by May 23; strollers not allowed.

CAR: Park at Exhibition Place or surrounding lots.

The Renee & Irwin Nadal Festival at Exhibition Place after the Walk has something for everyone – delicious BBQ, carnival games, camel rides, amusement rides, petting zoo, live music and other surprises!  To attend the Festival you must have a 2014 Walk with Israel registration package (Lanyard, T-shirt and bag).

 

 

May
27
Tue
2014
ORAYNU FILM NIGHT: “FOOTNOTE” @ 18 Wynford Drive
May 27 @ 2:30 AM – 5:30 AM

Join us for a film, pizza and a movie talk

6:30 pm: Watch “Footnote” and enjoy pizza and salad

Rabbi Eva Goldfinger will then lead our discussion of the movie

(We regret that Heather Kassel is unavailable due to an injury and will be scheduled.  We wish Heather a speedy recovery and are grateful to Rabbi Goldfinger for stepping in.)

ABOUT THE FILM

The acclaimed Israeli film, Footnote, tells the story of a rivalry between a father and son, set in the  intense, competitive world of the university.  Footnote boasts outstanding performances and has won 16 international awards including Cannes (best screenplay) and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association award (2011, 103 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles)

Non-members welcome: $20 pp

 

Jun
4
Wed
2014
HUMANISTIC JEWS READ THE TORAH: WHY? HOW?
Jun 4 @ 4:45 AM – Jun 5 @ 5:45 AM

WHERE SINAI MEETS SPADINA, the downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot All-Night Jewish Learning Festival 

Runs from 7:30 pm-6 am at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

40 speakers

As one of the Festival sponsors, Oraynu is pleased to offer a workshop presented by Rabbi Denise Handlarski

HUMANISTIC JEWS READ THE TORAH: WHY? HOW?  

For secular/cultural Jews, is it still important to read the bible? Look at secular approaches to the Akedah story (the binding of Isaac) as literature, history, and political treatise.

Join us: 8:45 pm in Room 302

For more information on this event, click here.

Jun
7
Sat
2014
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND APPRECIATION NIGHT
Jun 7 @ 3:30 AM – 4:30 AM

This event takes place in the First Unitarian Congregation building

7:30 pm:  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (Open to Members Only)

Learn about and discuss the year past and exciting plans for the future.

Then at 8:45 pm: VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION – Celebrating Retiring School Committee Member/Chair Marla Lewis

and Honouring Teen Volunteers.   Family and friends welcome.

Parking at First Unitarian:  There is no parking on site, but there is street parking on St. Clair, at the medical building across the street on the north side of St. Clair, or you may park on side streets nearby.