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Events

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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
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 – Indigenous Issues: Teach-ins, Tikkun Olam and Tov-li @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Mar 3 @ 5:00 PM
Focus on Indigenous Issues: Teach-ins, Tikkun Olam, Tov-li ($15 pp)

The Tikkun Olam Oraynu Committee brings you rotation-style teach-ins on issues affecting Indigenous Canadians. The four areas to be covered are: water rights, healthcare, education, disabilities. Oraynuniks will share their expertise and bring in voices and research from Indigenous communities. At each station there will be opportunities to make a difference via letter writing and petitions.

After our teaching and Tikkun Olam-ing, there will be a light dinner served of Tov-li falafel and salads. Everyone pays $15 to attend which includes dinner; all profits from the evening will go towards supporting an Indigenous initiative (you’ll get to vote on which one!)

Click here to register

Mar
9
Sat
2019
CONCERT: “Four Quarters of Jerusalem” @ Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
Mar 9 @ 8:00 PM
FOUR QUARTERS OF JERUSALEM presented by the Toronto Consort

An extraordinary concert by the acclaimed early and world-music ensemble Rose of the Compass with guest Artistic Director Nina Stern, celebrating the diversity of faiths and musical traditions of Jerusalem.

** Followed by a party with the ensemble **

Travel through the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters as oud, kanun, recorders and chalumeau act as gateways to ancient lands—creating a diverse soundscape while unifying us in the hope of understanding and acceptance.

Congregational members: $47 Friends: $60

Click here to register

Mar
21
Thu
2019
ADULT EDUCATION with Rabbi Eva Goldfinger @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Mar 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 4: Contemporary Ethical Revolutions: Which are MeToos and Which are NotMes?

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.

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
31
Sun
2019
INTRO TO HUMANISTIC JUDAISM AND ORAYNU @ St, Andrews Junior High School
Mar 31 @ 10:15 AM
Introduction to Oraynu and Humanistic Judaism, Spring 2019
Who We Are ~ What We Believe ~ How We Celebrate

This introductory session will be of interest to those new to Oraynu and Humanistic Judaism, and wanting to learn more about it.  It also acts as a great refresher course for long-time members, too!

We welcome cultural, secular, agnostic, intermarried and LGBTQ Jews to attend.

Led by Rabbi Denise Handlarski and Music Leader Sandi Horwitz: a presentation on what we have left behind, what we have retained, and what we have created to keep Judaism meaningful for secular/cultural Jews today.

Everyone welcome │ RSVPs requested │ No charge to attend

Click here to register.

 

 

Apr
2
Tue
2019
RESCHEDULED DARWIN DAY PROGRAM – The Puzzle of Mazel” @ Borochov Centre
Apr 2 @ 7:30 PM
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 12, 2019
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

Click here to register

Apr
19
Fri
2019
FIRST NIGHT ADULT/TEEN PASSOVER SEDER @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Apr 19 @ 6:00 PM
We welcome you to join us for our Annual First Night Seder
  • Adult Seder, older kids and teens welcome
  • Led by Barry Olshen and Sandi Horwitz, authors (with Lisa Wright) of Oraynu’s Haggadah, “Roots and Branches: A Humanist Haggadah for Passover”
  • Partially catered Seder meal:
    • Along with wine and all the ceremonial foods, Oraynu will provide a main course of chicken, with a small vegetable serving.
    • To round out the meal, we ask that YOU, the attendees, each bring a salad, or vegetable or other side dish, or dessert – PASSOVER-STYLE, please! – enough to feed 8-10 people. There is no “kosher for Passover” requirement.
  • Fees:
    • Oraynu members – $20 per person plus pot-luck contribution
    • Family members of Oraynu-niks – $32 pp plus pot-luck contribution
    • Other guests / friends / non-members  – $48 pp, plus pot-luck contribution

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HAGGADAH – Oraynu’s own adult-oriented Haggadah is available for purchase at $10 per copy, plus any mailing costs if you are not able to make arrangements to pick it up.  Take a glance here: http://www.oraynu.org/shop/roots-and-branches-a-humanist-haggadah-for-passover/

May
24
Fri
2019
THEATRE EVENT:”Old Stock ~ A Refugee Love Story” @ Tarragon Theatre, Mainspace
May 24 @ 8:00 PM
Booking now for 2019

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

ADULTS: Members $55, non-members $65
SENIORS: Members $47, non-members $57
STUDENTS: Members $30, non-members $35

Moscovitch always sells out early – First come, first served!
Click here to buy your tickets