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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

(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

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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!)

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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

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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

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Mar 31 @ 10:15 AM
Humanistic Judaism ~ What, Why, How
Come find out who we are, what we believe and how we celebrate our Judaism at Oraynu.

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

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RESCHEDULED DARWIN DAY PROGRAM – The Puzzle of Mazel” @ Borochov Centre
Apr 2 @ 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

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ORAYNU CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE @ Oraynu Children's School (at St. Andrews JHS)
Apr 7 @ 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM
An Introduction to Oraynu Children’s School for Parents & Children

JK-Gr. 7 ~ Bnai Mitzvah Program ~ OraynuTots (1-1/2 to 4 yrs)
Jewish Festivals ~ Family Education ~ Hebrew ~ Tzedakah ~ Arts ~ Music
Classes held on Sunday mornings, September to May

10:00 am – 12:30 pm (Tots classes held approx. once/month)

• Meet Principal Steve Shabes, our staff and our school committee members
• Learn about our unique curriculum and Bnai Mitzvah program, focused on Jewish culture, history and values from a secular humanistic perspective
• Tour the school and view each class in action
• Bring your children—they are welcome to try a class
• Explore Jewish culture and values in a warm and open secular environment
• Engage in a school curriculum discussion followed by an open-forum question and answer period
• Food to nosh too!

Our open house will introduce you to the meaningful way Oraynu Children’s School participates in Jewish culture and values!
Come meet us and bring along your family and friends!

For more info, click here for the Children’s School website

Everyone welcome │ RSVPs requested │ No charge to attend

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School funded with support from UJA Federation of Greater Toronto through the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education.


HAVDALAH & ROSH CHODESH @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Apr 13 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
HAVDALAH AND ROSH CHODESH – Jewish New Moon Celebration

The Jewish new moon is like a mini Rosh Hashanah, a time to regroup and recommit to one’s goals. Traditionally a women’s holiday, we’ll explore the roots of Rosh Chodesh, contemporary practices, and do a sharing circle to get ready for the month. Afternoon snacks provided (of course!)

Non-members welcome: $15

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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:

THE PERIOD PURSE Tzedakah Initiative @ St. Andrews Jr. High School
Apr 28 @ 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
THE PERIOD PURSE – A Tikkun Olam Oraynu Initiative
Join us for pizza and snacks as we pack the purses!

We need:

  • Ziploc bags
  • New or used excellent condition purses, backpacks or totes (large only – must fit a box of tampons & pack of pads + comforting items)
  • Tampons, pads and new Menstrual Cups. (Please do not send menstrual products from the dollar store)
  • New black socks and new underwear (size large or extra large)
  • Wipes (baby wipes, moist towelettes)
  • New face cloths and bars of soap
  • Chocolate bars and granola bars
  • New or used good condition, washed scarves, hats, and mittens

We are asking everyone to donate supplies, even if you can’t attend April 28. Please bring them to any Oraynu program at the Borochov or Sunday School, up to and on April 28th.

The Period Purse is a volunteer-run non-profit organization that strives to achieve menstrual equity by providing menstruators experiencing homelessness access to free menstrual products, and to reduce the stigma surrounding periods through public education and advocacy. The organization launched in February 2017 with the goal of making one purse.  Today, The Period Purse has handed out over 8,700 purses and over 7,800 refill period packs, each containing period products, comforting items and a motivational note. The Period Purse seeks to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with a much-needed emotional boost. For more information, visit:

Everyone welcome │ RSVPs requested │ $5 per person