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SHABBAT, CHANUKAH & SONG @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Dec 13 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Come for the latkes and light, stay for the singing and shmoozing!

Special guest Jordan Klapman presents: “Oy, Tannenbaum! How Jewish Songwriters Wrote the Great Christmas Songs”

Most people know that “White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin, but did you know that at least 15 of the top 25 secular holiday songs were written by Jews?

Come hear Jordan explain how this happened, and learn why these popular holiday songs were basically written to express universal values.

Pianist and lecturer Jordan Klapman has entertained Oraynu in the past with his in-depth musical talks on George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and the History of Jewish Pop and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Non-members welcome: $15

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FAMILY CHANUKAH FESTIVAL @ Borochov Cultural Centre Social Hall
Dec 15 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Come celebrate Chanukah with the Oraynu Children’s School!!

Fun activities, singing and lots of latkes & nosh, too

Our holiday party is a wonderful way to bring light into the start of the dark and cold season!

TZEDAKAH: Collection of small women’s toiletries to be donated to Nellie’s  

Families: Bring refreshments (no nuts or shellfish) e.g. whole, pre-washed fruit/veggies, or cheese, crackers & nut-free baked goods for all to share.

Guests welcome: $8/Adult, $4/Child, $20/family

This program is part of Oraynu’s commitment to Family Education and is funded in part by your generous donations.


CONTEMPORARY JEWISH FAMILIES with Dr. Randal F. Schnoor @ Borochov Cultural Centre
Jan 9 @ 7:30 PM
New Approaches to the Study of the Contemporary Jewish Family

Presented by Dr. Randal F. Schnoor

For many Jews today: the family, in contrast to the synagogue, organizations, and the larger community has become the most important setting for creating identity and Jewish meaning. Dr. Schnoor will discuss trends in Canadian Jewish life drawing from his research and the 2018 Canadian Jewish Population Survey.

Sociologist Dr Randal F. Schnoor (PhD 2003, McGill University) specializes in the qualitative study of contemporary Canadian Jewish life. He has been teaching Jewish Studies for more than a decade at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University. He has published sociological works on Jewish identity, Jewish day schools, Hasidic Jews, gay Jews, among other contemporary topics. His recent policy research includes a large community study on Jewish poverty in Toronto, a study on approaches to engaging interfaith families, a study on South African Jews in Toronto and a report for Toronto’s Jewish Tanenbaum CHAT High School. His 2008 book, co-authored with Alex Pomson, was entitled “Back to School: Jewish Day School in the Lives of Adult Jews” (Wayne State University Press). In 2018 Pomson and Schnoor published their sequel work “Jewish Family: Identity and Self-Formation at Home” (Indiana University Press).

Non-members welcome: $15

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