Nourish you Jewish Soul Through Study and Song

The holiday of Shavuot, which begins at sundown on Tuesday May 14th, marks the moment when the People of Israel stood at Sinai and experienced Revelation. The Giving of Torah was a significant and transformative event in our collective history and we remember and relive that experience each year on this day. The Toronto Jewish community is fortunate to be offered a unique communal program called “Where Sinai Meets Spadina - Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot: All-Night Jewish Learning Festival”. Presented through Jewish Heritage Month by a host of organizations and synagogues including the Miles Nadel JCC, UJA Committee for Yiddish, Jewish Family & Child, and Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs, learners can partake in a variety of classes including Torah, Talmud, philosophy, cooking and meditation.  Wherever you end up this Shavuot – the JCC or your synagogue - take the time to reflect on some of the great teachings of our tradition and how powerful and strengthening it can be when the Jewish community gathers together.

Speaking of significant and important gatherings, I’d like to highlight another upcoming Jewish Heritage Month event: Jewish Music Week. From May 19th-26th Torontonians will have the opportunity to be educated and entertained by a great variety of cantors, singers, musicians and scholars. Prosserman JCC is host to “Jewish Rock Stars” on May 22nd at 10:00am. This program is sure to please and delight the ear, heart and soul. From Jewgrass to Jewish Jazz to the Community Melaveh Malka, let’s support the timeless role Jewish music (and musicians) has in our lives.


“Hiney Mah Tov Uma-nayim Shevet Achim Gam Yachad”

--How good and how pleasant it is when brothers and sisters gather together--

Rabbi Ilyse Glickman

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