Opening our Doors to the World

As we continue our exploration of Jewish Heritage Month in Ontario, I’d like to highlight two upcoming events. The first one is Doors Open Toronto and will take place on May 25th and 26th. Now in its 14th year, Doors Open provides the public with the rare opportunity to “take a peek behind the doors of over 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.” ( 

This year’s theme of 'Creators, Makers and Innovators’ will present visitors with the chance to see older buildings that have been altered and re-imagined for the 21st century. We know that the Jewish community in Toronto has deep roots so it is appropriate that several of our own historic buildings are included in the list of Doors Open participants.  If you have not yet visited, why not check out the Beach Hebrew Institute, Congregation Knesseth Israel (Junction Shul), First Narayever Congregation, and The Kiever Shul. Each of these buildings has a rich history and are architecturally stunning.

UJA’s Annual Walk with Israel will be taking place on Sunday May 26th. Touted as ‘the Diaspora’s largest single-day Israel solidarity walk” ( for many of us it is a true highlight of the year.  Each year several millions of dollars are raised to support UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s programs throughout Israel, including, integration of new immigrants and providing support and assistance to at-risk youth. Sign up online and walk with family and friends to show your support for the State of Israel!


Rabbi Ilyse Glickman

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