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The extraordinary history of the etrog

It should be simple. The holiday of Succot approaches and you buy the four species mandated by the Torah. The lulav (palm branch) with its accompanying willow and myrtle stems are easily chosen. But choosing the etrog is an entirely different matter.For the most mehudar (exquisite) etrog, yo…

Rescuing Syrian Jews

Community activism on behalf of Jews in need around the world is a defining trait of Jewish Toronto.  Wendy Eisen was at the forefront of the movement to free Soviet Jewry. Julia Koschitzky and Phil Granovsky assumed international leadership positions and Rabbi Gunther Plaut continues to ad…

Prosserman Family showers Toronto with generosity

Speaking in front of his family, Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant and UJA Federation leaders at a small, informal gathering last week, Martin Prosserman signed a cheque for $12 million saying: “I thank you all for letting me pay off this debt – a debt I incurred as a child in Mont…

How to Discuss Conversion to Judaism

This information is for those who know someone who might be interested in learning about Judaism. Perhaps it is a non-Jewish spouse, or someone married to your child, or another relative of yours.
You would like to discuss conversion to Judaism with that person. You may have many reasons for…

UJA Tribute Cards

"It's so simple to send a UJA Tribute Card online," says Netta Greenblatt.  "With ten beautiful card selections right in front of me, I just pick the card I want to send, fill in the on-screen information form, choose a payment option and click... it's done. The cards get mailed same-day an…