CIJA Update: New Ontario Government Regulations on Social Gatherings.

On September 17th, the Government of Ontario announced changes to the rules governing social gatherings in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region.

Does this impact High Holiday Services?

No. The number of people allowed to gather for religious services or ceremonies is not changed by the new rule…

Gaining Perspective: Reflections on Rosh Hashanah







“Our life is the single greatest work of art we will ever make,” wrote Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. “On Rosh Hashanah, we step back from our life like an artist stepping back from his or her canvas, seeing what needs changing for the painting to be complete.”

Shofar Ceremonies



Are you looking for an opportunity to hear the shofar this year? Here's a complete list of publicly accessible Rosh Hashanah shofar ceremonies happening in our city on Sunday, September 20: 

CLICK HERE for Public Shofar Soundings organized by the Toronto Board of Rabbis 

Jewish …

Jonathan Svorai: From Beekeeper to Schulich Leader

Growing up at the Ein Harod Kibbutz in northern Israel, Jonathan Svorai always had a strong work ethic and passion for helping people. As part of his kibbutz responsibilities, he began working at age 10 by helping out at the on-site zoo. He took care of all kinds of animals, and even went …

Why Jewish Memory Matters: Thoughts on Tisha B’Av







Tonight marks the beginning of the fast of Tisha B’Av, our day of mourning for the destruction of the First and Second Temples. For many, Tisha B’Av also recalls our most painful moments as a people during our millennia of exile from the Land of Israel.