Community Shabbat Dinners

All the JRCC branches hosted large community Friday night Shabbat dinners last month — an evening filled with delicious food,warm ambiance, song, and great spirit. Shabbat dinners give people in the community an opportunity to gather together in a casual, social atmosphere, and celebrate Shabbat together. It is a great way to spend time together, reconnec twith old friends, and make new ones.

Movie Night @ JRCC East Thornhill

The JRCC East Thornhill hosted its first Move Night last month. Children were invited to come in their pajamas to enjoy pizza, popcorn, and a screening of “Young Avraham,” which as both educational and entertaining. Young Abraham is a CGI animated film portraying the early years of our forefather Abraham.Drawing on the Torah, Midrash and numerous commentaries, Rabbis Yisroel Bernath and Zvi Hershcovich researched and wrote the first draft of the script. The JRCC East Thornhill looks forward to hosting many more such events at its new facility at 7608 Yonge Street in Old Thornhill.

Shloimele's Library Picking Up Steam

Shloimele's Library, which opened this fall at the JRCC East Thornhill, is buzizng with activity as peoplevisit to read and borrow from a wide selection of books. A cozy, carpeted reading area that kids love to use was recently added. The Library offers various programs, including a Story Hour, Puppet Shows, Crafts and a Book Club, and also hosted its first birthday party. Shloimele's Library is open every Sunday from 12pm to 2pm. For more details visit

Healthy@Home in East Thornhill

The JRCC East Thornhill and Healthy@Home launched a new seniors’ program at the JRCC East Thornhill Community Centre. Every Monday from 1-3 pm seniors come to enjoy a free program that includes exercise, lectures on health, musical entertainment, and lunch. Healthy at Home, is designed to create supportive environments for seniors in our community, many of whom are isolated and lonely, and find it difficult to access information about health care and health care services. The program is offered in various locations. For more information call 416-222-7105.

YEDI Alumni Event

On Monday October 26, York Entrepreneurship Development Institute hosted its quarterly alumni networking event on the ever popular topic of social media. Alumni learned valuable tips and insights from industry experts Blue Door Inc. on “Five Things You Must be Doing on Social Media.” Those who missed it can get a summary at

JRCC Women’s Events

As almost every month, women’s Rosh Chodesh gatherings were held at JRCC Branches in honor of the new month of Kislev. Participants were happy to get together and enjoy their exciting and engaging gatherings to usher in a special month full of light, which includes Chanukah and the Chassidic festival of 19 Kislev, at the JRCC East Thornhill, JRCC S Richmond Hill & Maple, and JRCC@Rockford.

Got Farbrengen?

If you noticed there might be more farbrengens (Chassidic gatherings) than usual last month, you would be right. The month of Kislev contains several prominent Chassidic dates of celebration, in addition to the festival of Chanukah. The JRCC hosted special farbrengens in honor of 1 Kislev, the day the Rebbe returned home for the first time after recovering from a major heart attack (in 1977) at the JRCC West Thornhill, 9-10 Kislev, the Yahrzeit (9th) and Liberation (10th) of the Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch at the JRCC@Rockford, and 14 Kislev, the anniversary of the Rebbe’s wedding, at the JRCC S Richmond Hill & Maple. More inspiring farbrengens are coming up, including a big one for 19 Kislev, so stay tuned.

IJS Launches New Season

Following the High Holidays, the JRCC’s Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) launched its fall-winter semester to much acclaim. Several new well-attended courses at the JRCC delighted and inspired participants of all backgrounds. The IJS produces engaging courses, lectures, and ongoing classes that are relevant to people in our community and contribute to their sense of purpose and fulfillment in life. For up-to-date information, visit