August 2011 News

You’ve Got Mail

You probably noticed that your Exodus Magazine package is a little heavier than usual this month. As part of its annual High Holiday mailing, the JRCC is proud to include some extra items in addition to Exodus Magazine:

Our Annual Calendar contains valuable information on Jewish holidays and community programs that you and your family can participate in. Special thanks to all the advertisers whose support makes the calendar possible.

If you have been receiving a complimentary copy of Exodus Magazine, please consider subscribing to assist us in continuing to produce top-quality publications for our community in both Russian and English. Visit for more information. Thanks to all of Exodus’ subscribers and advertisers for making this amazing project possible.

A special Shabbat and holiday fridge magnet contains candle lighting times is enclosed for all Russian households, and is meant to encourage and remind the women and girls of the house to light candles.

The special High Holiday insert contains Yizkor information that enables us to help you memorialize your loved ones with special prayers and/or plaques, and also contains information on donation opportunities. Please use the enclosed return envelope.

As always, we welcome your feedback about any of these publications. If you know someone who would like to receive any of these publications, please contact our office and we will add them to our mailing list.

High Holiday Services

High Holiday tickets are now available at the JRCC office. Rosh Hashana (Sept 28-30) and Yom Kippur (Oct 7-8) services will be held at eight locations in the GTA. Services generally start at 9am each morning. Shofar on Rosh Hashana (Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 30) will be at around 12:30pm. Yizkor on Yom Kippur (Saturday, Oct. 8) will be at around 12:30pm. Some locations may offer alternative times as well. Please check the schedule of your preferred location. See page ?? for details.

All are welcome to join the services at any time, but seating is limited, so please reserve your seats as soon as possible by calling 416.222.7105, visiting, or visiting the JRCC office (the office is open M-F 9am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm).

Dozens Enjoy Virtual Temple Tours

Dozens of people took a fascinating multimedia tour of the Holy Temple with Rabbi Levi Jacobson. The four-part course, which ran weekly from July 17 to August 9, featured a well-researched and informative presentation that included a slideshow with illustrations of Temple, as well as photos of ruins and recent archeological discoveries. Rabbi Jacobson also authored course on the subject, titled Heaven on Earth, which was published by the Jewish Learning Institute in New York, and presented at dozens of Chabad centres around the world – including the JRCC of Thornhill Woods, where Rabbi Chaim Hildeshaim guided participants through a two-part multimedia tour.

Challah Braiding & Kotel Art

It was both a celebration and a mourning of our history at the JRCC Yonge & Clark. During the “three weeks,” when we mourn the destruction of the Temple, children gathered to create original artistic masterpieces of the remaining retaining wall of the Temple – known as the Kotel or the Western Wall. About two dozen children joined the program, which also featured Challah braiding and discussion about the significance of Jerusalem and the Temple.

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Summer Camp

Now in its second year, the JRCC’s Summer Adventure Camp provided 28 boys ages 11 to 15 with a six-day adventure experience in a beautiful, expansive, natural lakefront setting in northern Ontario. The campers made friends and enjoyed six days packed with excitement – included a wide variety of recreational activities and amusement trips throughout the week. From challenging outdoor activities like Mountain biking and tree-top roping, to skill building activities like archery, as well as memorable trips to Canada's Wonderland and paintball, the campers got a dose of summer fun that will last a lifetime - or at least until next year's summer camp.
How did the campers enjoy the experience? Here’s what they had to say: “Best camp ever!!! :)”; “Nothing like I've seen before.”; "It was very fun, I made friends, great counselors"; “I really enjoyed this camp because I learned a lot of thing about Judaism.”

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