JULY 2017

Annual Journey to the Rebbe

Last month, in honor of the 23rd anniversary of “Gimmel Tammuz”, several hundred people from our community, including a few dozen on an annual organized trip, joined tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and from around the world and visited the Rebbe’s synagogue and Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, and the Ohel, the Rebbe’s holy resting place in Queens. The participants of the trip also spent some time exploring the Crown Heights neighborhood, enjoying great meals together, and took in words of inspiration and personal stories highlighting the living legacy of the Rebbe – all while traveling on a new, state-of- the-art coach bus. Thank you to all the organizers and hosts for making it a rewarding a meaningful experience.

Temple Tour Begins

Dozens of people began taking a fascinating multimedia tour of the Holy Temple with Rabbi Levi Jacobson. The four-part course, called Know Your Temple, is running weekly from July 11 to August 1, featured a well-researched and informative course authored by Rabbi Jacobson himself, with the assistance of Exodus Magazine Editor Izzy Greenberg, that included a slideshow with illustrations of Temple, as well as photos of ruins and recent archeological discoveries. Through the course, part of the JRCC West Thornhill’s Judaism 101 series, participants discovered the beauty, wonder and history of the Temple with an amazing virtual tour. Catch the last “episode” on Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm at the JRCC West Thornhill.

Community BBQs

Several JRCC Branches, including S. Richmond Hill & Maple and the JRCC East Thornhill, hosted community barbecues to begin the summer season, providing a casual setting for community residents to meet, connect, interact and enjoy an informal family experience. These types of events are a great way to get to know one another, and a great opportunity and the perfect environment in which to feel a sense of community. The barbecues featured music, activities for kids, and, of course, cold beer and great marinated food on the grill. The JRCC East Thornhill barbecue featured a local specialty, the Bucharian "bakhsh" made by Arkadi and Luba Aminov, which has become an annual favorite. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the setup, and for everyone who came to make it a beautiful day!