MARCH 2018


About fifty people joined a group organized by the JRCC S Richmond Hill & Maple Hebrew School group to experience the annual Model Matzah Bakery at Chabad Gate in Thornhill. Participants were treated to a hands-on programs that enabled them to experience Passover related activities first hand. The children were able to learn how matzah is made, from the grinding of the wheat into flour to the baking of the matzah in 18 minutes “flat”. They even got to don their own baker hats and take rolling pins to the dough to make their own matzahs.


Women from across the community were invited to an evening celebrating Jewish women at the JRCC@Rockford in honor of the birthday of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, the wife of the Rebbe. The Rebbetzin was a model of modesty, elegance, femininity and grace. The evening was devoted to both spiritual growth and a celebration of feminine beauty, led by special guest Alena Davellman, certified stylist and image consultant, who shared some of her beauty secrets and fashion tips.


Preparing for Passover contains a myriad of details for holiday that is ostensibly about freedom, and can feel overwhelming, especially to the uninitiated. And even those with some experience need to refresh their memory. To help shed some light and gain from the wisdom of those with experience, the JRCC West Thornhill hosted two pre-Passover workshop-like “crash courses.” One workshop, “Practical Passover” for women, focused on the preparation of the home and the Seder, led by Nechama Dina Jacobson. Meanwhile, the popular “Seder Leader Workshop,” led by Rabbi Levi Jacobson, provided and in-depth overview and tips for running a meaningful and smooth Seder at home.


On March 26, people around the world celebrated 11th of Nissan, the birthday of the Rebbe, who was born in 1902 in the Ukrainian-Russian town of Nikolaev and went on to spark the greatest renaissance in Jewish history that inspired millions. The entire Chabad movement today, including the JRCC, as well as the personal Jewish connection of countless people, are thanks to the Rebbe’s vision and tireless efforts. To mark the occasion, the JRCC held a farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) at the JRCC Concord. Participants enjoyed an evening of camaraderie, infused with inspiring words of wisdom and soulful song. To learn more about the Rebbe visit


As this issue of Exodus goes to print, Passover is just around the corner and many preparations are under way. Chairs, tables and food orders are being organized for Passover Seders at nine different locations throughout the GTA. Rabbis are preparing the words of wisdom ad inspiration they will share at the Seders and throughout the holidays. And 12,500 Matzah packages are being delivered by JRCC staff, rabbis and volunteers, making sure that Russian Jewish families throughout Ontario get to (literally) taste Passover and experience this important mitzvah. Many thanks to all the staff, volunteers, community members and supporters who made this project a success. Stay tunes next month for a more detailed report on Passover activities.