MAY 2018


Hundreds of children and adults attended the annual reading of the Ten Commandments on Shavuot at the various JRCC community synagogues last month. The children were treated to the now famous Shavuot Ice Cream Party, featuring ice cream squishies, while celebrating the receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai over 3,000 years ago. The readings were followed by a light dairy brunch buffet, including delicious homemade cheesecakes. The event was held simultaneously at all JRCC branches, with some branches holding multiple readings and parties throughout the day to accommodate everyone’s schedules. On the previous evening, dozens of people joined the traditional all-night learning sessions and the reading of the Kabbalistic “Tikun Leil Shavuot” on the night of Shavuot, expressing our love for the Torah and anticipating receiving it anew as we do at this time each year.


On the 2nd of Sivan (May 15-16), the JRCC community joined with the Zaltzman family in commemorating the 9th yahrzeit of their beloved son and grandson, Meir Shlomo z”l, affectionately known as Shloimele. Rabbi Mendel and Chani Zaltzman of the JRCC East Thornhill hosted two gatherings in his honor – a class for women at their home on the Shabbat preceding and a special Torah Scribe Workshop for kids was held to educate and generate excitement for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot later that same week. The events and the personal moments in between were a touching reminder of the power of community to comfort, support and inspire one another.


Each month, the JRCC’s branches host women’s only events that focus of the feminine and the role of women in Judaism. Often, the events are connected with seasonal themes, which was the case last month as events focused on the holiday of Shavuot. The JRCC@Rockford hosted a Rosh Chodesh event with physiotherapist and osteopath Ariela Mushkin, who shared thoughts on women’s wisdom and words of torah, followed by a lively discussion and Q&A session. The JRCC East Thornhill hosted a Paint Night with local artist Vlada Karelin, who guided participants in creating their own canvas, while they enjoyed dairy delicacies in honor of Shavuot.


In honor of “Gimmel Tammuz”, which falls this year on the Shabbat of June 15-16, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and from around the world are preparing to visit 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. It is an auspicious time to connect with the energy and teaching of the Rebbe, and bring his light and holiness into our lives. Many groups and individuals are planning to travel earlier and make it a Shabbat experience. The JRCC is organizing its annual trip on a new, state-of-the-art coach bus departing Saturday night, June 16. Space is limited. Registration is now open at or 416.222.7105.