JULY 2018


The JRCC Furniture Depot (FD) recently received a generous commitment from United Way Greater Toronto for funding over the course of the next three years. United Way’s invaluable contribution allows for more families and individuals to obtain much needed furniture, such as tables, chairs, and mattresses, and improves the lives of those in need. The FD serves individuals and families referred from collaborating community agencies by collecting donated furniture and making it available through a showroom, and our pickup/delivery service. In addition to the generous contribution of United Way Greater Toronto, we are able to continue to serve our clients thanks to the generosity of foundations and dedicated donors that are involved in the FD growth in the past years, including Ontario 150, The Regional Municipality of York, Mr. David Mirvish, and Dr. Marat Ressin, whose contributions help us change thousands of lives.


After another exciting and successful year at the JRCC’s Leib and Mindel Gelfand Preschool and Daycare, the focus shifts from graduation to preparation for the upcoming year. Staff are busy preparing curriculum and schedules, including a variety of extra curricular programs as Music, Art, Computer, Creative Movement, French and Math, in addition to holiday celebrations and monthly field trips. There is much preparation that goes into creating an advanced ECE development curriculum based on Montessori principles, together with a warm, Jewish environment. The daycare, which is recognized and receives funding from municipal and provincial government bodies, also maintains a meticulous facility that includes specially designed classrooms, a kitchen, and a garden with a playground. There are only a few spaces left for children aged 16 months to 6 years for the upcoming school year. Contact us at (416)736-0781, daycare@jrcc.org, or JrccDayCare.org.


Some exciting news about two JRCC Branches as the High Holidays approach. The JRCC@Rockford Branch is undergoing some upgrades and renovations as it prepares to host JRCC High Holiday services for the first time in many years. Some changes are being made to make the intimated space more comfortable and accommodating for the additional community members who will be joining for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Rabbi Yoseph Y. Zaltzman, founder and senior rabbi of the JRCC, will lead the services. 

The JRCC at Steeles & Hilda, which has been home to a variety of programs including the popular weekly Shabbat class for women, is expanding into a new JRCC Branch. Led by Mr. and Mrs. Melekh Brikman, the Branch will host High Holiday services for the first time this year. For more information on JRCC Branches, visit jrcc.org/Branches. For High Holiday tickets and information, visit jrcc.org/HighHolidays.


The JRCC East Thornhill is hosting a Hebrew language course designed to teach the basics to those with little or no knowledge of the Hebrew language. The course, led by community member and Hebrew teacher Evgenia Konikov, focuses on teaching basic conversation skills. The course is already underway, but it’s ongoing and not too late to join it now. The course is free, but registration is required. For information and registration, contact hebrew@jrcc.org.