Several JRCC Branches host community barbecues during the summer, 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 Thornhil barbecue featured a local specialty, the Bucharian "bakhsh" made by Arkadi and Luba Aminov, which has become an annual favorite. The JRCC S. Richmond Hill and Maple also hosted a community barbecue for its neighborhood. All together, over 150 people came out to enjoy the sunshine and good times. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the setup, and for everyone who came to make it a beautiful day!


The JRCC offers a variety of publication subscriptions to suit your interests and needs, including the monthly Exodus Magazine (English and Russian editions), the weekly Ascend newsletter in Russian, the weekly Chitas booklet, and a variety of email options. This month, look out for the annual High Holidays package. In addition to the monthly Exodus Magazine, the package also contains several additional items, highlighted by the JRCC’s annual Calendar and Program Guide, which contains a wealth of information on Jewish holidays, as well as lectures, classes, special events, and community programs throughout the year. We try to match the items you receive to your interests and preferences. To update your information, or let us know about a friend or family member who would appreciate receiving these items, please contact the JRCC office at 416-222-7105 or


The 20th of Av (August 1, 2018) marked the yahrtzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, a kabbalist and activist who devoted his life, and ultimately gave up his life, to preserving Judaism in the FSU. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union. The day was celebrated with a farbrengen, a Chassidic gathering for a special occasion, at the JRCC West Thornhill. The gathering was led by Rabbi Levi Jacobson, director of the JRCC West Thornhill, making it even more auspicious since Rabbi Jacobson is named after the Rebbe’s father and his birthday falls on the 20th of Av.


The JRCC’s new online High Holiday Auction site has launched. Using the online reservation system, you can bid on a Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur aliyahs and other honors for yourself, or as a gift for someone else. The hope is that the new system will save precious time during the services on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Place your bid at (And if you haven’t yet reserved your seats you can do so at