Over 200 women gathered simultaneously on Thursday, September 6 at six JRCC branches to bake Challah together in advance of Rosh Hashana. According to Jewish tradition, when a group of women gathers to partake in this sacred tradition as one, it opens up the heavenly gates to their prayers, and draws blessing for the entire community – and it was a moving and powerful experience for all those who participated.


With the help of dozens of volunteers, the JRCC East Thornhill and JRCC at Rockford distributed a New Year greeting package to over 2,000 homes in their respective neighborhoods. Each package contained the traditional Rosh Hashana foods of apple, honey and pomegranate. The packages, which also contained a card wishing a Happy New Year from the community, were well received and a fitting expression of the oneness of our people, a central theme of Rosh Hashana. Special thanks to the volunteers who distributed the packages, and to Yummy Market for generously donating the apples, honey and pomegranates.


Last month, the JRCC hosted a special staff and volunteer family barbecue at the JRCC S. Richmond Hill and Maple branch to honor and thank staff and volunteers. It was an amazing gathering of people who are empowered and devoted to serving our community, along with their families. Without the hard work, time and energy invested by these dedicated individuals we would not have the active, inviting and vibrant community we are blessed with today. Over 100 participants were treated to a fun and entertaining evening, including great food, family activities, and special activities for children, as well as words of encouragement from Rabbi Yoseph Y. Zaltzman, the JRCC’s founder and senior rabbi, and others who shared inspiring stories. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a special award of merit honoring Rabbi Levi and Nechama Dina Jacobson for their twenty years of service at the JRCC of West Thornhill. Volunteering and community service is an exciting and fulfilling occupation that increases people’s well-being and connects us to one another, where you engage in meaningful activities with good friends, and make new ones. Contact the JRCC to learn about volunteer opportunities in your community.


The new school year is off to a great start at the JRCC, and, thanks to the preparation and hard work of the staff at the JRCC Hebrew School and the JRCC Preschool & Daycare, students and parents are looking forward to a great year of fun and learning. Teachers and staff warmly greeted students with great anticipation, with educational and fun-filled activities planned. Students have already learned about the significance of the holidays through interactive activities and art projects, and began using the acclaimed Aleph Champ system to learn to read Hebrew. The JRCC Hebrew School offers a friendly and stimulating Sunday and/or after-school program at eight locations throughout the GTA. Visit for a list of times and locations. The Preschool and Daycare offers an enriching ECE program based on Montessori principles. Visit for more information.


The JRCC Library recently added a significant collection of Russian-language books from the library of the JRCC Kavkazy Community Services led by Rabbi David Davidov. Rabbi Davidov, who created the small lending library in memory of his sister z”l, decided the books would be used by a wider audience if it were merged with the JRCC’s main Library, which has been operating and collecting books for thirty years. It boasts one of the widest selections of Russian Jewish books anywhere, including religious, historical, philosophical and children’s books. The JRCC Library at 18 Rockford Road is open to the public every Sunday from 12:00-3:00pm.