JULY 2019

Esther Kaye Live in Toronto

One June 27 the JRCC @ Rockford hosted a lecture by author and speaker Esther Kaye, as part of her first North American tour. The popular educator, who delivers profound mystical teachings with practical application in a down-to-earth style, spoke on the topic “Kabbalah: The Kitchen, the Bedroom & the Quantum Revolution.” Over 100 participants of all ages enjoyed the engaging presentation in Russian, which was accompanied by a selection of refreshments and followed by a spirited discussion session.

Annual Garden Party

The JRCC East Thornhill held its annual Garden Party at the garden of Missou Seni, with a delectable salad bar and desserts. The evening featured guest speaker Mrs. Goldie Plotkin, co-director of Chabad of Markham, who spoke about “The Empowered Wife: How to Build Successful Relationships.”

Uplifting Journey to the Rebbe

In honor of the 25th anniversary of “Gimmel Tammuz”, several hundred people from our community, including a few dozen on an organized JRCC trip, joined tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and from around the world visited 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. The participants of the trip also spent some time exploring the Crown Heights neighborhood, enjoying great meals together, and took in words of inspiration and personal stories highlighting the living legacy of the Rebbe – all while traveling on a new, state-of-the-art coach bus. Thank you to all the organizers and hosts for making it a rewarding a meaningful experience.

12 Tammuz Farbrengen

The JRCC marked a special day know as the Festival of Liberation of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchok Schneersohn, knows as the Rebbe Rayatz, who was miraculously saved from his death sentence at the hands of his Communist persecutors. By Divine providence, the date he was liberated was also his birthday. The day was celebrated with a special farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) at the JRCC South Thornhill, complete with food, song and words of wisdom. Participants reflected on the inspiring story of the Rebbe Rayatz, who demonstrated both in his teachings and in his actions that with the right mindset one can overcome even the most daunting challenge. 

Holy Temple Tour

Dozens of people began taking part in a fascinating multimedia tour of the Holy Temple with Rabbi Levi Jacobson. The two-part course began on July 21 and continues with part 2 on August 11. It is a comprehensive, well-researched and informative course authored by Rabbi Jacobson himself, and is taught using his materials at dozens of Jewish centers around the world. The course is accompanied by a slideshow with illustrations of Temple, as well as photos of ruins and recent archaeological discoveries. Through the course, participants discovered the beauty, wonder and history of the Temple with an amazing virtual tour. Catch the second and final “episode” on Sunday, August 11 at 7:30pm at the JRCC West Thornhill.