lightup.jpgIn order to help bolster the crucial activities of JRCC Branches, especially during these challenging COVID times, the JRCC organized a Day of Giving fundraising campaign. Altogether, eight JRCC branches participated and collectively raised over $600,000 to support programs and services in their local communities. The theme of the campaign was Light Up Lives, which is an expression of the JRCC’s focus on bringing light and goodness to the community.
“The most amazing thing about this project, more than the amount raised, is the number of people who participated,” expressed a clearly touched Rabbi Mendel Zaltzman, CEO of JRCC and Director of the JRCC East Thornhill, in reaction to the over 1,100 donors who contributed to the campaign. “It’s really inspiring that so many people feel a sense of responsibility and partnership in the work we do.”
Thank you to all those who participated in the campaign and the extra efforts of those who formed “teams” to encourage others to give. Special thanks to our generous matchers, whose commitment made this project possible and makes this campaign so much more exciting.
It’s not too late to join the Light Up Lives campaign. To see the results or make your contribution visit


After extensive research, preparation and testing over the last few months, the JRCC Hebrew School is launching a new Virtual Hebrew School program for children in Grades 1 through 4. The innovative Hebrew and Judaic study-from-home program was specially created by the JRCC Hebrew School in partnership with the IAC Ofek Hub online study platform. The program, which is taught by the best teachers in North America, is currently structured as a five-week course, with no long-term commitment, and features Hebrew language for beginners and Judaic Studies. For more information and to register, visit jrcchebrewschool. org, call 416.222.7105 x225, or connect via facebook at


cookbook.jpgJRCC Cares, the JRCC’s social services division, is launching its first-ever charity cookbook! Submit your recipe today for a chance to be featured in our cookbook. All proceeds and donations will directly support the non-profit work at JRCC Cares. For updates and information about this fundraising project, subscribe to our email list at For questions contact [email protected].


In celebration of 71 years of the Rebbe’s leadership (1950-2021), a two-part international virtual event was organized by the JRCC, with the participation of leading rabbis from around the world. The first part, the Saturday evening portion of the event, was in English and featured the JRCC’s Rabbi Mendel Zaltzman, along with Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, Rabbi Yossi Groner (North Carolina, USA) and Rabbi Menachem Matusov (Alberta, Canada). The second part, on Sunday evening, was in Russian and featured the Rabbi Yoseph Zaltzman, JRCC Founder and Senior Rabbi, along with Rabbi Fishel Chichelnitzky from Ukraine and Rabbi Bentzion Laskin from USA. Entertainment was provided by vocalist Shlomo Nizin from Israel, who presented Chassidic Nigunim live during the event.

“Even though we obviously miss being able to gather all together in person, there were some benefits to this virtual event,” reflected Rabbi Yoseph Zaltzman, “The participation of speakers from around the world might not have been possible in person, and the ability for people to join the event from the comfort of their homes made it more accessible for many more people.”

Those who joined from home had the option of ordering a “farbrengen in a box” package for the event, containing some treats. l’chaim and study material.