In lieu of the traditional Lag BaOmer festival, a large gathering usually held at Earl Bales Part, the JRCC organized a parade that traveled through different neighborhoods in the GTA by request. As the parade wound its way from North York all the way north to Major Mackenzie Drive, over 160 families were visited and over 400 gift packages were distributed. Dozens of families ordered their Lag BaOmer barbecue to go and had it delivered via food truck along the way. Lag BaOmer is traditional associated with Jewish pride, unity and love of one’s fellow. Though we look forward to being able to celebrate all together in one place next year, this year’s innovative drive-by parade demonstrated that we are united under all circumstances, and that nothing can extinguish the flame of the Jewish spirit.


lightup.jpgThe JRCC Hebrew School hosted a Shavuot Wonderland virtual program via Zoom on the even of Shavuot on Sunday, May 16 for children ages 3 to 9 and their families. Participants who registered in advance received packages with supplies for the interactive arts and crafts component of the program, including the building of a Torah and an edible Mount Sinai treat. The fun and educational event was highlighted by the uniquely engaging musical entertainment of Rabbi B. On Shavuot itself, several JRCC branches hosted services that strictly adhered to COVID-19 protocols while stilling giving community members, especially children, an opportunity to hear a live reading of the Ten Commandments. Children who participated (and more than a few adults as well) enjoyed ice cream as part of what has become a modern Shavuot tradition.


lightup.jpgIn honor of the 12th yahrzeit of Shloimele Zaltzman, of blessed memory, the JRCC presented a profound and moving lecture on the topic of “The Human Soul, Bereavement and After- Life” by Rabbi Avraham Plotkin of Chabad Markham. Dozens of people participated in the virtual lecture via Zoom, with many staying online for the fascinating question and answer session that followed. Thank you to Rabbi Plotkin for the engaging lecture, and to all the participants for their thoughtful contribution in making this a meaningful evening for all.