Having Jewish books in the home brings the light and energy of Judaism to the home, its inhabitants and visitors. In addition to encouraging Jewish study, expanding our Jewish knowledge, strengthening our connecting to our heritage, and building a strong Jewish family and community, Jewish books also invite the authors of the books, who put their life energy into their work, into the home – from Maimonides to the Baal Shem Tov to Moses himself. With its new, user-friendly website, the JRCC Bookstore makes it easier than ever to browse and purchase the from the best selection of Russian language Jewish books in North America. We also carry many popular English and Hebrew titles, and a selection of Judaica. Get 10% off your next purchase when using coupon code EXODUS10 (offer valid until 08/31/2021). Visit jrccbookstore.org.

As the new school year approaches, registration is under way for the JRCC Preschool and Daycare, Hebrew School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs. The JRCC Preschool and Daycare (ages 15 months to 5 years) prides itself on over twenty years of excellence serving the educational childcare needs of Jewish families in Toronto, providing our students with an excellent Jewish and General education in a nurturing environment that promotes self-confidence, self-discipline and a sense of purpose. The JRCC Oscar Yolles Hebrew School (ages 6-11) offers a friendly and stimulating Sunday and/or after-school program at eight locations throughout the GTA, as well as a Virtual Hebrew School operating exclusively online. The JRCC’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Clubs (ages 11-13) give children the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of this important Jewish right of passage. With a one year program of classes, events and social activities, Jewish young men and women are introduced to Jewish community, life and practice through an engaging program that they can be proud of and carry with them as they grow. For more info and to register call 416.222.7105 or click here.

Two of the JRCC’s neighborhood branches are moving to new locations. The JRCC South Thornhill and the JRCC Woodbridge are relocating to better serve the community. JRCC South Thornhill will be moving to a bigger and more wellequipped facility just across the street from its current location on Townsview Drive. The new location for JRCC Woodbridge will be announced in the coming weeks. The plan is to have the new locations up and running in time for the High Holidays. For more info and sponsorship opportunities contact Rabbi Levi Blau in South Thornhill ([email protected]) or Rabbi Avrohom Yusewitz in Woodbridge ([email protected]).

As this issue of Exodus goes to print, JRCC staff and volunteers are hard at work preparing for High Holiday services in a record thirteen locations in the GTA, and working hard to ensure the locations will be safe and allow for social distancing. At the same time, due to the fluctuating COVID-19 situation, several contingency plans are also being worked on to ensure that our community can celebrate the High Holidays. Should upcoming regulations cause a change in capacity or make some venues impractical, exact locations may change. Please stay tuned for updates. Even though the JRCC’s services always operate with an open door policy, everyone is encouraged to register this year whether you are purchasing tickets or now so that we can more accurately anticipate how many people will be attending each location. Reserve your seats at jrcc.org/HighHolidays or call 416.222.7105.