The JRCC East Thornhill recently launched a new course for women that provides a comprehensive overview about Mikvah (ritual bath) and the Jewish concept of purity. Married Jewish women use a Mikvah each month as part of the laws of family purity. While historically Mikvah use was exclusive to the observant/orthodox community, in modern times many women have embraced the practice as one promoting rejuvenation and spiritual growth. The new six-week course, Mikvah 101, is held on Thursdays at 8pm and is led by Chanie Zaltzman, a certified Mikvah.org instructor. The course, which is held on Thursdays at 8pm through November 11, covers everything you wanted to know about Mikvah but didn’t know to ask, and is suitable for women at all levels – beginners, intermediate and advanced – as there is always more to learn about this topic. It’s not too late to join. Visit jrcceastthornhill.org/familypurity for details and to RSVP.


If you’re upgrading your car, the JRCC offers a great alternative to trade-in or selling your previous vehicle. You can donate your old car through the JRCC’s Vehicle Donation Program, and het a valuable tax receipt for the maximum market value of your car. It’s a win-win situation: You get a great value for your car, and the proceeds from the sale of the vehicle benefit the programs and services the JRCC provides to the community. For more information, contact us at 416.222.7105 x601 or [email protected], or visit jrcc.org/vehicledonation.


In response to the COVID-19 situation and the growing needs of isolated seniors, the JRCC developed a wide range of programs serving the over-60 demographic in our community. In addition to assistance with basic and healthrelated needs, such as groceries, medication, the JRCC created a series of virtual social, cultural and educational programs that seniors can join form the comfort and safety of their own home. The immensely popular virtual gatherings, held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am in Russian, offer a variety of engaging programming, including engaging lectures on a timely and relevant topics, live musical concerts with a professional musicians, interactive sing-alongs, Russian literature, and even online exercise classes. To join, use Zoom ID 416-222-7105. For more details, call 416.222.7105 x245 or visit jrcc.org/seniors.