Families seeking Jewish identity building and education have an excellent resource at the J. Through a wide variety of classes, workshops, programs and forums, for everyone from young families to older adults, our Jewish cultural programs include collaborations with various agencies that strive to expand the knowledge and understanding of our world through a Jewish lens and shared Jewish values.
Holiday Celebrations, Jewish Programs and Social Action
Embrace Jewish holidays and values at the JCC! Listen to festive music and dip apples in honey on Rosh HaShanah, spend time in the Sukkah, help us light the giant menorah on Hanukkah, help with community service projects for our local neighbors in need, dress up in costumes for Purim, remember the Six Million Jews fallen on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), pay tribute to fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror on Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the State of Israel on Yom HaAtzmaut. Be sure to join us for the Westchester Jewish Film Festival and the Israeli Film Festival and other cultural activities through the year. All are welcome at JCCMW programs regardless of culture, faith, gender, age or sexual orientation.
TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT - May 16th @ 6PM
Join all of your friends from the downtown Toronto Jewish community on Sunday May 16th, where we’ll be learning live on Zoom from 6pm to midnight EDT.
With 18 sessions to choose from and a self-guided (tech-free) study supplement, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
A virtual night of community, study, snacking and more! Free and open to all, regardless of heritage, abilities, experience or level of observance.
For registration & more information visit www.mnjcc.org/shavuot
WE REFUSE TO BE ENEMIES - June 10th @ 8PM
We Refuse to Be Enemies is a manifesto by two American citizens, a Muslim woman and Jewish man, concerned with the rise of intolerance and bigotry in our country. Together Rehman and Ruby have spent decades doing interfaith work and nurturing cooperation among communities. They have learned that, through face-to-face encounters, people of all backgrounds can come to know the Other as a fellow human being and turn her or him into a trusted friend. In this book, they share their experience and guidance.
Growing up in Pakistan before she immigrated to the United States, Sabeeha never met a Jew, and her view was colored by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his youth, Walter never met a Muslim, and his opinion was shaped by Leon Uris’s Exodus. Yet together they have formed a friendship and collaboration. Tapping their own life stories and entering into dialogue within the book, they explain how they have found commonalities between their respective faiths and discuss shared principles and lessons, how their perceptions of the Other have evolved, and the push back they faced. They wrestle with the two elephants in the room: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and polarizing material in the histories and holy texts of Judaism and Islam. And they share their vision for reconciliation, offering concrete principles for building an alliance in support of religious freedom and human rights.