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19/07/2022 12:20:14 PM


DVAR TORAH – Parshat Balak

A talking donkey – a rent-a-prophet – curses turned into blessings – idolatry and the death of 24,000 Israelites in a plague after committing idolatry, the story of Pinchas and his spear - and what stayed with me from all of this in Parshat Balak, was...Read more...

Tu B'Shvat

13/01/2022 02:07:16 PM


Tu b’shvat, literally the 15th of Shvat, also called The Anniversary or Birthday of the Trees, is one of four Jewish New Years.   It is also called the Jewish Environmental Day by North Americans.

There is no halachah for the celebration of Tu B’shvat, but we have several customs that arose during Jewish history.

The mystical Kabbalists believed that the more blessings we recite, the more the world is healed. It was the Kabbalists of Sfat who created the Tu B’shvat Seder with its four worlds each one with its own special fruits and combination of white and red wines.   Read more...

SJAC Indigenous Session 1: October 13, 2021

20/10/2021 01:09:14 PM


A study group on the treatment of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

TO REGISTER & RECEIVE TRC's 94 Calls to Action PDF

Contact Gila Cupchik:  

Our aim is to study the interconnected complexities of Indigenous Issues. We will be sourcing speakers, webinars, books, films, documents etc. 

We ZOOM 2nd &...

DN Calls on Canadian Government to Address the Afghan Refugee Crisis.

30/09/2021 03:46:36 PM


DN Social Advocacy

The statement includes a comprehensive list of policies to alleviate the plight of refugees. To read the statement endorsed by the DN Board which is being sent to the government   Press Here    

Please download and if you wish, share with your MP and interested friends .We have established a working group to organize the DN response to this  humanitarian, human rights and refugee crisis.

To become...

Supporting Afghan Refugees Today

20/09/2021 02:41:23 PM


Social Justice Advocacy Committee

As Jews, we have historical memory of desperate efforts to escape persecution. Today there is great alarm over the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. DN's Social Justice Advocacy Committee held a webinar on the current conditions, and what can be done, to support Afghans at risk.  Please click here to watch the webinar





Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars

09/09/2021 06:27:24 PM


Danielle Glucksman

On Monday our community celebrated Erev Rosh Hashana together. It was so nice to see one another in person and to celebrate the New Year. The  weather was beautiful as we prayed and sang together.  Thank you to all the volunteers, service leaders, shul staff and board members who made this evening happen. Please watch our Facebook page for more photos and a special video.


Joels round challah

31/08/2021 05:41:56 PM


Gloria boxen

Joel’s Challah


Makes two challahs


Mix together in large bowl:

800 g white bread flour

200 g whole wheat flour

25 g salt

10 g instant yeast

1 cup currents or 3 tbs poppy seeds


Mix together:

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup honey

4 eggs

450 g warm water


Separately mix:

1...

More Cool Tips for Hot Days!

20/07/2021 12:39:05 PM


Gloria Boxen

Don't have central air conditioning or want to reduce its use?


Use a dehumidifier.The reduced moisture in the air will make a room feel cooler. Wear loose outdoor clothing in light colours, preferably cotton, and you will feel cooler. White, beige, and light brown-green shades will attract less mosquitoes and other insects.  See Tie a wet...Read more...

Shomrei Adamah Presents Cool Foods for Hot Days

06/07/2021 12:44:49 PM


Gloria Boxen/Debra Eklove


Here are some cool food tips from Shomrei Adamah

1. With warmer temperatures, food spoils more quickly. Before refrigerating or freezing prepared foods, cool them off more thoroughly and quickly by placing them on a rack and using a fan. You will also be reducing the...Read more...

Bar/ Bat Mitzvah class hosts Holocaust survivor Sophie Krausz

30/04/2021 11:26:01 AM


Danielle Glucksman

On Tuesday April 27, the Darchei Noam Bar/ Bat Mitzvah class hosted a zoom discussion with Holocaust survivor Sophie Krausz. Sophie was born in Russia two months after the Holocaust commenced. She lived in Poland for 13 years and immigrated to Montreal 1958. Sophie spoke about what she...Read more...

Gardening Update

24/03/2021 10:25:44 AM


Desre Kramer

The gardening group has been busy with plans for the strip of grass at the front of the shul. We have received a grant to buy native plants to attract pollinators like monarch butterflies, birds, and bees. The grant comes from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation....Read more...

Refugee Shabbat D'Var Torah

09/03/2021 07:16:06 AM


Naomi Alboim


Shabbat Shalom

I have been asked to speak today as a part of our congregation’s participation in a world- wide HIAS/JIAS effort to raise the awareness, and hopefully encourage action in the Jewish community, about refugees around the globe.

I will talk about the...

Tu B’Shvat 2021 Recipes

20/01/2021 08:14:03 AM


Gloria Boxen & Joel Troster


Tu B’shvat, the New Year of the Trees, is a welcome holiday falling during our grey winter months. In Israel, the almond tree is blooming a signal that the trees are waking up from their winter naps. Why...Read more...

Drive-through Menorah Lighting

15/12/2020 12:58:04 PM


Danielle Glucksman

Holidays in 2020, haven't been easy, but social distancing and cold weather could not keep The Darchei Noam Hebrew School and B'Nei Mitzvah program from safely celebrating Hannukah!


Life during COVID-19: A Perspective

03/07/2020 10:13:56 AM


Gladys Rose


Being in lock-down for many weeks has allowed me much time for reflection.

I live in a lovely Retirement Residence in Toronto. In my youth, such places were called Old Folks Homes. So much for euphemisms.

I grew up in Saskatoon. In my youth, disease was accepted as part of life. Everyone had...Read more...

The Foods of Shavuot

27/05/2020 10:52:55 AM


Joel Troster


When we think of Shavuot, visions of cheese blintzes come to mind. When or why the custom of eating dairy foods arose is unknown; here are two explanations. In Song of Songs, the verse, “The sweetness drops from your lips; like honey and...Read more...

My Trip to Israel: Selecting Next Year's Shinshinim and a View of the Issues in the Northern Region

19/03/2020 09:13:38 AM


Marcy Tepner

As Darchei Noam’s Lay Leader for the Shinshinim Program, I recently attended a one week, UJA Israel Engagement Mission, along with Ariel Zaltzman, D.N.’s Youth and Education Programming Director. The purpose of the mission was two-fold. Firstly, to participate in the interview/selection process for our 2020/21...Read more...

Purim Fun!

10/03/2020 12:34:47 PM



The holiday of Purim is one that kids and adults alike look forward to, and this year was no exception. It’s the only holiday when we have the custom to masquerade – and at Darchei Noam, that custom was in full effect at our Purim Carnival!

Our hallowed...

Bal Tashchit – DO NOT WASTE by Elaine McKee

04/03/2020 02:32:24 PM



As most of you know, the Darchei Noam Kiddush Refresh project of 2020 included a transition to reusable glass dishes and stainless cutlery. The paper plates,...Read more...

AOK Donates Purses to Women who are Homeless

21/11/2019 12:17:11 PM



AOK had a wonderful meeting on November 19, 2019.  Seventeen people turned out to practice Qi Gong under the leadership of...Read more...

Fun-Filled Day of Apple Picking at Downey's Farm.

18/09/2019 01:05:21 PM


Darchei Noam's apple picking trip for our young families on Sunday, September 15 was very successful, despite the heavy rain before the event!

Following a yummy pizza lunch at the synagogue, participants headed to Downey's Apple and Strawberry Farm in...Read more...

Complimentary Book Giveaway!

15/08/2019 10:45:16 AM


We are having a Book Giveaway. All books are free!

Come by Darchei Noam on:

Tuesday, August 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm (during extended office hours for membership renewal) Shabbat, Saturday Aug. 24 during Kiddush.

Books will be available in the following categories:

Bible and Biblical Studies Classical Judaica Jewish Observance and Practice Jewish Education Jewish Languages Jewish Literature Jewish...Read more...

Darchei Noam Hebrew School Introduces New Three-Phase Curriculum

25/07/2019 05:27:11 PM


This fall, our Hebrew school is pleased to be implementing a new three-phase curriculum that is based on the saying from Pirkei Avot (ethics of our ancestors) that the world stands on three pillars: Torah (bible), Avodah (service) and Gemilut Chassadim (acts of loving kindness).

The curriculum was developed in-house by Rabbi Tina Grimberg and our Director of Youth Education and Programming, Ariel Zaltzman. It covers a wide range of...Read more...

Leslieville School End-of-Year Picnic

25/06/2019 04:04:44 PM


This past Sunday, the Leslieville Jewish School celebrated the end of the school year with a picnic at Jimmie Simpson Park. From September to June, the Leslieville Jewish School has been running educational programs for a small group of families in the east end...Read more...

Introducing our 2019/20 Shinshinim, Ben and Shalev.

25/06/2019 03:32:49 PM


In the Fall, Darchei Noam is pleased to be welcoming two new Shinshinim, Ben and Shalev, to our congregation. To introduce themselves, they have created this entertaining video to share with all of you. We look forward to meeting them in the...Read more...

Goodbye Speeches from our 2018/19 Shinshinim, Noa and Itamar.

25/06/2019 02:50:51 PM


This past year, Darchei Noam was fortunate to have two wonderful Shinshinim, Noa and Itamar. On Saturday, June 8, they addressed our Shabbat congregants to say goodbye and tell us about all that they had learned during their year in Toronto.

Here is the transcript of their speeches:

Shabbat Shalom,

Being a Shinshin in Toronto has meant a great deal to me. It meant leaving my family, the kibbutz and my home,...Read more...

The Month of May in Pictures

24/05/2019 08:50:21 PM


Yom Ha'atzmaut:









Music Therapy

02/05/2019 04:04:35 PM


We had a very successful program with Aaron Lightstone last year.   Myra Schiff shares here about that experience.  We look forward to welcoming him back again this year, on Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 pm in the triple rooms.  We hope reading this blog post inspires you to join us for this year’s program. 

You may know Aaron Lightstone as a musician who sometimes leads us in singing on Shabbat...Read more...

DN: The Early Years - Reflections from Harvey and Gilda Freeman

16/04/2019 11:23:03 AM


Reconstructionism has metamorphosed many times since it was introduced to Toronto in the 1940’s. Initially it was a few ‎dozen individuals who subscribed to the Reconstructionist magazine and were philosophical acolytes of Mordecai Kaplan’s....Read more...

Parshat Vayechi: D'var Torah by David McKee, December 22, 2018

02/04/2019 11:49:35 AM


This parasha is the last in the book of Genesis.  It is the end of the stories of the ancestors.  It contains three parts: the blessing of Menasha and Ephraim and their incorporation into the B’nei Israel (though once again, the younger brother prevails).  A long and sometimes bitter farewell from Jacob to his sons, rewarding some and cursing others.  And a final confrontation of Joseph and his brothers (other than...Read more...

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