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The Rocky Road to Peace (Part One)

21/12/2023 06:51:31 PM


Shomrei Adamah

Answering the questions,

Sitting down face to face, acknowledging a shared humanity and finding common ground are important steps in the road to peace. What happens when the common ground is oppression?

Can proxy wars come to a resolution?  

Fear is the ultimate cause of hatred, violence and war.  Fear of losing power, status and a sense of...Read more...

Shomrei Adamah: A Hanukkah Message

07/12/2023 03:48:10 PM


May the world come to realize that peace and a sustainable world depends on social and economic justice and strong action on climate change, both personally and collectively.


Andrew Kaplan Mandel January 12, 2014 

Rabbi Mandel commented on Abraham Joshua...

Shomrei Adamah’s Message for Imagination, Kindness, and Community in the pursuit of Peace and Justice

30/11/2023 12:29:22 PM



Shomrei Adamah offers their condolences to Sheryl Smoken and our chair, Joel Troster on the loss of their brother and brother-in-law, Ira Alan Smolkin

As the world leaders head to Dubai for COP to discuss climate change commitments and attention has shifted from Putin’s invasion of Ukraine to the Israeli-Hamas conflict, in Ottawa we “Rally for the Jewish People,” for release of the remaining hostages and against...Read more...

Save our Planet

23/11/2023 01:41:09 PM


Can we do better in our personal lives?

Housing and Transportation are top emitters of greenhouse gas and toxins. Food loss and waste are important contributors. “It is estimated that food loss and waste in the U.S. is equal to 42 coal fired power plants.”

Reducing Food Waste and Resources

Use of leftover...

Shomrei Adamah ~Remembering Vivian Silver, Climate Crisis & Healing 

23/11/2023 01:39:44 PM


Remembering Winnipeg-born, Vivian Silver z”l, member of Women Wage Peace.

Matt Galloway of CBC radio’s The Current, talked with peace activists who knew Vivian Silver z”l, Yael Braudo-Bahat and Ninvine Sandouka.  Yael Braudo-Bahat is the CEO of Women Wage Peace, and Ninvine Sandouka,is a Palestinian living in East Jerusalem, regional...Read more...

Save Our Planet Tip

08/11/2023 07:48:20 PM


Lower your energy usage by buying a portable induction burner to use with your flat bottom magnetic stainless steel and cast iron cookware. The induction burner could become a test run for your next stove purchase.

Induction cooking works by creating a magnetic field between the pot and the magnetic coils beneath the cooking surface. The energy created in the electromagnetic field heats the contents of the pot.” A large drawback...Read more...

Shomrei Adamah's Message of Peace and Justice

08/11/2023 07:39:29 PM


Everyone has a story. Let’s listen to each other and then work for democracy and enduring peace which is resting on truth, loving kindness and social and environmental justice. Won't it be great when we can truly experience, "How pleasant it is for neighbours everywhere to dwell and sit together in peace," as we sing Hinei ma tov u’manyim shevat achiym gum yachad!

There are many interpretations and translations of Hinei ma tov...Read more...

Shomrei Adamah ~Peace for All

02/11/2023 03:24:52 PM


Armed warfare is devastating for both humans and nature in all of its life forms. By pursuing justice and building trust through effective and mutually beneficial actions we can slowly make our dreams of peace for “all that dwell on earth” a reality.  Here’s an example from CBC radio’s What on Earth’s recent broadcast.  Climate Unites Us: Hope for Peace in the Middle East.


Shomrei Adamah Message for Peace

12/10/2023 09:30:48 AM


We pray for the hostages taken by Hamas, for the safety of Israelis and innocent civilians and for an end to hostilities.   

God is weeping for us and our fellow earthly beings. She wonders if will we mature and leave behind our destructive and ill-directed passions quickly enough to save the planet and humanity. 

Joel noted in his devar, bringing his brother, Rabbi Lawrence Troster z”l to Darchei Noam as a...Read more...

The Foods of Sukkot and Simchat Torah

05/10/2023 04:32:46 PM


Grapes, figs, and pomegranates have been harvested in Israel and the olive harvest has begun. Sesame seeds, flax, and millet had already been picked during the summer months. Ir’s time to celebrate the abundance of the land with fresh foods from here and Israel.

It is customary to kreplach on the seventh day of Sukkot, on Hoshana Rabba. Purim has kreplach to signify the lots that contained the Jews’ dire fate. On...Read more...

Shomrei Adamah September 20, 2023 Blog Post

21/09/2023 02:47:12 PM


We dream of crisp, juicy apples grown here in Ontario.  We are fortunate to have them crisp and juicy in time for dipping in honey and making scrumptious desserts.  

Here is an apple crisp recipe to be served at Shabbat or at a Break-the-Fast meal.

It’s one that I have changed over the years to emphasize the fruit, [I prefer more fruit and a thinner topping] add a bit more nutritional oomph, and make...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah and Tashlikh

14/09/2023 12:29:32 PM


Rosh Hashanah and Tashlikh

Tashlikh means [will*] "cast away" or "casting off." It is a custom usually performed on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah when we symbolically cast off our sins into a body of water.  It is based on a quote by Micah, 7:19, “*God will send/[cast] out/forth our sins into the depth of the waters.”  Ezekiel 18:31 tells us, “Cast away from yourselves all your transgressions, and...Read more...

Save our Planet Tips for Ontario Peaches

07/09/2023 11:59:13 AM


Ontario Peaches are now in season

Freshly harvested fruits and vegetables grown on local farms are packed with deliciousness and more nutritional goodness.  When we select local produce, we help Ontario’s farmers, their communities, and our environment.

There are several peach varieties grown here in Ontario.  Learn about peaches and get some cool recipes at

The peach is probably native to...

“Bee” Friendly with Native Plants: Mark Canada’s Environment Week, June 5-10 with a Pollinator Garden.

07/06/2023 01:55:54 PM


The world is experiencing alarming declines in wildlife habitats and with it significant species extinctions and loss of biodiversity.  We can help pollinators on a personal level by planting native flowers, whether we have a yard or a single pot on a high-rise balcony. Birds and insects migrate together; flying high, they make use of upper gardens.  Envision 20 floors of balconies all with a pot of native plants. Talk to your condo...Read more...

Freileche Klezmer Band

22/11/2022 02:03:08 PM


We are the Freileche Klezmer Band. We are a group of five (usually) musicians playing
Klezmer Music, but also Yiddish and Israeli music, in and around the greater Toronto area.
Klezmer originated in Eastern Europe having somewhat different flavours in different
countries, and with...

My Spiritual Journey: Remarks by Anne Irwin, Kallat B’reishit, Congregation Darchei Noam, 5783/2022

20/10/2022 12:30:47 PM


I feel incredibly honoured, and thankful, to stand before you as one of this year’s Kallot B’reishit. What I’m about to talk about feels private, but I know that I’m supported in sharing my personal journey with all of you.Read more...

Remarks by Kathy Sykora, Kallat B’reishit, Congregation Darchei Noam, 5783/2022

20/10/2022 12:29:14 PM


Kathy Sykora


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Shabbat shalom.

Wow! What an honour to stand here before you, in person and on Zoom. Thank you, Sylvia, Rabbi Tina, and the entire community, for granting me this honour. And what a pleasure to share it with Anne – I so enjoyed working with you when you were Board Secretary; and I see you are doing even more now.

There was an expression in my family growing...

Shomrei Adamah's Committee Presents: How Does Our Garden Grow?

29/09/2022 11:24:38 AM


Rubeckia in Darche Noam's Front Flower Bed Rubeckia at Darchei Noam.
Photo by Desré Kramer.

With Bee Balm,...

First Interfaith Out of the Cold Update

29/09/2022 11:14:11 AM



With COVID still a threat and with rent and food costs rising, life in our city for those who are marginalized and unhoused has become impossibly dire. The burgeoning needs and suffering in our community have grown exponentially. In 2021/22 First Interfaith Out of the Cold redoubled our efforts to address this distress. In partnership with three grassroots organizations, the generous financial support of our donors and the...Read more...

Goldenrod, the Solidago species, the Hay Fever myth, and More

24/08/2022 03:39:22 PM


As summer wildflowers fade away, the bright yellow flowers of goldenrod are coming into bloom and are supporting many pollinators, including the migrating monarch butterflies.  The goldenrod will be soon joined by the purple New England asters.  Unfortunately, goldenrod's pollen has been unfairly blamed for hay fever.

There are two types of pollen. The pollen causing hay fever, is light and fine, easily sent aloft by a...Read more...

DVAR TORAH – Parshat Balak

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...

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