Please join

Eli Rubenstein & Aviva Rajsky

with  Tom Bellman accompanying


with Special Guest Laura Simms

Laura Simms, one of the pioneers of the American storytelling movement, brings two stories to Congregation Habonim. Grandma Ida’s Diamond Earrings is a true tale about her Polish grandmother from Poland, framed by the story of Laura’s visit to her small city of Lumza. What A Beautiful Road is a fairytale from Jewish Kurdish Iraq. Both stories are about beauty and love. 

Laura Simms is a storyteller of international acclaim. She performs, teaches, and conducts projects worldwide. She is on the Advisory Council for Global Education and is co-director of Mankoro: New Life Foundation. Laura combines traditional stories with personal narrative. Her awards include the Sesame Street Sunny Days award for work with children worldwide, the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, the Oracle Award from National Storytelling Association. Her most recent book is Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling

*Part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival*


We have tradition. We have traditional values. And at the same time, we embrace contemporary culture and modern-day attitudes towards Judaism’s spiritual fabric and the community’s expectations of a synagogue in Toronto. Congregation Habonim is a vibrant, friendly and open synagogue that welcomes families and individuals regardless of age, background, orientation or level of observance.

We regard ourselves as egalitarian and liberal, with a strong emphasis on ensuring that people feel included, comfortable and relaxed as members of our congregation and as participants at our services. Both men and women are welcome on the Bimah. The definition of “who is a Jew” is inclusive. Our membership rates are structured to be reasonable and affordable. We enjoy music and we have female cantors leading our services. Services are easy to follow and often include commentary and discussion that brings lesser known and understood details to life. Sermons are relevant, topical and thought provoking. Our spiritual leaders not only connect our rich Jewish heritage and teachings of the past with the realities of life today, but they are each personally and deeply involved in tikkun olam.

Bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah ahead? Not affiliated with any Shul? Call us. Let us help you out of your bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah jam. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Members and non members welcome. Read more here.

Habonim is a volunteer-run synagogue and we encourage all members to participate where they can. Anyone who is exploring their Jewish faith and looking for a place that is authentic, unpretentious and accommodating, yet strong in its belief system and deep in its convictions, should experience Congregation Habonim.

Come for the music, stay for the tranquility and spirituality.

We believe that we have the best musical program in the city. Accomplished singers who are cantors with exceptional musical support engage the congregation at all our services.

Wed, March 21 2018 5 Nisan 5778