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Hanukkah Celebration 2021

Shtisel Discussion with Eli Rubenstein and Avrum Rosensweig Recording

For those of you who missed the stimulating and entertaining conversation between Eli Rubenstein and Avrum Rosensweig on the acclaimed Israeli TV series Shtisel, please see link below. 

The link includes Aviva’s beautiful singing of a few melodies from Shtisel, and additional content not included in the original discussion, so even if you’ve seen it you may be interested in re-viewing it.

Aviva Rajsky, Tom Bellman & Jim Gelcer appearing this year as part of March of the Living’s on line programming.

Please Click Here to view their moving performances.


Resilience   and Resistance

Watch award-winning authors Kathy Kacer and Jennifer Gold for a dual launch of their exciting new titles Under the Iron Bridge and Names in a Jar. The two authors will discuss their new books, writing, and what it means to write books about the Holocaust for young people.



Congregation Habonim welcomes back
Dr. Michael Silverman, infectious disease specialist.

Thursday June 18th @ 8:30 pm

Dr. SIlverman will be discussing the developments regarding Covid-19 since he last spoke to the Congregation in late April. 


Let's make
Cheese Cake for Shavuot!
Join Jennifer from Irresistibly Delicious
to show you how to make her famous
Cheese Cake! 
Tuesday May 26th, 2020
@ 7: 00 pm

To follow Jennifer as she bakes. 
You will need:



A Children's music & dance program with

Join us for a musical Shabbat

and Yom Haatzmaut celebration!

For children 0-8 years old

Friday May 1st, 2020


 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Things to Bring:

· dress in BLUE AND WHITE for Yom Haatzmaut

· Something shakeable (maraca, pasta box etc)

· A small blanket/scarf

· A toy dinosaur (or another animal)

· A plastic bin/bowl

· A wooden spoon

· Candles, plastic cup, challah w cover

· A big SMILE!



Rena Nickerson, the dynamic GM of Sodastream Canada, is returning to Habonim via Zoom to share Sodastream's unique business practices and their incredible success story. Join us for an engaging presentation and hear all about sodastream’s exciting new ventures.

Wednesday May 6th at 7:30 pm

Rena Nickerson, General Manager of

The 3 pillars of Sodastream are: 




Rena will be discussing 

SodaStream and the positive effects its having on the environment

SodaStream in Israel and the ‘Island of Peace’ 

The mission to revolutionize the beverage industry



Thursday May 7th at 4:30 pm

Emma Fogel MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker


MindCALM Program

Emma will be discussing and answering your questions on

"How to manage kids’ stressors during this time"

*** If you have any questions for Emma please forward them to ahead of the meeting


Coping with COVID-19: Body and Soul

A Habonim Town Hall: Sunday, April 26, 4:00PM

Learn from two experts in their respective fields.. Q&A to follow presentations.

Dr. Michael Silverman

From a medical standpoint, we will hear from Dr. Michael Silverman, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Western Ontario in London (and former Habonim member). Dr. Silverman, a childhood friend of mine, is one the world leaders in numerous areas combating infectious disease. He has pioneered innovative protocols and life saving therapies in the treatments of HIV In Africa and of C. difficile with fecal transplantation in Canada.


Leanne Matlow

Leanne Matlow, who will be speaking on the psychological impact of COViD-19, is a much sought author, facilitator, speaker and mental health advocate. She is also the creator of Mental Health Empowerment Day (MHED), a yearly symposium designed to educate parents and those who work with children and youth in community settings. In her private practice she specializes in anxiety in children and adolescents.

View photos from UJA’s 2019 Campaign Closing with Guest Speaker Bari Weiss  at Habonim on January 29, 2020.  

Photos courtesy of  UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.


Book Talks with Max Eisen

At Congregation Habonim of Toronto, 5 Glen Park Ave

Renowned author, public speaker and Holocaust educator, Max Eisen. Max will share his amazing story and key moments from his book, By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz.

Tuesday November 19 @ 7:30










The Jewish Heritage School at

Congregation Habonim

invites you to their



10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Leo Baeck Day School

501 Arlington Ave

Please RSVP Here

Costumes Welcome

*All children must be accompanied by an adult






Friday November 23rd at 7:30pm 

 Leo Baeck Day School, 501 Arlington Ave.

Oneg Shabbat

featuring Aviva Rajsky

 accompanied by Tom Bellman and the band


guest speaker

Dan Yashinsky

Award Winning Author & One of Canada's Most Celebrated Storytellers

Refreshments will be served

Habonim goes to  the theatre

Thursday Nov. 22 @ 8:00 PM


Join Habonim members at the Opening Night Performance of

The Bar Mitzvah Boy

Toronto Centre of the Arts, 5040 Yonge St.

presented by the Harold Green Jewish Theatre 

Members -  please reserve your tickets HERE


Friday November 2nd, at 8:15 pm 

Leo Baeck Day School, 501 Arlington Ave.

Join us for a special

Kabbalat Shabbat

with guest speaker

Rev. Majed El Shafie

President and Founder of

Rev. Majed El Shafie will speak about the work OFWI does to protect the rights of religious minorities around the world.


Refreshments will be served



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*


Evening of Miracles

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                      Pot Luck & Kabbalat Shabbat

             Friday, December 9th 2016 at 6:15 pm


                                   Aviva Rajsky

                  accompanied by Tom Bellman

                 with a tribute to Leonard Cohen

                   Followed by Oneg Shabbat


November 4th 8:15 pm

Join: Eli Rubenstein

& Aviva Rajsky

accompanied by

Josh Skye Engel

followed by Oneg Shabbat

With Guest Speaker: Leonard Wise

Biographer of Charles Pachter

click here for more information

Kabbalat ShabbatFriday May 27th, 6:30


Join us for dinner and song with Eli Rubenstein and Aviva Rajsky

with Tom Bellman accompanying.


Congregational Seder at Habonim on the Second Night of Passover.
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7pm
As we did last year,  on the Second night of Passover, we will host a Congregational and Community Seder for our Members, and Members of Toronto’s Jewish community, who need a place for the Second Night of Passover.
The Seder will be led by: Eli Rubenstein & Avrum Rosensweig
Music will be provided by our talented staff and congregants.
We will will take care of preparing and serving the food - but a little volunteer help beforehand and to help serve the food would be welcome.
There are no fees for the Seder, but voluntary donations are of course welcome and may be made
 by clicking here
or by cheque payable to “Congregation Habonim of Toronto” and sent to: Habonim,
 5 Glen Park Ave. Toronto  ON  M6B 4J2 


Kabbalat Shabbat & Pot Luck Dinner

Friday, January 29, 2016 • 19 Shevat 5776

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM



Kabbalat Shabbat Potluck Dinner, January 29, 6:30pm

Potluck Kabbalat Shabbat with special guest, Habonim Board Member, Paula Schipper
Friday January 29, 6:30pm

You are invited to the Potluck Kabbalat Shabbat dinner: Friday, January 29, 6:30pm.

Our special guest, Habonim Board Member, Paula Schipper, will report on the great success of the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Fund.


Annual Chanukah Party at the Jewish Heritage School Sunday December 6, 10am

We have many wonderful activities planned this year – making latkes & apple sauce in the kitchen; create your own menorah; make a clay dreidel; test your luck playing the dreidel game; decorate a cookie; learn more about the holiday; sing Chanukah songs; and more.

We will be serving latkes, apple sauce and jelly donuts!

There will be prizes to win!

Hope to see you all there at 10:00 AM. Remember, if you come early, I will put you to work!

If you are able to RSVP to with numbers you anticipate attending, that would be great and MOST appreciated.

Congregational TOT Kabbalat Shabbat and Chanukah Pot Luck / Jam Session Celebration, Friday, December 11, 5:30 pm

Come Young Come Old Come Everyone!!!

We will be starting our celebration early to target the young families who have not been able to bring their ‘tots’ to the previous Friday night events.

Singing and Praying will begin at 5:30 and Candle Lighting will happen by 6 pm.
Pot luck dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by more singing and Jamming.

RSVP here:

Congregational Kabbalat Shabbat with WordSwap, Nov. 20, 8:15 pm

Please join us for a special Friday evening service with some amazing members of StandWithUs Canada’s WordSwap team. Please read their bios.

WORDSWAP BIOS FINAL WordSwap trains Israelis from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including Bedouins, Druze, Muslims, to engage North American students in conversations beyond the conflict. Their mission is to educate and support Israel, to enable dialogue with people so that they can get to know Israel for what it really is – a complex, diverse and beautiful country.

Past visits have had astounding results on campuses. The members of the WordSwap team are accessible, friendly, and arrive on campuses with free coffee and fortune cookies with facts about Israel to distribute, and they engage students in conversations – in Arabic, Hebrew, and English.

Wordswap introduces students to the side of Israel they don’t have the opportunity to meet, and may never have known to exist. The tapestry that is Israeli culture is there for them, in person, and they create an apolitical and safe space for discussing Israel beyond propaganda and rhetoric.

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