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The Heart of Israeli Cooking: Janna Gur in Conversation with Bonnie Stern.

Thurs Oct 24, 7:30 pm

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

Janna is the founder of Al Hashulchan, the premier Israeli food and wine magazine and the author of The Book of New Israeli Food and Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh, and has written and/ or edited nearly 40 other cookbooks. Our own Bonnie Stern, author of 12 best-selling cookbooks, will interview Janna on "the Israeli cuisine scene" followed by fabulous humus and sweets courtesy of By the Way! Register here.

Thinking of bringing a friend who's not yet a City Shul member? Buy your ticket before October 13 and get another ticket FREE! Email adulted@cityshul.com once you've purchased your ticket before October 13 with your name and the name of your non-member guest. 

 

From Hate to Hope with Elisa Hategan

Sun Oct 27, 7 pm

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

At age 16, Elisa Hategan was recruited by the white supremacist Heritage Front and groomed to be a leader of the neo-Nazi movement by Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. At 18, her court testimony helped bring down Heritage Front, ultimately leading to criminal convictions against the group's leaders.

In her powerful and inspiring presentation, Hategan tells the story of discovering her Jewish roots and converting to Judaism, discusses the global resurgence of anti-Semitism, and outlines the recruitment and radicalization tactics of extremist movements that prey on young minds. Free and open to all (13 yrs and up). Register here.

 

Teaching Through Preaching: D'var Torah Workshop with Baruch Sienna

Sun Nov 3, 3 pm

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

Have you wanted to share a D'var Torah but felt you didn't know where to begin? Join us as we explore the techniques to researching, writing, and delivering a D'var Torah. There is more than one way to write a D'var Torah and after learning different models you will be able to share your distinct voice and a unique perspective. Free, members only. Register here.

 

Israel Engagement presents "Did the Israelites eat Kugel?"

Sun Nov 10, 7:30 pm

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

The diet of our Iron Age Ancestors, presented with scholarship and humour by archeologist Dr. David Lipovich. Free and open to all. Register here.

 

The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a Harold Green Production

Sun Nov 17, 2 pm

The Greenwin Theatre, Meridian Arts Centre - 5040 Yonge Street

An expression of hope and the life-affirming power of music. The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of a young Jewish musician who was sent from Nazi-ruled Vienna to the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. In this inspirational show, Grammy® - nominated pianist Mona Golabek interweaves the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy as she shares her own mother's riveting story of survival. $60 for members, $65 for non members. Register here.

 

Israel Engagement presents Be-Longing

Sat Nov 30, 7:30 pm

Location to be shared upon registration.

From Darkness to Light is our Israeli film series, preceded by Havdallah, followed by moderated discussion.

An intimate documentary about identity, Be-Longing tells the story of Amal Rihan, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, during one of the most challenging times of the year. Moderated by the film maker, Amit Breuer. Free, members only. Maximum of 30 people. Register here.

 

From Alley-Oop to Aliyah with David A. Goldstein

Sun Dec 8, 7 pm

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

Every season, dozens of African American basketball players pack up their sneakers to play and live in Israel. Some players are both Black and Jewish by birth. Others choose to convert to Judaism while residing in Israel. Some go so far as to obtain Israeli citizenship, enlist in the Israeli army, marry Israeli women, and stay long after their playing careers end.

Author David A. Goldstein's presentation not only deals with basketball and its impact on Israel, but it delves into emotion-laden issues of race, religion, identity, and politics, primarily through the eyes of the players themselves, based on more than forty extensive first-person interviews Goldstein conducted. Books will be available for purchase. Free and open to all. Register here.

 

Israel Engagement presents: King Bibi: The Life and Performance of Benjamin Netanyahu

Sat Dec 21, 7 pm

Location to be shared upon registration.

From Darkness to Light is our Israeli film series, preceded by Havdallah, followed by moderated discussion.

Relying solely on archival footage of Netanyahu's media performance over the years, this riveting film shows how "Bibi" evolved from Israel's great political hope, to a controversial figure whom some perceive as Israel's saviour, and others - as a cynical politician who will stop at nothing to retain his power. Moderated by Rabbi Goldstein. Free, members only. Maximum of 30 people. Register here.

 

Israel Engagement presents: Muhi - Generally Temporary

Sat Jan 11, 7 pm

Location to be shared upon registration.

From Darkness to Light is our Israeli film series, preceded by Havdallah, followed by moderated discussion.

Caught between two worlds and two peoples, Muhi, a brave, spirited 7 year old Palestinian boy from Gaza has been living in an Israeli hospital, raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world. Moderated by Dr. Mark Greenberg. Free, members only. Maximum of 30 people. Register here.

 

Israel Engagement presents: Land Without Borders

Sat Jan 18, 7 pm

Location to be shared upon registration.

From Darkness to Light is our Israeli film series, preceded by Havdallah, followed by moderated discussion.

In this challenging, provocative documentary, award-winning writer Nir Baram travels throughout the West Bank speaking with local populations on both sides of the conflict, learning that in crucial substantive ways, the two groups don't start from a common foundation. So how can they even participate in the same conversation? Moderated by Rabbi Larry Englander. Free, members only. Maximum of 30 people. Register here.

 

Jewish Diversity Panel

Sun Jan 19

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

Further details TBD

 

Praylist: What is Jewish Music?

Sun Feb 9

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

Further details TBD

 

Israel Engagement presents: Reflections of an Outsider From the Inside with Rabbi Goldstein

Sun Mar 15

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

Further details TBD

 

What's So Funny About City Shul - Comedy Night

Sat Apr 18

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

Further details TBD

 

Israel Engagement presents: Fly Me to the Kiddush Lunch...On El Al

Sat Apr 25, during kiddush

City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West

El Al pilots, in town in between flights, join us to tell their stories and answer our questions. Open to all, no registration required.

 

Israel Engagement presents: Cooking with an Israeli Chef

Sun Apr 26

Location to be shared upon registration.

Further details TBD

Tickets available soon!

 

Israel Engagement presents: An Ambassador's Perspective on Israel with Jon Allen

Sun May 3

Further details TBD

 

Israel Engagement & Adult Education present: Indecent, a Studio 180 Production

Sun May 24

CAA Theatre - 651 Yonge Street

This award-winning play tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform "God of Vengeance" by Sholem Asch, a work deemed "indecent."

Further details TBD

Tickets available soon!

 

City Shul goes to the Toronto Jewish Film Festival!

Further details TBD

Female Rabbis live the paradox of being agents of change whose job is to teach an unchanging text. They are expected to preserve an ancient tradition which sometimes feels like it has no room for their own female perspective. These five path-breaking female Rabbis representing all denominations of Judaism will join together for the first session and then each rabbi will teach one session thereafter.

Oct 17 - All Rabbis
Oct 24 - Rabbi Jennifer Gorman
Oct 31 - Rabbi Tina Grimberg
Nov 7  - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
Nov 14 - Rabbi Lila Kagedin
Nov 21 - Rabbi Julia Appel

Cost: $100 General/ $25 Student (with valid student ID)

Location: Beth Sholom Synagogue, 1445 Eglinton Avenue West (Free Parking in synagogue parking lot). TTC to Eglinton West station.

Register  here.

Wed, 23 October 2019 24 Tishrei 5780