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Toronto Jewish Film Festival/City Shul Presents: Shalom Putti.Live Event - Thursday June 8, 6 PM, Innis Town Hall TheatreOnline - Sunday June 11/Monday June 12 - Streamed

Toronto Jewish Film Festival & City Shul Present: Shalom Putti - Ontario Premiere


This engaging documentary by Montreal filmmaker Tamás Wormser (The Wandering Muse) looks at a group of Jews in Uganda and their desire to be officially accepted as part of the diasporic Jewish community. The Abayudaya are a community in Eastern Uganda with a strong musical tradition, who have been practicing Judaism for a century. However, they are not recognized as Jews by Israel. Enter Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, who agrees to “convert” the community.

The film follows their multi-year conversion process, and raises important questions about what it means to be Jewish, who gets decide what makes a community officially Jewish, and how the legacy of colonialism affects these decisions.

The live event will be followed by a Q & A, with Director Tamás Wormser and a special guest.

There are 2 options for purchasing tickets:

Option 1 - Live screening - June 8 at 6 pm

Discounted tickets for the June 8 film City Shul members only - $12 (regular price is $15) - to purchase tickets, please use code CS@TJFF

Prices include all taxes and service fees. Please note there are no refunds. Check your calendar carefully for your availability. Tickets will be emailed to you directly from City Shul in advance.

Option 2 - Online Screening, Sunday June 11 thru Monday June 12

All TJFF are geo-blocked online for Ontario (meaning you can only view them in Ontario)

For the online screenings, tickets are treated as household tickets (as multiple people can watch).

Discounted (household) ticket - $15 - Only ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD is required (regular price is $18) - to purchase tickets, please use code CS@TJFF

To purchase tickets, click HERE

Torah and Flora Walk - Saturday July 1 - Taylor Creek Park - 10:30 AM

On July 1, join City Shul for a summer walk in nature on Shabbat morning. As we enjoy being outdoors, Baruch Sienna, author of “The Natural Bible”, will share insights about what Judaism teaches us about time and space, and how nature can inform our understanding of Judaism.  This will be followed by a BYO picnic lunch, Kiddush and Motzi and time for socializing.

Accessible and open to all levels and agesMembers only. 

We will meet you at Taylor Creek Park, in the parking lot, at 10:30 am. 

The Fine Print:

1. How to get there by car:

260 Dawes Rd, East York, ON M4C 5C4.

Note that this is the closest parking lot to Victoria Park station. Google map HERE

2. How to get there by TTC:

Taylor Creek Park is located 1 km away from Victoria Park Station - Bloor Green Line 2. The station address is 777 Victoria Park Avenue, 1 block north of the Danforth.

Please note that the TTC will be operating on a holiday schedule, so allow extra time for your trip.

3. City Shul "Shuttle"?

Commuters - Do you need a ride, to and from, Victoria Park Station?

Drivers - Could you pick up - and drive back, a few City Shul members to Victoria Station? Could you store their lunches in your vehicle, before lunch?

Please email our member Leon Lukashevsky HERE, with the subject line “Commuter” or “Driver” and he will coordinate a schedule, once people being to register for this event 

3. Suggested items to bring along

A picnic lunch

Sunscreen, hat, comfortable walking shoes

Cold water for the walk

Optional - a blanket to sit on for lunch

4. All ages are welcome    

All ages are welcome and everyone can enjoy being outdoors. Note that the educational stops and presentation may not be of interest to young children.

5. Rain?

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled, and you will be notified Friday June 30 by 6 PM.

Click HERE to register.

Island Shabbat - Torah Study, BYO Picnic Lunch, Guided Walking Tour

On July 22, join City Shul Members for a unique Shabbat Experience. 

This unique day trip includes:

1. Ferry - 10:30 AM Ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to Ward's Island 

2. Arrival - Linda Rosenbaum is City Shul member. She lives on the island, and will greet you once you arrive.

3. Torah Study - Rabbi Garry Loeb will lead a Torah Study. This will be followed by Kaddish

4. Lunch - BYO (Bring Your Own) Picnic Lunch 

5.  Walking Tour - Linda and her neighbor Susan Roy will take you to see homes, gardens, green spaces and historic buildings on Ward's and Algonquin Islands. 

You  will learn about the community’s 150 year-history and what it’s really like to live in the middle of a park with no stores or personal vehicles. Get a real "insider's" tour of this end of the Island community and  unusual way-of-life. 

Linda is the co-Founder of Toronto Island Walking Tours and is generously sponsoring this free walk for City Shul members. For more information, click HERE.

The Fine Print:

1. How to get there:

The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal is located at the foot of Bay Street on Queens Quay. Make sure to take the ferry to Ward’s Island (not Centre or Hanlan’s).  It leaves every hour and takes roughly 15 minutes.  You can catch the 9:30 and walk around or get a coffee at the cafe before the event or catch the 10:30.  

The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal can be reached by TTC (subway, streetcar, and bus), by GO Train, by car, by taxi, by Uber, by bicycle, or on foot. Google maps HERE

2. How to buy ferry tickets:

You can buy advance tickets online. If you have an advance ticket, the  ticket booth on the left is for people with prepaid tickets. 

Plan to arrive at the ferry docks early in case it’s a nice day and the docks are crowded.

Link to buy tickets HERE

Link to see the ferry schedule HERE

3. Suggested items to bring along

A picnic lunch

Sunscreen, hat, comfortable walking shoes

Cold water for the walk

Optional - a blanket to sit on

4. Bikes are welcome!

Click HERE for additional information on bike trails on Ward's Island

5. The walking tour is no charge

Members only. All ages welcome :)

6. Rain?

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled, and you will be notified Friday July 21 by 6 PM.

Register HERE

Come learn how to chant with Hazzanit Tara Abrams

Hazzanit Tara Abrams will share her passion for Torah Cantillation Wednesday evenings in July & August

Classes will be in-person, in the Upper Beaches area, and will not be recorded.

This class is open to all City Shul Members - You will be joining the Adult B’Mitzvah class

Please click HERE for additional details.

Thu, June 8 2023 19 Sivan 5783