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Gilad Kariv on Pluralism in Israel: Mission Impossible?


Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson in Concert!

A wonderful time was had by all!


Purim 2015



On Sunday, June 1st, 2014 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm we welcomed our newly commissioned Torah. For the first time in Jewish history, five female scribes created a Torah that came to City Shul. We marked the occasion with a Rosh Chodesh women's minyan and Torah-sew, and an outdoor street processional, klezmer, spiritual ceremony, and joyous reception. 


Pride: City Shul is Proud of our Inclusiveness!


Scotch Tasting FUNraiser

A shul is not only where people gather to pray. It is a community where just being together is fun and joyous. Our first FUNraiser, a Single Malt Scotch Tasting and Food Pairing, was just such a time. 


Purim Family Mitzvah Day

We brought songs, laughter and joy to L'Chayim Retirement Home when we made home-made vases and filled them with tulips for Mishloach Manot for the residents.


Tu Bishvat

The New Year of the Trees, the 7 species of Israel, four cups of grape juice from white to red and in-between, planting sprouts, the Jewish values of Kindness to animals and respect for the earth demonstrated through a Whimz Live Animals Programme- we had it all at our Tu Bishvat Family Celebration with Camp Shomria!


Gil Hovav

Israeli chef, food writer, and all-around maven and mentsch Gil Hovav had us in stitches with colorful stories of his Israeli upbringing (he's great grand-son of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who revived the Hebrew language) while he demonstrated how to make Moroccan zhoug (spicy sauce) on Bonnie Stern's gorgeous homemade challah.



Latkes and sufganiyot (donuts) and lots of beautiful Menorahs to light, songs and Israeli dancing with Camp Gesher made our Chanukah celebration so festive. Chag Ha-urim sameyach! A special thanks to our Bar/Bat Mitzvah class volunteers!


Sukkah Decorating

Families had a great time going from station to station making box Sukkahs with our shinshinit Amit, learning to shake the lulav and etrog with Rabbi Goldstein, eating apple sm'ores with Lynn and making Sukkah paper chains to put in our Sukkah!

Family Hallah Bake

Over 50 people came out to Dufferin Grove to enjoy the sunshine, apples and honey tasting, and learning to bake round challah! It was a yummy way to meet many new City Shul families and to reconnect after the summer with members we hadn't seen for a while.


Lag B'Omer Bonfire

A sold-out crowd enjoyed kosher hotdogs, chips and all the fixin's thanks to the generosity of DSM Foods, Inc. and fantastic kosher vegan marshmallows for our yummy s'mores from Evergreen Foods. We sang Israeli and Jewish songs along with Eldan Cohen, kicked around soccer balls, played in the playground, shmoozed with new and old members, got to know each other's dogs, ate more and laughed till (and even while) the rain came!


Purim 2013

Family Megillah Reading, Party and games! A shout-out to the Junior Youth Group/Bar Bat Mitzah class for the fun after the reading! And thanks to Jake Piafsky and Rocky Meslin for the pix!


Adult Seudah: "Politically Correct" 

Megillah, food, drink, fun and laughs!


Soulo Theatre

An amazing evening of performance with Tracey Erin Smith, our Artist-in-Residence, and four members who took their personal journeys onto the stage in a powerful and professional way. A spectacular event which meshed spirituality, drama, laughter, tears, revelation and reality! 


Judy and David City Shul Chanukah Concert

A great time was had by all! Thanks to our VIPS who supported the concert, and all those who came out to celebrate. Special thanks to Lynda Ceresne, our Concert chair, who made it all looked effortless!


City Shul Chanukah Party

Over 90 people came to do Havdala, light Chanukiot, eat latkes, and enjoy a show by WHIMZ Animals. It was so much fun! Thanks to the volunteers and Angela Goldman, chair, for making it so successful!


City Shul Launch

Click here to read some of the beautiful speeches shared that day.
Photos with many thanks to our volunteer photographers Roel Wyman, Andrea Krauze and Robert Bell.


The United Church, Israel and the Jewish Community

Over 100 people came out to dialogue and share in a respectful and open-hearted forum between City Shul and Trinity/St Paul. Small groups listened carefully to each other after presentations by both Rabbi Goldstein and The Reverend Van Nie. The evening ended with comments and questions that truly came from the heart, and a beautiful singing of Shalom Aleichem in 3 part harmony. Special thanks to moderators Yvonne Stewart from Trinity/St Paul and Jay Waterman from City Shul.


Sukkah Build

With an amazing crew that not only conceived and executed our first Sukkah but also with a "trial run" we made a most fantastic Sukkah indeed! Kudos to the Build Team!

Women's Pre-High Holidays Retreat

17 City Shul women enjoyed a fantastic country retreat in Mansfield focusing on self-reflection, renewal, text study. meditation and discussion to prepare spiritually for the upcoming Days of Awe. It was an AWE-some day, culminating in a hand-washing mikvah at the pond, beautiful singing, and new friendships all around.



City Shul at the Pride Parade

We are PROUD to be downtown Toronto's new Reform synagogue! 


New Members Reception

Meet some of the "new faces" of City Shul who gathered to meet one another at our new members reception. Special thanks to our member Anne Sealy who took the photos while enjoying the evening!


Muslim-Jewish Women's Study Day

Women from both traditions came together for a wonderful study and dialogue about their respective understandings of the creation stories and the character of Eve. 


The Dovekeepers

A Biblical banquet at Mideastro and talks by Rabbi Goldstein, Bonnie Stern and author Alice Hoffman highlighted the history and intrigue of Masada. A delicious learning experience!



Bellydancing, Henna, Great music, Sephardic treats, and fun!


Megillah Madness WAS SO MUCH FUN!

Over 125 people came and enjoyed our first-ever family Purim celebration. 



Martinis, Mocktails, Munchies and Midrash

40 adults in Purim spirit ate, drank (!) and laughed together at our first-ever Purim Seudah.



Bridges Concert

Our very first public event on March 5, Bridges: Jewish and Arabic Music in Dialogue featuring Lenka Lichtenberg and Roula Said (pictured on top left) was a wonderful evening filled with laughter, singing, entertainment, warmth, great music plus belly-dancing! Cosponsored with Miles Nadal JCC and the Al Green Theatre, it was a great event. 

Hear the award winning song we heard at the concert: Peace is the Only Way.


Thu, 2 April 2020 8 Nisan 5780