Pride Shabbat Panel
June 10, 2022
On the occasion of Pride Shabbat, three young Queer Leaders used the occasion to reflect on their journeys and the impact of their Reform Temples. Special thank you to Zahava Barwin of Temple Israel of Ottawa, Aaron Penciner of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, Clara Shemtov of Temple Emanuel – Beth Sholom of Montreal and our moderator Rabbi Dara Lithwick.
At Temple we pride ourselves in our interfaith relations. In recent months we’ve made new friends at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church. We welcomed On January 22, Rev Gary Van Der Meer joined Temple as he drashed on the week’s Torah portion. The following day, Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg and returned the favour. Let’s cheer on our spiritual leaders as they model friendship with this pulpit exchange.
Shabbat morning is a highlight of the week for us at Temple. We combine prayer with learning and schmoozing and begin at 9 am with Rabbi led Torah study. Each week we tackle the Torah portion with stimulating conversations of the soul. At 10:15 our worship service begins. This includes Torah reading and Rabbi’s sermon. All are welcome.
Music in our Services
Music is central to the spiritual life of Temple Israel. We are known for our concerts and recitals, offered at regular intervals through the year. Our liturgical choir brings a unique level of spirituality to Yom Tov and special services and new members are welcome. Support and instruction are available for anyone who wishes to learn to chant Torah or Haftarah, the blessings, or to lead a Shiva or Havdalah service.
The Oneg Shabbat Project
The Giving Committee’s Oneg Shabbat Project aims to ensure that all onegs are provided for throughout the year.
We feel that Onegs, welcoming friends and strangers alike, coming together and caring for others, is the heart of temple.
Help us build ourselves as a community that is welcoming and hospitable by saying “Yes!
Larry Tarof leads our Kabbalat Shabbat music with his guitar, piano and voice. He offers a variety of musical styles, old and new music choices and musical surprises. Larry also provides musical leadership for Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) and class led services.
In addition to Temple, Larry (Dr. L.) has more than a quarter century of experience with pop/musical theatre arrangements, choral arrangements, live performances and original compositions.
Start your day with a strong boost of Torah and prayer. Those who need a caffeine boost, a bagel and a little conversation, can stick around and ease into the morning. Our morning minyans are twice a month. Check weekly emails as well as our calendar for dates and times.
Some members of our congregation have allergies to scents and perfumes. Please, with consideration for others, practice no scents is good sense.