Agency News

News submissions from our agencies and organizations.

Inclusivity in the Jewish community

By Risa Plotnick and Jodi Green

Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) represents an annual opportunity to renew our commitment, as a Jewish Community, to remove all barriers to accessibility (physical, social, technological, attitudinal) and to be inclusive to everyone l…

Partnership 2Gether: Connecting Israel and Canada

By Barbara Crook – Partnership 2Gether

I did not find my 2020 Chanukah miracle at a party, in a synagogue, or even in my latke-scented kitchen.

In fact, I was alone in my house when it happened. Alone – except for 100 other individuals and families from across Canada and the Upper Gali…

Temple Israel’s ‘hanou-ski-ah’ inspires holiday spirit

By Louise Rachlis for Temple Israel

Temple Israel’s outdoor menorah is Canadian like no other.

Alexandre Matte, Temple member Merle Haltrecht-Matte’s son, quickly nicknamed it a “Hanou-ski-ah.”

That’s because artist and Temple member Michael Parkin constructed it from a pile of …

Temple Israel celebrates ‘Taste of Chanukah’

By Louise Rachlis for Temple Israel

It was a whole lotta latkes – actually 600 – given out Sunday morning, December 6, as part of Temple Israel’s “Taste of Chanukah” goody bags for members.

Assembled by Temple volunteers, the bags contained candles, dreidels and Temple member Mar…

Babies and toddlers in Nunavut snuggle in quilts from Temple Israel

By Louise Rachlis for Temple Israel

For many years, the Temple Israel quilters have been making baby quilts and crocheted blankets for hospitals and daycare centres in Israel.

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, few visitors are travelling to Israel so the quilts and blankets have pil…