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February 2017 Shabbat Morning Service and Adult Education Program

  • 10:30 AM
  • MNJCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Chapel and Room 318

Join us for our service, led by Rabbi Goldberg with chazzanut by Paula Wolfson. We are participating in the city-wide Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) roster, and Rabbi Goldberg will deliver a dvar Torah on the theme of making Jewish life accessible to all.

Thank you to Ed Weiss for chanting Torah at this service. A children’s program will take place in a classroom during the service, but children are always welcome to join us in the chapel as well. All are invited for a light kiddish afterwards (Noon-12:45 p.m.).

We thank Brian Cohen and Steven Cohen for sponsoring the kiddish, which will follow the service, in memory of their beloved father, Sid Cohen, who died recently.

After the service and kiddish, please join us for our special adult education program at 1 p.m. in kiddish room (318). We will end the kiddish earlier this week to accommodate.* Note special arrangements for this presentation.*

Eco-Israel: Sustainability and Innovation

In February, 2017, as we approach Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of Trees” in Israel, we will have the opportunity to learn about The Society for the Protection of Nature In Israel (SPNI).  Using slide show images and discussion, Allan Shiff, president of CSPNI, will present the successes and current challenges of Israel’s environmental movement. In light of the recent and tragic fire in the Haifa region, this lecture may prove very timely.


Allan Shiff, President, CSPNI

The foremost environmental organization in Israel, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), was founded in 1953. Allan and his wife, Helaine, were so inspired by the work of SPNI that they decided to establish a chapter in Toronto in 2011. Currently there are branches in Canada, USA, UK and France.

Israel is a tiny country and also one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. Its flora and fauna have played an integral part in its history – as well as the history of its people – for millennia.  The pressures related to environmental issues in a small, dynamic country like Israel are great.

“Educate, Love, Protect” is the motto of SPNI.  Allan will provide an overview of the numerous programs designed to meet the unique environmental challenges of Israel.

We thank Shoshana Fainsilber for arranging this wonderful adult-ed session.

* – This particular adult education session will include a media slide show, and will take place in the kiddish room (318), starting at 1 p.m. We will finish serving the light kiddish at 12:45 p.m. to accommodate this event.  Those who do not wish to attend the session may continue their conversations in the chapel (where no food or drink except water are allowed)or the children’s room (where coffee/teas are allowed), until 1:30 p.m.