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Holiday Groove Parties

Meet up in the playground where Jewish tradition meets your modern family! From generation to generation, our songful, soul-filled, and surprising celebrations invite everyone in your family to share their own spark. Our Groove festivals will nurture your family bonds and connect you with Jewish values through the feelings, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Shabbat and holidays.

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Israel Groove With Maccabi Canada

An illustration of a family in active wearSunday, May 7
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

FREE

Before they depart to represent us in the 20th Maccabia Games in Israel, Maccabi Canada athletes and coaches will join our fitness trainers to offer you a special celebration for the 69th Israeli Independence Day! There will also be singing, dancing with Groove School of Dance, drumming with Mystics Drums, Israeli folk dancing, face painting and more! Light snacks will be provided. This event is FREE and open to ALL!
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Shabbat Family Groove

parents and children sitting at a table, smiling and making challah bread

April 7 – June 16
Friday mornings 10:00 – 10:45 am OR 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Cost per session: $75 ($7.50 weekly drop-in)

2% CIF plus HST charges may apply

Meet up in the playground where Jewish tradition meets your modern family! From generation to generation, our songful, soul-filled, and surprising celebrations invite everyone in your family to share their own spark. Our Groove festivals will nurture your family bonds and connect you with Jewish values through the feelings, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Shabbat and holidays.

Jewish Families at the J is an open, welcoming community for everyone who is curious about Jewish life. Our community proudly includes intermarried and LGBTQ families and people of all abilities.

Groove celebrations are co-produced with Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, Downtown Jewish Community School, MNjcc Israeli Connection, Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, and Camp Gesher/Habonim Dror. We are proud to be part of the 92Y ShababaTM Network.

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Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Exciting and Provocative Cinema of Israel

Black and white film still of a building with many arched windowsThursday May 4, 2017
Doors open: 1:00 pm
Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Admission: $5.00

With film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg

From social portraits of women, immigrants, Israeli Arabs and religious Jews to political films about the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, learn how recent Israeli movies offer a thought-provoking glimpse into some of the issues facing the country. In recent years, Israeli films such as Walk on Water, Broken Wings, James’ Journey to Jerusalem, Close to Home, Lebanon, Late Marriage, Sweet Mud and Ushpizin have testified to the breadth and depth of a country that is much more than the conflict-ridden place it is often portrayed as in the media.

Read more: Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Exciting and Provocative Cinema of Israel 

Celebrating Shabbat in Song

Friday June 2, 2017
Doors open: 1:00 pm
Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Admission: $5.00

With musician Yitzhak Argaman

Celebrate Shabbat and enjoy a concert in Hebrew, Yiddish and English with popular entertainer Yitzhak Argaman. Program includes a Shabbat ceremony led by children from the Thomas and Marjorie Schwartz Preschool, challah, grape juice and traditional treats.

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