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    Michael Bernstein Chapel

    Celebrate your occasion at the MNjcc! A hidden gem in the centre, the Michael Bernstein Chapel is an intimate 60-seat sanctuary. With stained glass windows, the Chapel is a special space for celebration in the midst of a bustling neighbourhood. The Chapel is dedicated to the memory of Michael Bernstein, killed in Italy during WWII. 

    To book your occasion in the Chapel –Yahrzeit, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Aufruf, Bris or Baby Naming – contact: MNjcc Bookings Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (416) 924-6211 x400.

    About the Chapel

    The Morning Minyan began at the Jewish Community Centre more than 40 years ago. Members of the then Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) would start the day as early as 5:30 am with a game of racquetball and a shower. Sometimes, members would need a place to say Mourners' Kaddish before going to work.

    Over the years, the small congregation outgrew the small supply closet, eventually attracting upwards of 70 people for early-morning prayer in the Michael Bernstein Chapel.

    With the leadership and generosity of a dedicated core group, including Coleman and the late Leonard Bernstein, Herb Finkelstein and the late Sydney Greenstein, the "Chapel Gang" (as they're affectionately known) have built a beautiful sanctuary and continue to meet twice-weekly for morning prayer services. Chazzan David Nemtzov enhances each service with a dvar Torah and brightens the mornings with musical flare.

    About Michael Bernstein

    Michael Bernstein, the son of Max and Sarah Bernstein, was born in Toronto on February 16, 1923. In 1940, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the 6th Canadian Armored Regiment (1st Hussars) as a trooper. In November 1941 Michael's unit was shipped to France, where he served as a member of one of the first squadrons of amphibious tanks to land on the beach on D-Day.

    After being wounded in July 1944, he spent two months in England. After his convalescence, he chose to return to the Irish Regiment of Canada and proceeded to Italy for a second tour of duty.

    Michael was killed in an attack on the Lamore River in Italy on December 20, 1944. He is buried in the Canadian Forces Cemetery at Villanova, Italy. He was honoured with the 1939-45 Star, The War Medal, The Defense Medal and the Canada Volunteer Service Medal (with bar) for service to Canada, as well as the France and Germany Star.

    Through the efforts of his brothers Leonard and Coleman, the Chapel was dedicated to Michael Bernstein's memory and to the memory of all the Jewish men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

     

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    Contact & Info

    750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422
    Email: info@mnjcc.org

    Charitable Registration Number:
    140344243 RR0001