๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฏ Rosh Hashanah (Row-sh ha-Sha-na) means โ€œHead of the Yearโ€ and is known as the Jewish New Year. It marks the beginning of a ten-day period of spiritual introspection to examine our conduct during the year and aim to make amends with anyone we may have hurt. Rosh Hashanah is also a joyous holiday, marking the start of a new year. 

    Traditions 

    • A central concept is Teshuvah (Te-shoo-vah), an active process of making amends with all those who we may have hurt.
    • We dip apples and honey to make the intention of having a sweet new year.
    • We blow the Shofar, or ramโ€™s horn, as a way to call us into the action of making the world a better place.
    • We wish one another Shana Tova - meaning "Good Year".

    Modern Interpretation
    Many participate in a ritual called Tashlich (taash-likh), where we throw bread into a body of water that represents all the things from the previous year we want to โ€˜let go of.โ€™ Any body of water works โ€“ ponds, lakes, rivers, or even a bathtub. Rosh Hashanah is also great time to celebrate bees! Many give honey as a gift to friends and family.


    ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ญYom Kippur (Yome kee-Poor) is the Jewish Day of Atonement and seen as the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year. Many spend the day in synagogue reflecting on wrongdoings and asking for forgiveness. Many donโ€™t work on Yom Kippur and fast. These traditions help us withdraw from the world and make intentional space for reflection and introspection.


    Modern interpretation
    Yom Kippur represents the beginning of an important time of reflection for Jewish people. Some people reflect through a tool called 10Q, receiving emailed questions to help reflect on the year for the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Questions such as, โ€œIs there something that you wish you had done differently this past year? Alternatively, is there something you're especially proud of from this past year?โ€ or โ€œDescribe one thing you'd like to achieve by this time next year. Why is this important to you?โ€ Anyone can participate!

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    Sunday, December 8, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Winner of the JCCA Zahav Award for early childhood education and family engagement

    Fay and Fluffy's Storytime brings drag queens and families together to share in an hour of storytelling, dress-up, and fun in the name of literacy & freedom of expression, with a little Jewish flair. Everyone is welcome! 

    Note: Pre-registration does not guarantee entry so make sure you come early! 

    About the readers:
    JP (Fay) + Kaleb (Fluffy) are both drag performers and experienced child educators. By day JP is an educator with the TDSB. Kaleb is currently an independent Cultural Producer, but is also a childcare provider, has worked as a โ€œmannyโ€ for years, and had his own home daycare called the Trail Mix Playgroup (cuz weโ€™re a little nutty but weโ€™re good for you).

     

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    Our Groove celebrations will educate and entertain the whole family with stories, songs, games, crafts and more, inspired by Jewish holidays, values and culture. We offer an open, welcoming community for anyone curious about Jewish life and proudly include interfaith and LGBTQ+ families, as well as people of all abilities.

    Grooves are co-programmed by partners in the downtown Jewish Community: Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, Downtown Jewish Community School, MNjcc Israeli Connection, PJ Library, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, Camp Shomria/HaShomer Hatzair, Camp Gesher/ Habonim Dror, and the First Narayever Congregation.

    ื ื›ื•ืŸ ืฉื‘ืืจืฅ ืœื ืฆืจื™ืš ืœื”ืชืืžืฅ ื›ื“ื™ ืœื”ืจื’ื™ืฉ ื—ื’? ืื•ื•ื™ืจืช ื”ื—ื’ ื”ื™ื ื‘ืื•ื•ื™ืจ ื•ืžืกื’ืจื•ืช ื”ื—ื™ื ื•ืš ื“ื•ืื’ื•ืช ืœืœืžื“ ืืช ื™ืœื“ื™ื ื• ืืช ื”ืžืฉืžืขื•ื™ื•ืช ืฉืœ ื›ืœ ื—ื’. ื›ืืŸ, ืื ื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ืœื ื‘ืžืกื’ืจื•ืช ื™ื”ื•ื“ื™ื•ืช ืื ื—ื ื• ื”ื”ื•ืจื™ื ืฆืจื™ื›ื™ื ืœื”ืชืืžืฅ ื›ื“ื™ ืฉื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ื™ื›ื™ืจื• ืืช ื”ื—ื’ื™ื. Holiday Groove Celebrations ืฉืœ ื”ื“ืื•ืŸ ื˜ืื•ืŸ ื”ื•ื ืžื™ื–ื ืฉืืœื™ื• ืžืฉืชื™ื™ื›ื™ื ืžืกืคืจ ืืจื’ื•ื ื™ื ื™ื”ื•ื“ื™ื™ื ืฉื•ื ื™ื ื‘ืื•ืคื™ื™ื ืื‘ืœ ืขื ืžื˜ืจื” ืžืฉื•ืชืคืช โ€“ ืœืฆื™ื™ืŸ, ืœื—ื’ื•ื’, ืœืฉืžื•ื— ื•ืœืœืžื“ ืขืœ ื”ื—ื’ื™ื.

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