Father Romuald Waszkinel speaking with another man October 6, 2019
    1:00 pm and 4:30 pm screenings
    Presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Society
    A co-presentation with Prosserman JCC and Schwartz/Reisman Centre

    Israel, 2011, Ronit Kertsmer, director, 72 minutes
    Guest Speaker: Writer and Commentator Bernie Farber

    Born Jewish but given to a Catholic family to save him during the Holocaust, Romuald Waszkinel discovered his Jewish roots 12 years after his ordination as a Catholic priest. A captivating documentary that delves into the two sides of Waszkinel’s conflicted heart and soul.

    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Concert: 1:00 - 2:30 pm   
    Reception: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

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    A Swing Era Concert & Dance in Celebration of Chanukah
    Featuring Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats

    Enjoy hot jazz vocals from the 1930s and dance the afternoon away at our concert held in celebration of Chanukah. Known as Canada's Sweetheart of Swing, Alex Pangman captivates with her vibrant vocals and infectious charm, and is joined by Glenn Anderson (drums), Chris Banks (bass), Peter Hill (piano), and John Macleod (cornet).

    Admission: $18.00
    Al Green Theatre

    Mike Masse playing the guitar, with city backdrop Friday, November 15, 2019
    7:30 pm

    Don’t miss this amazing show of Mike performing some of the best classic rock songs of all time acoustically: Toto, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles...

    Join Mike Massé for this intimate evening of acoustic music. Mike is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose arrangements are praised for their originality and emotional honesty. His YouTube video views are in the MILLIONS. Legends of rock have expressed their love and gratitude for his renditions of their finest works. Toto cites Mike's cover of "Africa" as their favourite.

    Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion on stageTuesday, September 10, 2019
    7:30 pm

    Youtube sensations YidLife Crisis returns to Toronto LIVE for one night only as Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion present "YidLive!" -- an evening of comedy, music, video and thought-provoking shtick. The event is hosted by Oraynu Congregation in celebration of its 50th year.

    On Tuesday Sept. 10th at 7:30 pm, YouTube sensations Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion, aka YidLife Crisis, will perform their “YidLive!” show at the Miles Nadal JCC’s Al Green Theatre as part of Oraynu Congregation’s 50th year celebration.

    Oraynu was founded in 1969 as the Secular Jewish Association with strong ties to Yiddish culture and language. Over the years, this connection lessened, but Oraynu felt an ideal way to honour the congregation’s roots in this milestone year was to sponsor a public “YidLife Crisis” performance, presented in partnership with Miles Nadal JCC.

    Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion are entertainers (and closeted Jewish educators) hailing from Montreal with combined credits spanning 20 years of theater, music, television and film - from starring in Mad Men, House MD and Curb Your Enthusiasm to writing, directing and producing short and feature films appearing at the Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and SXSW film festivals.

    Their unique friendship spawned an irreverent tribute to the Yiddish language, culture and comedic tradition they were reared on. Calling it “YidLife Crisis,” they hatched the world’s first Yiddish sitcom, exploring religious, spiritual and cultural identity in their decidedly modern multicultural world.

    Its popularity has led to a variety of video and written projects, international press, multiple awards and nominations and some 3 million online views. Their ‘comedy peacekeeping’ keeps them working with celebrities and academics alike as they bring their live show to cities around the globe.

    You do not have to know Yiddish nor even be Jewish to appreciate YidLife Crisis’ “YidLive!” – an evening of comedy, music, video and thought-provoking shtick. Thanks to a generous donation from Oraynu members Susan and Roderick McLeod, tickets are only $25. You can reserve now at We urge you to get your tickets ASAP – we anticipate a sell-out!

    For more information:, (416) 385-3910


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