Jewish Heritage Month 2021

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May 1, 2021

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Jewish Heritage Month is a celebration of Jewish culture. Canada is home to the fourth largest Jewish population in the world and Jewish Canadians have contributed to politics, culture, law, science, sports and the arts. Jewish Heritage Month honors these accomplishments.

This May, we invite you to celebrate your Jewish heritage!

Join the Miles Nadal JCC’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot on Sunday May 16 for an evening of learning live on Zoom from 6 pm to midnight. With 18 sessions to choose from and a self-guided (tech-free) study supplement, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot – a virtual night of community, study, snacking and more!

Take a virtual tour of Toronto’s historic Kensington Market with the Ontario Jewish Archives new Scrolling Spadina website. Scroll through all eight stops and watch the streets come to life though guided videos presenting the sights and sounds of the one-time Jewish Market.

The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company and Artists in Residence will present Unravel: A Virtual Monologue Slam Competition on May 18 at 7:30pm. Canadian individuals between the ages of 15 to 30 will be asked to answer the question: “What is my Jewish Identity?” As part of that broadcast, a panel of judges will choose the top 3 finalists.

Log on to J-Flix (an initiative of the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation) showcasing the rich legacy of films from Canada’s leading presenter of Jewish-content film for 27+ years. Currently, over 135+ curated titles are available for streaming (for free!) including documentaries, feature length narratives, shorts, and archival films. Register for J-Flix for free on j-flix.com.

And, don’t forget to the Ontario Jewish Archives’ COVID-19 Documentation Project! With restrictions on gatherings, Jewish traditions are being transformed. There have been Zoom bar mitzvahs, brit milot, baby namings and even funerals. What will future generations know about how the COVID-19 pandemic uniquely affected the Jewish community? The OJA is are looking for photos, films, audio and video recordings, journals and reflections, email correspondence, recipes, and artwork (digital captures of music, drawing, poetry, and painting) documenting your experiences during this unprecedented period. The records will become part of the COVID-19 Documentation Project collection at the OJA. Contact an archivist to learn more.

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