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Our Canadian History is Different

Our Canadian History is Different

ADRABA’s Canadian history course explores perspectives often overlooked in traditional teachings. It integrates Jewish learning and views from “outsider” communities, providing students with an interactive learning experience that goes beyond just pencil and paper assessments. Students explore history through various lenses, including sports, to understand the country’s multicultural narrative and contributions of individuals like athlete Fanny Rosenfeld to Canada’s identity.

Friday Night Fish-ticuffs

Friday Night Fish-ticuffs

When thinking of the relationship between a people and their food, there are usually three dynamics at play.  Geography determines what’s available to eat.  The people’s culture decides what, among those things to eat, is considered “food.” And finally, there is...

Much More Than a Dairy Delight

Much More Than a Dairy Delight

United Bakers, a century-old Toronto institution, offers a taste of home for Ashkenazi Jews, reflecting the city’s diverse culinary scene and immigrant history. The author nostalgically recalls his father’s fondness for the restaurant’s comforting fare, highlighting its significance beyond mere food, as a place of familial and communal memories.

The Jewish Mayors of the “Belfast of Canada”

The Jewish Mayors of the “Belfast of Canada”

Toronto, once known as the “Belfast of Canada” for its predominantly white, Protestant population, has evolved into one of the world’s most diverse cities. Jewish mayors like Nathan Phillips, Phil Givens, and Mel Lastman played crucial roles in promoting inclusivity and shaping the city. Their policies and initiatives, from challenging existing political monopolies to fostering cultural developments like the Toronto City Hall and The Archer sculpture, have left a lasting impact on the city. Despite controversies during their tenures, their influence remains significant in the historical and cultural fabric of Toronto.

Our Canadian History is Different

Our Canadian History is Different

ADRABA’s Canadian history course explores perspectives often overlooked in traditional teachings. It integrates Jewish learning and views from “outsider” communities, providing students with an interactive learning experience that goes beyond just pencil and paper assessments. Students explore history through various lenses, including sports, to understand the country’s multicultural narrative and contributions of individuals like athlete Fanny Rosenfeld to Canada’s identity.

Friday Night Fish-ticuffs

Friday Night Fish-ticuffs

When thinking of the relationship between a people and their food, there are usually three dynamics at play.  Geography determines what’s available to eat.  The people’s culture decides what, among those things to eat, is considered “food.” And finally, there is cuisine, which determines how that “food" is prepared. In the many cohorts of students in Chosen Food, our Jewish food culture course, we examined how this “food triangle” featured in the lives of Jews of communities from Kelowna to...

The Siddur is Still an Open Book

The Siddur is Still an Open Book

Our position 'in the present' too often prevents us from seeing how recent millennia have forced our Jewish liturgy to change and evolve. Jewish Liturgy certainly has its roots in Ancient Israel, even before the destruction of the 2nd Temple in 70 CE. With justification from the Biblical verse וּֽנְשַׁלְּמָ֥ה פָרִ֖ים שְׂפָתֵֽינוּ (Hosea 14:3) the exiles were able to compose and recite prayers. Perhaps, even after the destruction of the first Temple (70 BCE) there were prayers recited in...

Much More Than a Dairy Delight

Much More Than a Dairy Delight

United Bakers, a century-old Toronto institution, offers a taste of home for Ashkenazi Jews, reflecting the city’s diverse culinary scene and immigrant history. The author nostalgically recalls his father’s fondness for the restaurant’s comforting fare, highlighting its significance beyond mere food, as a place of familial and communal memories.

Toronto Synagogues Have History

Toronto Synagogues Have History

Synagogues have been the foundation stone of Jewish communities throughout Jewish history.Biblical religion of the ancient world was focussed on the sacrificial rituals of the Tabernacle in the desert wanderings and then the First Temple built by King Solomon subsequently destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. We think that this absence of a physical temple for worship led to the beginnings of verbal prayer recitation during the Babylonian exile. This was based on the Biblical verse (Hosea...

The Jewish Mayors of the “Belfast of Canada”

The Jewish Mayors of the “Belfast of Canada”

Toronto, once known as the “Belfast of Canada” for its predominantly white, Protestant population, has evolved into one of the world’s most diverse cities. Jewish mayors like Nathan Phillips, Phil Givens, and Mel Lastman played crucial roles in promoting inclusivity and shaping the city. Their policies and initiatives, from challenging existing political monopolies to fostering cultural developments like the Toronto City Hall and The Archer sculpture, have left a lasting impact on the city. Despite controversies during their tenures, their influence remains significant in the historical and cultural fabric of Toronto.