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Thursday Oct. 20, 7:30 PM. Film Night: USHPIZIN, . Guess who's coming for Sukkot? Moshe and Mali, married nearly five years and childless, are broke and praying for a miracle. Suddenly, miracles abound: a friend finds Moshe a sukkah he says is abandoned, an envelope of money shows up at their door, and two ushpizin—Sukkot guests—arrive. But the miracles become trials. A unique comedy-drama insight into the otherwise closed world of the ultra-Orthodox—with the "actors" being ultra-Orthodox Jews themselves. Join us for this Sukkot showing! Free for members, $10 non-members at the door. Intro and talk-back with Rabbi Goldstein and our shins.

Sunday Nov. 6, MNJCC, 7:30 PM. Film night: THE LAST MENTSCH: Special co-sponsored showing for Holocaust Education Week. 
After a lifetime of running from his past, an aging German-Jewish Auschwitz survivor (Mario Adorf), joined by a young Turkish woman (Katharina Derr) with secrets of her own, sets out on a powerful journey to rediscover his roots. A moving and deeply human portrait of trauma, connection, and healing. TORONTO PREMIERE. City Shul folks pay $12 (vs. regular price of $15) at the door. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 at the box office in the MNJCC lobby. No pre-sales at the special price but we have a block of seats reserved for us. Intro and talk-back with Rabbi Goldstein.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 7:30 PM. One-night workshop: Our Differences: A Journey Through the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionst Prayerbooks. With Rabbi Goldstein. The structure is almost the same; the prayers too. Yet there are subtle differences that symbolize hugely diverse theologies and philosophies. Looking at the Shabbat service we will explore the big ones. Free for members, $10 non-members at the door.​ No RSVP necessary.


Sun Nov 27, 4 PM. Nosh with City Shul: Recipes and Storytelling.  
Love to eat, share and talk about food? Bring your favourite Jewish dish, whether it’s the one you had to trick Bubbe into giving you or one you adapted from a foodie blogger, and share the story behind the recipe with fellow City Shul’ers. Our first “Nosh” on "JEWISH CARBS!" will be hosted by Weiwei Su, sharing her go-to challah recipe and what its mishaps and triumphs taught her about her Jewish identity. This free programme is for members only.  Home address will be shared after registration. RSVP here.


Sun Dec. 4, 6 PM. Film night: In Search of Israeli Cuisine. With Rabbi Goldstein and Bonnie Stern. Is there such a thing anymore as "Jewish food", and what's the difference between that and "Israeli food"? This "delicious" film profiles chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than one hundred cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze, and a rich and human story of the people who make up Israel emerges. Our own City Shul'er Bonnie Stern, one of Canada’s most popular food personalities, cookbook author, and co-leader with Rabbi Goldstein of 6 culinary tours to Israel will introduce the film and take questions after. We begin with humus and Israeli salad!  $10 entrance for members and $18 for non-members includes the pre-film nosh. By pre-registration only. Register here.

Thursday, December 15, 7:30 PM Assisted Suicide: A Reform Jewish Response.  Join Rabbi Michael Dolgin in dialogue with a representative of the group Dying with Dignity, the national organization advocating for expanding end-of-life choices in Canada. Moderated by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein. A joint programme of City Shul and Temple Sinai. Free and all welcome, no RSVP necessary.



Sunday Dec. 11, 7:30 PM. Sacred Hebrew Chant...and Chocolate. With Marcie-Ann Gilsig. Experience transformation, renewal and miracles through the magic of Sacred Hebrew Chanting. As we move into the darkest time of the year, let's gather in community to prepare for Chanukah and kindle the Season of Light. $10 donation to Natal, Israel's Center for Trauma and War Victims requested at the door. No RSVP necessary. Marcie-Ann trained with Rabbi Shefa Gold as a Hebrew Chant Leader. She leads Hebrew chants based on Jewish sacred texts and has offered programs in Halifax, and Vancouver since 2011.

Batsheva Dance Company: Saturday, January 14, 8PM. Israel’s famed Batsheva Dance Company is giving a one-time performance of "Decadance" at the Sony Center. If you’re a fan of modern dance, you won’t want to miss this, and we have secured a group rate for limited tickets only. Check out this review – it’s fantastic! Order your tickets here now—this one will sell out!


Saturday night Jan.28​, 7:15 PM for refreshments and shmoozing, 7:30 Havdala, 8:00 dialogue. Downtown Dvar Rabbis Go Live!  For more than a year, Rabbis Elyse Goldstein and Ed Elkin have published a monthly blog in which they correspond on issues of Jewish import, called Downtown Dvar. Now they are going live! Join Rabbis Elyse and Ed as they converse, agree, and disagree on the subject of Rabbi Donniel Hartman's new book "Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself." What would it mean for Jewish faith and community to "put God second" in the name of moral progress? Members of City Shul, the Narayever, and the wider community welcome to this free evening. Wolfond Centre. No RSVP necessary.

Sunday March 26, MNJCC, 7:30 PM. Film night: APPLES FROM THE DESERT, Co-sponsored with the Toronto Jewish Film Society as part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture FestivalThe rebellious teenage daughter of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents journeys into the secular world in this film adaptation of an award-winning Israeli play that poignantly explores themes of love and faith. Nominated for three Israeli Academy Awards, the film is a moving tale of tradition versus modernity. City Shul folks pay $12 (vs. regular price of $15) at the door. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 at the box office in the MNJCC lobby. No pre-sales at the special price but we have a block of seats reserved for us. Intro and talk-back with Rabbi Goldstein.

Sunday April 2, 7:30 PM. Israel and the World with Emanuel Adler, the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. What is the extent to which Israel has changed, is it time to say goodbye to the two-state solution, and what about Israel’s relations with the world? Free and all welcome, no RSVP necessary.

Monday April 24, 7 PM. Film Night: Son of Saul,  For Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. Called "a stunning Holocaust film", Grand Prix Cannes Festival winner, and Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film. This special evening, which is free and open to all, includes an intro and Kaddish for the Holocaust with Rabbi Goldstein, and a talk-back by a Holocaust survivor from City Shul. No RSVP necessary.

Sunday April 30, 2 PM. City Shul Goes to the Harold Green Theatre: FREUD'S LAST SESSION ​Legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud and the young, rising scholar C.S. Lewis meet head-to-head in a fictitious battle of the minds. The play is set in Freud’s home on the brink of England entering the war in 1939. This deeply touching play is filled with humour and wit, and explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing love, sex and the greatest questions of all time: the existence of God, and the meaning of life. Special City Shul price plus talk-back with Rabbi Goldstein. Tickets here.

Thursday May 25, 7:30 PM. JEWISH TERMINOLOGY NIGHT! 
With Rabbi Goldstein. Don't be a shlemeil and miss this mamash wonderful one-night class, where you'll learn the difference between Megillah and Akedah, Halacha and Tefillah, Kiddush Kaddish Kedusha and a host of other Jewish literacy terms in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. Think you know them all? Come and find out over a nosh and cafe hafuch...Free for members, $10 non-members at the door. No RSVP necessary.

SAVE THE DATE for TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT, our community-wide all-night learning festival at the Miles Nadal JCC. Tuesday night, May 30.



Sunday June 4, 7:30 PM. ISRAEL THROUGH THREE LENSES. Our relationship to Israel is often based on when we first "met." Starting in 1973 as our jumping off point, with the short documentary from "Golda's Balcony", speakers from three generations—folks in their 20's/40's/60's— will share "their" Israel.

Fri, 23 February 2018 8 Adar 5778