DJCC webiconAs the coordinating agency of the Downtown Jewish Community Council (DJCC), the MNjcc brings together over 45 downtown Jewish schools, youth groups, prayer communities and congregations, social service agencies, and cultural and recreational programs that serve you year-round. The DJCC invigorates our community by promoting cooperation, resource-sharing, partnerships and collective action between its member organizations. We are committed to the Jewish values of diversity, accessibility and inclusion, motivating the work of our council.

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    ARTS/CULTURE 

    CAMPS/YOUTH MOVEMENTS  

    SCHOOLS/EDUCATION  

    SOCIAL SERVICES/HEALTH CARE 

    SYNAGOGUES/SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY

    YOUNG ADULTS/SOCIAL GROUPS



    ARTS/CULTURE

    Toronto Jewish Film Society (TJFS) 
    A program of the MNjcc, the TJFS offers a series of eight outstanding films each year in the Al Green Theatre on selected Sundays. Our programs are once per month and feature a noted guest speaker who leads a discussion and introduces the film. All are welcome. Comedies, dramas and documentaries from Israel, Europe, North America and more.

    750 Spadina Avenue • www.mnjcc.org/tjfs  • Twitter

    Committee for Yiddish, UJA Federation (CFY)
    Through educational, cultural, and engagement programs, the Committee for Yiddish will foster and promote Yiddish language and culture – and indeed the entire Ashkenazic tradition – as a vibrant part of contemporary Jewish life and as a vital link between the Jewish past and future.   

    Lipa Green Building, 4600 Bathurst Street www.committeeforyiddish.com • Facebook

    Koffler Centre of the Arts
    The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that explores critical ideas and concerns of our time through exhibitions, publications, performances, conversations and digital initiatives. We examine complex issues in respectful, constructive discussions that position our Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices.   

    180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105 www.kofflerarts.org/ • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram 

    Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (OJA)
    (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto)
    The OJA is the largest repository of Jewish life in Canada. Founded in 1973, the OJA acquires, preserves and makes accessible the records that chronicle our province’s Jewish history.

    www.ontariojewisharchives.org •  Facebook • Twitter

     

    CAMPS/YOUTH MOVEMENTS

    Habonim Dror Camp Gesher (Camp Gesher) 
    Camp Gesher creates an environment for campers to grow as individuals and as part of the Habonim Dror movement. We encourage them to become proud leaders in their respective communities. In the city and at camp, our campers participate in educational activities; connecting with Israel, both its history and its place in the world today, as well as actively working toward Tikkun Olam and social justice projects. Camp Gesher is a place where ALL people are welcomed, valued and respected. We are inclusive of all families, gender identities, sexual orientations, political opinions, and Jewish expressions.     

    Winter Office: Dufferin and Sheppard, Year Round Youth Programming at the MNjcc www.campgesher.com • Facebook • LinkedIn

    Hashomer Hatzair - Camp Shomria Canada (Camp Shomria) 
    Hashomer Hatzair Canada works with youth to build progressive Jewish values, links to Israel, community, and a commitment to social, environmental and economic justice in a setting based on youth leadership and responsibility. We offer year-round programming for our whole community, as well as a winter and summer camp for campers in grades 2-10. All activities are led by youth leaders in a setting that promotes and models youth leadership, individual excellence, mutual responsibility, social, environmental and economic justice, respect and cooperation.  

    215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 121 www.hashomerhatzair.ca/ • Facebook • Instagram • Youtube

     

    SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

    City Shul School
    The City Shul School focuses on an experiential and child-centred Jewish living curriculum (Torah, Avodah, G’milut Chassadim). Our integrated programming includes the arts (drama, music, dance, and multi-media), Jewish ritual, holiday traditions, Hebrew reading, and history. Our Curriculum is explored through lively discussions, engaging centres and hands-on activities, field trips, family learning days, and holiday events. Our partnership with UJA’s Shinshinim program, Shoresh, and Ve’ahavta facilitate a deeper connection and understanding of Israel, our environment, and tikkun olam.

    300 Bloor St W www.cityshul.com/school.html • Facebook 

    Downtown Jewish Community School (DJCS)
    The Downtown Jewish Community School is an independent supplementary school in the heart of downtown Toronto.  

    750 Spadina Avenue www.djcs.org • Facebook

    Kensington Torah Circle
    Our mission is to provide a platform for online education which unites people to experience how Chassidut empowers their lives. Using traditional sources and real-world examples, our education program is led by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore, who has over 25 years of teaching experience, lectures at Hebrew University and is a prolific writer/editor. We are actively searching for ambassadors, teachers and organizations that wish to reach new audiences online.   

    Avenue and Bloor Facebook • Twitter

    Morris Winchevsky School for Secular Jewishness and Social Justice (Winchevsky) 
    The Morris Winchevsky Sunday School is Toronto’s secular Jewish shuleh, focused on social justice. Offering a range of programs for pre-school all the way to Bar/Bat Mitzvah groups, our shuleh focuses on experiential education, immersing our students in an environment where they get to learn, play, and experiment with secular Jewishness and social justice practices. With our rich decades-long history, we have impacted generations of students that have grown up with our talented and creative teachers, starting at the tender age of 2.5 and continuing on to graduate with their own personally-crafted, secular, Bat/Bar Mitzvah ceremony.    

    918 Bathurst St https://www.winchevskycentre.org/morris-winchevsky-school • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram 

    Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School (Paul Penna DJDS)
    Paul Penna DJDS is a vibrant SK to Grade 6 Jewish day school committed to educational excellence in a dynamic environment. The school’s distinct program integrates Judaic and General Studies while encouraging artistic expression as a tool for learning. Committed to social justice and Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), we nurture responsible citizens and compassionate, confident human beings. We offer students the opportunity to meet their full potential as individuals, Jews and valued members of the larger community. Embracing the values of diversity and equality, the school welcomes students of all Jewish backgrounds.  

    750 Spadina Avenue www.djds.ca • Facebook

    Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA)
    As a progressive Jewish learning academy, we equip students with the skills to think critically, the imagination to think beyond, and the discipline that builds character.  

    1700 Bathurst St https://www.rhacademy.ca/ • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

    Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs (Shoresh)
    Shoresh inspires and empowers our community to take care of the earth by connecting people, land, and Jewish tradition. Through nature-based Jewish education, healthy food production for vulnerable community members, environmental action, and sustainable Jewish products, we offer community members meaningful opportunities to be responsible stewards of the world around us. Serving the communities of Southern Ontario, Shoresh operates out of the Kavanah Garden in Vaughan, Bela Farm in Hillsburgh, Maxie’s Garden in Kensington Market, and through schools, synagogues, camps, and community organizations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  

    36 Harbord Street  www.shoresh.ca • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

    The Leo Baeck Day School (Leo Baeck)
    The Leo Baeck Day School is Canada's first Jewish international baccalaureate world school. Our progressive Jewish lens paired with our global outlook and nurturing community offer our students the best of all worlds.

    501 Arlington Ave. www.leobaeck.ca • Facebook • Instagram

     

    SOCIAL SERVICES/HEALTH CARE

    Jewish Family & Child (JF&CS)  
    Jewish Family & Child supports the healthy development of individuals, children, families, and communities through prevention, protection, counselling, education and advocacy services, within the context of Jewish values.

    35 Madison Ave www.jfandcs.com • Facebook • Instagram • Youtube

    New Israel Fund of Canada (NIFC)
    New Israel Fund of Canada strives for an Israel that lives up to its founders’ vision, as a state that ensures social and political equality to all inhabitants, regardless of religion, race, gender or national identity. We support projects and programs in Israel that strengthen and safeguard civil and human rights, bridge social and economic gaps and foster tolerance and religious pluralism for all of its residents.

    Bathurst/Eglinton https://www.nifcan.org/ • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

    Reena
    Reena is a non-profit organization which promotes dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities within a framework of Jewish culture and values.

    36 Harbord Street www.reena.org • Facebook • Twitter • LinkedIn

    Sinai Health System
    Sinai Health System, comprised of Mount Sinai Hospital, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Circle of Care and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, delivers exceptional care in hospital, community and home, focusing on the health conditions with the greatest impact on the overall health of the population. We discover and translate scientific breakthroughs, develop practical health solutions, educate future clinical and scientific leaders, and lead efforts to eliminate health inequities.

    600 University Avenue www.sinaihealthsystem.ca • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

     

    SYNAGOGUES/SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY

    Annex Shul
    Annex Shul provides a spirited, open, and egalitarian multi-denominational space in downtown Toronto for people from all walks of life to explore their Jewish identity and experience Judaism through prayer, education, and community.

    Wolfond Centre, 35 Harbord Street www.annexshul.com • Facebook

    Beach Hebrew Institute (BHI)
    BHI is an Independent Egalitarian Conservative congregation in Toronto’s Beaches.

    109 Kenilworth Avenue (Queen Street East of Woodbine Ave) www.beachhebrewinstitute.ca 

    Beth Torah Congregation (BTC)
    Beth Torah Congregation serves the spiritual, communal, and educational needs of more than 500 families with warmth and vibrancy. Existing at the nexus of tradition and modernity, Beth Torah offers the wisdom of the ages gleaned from the Torah while speaking to the modern concerns of its congregants with relevance and meaning.

    Glencairn and Dufferin www.bethtorah.ca • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

    City Shul
    We are a group of downtown Jews who have created a welcoming, inclusive, innovative, spiritual congregation whose goal is to enrich the downtown Toronto Jewish community and to enliven downtown Jewish life both personally and communally. We love to sing together, to struggle over interesting texts together, to search for a meaningful Jewish life in the 21st century together. We are building this unique community with many different angles and facets so that folks who resonate with our vision can find their way in and make a difference.

    300 Bloor Street West (at Huron) cityshul.com • Facebook • Twitter

    Congregation Darchei Noam
    Darchei Noam, Toronto’s only Reconstructionist synagogue, is an inclusive, egalitarian and welcoming congregation that blends traditional practice with innovative forms of Jewish expression. We recognize that Jewish life and community evolve over time, yet preserve their unique wisdom and teachings, and aspire to create a sacred space that encourage all who enter to experience Judaism as a source of joy. In all matters of congregational life, we turn to our common values for inspiration.

    864 Sheppard Avenue West (North York) Programming, including a monthly Saturday morning minyan, happen in different locations downtown. www.darcheinoam.ca • Facebook • Twitter • Youtube

    Congregation Shir Libeynu
    Shir Libeynu is Hebrew for “song of our hearts,” and our participatory services include prayers and music, both ancient and modern. Our inclusive rituals combine tradition and innovation. As Toronto’s longest-standing LGBTQ-inclusive congregation, our community embraces an egalitarian and progressive Judaism.

    Our regular service location: MNJCC, 3rd Floor, 750 Spadina Avenue www.shirlibeynu.ca • Facebook • Instagram

    Danforth Jewish Circle (DJC) 
    The Danforth Jewish Circle is a joyous and inclusive, accessible and inspiring Jewish community located in the heart of Riverdale. We are an egalitarian, unaffiliated community that is part of a larger progressive Jewish movement.  We share in the rich wisdom and inspiration of Jewish tradition and culture while seeking to challenge, explore, and reinterpret it.

    We hold most services & programs in a rented location: Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Ave www.djctoronto.com 

    First Narayever Congregation (Narayever)
    First Narayever Congregation is a traditional, egalitarian synagogue dedicated to serving Jews from the downtown core and beyond. Our shul follows the traditional Hebrew liturgy, with changes made for the purposes of gender egalitarianism and our services are conducted in a relaxed, participatory and heymish atmosphere. We are a pluralistic, progressive thinking congregation dedicated to Tikkun Olam and social responsibility. We encourage thoughtful and committed connection to the State of Israel and we provide opportunities to enhance spiritual growth and Jewish identity through our myriad of multi-generational programming, from pre-school through to adult education.

    187 Brunswick Avenue www.narayever.ca • Facebook

    Holy Blossom
    Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s first synagogue, is a leading Canadian Reform Jewish congregation with a rich history of responding to both tradition and modernity in our religious and spiritual expression. We pursue meaningful opportunities for personal growth and family fulfillment at every stage of life through belonging, learning, prayer and ritual, and acts of service for our congregation and community, our city and country, the Reform Movement, Israel, and all the world.

    1950 Bathurst Street www.holyblossom.org • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Youtube

    Jews for Judaism
    Jews for Judaism is dedicated to countering the multi-million dollar efforts of Christian missionary groups that target Jews, the impact of cults and eastern religions, assimilation and other challenges to Jewish continuity. Jews For Judaism's goals are to strengthen Jewish pride and identity and to win back Jews who have been influenced by missionaries and cults. We achieve our goals through free educational programs, materials and counseling services that connect Jewish people to the spiritual depth, beauty and wisdom of Judaism and keep Jews Jewish.

    Bathurst & Lawrence www.jewsforjudaism.ca • Facebook • Twitter • Youtube

    Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism (Makom) 
    Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is a grassroots Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values through spirituality, learning and culture. Makom creates inclusive space that inspires diverse participants to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.

    402 College Street www.makomTO.org • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

    Matanot Lev (Gifts of the Heart)
    Matanot Lev is Toronto's radically inclusive Jewish community. Led by Kohenet Annie Matan, current offerings include Shabbat gatherings, Jewish wisdom workshops and intergenerational Jewish education for families with young children. As a freelance Spiritual Leader, Annie specializes in facilitating sacred experiences for interfaith families, LGBTQ+ folks and people of all abilities.

    304-450 Walmer Road Facebook 

    Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism  
    Oraynu is a warm and inclusive community celebrating Jewish holidays, engaging in Jewish learning, and committed to bettering the world, all through a secular/culturally Jewish lens. We hold events in a variety of locations.

    www.oraynu.org • Facebook

    Rodfei Shalom Anshei Kiev (The Kiever Synagogue)  
    Originally founded in 1912, the Kiever Synagogue has been holding Orthodox services in its historic Kensington Market building continuously since 1927. We represent an unbroken link to Jewish activity in downtown Toronto and are committed to growing for the future.

    25 Bellevue Avenue (Kensington Market) www.kievershul.com • Facebook

     

    YOUNG ADULTS/SOCIAL GROUPS

    Kulanu Toronto
    Kulanu Toronto ("All of us" in Hebrew) is the city's main Jewish LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans) social, educational, and cultural group. Our community includes people of various Jewish affiliations, from secular to Orthodox. Our events include Shabbat dinners, Purim parties, Chanukah Parties, Passover seders, Holocaust Education Week programs, LGBTQ+ speed dating, pub nights, potlucks and games nights, speaker events, marching in Toronto’s Pride Parade, and marching in the Dyke and Trans marches.

    www.kulanutoronto.org • Facebook

    Hillel at the University of Toronto
    Hillel strives to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. Through promoting Jewish identity, cultivating student leadership, and embracing religious and political diversity in an inclusive environment, U of T Hillel will enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

    36 Harbord St http://hillelontario.org/uoft/ • Facebook

     

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    Contact & Info

    750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422
    Email: info@mnjcc.org

    Charitable Registration Number:
    140344243 RR0001

    Wheelchair Accessible

    The MNjcc is committed to accessibility. Please let us know in advance if you have any accommodation needs:

    inclusion@mnjcc.org | 416.924.6211