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The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc) has welcomed over two million people to the corner of Bloor and Spadina during the building’s 60+ year history. The changing makeup of our membership is a testament not only to the vibrancy and diversity of the Annex neighbourhood but to Toronto’s own evolution. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active, learn, connect and participate in a wide range of cultural experiences. Rooted in Jewish values, the MNjcc is open to all.
The MNjcc is home to the state-of-the-art Phil Granovsky Fitness Centre and Freddie Shore Aquatic Centre. We also house the 263 seat, accessible Al Green Theatre, four schools, a wide range of arts, cultural and Jewish community programming, and we offer one of the most recognized accessibility and inclusion programs in the city.
In 1953 we moved from Brunswick Avenue to our current intersection, and in 2004 we reopened a brand new centre, thanks to the support of the community through UJA Federation's Tomorrow Campaign and a lead gift from Miles Nadal.
Throughout the years we have become a place of belonging not only to the Jewish community but to the beautifully diverse population of the city in which we live. From infants to seniors, we welcome people of all abilities, cultures, genders and sexual identities.
MISSION / VISION / VALUES
OUR MISSION → The MNjcc strives to be an inclusive and welcoming hub for healthy and joyful community, anchored in Jewish values, where all downtown Toronto feel they belong.
OUR VISION → Where you belong downtown. From generation to generation. L'dor vador
OUR JEWISH VALUES → Education, Community, Culture, Respect for your Body, Loving-Kindness and Compassion
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2021-2022)
Brian Pukier • President
Dr. Nadira Kahn
Miles S. Nadal
No Silence On Race
Today, we are proud to announce that the MNjcc has signed on to No Silence on Race: an open letter challenging Jewish institutions to commit to anti-racism, written and endorsed by a broad coalition of Jewish people of colour.
We welcome this call to action. Jewish tradition teaches us that the pursuit of justice is sacred and active work. Work that requires reflection and commitment. Work that is never done. Jewish history and experience create within us a burning desire to root out racism in all its forms so that all people will know freedom and equality.
Over the course of more than 65 years in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Miles Nadal JCC has created a community guided by the Jewish values of embracing diversity and welcoming all. We regard the diversity of our community as a source of strength and richness. We strive to be a Centre where our community may be their full selves and where we work actively against all forms of discrimination and hate, including anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, and xenophobia. And yet, we recognize that more work needs to be done. As much as the MNjcc serves as a destination for all people to live moments of joy, health, and values – it must be a place where action happens and where we address racism both within the Jewish community and in the broader society in which we live.
Today and every day we affirm – Black lives matter.
We stand with the Black community, with Jews of Colour, with the Indigenous community, and with communities of colour in Toronto against all forms of hatred and oppression—and specifically against anti-Black racism.
We are committed to building upon our inclusive culture, reflecting the diversity of those we serve.
We are committed to providing an accessible and equitable employment environment.
We are committed to being partners and allies, and to amplifying the voices and efforts of other organizations engaged in the work of anti-racism.
We commit to begin with these steps.
Preliminary Commitment to Action:
Senior Leadership: Our work towards living our values of anti-racism and inclusion will be led by Senior Leadership and our Board-Staff Task Force on Anti-Racism, Inclusion and Equity, including our Executive Director and our Director of Accessibility and Inclusion. We are working with Tema Smith, a local consultant and educator in anti-racism.
Staff and Organizational Culture: We will conduct an environmental scan and survey to explore the employee and organizational culture at the MNjcc to determine staff needs and identify opportunities to further align policies and procedures with our values. We will launch a staff advisory committee on anti-racism and will centre the experiences and needs of BIPOC staff. We commit to providing all MNjcc staff with anti-racism and anti-oppression training.
Community - Allyship and Partnerships: We will launch a community advisory committee on anti-racism; we will continue to pursue and expand partnerships with BIPOC groups and Jews of Colour organizations; we will deepen our partnerships with Circles of Reconciliation; we will expand our partnerships with newcomer, accessibility, and LGBTQ+ organizations and collectives; we will bring together diverse community voices in our programming and offer the community a platform to explore and discuss diversity and anti-racism through programming, and we will offer Jewish community groups a platform to explore and discuss diversity and anti-racism through the more than 45 organizations of the Downtown Jewish Community Council.
Education Programs: We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our education programs. We will embrace the opportunity to broaden our Jewish cultural and educational programs by developing programming that celebrates diverse and multi-cultural Jewish identities. We will audit our curricula in both children’s and adult education to ensure that we are teaching through the lens of diverse histories and anti-racism.
OUR 2018-2021 STRATEGIC PLAN HIGHLIGHTS
FOCUS AREA 1 - BELONGING & INCLUSION
•Build the next generation of MNjcc community
•Be the community hub of downtown Jewish life
•Build on our successful leadership in Inclusion
FOCUS AREA 2 - MODERN EXCELLENCE
• Go digital and operate in modern ways
• Strive to be a destination for excellence, by focusing on what we do best and enhancing the JCC experience
• Increase opportunities for engagement and strengthen our financial sustainability
FOCUS AREA 3 - HEALTH & WELLNESS
• Be a community-oriented fitness and wellness centre that welcomes and retains the next generation
• Strengthen our portfolios in therapeutic and inclusive fitness and wellness
• Win on program experience and build a culture of engagement
COMMITMENT TO ACCESSIBILITY & INCLUSION
Diversity and social inclusion are at the heart of what we do at the Miles Nadal JCC. We regard the diversity of our community as a source of strength and richness.
We are committed to identifying, preventing and removing barriers -- in our facilities, programs and services -- as we work towards becoming a barrier-free JCC.
We will ensure that diverse individuals and communities share in program development, have the opportunity to give feedback, are involved in decision-making processes and have fair access to information and services.
We are committed to providing an accessible employment environment.
We are committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and aim to ensure that dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of JCC culture.
The MNjcc strives to be an LGBTQ+ Positive Space and is committed to welcoming, including, and embracing all members of the community. We seek to create and maintain a safe, welcoming, affirming and inclusive environment for members of the MNjcc community of any gender or sexual identity, and a community that is free of discrimination and harassment based on gender expression and sexual orientation.
Programs for People of All Abilities
At the MNjcc, we envision a community where everyone acknowledges and respects our differences and celebrates all of our contributions. We are committed to the integration of people of all abilities into our programs, and we want to explore how we can best meet your needs.
Thanks to support from the Wagner Green Family Trust, we are engaged in an ongoing initiative to assess and improve the accessibility of our facilities, programs and services, and to create a culture of inclusion. The Accessibility and Inclusion team, along with programming staff, will work with individuals with disabilities and their families to create a successful and meaningful experience at the MNjcc. All of our programs are open to people of all abilities. We also offer programming designed to meet specific needs identified to us by people with disabilities and their families. We want to hear about your experiences, your ideas, and your program needs. Contact Grace Smith, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager at email@example.com (416) 924-6211 x 6335
The MNjcc is an accessible facility, with wheelchair access to programming and meeting rooms, the Phil Granovsky Fitness Centre, the Freddie Shore Aquatic Centre and the Al Green Theatre. This is due, in part, to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. All washroom areas also have designated accessible facilities. All staff have undergone AODA training in compliance with Government of Ontario regulations.
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity by:
Ensuring that all customers receive the same value and quality
Making allowances to customers with special needs; enabling them to manage tasks more easily and at their own pace when accessing goods and services as long as this does not present a safety risk to themselves or to others
Using alternative methods when possible to ensure that customers with disabilities have access to the same services, in the same place and in a similar manner
Taking into account individual needs when providing goods and services
Communicating in a manner that takes into account the customer’s need.
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre shall provide customers with the opportunity to provide feedback on the service provided to customers with disabilities. Feedback forms along with alternate methods of providing feedback such as verbally (in person or by telephone) or written (handwritten, delivered, website or email), will be available upon request.
Your feedback is important to us. You can provide feedback in person, by email, or by phone to:
Director of Operational Excellence • 416.924.6211 x 6551
Questions about the administration of the AODA policy can be directed to:
Accessibility and Inclusion • 416.924.6211 x 6335
The MNjcc is committed to accessibility. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 416.924.6211 x 6335
Information about service disruptions will be communicated through an alert bar on this website and with physical signage on site.
CODE OF CONDUCT & POLICIES
ENGAGING OLDER ADULTS DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
In April 2020, MNjcc Adult Daytime Culture and Education, through a partnership with Centennial College, was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSREC) grant. The goal of the project was to study the effects of Covid-19 and social distancing (first wave) on the older adults in our community. This year-long project included a survey about all MNjcc programs offered to older adults (55+), in-depth interviews, and a community webinar for seniors organizations and MNjcc partners.
We are very pleased to share this final report and infographics with you. Key findings include:
impact of social distancing on the health and wellness of older adults
seniors’ coping strategies
programing preferences during and post social distancing
The most significant statistics are regarding the challenges and barriers for those seniors who don’t have the technology and/or skills to connect to our virtual community. This has served as the basis for our 2021 New Horizons grant (April 2021 – March 2022). While the survey and interviews were conducted last summer, there are still relevant data in the report that could prove helpful in shaping our planning, goals and outcomes in programming for seniors and older adults.