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Dear Members and Friends of Or Hadash Synagogue,

On June 27, we took the first step towards finding a new home for Or Hadash. With the help of a wonderful group of kind souls, we moved all our contents out of 451 Botsford and placed them into storage for safekeeping. Many thanks go out to the minyan plus crew who packed and prevailed in this vital mitzvah:
Aleks, David, Denis, Howard, Larry, Leon, Pattee, Paul, Peter, Ray, Sabina, Susan and Tania. Also, thanks to Cecli and Pat for being there to support us.

The collage of photos shows a few of these dedicated movers hard at work. It also shows the continuum in our community from elders to youngsters (relatively speaking). Removal of the signage marked the official departure. The signage is being retained for when we find our new home.

In the interim we will continue to hold Shabbat services (location will be announced), finalize our location for the High Holy Days services (program in place), and organize social events. In this way, our operations will continue and only bricks and mortar are to be changed. We hope that everyone will make it a goal to help build our congregation and Centre for Jewish life in the Northern York Region. You are family.

Have a safe and wonderful summer,

Herman Yeger


Or Hadash Synagogue is honoured to announce that High Holy Day Services, Rosh HaShanah 5776 (September 14, 2015), will be conducted by Tanya Sermer and Avi Bar-Eitan

Tanya and Avi bring great warmth and spirituality to High Holy Day services. We hope that everyone will join us for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur observances, and for an experience that is something truly special.

Tanya Sermer and Avi Bar-Eitan hail from Jerusalem. They both hold doctorates in musicology and bring their love of and expertise in Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern music traditions to Or Hadash. Tanya grew up in the Reform movement in Toronto and has served as a Jewish educator and service leader across Canada and the U.S. She will be working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University during the 2015-16 year. Avi grew up in Jerusalem, has taught for many years at the Hebrew University, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and other educational institutions, and is a prolific composer, conductor, and performer. Tanya and Avi both have extensive backgrounds in formal and informal Jewish education, service leading, and Torah study, and are thrilled to be joining Or Hadash for the High Holy Days.  For further biographical details please click here.

To purchase tickets please contact:

Susan Raifman: susnram@hotmail.com


Heidi Irwin: hsirwin@collinsbarrow.com