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Lishma Jewish Learning Project

Presented by: Annex Shul, BASE, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Holy Blossom Temple, UJA:Genesis and the Miles Nadal JCC

Lishma is a 20s and 30s learning space.

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Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Semester 1: Sept 11/18/25 @ CSI Annex - Preparing for the High Holy Days

Semester 2: Oct 30, Nov 6/13/20/27, Dec 4 @ Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Semester 3: January 15/22/29, Feb 5/12/19 @ Holy Blossom Temple

Semester 4: April 22/29 May 6/13/20/27 @ Beth Tzedec Congregation

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Tzedakah (Hands-On Track): Dyeing & Doykheit: An exploration of natural dyeing, connection to land and Jewish diaspora with Sarit Cantor
(Materials fee $30)

These sessions will explore concepts of place, belonging, diaspora and connection to land through the transformative practice of natural textile dyeing. We will look at texts on sacred Jewish garments and how we can connect with our current landscape as a way of grounding into our ancestral wisdoms. 

This class will be approaching these topics through a decolonial lens and asking participants to think critically about what it means to be living on the Dish with One Spoon Treaty Territory. We will be using the teachings of our Jewish ancestors to help dream up the decolonial future that we are striving towards. 

Sarit Cantor is a white Ashkenazi Jewish settler, community organizer and textile artist. She is studying Ashkenazi healing practices at York University and studying at the Kohenet Institute with Rabbi Jill Hammer. She teaches sewing, quilting and textile dyeing classes at The Make Den in Toronto

T’shuvah (Judaism + Modernity Track): Returning, Repenting & Reconnecting with Yacov Fruchter

Join Yacov Fruchter as we explore contemporary and traditional ideas of repentance and the relationships we strive to heal through text study, storytelling, song and facilitated discussion. 

Be prepared to go deep.  

Yacov Fruchter is a Montreal Jew, and currently the Director of Community Building and Spiritual Engagement at Beth Tzedec Congregation. In Toronto he has been a Jewish educator at Hillel Canada and the Spiritual Leader of the Annex Shul. Yacov has recently graduated from a Master’s of Pastoral Studies program with a certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.  

T’fillah (Text and Context Track): Learning to Live Whole-Heartedly with Rabbi Julia Appel

Using the teachings of Chassidic and mystical masters, contemporary poets and philosophers, and wellness practitioners, we will explore the themes of the High Holidays -- aiming to create a more whole-hearted and good life for ourselves and the world.

Rabbi Julia Appel is the Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi at Hillel at the University of Toronto. She is a powerful prayer-leader and helps people navigate life’s joys, challenges, and changes. 
Looking Ahead
Semester 2: Oct 30, Nov 6/13/20/27, Dec 4 @ Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Hands-On Track: Jewish Self-Care through the Arts with Or Har-Gil
Judaism + Modernity: Faith Based Social Justice with the Lishma Team
Text and Context: 6 Amazing Texts with Rabbi Zachary Goodman

Semester 3: January 15/22/29, Feb 5/12/19 @ Holy Blossom Temple
Hands-On Track: Arts Beit Midrash with Aaron Rotenberg
Judaism + Modernity: TBD
Text and Context: Kabbalah with Rabbi Joshua Schwartz

Semester 4: April 22/29 May 6/13/20/27 @ Beth Tzedec Congregation

Hands-On Track: Creative Writing with Tikvah Hecht
Judaism + Modernity: Medical Ethics with Rabbi Steven Wernick
Text and Context: Queering the Torah TBD

The registration fee for this program ensures that it can continue into the future.  The suggested contribution is $36 ($12/night). There is a minimum of $18 for the semester ($6/night). If you are unable to make any contribution, please be in touch with Suzanne Carson, Lishma Coordinator at 
If you value this offering/program beyond the sliding scale rate, we encourage a larger contribution. Please contribute what you are able.


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