Rabbi Rick Jacobs Visits Toronto

We were honoured to have Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, URJ recently visit our Reform community in the Greater Toronto area.

During his whirlwind visit, he and CCRJ President, Pekka Sinervo, met with the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto, attended services and met with various Temples’ leadership, Camp George, UJA Federation, ARZA Canada, the Leo Baeck Day School, the CCRJ and Camp George staff, the youth leadership and the National Social Action Committee (NSAC).

The CCRJ and Temple Har Zion hosted a community Shabbaton where Rabbi Jacobs addressed about 95 members with his vision on “Boldly Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century Reform Judaism” followed by a meeting with teens from NFTY-NEL.

Rabbi Jacobs also had the opportunity to stop by Holy Blossom Temple as seen here touring the renovations currently taking place.

The NSAC was pleased to be included in his busy schedule and the co-chairs, Helen Poizner and Fran Isaacs sat down with Rabbi Jacobs at Temple Sinai to discuss social justice issues in Canada, including the Global Refugee Crisis, developing and strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities, and working to end poverty in Canada.  Of primary interest was the introduction of the new Canadian Brit Olam. They also discussed the technological possibilities of accessing URJ/RAC resources, speakers and events through live streaming, webinars and Zoom to benefit the Social Action Committees across Canada.  It was a most productive meeting and plans are already underway to follow up with the URJ and the RAC to consider new initiatives. 

The timing of Rabbi Jacobs’ visit was planned to include his participation in the festivities at Temple Emanu-El where the congregation celebrated its’ 60th Anniversary with other special events happening throughout the year.  Following a congregational dinner, Rabbi Jacobs participated in their Erev Shabbat Services and Oneg where a series of photos and videos were shown telling some of the history of the congregation. Please see the link to the video where you may find some old familiar faces!

Take A Walk Down Memory Lane

We hope Rabbi Jacobs enjoyed his time in the GTA as much as we enjoyed spending time with him.