815 people, or almost 200 families, participated in what are becoming Canada’s most important annual Shabbat experiences on Friday, March 1 and Friday April 26, 2013. 350 gathered at BAYT in Thornhill, 240 participated at Torath Emeth (Viewmount) Congregation, and more than 50 welcomed Shabbat at Kehilat Shaarei Torah in March, while 100 participated at Clanton Park Shul and 65 gathered at the Forest Hill Jewish Centre in April. Inspiring words were followed by a delicious dinner, singing, and a relaxed atmosphere. Participating Torah High and NCSY teens’ families were paired with families from the hosting congregations. Last year, numerous friendships were established and maintained, aimed at enhancing the educational experience and building Jewish unity. Many such relationships were built this past weekend.
“Torah High and NCSY Canada took Shabbat to the next level” an elated Rabbi Glenn Black, Chief Executive Officer of Torah High and NCSY Canada explained. “The Jewish values and traditions we teach in the classroom and through our programs are magnified a hundredfold by inspired and committed parents and families. These Jewish teens will be our community’s leaders in the future. We need to engage and support them and their families today.”
Last year, our inaugural event attracted 250 attendees to the BAYT. We are looking forward to expanding the program to more than five synagogues and over 1000 people next year. NCSY Canada and Torah High thank the Cherniak and Silverstein families for their generosity in sponsoring this event.
Torah High offers over a dozen courses for credit to Jewish teens in public high schools, teaching in innovative and engaging ways, educating and inspiring our future Jewish leaders to make positive life choices guided by Jewish values. Torah High operates in seven locations across the GTA and in 11 cities across Canada and the United States. At Torah High we passionately believe that every Jewish teen should have an opportunity for a Jewish education.
NCSY connects with teens through innovative, cutting-edge social and recreational programs to develop a positive Jewish identity. NCSY inspires teens through informal Jewish education, retreats and summer programs. NCSY empowers teens through leadership development and guidance to become passionately committed leaders of the Jewish community and instruments for positive change and renewal.