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The Kiever Shul participated in Doors Open Toronto 2024.

Doors Open website: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/doors-open-toronto

Film Series

To see the recording of this recent event:
      At the Ontario Jewish Archives website Click Here
      To see it directly on Vimeo click on the image above

This afternoon of performances, recitations, and original music honors the 30th yahrtzeit of Menke Katz—luminary of 20th century Yiddish American culture.

Acclaimed author Menachem Kaiser will discuss the emotional and legal journey he undertook to reclaim his family’s legacy in his new memoir Plunder, A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure (HMH, 2021). The conversation will be followed by a Q and A.

For a NewYork Times review of the book Click Here.   The book is available for purchase at Aleph Bet Judaica.

Menachem Kaiser is a writer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in Toronto, Canada, has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from University of Michigan, and was a Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, New York, BOMB, Vogue, and elsewhere.

This event is presented by the Kiever Synagogue, Hillel at the University of Toronto, the First Narayaver Congregation, the Jewish Law Students' Association at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and the Friends of Simon Weisenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies. The event is free of charge, but registration is required at https://guestlist.co/events/675534

Join the Kiever Synagogue, Moishe Pod Toronto, and Makom for an interactive Tu B'Shvat seder experience!
Prepare to eat, sing, and more in celebration of the new year of the trees.

This event was recorded. You can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9KZc4TzDe8.

Webinar: Jewish Conscience of the Church: Jules Isaac and the Second Vatican Council

(Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) / La Conscience juive de l'Eglise (Paris: Salvator, 2018).
Dr. Norman C. Tobias, PhD, LLB, LLB (DROIT CIVIL)
December 1st 2020. 7:30 p.m. EST

This lecture will present the backstory of how the Catholic Church came to clarify and embrace the role of Israel in salvation history, at the behest of an unlikely personality: eminent French Jewish historian Jules Isaac. This embrace put to an end the tradition, more than fifteen centuries old, of a contemptuous anti-Jewish rhetoric that had served as taproot to racial varieties of antisemitism. Prior to Isaac's thought and activism, this contemptuous tradition had never been denounced in so compelling a manner that the Church was forced to address it. It is a story of loss and triumph, and ultimately, unlikely partnership. Isaac devoted his years after World War II to a crusade for scriptural truth and rectification of Christian teaching regarding Jews and Judaism. His crusade culminated in an unpublicized audience with Pope John XXIII -- a meeting that moved the pope to make a last-minute addition to the Second Vatican Council agenda and set in motion the events leading to a revolution in Catholic teaching about Jews.

A recording of the December 1 2020 lecture above can be seen clicking here at https://fb.watch/27vil4OyhJ/

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival and the Kiever Synagogue Present: Jews, the Vatican and the Holocaust


The Holy Gasp presents


July 1, 2020 / Sunset to Sunrise / 9:03 PM - 5:41 AM (EDT)

Recent past: Purim

Recent past: Chanukah: Dec. 22, 2019 / Kislev 25

Recent past: Sunday September 15, 2019 -- Fiddlers for the Roof

Our fundraiser for the Kiever's roof repair happened Sunday, September 15th.
We heard a wonderful succession of local fiddlers from all over the world fiddle their way to a new roof for our beloved Shul. For details on the performers click the Fiddlers Schedule at left.

In association with the Kensington Jazz Festival. Festival details at www.kensingtonjazz.com

The event was a major success! See a newspaper article related: Toronto SUN article: Fundraiser for treasured Kiever Synagogue