May/June Events at the Kiever

Thursday evening, May 23rd, 7:00 p.m. we will have the opening of "Aba Bayefsky: Views of Kensington"
Toronto-born artist Aba Bayefsky (1923 - 2001) discovered bustling Kensington Market as a child while on shopping excursions with his parents. The market was largely then a Jewish community, and, for him, the figures who worked, shopped, and raised their children there were among his greatest fascinations. This exhibition features 24 of Bayefsky's paintings and drawings of Kensington life created over a span of 50 years.

Opening Reception: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019 Kiever Synagogue 25 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto, ON
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Featuring remarks by Edra Bayefsky, Aba's daughter, and Dr. Adam S. Cohen, Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto and President, Kiever Synagogue.

The exhibition runs May 23-June 30, 2019.
Exhibition Hours:
Wednesdays: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sundays: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Please let David ( or me ( know if you would like to donate or volunteer for this exhibition.

On Sunday, May 25th, we will participate in Doors Open Toronto, which is another great chance for us to share our wonderful building and history with the community. If anyone would like to volunteer to be present during any part of the day, please contact me or our administrator, David Moyal, and we will be delighted to have you on the team.

During the month of May, we will be partnering with the Ontario Jewish Archives and the Ashkenaz Foundation to host daily tours for grade 6 - 9 students of the Toronto District School Board. They will be participating in an engaging walking-tour experience that combines history, live performance, and architecture, which is meant to connect them with a significant part of local history. The tours will be delivered by teachers from TDSB's Toronto Urban Studies Centre, and we are delighted to be a key part of this important public initiative.

Also: It is a pleasure to bring to your attention our President Adam Cohen's new publication, Signs and Wonders: 100 Haggada Masterpieces, which tells the rich history of the illustrated haggada from the Middle Ages to the present and is sure to enhance any seder. Copies can be ordered through

Radio interviews with Adam about the book:
Classical FM interview
Zoomer Radio interview