Kehillat Chaverim is a Traditional congregation that began operating on July 1, 2016, immediately after the closure of Shaar Shalom Synagogue. Since then we have held more than 2000 twice-daily minyanim – weekdays, Shabbat, Yom Tov and High Holidays. There is a great feeling of friendliness and informality at our minyanim. We are a community of friends who  care deeply about preserving a twice daily minyan in the German Mills area. We send our weekly bulletin to 180 families.

 

Our minyanim are habit-forming – we have several men and women who come regularly to our services who, previously, were never regular shul-goers. We have proven to be a convenient, warm, and welcoming location for people commemorating Yahrzeit or saying Kaddish for a loved one. We extend an invitation to you to observe these important moments with us whether you are a member or not.

 

We have been holding our services (other than High Holiday services) at the German Mills Community Centre, a heritage one-room schoolhouse at 80 German Mills Road.

Rabbi Howard Morrison of Beth Emeth is our Mara d’Atra. Ian Schlifer  is our Torah reader.

We study Talmud every Wednesday morning after services - leading to stimulating discussion over coffee.

 

We initially established ourselves as the German Mills Minyan. In January, 2017, we were incorporated as Kehillat Chaverim. In early November, 2017 our application for charitable status was approved by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Last Shavuot  we welcomed and used our newest Torah - generously provided to us by Myriam Botbol and her family.  The Torah is dedicated in memory of Myriam's mother, Kochava bat Moshe v'Esther z"l. We thank Myriam and her family for providing their beautiful family Torah for our use.

We can provide burial rights to members in the Kehillat Chaverim section at Pardes Chaim Cemetery.

We are Kehillat Chaverim – our community of friends.

Schedule

  Service times
          Shacharit   Mincha/Maariv  
  Friday August 9     7:00 AM * 7:00 PM  
  Saturday August 10     9:00 AM

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Mincha 2:00 PM

Maariv 9:20 PM

 
  Sunday August 11   1 8:00 AM 1 8:00 PM  
  Monday August 12     8:00 AM   7:00 PM  
  Tuesday August 13     7:00 AM   7:00 PM  
  Wednesday August 14     7:00 AM   7:00 PM  
  Thursday August 15     7:00 AM   7:00 PM  
  Friday August 16     7:00 AM ** 7:00 PM  
             
  *  candle lighting time 8:12PM        

# Shabbat ends 9:18 PM

 
  ** candle lighting time 8:02 PM          
  1 Tisha b'Av        
       

 

 

Announcements

High Holiday Services... will again be held at Le Parc. For information please contact hh@kehillat-chaverim.org

Contribute to our upkeep... We are now in the fourth year of our Kehilla and we thank members for their ongoing generous support.  We are holding our annual membership contribution unchanged at $1,080 per household ($540 per single). Please click on the DONATE tab for instructions how to donate with either a single payment or with 4 cheques dated January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. Former members of Shaar Shalom who participated in its building fund and designated Kehillat Chaverim as their new shul membership are entitled to their second year of waived membership contributions. If you have not yet submitted your 2019 membership contributions, we urge you to do so. Our goal is to operate prudently and fairly. We are all dependent on each other.

Talmud study ... We are studying daf 30 in Chapter 3 of Bava Kamma. Join us on Wednesday mornings for stimulating discussion and study over coffee.

Do we have the Yahrzeit information for your loved ones? If you have not already done so, we invite you to provide us with the relevant information: the Hebrew calendar date, your name and your Hebrew name (including the patronymic), your relationship to the person whose yahrzeit it is, and the name and Hebrew name (including the patronymic) of that person. We will keep a record  and remind you not only about your upcoming yahrzeiten but also about the days, in advance, when you can have Kel Maleh recited at services to honour loved ones.

Publicity...we appreciate publicity to increase awareness of our activities, but we request that you notify the executive in advance at shalom@kehillat-chaverim.org

 

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Open letter from Ralph Levine:

Shalom to all,

This morning at 5:17 when I awoke and tried to get out of bed I almost couldn't. My back was killing me and my head was aching and  I said to myself I am not going to shul this morning.

I am not a very religious guy but I knew that with people away down south and several others ill,we would be short for a minyon.

So I showered ,brushed my teeth, got dressed, had breakfast and went to shul.

Sure enough, we were 2 men short for the minyon and had to make several phone calls.

 I don't envy Michael or Steve having to regularly make those calls but they do and since we started our shul, over 19 months ago, we have only missed one minyon .

This past Saturday's parsha was called Shabbat Hasheckel where all Israelites were asked to contribute a half sheckel . Whether you were rich or poor everyone was considered equal in doing their share.

The reason for this email is to ask you to help with the daily minyons. When you have a yahrzeit or have kaddish we make every effort to ensure that there is a minyon for you. So why don't you try to be part of a minyon for others?

You don't have to attend every day but make a commitment for a day a week a day bi-monthly or even just once a month.

Just like the half sheckel donation ensured that the Mishkan was built for the benefit of everyone without a burden on a few, your participation in our minyon will help it to continue and make you feel like you are a part of the whole.

By the way my back is feeling better and I plan on being at shul tonight. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon ,best regards.

Ralph

Contact

 

      Main contact: shalom@kehillat-chaverim.org

 

      Snail mail:  5863 Leslie Street

                            Unit 340

                            Toronto, ON M2H 1J8

 

      To sponsor breakfast, kiddush, or seudah: sponsor@kehillat-chaverim.org

 

      Donations: donate@kehillat-chaverim.org

 

      Chesed: chesed@kehillat-chaverim.org

 

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How to donate to Kehillat Chaverim

 

1. Credit Card or PayPal:

By clicking on button above, you will be taken to the secure encrypted PayPal web site and your donation can be made to Kehillat Chaverim through your PayPal account or your credit card account.

 

There you can specify the details of your donation, the amount, whether through PayPal or through your credit card, and your credit card information.

 

2. Interac Email Money Transfer:

 

Donations may be sent directly through your on-line banking web site as follows:

 

  1. Log into your personal online internet banking web site and select "Transfers". Under transfers select "Interac e-Transfer" and select "Manage Contacts".

  2. If you have previously set up Kehillat Chaverim as a recipient, skip to step 3. If you have not previously set up Kehillat Chaverim as a recipient, select "Add Contact". When you are asked for the Contact Name and Email Address insert: Kehillat Chaverim and the email address donate@kehillat-chaverim.org. Don't forget the hyphen.

  3. Next select "Send Money" and your bank will walk you through the procedure to send your donation to your preloaded recipient (Kehillat Chaverim). 

  4. As part of the procedure, you will be asked to insert a security question. Make up a question with a one word answer and indicate the answer in the space provided. You will need to email us separately (to donate@kehillat-chaverim.org) to advise us the answer to your question, so we can receive your donation.

 

This method of making donations is safe & easy and 100% of your donation comes to Kehillat Chaverim. You will receive an acknowledgment from your bank when the transfer is complete and the donation has been received.

 

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Donations may be made by cheque payable to "Kehillat Chaverim". Please bring cheques to the shul or send them to our mailing address which you will find at the CONTACT tab of this website.

 

 

Note: Donations made through PayPal or your credit card are subject to a handling charge paid by Kehillat Chaverim.

 

You will receive a receipt for Income Tax purposes for all donations to Kehillat Chaverim.