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.