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We are excited to let you know that after a long hiatus (Pandemic lock down period) preparations for our Hebrew School program for the new term 2022/23 are in full swing!** These plans are contingent on meeting all health precautions as we move into the fall. Please inquire from our teachers (see below).
At Or Hadash we foster a sense of belonging and provide a relevant Jewish learning experience that is focused on the needs of each individual student.
REGISTER TODAY, Classes are planned to start on, Sukkot, October 16, 2022 *!
* A minimum of six students is required in order to run the school
Registration is open to all students who will be at least in Grade 1 (public school) this coming September and who have not yet reached the age of B’nai Mitzvah.
|Regular||If paid in full by August 15, 2022|
First Child in Hebrew School
|Second Child in Hebrew School||$325||$275|
|Third Child in Hebrew School||$275||$225|
If you wish to receive the detailed School Plan and the Registration Form for the upcoming term, or if you have any additional questions, please contact Howard Lindo(Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org),assisted by Michael Davis, (Assistant Teacher), at email@example.com. Howard will be more than happy to get in touch with you.
During the Pandemic we were fortunate to have Cantor/Rabbi Brian Reich, lead HHD services by ZOOM. Cantor Reich has been our spiritual leader over the past 5 years. We are hoping that we will be able again to hold HHD services in person again for 5783/2022.
Those of you who have celebrated with us in the past years know how delighted we are to have Cantor Brian on board. His greatest joy comes from inspiring the community he is serving and from encouraging participation whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Cantor Brian has everything it takes to make our celebrations meaningful, spiritual, musical and purposeful. His rich life experience, his great knowledge, remarkable skills and talents, and most of all, his warm personality and kindness make him a delight to have among us. I am closing this HHD pre-announcement with Cantor Brian’s own words.
“There is nothing I would rather do than spending time and space, prayers, music and thoughts with the entire Or Hadash Community.”
I invite the Jewish community in the Northern York Region to attend High Holy Day services at Or Hadash Synagogue to experience a truly inspiring journey into the essence of Judaism. More information regarding our upcoming High Holy Day services 5783/2022 will posted in due time.
Herman Yeger, President
NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT PEOPLE WHO ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES LIVE LONGER:
All those people urging you to go to synagogue more may have a point. A new study suggests that people who consistently attend religious services may live longer than those who don’t.
In an article published in the June issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, four Harvard University researchers analyzed data collected from 75,534 women over 16 years, between 1996 and 2012. They found that those who attended more than one religious service each week had a 33 percent lower risk of premature death.
Twice-weekly attendance corresponded to a 26 percent lower risk, and less than once a week meant 13 percent lower risk.
“Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource that physicians could explore with their patients, as appropriate,” the study concluded.
Out of the 75,534 women who self-reported information, the majority were Christian. 1,700 were Jewish.
“Because of the [comparably] small number it would be difficult to look at them separately and see if the results differ [for Jews],” the study’s senior author, Tyler VanderWeele, an epidemiology professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told JTA in an email.
But VanderWeele pointed to an article from 2007 focused solely on Jews that echoes his findings. The study of 1,811 Jewish Israeli men and women over the age of 70 found: “Synagogue attendance is seen to promote survival mainly through its function as a source of communal attachment and, perhaps, as a reflection of spirituality as well.”
The Harvard study statistically ruled out the possibility of reverse causation — that healthy people go to church more than unhealthy people. Some variables, including social support and a tendency not to smoke, contributed to the correlation between religious service attendance and longevity, but didn’t account for it.
“This suggests that there is something powerful about the communal religious experience,” VanderWeele told The New York Times on Sunday. “These are systems of thought and practice shaped over millennia, and they are powerful.”
(Source: JSPACENEWS, June 17, 2016)
HEALTH INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY:
Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are at a significantly higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, because 1 in 40 Ashkenazi women are at risk of having a BRCA gene mutation. Ovarian cancer is women’s most fatal cancer in Canada. If you have a connection to ovarian cancer, BRCA or want to learn more about this topic, please click here to read this important information.
If you are looking for additional information and support, you may also contact
Ontario Regional Director
Ovarian Cancer Canada
(416) 962-2700 ext.232
1 (877) 413-7970 ext.232
Fax/Téléc: (416) 962-2701