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The Torah of Inclusion: A Conversation with Montreal's Rabbi Lisa Grushcow "When I was a teenager, people were saying women couldn’t or shouldn’t be rabbis. My reaction was: If you’re telling me not to do this, then this must...
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World Refugee Day: All Our Days Are Refugee Days Every June, we mark World Refugee Day. Today refugees are a part of the global conversation and the human experience in almost every country in the world....
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5 Must-Know Facts about Prince William’s Visit to Israel Prince William is set to arrive Monday in Israel. Ahead of his trip, JTA compiled some interesting facts relevant to the royal visit....
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Working with Germans to Create a Better Future As we do for several weeks each year, my wife and I are in Germany, teaching and speaking to students and religious leaders, including a convention of Lutheran pastors....
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8 Ways to Take Jewish Action around Family Separation We will continue to update this list as more opportunities become available. Thank you for your commitment to keeping families together.  ...
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What the Bible Really Says: A Prayer for Those Who Love Humanity and Our Texts As someone who loves a religion that holds the texts of the Hebrew Bible as sacred, I take issue with attempts to use the Bible as...
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Reform Jews Demand: #FamiliesBelongTogether! On Thursday, a group of 40 faith leaders traveled to McAllen, TX, where they met and bore witness to families who have crossed the border in search of a better future....
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#FamiliesBelongTogether, and We Won't Stand for Anything Less It is a blessing to stand side by side with other rabbis, cantors, priests, imams, and pastors, to demonstrate our commitment to achieving a more just and compassionate immigration system....
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Evil Never Disappears Evil never disappears. It just goes into hiding 6/22/2018...
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Witness to Cruelty: Bringing Compassion to McAllen We have witnessed traumatic cruelty in the U.S. recently. If witnessing it has been traumatic, we can only begin to imagine the pain of those who suffered it directly....
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High Holy Days Ensemble

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David Eisner and  Avery Saltzman

David Eisner and David and Avery are the co-artistic directors of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. They first met in high school and had parallel careers as actors for many years. Ten years ago, they had lunch and decided to start a theatre company that devoted itself to telling the Jewish story. Hence the birth of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company!
Coming up this fall will be the 10th Season. David and Avery are grateful for the gift of carrying Jewish culture through the magic of theatre. 

 

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Darrin Baker

Darrin BakerDarrin Baker has appeared on Broadway in leading roles in Tarzan, Wonderful Town with Brooke Shields, Laughing Room Only! opposite Jackie Mason, Footloose, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close. He most recently filmed Kodachrome with Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis as well The Glass Castle with Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts. Darrin is thrilled to have appeared in the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a motion picture. His proudest production is his daughter Ruby. 

 

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Louise Camilleri

Louise CamilleriLouise Camilleri’s career highlights include a performance in the world premier production of The Lord of the Rings, and dance captain for three years in the Toronto production of Mamma Mia!Vocal highlights include performing as a pit singer for the National Ballet of Canada’s West Side Story Suite, singing with the Kingston Symphony in Broadway Beauties, performing and recording with Lorraine Segato and the Parachute Club. louisecamilleri.com 

 

             

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Mark Camilleri

Mark CamilleriMark Camilleri has music directed many concerts, including the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Galasand has shared the stage with Celine Dion, Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan and most of the major symphony orchestras across Canada.

 

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Ross Inglis

Ross InglisRoss Inglis is the conductor of the professional choir for the High Holy Days at Temple Sinai and is the director of music at Knox United Church in Agincourt.He currently runs a private studio of forty students in addition to teaching over 190 violinists in Regent Park and the Jane and Finch corridor through The Hammer Band. 

 

             

Jackie Richardson 

 

Jackie Richardson

Jackie RichardsonWell known for her magnitude of work on stage, screen and studio, Jackie Richardson is highly recognized in Canada and a star in her own right.Jackie began her career at the age of seven singing in her church choir. Since then she has acted in film, theatre and television and toured across Canada and the world performing with renowned artists such as Ray Charles, Anne Murray, Dr. John and Celine Dion, to name a few.Jackie has also appeared in films directed by Sidney Lumet and Norman Jewison. She has starred opposite Christopher Reeve, Sidney Poitier, Jane Seymour and Keifer Sutherland.Jackie has won many awards including a Canadian Black Achievement Award and has been nominated for a Juno, Gemini, and AMPAC award.

 

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Theresa Tova

Theresa TovaTheresa Tova is an award-winning actor, writer and singer. Recognized for her Gemini-nominated role as Marge on the television show E.N.G., Theresa has worked in television, film and theatre, including starring roles in the National Broadway Tour of Ragtime and the Stratford Festival. Tova has released two CDs and is described as a “towering, pan-cultural jazz-cabaret diva.” Tova tours internationally playing to multicultural crowds in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris, Germany, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.

 

This is our cue to begin the High Holy Days with our multifaceted, talented artists whose stunning interpretations immerse our souls in the richness of our Jewish traditions.   The ensemble of community that brings us together is part of our musical legacy and contributes to the foundation of our meaningful High Holy Days services. Take a moment to meet our extraordinary artists (in alphabetical order) who will guide us on a journey of reflection, introspection and renewal.