Shabbat Specials

Guest Sermon: Rabbi Michael Latz
Friday, August 30 | 7:45 pm

Rabbi Michael Latz is the Senior Rabbi of Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, since July 2009. He brings to the congregation boundless energy, heartfelt compassion, and a commitment to fostering an authentic and engaging Jewish experience. Previously, he was the founding rabbi of Kol HaNeshamah in West Seattle. A Wexner Fellow during rabbinical school, Rabbi Latz was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000, and is part of the Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Initiative.

Sanctuary Celebration
Friday, September 20 | 7:45 pm
Celebrate the renewal of our sacred space! Last year, our Sanctuary experienced a long-awaited renewal, with new carpeting and refurbished bima chairs. Come hear the magnificent voices of our choir, accompanied by the organ, as we honour the past, present, and future.

Sermon in Song with Jake Smith
Friday, September 27 | 7:45 pm
On this last Shabbat of the Jewish year, song leader Jake Smith will bring our hearts together with melodies of peace, contemplation and repentance.
Jake Smith, our new First Friday song leader, started singing at the age of 5 and went on to sing in competitive small ensembles and choirs. He studied as a soloist (with Bill Reed, Chuck Schneider, Lauri Young, and Amy Williams) from 15 on and Majored in Musical Theatre Performance (with a double minor in Psychopathology and Classical Literature) at Wagner College in NYC. He won a Juno Award for Album of the Year and a Grammy Award for Rock Performance of the Year for his work on Leonard Cohen’s “You Want it Darker”. He has also won numerous awards, and released 5 albums with his band “Lakes of Canada”.

Rev. Jean-Daniel Williams
Friday, October 18 | 7:45 pm
The Rev’d Jean-Daniel leads Protestant campus ministries, Christ Church Cathedral’s young adult Hungry Minds Bibles studies and contemporary student worship services. He is passionate about creative outreach, ecumenical and interfaith relationships, and bilingual and francophone ministries. Jean-Daniel grew up in Boston, and before answering the call to ordained ministry, he taught dance and was a museum educator. He earned his BA from Harvard and his MA of Divinity from Yale. 

Shabbat with Dr. Alan Morinis
Friday, November 8 | 7:45 pm: Honouring Others in Toxic Times
Saturday, November 9 | 9:00 am:
Torah Through a Mussar Lens
Dr. Alan Morinis, D. Phil. is the founder of The Mussar Institute and an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition, about which he regularly gives lectures and workshops. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he studied social anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning his doctorate. He has written books and produced films and documentaries and has taught at several universities. For the past twenty years, the nearly-lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion.