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Membership Benefits


Please note that all activities and most services (except Shabbat morning) are currently being held online due to pandemic restrictions.


When you join the Narayever, you have the knowledge that you are making possible the continuity and the growth of a thriving traditional-egalitarian Jewish community in downtown Toronto. Shabbat morning services are held at Leo Baeck Day School. Ongoing benefits of membership include:

  • Traditional egalitarian religious services
  • Wonderful Kiddush lunches every Shabbat (temporarily suspended due to pandemic restrictions)
  • A variety of interesting adult and children’s programs
  • A commitment to promoting the concept of tikun olam through social action projects and by raising funds for tzedakah 
  • Holiday celebrations such as Hanukkah  and Purim parties and Sukkot lunches
  • Israeli focused activities and more

Services are held on Shabbat at 10:30 am. Check the calendar for Kabbalat Shabbat times. There is a Sunday minyan at 9:00 am for those saying kaddish, and a daily Maariv minyan at 7:00pm. Daily minyan is not held on Friday.  Click here for the membership form.

In addition, there are the following specific benefits to your membership:

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Marriage Ceremonies, Funerals, Brises and Baby Namings  – The Rabbi is there to consult with members on these important lifecycle events and officiate at the ceremonies.
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah special programming –  an exciting class program in the year preceding the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Pastoral Counselling, Personalized Growth or Coaching – Whether it is to seek spiritual, emotional or practical advice, the Rabbi gives priority to Shul members.
  • High Holiday Tickets – All Shul members receive tickets for themselves and children who are under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age
  • Community Shabbat dinners – A warm Shabbat gathering for members and their families is organized several times a year
  • Cemetery Plots – All Shul members are eligible for a cemetery plot
  • Caring Hesed Services –  for members who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
  • Shul Library – A well-stocked library of books and magazines to which members will have free access during operating hours.
  • Yahrzeit Reminders – Members receive mailed reminders noting the day and date prior to the yahrzeit of a loved one.
  • Tax receipts for membership dues.

All these benefits together provide a terrific value for your membership fee. We invite you to join our warm and vibrant community and encourage you to forge a close bond with the First Narayever Congregation as a member.

To find out about our fees click here

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