Zichron Yisroel Congregation of Associated Hebrew
We are a small, warm and friendly Orthodox
synagogue located in beautiful Thornhill, Ontario.
We began in 1995 with a very clear objective and
that has not changed: “to make all Jews feel
welcome regardless of background, level of
observance, knowledge, age or socioeconomic
circumstances.” This is particularly important
since the orthodox community has undergone a
polarization in recent years, resulting in a
feeling of exclusion among traditional and perhaps
non-practicing Jews. Towards this end, Zichron
Yisroel makes all members fee a vibrant and equal
part of a halachic community which can serve them
and their children.
Zichron Yisroel is led by our spiritual leader, Rabbi, Dr. Charles Grysman,
a respected scholar, is gifted with a wonderful
understanding of people in today’s stressed and
hurried world. He offers keen insight into
Together with a dedicated group of volunteers, we
have created an atmosphere that is now enjoyed by
over 100 families, and growing. If you in the area
and are looking for a shul to call your home,
please come by to one of our services – Friday
night, Shabbat morning or afternoon, weekday
mornings, and Jewish Holidays. We think you’ll be
pleasantly surprised and will hopefully find that
spark you may have felt was missing!
and High Holiday Package
Sponsor a Kiddush
Would you like to sponsor a kiddush for a special
occasion or in someone’s honour or memory?
Sponsorship opportunities start from $160.00 (or
less than $100 to sponsor a youth kiddush).
Contact the Kiddush Chair, Esther, at email@example.com.
We Appreciate and
To make a donation or to donate a Siddur ($40) or
Chumash ($60) to honour a lifecycle event – please
Weinberg for more information.
Associated Hebrew Schools Announcement
Associated Hebrew Schools have just announced their intention to merge the Kamin Education Centre with the Hurwich Education Centre at Finch and Bathurst for the 2019/2020 school year. Their announcement can be found here.
Importantly, Associated will be remaining in the Kamin building until June 2019. That is our deadline for developing and implementing our plans for the shul's future.
Here is a quick update on what the Zichron Yisroel Congregation management committee is doing to address the future of our location:
We are in the process of applying for charitable status. This means we will be able to fundraise for our kehillah and issue tax receipts. We expect to have charitable status in summer 2018.
We are already in discussions with AHS and other institutions in the neighbourhood to assess our options for moving the shul.
We have spoken with our local city councillor, Alan Shefman, and this will be a continuing discussion.
We are striking a committee that will be responsible for communicating with the shul members and ensuring that the wishes of the kehillah are represented in any decisions made concerning our future.
We've all known that the closing of the Kamin branch of Associated will present our shul with its biggest challenge since inception.
We are a vibrant kehillah with over 140 member families. We have welcomed 12 new families in the last year, despite the uncertainties concerning our location. Our reputation for being a warm, inclusive community is becoming well known. Your shul management committee will work tirelessly to ensure that we continue to thrive during and beyond this transition period.