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Who or What is an angel? What is their role in Jewish tradition? Join us for this 4-week course where you’ll learn how to recognize angels and their impact on our lives.

Is it true that you can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo? What about the sheet with the hole in the middle? Why can’t you play a musical instrument on Shabbat? This 4-week course will explore Jewish Halacha and what the law really says. Join us to dispel some commonly held myths and get our stories straight. 

Mussar and Tikkun Olam:

Is there a Commandment to Build Bridges?

A Partnership Event with Kolot Mayim Reform Temple

Thank you to those who joined us and Kolot Mayim Reform Temple in Victoria, BC on January 3rd, as we explored some of our ancient approaches that discuss how the Jewish self-improvement technique, known as Mussar, speaks to our global partnerships. This lecture was hosted as part of the Building Bridges: Language, Song and Story/Kol haOlam kulo, Gesher tzar me’od Virtual Lecture Series.

The link to the recording will be available soon. 


Whether you choose a six-week or full year course, all classes at Rachael’s Centre offer dynamic and relevant, text-based learning from a uniquely inclusive perspective.


Spend a lively hour with Rachael as she unlocks entry points to contemporary Jewish experience.

Friday Morning Coffee

Fill your coffee mug and your spirit, joining Rachael live on Zoom for “Food For Our Neshama, Coffee For Me”, a jolt of inspiration and warm conversation.


This program runs weekly, excluding Civic and Jewish holidays, unless otherwise noted. 


The next Friday Morning Coffee is January 8, 2021. 

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Rachael’s Centre is dedicated to building inclusive, ethically driven communities of learning. Through our courses, lectures, and online content, we strive to offer an experience of Jewish texts and wisdom, that exposes their benefit to the modern world. There are many ways to connect and grow with Rachael’s Centre; we look forward to connecting with you.

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Dr. Rachael Turkienicz has championed inclusive and accessible Jewish education for more than 40 years, paving the way for a woman’s right to fully engage with all facets of Jewish study. Founder and Director of Rachael’s Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics, she continues to devote herself to building pluralistic, ethically driven communities of learning in Toronto and globally.

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