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Due to the corona-virus restrictions our synagogue is  closed until May 1st. See information regarding  Shabbat services and programs below.

Welcome to Congregation Dorshei Emet

A Transformational Community Rooted in Tradition and Celebrating Diversity

Home to cultural Jews and spiritual seekers, Dorshei Emet is an egalitarian, progressive community where Jewish traditions are celebrated and innovation is welcomed. An open community where everyone is welcomed regardless of religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic status. We welcome interfaith couples, and celebrate the individual stories of our members. We promote Jewish life through creative approaches to spirituality, ethics and culture.

All of our programs and services are open to the entire community, and if you like what you see, we also invite you to join!

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Upcoming Programs

Please Note: Until further notice
there will be NO In Person services
and NO Kiddush on Shabbat.

All in person programs and meetings are cancelled.

Here are the details for our Shabbat Virtual Service 
and a list for all Virtual programs this week - March 24 -30:

Virtual Shabbat Services - March 28

Our virtual Shabbat will be a creative service of song, prayers and poems with a Torah reading and an aliyah for all those needing blessing, support or marking a Yahrzeit. You are welcome to use a siddur if you have it at home, but everything will be presented on the screen for those who need it.  You can come as you are -- you have the option to use video, or just audio.
Torah Study will begin at 9:00 am
Service from 10:00 - 12:00 pm.
Followed by Kiddush (of sorts) with food provided by you!
Click to join us.
If you do not have access to the internet you can call in:
From Canada: +1 438-809-7799
Or from the US: +1 346 248 7799
And enter the meeting # 979 665 069

Coffee House
Every day except Shabbat, 10:00 am
or call in by phone 438-809-7799
Meeting ID: 632 800 099

We have created an opportunity for people to gather daily to check in, shmooze and offer support with our Virtual Coffee House.  You can come and hang out with your Dorshei friends and meet some new ones.  Even though we are stuck at home, we hope that this space can ensure that every day is filled with community! (The coffee and drinks are up to you.)

Tuesday mornings will be a poetry/song sharing circle, where people can share poems, songs or other thoughts that have given them strength or hope during this time. 

Thursday mornings people are invited to share their favorite jokes or other bits of humor (not necessarily about viruses or pandemics) to keep us laughing. Stand up comedy bits are also possible.
Living With Loss
Howard Richler is hosting a bereavement group on Zoom on Wednesday, March 25 at 2 pm. All are welcome, even if you have not been participating in the recent group. If you want more details you can contact Howard at 514-347-2846 or

Parent Support Group
Sundays and Wednesdays, 9:00 pm, starting March 25th.
Join other parents of kids under 13 for an opportunity to shmooze and offer support and ideas for making our way through this tough time. From thoughts on how to stay organized and busy, to ideas on learning from home, or how to simply not run out the house screaming after spending a day stuck with your kids--we’ll cover it all! Bring a cup of tea, a soda, or if it has been a really tough day, a martini! Email Sarah Dolin, if you interested, and she will send you the link and password.

Joyous Chorus
Tuesdays,7:30-9:00 pm
Join Fran Avni for a special Virtual Joyous Chorus! We will be singing some songs of hope and joy, and we use the power of music to bring us through this challenging time. Everyone (chorus regulars and newcomers) is invited to join!

Meditation Minyan
Wednesdays, 7:30 am
Gather for a peaceful morning teaching and mediation, followed by conversation and support.
Open Mic
Thursdays, 7:00 pm
Join in to listen or present a song to get us through the week with joy!
Daf Yomi Class
Fridays, 12:00 pm
Our weekly Daf Yomi class will be continuing as usual. In January we started the new 7.5 year cycle of reading a page of the Talmud a day, and we have had many great discussions so far. We are currently making our way through Tractate Shabbat, learning about the rules and philosophy of Shabbat, and finding many surprising connections with the current situation and our daily lives. No previous experience in Talmud necessary to join the class. You’ll be surprised how much fun Talmud study can be!

Shabbat Songs with Fran Avni
Fridays at 3:00 pm on Facebook Live on the Dorshei Emet Facebook page. Join Fran Avni every Friday as she shares some of her favorite Shabbat songs, teachings, and maybe even a story or two. Best for kids 3-8, but all kids (and parents and grandparents) are invited!

Sat, March 28 2020 3 Nisan 5780