Continuing Education + Job Training // Publishing since 1999
In the Community

The Jewish Russian Community Centre

By ADMIN - October 12 2015

By Elizabeth Merchant

originally published in the 2015 Spring Issue

The Jewish Russian Community Centre (JRCC), which operates branches including in Toronto, Thornhill and as far away as Ottawa, serves as a support system for Russians of the Jewish faith from the former Soviet Union. It offers a number of educational, spiritual and community services.

“A variety of classes are ongoing every week. There are a variety of courses including prayer and the Torah, as well as lectures and courses before the holidays.”

Rabbi Mendel Zaltzman, Administration and Development for the East Thornhill branch of the JRCC.

Many programs tie in with Jewish holidays such as the Pre-Rosh Hashana event, public Menorah lightings and the Purim Banquet and community parties. According to the mandate stated at this location’s website, “[Their] services are offered to the whole community, and they plan to offer more individual help and more programs for their local community.” If you do not see a class that you are interested in, you can suggest it! Adult education programs are offered mainly in spiritual teachings such as Chassidus, Parsha, Kabbalah and Jewish Philosophy. Classes are offered in both English and Russian There are upcoming programs for women and fun events such as picnics and concerts and the annual BBQ. For more information, visit the JRCC’s website at

Learning Curves

Personal Brand: Significance and Development Strategies

May 30 2024

In today's competitive marketplace, personal branding is essential for establishing a deep connection with your audience and differentiating yourself from competitors. By authentically representing your values and journey, you can build a strong, sustainable brand that resonates with people and creates lasting impressions.


Learning Curves

It wasn't just a pizza...

May 26 2024

A heartwarming story from a Lebanese friend highlights the cultural challenges and kindness encountered by immigrants, as two women collecting grape leaves for a traditional dish were unexpectedly gifted pizzas by a compassionate police officer. This anecdote underscores the importance of understanding and supporting the diverse needs of newcomers in our communities.


Teacher’s Voice
Learning Curves

Thinking about Exams

May 17 2024

Some colleagues and I find exams to be stressful experiences for college students who usually cram for them. Given viable options to traditional midterm and final exams, we want to try other learning components for the same marks. We’ve shared with each other reasons for choosing learning over testing. Over time, we’ve also seen administration’s interest in making exams optional.


Here In the House of Mirrors
Learning Curves

Coming to Canada

May 14 2024

Join Rob Herholz as he recounts his parents' courageous journey from Germany to Canada in the post-World War II era. Through vivid anecdotes and heartfelt reflections, discover the challenges they faced, the community they found, and the lasting legacy of gratitude they instilled in their family.