Last month (Feb. 8) GAJE wrote about the upcoming ORT Toronto Gala 2019 for Jewish Education. It is a unique endeavour for our community that replicates a successful approach in Montreal to fundraising for formal and informal Jewish educational institutions in community. In addition, the fundraiser also is also aimed at benefiting ORT’s youth village in Kfar Silver, Israel.

The Gala takes place on Tuesday March 26 at 7:00 pm at the Mattamy Centre, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens. The event features a musical celebration of The Beatles’ music led by The Classical Mystery Tour and a 26-member U of T symphony orchestra.

Participants can choose the educational institutions they wish to benefit. The entire proceeds of the cost of admission flow to the institution the participant chooses.

For more information about the event and about the way in which local educational programs benefit from the Gala, call the ORT Toronto Office at 416.787. 0339.

Tickets can be purchased through the ORT website at: or directly through the online form:

In addition to featuring the music of The Beatles, the Gala organizers are honouring Toronto-born, renowned educator, scholar, writer, journalist Dr. Seymour Epstein. Affectionately known as Epi, Dr. Epstein has dedicated nearly 50 years to Jewish education – in every sense of the term–in Canada, Morocco, Western Europe and Israel.

His first book, From Couscous to Kasha: Reporting From the Field of Jewish Community Work, was published in 2009. His second book, The Esther Scroll: The Author’s Tale, is being launched on March 13 at 7:30 pm at the Beth Tzedec Congregation, 1700 Bathurst Street.

We urge readers to attend the Gala if possible.


Shabbat Shalom.


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