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Havdalah on the Porch

Havdalah on the Porch


Havdalah on the Porch was initially born out of pandemic-era necessity but has now grown to become one of the most successful, beloved programs at Temple Emanu-El. People of all backgrounds come from across the GTA, set up their lawn chairs in front of Temple Emanu-El, sit back and enjoy the great free music, friends, ice cream, and Havdalah led by Rabbi Debra Landsberg and Cantor Judy Adelman Gershon.  


Summer 2023:


May 13 • 6:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El Adult & Youth Choirs

Cantor Judy Adelman Gershon will conduct  our amazing Temple Emanu-El Choir and our brand new Youth Choir.  Bring your lawn chair (if you have one) and get ready for a magical evening of live music,  Havdalah, friends and, of course, ice cream! Learn more and register HERE.


June 10 • 7:00 pm
The Toronto Jewish Chorus

The TJC was founded in 2009 by Temple Emanu-El's own Cantor Judy Adelman Gershon and has risen to become one of Canada's premier Jewish choirs. The TJC has been featured with performances at Harbourfront Vocal Festival, Mel Lastman Square, Nathan Philips Square, Jewish Music Week, and many more. Learn more and register HERE.


July 29 • 7:00 pm

One of our most popular programs last year was our Havdalah on the Porch Klezmer night. We're thrilled to bring back Jonno Lightstone's amazing Klezmer music, this time with two more of Toronto's best Klezmer stars, Beth Silver, and Brian Katz. Learn more and register HERE.


Aug 19 • 7:00 pm
The Adelmaidles

Don't miss Temple Emanu-El's own amazing musical 'sister act', The Adelmaidles are (l to r) Robin Leszner, Risa Hoffman, and Cantor Judy Adelman Gershon. Learn more and register HERE.


Sept 9 • 7:00 pm
Jacob Spike Kraus • S'lichot Serenade

Come enjoy one of the brightest new stars in Jewish music, Jacob 'Spike' Kraus, followed by Havdalah and our congregational S'lichot service. Thanks to Robin & Paul Leszner for sponsoring Spike's concert. Learn more and register HERE.


Your Support is Appreciated

We are thrilled to open Havdalah on the Porch to the entire Toronto Jewish community free of charge. If you are able to help support this and our other excellent musical programming, please consider a donation. To make a donation in honour Temple Emanu-El's musical programming, click HERE.

You can also help just by spreading the word to friends, family and your social media community.

Thank you... and see you soon!


Sat, March 2 2024 22 Adar I 5784