High Holidays at the Minsk

Elul 5776

Dear Congregants and Friends

I recently returned from a two-week visit to Eretz Yisroel. Naturally, people asked me, “Rabbi, why are you going?” And when I got there they asked, “Why did you come?”

For starters I could have answered: My daughter is in Israel completing two years of seminary study. Or, there are Minskers as well as friends and family whom I haven’t seen in a long time. However, I sensed it was all that and more. So the answer I gave was that I came to Israel to find out why I came to Israel.

Once I arrived, the land wove a well-planned itinerary full of unexpected surprises, which just kept on coming. I was moved emotionally and spiritually and invigorated like never before.

Naomi and I had a wonderful time together. Minskers who made aliyah have families growing while they keep working. Eretz Yisroel is bursting and building big with the expectation that millions more will arrive. Thank you, Hashem, for making it all happen.

Back at the ranch in Kensington Market the Shul continues to dish out Torah teachings, Chesed and Ahavas Yisroel. Shabbos and Yom Tov celebrations are inspiring and provide an at your own home feel for many. We’ve added a Thursday morning minyan. The summer has brought a nice flow of visitors. Recently on Shabbos, we had 18 visitors from all over the planet experience the Shul.

And if you haven’t been in a while, you’ll notice repairs going on, thanks to Gilbert Benamou.

But the real big news is the High Holidays. and the possibilities they offer us. Let’s be inspired to make this a better year in all areas……G-d made us in His image. Let’s develop that image!

Thank you for your continued support.

L’chayim and Shana Tova

Rabbi Shmuel Spero

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The Anshei Minsk shul

Welcome to the Anshei Minsk Synagogue

The Minsk is the downtown Toronto shul. It’s located in the Kensington Market area of downtown Toronto. Kensington market is rich in history and provides both residents and visitors to Toronto with a unique experience.

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is a distinctive multicultural neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Market is an older neighbourhood and one of the city’s most well-known. In November 2006, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Robert Fulford wrote in 1999 that “Kensington today is as much a legend as a district. The (partly) outdoor market has probably been photographed more often than any other site in Toronto.”

Its approximate borders are College St. on the north, Spadina Ave. on the east, Dundas St. W. to the south, and Bathurst St. to the west. Most of the neighbourhood’s eclectic shops, cafes, and other attractions are located along Augusta Ave. and neighbouring Nassau St., Baldwin St., and Kensington Ave. In addition to the Market, the neighbourhood features many Victorian homes, the Kensington Community School and Toronto Western Hospital.

The shul is part of Kensington Market. If you just want to look around because you’re in the area, or would like to participate in one of our services, stop by anytime. You’ll feel most welcome. Whether you’re a student, retired, working downtown or a tourist, take advantage of this unique opportunity.

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