I had the pleasure of being invited by the Shaarei Shomayim Sisterhood, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Holy Blossom Temple, Ve’ahavta, and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), to attend a very important discussion on the parallels between the experiences of Jewish and Indigenous peoples.
It was an important dialogue and one that I look forward to continuing – to acknowledge the similarities of the histories of Jewish community and First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. Together, we can build awareness, respect and appreciation, correct misconceptions, and develop stronger relationships between communities.
To read more on this discussion I would like to direct you to an article written by the Canadian Jewish News. http://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/jewish-first-nations-panellists-address-identity-land-and-language
On September 18th, I stopped by Spadina House for the 5th annual Toronto City Cider Festival. The event was presented by Spadina Museum and Not Far From the Tree, a brilliant local organization that utilizes neglected fruit trees in Toronto. If you have a fruit tree and cannot maintain it, you can register it with them. The amazing volunteers at Not Far From the Tree then pick the fruit and split the harvest three ways: between the homeowner, their volunteers, and local food banks, shelters and community kitchens. The city of Toronto is a rich orchard with so much amazing fruit to spare—we have apples, pears, grapes, sumac, apricots and elderberries in our backyards. As we sipped delicious ciders and walked through lovely grounds (and orchard!) of Spadina House, we were all reminded of this. It was beautiful way to spend an afternoon, and I look forward to next year’s City Cider Festival!
On Sunday, September 18th, the Wychwood Barns were once again home to the Toronto Garlic Festival. Now in its sixth year, the Toronto Garlic Festival is the ultimate celebration of one of my favorite ingredients! The Barns and surrounding courtyard were packed with people and booths (there was even a garlic bulb-shaped yurt!), and the smell of garlic drifted far into the neighborhood. Throughout the day, Ontario farmers sold many varieties of heirloom garlic while local chefs prepared it in tons of different dishes. There was also live music, film screenings, a Speakers’ Corner, and cooking demos. City Councillor Joe Mihevc and I took a shift as ‘garlic baristas,’ pressing cloves of garlic for guests to eat raw. There was even a garlic breath contest to compliment the raw garlic shots! Thank you to Peter McCluskey and everyone at the Toronto Garlic Festival for making the day such a success. See you next year!
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