In the summer of 2009, ten people sat down in a café in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal and spoke together about their need for community and for a space to explore their Jewishness. Many felt estranged from mainstream Jewish institutions and yet all felt a longing to connect with other Jews and with Judaism.
The Mile End Chavurah has grown into a vibrant, creative and generative community. Together, we have celebrated the High Holy Days and Passover in remarkable numbers; we gather for countless Shabbat dinners in venues large and small, and each Shabbat celebration remains curiously distinctive from the one that follows; we ask intriguing and difficult questions about Jewish life, thought and culture in the setting of our salon series; and the parents among us have gathered organically to develop progressive Jewish education for their children.
We are non-denominational, but inspired by the ideals of the Chavurah movement, progressive Judaism and Jewish Renewal. We lead and teach each other; we honour both tradition and innovation; we are committed to egalitarianism and inclusivity.
A sustainable and diverse community committed to creating spaces for Jewish study, culture, prayer, celebration, and acts of social justice; progressive, curious, egalitarian, inclusive, and constantly evolving; present for all our life-stage events, from births to deaths, and from comings of age to unions; and most fundamentally, a place to call home.
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