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Rabbi Lindsey bat Joseph at bat Mitzvah in rural BC

There are many synagogues and Jewish Community Centres scattered throughout the larger cities in Western Canada, but there are many Jews who remain unaffiliated to such organisations. Sometimes it is a conscious philosophical choice to not to formally affiliate with "organised religion". Sometimes it is a matter of geography — Jews find themselves living in smaller centres without the services of a full–time synagogue or Jewish community centre.
Nevertheless these unaffiliated Jews still want and require Jewish spiritual and/or education services. The Centre for Jewish Excellence was founded to provide an egalitarian and inclusive approach to Judaism for Jews who do not feel at home in tradition Jewish religious communities.

The Centre for Jewish Excellence

We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender orientation or which branch of Judaism someone was raised in. Our goal is to provide spiritual guidance for life–cycle events, holiday celebrations and prayer services. Additionally we provide educational services through outreach to smaller communities throughout BC — our rabbi travels to those communities to provide those services, and works with unaffiliated Jews primarily living in the Greater Vancouver Region.


Building our Future, Preserving our Past

When we launched our centre in 2012, we did not know if we would grow or how fast. Now we find ourselves in the wonderful situation of having a Torah scroll of our own for our Bar and Bat Mitzvah services enabling us to be able to bring Torah to small communities near and far.

We chose to purchase a refurbished Torah scroll. We decided on refurbished rather than new because each scroll scribed is a little piece of Jewish history. By preserving and renewing an already existing scroll, we are giving new life to the work of previous generations of Jewish scribes and continuing to build the history of that scroll.


We are a CRA Registered Charity - #82926 6287 RR0001

Make a Donation Through CanadaHelps.org:  (click on the image below) — Your tax receipt is issued immediately.
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You can also donate to us through Interac e-transfer via using the email contact of jewishexcellence1@gmail.com

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