Calendar 2013 – 2014

September 24, 2013  Please note that this is a Tuesday.

“Judaica Roadshow”
Our first meeting this year is meant to put a capital J on the Judaic aspects of the Guild.  Please bring something Judaic from home and tell us a little about its history.  It doesn’t have to be textile related nor particularly antique.  Our aim is to look at these objects and find in them inspiration for future work.  Everyone will go home with a blank textile slate.

October 16, 2013

“People of the Book”
Launch of our next exhibit.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:45 P.M.

Holocaust Education Week

“Through the Eye of the Needle”, a film about Esther Krinitz’s story of survival told through a series of 36 collage and embroidery panels.  After the film there will be a panel discussion with the director, Nina Shapiro-Perl and Baycrest’s Michael Gordon

Program co-sponsored by the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles and Baycrest Geriatric Centre
Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation, 613 Clark Ave W  Thornhill, ON

November 20, 2013

“Text Messaging”
A hands-on evening of putting text messages into our work

December 18, 2013

“Movie Night”
The exquisite quilts of the Israeli Quilters Association

January 15, 2014

“Silk Stones” with Rochelle Rubinstein

“I use fabric, thread, inks and dyes in ways that delight and deceive the eye; for example, woodblock-printed and hand-sewn silk that imitates stone walls.  Using multiple techniques – block printing, drawing with thread, painting, overlapping – I often re-work large pieces over long periods,  I blend cultural legends and biblical narratives with my own personal stories and imagery to explore unorthodox combinations and juxtapositions of traditional materials and techniques.

February 19, 2014

“Felted Bracelets”

Melanie Siegel will lead a hands-on workshop to make felted bracelets.

March 19, 2014

Torah Stitch by Stitch – 9 Months later” with Temma Gentles

Temma will present an illustrated talk about Torah Stitch By Stitch, nine months after its launch.  She will share the origins of the project, its relationship to textile and scribal traditions, explore some of the halachic issues raised, and show a few of the magnificent panels already completed.

April 23, 2014

Please note that this is the fourth Wednesday of the month.

“Seamless:  Embedding Judaic Texts in Judaic Textiles” with Judith Leitner

Judith Leitner is the Director of Arts, a co-founder and Visual Arts teacher at the Toronto Heschel School.  She values the Arts as essential teaching tools and necessary for the development of artful thinking.  She will lead us in creating a fabric arts sketch of the word שמע

May 21, 2014

Counting the Omer and Inspiration with Laya Crust

There is an often overlooked period of time between Passover and Shavuot called “The Omer”. This is a period of seven weeks that has a rich artistic and spiritual history. In this presentation Laya Crust will discuss the history of Counting the Omer -the practical as well as the spiritual aspects. She will show images of unique and quaint Omer counters that have been used throughout Jewish history in communities from different parts of the world. There is a resurgence of this tradition which we’ll explore. We will finish off our Omer Odyssey by designing our own Omer projects.

June 18, 2014

“Show, Share and Qvell”


Jewish Ritual Objects:  Traditional and Contemporary

August 19, 2013 – November, 2013
Opening Reception:  Monday, September 30, 2:00 P. M.
Baycrest Apotex Centre
3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON

November, 2013 – January, 2014
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda
100 Elder Street
Toronto, ON

January 29 – April
Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto
613 Clark Ave W
Vaughan, ON

May – October
Beth Tzedec Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum
1700 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON

The People of the Book

April 25 – August 5
Apotex Centre
3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON

May 13 1:00 PM

Official launch of People of the Book and tour of the Baycrest Jewish Heritage Month exhibitions

August 5 – November
Beth Avraham Yosef
613 Clark Ave W
Vaughan, ON

November 2014 – January 2015
Beth Tikvah Synagogue
3080 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON

Special Events

Sacred Stitches:  Beauty and Holiness in the Needlework of Many Faiths

October 25 – November 1, 2013, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

St. James Cathedral, 65 Church St., Toronto, ON
This exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the Ecclesiastical Needleworkers of the Archdiocese of Toronto.  The Guild will be exhibiting as will some of our Guild members.

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