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Festival Havdallah featuring The Abayudaya


At the Ashkenaz Festival, we mark the end of Shabbat and the beginning of weekend festival events with the one of the most beloved Jewish rituals, Havdallah. Co-led by Rabbi Gershom Sizomu and JJ Keki of Uganda’s Abayudaya community, with Yacov Fruchter and Lesley Cohen of Toronto’s Annex Shul, this will be a Havdallah experience like no other. Sharing stories and songs and merging African beats with Ashkenazi tunes, thousands will come together to awaken their senses by smelling spices, drinking wine, and basking in firelight as the passing of Shabbat (the Sabbath) is marked. The Ashkenaz Festival Havdallah is likely Canada’s largest outdoor Havdallah ceremony, and is the perfect launch of the festival and the week to come. 

Co-presented with Annex Shul.

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