Dorot: Two Inspirational Outings
One of Dorot’s mandates is community engagement between the wisdom generation and all generations, members coming together. As Chairperson, I have implemented, outing excursions where we can convene at various venues outside of Temple socially, with also an educational component.
The Dorot group had an outing to the McMichael on October 29th for a beautiful fall Sunday afternoon filled with art, engagement, learning, and community. We had a good turnout of 21 members, a success. Rabbi McCarroll and all of us on the Dorot Committee are all so glad the members enjoyed themselves. It was a great community-building event with quite a few new participants, some of us met prior at the “Cabin” restaurant for a delicious lunch. Our guide for the private tour, Josie, of the newly installed Tom Thompson exhibit was lovely, knowledgeable, related well with the members, answered our questions and importantly imparted interesting anecdotes, history, and highlights of the artist (Tom Thompson) and his spectrum of work including also the history of the McMichael collection and land the collection sits on. Everyone was engaged and with each other meeting fellow congregants. As the McMichael is situated on acres of beautiful land the participants took in nature as well afterwards. The exhibit is open till January 14th, 2024, if anyone would like to view it.
This past week we met at the Koffler Gallery and viewed the important Babyn Yar exhibit for Holocaust Education week, toured by the wonderful Geri Durbin, who engaged us with the comprehensive history was such a memorable experience. The Babyn Yar exhibit was incredible on so many levels, despite the horror the exhibit is curated with such sensitivity. Inclusive for all and so essential especially in these times and Holocaust Education Week. It’s enlightening and empowering, informative setting up a strong narrative for all of a chapter in our joint horrific history. We thank Geri Durbin and our guide Josie at The McMichael for adding to our memories and jointly creating these meaningful excursions and experiences for the Dorot Group. Stay tuned for new future Dorot excursions to come!
Barbara Glaser, Dorot Chairperson Dorot Committee