Dear Reader,

Our Fall issue is most special because it marks three years of Niv! Time has flown by.  When we decided to start this magazine, we never believed in our wildest dreams that we’d have thousands of readers and some very dedicated fans. To date, we’ve had over 160 contributors and 305 pieces—from interviews, to spotlights, to puppets, to plays—from countries all over the world including France, Israel, the U.S., Australia, and South Africa.

We founded Niv because we wanted to highlight all factions of Judaism on a platform where all Jews feel welcome and included. We wanted this platform to uplift all Jews, however they choose to express themselves. In a world filled with so much divisiveness, negativity, and heartbreak, we wanted to offer a place of joy, love, and harmony. It feels more important now than ever. Niv was born in the pandemic, a time of deep pain and isolation, to bring people together and to show the Jewish community in Canada, and abroad, that we have plenty to offer society. No story is too small for us, whether it’s highlighting small business, incredible artists, or grassroots organizations helping those in need, Niv is ready to record and report. We should all be proud of the ongoing work by Jewish people affecting positive change, whether it takes place in or outside the community. We firmly believe it’s our job to highlight their work. We have grown in front of your very eyes and we are incredibly thankful you have been by our side. And we hope to expand and reach new milestones. We want to keep working with amazing contributors who make the content on Niv feel special. 

In Issue 19, we ring in the Jewish New Year, a holiday that gives us space to celebrate, come together, and reflect. 

But the work by folks making strides in our community never stops. In this issue read Rabbi Denise Handlarski’s take on forgiveness, and Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow’s spirited embrace of the cringe. Toronto synagogues share their programming for the High Holidays and Arts & Kvetch columnist Lara Bulger outdoes herself with another excellent list of events around the city. Explore a children’s book that uses Jewish food to help kids count, delve into 2023’s best books, so far, view a beautiful array of artists’ interpretations of the High Holy Days, and more!  

As we bring in 5784 let us hope for a year full of health and happiness in the Jewish community, and society at large. 


Clarrie & Orly 

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