is dedicated to
pluralistic learning that introduces traditional Jewish methodologies to a modern world. Strengthening communities locally and around the globe,
Rachael's Centre links Jews of all backgrounds through innovative and inclusive educational programming.
At Rachael's Centre, we foster, encourage and support learning through engagement. The use of modern
communication methods and tools such as the Internet, print, video, film, television and radio, provides various avenues for spiritual
development and exploration.
Rachael's Centre promotes and develops learning communities that
value pluralism, curiosity and ethical behaviours. We believe that this is the best technique to promote self-respect, self-confidence,
and an interest in continuity, among modern Jewish people worldwide.
By remaining unaffiliated with any one stream of
Judaism, we are able to welcome all Jewish communities into a pluralistic environment. Rachael's Centre for Torah, Mussar and
Ethics works to establish a strong Jewish identity, expands Jewish knowledge, and supports its participants to become more
connected with their Judaism. We constantly collaborate, network, evaluate and consult to further develop our programming.
Rachael Turkienicz earned her Ph.D. in Talmudic and Midrashic Studies from Brandeis University and is on the faculty of York University. She is the host
and co-producer of a weekly television series called 'Uncommon Ground', writes a column for the Canadian
and is a published author both in her field of academia as well as in children's literature.
Rachael is the former Associate Chair of Canadian Jewish Congress' National Office and is currently their representative with the Christian Jewish
Dialogue of Toronto. Rachael has co-founded a faith-based private school in Toronto and consults with several schools. She is actively involved with
teacher training and professional development. Rachael was the first recipient of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Person of Distinction Award
in 2005 and was featured on CBC's Tapestry Programme.
Rachael is a Governor of the Canadian International Peace Project. Rachael is the
founder and director of an institute for Jewish studies called The Learning Centre, an unaffiliated educational facility. The Learning Centre was
transformed, in April 2008, to Rachael's Centre for Torah, Mussar & Ethics. She lives in the Toronto area with her husband and five children.
A native of Montreal, Quebec and a high
school teacher by profession, Carole has been studying with Dr. Rachael Turkienicz for many years and has been highly involved in the
community, believing strongly that it is incumbent on us to “give back”.
For the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, Carole has
served as Chair of the Women’s Campaign (1998), Vice Chair of the Annual Campaign (1999, 2000), Chair of the Walk for Israel (1997), a
chaperone on the March of the Living (1998) and a member of the UJA federation board.
Over the years, Carole has served on a myriad of
boards including JNF, CHAT, JF & CS, The Leo Baeck Day School, Camp George and ARZA Canada.
Carole recently completed her term as
President of Temple Sinai, Toronto and currently serves as the President of the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism. She is a Board member of the Union
for Reform Judaism’s North American Board and has recently been appointed as a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion.
Carole was a participant in the Wexner Heritage Foundation Jewish Leadership Program and is the recipient of
UJA Federation’s Young Leadership Award and the Phil Granovsky Award for Campaign Excellence.
Carole currently resides in Toronto with
her husband Jay and has two children – Lauren and Cory.