Most families settled in Toronto; some settled in Hamilton, Montreal and a few in other parts of Canada. Many of these families, who had settled in Toronto, did not attend High Holiday services at the local synagogues because of high fees. In 1970, a couple of families managed to arrange affordable High Holiday services for the Bene Israel community. For some families it was the first High Holiday services they attended since leaving India. As more Bene Israel immigrants from India settled in Toronto, they felt the need to get together socially, to be supportive of each other and provide opportunities for their children to get to know each other.
In 1978, several families made a concerted effort to organize a social event. Letters were sent out and a potluck social was held in a local public school in Scarborough in November 1978. It was a great success! The organizing group was encouraged by the response and the participants expressed a need to get together as a community and have some fun. After a few successful functions, such as a Purim social in 1979 and a picnic in July 1979, some families expressed the desire to organize High Holiday services according to Bene Israel tradition. Some individuals had doubts about taking on this initiative and some others were opposed to the idea altogether. Those in favour of the idea met and in September 1979, High Holiday services were held at Jewish Women’s Council House on Bathurst Street. In February 1980, it was decided to establish an umbrella organization of Jews from India residing in North America. The process to incorporate the organization began in 1980 with the writing of the Constitution for Congregation BINA and an application was made on behalf of the group. On March 31, 1981, the corporation was registered as Congregation BINA in our Letters Patent.
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