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Holy Blossom Temple Bulletin September 2007 • Elul 5767 / ­Tishrei 5768 A memorable year by Barry Silver It has been a momentous year in the life of Holy Blossom Temple. Our 150th Anniversary celebrations, spearheaded by Henrietta Chesnie, were exceptional: the opening event attended by the Governor General of Canada and many other dignitaries; the Sefer Torah project that enabled us all to participate in writing a new Torah, which was welcomed into the congregation on Shavuot; the Confirmation Reunion; the Education Weekend; and so much more — all capped off by a wonderful concert at Roy Thompson Hall. What an amazing year of celebration honouring our wonderful congregation. We said farewell to Rabbi Jason Rosenberg and his family, and we welcomed Rabbi Karen Thomashow and her husband, Yonatan Eyal, to our congregational family. And, of course, we have been engaged in a passionate debate about our Renewal Project, which, after the vote on July 16, 2007, is now proceeding to its next phase. I sincerely hope that, over the coming year, the entire congregation will continue to be engaged in this project. We need everyone to become involved and work together as we develop | President’s Message our conceptual design into a detailed plan for the best possible future for Holy Blossom. There are many decisions to be made over the coming months and your input will be critical as our plan and process continue to evolve. Please continue to e-mail us at with any ideas or thoughts about the project. I want to wish each and every one of you my best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Shanah tovah. Our new look As we complete our 150th Anniversary celebrations and look forward to the renewal of Holy Blossom Temple, the Bulletin too is undergoing a change. To be more cost effective, we’ve moved from magazine to newsletter format. Each issue will have 16 pages and focus on upcoming programs/events. To accommodate the reduced page count, we have, among other things, eliminated retrospectives, general-interest articles, the calendar and events/announcements pages, and condensed the Worship listings. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to keeping you fully informed in an easy-to-read fashion. Please e-mail any comments on the redesign to S e l i c h ot the season of remembrance, forgiveness and renewal Professor Eric Lawee Sat. Sept. 8, 2007 9 p.m. Are the High Holy Days Jewish Holidays? Please join us to explore some of the universal tropes found in rabbinic literature, High Holy Day liturgy and the reading of the book of Yonah, with its positive portrayal of gentiles as models of goodwill and repentance. 11 p.m. Selichot Service Eric Lawee, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Humanities, and an Associate Director of York University’s Centre for Jewish Studies.

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