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Volume 29, No. 05

Farewell to Rabbi and Rabbanit Friedman

May 28, 2018

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by Deborah Shatz (EJNews) - Beth Israel Congregation hosted a wonderful gala event on May 24 to bid fond farewell to Rabbi Daniel and Rabbanit Batya Friedman who are moving to London England with their family after serving as spiritual leaders at BI for sixteen years. The Beth Israel Ballroom was beautifully decorated for the occasion and the room was filled with friends, families, members of the congregation and members of the general community – all there to celebrate the accomplishments that the Rabbi and Rabbanit have achieved and to wish them well. The sentiments were all bittersweet. While everyone there was genuinely excited for the Friedmans to be moving to a new and exciting chapter of their lives, they were also sad to see them leave as they will truly be missed here in Edmonton. The respect and affection in the room was palpable. It was almost a lovefest! Even Batya quipped emotionally, “This is so beautiful. It feels like a second wedding.” The event was emceed by Justice Eric Macklin who delighted the crowd with his humorous (and often irreverent) anecdotes about the Beth Israel Family Shul, the congregants and both the Rabbi and Rabbanit. Peppered

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The 2018 Edmonton Jewish Film Festival was a big success thanks in large part to the hard working organizing committee - many of whom are pictured above. The event was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Edmonton and included 10 feature films screened over 6 days. (EJNews) – The 22nd annual Edmonton Jewish Film Festival (EJFF) wrapped up on Sunday May 16 at Landmark Cinemas 9 at City Centre after the screening of a wonderful collection of Jewish themed films from around the world. The Festival has grown from a small community program to a first-class Jewish cultural event. “The EJFF is our opportunity to share our culture, history and identity with each other and with the greater Edmonton community through film,” stated Steven Shafir, president of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton who presents the annual event. “As in past years, we offered a rich and diverse selection of outstanding comedies, dramas and documentaries from around the world.” The Festival ran in two blocks: from May 6 – 9 and then from May 13 – 16. With 10 feature films and three short films screened over 6 days, the EJFF presented a wide variety of films that evoked tears, laughter, anguish and suspense. “Thank you for joining us for these inspiring films,” said EJFF Festival Chair Sam Koplowicz, at the opening event. “Some will make you cry, some will make you laugh, some

will make you cry and laugh at the same time, but I guarantee they will all make you feel something. They originate from Israel, the United States, France, Hungary, Germany and include a Netherlands/ South Africa production.” "The 2018 EJFF was a big success, with good attendance, great coverage in the press, and lots of praise from movie goers,” noted Susan Schiffman, director of development for the Jewish Federation of Edmonton and also the coordinator of the Festival. “The Edmonton Jewish Film Festival Committee did a great job bringing an interesting, engaging and entertaining selection of Jewish-themed films to Edmonton and, a few special events added to the fun and variety of the Festival.” The Festival opened with a crowd-pleaser, On the Map, an upbeat and inspiring David and Goliath documentary about Israeli triumph in basketball, and much more. After the film, a ball signed by legendary Maccabi Tel Aviv Captain, Tal Brody, was auctioned. It was also announced on opening night that Rami Katz

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Spa for the Soul celebrates the modern Jewish woman: June 24 Jewish women from across the Edmonton area are coming together to unite for a day of physical and spiritual indulgence, in celebration of Jewish Reisa Segal-Sheckter womanhood, at a "Spa for the Soul." The event, which will be held at 10:30 am Sunday, June 24, at the Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom, will be honouring Edmonton bornand-bred Reisa Segal-Sheckter. Reisa is known for her outstanding dedication and tireless support of Edmonton's Jewish women, and we

will be taking this opportunity at “Spa for the Soul” to acknowledge and thank her for her service. The event will treat participants to an array of mini spa treatment and fitness classes, in addition to a lineup of workshops tackling topics relating to Jewish women in the 21st century. Ladies will then enjoy a gourmet threecourse luncheon by Rodney Khoo, Executive Chef of the Fantasyland Hotel, followed by Instruction to Traditional Israeli Dancing led by Meirav Or from the Aviv Dancers. The keynote speaker, Goldie Plotkin, a native New Yorker, is a Rebbetzin and Shlucha (Chabad emissary) in Toronto. As a highly sought-after motivational speaker and lecturer, Goldie travels the world to motivate, inspire and

share the joy of marriage, parenting and the beauty of our Jewish traditions. In addition to other impressive speaking engagements, she was invited to address the Knesset on matters of Marriage Enrichment and coaching young couples in Israel. Goldie will address the topic: Secrets from Kabbalah for Eternal Relationships. She will demonstrate how even the most experienced and dedicated partner in a relationship has something to learn. This address will pick up where the self-help books leave off, offering timeless Kabbalistic insight and practical advice for relationships. The pampering doesn’t end with the hotel

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Camp Gan Izzy makes summer memorable for Jewish kids By Regan Treewater-Lipes Many parents in the Edmonton Jewish community face a similar quandary at the moment: where should I send my children to camp this summer? We all want our youngsters to have quality fun – but we also want their minds to be stimulated during these often intellectually sedentary months between school years. Well, let me make a friendly suggestion – one parent to another. In the spring of 2016, my husband and I were daunted by the day-camp options available in the city. Because having time to ‘just be a kid’ is always in such short supply during the regular year, we were adamant that we needed to find a program that was not just a glorified daycare. And, with our little guy in public school for the first time, we were also very concerned that his mind and spirit were not being sufficiently enriched by Jewish teachings. That spring we made a decision that, two years later, continues to impact our son in positive ways – we entrusted Benji to Rabbi Dovid, Rebbetzin Devorah, and their exceptional team at Camp Gan Izzy. Initially, we were a bit nervous – we have always been a moderately observant family at best, and we were concerned that Benji might find it challenging to fit in. We could not have been more wrong. With mommy holding one of his little hands, and daddy the other, Benji was dropped off for his first day of camp. He was welcomed by smiling young ladies bubbling with excitement and energy – the warmth of such caring and devoted counsellors seemed to instantly melt away Benji’s anxiety over being left in a new place with new people. When we went to pick him up later that day, eager to see how he had fared, we could hardly believe our eyes. Our shy little fella was bouncing around with the other boys in his group, laughing and panting with jubilant exertion – he pleaded with us to let him keep playing with his new friends. That summer, it seemed like he was never ready to go home. Every morning that followed, Benji checked the camp calendar hung prominently on the fridge, anticipating the

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next activity, the next trip, the next celebration. Hardly able to contain his enthusiasm, Benji would report back daily about all the fun he and his friends were having, and the many new discoveries they were making together. My husband and I were amazed by the insightful questions that Benji would come home with after being immersed in the richness of Jewish teachings – not only was he having the time of his life, but he had begun to observe the world around him with greater reflection and spiritual curiosity. Every day had a new theme, and each evening brought more stories and conversation. With a field trip scheduled every other day, Benji, gripped by excitement, would set out his camp shirt and hat the night before in preparation. When camp was over; many tears were shed. Fast forward to 2017, there was absolutely no question in Benji’s mind where he wanted to spend his summer – Camp Gan Izzy! With my own summer schedule free of obligations, I decided I would volunteer to help make the warm, nutritious, yummy-in-the-tummy lunches served daily to the children. The Lipes Family was already sold on summers at Chabad, but my own personal experiences there strengthened this resolve even further. I saw firsthand the immense team effort that went into every activity, I saw the dedication of the Camp Gan Izzy staff, I saw each day how Benji greeted his camp counsellors with big hugs, and I saw how the friendships he had made the year before continued to blossom. What really impressed me though, was that there were so many other parent volunteers in addition to myself. With no shortage of adults committed to supporting Camp Gan Izzy’s success, the children benefitted from a sense of true Jewish community spirit, and unity. I was blown away when Gan Izzy branches from across North America used the wonders of modern teleconferencing technology to digitally connect hundreds of camp locations for a very special morning davening. This showed the children that they are part of a strong and vast global community. Benji learned blessings and the value of recognizing, respecting, and giving thanks for all the good around him. And although the kippa seldom came home with him at the end of the day, he began to take greater pride in his Jewish heritage. What is really amazing about the Gan Izzy yearly line-up is that there is something new every single day: water sports day, soccer tournament day, ice cream sundae day. Last summer, in the span of just over one month, the Gan Izzy

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Benji Lipes is ready for Camp Gan Izzy. kids were visited by a petting zoo, a host of assorted jumpy castles, an illusionist and a bubble performer! The field trips promised even more excitement: Galaxyland, the Edmonton Zoo, laser tag, the corn maze, Telus World of Science – and oh, did I mention, daily trips to the swimming pool! What more could a kid ask for! Some of Benji’s closest and most meaningful friendships are still with those same children he met on his very first day of camp two years ago. Benji still talks about things he did at camp regularly and was so happy when his counsellor from last summer sent him a Rosh Hashana card all the way from New York. Rabbi Dovid and Rebbetzin Devorah are absolutely devoted to making camp a special experience for each and every youngster, and their investments of time and energy make the Gan Izzy experience nothing short of astounding. After lending a hand setting up tents for the yearly overnight camp out, my husband commented to me: “You can’t even begin to imagine the attention to detail and how dedicated everyone is.” So then, for all you Jewish parents out there still scratching your noggins and hemming and hawing about where to send your kids this summer, my advice is simple – look no further. Send your little ones and bigger ones to a place where they will be cared for like family, and where they will experience more in one month than they would have in an entire summer spent with another program. But also, give them the gift of community. Rest assured, Rabbi Dovid and Rebbetzin Devorah are experts at making every moment of summer memorable!

tour. In addition to sampling an array of kosher wines and chocolates, ladies will have an opportunity to have a behindthe-scene tour, and see what everyone is talking about, at the newly renovated women’s mikvah. The mikvah offers the Jewish woman the remarkable gift of purity and holiness. Ladies will be happy with the knowledge that they will not only be enjoying themselves but will be helping a good cause too. Proceeds from this event will go to the Beth Israel & Edmonton Community Mikvahs. For those moms with small children ages 0-5 years, onsite babysitting will be available throughout the entire program. Advanced registration is necessary for childcare. "This event is about joining together in celebration of the Jewish female self," says Chaya Sarah Blachman, one of the event organizers. "We are recharging our bodies and souls, and empowering ourselves to empower others." To RSVP, visit ChabadEdmonton.org. Early Bird discount ends June 18th.


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Canadian University Students Tour Israel with JNF Canada The 2018 Edmonton Negev Gala will be held on June 19 at the Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom in West Edmonton Mall, honouring Lisa Miller and Farrel Shadlyn QC. The event, hosted by Jewish National Fund (JNF) Edmonton, will include a delicious Kosher meal and a wonderful evening of entertainment on the theme of Jewish composers on Broadway. Local theatre favourite Rachel Bowron and pianist Mark Limacher will be performing. Tickets are limited so reserve yours soon by emailing edm@jnf.ca or calling 780-481-7881. It has been a busy month at JNF; on May 10, a Canadian university students’ tour of Israel was organized by JNF University (JNFU), which works to connect university students with Israel and KKL-JNF. Thirteen Canadian university students, including three from Edmonton, took part in this year’s JNFU 10 day trip to Israel, in order to strengthen their ties to the country and learn more about it. Accompanying the group was JNF Canada’s Campus and Young Leadership coordinator, Anna Kos, who described the participants as committed and passionate about Israel. “We hope that they will be effective Ambassadors for Israel when they go back to their universities; especially on those campuses where the BDS movement is gaining strength.” Also accompanying the group were Sharon Geva and Gioia Menasce of KKL-JNF’s Canada Desk, together with Israeli tour guide Ron Elberg. The group traveled throughout Israel for 10 action packed days. In Beer Sheva, they visited the local Israel Tennis Center (ITC) which is due to be renovated shortly, following a generous donation from JNF Canada (Toronto). The affiliate ITC in Haifa will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the 2018 Edmonton Negev Gala and will be home to The Lisa Miller and Farrel Shadlyn QC Tennis Courts for Peace. Israel Tennis Center (ITC) Manager Yaniv Sakira told the group that unlike other places in the western world, tennis in Israel is not only for the rich and privileged. He used his own life experience as an example of how tennis in Israel welcomes and helps the less fortunate members of society. “I came from a poor background and a broken home. As a child, the ITC gave me the opportunity to channel my

energies in a positive way that kept me off the streets and out of trouble. I managed to hone my skills and become one of the country’s best tennis players. Later I became an officer in the army and graduated from university. I can honestly say that the values and life skills I learned came from my years at the ITC.” In response to his guests’ questions, Sakira explained that the club is open to all Thirteen Canadian students including three from Edmonton attended the residents of Israel across the recent JNFU trip to Israel. The U of A students were Hillel president Dina racial and religious divide. Apartsin as well as Mahder Gerezgiher Hailu and Kidus Teffere. “We have Jewish, Arab, and Druze players. Many of Edmonton, said that she loves coming to Israel and never our members are children of Ethiopian immigrants. Three of misses an opportunity to go. “This is my 2nd JNF trip to our current champions who represent Israel in tennis Israel,” she remarked. “Both were wonderful, and each tournaments around the world are from the nearby Bedouin concentrated on a different theme, but this one was without town of Rahat.” a doubt the best.” Before leaving the site, several of the tour participants Cousins Mahder Gerezgiher Hailu and Kidus Teffere are took to the courts for a few rounds of tennis. of Ethiopian Christian descent, and are both students at the The group then traveled to the KKL-JNF nursery at University of Alberta in Edmonton. They were visiting Israel Gilat, which is a living laboratory and testing ground for for the first time. Gerezgiher said that they were invited to trees from all over the world, to examine which species are join the group by Dina, the president of Hillel at their suitable for growing in Israel. They were welcomed by University. nursery director Pablo Cherkasky, who led them around the “I was very interested to see what Israel was all about. I site, pausing at plants from exotic places to explain how they had heard of the massive immigration of Ethiopian Jews to acclimated to Israeli weather conditions and what could be this country and I was curious to see how they were faring. learned from them. He said the nursery puts special This trip has been indescribably good. I don’t have the words. emphasis on species that do not demand a great deal of rain. Each day was better than the last. I will definitely be back.” “Besides our research, we also produce saplings for KKLAfter lunch at the iconic restaurant Rahela in Ofakim, the JNF forests, public gardens, and communities in the region. group returned to Tel Aviv for final activities and meetings, This is a free service from KKL-JNF to the public.” before flying home to Canada the next day. While meandering around the magical 50-acre facility, the For more information about JNFU or the 2018 Edmonton visitors also had time to talk about themselves and reflect on Negev Gala visit jnfedmonton.ca. their trip in Israel, which would be ending the next day. Dina Apartsin, who is president of Hillel at the University of Alberta in

‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ to screen at Metro In 1944, as trainloads of men, women and children were delivered to the Auschwitz concentration camp, their valuables were taken from them, and cataloged. The accountant who took their belongings, Oskar Gröning, was convicted of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, 70 years later, and his trial is the focus of Matthew Shoychet’s forthcoming documentary The Accountant of Auschwitz. The 80-minute film, which premiered at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival last month will be screened at the Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre in Edmonton from June 15 to 21. The film looks at the 2015 trial of Gröning (at age 94) in Luneberg, Germany, and examines whether the prosecution of some of the last living Nazi war criminals is too little, too late, or whether it sends a powerful message to future generations. The doc includes court footage and interviews with key players from the post-war trials, as well as with the Auschwitz survivors and plaintiffs. For ticket information visit metrocinema.org.

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Ben Caplan gives a brilliant performance in Old Stock By Deborah Shatz (EJNews) – Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a masterful off-Broadway production that captures the heart and soul of the Jewish refugee experience to Canada in 1908. It was featured at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton from May 9 - 13 to rave reviews. The musical production has a wide appeal but it was particularly relatable for members of our Edmonton Jewish Community – especially those of Romanian or other Eastern European descent. It is a personal reflection of our own refugee experience, told in poignant and captivating vignettes against a backdrop of wonderful music and incredible musicianship. The sensational Ben Caplan was brilliant in the role of the narrator – The Wanderer. He captured the attention of the audience from the moment he emerged at the top of the stage until the close of the show. He sang, he danced, he joked

– he was the Tevya of the production and he was amazing. He flawlessly performed a wide-reaching diversity of genres from irreverent potty mouth humour to blue grass music to Chasidic dancing to cantorial chanting. You literally could not take your eyes off him. Old Stock is an extraordinary piece of theatre that tells the story of how to love and build a life in a new country after being broken by the horrors of wars. The performances of Dani Oore, who plays Chaim and also the woodwinds, and Mary Fay Coady, who plays Chaya and also the violin, were meticulously nuanced and relatable. It could be my bubbe and zaida or yours. Their journey was at times heart breaking and difficult but quite spell-binding throughout. This was a history lesson for us all and at the same time it was a glimpse at the realities faced by new immigrants today who are seeking refuge in Canada or the United States. Vignettes depicted how the refugees were received and they offered flashbacks of the lives they left behind. Bravo to playwright Hannah Moscovitch for bringing her

great-grandparents’ journey to Canada to the stage and to her magnificent collaboration with Ben Caplan and Christian Barry for creating this cultural masterpiece. The show was performed at The Club – a small intimate theatre at The Citadel. It was a perfect venue for this production – the audience was immediately transported to a small off-Broadway venue in New York and then thoroughly entertained. Old Stock is a 2b theatre company production. It had a recent Off-Broadway run in New York, where the New York Times declared it a critic’s pick. The show was also recently nominated for six New York Drama Desk awards, including Outstanding Music and Outstanding Book of a Musical. After the Edmonton run, Old Stock embarked on a European tour and plans are also underway for the release of the musical score. A highly acclaimed musician and poet, Ben Caplan has released two albums and has followers around the world. He will be returning to Alberta in July as a performer at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

this shameful chapter of our history,” added Trudeau. “It will not bring back those who perished or repair the lives shattered by tragedy. But it is our collective responsibility to acknowledge this difficult truth, learn from this story, and continue to fight against anti-Semitism every day, as we give meaning to the solemn vow: ‘Never again.’ I look forward to offering this apology on the floor of the House.” The Prime Minister made the announcement while speaking at the March of the Living’s 30th anniversary gala. The March of the Living is an annual educational program for students to travel to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp as a tribute to the survivors and victims of the Holocaust and the strength and resilience of the Jewish community. “For Holocaust Survivors and their families, a formal apology will be a powerful statement of regret for a disgraceful decision and the “none is too many” policy toward Jewish refugees that led to it.,” stated Shimon Fogler, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. “Addressing past injustices should only reaffirm Canada’s greatness today. It takes a country of courage and high ideals to confront the darkest moments of our history. Doing so will help ensure we always stand for what is right in future,

particularly in the fight against anti-Semitism." This year - 2018 - marks the first year that May has been designated as Canadian Jewish Heritage Month. “Canada’s Jewish community numbers 400,000 people from coast to coast to coast, making it the fourth largest in the world,” noted Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalsim, Melanie Jolie. “Through their achievements, Canadians of Jewish origin have shaped the social, economic, political and cultural life of our country. Canadian Jewish Heritage Month is the perfect time to recognize their contributions and reflect on how we all benefit from the diversity and openness that are at the heart of Canadian identity.” Sponsored by Conservative Sen. Linda Frum and Liberal MP Michael Levitt, Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act, known as Bill S-232, was introduced in December 2016. The groundwork for it was laid in 2015, when former Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler introduced the substance of the bill. The United States proclaimed May as the month to celebrate the contributions of the American Jewish community in 2006, and Ontario established May as Jewish Heritage Month in 2012. It was just 80 years ago that Canada had the unofficial policy of “none is too many.” Anti-Semitism in Canada's immigration policy ultimately led to the admittance of only 5,000 Jewish refugees between 1933 and 1948.

PM commits to apology for 1939 treatment of Jewish refugees (EJNews) - May has been designated as Canadian Jewish Heritage Month and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the occasion by announcing that he will deliver a formal apology in the House of Commons over the fate of the MS St. Louis and its passengers. “When in 1939, Canada denied asylum to the 907 German Jews on board the MS St. Louis, we failed not only those passengers, but also their descendants and community,” stated Prime Minister Trudeau on May 18, 2018. On May 13, 1939, the MS St. Louis departed Germany with close to a thousand passengers, including 907 Jewish German citizens desperate for safety and refuge from persecution. The Jewish refugees on board were not allowed to disembark at the ship’s first destination, Cuba, and were subsequently denied entry into the United States and, finally, Canada, due to its discriminatory “none is too many” immigration policy of the time. The refugees were forced to return to Europe, where many were condemned to concentration camps. 254 of the passengers were murdered during the Holocaust. “An apology in the House of Commons will not rewrite

Ben Caplan was brilliant in the role of the Wanderer in the Citadel's production of 'Old Stock' earlier this month. Catch him this summer performing at the (Photos supplied) Calgary Folk Music Festival.

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How to Know When to Re-side Your Home by Paul Little, Blue Jay Exterior Renovations Knowing when to renovate parts of your home can be tricky. Your roof will tell you when it needs to be replaced but faulty or worn siding might not seem as urgent. So, how do you know when it’s time to re-side? Here are 3 factors that will help determine if the timing is right for you! 1. PLANS FOR THE HOME The long-term plan for your home should be a factor in your decision to renovate your home's exterior. Do you want to make this your dream home? If this is your forever home or at least somewhere you plan to stay a while, you'll enjoy the benefits of new siding for years to come. A siding renovation is an opportunity to give your home the look you've always wanted, so choose higherend products with features that you value – like Hardie board for its fire resistance, or engineered wood siding for its authentic wood grains. Only planning on sticking around for a year or two? If you are planning on listing soon, you'll want to consider your home's curb appeal. A well-dressed individual gives a good first impression, and new siding has that same ability. Old or worn siding can put potential buyers in the wrong frame of mind before they've even entered the house. Consider choosing a siding option that matches your community. If you're listing for $800K, buyers won’t be excited by vinyl siding on their future dream home. Hardie board and other premium siding options are well received on higher-end homes. If you're selling a starter home in a community with lower property values, less expensive siding options can work. Vinyl siding is a great option for replacing old, worn siding on a budget. 2. THE VALUE OF RE-SIDING What will you get out of redoing your siding? You’ll make your home look better, which is certainly worth something, but what about a more tangible value? Remodeling magazine runs an annual cost vs. value

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report for typical home renovations. Their 2018 report showed that replacing your siding recoups 77% of the cost on average. That was good for fifth on the list of all types of remodelling. That even ranked ahead of bathroom renovations and large kitchen renovations! What's more, adding a Following Shavuot yizkor service at Our Parents’ Home, led by Jack Chetner, manufactured stone accent enjoy kiddush and blintz lunch together. residents (often done during an exterior remodel) came in at number two on the list, at looks chalky and becomes quite brittle. Stucco can become 97% recouped. stained and impossible to clean. Depending on exposure to Re-siding is one of the most valuable home renovations the elements some homes will look better than others, but you can perform and it can be a smart renovation choice even the exteriors of these homes will not generally look like new. before it becomes an absolute priority. If you've got the itch to The next thing you'll notice is that the occasional house transform the look of your home, take comfort in knowing has already been re-sided. Westridge is a great example of an that it has a stronger return on investment than most other Edmonton neighbourhood in this stage. The majority of the home renovation projects. homes in this community were built in 1970s and every year more homes get a face-lift. 3. THE AGE OF YOUR HOME As a comparison, Aspen Gardens, which was mostly built The age and style of your community will also play a role in determining when and how you replace your siding in a decade earlier, already has a significant amount of homes re-sided. This is true for many of the communities built Edmonton. the 1960s. through Typically speaking, homeowners begin to start preparing If you're unsure about the timing of your re-side, use these for an eventual re-side when the house is between 30 and 40 timelines and the rest of your community as a reference years old. That's not to say a home built in 1988 has to get point. This can help to let you know whether you're keeping that work done this year. It also doesn't mean that you can’t with the rest of the housing market and your pace reside a newer house. But if you take the time to drive neighbours. through a community built largely in the 1970s or 80s, you'll notice a few things: Blue Jay Exterior Renovations is Edmonton’s siding First, you'll notice that the majority of the home exteriors renovation expert. Visit www.bluejayrenos.ca to learn about are starting to look a little bit worn. Wood siding will how much a project can cost, what new products are on the eventually start to warp or swell. Aluminum siding can dent, market, how to select a contractor, and more. and expansion and contraction of the siding can lead to the corners separating. Old vinyl siding

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How to Create a Jewish Garden By Mike Brown (Kveller via JTA) - Imagine plucking perfectly ripe fruit from your own fig tree, or sitting down with the family for a Shabbat meal adorned with freshly picked flowers. What about decorating your sukkah, or a local one, with homegrown gourds, corn stalks or other autumn produce? All this is possible by creating your own Jewish garden. A Jewish garden incorporates plants that facilitate or embellish our Jewish observance. It doesn’t have to be large or elaborate. In fact, if you are new to gardening, it is best to start with a small plot that is easily tended, instead of getting discouraged by a large and overly ambitious project. In today’s busy, plugged-in world, a garden gives you the chance to spend some unstructured time with your child working toward a common goal and observing the rich interplay of plant and animal life in an ecosystem you have created together. When my kids were young, we were lucky enough to get the family together for a nice Friday night dinner before everyone dashed off in different directions. Even if you don’t follow the religious trappings of Shabbat, it is pleasant to acknowledge this special time and make it different from the other days of the week. An easy way to accomplish this is by adorning the table with a beautiful array of cut flowers from your garden. All garden centers sell flowers that are suitable for cutting. If

you want to be ambitious and start with your own seeds, you can get a much wider selection from many seed catalogs. Here are some of the best and easiest flowers to grow for cutting. Cosmos come in a large variety of colors and sizes, ranging from 1 to 5 feet or more. They are generally available in garden centers and can be started easily by seed. Sunflowers seem to come in almost an endless array of sizes and colors. They can be divided generally into single stem plants, which produce one flower from one seed, and branching types, which produce multiple smaller flowers. Pollen-less varieties are available for both types. Though some types will certainly be available in planters at garden centers, sunflowers are very easy to start from seed and the selection from the seed catalogs will be much more extensive. Few flowers seem to come in as great a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors as zinnias. Avoid dwarf varieties, because of their short stems. Garden centers should carry a nice variety of these flowers, but to get the full potential you should buy your own seeds, which are very easy to grow. Consideration for the less fortunate is very important in Judaism. It falls under the general concept of tikkun olam, “repairing the world” or making the world a better place. One of the ways the Jewish community in ancient times helped those less fortunate was by setting aside for them the produce from a corner of the field. Though this practice is no defensive fighting on the Golan Heights against a daunting Syrian force was a turning point in the war. He received the Medal of Valor, Israel’s highest military honour for his actions. After retiring from the IDF, Kahalani entered politics, serving as Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv and Member of Knesset as the Minister of Internal Security. Tzahi Berkovich was a paramedic in the Paratroopers Brigade during the second Intifada, a time of escalated terror attacks. Following his compulsory military service, he became a Border policeman, again encountering multiple mass casualty terror assaults. Today, despite living with severe PTSD, Tzahi is married, a father of two, and manages the Ein Gedi Field School. Itzik Dadush served in the Engineering Corps during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In an instant, his leg and eyesight were lost in an explosion while marking a mine field. For over 30 years, he was in charge of information systems at Bank Leumi. He has been a volunteer distress centre phone counsellor for the last 15 years. Itzik has twice received the Israel Ministry of Defence’s “Exemplary Rehabilitation Commendation” honouring achievements of Zahal Disabled Veterans. Susana Semenduev was a commander in a combat unit of

Celebrate ‘70 years of Courage’ in Calgary: June 10 (EJNews) - On June 10 in Calgary, join Beit Halochem Canada in celebrating 70 years of courage with a fabulous concert and tribute event honouring Israel’s disabled veterans. Musical performers from Israel will join Cantor Alexis Stein for a very special Celebration of Life performance at Beth Tzedec Synagogue in Calgary. Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel is instrumental in supporting the rehabilitation of those 51,000 disabled veterans wounded in Israel’s wars and ongoing defence, through the Beit Halochem Centres in Israel. Benefit concerts will be held in Calgary (June 10), Montreal (June 12) and Toronto (June 14). Personal stories of heroism and overcoming adversity will be showcased at these events told by veterans who have sacrificed their bodies and often their souls in defence of the State of Israel. The event will honour these four remarkable heroes, direct from Israel: Brigadier-General (Res.) Avigdor Kahalani though seriously injured in the Six-Day War, also served as an Armored Commander in the Yom Kippur War. His battalion’s

Acclaimed new documentary THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ Coming to the Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre Friday June 15 @ 7 pm Sat. June 16 @ 9:15 pm Mon. June 18 @ 9:30 pm Wed. June 20 @ 7 pm Thurs. June 21 @ 9:30 pm Seventy years after WWII, the ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ goes on trial as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jewish people. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where it placed Second for the Audience Award. Directed by Matthew Shoychet. Produced by Ricki Gurwitz and Ric Esther Bienstock.

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longer widespread, there is nothing preventing us from taking this initiative upon ourselves. Sit down with your child once the garden is planted and explain the idea of sharing your bounty with others. Perhaps together you can decide upon a destination for the extra produce, like a local shelter. The holiday of Sukkot comes in the fall, when many Jews build a small hut symbolizing the Israelites sojourn in the desert in ancient times. Relatively simple sukkahs can be put up quickly and make a fun activity for the family. Decorate it with produce from your garden. We used to string together green beans and cherry tomatoes or small peppers. If you have some extra space, consider growing gourds. This plant is very easy to grow from seed in the summer, just give it some room. Some varieties will also climb fences, walls or other structures. Whether you just grow one small plant or take on a major project, a Jewish garden will give you hours of enjoyment and allow you and your child to explore the intersection between growing green things and Jewish culture and religion. Kveller is a thriving community of parents who convene online to share, celebrate and commiserate their experiences of raising kids through a Jewish lens. Visit Kveller.com.

the Border Police. In 2008, she was seriously wounded in a terror attack at a checkpoint on Jerusalem’s outskirts. Following major cranial surgery and months in hospital, she continued her rehabilitation at Beit Halochem. Susana graduated with a law degree and, today, is a practicing lawyer in Haderah. Cantor Alexis Stein has performed around the world, delivering unforgettable musical experiences and collaborating with Broadway stars including the late Marvin Hamlisch. Following seven years as Beth Tzedec’s cantor in Calgary, he is now Senior Cantor at Toronto’s Adath Israel Synagogue, one of North America’s largest congregations. Cantor Stein, who grew up in Australia in a family spanning four generations of Jewish musical tradition, is internationally renowned for his unique and powerful tenor and is known as one of today’s up-and-coming “Great Cantors.” The Celebration of Life event begins at 6:30 pm at Beth Tzedec Synagogue in Calgary. Purchase tickets online until noon June 10 at beithalochem.ca. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door at 5:30 p.m. June 10: Adults $55 and Youth $30. You can also make a special donation to support Beit Halochem. Tax receipts will be issued to the maximum amount allowable.


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Lane and garden homes offer new options for families The stats speak for themselves. More Canadians now than ever before find themselves in the "sandwich generation." In fact, about a fifth of Canadians are challenged with the responsibility of managing their aging parents' care and, at the same time, either still raising their teenage children or having grown-up children return home. As the population ages, it’s only going to become a more normal part life for Canadians. The bad news is that, in all likelihood, their parents will find it difficult to find an affordable retirement home, as waiting lists for seniors' homes continue to grow exponentially. Financially constrained governments can't keep up with construction and privately developed facilities are too expensive for most. Also, facilities are poor substitutes for homes. Thousands of Alberta seniors are on waiting lists for suitable accommodation, while they no longer can manage to live in their own houses with stairs and other mobility barriers. There is good news. Many Alberta municipalities have responded to the looming shortage of senior and affordable housing by recently amending land use by-laws and allowing for development of Lane Homes (above-garage suites) and Garden Homes in residential backyards. These attractive, self-contained homes, with separate utility metering can now be built on many city lots, allowing seniors to either move into such home in their own yard and rent out their large home, or move into their children's back yard. For many families it's a win/win proposition. "It is a brilliant and affordable solution that offers many benefits of multigenerational living. As a parent of a young child, I see endless benefits of having grandma and grandpa living nearby," says Thomas Lukaszuk, Alberta's former Deputy Premier who saw the dire need for such housing while serving in government and who now is the Managing Director of www.UrbanMews.ca - local design and building company specializing in such products. "At Urban Mews, we combined decades of experience and expertise in community development and architecture to design attractive, economic, and ecological garden homes and above-garage suites to meet the growing demand for such housing. Urban Mews homes can be disability friendly, they exceed all building and energy codes and are covered by government approved New Home Warranty," says George Iligan, Designer at Urban Mews. The Urban Mews team designs each home to their client's liking and they take care of all municipal permitting and administrative tasks. The Urban Mews team applauds Alberta's municipalities for allowing orderly densification of cities, while preserving the architectural integrity and vegetation of mature neighbourhoods. This is not a new concept. In Europe, USA and Vancouver, above-garage suites and garden homes have been part of the urban landscape for decades and serve families and renters alike. While these homes are still a relative novelty in Alberta,

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property owners are starting to realize that their backyards can serve a more practical purpose than just growing grass. Lukaszuk says that while multigenerational housing is a major market for Urban Mews, above-garage suites and garden homes in Edmonton can fetch as much as $1,600 in monthly rental revenue. That makes these homes great mortgage payment helpers for You have probably heard about us. But do you really know what we do? younger families or pension We are the Jewish Senior Citizens Centre and we have fun the whole year round. Stop supplements for seniors. by on Tuesday, June 5 for our Open House and check us out. It will be a very full day: 10 Lukaszuk points out that a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Complimentary Tea at the Glass Auditorium; 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. building an above-garage Complimentary Fitness Class with our award-winning instructors - Ilonka and Bonnie; suite or a garden home can 12 noon Lunch: $10 for all guests and a wonderful musical performance by our very own be very quick and easy, if a Dr. Jerry Katz. Always wondered about ancient Japanese flower arranging art - Ikebana? dedicated, experienced and Stay for a hands-on demonstration at 1:00p.m. and take your creation home ($5 drop in reputable builder is price includes flowers and containers). Please RSVP so we will know how many flowers selected. "At Urban Mews we will need. we realize that we are Our annual Pre- Shabbat Dinner will take place on Friday, June 8. Don't miss this building in our clients' opportunity to celebrate traditions with friends at our welcoming and warm Centre. backyards, which means Looking for the summer adventure? Join us on Wednesday, June 20 for a trip to the that we must be respectful beautiful town of Lacombe where we will visit the Ellis Bird Farm and have lunch at the of their neighbours and Ellis Cafe. Our members' price is only $45, non-members' price - $55. Please RSVP with existing trees and payment by June 13. landscaping. There is no When looking for a charity to make donations for sympathy cards, get well wishes, need to have months of birthday and anniversary greetings, etc. please consider the Jewish Senior Citizen's noisy construction in your Centre. Cards can be done for $10, $18, $36, and $54. Of course, larger donations are backyard." Urban Mews welcome and plaques for the Shalom Wall are $85 (single) and higher (double, triple, suites can also be partially quadruple plaques). Please inquire at the Centre office if you are interested in more pre-manufactured off-site details or call 780-488-4241. Donations can also be made online via the Canada Helps and erected in your yard in a website. matter of days, if timing is of We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Centre, located at 10052 117 Street in essence. This construction Edmonton. process guarantees same results and quality, but speeds up the construction remain together in the same yard - mere steps away, but with timeline. the privacy you desire. Here’s another statistic to leave you with. More than 60% Whether it's for your parents, for your teenagers, for rent of those working and caring for an older person, while still or simply a guest house or a quiet place to pursue your hobby, having children at home, felt that caring for a senior was this Spring, now that the snow is finally gone, you may view simply giving back what they had received, and 70% stated your backyard a little differently. You now have options that that their family relationship was strengthened. You are you didn't have last year. given piece of mind that your loved ones are close and being well taken care of. Urban Mews homes allow families to

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with Yiddish phrases he provided much comic relief to the gala program. The evening’s program included remarks from the event co-chairs Laurie Mozeson and Evelyn Schayer, BI President Dr. David Vickar, Jewish Federation of Edmonton vice president Shane Asbell and a Dvar Torah from Lewis Wasel. After a delicious kosher meal prepared by Eddy and Susan Yedgarova, greetings were provided from MP Kelly McCauley, MLA Lorne Dach and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, each of whom had a warm personal and professional relationship with both the Rabbi and Rabbanit. Speaker after speaker extolled the virtues of the Friedmans and thanked them for their many contributions to the lives of the congregants and the fabric of life in the Beth Israel Family Shul community and the Jewish Community in Edmonton. They were also praised for their efforts in promoting collaborative activities that brought together people from all walks of Jewish life including a wonderful Yom Yerushalayim Program and an exceptional Womens Health Forum that Batya coordinated. Their sphere of influence was not confined to the walls of the shul. They have also been outstanding ambassadors for the shul and the Jewish community throughout Edmonton and on both a provincial and national level. Most notably, Rabbi Friedman was lauded for his work as chairman of the National Holocaust Monument Development Council and as vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America. The Rabbanit too was commended for her work with the Edmonton Interfaith Housing Initiative and Habitat for Humanity. Past president Dr. Stan Kitay gave some heartfelt remarks about how special it has been to work alongside the Rabbi and Rabbanit and presented them with a beautiful painting of the Edmonton skyline to ensure that they remember their time here in Edmonton. The ‘dynamic duo’ then thanked everyone for coming out

Members of the head table at the Beth Israel Gala were Dr. David and Heather Vickar, Norm and Evelyn Schayer, Rabbanit Batya and Rabbi Daniel Friedman, Chuck and Laurie Mozeson and Dr. Stan and Rosemary Kitay. to the dinner and for being so gracious and welcoming over their sixteen years of service, for giving them room to grow and for being open to new ideas and increased spirituality. "We’re here to demonstrate our deep love, appreciation, and gratitude to each and every one of you," said Rabbi Friedman. "You, the people, are the real reason we’ve been here in Edmonton for the last 16 years. We’ve danced at each other’s simchas, been through challenges and times of tragedy together, we’ve been there for you, and you’ve been there for us. You are our family." "We are very blessed to have been part of this great city, province, and country," added Rabbanit Batya. "There is something very special about Canada and about Edmontonians. But none of this would have been possible

without the support and assistance of the incredible volunteers in this congregation - our Beth Israel family and you will always have a special place in our hearts." The Rabbi and Rabbanit's remarks were received warmly, with hugs from the head table and with applause and a standing ovation from the crowd. The event then moved to the sanctuary for an enjoyable performance by the Y-Studs Acapella Group from New York. The ‘Studs’ (short for students) delivered an upbeat and energetic acapella performance of familiar contemporary songs peppered with some liturgical numbers. Their lovely harmonies and beat box vocals had the crowd clapping along and thoroughly entertained. It was a wonderful way to end a very moving gala event.

Edmonton Schoolboys Alumni Band to perform at Beth Israel: June 10 The Edmonton Schoolboys Alumni Band will be performing a concert in celebration of Israel@70 at the Beth Israel Synagogue on June 10 at 2:30 pm. The program for this concert includes excerpts from the soundtracks of Fiddler on the Roof and from Exodus. The exceptional group of amateur musicians will also be performing two Horas (one of course being Hava Nagila) and a few Hebraic folk song pieces. “My favorite is one entitled To the Life of This People,” explained Ray Friedman, a former director of the band. “It’s a collection of folk tunes, arranged by a well-known Israeli composer Nachman Yariv as a piece commissioned by the Israeli Ministry of Education as part of a project to encourage the writing and arranging of Israeli and Jewish music for young symphonic bands. It is a dynamic piece, a favorite of the band and of audiences.” From 1998 to 2008, The Edmonton Schoolboys Alumni Band played very successful annual concerts at Beth Shalom. “They stopped when Harry Goldberg z'l moved to Vancouver and I moved to Lethbridge,” noted Friedman who

is an original member of the band. “We are attempting to mount a revival, this time at Beth Israel, and making it a tribute to Israel@70.” The original group started in 1936 as the music program of Edmonton Public School Board before music programs came to schools. It ran until 1969, when all schools had programs and the band was turned into the All City Honour Band. A reunion in 1996 (60 years since inception) resulted in the formation of the Alumni version. In 1988 and again in 2000, the band recorded CDs and audiotapes under the direction of Mr. Friedman. “I was the conductor from 1996 to 2001,” remarked Friedman. “We’ve morphed over the past 22 years, notably, we are no longer all “boys” (ether by age or gender!) and not all “alum.” Fourteen of the alumni are left, the oldest in his 90s. The average age of the members is around 78.” The cost of the concert is $15, children under 12 free. “And we have a piece planned that will involve the kids…. March of the Kitchen Utensils.” Tickets are available by calling 780-488-2840.

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In tribute to Carla Nolan z’l (EJNews) -The sponsor for the March 6 Matinee screening of Fanny’s Journey at the Edmonton Jewish Film Festival (EJFF) was the Nolan family and friends, in loving memory of Carla Nolan z’l who passed away in Toronto last year after a courageous battle with cancer and Crohn’s disease. Born in Edmonton in 1957 to Ruth and Harry Nolan z'l, Carla loved theatre, comedy and film. She remained optimistic and filled with love and humour throughout her life and she is dearly missed by family and friends. In addition to Fanny’s Journey which is the story of a young girl’s courage in the face of unbelievable adversity, the family and friends of Carla Nolan also sponsored the short comedy The Chop. Carla’s sister Jan Nolan and her niece Sarah Yellin gave some opening remarks at the EJFF before the screening of the films to describe Carla’s relationship with film, with family and with Edmonton. “My sister Carla grew up in Edmonton, attended Talmud Torah, Junior Congregation, Young Judea and was part of the Israeli Dance group,” remarked Jan Nolan. “She moved to Toronto but stayed close to her Edmonton roots. Most of her closest friends throughout her life were people she met in her kindergarten class at Talmud Torah. “In Toronto, Carla was one of the first staff members hired by YTV. Every December, she would be torn between finishing the last taping of ‘Santa Calls’ on YTV and rushing back to Edmonton for the annual family Chanukah party or reunion. “Carla had a great sense of humour and hated the gray Toronto winters. Her solution was to create the World of Comedy International Film Festival to brighten those long February nights. The festival and Carla are no longer with

us but all of the materials are in the University of Toronto Archives, for those of you who are budding film buffs. “Our thanks to all of the friends and family who donated to sponsor the two films at this festival. As you watch the film this afternoon, have a laugh or a The Nolan family and friends sponsored two of the EJFF films in memory of cry in Carla’s memory.” Carla Nolan z'l. “It seems only fitting that the film selected to be played in Carla’s memory is a children’s film,” added Sarah Yellin. of the films we went to, I always remember the Second Cup “While many of you know about Carla’s many across the street where we would inevitably end up talking accomplishments in the film industry, the world of comedy until they closed and kicked us out, telling stories about film festival she created herself, and her work at YTV, I have school, and travel, her experiences in so many areas of life a slightly different perspective, not having been old enough that I got the privilege of hearing about. “Thank you to everyone for coming today and thank you to attend those events. to the EJFF for showing this film in her honor.” “Growing up in Toronto, I did get to attend the Sprockets The EJFF was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Film Festival, a festival put on by TIFF entirely comprised of as well as the Centre for Israel and Jewish Edmonton children’s films. When I was about 6 my aunt Carla Affairs, the Edmonton United Jewish Appeal, Israel Bonds, volunteered as a parent chaperone on my class field trip to Partnership 2Gether and the Edmonton Downtown Sprockets. I’ll never forget how cool it felt to have my cool Business Association. aunt (who of course, knew everybody) show us around and introduce us to the important people in headsets. To a group Each individual film was also sponsored. In addition to of 6 year olds, this was truly a VIP experience. the Nolan family and friends, other sponsors included ORT, “Even 10+ years later when I moved back to Toronto Carla the Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association, Friends of the remained my movie buddy. When I was stressed out trying to Galilee Panhandle, JAHSENA, Canadian Hadassah-Wizo figure out the ins and outs of university Carla and I would and Servus Credit Union as well as some generous members still meet up to catch a movie. While I can’t name too many of the Edmonton Jewish Community.

Regina Spektor to headline the 2018 Edmonton Folk Fest Every summer, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival brings a taste of paradise to our city with a unique combination of Gallagher Park ambience, a wide variety of musical genres and a wonderful camaraderie that adds up to a total festival experience right in the heart of the Edmonton. This year's festival, August 9-12, will no doubt carry on with the exceptional tradition. EFMF producers are getting very excited about the 2018 Edmonton Folk Music Festival. To whet your appetites, it has been announced that Moscow born, Bronx raised Regina Spektor will be making her Edmonton Folk Festival debut on Saturday, August 11, 2018. This classically trained, songwriting wonder has been connecting with audiences since the early 2000s with her highly eclectic sound and deeply personal music. The average listener would never guess that Regina Spektor lived through intense anti-Semitism for years, writes Ben Sales in a JTA article from 2016. He cites an interview with the Guardian published in 2016, when the Russian-Jewish songwriter opened up about the anti-Semitism she faced growing up in Russia, where Jews were not allowed to practice their religion or customs for decades under Soviet rule. She explained that that type of persecution forced Russian Jews to bond together. Spektor said that she felt harassed for being Jewish even after her family moved to the United States around the time she was nine — during the late 1980s, when Jews were finally allowed to immigrate out of the country. The Spektors

settled in New York with the help of HIAS, the Jewish immigration agency, and Regina attended Sar Academy, a Jewish day

and the community at large... “If you ever wondered what you would be doing during the rise of Fascism, or during Pogroms, or during the 60s civil rights movement, you can see very clearly now whose side you would be on. It is showing itself to you... please let's wake up to the horrible prejudice and the nightmare that has fallen over the United States of America. “As a refugee, I have promised to protect and fight for my country when I was sworn in as a citizen. I was a teenager then. As I held up my right hand, I never dreamed of the hate speeches and the normalizing of institutionalized prejudice that would be falling over the land in such a short time. The haters coming out of the shadows, and being empowered. “I am devastated by this.” Regina Spektor is the first artist from the 2018 Edmonton Folk Festival list of performers to be announced. The full performer lineup announcement takes place on May 30th at 11 am MST. 2018 tickets will go on sale Saturday, June 2nd. In-person sales return to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival Office at 10115-97A Ave. due to REMAX Field being unavailable. There will be no ticket lottery held this year. In-person sales start at 9 am (lining up is not permitted before 7:30 am). Online sales start at 10 am through Ticketmaster. Tickets are sold first come, first served. For more information, visit edmontonfolkfest.org.

school. “[I]nstead of being the Jewish girl in a Russian school I became a Russian girl in a Jewish school,” Spektor said. “I had dumb teenagers telling me to go back to my effing country. Telling me we were taking their jobs. I got so pissed off I was like, You’d better believe I’m going to take your job, I’m going to take your job and three other jobs, too.” Spektor rose to fame in the mid-2000s after touring with bands like the Kings of Leon and Keane. However, she’s probably best known now for writing “You’ve Got Time,” the theme song for “Orange is the New Black.” She’s performed at a number of Jewish-themed events, from a concert on the National Mall commemorating Israel in 2008 to a White House reception celebrating Jewish Heritage Month in 2010. Spektor was on tour in Berlin last summer at the same time as the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In response to the hate filled rants and marches she tweeted: “My heart is breaking on tour... I am in Berlin where after a dark history, it is illegal to be a Nazi or say hate speech. Please read this little note if you have a minute… “If you supported Trump but now are realizing that he allowed a tremendous amount of white supremacists into the White House and empowered hate groups- please speak out The Edmonton Jewish News is offering a service to to our against him to family, friends community members by publishing Obituaries, Memorial

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This month's update from Talmud Torah School

May was a very busy month at Talmud Torah School. Pictured above are some of the highlights from the month’s activities. During the Mensch Assembly, students received “Leaf the World a Better Place” recognitions. This month Talmud Torah students also learned about and celebrated Shavuot. The Early Learning Centre students celebrated Shavuot with an ice cream party and the Kinderarts students created "Our commandments" in honour of Shavuot. The Kinderarts students also enjoyed “selling” goods at their very own shuk. The Grade 5 students "cooked" over the "campfire" and learned about the meaning of Shavuot from special guest Liora Levin. For more information about Talmud Torah School call 780-481-3377.


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BBYO Shabbat at Lynnwood By Jordyn Wright Judaism looks diverse worldwide, but Shabbat has always been a universal characteristic of Jewish culture. Edmonton members of B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO), a pluralist Jewish youth movement, recently welcomed Shabbat with residents of a local nursing home. On Friday April 27th, BBYO teens led a Kabbalat Service for Jewish residents of CapitalCare Lynnwood nursing home and their families. A dozen teens ranging from grades 9-12 plus a companion dog interacted with residents and their families and participated in a service led by BBYO youth leaders Nathan Campbell, Micah Allen, and Roey Wine. This intergenerational program was meaningful for all who came together. Residents and families alike enjoyed the experience of bringing in Shabbat together, providing an opportunity for residents to maintain Jewish traditions. Regardless of affiliation, participation in movements such as BBYO strengthen community ties and Jewish identity for

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is the recipient of the third annual Earl Parker Award for Jewish Film. Rami, who recently completed an MFA in film at UBC, submitted the winning proposal to make a short documentary on Yiddish jokes. Rami thanked the EJFF for supporting him to make this film. “I would like to thank the Edmonton Jewish Film Festival for this award - I am extremely honoured,” he stated. “Yiddish is part of my own Eastern-European Jewish roots, and it is important to me to study and preserve this cultural history and heritage of the Yiddish language, while doing so in a humorous and entertaining way. The film will touch on something I deeply care about in life, which is the retention and preservation of tradition, culture and heritage in our modern world. My hope for the film is that it will inspire people to connect with and learn from their own cultural roots and traditions.” Last year’s recipient of the Earl Parker Film Award was Gregg Silver. His short, entitled Souls on One Foot was also screened on opening night. The Festival went on to show several historical dramas including the very powerful film 1945, a striking tale of the

teens post B’nai Mitzvah. It has taught my peers and me the virtue of service to our community and the importance of our heritage. This event brought many of us together from across the city to grow as individuals and as a community, a standard of our local chapters. In addition to this event, BBYO volunteers with Good Deeds Day, will be running a fundraiser for Members of the Edmonton chapter of BBYO recently celebrated Shabbat with Save A Child’s Heart in residents of the Lynwood CapitalCare nursing home and their families. June, and holds regular multi-fold programming for Supervisor, Deb Lipton at dlipton@bbyo.org. its members. Jordyn Wright is Regional President of the NW Canada If you know of Jewish teens in grades 8 and older who would be interested in joining BBYO, please contact City region of BBYO response of a Hungarian village to returning Jewish residents, after the Holocaust. Another Festival favorite was an Act of Defiance, set in South Africa in the 1960s, it told the fascinating story of the trial of Nelson Mandela and several Jewish co-defendants. After the film, members of Edmonton’s South African Jewish community spoke to the audience about their own experiences in South Africa, at the time the film was set. The next night, after the film The Testament, a crowd of Festival attendees, overflowed into the aisles of Fionn MacCools’ pub, gathering around Dr. Joseph Patrouch, Director of the Wirth Institute of Austrian and Central European Studies, as he gave an informative mini-lecture about the film. Audiences really enjoyed the film festival, noted Schiffman. “Several of the films were gut wrenching and powerful. You could see from the sober expressions on people’s faces as they emerged from the theatre that the films made a tremendous impact – in particular Muhi and 1945. Then they milled around for quite a while to discuss the films and their own reactions.” Then for change of pace, audiences tested their sleuthing powers, sorting out

the plot of Sara Stein, Shalom Berlin, Shalom Tel Aviv, a gritty crime drama set in present-day Berlin. The Festival closed with a lot of laughter to the dark, but very funny Israeli comedy, Maktub. “The Jewish Federation of Edmonton is very grateful to all those who made the Festival possible: Chair Sam Koplowicz, the EJFF Committee, our audience and our many sponsors and advertisers,” remarked Schiffman. “Thanks to all of these supporters, the Festival was a financial success, generating significant proceeds to fund the P2G’s Gesher Chai or Living Bridge educational exchange program between Edmonton’s Talmud Torah Jewish day school and the Emek Hahula regional high school in the upper Galilee." In addition to the Jewish Federation of Edmonton, sponsors for the EJFF included the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Edmonton United Jewish Appeal, Israel Bonds, Partnership 2Gether and the Edmonton Downtown Business Association.


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