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Shacharit Mincha Shacharit

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Fusion (for 20 and 30 somethings) Shabbat Morning Service Family Shabbat Service

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat and Dinner Shabbat Morning Service Family Shabbat Service

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Fri. June 8 Sat. June 9 Sat. June 9

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Morning Service Family Shabbat Service

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Fri. June 15 Fri. June 15 Sat. June 16

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Congregation-wide Shabbat Morning Service and kiddush lunch in honour of Rabbi Jason Rosenberg (Please see page 3 for details.)

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Fri. June 22 Sat. June 23 Sat. June 23

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Morning Service Family Shabbat Service

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Fusion (for 20 and 30 somethings) Congregation-wide Shabbat Morning Service

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by rabbi john moscowitz

Rabbi Jason Rosenberg is one of the most interesting people I know. He never opens his mouth without saying something one wants to hear; he is rarely without telling insight; he doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. We have watched him, over the past seven years, grow from a willing, if hesitant, young man to a confident, talented and diligent rabbi — one with strength of character and a compassion that is deep and intelligent. Jason has a keen mind and uses it well — never to show off and always to clarify. He is a straight shooter, without guile or pretence, but with cleverness and humour.

Blossom Temple, Jason has used his heart, innate curiosity and sense of fun, while remaining a serious Jew who thinks about God, who learns Torah and who has his eye on the vulnerable. Jason is always worth listening to, whether speaking to our young families and children in the Religious School,

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He is intellectually capable and gifted — and we who have listened to him over the years are the beneficiaries of his wisdom. He actually thinks — no small achievement in a distracted and chaotic world in which thinking is a rare commodity. In all that he has done at Holy

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Rabbi Rosenberg is always worth listening to, whether speaking to our young families and children in the Religious School, preaching to sick at home or in hospital. preaching to and teaching adults, or visiting the sick at home or in hospital. In fact, I have noticed that when he approaches the pulpit, all ears are open and all eyes are on him.

Jason is also an impressive, loving and devoted husband and father. Indeed, Hillary Rosenberg and now Jason and Hillary’s children, Ben and Talia, have become a beloved part of Holy Blossom Temple. We will miss all four, knowing that the ties will remain strong between Toronto and Tampa, Fla. J o i n u s t o s ay f a r e w e l l

And so Holy Blossom’s loss is Congregation Beth Am’s gain. We won’t hold the move against them, even as we will hold the Rosenbergs close to our hearts for many years to come. Please join us to thank Jason and his family, to celebrate with us and to say a fond farewell to a terrific rabbi, a valued colleague, a friend and so much more. Come and join us Shabbat morning, June 16, 2007, for Services and a kiddush lunch, to “say all the best, we’ll miss you.”

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In Perspective

Honouring Rabbi Jason Rosenberg

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Vote yes for our future

A message from the Board of Directors


On Apr. 26, 2007, after a passionate and very candid discussion, we voted to support the Diamond and Schmitt plan for the renewal of Holy Blossom Temple. We did so because we believe it will ensure the future vibrancy and success of our congregation. Nothing less is at stake. A courageous move

We, as a congregation, have an extraordinary opportunity to do something exceptional right now — for the good of this congregation, for our children and our children’s children. The stars have aligned for us. We have unprecedented financial commitments, conditional on the project’s going ahead. We have a partner in The Leo Baeck School Day School, which has an urgent need and which is both a willing and capable partner in this project. We have a design by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., which is breathtaking and transformative. We have a large group of volunteers who believe in the project and have invested thousands of hours to get us to this point, and have committed to continue that investment in order to complete a project that has galvanized so many of them. Most importantly, we have a need to renew our synagogue community as our forebears did 75 years ago in making the courageous move to Bathurst Street. Over the past four months, we have listened and learned. We have strived to hear all points of view on the Temple’s renewal. We have held three congregation-wide Town Hall Meetings, which were attended by very large numbers. Two Special Board Meetings have

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invited points of view from any concerned Temple member. And finally, there have been countless e-mails and phone calls from our membership. Let there be no question — your Board has listened closely to all comments from the congregation and deliberated thoroughly, respectfully and carefully on the most prudent course of action for moving forward.

to affirm, you will see we have listened carefully to those who have expressed concern about the financial risk to the congregation. Your support

Believing in the best

As your Board of Directors, our duty is to vote for what we believe is best for the future of the congregation. We, the voting members of the Board, have done so by voting to approve this proposal. We urge you to do the same. Vote “yes” for a facility that honours our past while carrying us into the future. Vote “yes” for a future that includes The Leo Baeck Day School. Vote “yes” for a facility that integrates worship, study and education. Vote “yes” for the renewal of our congregation. The congregation took a brave and bold stand in 1936 — to move confidently into the future with a building that has served us for more than 70 years. We, the current generation, have this very same obligation to our children, our grandchildren and our children’s grandchildren. We must renew our congregation and its physical space. We must now move forward with the same boldness and the same confidence of our forefathers, and endorse a plan that carries us into the future — a future, with God’s help, that will be even brighter than our illustrious past. Please read about the plans. Please engage in the decision. When you review the question you are being asked

We are not going to ask you now to confirm a financial plan that we cannot yet produce — rather, we will give you a chance to review that plan and vote on it once it is complete in nine months to a year from today. We are simply asking you for your support; we hope, overwhelmingly, to proceed to that step. Please vote “yes” for our future. Signed, Officers: Barry Silver, President; Pam Albert, Treasurer; Mark S. Anshan, Officer at Large; Larry Babins, Vice President; Tom Ehrlich, Financial Secretary; and Cary Solomon, Recording Secretary Department Chairs: Michelle Katz Blumenthal, Education; Tom Friedland, Membership; Randi Garfinkel, Worship; and Alison Schwartz, Jewish Living Directors: Terry Axelrod, Janice Babins, David Blinick, Michael Davis, David Greenberg, Gillian Helfield, Paul Hellen, Melanie Nesbitt, Erin O’Connor, Alberto Quiroz, Fred Saunders and Michael Sherman, Jeff Levy, Brotherhood President, Gail Goodman, Sisterhood President, Marvin Tile, Chair, Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, Alan Garfinkel, Immediate Past President, and Jack Geller, Honorary President

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Reminder — meeting of Members of Holy Blossom Temple A meeting of the Members of Holy Blossom Temple (the “Congregation”) will take place on Thur. June 21, 2007, at 7.30 p.m., in the Philip Smith Congregational Hall, Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ont., for the following purpose: To consider, and if thought advisable, approve the following resolution: “Be it resolved that: (a) The Board of Directors of Holy Blossom Temple is authorized to: (i) proceed with the detailed design specifications phase of the Temple renewal project, on the basis of the design proposal that has been developed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects (including the construction of a new school building and a new congregational hall, the reorientation of the Main Sanctuary and the creation of a new central community gathering space), submitted to the Members of Holy Blossom Temple for review in December 2006 and approved by the Board of Directors on Apr. 26, 2007; and (ii) proceed with construction of the Temple renewal project on a basis consistent with the Diamond and Schmitt design proposal, provided that a financial plan is first approved, as described in paragraph (b), below; and (b) The Board of Directors of Holy Blossom Temple is directed, during the course of the detailed design specifications phase of the project and prior to the commencement of construction of the project, to submit a comprehensive financial plan for the project to the Members of Holy Blossom Temple for their approval by vote, provided that the financial plan has first been approved by the Board of Directors.”

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C e l e brat e with u s a s H o l y B l o s s o m T e m p l e t u rn s 1 5 0 y e ar s o l d

TSO honours Holy Blossom Temple


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Fifty years ago, on the occasion of Holy Blossom’s 100th Anniversary, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra honoured the Temple with a special concert. In October 1956, under the direction of Walter Susskind, the opening concert of the season featured pianist Glenn Gould. A half century later, the TSO is once again honouring the Temple. Join us on the evening of Sun. June 17, 2007, at Roy Thomson Hall, when the TSO will present a special concert in honour of Holy Blossom Temple’s 150th Anniversary. The concert, preceded by a gala

cocktail supper, will mark the formal conclusion of our 150th Anniversary celebrations. Nine months ago, we kicked off our 150th year with a Service in our Sanctuary, full of pomp and ceremony, followed by a rollicking outdoor party that attracted hundreds of Temple members of all ages. We expect our closing event to have the same emotional impact that we experienced last September — appreciation of our past, pride in our present and anticipation of our future.

Giora Feidman, the virtuoso clarinetist and soloist for this concert, is a pied piper who has the uncanny knack of making the whole audience feel involved in his performance. TSO conductor, Maestro Peter Oundjian, has invited Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner to participate in the concert. Imagine, one of our movement’s great cantors singing with one of this continent’s great orchestras! Make sure you do not miss this wonderful musical event. Join us for the gala cocktail supper before the concert or just come to the concert itself.

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Our Israel

Reflecting on Israel b y J eff D e n a b u r g , C o - c h a i r, I s r a e l C o m m i t t e e

Israelis reflect on their country more than other people. They analyze and develop opinions — and they want everyone to know them. One popular place for Israelis to express opinions is on their car bumpers.

essary wars”); the right (“There’s no peace with Arabs”); the religious (“No fear, Mashiach is here”); the secular (“Draft everybody”); and the humourous (“Death to extremists”). The chorus is based on the bumper The Sticker Song sticker “How much cruelty can we Three years ago, Israeli writer David swallow,” which was created by animal Grossman observed that the multitude rights activists but has many possible of bumper stickers presents a picture of interpretations. Israeli society. He started writing them Grossman selected hip-hop band down and thus created the lyrics of “The Hadag Nachash to compose the music, Sticker Song.” and the song became a big hit. Grossman was a prominent How much evil can you swallow? proponent of a ceasefire during Father have mercy, Father have mercy the final week of last year’s war They call me Nachman and I stammer in Lebanon. Ironically, his son (a tank commander) was killed How much evil can you swallow? in the last ambush of the war Father have mercy, Father have mercy after the ceasefire had been Thank God I’m breathing announced. Grossman was the speaker at the annual Yitzchak Rabin meThe song contains phrases from the morial ceremony this past fall, where he left (“We don’t have children for unnec-

made an impassioned plea on behalf of peace negotiations. V i s i o n o f Is r a e l

While describing himself as “totally secular,” he described the State of Israel as a “political, national and human miracle,” and offered his vision of Israel as “not only a safe haven” for Jews, but a country that “abides by Jewish and universal values” that “offers new meaning to Jewish existence” and “full equality and respect for its non-Jewish citizens.” Listening to David Grossman is an opportunity to reflect on Israel from the inside. To learn more about David and the sticker song, please visit www. olam/2004/08/16/david-grossmans/.


This past March, Holy Blossom Temple renewed a wonderful tradition, as members of the 2007 Confirmation class traveled to Israel. This was the first trip of its kind in 25 years. The students experienced the excitement and history of Israel, and realized the impact that Israel has on them as young Jews. The support provided by Temple members helped make this trip a possibility. In the past 10 years, congregants have established and donated to several endowment funds related to youth, J U N E 2 0 0 7 | S i v a n / Ta m m u z 5 7 6 7

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education and Israel. These funds allow us to broaden the experiences of our Temple youth and to encourage students to become knowledgeable and capable Jewish citizens. Camp is another quintessential experience for our youth. As the summer season approaches, our Temple community looks ahead to help our young members attend Camp George, in Parry Sound, Ont., the primary camping destination for Reform 

Jews in Canada. Our support will help youth spend their summers creating lifelong memories and enriching their Jewish identities. To donate to camp scholarships, please call Janice Feuer (ext. 265), at the Temple. We look forward to continued partnerships so that in the future our Temple youth can take part in the Confirmation trip to Israel, camping at Camp George and other annual opportunities.

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Building the foundation for our future

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Spring study For details on all lectures and programs, please call the School office (ext. 256), at the Temple, or visit our Web site at All programs and lectures are open to the community, unless otherwise stated. For your convenience, our daytime programs are marked with this symbol:

Shabbat Morning Torah Study: From Universalism to Particularism — As We Become a People

Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. This class, which continues throughout the summer, delves into the passionate writings of our prophets. New students are always welcome. Our New Siddur

Rabbi Yael Splansky Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. May 30 to June 13, 2007 Every siddur, in every time and place,

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shares a common form and is, at the same time, made unique by responding to the moment. In honour of our 150th Anniversary, we are preparing a new prayer book to inspire the spiritual aspirations of the next generation. Join Rabbi Yael Splansky for a sneak preview of a sample first proof, and learn the inner-logic of how our ancient prayers are structured — thematically, theologically and dramatically. Odd Couples in the Bible

Rabbi Dow Marmur Wednesdays at 8 p.m. May 30 to June 27, 2007 The Hebrew Bible has little to say about God, but much about human beings. Sex is central in human life — and scripture is concerned with it. In addition to accounts of unions that could be described as conventional, there are

tales about more improbable liaisons. This course will discuss five of them: Shechem and Dinah; Samson and Delilah; Boaz and Ruth; Amnon and Tamar; and Ahasuerus and Esther.

Book Talks: Heart Matters

Adrienne Clarkson Thur. May 31, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. Heart Matters chronicles an astonishing journey. Learn about former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson’s experiences as she shares some aspects of her life.

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t h e n e w n e ws i n Religious School

What’s new and improved in Holy Blossom Temple’s Religious School? “Taste of Temple,” the Junior Kindergarten monthly program, brought wonderful ‘little people’ to our halls — playing, singing and laughing! The Olive Branch Book Award was designed to encourage Jewish children to read Jewish books. Students in Grades 3 to 6 have read, and read some more, and will decide which book deserves the Award. Our Tanach Tournament team was the most successful team in the competition, and won all three rounds of the city-wide Tanach Tournament, an off-

shoot of the National Bible Contest. We are very proud of the students who took the time each week to prepare various chapters of the Torah to achieve this milestone. In the Senior School, the entire program has been changed this year and there is a wonderful momentum for next year. Students have an opportunity to pursue various topics within Jewish studies — through art, media, text, study and more. The most spectacular new program in Senior School is our Israel trip for the Confirmation class, which has changed the entire focus of the School for many students. We look forward to next year! Many of our new programs in the Religious School were funded by the community, and by the Temple and its auxiliaries. We thank everyone for their amazing support. Our Tanach Tournament winning team: (left to right, front row) Jacob Dicker and Michael Rosenberg; and (back row) Jonathon GordonChow, Happy Iscove (coach) and Emily Albert

Photograph by Debbie Spiegel

Pre-school happenings from Pam Hamovitch, Principal: How fortunate we are to spend our days surrounded by young children at Holy Blossom Temple’s Pre-School. Their voices, their giggles and their discoveries bring joy to all who are blessed by their company each day. We are often asked by prospective parents what exactly we ‘teach’ the children. I have answered that question hundreds of times during my 30-year career. Rarely, though, have I been asked to describe what I have gleaned from the hundreds of children who have been my students. These life lessons are far greater than the space parameters will allow in the Bulletin, but there have been many. The children’s curiosity, honesty, infectious giggles and bear hugs are constant reminders of how important the ‘small stuff ’ is. The overwhelming sense of fulfillment and gratification we feel by our work of ‘heart’ is a priceless gift. And so, while we may say l’hitraot at the end of June, we will also say todah rabah for the many blessings we have been given and the opportunity to kiss even a few scraped knees.

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HABSTY — another successful year


This year’s Bagel Box fundraiser was a huge success, thanks to all of our volunteers, including the HABSTY members who phoned our Holy Blossom congregants, as well as packed and delivered hundreds of boxes. I would also like to thank Brotherhood for its continued support. HABSTY’s year is wrapping up. We J U N E 2 0 0 7 | S i v a n / Ta m m u z 5 7 6 7

will be installing our new executive board in the coming weeks. I would like to thank the outgoing executive members: Alex Charendoff (President), Zev Glick (Programming Vice President), Carli Kadish (Social Action Vice President), Josh Richmon-Gould (Religious and Cultural Vice President), Robbie Denaberg (Communications Vice President), 

and Aaron Cincinatus (Grade 9 Representative). Their efforts this past year accounts for HABSTY’s success. If your children will be in high school next year, please e-mail me at zpaul@ to find out how they can become members of HABSTY and enjoy a new year of exciting programming. — Zach Paul, Youth Director w w w. h o l y b l o s s o m . o r g

Education Matters

Blessings and a few scraped knees

Getting older is inevitable; becoming grouchy or happy, lazy or co-operative is a choice.

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Thank you to the volunteers: Melanie Nesbitt and Judy Kanee, who lead the creative exercise; Paula Warren, who coordinates the programming; Sue Joel and Gail Goodman, who lead the kitchen team; Sheila Bacher, Tillie Bardikoff and Toby Ciglen, our greeters; and Gary Ciglen, Donna Colt, Sue Devor, Kathy Green, Daisy and Syd Jacobs, Edith Kirzner, Terrye Kuper, Pnina Margolese, Linda Neufeld, Janet Ryval and Rosalie Sussman. Special thanks to Leila Conn, who bakes her special cookies, and Peter Theimer and Ray Moses whose photography has captured

June 18 Old Time Sing Song | Helen Stewart, Muscician many special moments. Even more and Song Leader After this last program of the year, important, our success is due to we will take a break for the summer those who attend each week. and resume on Oct. 1, 2007. May 28 Siddur Pirchei S u mm e r Kodesh | Rabbi Yael Splansky Gathering Join us for a sneak peak at our Sat. July 14, 2007, 10.30 a.m. new prayerbook, which has been You are invited to join other sedesigned to inspire the spiritual aspirations of the next generation. niors during the regular Shabbat We will also welcome some of the Service to reconnect with your Temple’s Pre-School children, who long-time friends. After the will entertain us with some songs. Service, enjoy a light lunch. This Summer Gathering is for all June 4 Becoming a Reform Temple members, with a special inMohel | Dr. Barry Borden vitation to our senior congregants. Hear of Dr. Borden’s interesting Co-sponsored by the Connecting journey to become a Mohel. Team of the Caring Community and Sisterhood. June 11 Attitude is Everything | Dr. Harvey Silver, Psychologist

For more information, or to leave a message, please call the Seniors’ hotline (ext. 517), at the Temple.

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Events and Announcements

Readers’ Theatre: Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels

Wed. June 6, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. Anyone interested in reading and discussing plays related to the Holocaust is invited to attend. We will also explore ways to enhance our skills as dramatic readers. Library Hours for Spring 2007

Mon. May 28 to Wed. May 30 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon. June 4 to Wed. June 6 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer hours begin on Mon. June 11. Monday to Wednesday — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Beit Halochem

Thur. June 7, 2007, at 9 a.m. The Holy Blossom Temple Beit Halochem Committee is sponsoring an all-day outing to Stratford, Ont., with a

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group of disabled war veterans and victims of terror visiting from Israel, to see Oklahoma. Cost: $72, includes transportation and lunch. For more details, call Gillian Sarfin at (905) 881-6255 or e-mail her at

appointment outside of these times, please call ext. 234, at the Temple. If you are interested in becoming a Judaica Shop volunteer, please leave a message on the Sisterhood hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple.

Installation and Dinner

12th Annual Israel Day Festival

Tue. June 5, 2007, at 6.30 p.m. Please join us for our Installation Dinner with guest speaker Sue Bader, President, WRJ, District 3. RSVP to Elana Fehler (ext. 0), at the Temple.

Sun. June 3, 2007, at 11 a.m. Earl Bales Park, North York Come celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and spirit of Israel, under the patronage of the Consulate of Israel. For more details, please call Barbara Peters, at (416) 633-3988. Sponsored by the Canadian Zionist Federation.

Judaica Shop

Did you know that all proceeds from the Judaica Shop help support Temple activities, as well as the Religious School, the Library, Confirmands, Out of the Cold, Plaut Manor, camp scholarships, the Temple Singers and HABTSY. Why not stop by and visit the shop? Volunteer hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and Sunday 9.30 a.m to 12.15 p.m. To make an


Zareinu Moveathon

Sun. June 10, 2007, at 11 a.m. Join the Holy Blossom family in supporting children with special needs at the 10th Annual Zareinu Moveathon. For more details, please visit

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Our Congregational Family B’nei mitzvah

We would like to welcome the following people to our Holy Blossom Temple family: Amy Miller & David Rozin

Rabbi John Moscowitz and Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, on receiving Alumni Honorary Doctorates from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in honour of their 25 years as rabbis. Births Jennifer & Jay Brown on the birth of their daughter, Ella Bailey Brown. Proud grandparents are Mel Brown and Sharon & Lorne Tarshis. Proud great-grandparents are Yetta & Sam Brown, Betty & Murray Minden and Rose Tarshis. Temma Gentles and Ruth Gelber on the birth of their granddaughters and great-granddaughters, Mahalia Ellison, daughter of Melanie Gentles & Carlos Lanfranco, and Abigail Mackenzie, daughter of Naomi Gentles & Anand Maharaj. Whitney & Michael Gnat on the birth of their daughter, Teagan Joan Gnat, sister to Kendall and Colton. Proud grandparents are Howard Freedman, and Gayle & Willy Gnat. Proud great-grandmothers are Sylvia Grossman and Else Landauer. Judith Larenbaum, on the birth of her greatgrandson, Samuel Mogil, son of Robyn & Eli Mogil. Jenifer-Lyn & Roni Turner on the birth of their son, Zachary Harold Turner, brother to Max. Proud grandparents are Carol Tanenbaum and Emmy & Chaim Turner. Proud great-grandparents are Anne Tanenbaum and Zahava & Mordechai Turner of Israel.

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Dr. Ed Keystone, Dr. Jay Keystone, Marianne Keystone and Pam Keystone Anna Lurie, mother of Joav Prives and Uriel Priwes, sister of Eric Poznansky and Jack Poznansky David Miller, husband of Sylvia Miller, father of Anthony Miller, Pamela Miller and Sean Miller Harry Rasky, husband of Ruth (Arlene) Rasky, father of Adam Rasky and Holly Rasky, brother of Eddie Rasky and Sam Rasky Dr. Saul Sidlofsky, husband of Beatrice Sidlofsky, father of Michael Sidlofsky, Rabbi Paul Sidlofsky and Richard Sidlofsky, brother of Sam Sidlofsky Gordon (Gordy) Wolfe, husband of Linda Wolfe, father of Carrie Wolfe, Deborah Wolfe and Michael Wolfe

16 Sivan 5767/June 2, 2007 Charles Godfrey, son of Beth & William Godfrey

16 Sivan 5767/June 2, 2007 Ali Persiko, daughter of Susan & Rob Persiko 23 Sivan 5767/June 9, 2007 Shawna Allen, daughter of Bonnie & Michael Allen

23 Sivan 5767/June 9, 2007 Joey Lieberman, son of Lori & David Lieberman 30 Sivan 5767/June 16, 2007 Rebecca Lash, daughter of Dr. Elizabeth Tarshis & Dr. Rick Lash

Lights will be kindled in the Sanctuary, for seven days, starting the Saturday evening before the anniversary date, to mark the yahrzeit of the following:

7 Tammuz 5767/June 23, 2007 Oona Nadler, daughter of Patricia & James Nadler


7 Tammuz 5767/June 23, 2007 Dean Rosen, son of Lisa & Paul Rosen

The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Edward Isadore Charney, husband of Esther Charney, father of Rick Charney and Steven Charney Martin Keshen, husband of Rivi Keshen, father of Ellen-Ann Keshen, Larry Keshen and Stuart Keshen, brother of Sybil Harris Belle Keystone, wife of Harry Keystone, mother of Carolyn Keystone,



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Minna Tepper Jack Henry Meltz Harry David Burston Jeanette Freeman Ruth Goodman Larry Grossman Arthur Joseph Messinger Beatrice Smith Paul Bell Ralph Bregman Harry Green Philip Henry Diana Morgulis Pearl Sigal

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1 5 0 t h Ann i v e r s a r y F u nd

Gail Eisen, In Memory: Henrietta Chesnie Judge Sam Filer, In Memory: Henrietta Chesnie Ann & Gary Posen, Mazal Tov: Sheila & Bob Smolkin Blanche Posen, In Memory: Henrietta Chesnie General: Jane & Wayne Krangle C o o p e r F a m i ly Ann i v e r s a r y F u nd

Sami & James Cooper, Happy Anniversary: Jaimie Grossman; Melissa Grossman; Robbie Grossman F l o r a l F u nd

Shawna Allen, Bat Mitzvah: Bonnie & Michael Allen Charles Godfrey, Bar Mitzvah: Beth & William Godfrey Rebecca Lash, Bat Mitzvah: Dr. Elizabeth Tarshis & Dr. Rick Lash Joey Lieberman, Bar Mitzvah: Lori & David Lieberman Oona Nadler, Bat Mitzvah: Patricia & James Nadler Ali Persiko, Bat Mitzvah: Susan & Rob Persiko Dean Rosen, Bar Mitzvah: Lisa & Paul Rosen H o ly B l o ss o m T e m p l e F o u nd at i o n

Gail Eisen, In Memory: Daisy & Syd Jacobs; Mary & Henry Seldon; Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile Howard Garfield, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh Dr. Reva Gerstein, Happy Birthday: Nancy Ruth David Hart, Speedy Recovery: Clare & Monte Denaburg; Mary & Henry Seldon Joe Jonatan, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh David Miller, In Memory: Ernie Legiehn; Jon Pereira Esther Shub, In Memory: Freda & Allan Paull

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J o a n K e r b e l L e a d e r s h i p D e v e lo p m e n t

Marilyn & Chuck Gold; Miriam Green; Marilyn

Fishbein; Gail & Gary Goodman; Sybil Gordon and

F u nd

Hochman; Caroline Keystone & Jim Meekison;

Family; Shelley & Arthur Gans; Zita Gardner and

Gail Eisen, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple

Donna Keystone & Stephen Wahl and Family;

Family; Mindy & Howard Goodman; Margaret &

Beverley Koven; Mikel Koven; Merle Kriss; Julia &

David Hart; Jo Ann Hoffman and Family; Mimi

Lloyd Lavine; Jessica London; Harry Manson; Joan

Hollenberg; Ruth Gelber and Family; Ruth Green;

& Ray Moses; Nola Perzow; Lisa & Steve Pinkus

Andrea Hecht and Family; Judith Jordan-Austin;

and Family; Ann & Gary Posen; Nancy Prussky &

Debbie Katzman & Robert Zipursky; Edith Kirzner;

Ronald Steinberg; Gina & Jordan Rose and Family;

Barbara & Fred Kohan; Merle Kriss; Terrye & Jack

Judith & Jack Rose; Judy & Mayer Rosen; Carolyn

Kuper; Beverley & Sid Linden and Family; Jean

& Don Rosenthal; Miriam & Wilfred Ross; Nancy

& Richard Lorie; Jill & Ben Lustig; Judy & Elliott

Ruth; Judy & Michael Schwartz; Phyllis Schwartz;

Malkin; Karen & David Mock and Family; Sylvia &

Ruth & Sel Serber; Deenna & Michael Sigel;

Harvey Naftolin; Judy Newman; Razelle Roebuck &

Eleanor & Arthur Silver; Paula & Jeff Silverberg

David MacCoy; Carolyn & Howie Rose; Rose Rose;

& Family; Risa Sokoloff & Daniel Chitiz; Sheila

Nancy Ruth; Hope Sealy; Mary & Henry Seldon;

Steinhardt; Francie & Martin Storm

Lillian Schacter; Sandy Shiner; Shendleman Family;

Sisterhood; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood, Mazal Tov: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Blanche Posen, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Gordon Wolfe, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Dow & Fredzia Marmur Program for Ed u c at i o n a l E x c e l l e n c e

Cynthia Good & Dan Aronchick, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow and Family David Miller, In Memory: Phyllis & Manny Spivak Linda Shain, In Memory: Honey & Norman Schipper L e s l e y & R o n M i l l e r F u nd

Lesley Miller, Happy Birthday: Dena & Jay Arback and Family; Cowitz Family; Hopper Family; Cathy & Steve Lipton; Rhonda Safer & Mitchell Lipton; Pam & Morris Rozen; Deborah & Sidney Troister

& Paul Sidlofsky and Family; Stacey Silverstein and

F u nds

Family; Neri & Peter Slan; Brenda Spiegler & Mark

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Mona &

S. Anshan; Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile; Rosemary &

Bryan Charendoff and Family

Gary Tile and Family; Janie & Frank Tizel; Barbara

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Gila Humphreys; Ron Saunders; Aviva Wade and Family Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation:

David Hart, Best Wishes: Alice Waldman Lewis Mari Lynn Rusak, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow Gordon Wolfe, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Singers


B ’ n e i M i t z v a h F u nd

Barbara & Sam Frum O’Brien, Mazal Tov: Susan & Fred Birnbaum; Fela Frydman; Kelly Grier & Miles Nadal; Suzie & Murray Klein; Rachel & Neil Nisker; Judith Tatar & Sue Tanenbaum

Jennifer Borins Sutton, Yahrzeit: Borins Family

N a n c y R u t h Ed u c at i o n a l F u nd

Gail Eisen, In Memory: Clare & Monte Denaburg;

Lillian Dine, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow

Diana & Marvin Goodman Zita Gardner, Mazal Tov: Diana & Marvin Goodman

L o r r a i n e S a nd l e r T r i b u t e F u nd

Contacts for Donations

Aaron Krandel, Mazal Tov: Brenda & Colin Baskind

To make a donation to any of our existing funds, to learn more about how you can support the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, or to establish a new fund, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265.

S h a c h a r i t F u nd

Karl Bald, Yarzheit: Burtha & Henry Liss Mathilda Bald, Yarzheit: Burtha & Henry Liss and Family

O u t o f t h e C o l d F u nd

Gail Eisen, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen; Bonnie Lawrence Shear Harry Hands, Yahrzeit: Esther Hands, Children, Grandchildren, and Great-grandchildren Morris Kott, In Memory: Kathy & Maurice Green Gertrude Long, In Memory: Annalee & Brian Schnurr Gordon Wolfe, In Memory: Heidi & Neil Poch General: Melamed Family and Friends Seder Group H a r r y & B l a n c h e P o s e n End o w m e n t F u nd

Blanche Posen, In Memory: Sharon & Gordon Arbess; Robert Beattie; Nita & Mark Cohen; Esther Cole; Joanne & Gordon Cooper; Ellen & Bobby Eisenberg; Jillian Eisenberg & Danny Roth; Lynda Friendly & Manny Elkind; Shelley & Arthur Gans; Andrea Gerson & Howard Friedman and Family; Raylene Godel; Eleanor & Leonard Godfrey;

Zeller Cooper & Morris Cooper; Donna & Bill

Y o u t h Aw a r ds

Gail Eisen, In Memory: Nancy Ruth

B a r b a r a a nd S a m F r u m O ’ B r i e n

Track; Dora Track; Rosalind & Stan Witkin; Esther Zener; Joyce Zweig & Jack Halberstadt

Gila Humphreys; Ron Saunders; Aviva Wade and

M u s i c a l L e g a c y F u nd

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Diane & Gary Shiffman; Hanna Shlesinger; Wendy R a b b i s ’ a nd C a n t o r s ’ D i s c r e t i o n a r y

William Frohman, Yahrzeit: Amanda Frohman

To make a donation to One Family Fund (Aid to Survivors of Terror), please call (416) 644-4955.

Morris Granatstein, Yahrzeit: Joan & Don Granatstein Selma Millman, Yahrzeit: Ruth Rosen

To make a donation to MAZON Canada, please call (416) 783-7554.

Dr. Henry Sager, Yahrzeit: Adele Sager Max Shrier, Yahrzeit: Joni Eisenberg Laura Schipper, Yahrzeit: Michelle & Robert Schipper Sidney Schipper, Yahrzeit: Michelle & Robert Schipper G o r d o n W o l f e M e m o r i a l F u nd

Gordon Wolfe, In Memory: Dorothy & Bob Aaron; Carol & Bert Abugov; Sandra & Gordon Atlin; Nancy & Gerald Baker; Bernie Berger and Family; Matilda Bigio; Betsy Borden and Family; Susan & Barry Borden; Sanford Borins; Sandra & Jerry Chapnik; Joy & Charles Cohen; Mickey Cohen and Family; Shoshana Cole; Clare & Monte Denaburg; Florence Donnenfield; Miriam & Marvin Dryer;

To make a donation to the Toronto Community Forest Fund, please call Sybil Gordon at (416) 489-5709. We appreciate your support Holy Blossom Temple appreciates all donations to our funds; however due to rising costs, cards will only be sent for donations of $20 or more. We will continue to recognize all donations in the Bulletin. We apologize but due to space constraints, not all donations will appear in the Bulletin issue closest to the date on which the contribution was made. Donations in this issue were received by Apr. 10, 2007.

Ruth & Bob Ehrlich; Fradell Epstein; Rina & Saul


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This month @ Holy Blossom Sat. June 2

9 a.m.

Sun. June 3 10 a.m.

June 2007 Sivan/Tammuz 5767

Torah Study

Fri. June 15

6 p.m.

Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner

Annual Father Son Day at Toronto Island

Sat. June 16

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Sun. June 17 7.30 p.m. 150th Anniversary Closing Event: TSO Concert and Gala

Mon. June 4 10 a.m. Mondays @ the Temple, with Dr. Barry Borden 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Mon. June 18 10 a.m. Mondays @ the Temple, with Helen Stewart 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Tue. June 5 11 a.m. Advanced Hebrew Grammar 6.45 p.m. Sisterhood Board Installation and Dinner Wed. June 6 9.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 8 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Our New Siddur, with Rabbi Yael Splansky Reader’s Theatre: “Kindertransport,” with Diane Samuels Odd Couples in the Bible, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

Sat. June 9

Tue. June 19 11 a.m. Advanced Hebrew Grammar 7.30 p.m. Liberating Vision for the Jewish People, with Bonna Devora Haberman Wed. June 20 9.30 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study 8 p.m. Odd Couples in the Bible, with Rabbi Dow Marmur Thur. June 21

7.30 pm. Congregational Vote

Torah Study

Sat. June 23

9 a.m.

Mon. June 11 10 a.m. 7.30 p.m. Tue. June 12 11 a.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with Dr. Harvey Silver Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Wed. June 27 9.30 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study 8 p.m. Odd Couples in the Bible, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Wed. June 13 9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 8 p.m.

Fri. June 29 6.30 p.m. Shabbat Fusion (for 20 and 30 somethings)

Sisterhood Torah Study Lunch and Learn in Retirement: The Full Monty (Stage West) Our New Siddur, with Rabbi Yael Splansky Odd Couples in the Bible, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

9 a.m.

Sat. June 30

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Torah Study

For Worship Services, please see page 2. As dates and times may change without notice, please confirm all information by calling the Temple – at any time – to access our This Week @ Holy Blossom recording. The Bulletin is published 11 times a year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; e-mail:; Web site: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: Barry Silver; Senior Rabbi: John Moscowitz; Associate Rabbi: Yael Splansky; Associate Rabbi: Jason Rosenberg; Rabbi: Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Cantorial Soloist: Lindi Rivers; Director of Education: Deborah K. Spiegel; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Marvin Tile; Director of Development: Cheryl Zeldin; Bulletin Editor: Judy Nyman; Design and Production: Holy Blossom Temple was founded in 1856 and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism.

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The Last Word

A Temple that makes me proud


b y R a b b i J a s o n R o se n b e r g

As was recently announced, I will be leaving Holy Blossom Temple at the end of June. My family and I will be moving to Tampa, Fla., where I will be the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Am, a young and growing congregation. The city, the synagogue and its potential all offer so much that excites me, and we are very much looking forward to this new phase in our lives. A r e m a r k a b l e c o n g r e g at i o n

But, leaving Holy Blossom Temple also fills me with a profound sense of regret. I have spent nearly every day, since deciding to take a position elsewhere, acutely aware of what I will be leaving behind. Holy Blossom truly is a remarkable congregation, one which has captured my heart ever since I first came here as an intern seven years ago. Time and again, I am in awe of this congregation. Hundreds of Temple

members, young and old, fill our Sanctuary for Sukkot, Pesach or other holiday celebrations, on days that many other shuls are all but empty. Sunday after Sunday, that same Sanctuary is filled with the voices of the Temple Singers, who give their time, talent and passion ceaselessly. And countless members show how they care for our Temple, coming out to debate the future of our congregation at our recent Town Hall Meetings. Every month, we fill the Philip Smith Congregational Hall with a hundred or two tots and parents, who welcome in Shabbat with joy, good friends and delicious food. A vast array of adult education offerings, more likely to be found in an adult study centre than a synagogue, is offered yearly and attracts world-renowned speakers. Members, without reward or recognition, visit,

shop and cook for other members in need — people who they have never met before. I could literally fill this Bulletin with stories of how this Temple makes me proud, every day in which I am a part of it. S h a r e w i t h y o u r f r i e nds

Our Membership Department is unveiling a “Member Get Member” initiative, in which we ask you to recruit people you know (people who need a synagogue) to Holy Blossom Temple. Personally, I feel that bringing friends here is not so much recruiting as it is doing them a favour! It is sharing with them something that has brought me so much joy. I have never been affected by a shul the way I have by Holy Blossom Temple. I hope you get to share it with many of your friends in the way you have shared it with me for all these wonderful years.

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