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bulletin Vol. LXXXI No. 2 • October / Tishrei 5766 5766 Vol. October 2005 2005 •• Elul Elul 5765 5765/Tishrei

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Fall 2005 Lecture Series

Democratization: Is it for Real?

Yossi Klein Halevi Nov. 8



Christopher Hitchens Nov. 16

Samantha Power Nov. 21

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See page 10 for details.

Azar Nafisi Dec. 6


Daily/Shabbat Worship … 2, In Perspective … 3, High Holy Days 2005/5766 … 4, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah … 6, Family Worship … 7, Seniors’ Programming … 8, Cantor’s Notes … 9, Our Israel … 9, The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning … 10, Education Matters … 13, Web site … 14, Events and Announcements … 15, Our Congregational Family … 16, This Month @ Holy Blossom … 19, The Last Word … 20

Daily/Shabbat Worship

Daily/Shabbat Worship Daily Services Mon. to Fri.

7.30 a.m. 6 p.m. 9 a.m.


Shacharit* Mincha

Shabbat Minyan 10.15 a.m. * On Mon. Oct. 10, 2005, Shacharit Services will be held at 9 a.m. Shabbat Nitzavim Fri. Sept. 30 Sat. Oct. 1 Sat. Oct. 1

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

Shabbat Vayelech/Shabbat Shuvah Fri. Oct. 7 6 p.m. Sat. Oct. 8 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Congregation-wide Shabbat Service

Shabbat Ha’azinua Fri. Oct. 14 Sat. Oct. 15

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Congregation-wide Shabbat Service

Chol Hamoed Sukkot Fri. Oct. 21 Fri. Oct. 21 Sat. Oct. 22 Sat. Oct. 22

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

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

Shabbat Bereshit Fri. Oct. 28 Sat. Oct. 29 Sat. Oct. 29

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

Shabbat Noach Fri. Nov. 4 Fri. Nov. 4 Sat. Nov. 5 Sat. Nov. 5

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

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

For High Holy Day and Festival information, please refer to pages 4 and 6.

Pulpit exchange: What I Believe and Why Rabbi John Moscowitz — Sat. Nov. 5, 2005, at 9 a.m., Adath Israel Congregation Rabbi Steven Saltzman — Sat. Dec. 3, 2005, at 10.30 a.m., Holy Blossom Temple On Shabbat morning, Nov. 5, Rabbi John Moscowitz will be the guest preacher at Adath Israel Congregation and speak about his personal theology. This will be followed by lunch with Rabbi Moscowitz and Rabbi Steven Saltzman, to which all are invited to continue the discussion. Then, on Shabbat morning, Dec. 3, Rabbi Saltzman will address this topic at Holy Blossom Temple, followed by lunch with Rabbi Moscowitz and Rabbi Saltzman, to which all are invited. Pre-registration required. Please call Tania Blumenthal (ext. 246), at the Temple, or e-mail for more details and cost.

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Now in God’s presence removed from ourselves: God knows us because we confess what we would prefer to hide — the very sins that put us at some distance from ourselves. But what does this actually mean for us? Are we really noticed? Do we really matter?

In Perspective by Rabbi John Moscowitz

At no other time of the year as on these coming Days of Awe, are we aware of being so close to God and yet so removed from ourselves. It is almost as if we stand in the very presence of God — we who believe and we who do not and we who are not sure. At all other times of the year — Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot — our history speaks to us and almost for us. We come out of Egypt; we hear the Torah; we are sojourners in the desert. But not on the High Holy Days. We face God on these days in the context of community, true — but on our own: by our own reckoning, by virtue of our own deeds. We are known to God now, not mediated by the events of history, but through the acts of this past year that shape the very quality of our souls. “Mibsarcha lo titalem” — You shall not hide from your own flesh, you shall not hide from who you are in your very essence. This is the imperative of this moment. If we are close to God on the High Holy Days, it is, ironically, in part because we are

On the High Holy Days, we may wish to hide or not. But either way, ours is a world view that believes that God does take note of us.

In that regard, a story is told of the Rishiner Rebbe, who when he came home one day, noted that his little boy was crying. He asked his son why, and the boy answered, “Because I have been playing hide and seek.” “But that’s no reason to cry,” said the Rebbe. “It is Papa. I was hiding, but nobody was seeking.” On the High Holy Days, we may wish to hide or not. But either way, ours is a world view that believes that God does take note of us. That God is a Judge who cares and notices — and wants us to do likewise. Particularly to see how the world

is made up: that it has meaning; that we are important; that we are noticed. Or to put it differently, everything which makes up human experience and human history must be something other than, as Macbeth put it, “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” For underneath everything — what compels and what bores, what distracts and what rivets — the world is guided by the moral rules of a moral Judge. And therefore what befalls us — for good and for bad — is in some way related to what we do. Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, but when we do good there is an ultimate accounting and a final reward; and when we do evil there is, maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, an accounting and some kind of punishment. We may never see it. It may even be better that it is not in our hands. But Judaism believes this and nothing affirms it more than the Days of Awe. For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur teach that the world coheres because God judges, even if we don’t fully understand the judgement; that God notices, even if we don’t realize it; that we mortals, Jew and non-Jew alike, matter. Could anything be more important?

The W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award Mon. Nov. 7, 2005, at 8 p.m. The 2005 W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award will be presented to Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire. The Award is bestowed every two years on a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and to human rights. Dallaire’s courage, self-sacrifice and dedication to world peace saved the lives of thousands of Rwandans in 1994, when he led the United Nations mission in Rwanda. He is currently pursuing a Fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he continues his studies on conflict resolution. Introduction: John Fraser, Master, Massey College, University of Toronto Roméo A. Dallaire

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High Holy Days 2005/5766 at Holy Blossom Temple

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Erev Rosh Hashanah — Mon. Oct. 3 First Service

6 p.m.


Family Service

6 p.m.

Youth Chapel

Second Service

8.30 p.m.


First Day Rosh Hashanah — Tue. Oct. 4 First Service

8.30 a.m.


Early Family Service

8.30 a.m.

Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Second Service

11.15 a.m.

Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Late Family Service

11.15 a.m.

Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel

Children’s Service

1.30 p.m.*

Philip Smith Congregational Hall

(for children who do not yet read)

Second Day Rosh Hashanah — Wed. Oct. 5 Service

10 a.m.


Kol Nidre — Wed. Oct. 12 First Service

6 p.m.

Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Family Service

6 p.m.

Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel

Second Service

9 p.m.

Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Teen Service

9 p.m.

Max. E. Enkin Board Room

Yom Kippur — Thur. Oct. 13 Early Family Service

8.30 a.m.

Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel

Morning Service

10 a.m.

Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Late Family Service

11 a.m.

Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium/Youth Chapel/ Activity Room

Generation t Service

11 a.m.*

Max. E. Enkin Board Room

Study Sessions

1.30 to 3 p.m.*

(See box on next page for details.)

Children’s Service

1.30 p.m.*

Philip Smith Congregational Hall

(for 20 and 30 somethings)

(for children who do not yet read) Afternoon and Yizkor Services

3.30 p.m.

Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall

Ne’ilah Service

6 p.m. (approx)

Sanctuary/Philip Smith Congregational Hall

* Please note new times. Holy Blossom Temple


Yom Kippur Study Sessions

How the Talmudic Rabbis Turned Judaism Upside Down: Tractate Yoma

Intelligent Design: Is it Science, Religion or Neither

After the Tsunami and New Orleans: Arguing with God

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb

Evan Solomon CBC TV Broadcaster, Journalist and Author

Rabbi Michael Stroh

Max. E. Enkin Board Room

Youth Chapel

Maurice N. Eisendrath Auditorium

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion

Oz’s Confession: a Tale of Love and Darkness

Robin Roger Writer, Editor and Psychotherapist Activity Room

Here’s what’s new and important this year Family Services Due to the high demand for the Late Family Services on both days and to be fair to our congregants with young children, you may choose to come to either the Late Service on Rosh Hashanah and the Early Service on Yom Kippur, or the Early Service on Rosh Hashanah and the Late Service on Yom Kippur. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, firstserve basis.

Children’s Services Afternoon Children’s Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are for children who do not yet read. This year, children who read are invited to join their families at our Family Services throughout the High Holy Days. Children of any age are

welcome to attend the Ne’ilah Service in the Philip Smith Congregational Hall at the close of Yom Kippur (approximately 6 p.m.). BYOS — bring your own shofar, if you have one.

into all bags, purses or packages brought into the Temple. Please help us by arriving early to allow extra time for security procedures.

Special needs Take-a-Break rooms Take-a-Break rooms will be available during all High Holy Day Services to provide you with a place to take your child to play or read if he or she becomes restless during a Service. Parents must remain with their children in this room to provide supervision.

If you require special seating or reserved parking (for those with handicapped permits only), please call ext. 516, at the Temple, to make arrangements. Largeprint prayer books and hearing devices are available in the office before each Service begins.

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Thur. Oct. 13, 2005, 1.30 to 3 p.m.

Tickets and security

State of Israel Bond and Double Mitzvah

Tickets will be required for all Services, including Second Day Rosh Hashanah. Those without tickets will not be admitted to the Temple. Again this year, we will be checking each ticket and looking

This year, the State of Israel Bond cards will be included with your High Holy Days tickets. Please remember to bring the card to the Temple for Services on Kol Nidre. (See back page for more details.)

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Torah is alive and well after 3000 years 150th Anniversary by Henrietta Chesnie, Chair, 150th Anniversary Committee

Our Torah possesses incredible longevity, immense power and an awesome beauty. Having survived — virtually unchanged — through three millennia, it is responsible for holding the Jewish People together through unspeakable hardship and dispersal to the four corners of the earth. Although the Torah’s text is ancient, those who study it are able to find new insight and inspiration each time they read the sacred scrolls.

We want every member of Holy Blossom Temple to hear the amazing story of the Torah, feel his or her own connection to its power and experience the beauty of its verse. That is why we have undertaken Torat Chayim: The Sefer Torah Project. Through it, we will be doing much more than writing a new Sefer Torah for our synagogue. We will be giving everyone in our congregation a chance to view the Torah in an entirely new light. Our Sefer Torah project will officially be launched during our celebration of Simchat Torah in 2006, when we mark the completion of one year’s cycle of reading the Torah and the beginning of the next. Soon after, we will all bear witness as our scribe dips his quill into ink and carefully

writes the first letter of our Torah on a blank piece of parchment: Bereshit, meaning “In the beginning” — and what a beginning it will be! It will take almost a year for our Torah to be written, the very year that Holy Blossom Temple will be celebrating its 150th anniversary as a congregation. How appropriate, therefore, that the centerpiece of our 150th anniversary celebrations will be the Sefer Torah project. During our anniversary year, Torat Chayim will play a part in every aspect of Temple life and everyone in the congregation will have many opportunities to participate. By supporting this effort to create a new Torah, we will be able to see ourselves reflected in the finished product and define our own personal Jewish legacies.

Z’man Simchateinu ... Season of our Rejoicing Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2005/5766 Sukkot is the seven-day festival celebrating the fall harvest by waving lulav (palm/myrtle/willow) and etrog (citron) and by dwelling in sukkot (booths). Shemini Atzeret is the day after Sukkot, when prayers that the rainy season will return to the land of Israel are offered together with the Yizkor (Memorial) Service. Simchat Torah is the joyful holiday marking the completion of the annual cycle of reading Torah. Dancing shoes are required.


Shemini Atzeret

Consecration on Simchat Torah

Sukkah Decorating

Erev Shemini Atzeret Service

Sun. Oct. 16, at 12.15 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Help build and decorate the Temple’s sukkah.

Mon. Oct. 24, at 6 p.m.

Erev Sukkot Service

Tue. Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. Children’s programs and child care will be provided. A special luncheon will follow the Service.

Tue. Oct. 25, at 6.20 p.m. Holy Blossom Temple will hold Consecration on Simchat Torah. The joy of our celebration of Torah will be multiplied with the ruach of our Grade 1 students dancing with their new scrolls. Please see page 13 for more details.

Mon. Oct. 17, at 6 p.m.

Congregation-wide Sukkot Morning Service Tue. Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. Bring your lulav and etrog. Singing, creative Torah study and child care will be integrated throughout the morning. After the Service, enjoy a festive lunch with the synagogue community.

Congregation-wide Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service

Simchat T orah Torah Flag Making Tue. Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. A must for all young children!

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Simchat Torah Service and Celebration Tue. Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. Join us for a jubilant evening of rejoicing with the Torah to conclude our Tishrei Holy Days. We will dance the night away with Judy and David Gershon’s band. A special invitation goes out to all Camp George campers and staff.

Family Programming 2005 Do we have your e-mail? Family Programming wants to let you know what’s going on, and e-mail is the perfect way. If the Temple has your e-mail address, we will send you our monthly listing of what’s happening. If you haven’t received an e-mail from us yet, send one to, and we’ll get you on the list. (Don’t worry — no spam. It isn’t kosher.)

Tot Shabbat Services

Habitat For Humanity Build

Oct. 21 Tot Shabbat and Dinner Nov. 4 Tot Shabbat Nov. 18 Gesher (See article below for details.)

Sun. Oct. 23, at 8.30 a.m. All of our families are invited to join the rest of the congregation as we build a home for a less-fortunate family. Young kids and their parents can help with registration, lunch and more as we build. See page 8 for details.

Sukkah Party Sun. Oct. 23, at 12.30 p.m. As the stars come out, the party begins. Enjoy music, stories, games and lots of food — all in our very own sukkah. To RSVP, call Olivia D’Souza (ext. 260), at the Temple.

Moms’ Night Out Tue. Nov. 15, at 7.30 p.m. Just for moms — a evening of learning, discussion and food, with a great guest speaker. Watch the Bulletin and your e-mail for details.

Family Worship by Rabbi Jason Rosenberg

No matter what your age, we have a way for you to pray. Our special Services geared toward families allow you to pray with others in an environment that’s warm and friendly and comfortable for all.

Tot Shabbat Do you want to teach your kids how wonderful Shabbat is? Then join other families for Tot Shabbat. Twice a month, we gather for a Service that teaches our kids the joy of Shabbat. We incorporate music, prayer, stories, crafts and more to make Friday night the highlight of the week and an evening the kids love. Once a month, we follow up the Service with a dinner. For a small fee, we provide the chicken and guests bring a side dish. Not only do the kids have fun,

who need a change of scenery, plus special activities for the kids during the Torah Service. The parents get to enjoy an interactive text study and discussion, while the kids learn Torah their own way. And, of course, there’s food afterwards — a kiddush and Gesher New this year, we’re holding a Service that lunch, which gives the kids some time to play, and the parents lots of time to shmooze. introduces families to Kabbalat Shabbat. We’ve got fantastic music (led by David Three times this year, our Tot Shabbat regulars can learn what it’s like to be a part Gershon, Mark Weinstock and others), of our regular Friday Night Services, but in stimulating discussion and a group of wora setting that’s perfect for young families. If shipers who make this a complete Shabbat experience. All that’s missing is you. Join us you’ve ever thought of joining us upstairs for Shabbat, and see how wonderful on Friday night, but weren’t sure what it it is to take some time each week to be towas like, then this Service is for you! gether, as a family, in synagogue. and not only do you get to spend some time meeting the other families, but you get to be part of the easiest Shabbat dinner ever! To RSVP for a dinner, call Olivia D’Souza (ext. 260), at the Temple.

Family Services Shabbat isn’t just for kids, and neither are our Family Shabbat Services. This weekly Service is a full Service — one that speaks to the parents, but is completely kidfriendly. Music throughout engages old and young alike. While kids of all ages get involved, we also have a break room for those October 2005


A special invite Watch your mailbox and e-mail for an invitation to join your children’s classmates and their families at special Shabbatot. This is the perfect chance to try out one of the best reasons to be a part of Holy Blossom Temple!

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Seniors’ Programming at Holy Blossom Mondays @ the Temple fall 2005 It was great to see so many congregants back at our first Mondays @ the Temple program and to welcome those who joined us for the first time. We meet each Monday at 10 a.m., for coffee and socializing, followed by our program at 10.30 a.m., exercises at 11.30 a.m., and lunch (hot soup, juice, tea, coffee, cookies) at 12.30 p.m. The cost for the day is $2. For more details, please call the Seniors’ hotline (ext. 217), at the Temple. Please join us for the

following programs (note that we will not be meeting on Oct. 3 and 10, 2005 due to holidays): Oct. 17 God of Our Ancestors — What Can We Believe? with Rabbi Michael Stroh, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion Oct. 24 Jews of old Toronto, 1900–1914, with Bill Gladstone, Reporter, Canadian Jewish News Oct. 31 Tales of Mystery and Intrigue, with Peggy Needham, Storyteller

Lunch and Learn in Retirement fall 2005 Please join us for exciting daytime programming and socializing. The group meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons at 12 p.m. Please bring your own dairy lunch and we will provide coffee, tea and cookies. Cost: $1 Oct. 19 Arthritis and Aging, with June Henderson Nov. 2 Does your Vote Count? with Larry Gordon

Day time programing

Hands-on Mitzvah Project

Habitat for Humanity Sun. Oct. 23, 2005, at 8.30 a.m. 150 Pinery Trail, Scarborough (north of Hwy 401, west of Neilson Rd.)

Sukkot is the festival when we remember how our ancestors were homeless throughout the 40 years of desert wanderings. And we remember the fragility of life. What better time to volunteer to break the poverty cycle and house the homeless in our midst! Holy Blossom Temple is pleased to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Adopt-a-Day Challenge. Bring your steel-toed boots and your muscles to take part in this exciting initiative, which will enable a worthy family to have a place to call home. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours (must be 16 years of age or older). If you would like to be a part of the day by helping with registration or serving lunch, we need you too. For more details or to register, visit, or call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple. Registration is required.

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Welcome Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers Cantor’s Notes

in the Lachan Toronto Jewish Chamber Choir, and is pursuing the rigorous studies of a Hazzan. Together with our rabbis and senior staff, I am fully confident that Lindi will be a suitable substitute for me while I am away. I am looking forward to coming back with renewed vigour for a long stretch of good health and wonderful music.

by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

It is common knowledge by now that I will be taking a sabbatical, granted to me by our congregation. I will miss my congregation, our staff, my pulpit, my music and our precious Temple Singers. I am looking forward to teaching at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem for four months from Nov. 1, 2005 to Mar. 1, 2006, to train the fourth-year students of the School of Sacred Music. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lindi Rivers, who will join our staff as Cantorial Soloist, and who will be taking over my duties as Hazzan of Holy Blossom Temple for the duration of my sabbatical.

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Lindi Rivers

I have known Lindi for many years as a trained musician — possessing a warm, beautiful voice — a compassionate human being and a serious candidate for a promising cantorial career. Lindi has served as a cantorial soloist at Anshe Shalom Congregation in Hamilton, has sung as a soloist

I would also like to remind you to extend a warm welcome to Cantor Rebecca Carmi, who will be our second cantor for the High Holy Day Services. You can read more Rebecca Carmi about her in last month’s issue of the Bulletin.

Your vote is vital Our Israel

in recent WZC elections in the United States and around the world has resulted by Joan Garson, President, ARZA Canada in millions of dollars of funding for our Reform Movement in Israel, which has ARZA Canada, the been used for activities ranging from synaAssociation of Reform gogues to summer camps. Zionists of Canada, is Representatives of the Israel Movement the Zionist arm of the for Progressive Judaism, the Reform Canadian Reform Movement in Israel, have visited Holy Movement and an Blossom in the last few years to describe affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism the wonderful variety of activities of this (URJ). growing Movement. We hope you will be ARZA Canada represents the Canadian able to join us in November 2005, when Reform community in the World Zionist leaders of that Movement will again visit Congress (WZC) in Israel, which is the Toronto before the URJ Biennial in HousWorld Zionist Organization’s (WZO) ton. supreme institution and legislative body, Elections for the 35th WZC will be meeting every four years in Jerusalem. held around the world this winter. This The success of the Reform Movement year, elections must also take place in October 2005


Canada. In order to vote in these elections, you must be a member of ARZA Canada. By joining ARZA Canada and then voting in the upcoming election, you empower the voice of Reform Jews in Israel. If you did not join ARZA Canada when you renewed your Temple membership, forms are still available at the Temple, or by calling the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism (CCRJ) at (416) 630-0375. Your vote for ARZA Canada helps us secure significant financial and political support for Reform Judaism in Israel and around the world. Join ARZA Canada. Then vote for our Movement, our values and our Israel! Thank you for your support.

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Democratization: Is it for Real? This year’s Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Lecture Series will focus on democratization of previously undemocratic or tyrannical societies, an emerging reality in several places — in the Middle East and beyond. Some say this is an extraordinary opportunity and a turning point in the Arab world, if not in human history. Others argue just as fiercely that democratization is American hubris at its worst, led by an Administration that is out of control. Our series features four of the most compelling and controversial voices of our time, who will examine this explosive and significant issue with us. Yossi Klein Halevi, author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Mus-

lims in the Holy Land, is one of Israel’s most articulate figures. A Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, in Jerusalem, he is currently writing a book about the Israeli paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem in 1967. Christopher Hitchens, one of AngloAmerica’s most controversial figures and social critics, is the author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, Love, Poverty, War. He also writes for Vanity Fair, Harper’s and other publications. David Frum, author of the bestseller The Right Man, and a contributor to National Review Online, the National Post and other publications, will be our commentator for this evening. Samantha Power, founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human

Rights Policy at Harvard University, is the author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and a winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Azar Nafisi, author of the bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, is a Visiting Professor at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C. The importance of democratization for Israel, and the Jewish People as a whole, cannot be overstated. At the same time, this potentially world-changing phenomenon — for better or worse — has the potential to affect millions of people across the planet. Please join us for what are certain to be four stimulating evenings.

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Fall 2005 Lecture Series at Holy Blossom Temple

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Democratization: Is It For Real?

Yossi Klein Halevi

Christopher Hitchens

Samantha Power

Azar Nafisi

The View from Israel Tue. Nov. 8

Different Views from Washington Wed. Nov. 16

Cautionary Tales Mon. Nov. 21

The Power of Democracy in (Secret) Action Tue. Dec. 6

Introduction: Allan Gotlieb

Introduction: Margaret MacMillan

Introduction/Commentary: David Frum

Introduction: Heather Reisman

Please remember to bring your Advance Seating Card to ensure early admittance to these major lectures.

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The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning provides opportunities to come together for major public lectures, to study Torah and other literature, and to obtain the skills needed to lead a deeper Jewish life. The following pages list only some of the fall 2005 offerings of the Centre. For a complete list of all lectures and classes, please watch your mail for the 2005/ 2006 Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning Calendar or visit our Web site at All programs and lectures are open to the community unless otherwise stated. For your convenience, our daytime programs during the week are marked with this symbol:

Shabbat Morning Torah Study: Genesis — When the World was Young Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Sundays at 10 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study: Second Book of Kings Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. No classes on Oct. 5 and 12. The Yiddish Novel Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m. beginning Nov. 2 We will continue our study of the works of Yiddish author Haim Grade. A reading knowledge of Yiddish is desirable; however, all discussion will be in English. This course is open to the community; non-members will be charged a fee of $60.

and the joys of leadership. RSVP to Yanna Baizer (ext. 0), at the Temple. Studying the Talmud A Taste of Talmud Rabbi Dow Marmur Thursdays at 10.30 a.m. Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 It is impossible to fathom Judaism without knowing something about the world of the Rabbis of Talmud and Midrash. This course will look at six representative texts (the original and in English) and offer them for study and discussion. No prior knowledge is required, but curiosity is a big plus. If there is interest, there will be more such courses in the future. Library Programs Book Club: Farewell, Babylon, by Naim Kattan Ken Skolnik, Facilitator Mon. Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. For a complete list of books and dates, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple. Everyone is welcome.

Sisterhood Programs Strengthening Your Hebrew Leadership Workshop Lynn Magid Lazar, First Vice President Elect of Women of Reform Judaism Sun. Oct. 16, at 11.30 a.m. Please join us for this special workshop and brunch. Lynn Lazar will enlighten us on all we need to know about Sisterhood

Holocaust Education Week

Beginners Hebrew: Introduction to the Aleph Bet* Sara Kernerman, Teacher Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. Oct. 26 to Dec. 14 (also continues Wednesdays from January to May 2006) October 2005


Custody: The Vatican and Jewish Children after the Holocaust Michael Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto Wed. Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. This lecture will explore the controversial issue of the post-war fate of Jewish children rescued by Catholic families or institutions during the Holocaust, and about whom there has been intense controversy in recent months. At issue are the sometimes poignant custody battles that raged at the time and which have been revived in present-day polemics over the role of the Vatican during the Holocaust.

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Ongoing Learning

Intermediate Hebrew* Dalia Alalouf, Hebrew Supervisor Mondays at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 to Dec. 12 (also continues Mondays from January to May 2006) *Course limited to Temple members. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $200 per year. For details or to register, please call ext. 256 at the Temple. Advanced Hebrew Grammar Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Ongoing to Dec. 7 (no classes during October 2005; also continues Tuesdays from January to May 2006) Open to members only.

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather R eisman Centre for Jewish Learning Reisman

Brotherhood Breakfast Club The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke Michael Cole Sun. Oct. 30, at 9.30 a.m. Join us for a review of Steven Hayward’s new novel, set in Toronto in 1933 during the riots at Christie Pits. Men and women are welcome to join us for Shacharit Services at 9 a.m., our popular breakfast at 9.30 a.m. and a special speaker or presentation of interest to the Jewish community at 10 a.m. Our next two dates are Nov. 20 and Dec. 11. Brotherhood also sponsors some Tuesday night lectures. For more details and our 2006 dates, please visit the Brotherhood Web site at Opening Our Hearts Jewish Meditation Michelle Katz Blumenthal, Iyengar Yoga Teacher Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m. Oct. 26 to Dec. 7 How can we open our hearts to Jewish practices, which bring us closer to God, to our community and to ourselves? As we meditate and study together, we will look at some of the

contemplative teachings from our ancestors. In these sessions, we will practice mindful approaches to prayer, blessings and psalms with kavannah (intention), deepening and enhancing our connection to God. Pre-registration required. Cost: $60 for Temple members and $80 for non-members Book Talks Jewish Literary Classics Rabbi Bernard Baskin, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Anshe Shalom, Hamilton Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. Oct. 27 to Nov. 10 Oct. 27 The Sins of Scripture, by John Shelby Spong Nov. 3 Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop, by Joseph Lelyveld

Nov. 10 Jews and the American Soul, Human Nature in the 20th Century, by Andrew Heinze Influential Thinkers God in Search of Man: the Thought of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Rabbi Jason Rosenberg Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. Nov. 2 to Dec. 7 AJ Heschel was one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the 20th century and one of its greatest writers. Participants will look at his writings, and learn how this remarkable thinker combined a traditional faith with an unwavering commitment to rationality and the best of modernity.

The 2005 Israel Seminar

Is Israel an Imperialist and Racist State? Answers to the Critics Rabbis John Moscowitz and Edward Goldfarb Mondays at 7.30 p.m. Nov. 14 to Dec. 12 Was the Israeli War of Independence of 1948–1949 expansionist aggression? Did Israel start the Six-Day War? Is the Israeli occupation (of the disputed territories) the cause of all the problems? Does Israel torture Palestinians? These are only five of the many charges against Israel made not only by Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians, but by academics and journalists around the world. Alan Dershowitz answers these charges in his path-breaking defence of the Jewish State in his book The Case for Israel. In the third annual Israel Seminar, we will discuss these questions, which are so important to the future of Israel as a sovereign Jewish State. We recommend that participants obtain a copy of The Case for Israel. Pre-registration required. Cost: $40

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Brit Kehillah Education Matters by Bebe Jacobs, Director of Education

As a community, we have a responsibility to educate our younger members. But that education is complex. It’s not enough to teach them objective facts and knowledge about Judaism if they don’t think and behave like Jews. By that I mean that we haven’t succeeded in our goals if a student can recite every fact he or she has been taught but doesn’t know how to treat others and how to behave.

Friendly and fun It’s important that our Religious School is warm, friendly and fun. It’s also important that we create an environment that models that message: that how we treat each other and how we behave matters. It matters more than just what’s taught, because only when our children feel relaxed and safe and valued can they begin to learn. The teachers know how important it is to create community within the classroom, especially as the children only attend our school a few hours a week. But, in order to ensure that every child is on board in helping us to create a positive atmosphere, you — the parents — need to be on board too. This is why we’ve written and asked you to sign a Brit Kehillah. The word brit signifies an agreement, a promise; and kehillah means community. These are some examples of the points in the Brit Kehillah that we are asking parents to agree to: I will arrive prepared to participate in all aspects of the educational program; I recognize that everyone has the right to feel safe, cared for and respected, be able to learn to the best of his/her ability, be treated equally irrespective

of race, gender, physical characteristic or any other factors, and be able to learn and play without disruption; and I recognize that I have the right to be heard and the responsibility to listen to others and follow instructions.

What we do matters By signing this brit, you become aware that your family’s attitude towards what we do matters, and each family contributes and makes a difference to the ethos of our Religious School. Everyone needs to respect what we do, to respect each other and to help us create the sort of learning environment where we can celebrate our rich heritage — and to take seriously the sacred task of knowing what that heritage is all about. By ensuring that every parent becomes fully aware of what

we stand for and what our expectations are for the environment in which our children learn, we can become a more cohesive, supportive community and religious school. Of course, I’m happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about the Brit Kehillah. If you would like to speak with me, please make an appointment by calling Lissette Ilgner, (ext. 238), at the Temple.

Mark your calendar for these 2005 dates Sun. Oct. 16, at 9 a.m Grade 1 Parents/Student Program Fri. Oct. 7 to Mon. Oct. 10 Grade 10 Trip to New York City Mon. Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 No Senior School Sun. Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. Grade 6 Parent/Student Program

Grade 1 Consecration Consecration is celebrated in order to welcome our young members into the community. Consecration will be part of our Simchat Torah celebration on Tue. Oct. 25, 2005, beginning with Services in the Youth Chapel at 6.20 p.m. Consecrants and their parents will then join the community Service at 7 p.m., and will be honoured with the first Hakafah (Torah procession). Day School students and their families are invited to participate and should call the Religious School office (ext. 237), at the Temple, to RSVP. Religious School families are automatically included and do not need to call the office.

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Refresh this page Web site by Judy Nyman, Bulletin Editor

In keeping with the season of renewal, Holy Blossom Temple has revitalized its Web site. We encourage you to revisit and bookmark it as your reliable, up-to-date source for information about our Temple. Visit to discover: quick-loading Web pages; a comprehensive ‘search’ feature, which lets you search our site, including past issues of the Bulletin, D’vrei Torah and sermons; a Calendar of Services and Events, which lets you search for specific events and uses subject colour-coding to make your browsing easier. Calendar listings are viewable by day, week or month, and you can sign up for an e-mail reminder that alerts you three days before an event. You can also view specialized calendars for festivals and holidays, and a Hebrew calendar with candle-lighting times; a new e-mail subscription service allowing you to receive the weekly D’var Torah, or a monthly notice when

the Bulletin is available online; audio samples of Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner’s recordings and a list of music available on his CDs; a Photo Gallery, which will include photos of recent events; and maps and directions to assist your guests when they visit Holy Blossom Temple.

choice as our Web Master. Jerry can be reached at

D’var Torah

Temple member Mark Goodman continues to add value to our Web site with his insightful weekly D’var Torah — a commentary or instruction on a subject related to the weekly Torah portion. Mark’s commentary is posted on our Web We are also pleased to announce that, site every Thursday. To read it, please visit starting this month, you will be able to our Web site, and click on D’var Torah unmake online donations to Holy Blossom der the Avodah/Worship heading. Previous Temple, using your credit card. weeks’ commentaries are also available at this link. A new Web Master The ancient wisThank you to Jerry Michaels, a new memdom found in the ber of our congregation, for volunteering Torah and in its to become our considerations by Web Master. generations apart, Jerry has spent still retains currency countless hours in the clashes we improving the feawitness today; the tures and usability ideas of freedom, of our site and will progress and justice. continue to keep it Mark Goodman It is this core ideolup to date for us. ogy that has given Judaism the strength Jerry has been and vitality to grow and attain diversity Jerry Michaels managing Web within. sites for many years. His 30 years of We thank Mark for his continued teaching experience, combined with his dedication and time in producing love of technology and enthusiasm for this commentary for the our Temple volunteer work, make him a wonderful members each week.

Generation t (for 20 and 30 somethings)

The Fence Alexandre Trudeau Wed. Nov. 9, 2005, at 8 p.m. Holy Blossom Temple’s Outreach Program for 20 and 30 somethings presents the screening of Alexandre Trudeau’s provocative documentary, “The Fence,” followed by dialogue with him on the current challenge facing Israel and the territories. Drinks and substanial nashes will be served. Tickets: $12. For more details, please call ext. 502, at the Temple, or e-mail

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Events and Announcements Arts and Literature Fine Arts Committee TREE OF LIFE EXHIBIT BY MYRIAM NAFTE Continues to Mon. Oct. 31, 2005 This exhibit features a series of paintings inspired by the early splendours of handpainted shuls and manuscripts reflecting Jewish medieval life. The highly detailed and stylized canvases integrate various passages from the Old Testament. A CALL TO TEMPLE ARTISTS To help us celebrate the Temple’s 150th anniversary, the Fine Arts Committee invites you to participate in “A Show of Our Own” — a juried exhibition of art for members of Holy Blossom Temple to be held in spring 2006. Watch the Bulletin for more details. Gemilut Chasadim BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Helen Gia Levin, Grief Therapist Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 to Dec. 7, 2005 If you have lost a loved one, come to the Temple to find strength and comfort. Among other mourners, you will find that you are not alone as you mourn. While the cost is generously subsidized by the congregation, we invite each participant to contribute $50 for these sessions. To register, please call Cynthia Silverman

Attention Snowbirds If you are spending all or part of this winter outside of Canada, you may either: continue to receive your Bulletin at home, receive it at your winter address or receive it as an e-mail (Adobe PDF) attachment. To make a change in delivery, please call Shannon Tramer (ext. 227), at the Temple.

(ext. 276), at the Temple. We will offer this series again in the spring. Out of the Cold VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP NIGHT Thur. Oct. 20, 2005 6.30 p.m. for Temple members; and 7.30 p.m. for all others We are looking for new and former volunteers to shop, set the tables, cook dinner, provide security, prepare bagged lunches, clean up in the evening or the morning, wash pots and pans, help with clothing donations, serve dinner, visit with guests and prepare breakfast. All volunteers must sign up ahead of time. For more details, please call the Out of the Cold hotline (ext. 508), at the Temple. Sisterhood PROJECT 2005 RAFFLE DRAW The main prize is a romantic weekend for two at The Briars, Lake Simcoe, including all meals. Sisterhood uses the proceeds for its many worthwhile endeavours and is counting on your support. SISTERHOOD JUDAICA SHOP The Judaica Shop offers wonderful items for all your special occasions: Rosh Hashanah cards and hostess gifts, Chanukah gifts, Passover items, Judaica, books, calendars and more. Our hours are: Monday to Friday 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Sunday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION Please join us for coffee and conversation when you pick up your children from Religious School on Sundays. Sisterhood members will be serving coffee from 11 a.m. in the Ava Road Foyer. Greater Community HELPING THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA To make a donation to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, please visit to donate through UJA Federation, or visit to donate through United Israel Appeal (UIA) Federations Canada. You can also donate by calling the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism (CCRJ) at (416) 630-0375.

Annual General Meeting Sun. Nov. 27, 2005, at 10 a.m. This is an exciting time in the life of our congregation. Please join us for the annual meeting and take advantage of the opportunity to be an informed, participating Temple member. Ask your questions and hear what the leadership has to say about future plans.

Brotherhood Annual Open House and Trivia Challenge Dinner Wed. Oct. 26, 2005, at 6.30 p.m. All members and potential members of Brotherhood are invited to this get-acquainted evening. Test your Jewish and general trivia knowledge. Prizes for all. To RSVP for the dinner, please call the Brotherhood hotline (ext. 530), at the Temple, or e-mail us at Details at

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Our Congregational Family In Memoriam

Welcome to Our Temple Family We would like to welcome the following people to our Holy Blossom Temple Family: Nancy & Gerald Baker Margot & Lawrence Baker, and Jared Kenneth Beasley Janice Bereskin & Ira Barkin, and Kylie and Jake Louise & Jan Blumenstein, and Joelle Helen & Stephen Brunswick, and Adam and John Elaine & Ted Cole Nisa & Matthew Diamond, and Jaryd & Darya Cila Drucker Cheryl Rosen & Daniel Drucker, and Jeremy and Mitchell Tara & Michael Fingold, and Cole and Mimi Susie Sheffman & Lyle Goodis, and Ben and Molly Elizabeth Greisman, and Benjamin and Maude Holly & Bernard Hellen Gay & Gerald Lokash, and Katie Leslie & Howard Mandel, and Joshua and Michael Paula Moshonas Faith Halman & Bradley Pelman, and Joey Cynthia & Jay Stulberg and David Lisa & Christian Taylor, and Ethan and Hayden David Zweig

The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Ben Biback, father of Norman Biback Sidney Fisher, husband of Sylvia Fisher, father of Larry Fisher and Paula Moscowitz, brother of Edith Kirzner Rose Gladstone, wife of Max Gladstone, mother of Lorne Gladstone and Wilf Gladstone, sister of Hymie Marder Pearl Lazonick, mother of Bayla Kolk, Bill Lazonick and Judy Wine Saul Morris, husband of Anita Morris, father of Daniel Morris, Ian Morris and Michael Morris Andrew Pack, son of Linda & Samuel Pack, brother of Jessica Pack, grandson of Ethel Bain Genia Schneiderman, mother of Simon Schneiderman

Memorial Plaques 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:

Mazal Tov Births Shari & Bill Horvath on the birth of their daughter, Alexis Katie Horvath. Proud grandparents are Eva Horvath, and Anita & Val Rachlis. Proud great-grandparents are Ruth & Frank Gishman. Aviva Wittenberg & Evan Ross on the birth of their daughter, Noa Laila Ross-Wittenberg. Proud grandparents are Pauline & Gerald Ross and Carolyn & Jean-Victor Wittenberg. Lisa & Christian Taylor on the birth of their son, Hayden Cole Taylor, brother to Ethan. Proud grandparents are Beverley & Leslie Rothschild, and Isabel & Chris Taylor.

Name Date Deborah Betel Sept. 19* Norman Stein Sept. 27* George Barruch Oct. 1 Jack Davidson 1 Clara Senderowitz 1 Rebecca Wall 1 Anna Hutner 2 Maurice Lavine 2 Samuel Rubinoff 2 Chick S. Sandler 2 Samuel Sandler 2 Harry Scolnick 2 Harry Pencer 3 Amalia Pless 3 Jack Wintrob 3 William Wintrope 3 Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg 4 Hortense Geldzaeler 4 Bertrand Gerstein 4 Philip Hanick 4 Samuel David Pollack 4

B’nei Mitzvah

26 Tishrei 5766/Oct. 29, 2005 Sarah Emily Firestone, daughter of Wendy Linden & Stephen Firestone

3 Cheshvan 5766/Nov. 5, 2005 Samuel Bayefsky, son of Lois Greisman & Eban Bayefsky

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Name Date Cemach Rotsztain Oct. 4 Irwin Smith 4 Sidney Taube 4 Rohama Killem 5 Leon Pape 5 Myer Bald 6 Fanny Bender 6 Irving Berenson 6 Samuel Kirsch 6 Dora Birn 7 Max Kassel 7 Irving Salter 7 Joseph Shulman 7 Louis Eisen 8 Jenne Goodman 8 Samuel Harris 8 Anne Marshack Mandell 8 Alexander Pearlstone 8 Arthur Louis Wynston 8 Betty Geller Bliss 9 Bertha Fremont 9 Jeanette Goldhar 9 Toby Leah Goldstein 9 Bessie Fainstein 10 Henry Rosenthal 11 Eva Seligman 11 Mary Steiner 11 Rebecca Taube 11 Louis Cole 12 Louis Mandel 12

Name Date Name Date Jennie Beber Oct. 24 Marley Pollock Oct. 12 David Rothschild 24 Ralph Roger 12 Samuel Louis Shendroff 24 Gertrude Casselman 13 Jennie Yudashkin 24 Gertrude Gardiner 13 Eva Margolies Cohen 25 Sarah Greenwood 13 Sadie Wolfe Danson 25 Tina Louise Stupp 13 Mila Smialy Penn 25 Bernard Goldstein 14 George Samuel Shear 26 Jacob Lipson 14 Ethel White 26 Percy Singer 14 Esther Wolfe Stein 28 Fannie Smith 14 Harry Cohen 29 Pearl Banks 15 Diane Eisen 29 Amalia Dan 15 Milton Bernard Lambert 29 Maxwell Levy 15 Aziz Yacoob 29 Dewey David Bloom 16 Rebecca Gertrude Eisen 30 Max Pascal 16 Joseph Gutman 30 Sydney Ezrin 17 Betty Kofsky 30 Norma Revo 17 Helen Mandel 30 Reuben Rosefield 17 Sadie Berman 31 Florence Roth 17 Gerald George Nashman 31 Harry Shapiro 17 Irving Beckerman Nov. 1 Gertrude Cohen 18 Jack Giddens 1 Anne Nashman 18 Sara Keyfitz 1 Celia Smith 18 Herbert Leon 1 Jessie Gertrude Cook 19 Sydney Cecil Olsberg 1 Rose Kanoff 19 George Arthur Pollock 1 Elliott Lloyd Marrus 19 Pauline Shapero 1 Henia Anna Zelechew 19 Benjamin Stutz 1 David Budish 20 David Alan Turner 1 Rose Osler 20 Leonard Wolfe 1 Joseph Pearlstein 20 Rose Abiscott 2 Slaaveh Raicus 20 Irving J. Cole 2 Sol Alter 21 Edward Garfin 3 Toby Denaburg 21 Percy Irwin Pasternak 3 Zelma Solursh 21 Ruth Strauch 3 David Louis Harris 22 Leah Martha Brown 4 Louise Lebo 22 Percy Kopman 4 Mary Lipson 22 Hartley Schipper 4 Blanche Ruth Rosenfeld 22 Elizabeth Spira 4 Rose Baker 23 Barbara Baltman 5 Sophie Blackstone 23 Golda Fine 5 Isa Cohen 23 Rebecca Rosenberg 5 Nathan Joel Stitt 5 Israel Lurie 23 Bessie Winters 5 Fred. W. Wolff 23 * Inadvertantly omitted from the last Bulletin.

Ruth Borden Memorial Youth Award Fund Barry Borden, In Honour: Jean Silver Brotherhood Fund Sandra & David Sandler, Marriage of Son: Susan & Jeff Levy Tom and Jeanette Brown Memorial Fund Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Family of Hershel Lebo Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Family of Hershel Lebo Danson Family Fund Joseph B. Danson, Yahrzeit: Theodora & Bert Danson; Marilyn Farber and Family Jean Fine Seniors Fund Max Blum, In Memory: Kathy & Maurice Green Norman Kerbel, 80th Birthday: Arlene & Carl Stone Lesley & Ron Miller, In Honour: Kathy & Maurice Green Diana Morgulis, In Memory: Leila Conn, Marilyn Farber; Gail & Gary Goodman; Judy & Elliott Jacobson; Pnina Margolese; Ruth Nesbitt & Javier Castro; Nancy & Sam Ruth; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Albert Oberndorffer, Yahrzeit: Theodora & Bert Danson Joy & Herb Wolfson, 50th Anniversary: Tema & Irwin Title Mondays @ Temple Volunteers, In Appreciation: Mondays @ Temple Participants Gardner Family Fund Jack Geller, Special Birthday: Zita Gardner Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Evelyn & Harold Ashley, 50th Wedding Anniversary: Elinor & Beryl Borsook Max Blum, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Barry Borden, In Honour: Linda & Gordy Wolfe Rose Duviner Shulman, In Memory: Roz & Stan Witkin Gunnar Funke, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Anita & Ned Goodman, In Appreciation: Barbara & Richard Conway Joy Guttman & Perry Young, Marriage: Sandra & David Sandler Jill Hertzman, In Honour: Jane & Robert Herman Merle Kriss, Birth of Grandson: Roz & Stan Witkin Diana Morgulis, In Memory: Matilda Bigio; Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Sam Good; Sally & Ben Jacobson; Jeanne Kamarner; Bambi Katz & Al Freireich; Lily Lee; Sheila & Martin Wolfish Rose Duviner Shulman, In Memory: Roz & Stan Witkin Percy Smith, In Memory: Roz & Stan Witkin Len Sober, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Isenberg Endowment Fund Joe Mann, In Memory: Rose Fogle; Annette Fogle Israel Study Fund Len Sober, In Memory: Anne Dublin

Aid for Survivors of Terrorism Terrye & Jack Kuper, 50th Wedding Anniversary: Julie & Michael Noorden Alan Hiltz, In Appreciation: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan

Joan Kerbel Leadership Development Fund Max Blum, In Memory: Sara & Rick Charney, Sarita Dotan; Carmen Horvath; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Sara Charney, In Honour: Shoshana Cole; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Gail Goodman, In Honour: Sheila & Bob Smolkin Gail & Gary Goodman, Mazal Tov: Janice & Larry Babins; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Sybil & David Gordon, In Honour: Sara & Rick Charney Norman Kerbel, 80th Birthday: Faga & Milton Clapham; Sally Gallinger, Diane & Bernie Novack Diana Morgulis, In Memory: Sara & Rick Charney

Accessibility Fund Max Blum, In Memory: Etta Ginsberg McEwan Selma Eisen, In Memory: Etta Ginsberg McEwan Gordon Wolfe, In Honour: Etta Ginsberg McEwan

Library Book Fund Daniel Bayefsky, In Honour: Bayefsky Family Diana Morgulis, In Memory: Carmen & Andrei Horvath, and Emil; Marlene & Robert Ruderman

We thank our generous donors

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Dow and Fredzia Marmur Program for Educational Excellence Barbara Bagnell, Special Birthday: Ellen Karabanow Bambi Katz, In Appreciation: Sheila & Bob Smolkin Terrye & Jack Kuper, In Honour: Esther & Marvin Tile Celia Levy, Yahrzeit: Sybil & David Gordon and Family Fredzia & Dow Marmur, In Honour: Etta Ginsberg McEwan Diana Morgulis, In Memory: Walter Seaton Len Sober, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin

Joanne Hoffman, In Appreciation: Natalie Florence and Family Lorraine & Alan Sandler, Best Wishes: Pam & Greg Hamovitch Alison Weinrib, In Appreciation: Natalie Florence and Family Barry Z. Schacter Youth Award Fund Helen & Joe Feldman, In Honour: Lilian Schacter Helen Greenbaum, In Honour: Lilian Schacter Bryna Hyman, Best Wishes: Lilian Schacter Liz & Ivan Jaye, In Honour: Lilian Schacter and Family Elaine & Clarence Katz, In Honour: Lilian Schacter Linda & Cecil Schwartz, In Honoour: Lilian Schacter Helene Silverman, In Honour: Lilian Schacter

Musical Legacy Fund Max Blum, In Memory: Annie & Michael Appelby; Phyllis Wintraub Toby & Gary Ciglen, 50th Wedding Anniversary: Fran & Murray Ellis Selma Eisen, In Memory: Annie & Michael Appelby Helen Feldmann, Special Birthday: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Kathy & Maurice Green, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow Mari Lynn Rusak, Birth of Granddaughter: Holy Blossom Temple Singers

Shacharit Fund Miriam Cohen, Yahrzeit: Devor Family David Collins, Yahrzeit: Eve Ennis Gunnar Funke, In Memory: Lesley & Ron Miller Fanny Galfund, Yahrzeit: Lillian Sherman Stephanie Kessler, Yahrzeit: Harvey Kessler Irene Klein, Yahrzeit: Vera & Alex Mandel Helen Mandel, Yahrzeit: Vera & Alex Mandel Diana Morgulis, In Memory: Reba Clodman; Lesley Miller; Isaac Morgulis Bessie Salem, Yahrzeit: Jocelyn & Shia Salem Mark Solomon, Yahrzeit: Joan Tucker John Sweet, In Appreciation: Hedie & Arnie Unger Josephine Webber, In Memory: Lesley & Ron Miller

Olsberg Rutsatz Fund Naomi Gropper Steiner, Yahrzeit: Olsberg Family John Loughrey, In Memory: Elke & Mel Olsberg Out of the Cold Matilda Bigio, In Honour: Margaret & David Hart; Ron Hart Max Blum, In Memory: Fran & Murray Ellis; Ann & Gary Posen Kevin Davis, In Honour: Tina Urman & Carey Diamond, and Shayna, Sunny and Rory Harold Fine, 90th Birthday: Norma & Max Borinsky Gunnar Funke, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen; Lydia Schaverien; Debby & Sid Troister; Elaine & David Wolpin Kathy & Maurice Green, Birth of Granddaughter: Janice & Larry Babins; Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson Roz & Mel Muroff, Happy Anniversary: Ann & Gary Posen Grace & Joseph Soren, 65th Anniversary: Janis & Gary Soren Jen Green & Michael Smolash, Birth of Daughter Ayla: Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson Florence Hertzman, Special Birthday: Lois Greisman & Eban Bayefsky, and Daniel and Sammy

Leonard Wolf Educational Fund Rothstein Family, Happy Anniversary: Carol Dale; Honey Wolf Youth Awards Marjorie Baskin, In Memory: Esther Zeller Cooper & Morris Cooper, and Andrea and Jessica Suzanne & Stuart Egier, Aaron’s Graduation: Debby & Avery Teplinsky Abraham Freuerlich-Berecz, Yahrzeit: Helen Barto Bambi Katz, In Honour: Eleanor & Lou Wisenberg Lili Katz, 70th Birthday: Tania & Brian Blumenthal, Jenna and Mikayla Annie LeSarge, In Honour: Margaret & David Hart Jeremy Solomon, Confirmation: Harvey Borden

Harry and Cecile Pearl Youth Award Fund Fred & Joyce Zemans, Wedding Anniversary: Leslie & Adam Griff and Family; Carol & Alan Lavine; Charlotte & Samuel Schwartz

Contacts for Donations

Plaut Manor Victoria Kepes, Bat Mitzvah: Goltanich Family

To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 228.

Project Tikvah Max Blum, In Memory: Gail & Barry Silver Yehezkel Lipinsky, Bat Mitzvah: Gail & Barry Silver Gail & Barry Silver, Mazal Tov on Restaurant Opening: Judy Jordan-Austin; JoAnne Slobodsky Len Sober, In Memory: Julie & Lawrence Schwartz

To learn more about how you can support the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, or to establish a new fund, please call Deborah Tameanko, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 228. To make a donation to MAZON Canada, please call (416) 783-7554. To make a donation to the Toronto Community Forest Fund, please call Sybil Gordon at (416) 489-5709.

Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Shelly Gans Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, In Appreciation: June Dennis Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Appreciation: Marie Knaul Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Andrea Cooper; Marie Knaul

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 $18 or more. We will continue to recognize donations of $18 or more in the Bulletin.

Nancy Ruth Educational Fund Jack Geller, Special Birthday: Ellen Karabanow Sam Ruth, In Honour: Etta Ginsberg McEwan

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 Aug. 19, 2005.

Lorraine Sandler Tribute Fund Len Sober, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Pre-School Teachers Pam Hamovitch, In Appreciation: Natalie Florence and Family

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This month

Holy Blossom

Sat. Oct. 1 9 a.m.

27 Elul Torah Study

Sun. Oct. 2 10 a.m.

28 Elul Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers)

Sat. Oct. 8 9 a.m.

5 Tishrei Torah Study

Sun. Oct. 9 10 a.m.

6 Tishrei Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers)

Sat. Oct. 15 9 a.m.

12 Tishrei Torah Study

Sun. Oct. 16 10 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 12.15 p.m.

13 Tishrei Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers) Sisterhood and the Joys of Leadership, with Lynn Lazar Sukkah decorating

Mon. Oct. 24 10 a.m.

14 Tishrei Mondays @ the Temple, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Wed. Oct. 19 9.30 a.m. 12 p.m.

16 Tishrei Sisterhood Torah Study Lunch and Learn in Retirement, with June Henderson

Thur. Oct. 20 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m.

17 Tishrei A Taste of Talmud, with Rabbi Dow Marmur Out of the Cold Volunteer Sign Up

Fri. Oct. 21 6 p.m.

18 Tishrei Tot Shabbat and Dinner

Sat. Oct. 22 9 a.m.

19 Tishrei Torah Study

Sun. Oct. 23 8.30 a.m. 10 a.m. 12.30 p.m.

20 Tishrei Habitat for Humanity House Build Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers) Sukkah Party

Mon. Oct. 24 10 a.m. 10 a.m.

21 Tishrei Mondays @ the Temple, with Bill Gladstone Library Book Club, with Ken Skolnik

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Tue. Oct. 25 6 p.m. 6.20 p.m. 7 p.m.

22 Tishrei Simchat Torah Flag Making Consecration Simchat Torah Service and Celebration

Wed. Oct. 26 9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 6.30 p.m.

23 Tishrei Sisterhood Torah Study Jewish Meditation Beginners Hebrew Brotherhood Open House and Trivia Challenge

Thur. Oct. 27 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

24 Tishrei A Taste of Talmud, with Rabbi Dow Marmur The Sins of Scripture, with Rabbi Bernard Baskin

Sun. Oct. 30 9 a.m. 10 a.m.

27 Tishrei Brotherhood Breakfast Club Liturgy through Music (Temple Singers)

Mon. Oct. 31 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

28 Tishrei Mondays @ the Temple, with Peggy Needham Intermediate Hebrew

Tue. Nov. 1 11 a.m.

29 Tishrei Advanced Hebrew

Wed. Nov. 2 9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12 p.m. 6.30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 8 p.m.

30 Tishrei Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel Jewish Meditation Lunch and Learn in Retirement, with Larry Gordon Beginners Hebrew Bereavement Support Group God in Search of Man, with Rabbi Jason Rosenberg Custody: The Vatican and Jewish Children after the Holocaust, with Michael Marrus

For Worship Services, please see page 2. For High Holy Day Services and Study Sessions, please see pages 4 and 5.

As dates and times may change without notice, please confirm all information by calling the Temple – at any time – to access This Week @ Holy Blossom recording. The Bulletin is published 11 times a year, between September and June, 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: Alan Garfinkel; Senior Rabbi: John Moscowitz; Associate Rabbi: Yael Splansky; Assistant Rabbi: Jason Rosenberg; Rabbi: Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Director of Education: Bebe Jacobs; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Nyman; Bulletin Committee Chair: Richard Rotman; Bulletin Editor: Judy Nyman. Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: 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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Elul 5765/ Tishrei 5766

How the individual prepares for the Days of Awe Last Word

etc. Yet the High Holy Days stand alone in that they are focused on the concerns by Rabbi Yael Splansky of the individual — his weakness, her strength, my regret and your potential. I wonder if this is why the High Holy Most people across Days are observed so widely. The themes the map of time and of self-reflection and self-renewal are space primarily view compelling for every Jew. themselves as part of While our surrounding secular culture a collective and view seems to be obsessed with the needs and their own story to be interests of the individual, we must be the same as the story of the collective. careful not to diminish the High Holy The boundaries of where an individual ends and his or her loyalties to others begin Days to be seen as just another self-help indulgence. The Days of Awe only make are blurred by a greater identity with a whole. However, Judaism has distinguished sense when they take place in the context of our collective, which includes our itself throughout the ages by recognizing the needs and potential of each human life. People and our God. The kind of reflection and renewal we seek is only We see it in our calendar. Our year is successfully found when an individual filled with holidays that mark historical examines and reasserts his or her loyalties events and core values of our People: to others, including God. Pesach, Shavuot, Purim, Yom Ha’Atzmaut,

On Repentance The Sefat Emet, a late Chasidic master, teaches that there are two kinds of teshuvah (repentance): one motivated by fear and one motivated by love. The one motivated by fear turns us away from wrong doing; the one motivated by love towards acts of goodness. When motivated by love, one can turn and change course on his or her own, with out the help of God. But when burdened by wrong doing and regret, one cannot reach change alone. Fear, then, becomes a great motivator, for God helps those who are afraid to change. As it is written in the Book of Lamentations: “Return us to You, O God, and we shall return.” Let our fear motivate us to distinguish individuality from loneliness and let our love for our People motivate us to strengthen our ties of loyalty to one another and to God.


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