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Vol. LXXXII No. 2 | October 2006 | Tishrei /Cheshvan 5767

in this issue Daily/Shabbat Worship 2 | In Perspective 3 | High Holy Days 2006/5767 4 | Education Matters 5 | The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning 6 | Our Israel 9 | 150th Anniversary 10 Our Communal Celebrations and Commemorations 12 | Events and Announcements 15 | Our Congregational Family 16 | This Month @ Holy Blossom 19 | The Last Word 20

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Scholar in Residence Weekend

Abraham Joshua Heschel — An Appreciation of Greatness Rabbi Michael Marmur See page 7

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Daily/Shabbat Worship D A I LY S E R V I C E S

Mon. to Fri. Sun.

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

Shacharit* Mincha

* On Mon. Oct. 9, 2006, the Shacharit Service will be held at 9 a.m.


Fri. Sept. 29 Sat. Sept. 30 Sat. Sept. 30

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service


Fri. Oct. 20 Fri. Oct. 20 Sat. Oct. 21 Sat. Oct. 21

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

Kabbatat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service


Fri. Oct. 27 Fri. Oct. 27 Sat. Oct. 28 Sat. Oct. 28

6 p.m. 6.30 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

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


Fri. Nov. 3 Fri. Nov. 3 Sat. Nov. 4 Sat. Nov. 4

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

Kabbatat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

For High Holy Day and Festival information, please see pages 4 and 5.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

Annual General Meeting

Mondays at 7.30 p.m., beginning Oct. 23, 2006 (continuing through June 2008) Have you ever considered celebrating Bar/Bat Mitzvah — even though you did not as a child? Join an active group of adults of all ages who wish to take this step to hone their Jewish skills. This four-semester course (over two years) will cover: • Introduction to Reform Judaism and Mitzvot, with Rabbi Jason Rosenberg • The Jewish Holiday Map, with Debbie Spiegel, Director of Education • God in History, with Rabbi Yael Splansky • Why Ideas Matter, with Rabbi John Moscowitz • Beginner and Intermediate Hebrew classes, with Lindi Rivers, Cantorial Soloist, and Dalia Alalouf, Hebrew School Supervisor

Sun. Nov. 19, 2006, at 10 a.m. Please join us and take advantage of this opportunity to become an informed, participating Temple member.

Board of Trustees Installation Sat. Nov. 25, 2006, at 10.30 a.m. Please join us for a congregation-wide Shabbat Service, when Holy Blossom Temple’s new Board of Directors will be installed. Child care and creative study programs will be provided. A kiddush lunch will follow the Service.

Cost: $250. For more details and registration, please call Debbie Spiegel (ext. 239), at the Temple.

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Returning from a week in Jerusalem in midAugust, I went to my corner store to collect the New York Times newspapers waiting for me. e manager (a Korean man) asked where I had been (which he never does). When I said “Jerusalem,” he made a sympathetic comment about how difficult things were for Israel. en, looking at me quizzically, worried and knowing he said, “ose rockets that Hezbollah fires on Israel that come from Iran — aren’t they, many of them, made in North Korea?” When I said yes, I thought so, the man threw up his arms in a combination of shame, knowledge, bewilderment and empathy. His wan smile clearly said (without words being necessary), “I’m sorry for your People’s hurt.” S E E M I N G LY D I S P A R AT E P E O P L E

ere we were: two seemingly disparate people — an American and a Korean, both making our homes in Canada, both religious (he a Christian and me a Jew), both worried about Israel — brought together in one of our rare conversations (even though we see each other almost daily). at some of the weapons that harmed Israel were likely made in this man’s homeland and harmed those in my (ultimate) homeland made us feel strangely close for

In Perspective


that moment. at brief moment got me thinking about hope — specifically how, without empathy from others, hope is most difficult. I walked out of the store that morning with more hope than I had when entering. If empathy is necessary for hope, so too is wisdom. Consider that the great medieval Polish authority, Rabbi Moses Isserles, once officiated at a wedding on the Sabbath — totally contrary to Jewish law. Rabbi Isserles did so, believing that, in that specific context, the groom otherwise would have abandoned the bride — actually, not simply abandoned her, but would have le her without any prospects for marriage at any point. Rabbi Isserles contravened the laws of the Sabbath to literally save the life of one young woman. If empathy and wisdom are necessary for hope — so too is initiative. In this regard, I think of Rabbi Maurice Lamm, who tells the story in his book e Power of Hope, about counselling a young man who aer the session said to the rabbi, “ank you for helping. You gave me great hope. I’ll have patience — I’m willing to sit and wait.” Rabbi Lamm immediately responded, “Wait a minute — you cannot

sit around until hope comes: you must do something to make it happen!” In other words, hope cannot come from passivity; it must be initiated in order to activate the sources and support of hope. THE NIGHTINGALE AND ITS SONG

Which brings us then to the nightingale and its song. Do you know that the nightingale will never sing its song if it doesn’t hear it first? If it hears robins and wrens, the nightingale will never manage a note. But the moment it hears any part of another nightingale’s song, it bursts into this wonderful and elaborate music — as though it had known it all the time. Which, of course, it had. Science has confirmed what the human eye and ear have observed. e nightingale has a template in its brain containing all notes for the music, but the bird cannot sing until evoked by another nightingale’s song. Like the nightingale, we respond to one another’s empathy and initiative. Let us, as we enter this season of reflection, do so with hope, knowing that empathy for one another, wisdom from our tradition, along with our God-given capability for initiative will help us in finding and living with that hope.

Pulpit Exchange

Is this the Best of All Possible Worlds? (Maybe God Should Have Done a Better Job) Rabbi John Moscowitz and Rabbi Steven Saltzman, Adath Israel Congregation Shabbat Mornings, Nov. 4, 2006, at 10.30 a.m. (Holy Blossom) and Dec. 9, 2006, at 9 a.m. (Adath Israel) On. Nov. 4, Rabbi Steven Saltzman will speak at Holy Blossom and on Dec. 9, Rabbi John Moscowitz will speak at Adath Israel. Both Rabbis will address the question: “Is this the best of all possible worlds?” Following each Service, there will be a light lunch and study program. Pre-registration required. Cost: $15 per person. To register for either day, please call Tania Blumenthal (ext. 246), at the Temple.

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9 p.m. 11 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah — Fri. Sept. 22, 2006 First Service/Family Service Second Service

6 p.m. 8.30 p.m.

First Day Rosh Hashanah — Sat. Sept. 23, 2006 First Service Early Family Service Second Service/Late Family Service Children’s Service (for children who do not yet read)

8.30 a.m. 9 a.m.* 11.30 a.m.* 3.30 p.m.*

High Holy Days 2006/5767

Selichot — Sat. Sept. 16, 2006 Lecture Service

Second Day Rosh Hashanah — Sun. Sept. 24, 2006 Congregation-wide Service 10 a.m.** Kol Nidre — Sun. Oct. 1, 2006 First Service/Family Service Second Service/Teen Service

6 p.m. 9 p.m.

Yom Kippur — Mon. Oct. 2, 2006 Early Family Service Morning Service Generation Service (for 20 and 30 somethings) Late Family Service Study Sessions (see details below) Children’s Service (for children who do not yet read) Aernoon and Yizkor Service

9 a.m.* 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11.30 a.m.* 1.30 to 3 p.m. 2 p.m.* 3.30 p.m.

* Please note new time for this year. ** We are pleased to offer special children’s activities on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

Yom Kippur Study Sessions The End of a Life: Philip Roth’s Everyman, with Professor Elaine Newton

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Partially Holy in Whole and Part: The Atonement of Hermann Cohen, with Rabbi Jonathan Crane

Sin-onyms: The Different Words for ‘Sin’ We Use When Asking for God’s Forgiveness, with Rabbi Dow Marmur


Loss of Innocents and the War in Lebanon: How the Problem of Civilian Casualties is Israel’s Greatest Challenge, with Evan Solomon



Sukkah Decorating Wed. Oct. 4, at 4.30 p.m.

Erev Shemini Atzeret Service Fri. Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.

Fun for the whole family. Help build and decorate the Temple’s Sukkah.

Erev Sukkot Service Fri. Oct. 6, at 6 p.m.

A must for all young children! Sponsored by HABSTY.

All are welcome to attend this 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 live band. A special invitation goes out to all Camp George campers and staff. We will also be launching our Torat Chaim (Living Torah) project on Simchat Torah. (For more details on Torat Chaim and all our 150th Anniversary events, please see pages 10 and 11.)

Consecration Sat. Oct. 14, at 6.20 p.m.

for Grade 1 students and their families, followed by the congregational celebration.

Again this year, Holy Blossom Temple will hold Consecration on Simchat Torah. e joy of our celebration of Torah will be multiplied with the ruach of our youngest students of Torah, all dancing with their new scrolls. Join us for a special Service

Call for volunteers:

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service Sat. Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. Children’s programs and child care will be provided. A special luncheon will follow the Service.

Sukkot Morning Service Sat. Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. Bring your lulav and etrog. Singing, creative Torah study and child care will be integrated throughout the morning. Aer the Service, enjoy a festive lunch. Lulav and etrog sets: If you would like to order a quality lulav and etrog ($40 per set), please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple, by Wed. Sept. 20, 2006. You can pick them up from the Temple office on ur. Oct. 5 or Fri. Oct. 6, 2006, before 12 p.m.

Simchat Torah Service and Celebration Sat. Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

Simchat Torah Flag Making/Parade Sat. Oct. 14, at 6 p.m.

The fall Festivals require a lot of helping hands. If you can volunteer for any of the Festivals, please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple. Community service hours are available for high school students.

For more details on all our Festivals, please see pages 10 and 11.


I recently attended the 31st annual Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) conference at Duke University, in Raleigh, NC, where 1,400 Jewish educators from across the continent met to discuss the challenges of Jewish education. And, yes, there are many challenges. e theme for the conference was Jewish literacy. What do we need to do to make our children and ourselves literate Jews? How can curricula change in order to have families understand what we think they need to know, and truly, what they want to know to make each of us literate Jews? It is an astounding question and while I did not walk away with all the answers, I did hear a potential solution.

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by DEBORAH K. SPIEGEL, Director of Education

David Gordis, President of Hebrew College in Boston, gave a keynote address on the last evening of the conference. He made a statement that resounded with me. He said that each of us needs to “be a part of the conversation.” I found this to be an extremely profound statement and a jumping off point for all of us to increase our own Jewish literacy, at whatever level we begin. Literacy does not only mean having an ability to read; literacy is about being comfortable as a Jew. How comfortable are you as a Jewish adult, teen or child? What do you need to do to increase your comfort


zone? We all have the ability to increase our own personal level, and you cannot be a part of the conversation unless you make that attempt. Our situation at Holy Blossom is very different from many other synagogues. We have many opportunities for Jewish literacy in our congregation. Our synagogue boasts the greatest number of lectures, courses and other opportunities for learning in our community. And so I invite you to join us and be a part of the conversation. If you would like to talk to me about what learning is right for you, please call me (ext. 239), at the Temple. I look forward to sharing our experience here with you.

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Education Matters

Be a part of the conversation

Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple provides opportunities to come together for major public lectures, to study Torah and other Jewish literature, and to obtain the skills needed to lead a deeper Jewish life. For more details on all lectures and programs, please watch your mail for the 2006/2007 Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning Calendar, call the School office (ext. 256), at the Temple, or visit our Web site at Please remember to bring your Advance Seating Card, which was sent to you with the Calendar, to all major lectures. Doors open, for our members who present their cards, one hour before lectures begin. For any program that requires pre-registration, please call Lissette Ilgner (ext. 238), at the Temple. For your convenience, our daytime programs during the week are marked with this symbol:

Shabbat Morning Torah Study: From Universalism to Particularism — As We Become a People Rabbi J. Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. is year’s Shabbat Morning Torah Study picks up with the end of Genesis and moves into Exodus as the Israelites gain identity, acquire a place in history and come together — at high moments and low moments — as the People Israel. Join us for a stimulating hour of study. No background required — just interested and curious minds. Advanced Hebrew Grammar Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11.30 a.m., beginning Oct. 17, 2006 is advanced grammar class puts special emphasis on parsing Biblical and prayerbook text. Open to Temple members only. Sisterhood Torah Study Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m., beginning Oct. 18, 2006 is class will study the Genesis, continuing to delve into the passionate writings of our prophets. New and returning students are welcome.

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The Yiddish Novel Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m., beginning Oct. 18, 2006 We will continue our study of Yiddish literature including e Brothers Ashkenazi. Non-member fee: $60.

Book Launch: Washington Diaries

Reform Judaism from Geiger to Borowitz Rabbi Michael Stroh, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion ursdays at 10.30 a.m., Oct. 5 to 26, 2006 Rabbi Michael Stroh discusses the development of Reform Judaism, from its origins to its brilliant future. Pre-registration required. Cost — members: $40; nonmembers: $55. The Marmur Lectures: Three Ways of Hearing — The Shema Then and Now Rabbi Dow Marmur Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Sept. 20 and 27, 2006 e “Hear, O Israel” of the Shema goes far beyond the auditory; the word has many meanings. Rabbi Dow Marmur will discuss different ways of responding to God in our time in an effort to add new perspectives to the High Holy Days and to suggest ways of formulating our own Jewish commitment.


Allan Gotlieb Canada’s Former Ambassador to the United States

Tue. Dec. 12, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. Allan Gotlieb has written widely on international law and diplomacy. A member of Holy Blossom Temple, he holds an M.A. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and a law degree from Harvard. A prominent member of Canada’s business community, he serves on many boards and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. His new book, Washington Diaries, recounts his years in the U.S. capital during the Reagan and Mulroney era.



Exploring the Jewish Character in Contemporary Novels Cynthia Good, Director, Creative Book Publishing Program, Humber College Tuesdays at 9.30 a.m., Oct. 17 to Nov. 21, 2006 How are Jewish characters depicted in novels today? We begin with A Wall of Light by Edeet Ravel. For a booklist, please e-mail Cynthia Good at Pre-registration required. Cost — members: $60; non-members: $75. Caring for the Elderly: A Jewish View Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Ph.D. Candidate in the Study of Religion, Specializing in Jewish Ethics, University of Toronto Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m., Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 2006 is course will explore the challenges and ethics of caring for the elderly. Using Judaic texts, we will discover what issues we may face when caring for a loved one and making health-proxy decisions on issues we had not previously considered and discussed. Scholar in Residence Weekend: Abraham Joshua Heschel — An Appreciation of Greatness Rabbi Michael Marmur, Dean,

Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972) was one of the most influential and profound Jewish figures of the 20th century. We will examine some of his work in an effort to explore the man and his influence on so many. Fri. Oct. 27, 2006 6 p.m. — Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Dinner and Study: In Search of Heschel Pre-registration required. Cost — $20 for adults; $10 for students. Sat. Oct. 28, 2006 9 a.m. — Torah Study: Heschel’s Noah 10.30 a.m. — Shabbat Morning Sermon: Praying, Understanding, Doing — Noah as Ark-etype 12.30 p.m. — Lunch and Study Session: e Sons of Akiva and the Sons of Ishmael — e Deep Structure of Judaism Pre-registration required. Cost — Adults: $15; students: $10. For reservations, please call Lissette Ilgner (ext. 256), at the Temple. OCTOBER 2006 | Tishrei/Cheshvan 5767

Holocaust Education Week Lecture: Between Accommodation and Resistance — A New Look at the Holocaust in France Professor Michael Marrus Wed. Nov. 8, 2006, at 8 p.m. is lecture will focus on André Baur, a Jewish leader who was eventually murdered in Auschwitz. Drawing on some recently released letters to his wife, Odette, sent from the detention camp of Drancy, this lecture will look at his perceptions of daily life in the midst of constant dread, and will introduce us to a world we would otherwise have difficulty imagining. Feasts and Fasts: Selected texts from Talmud Rabbi Dow Marmur ursdays at 10.30 a.m., Nov. 2 to Dec. 7, 2006 Our celebrations may have their roots in the Bible, but their evolution is rabbinic and, by no means, always uncontroversial. e Talmudic texts that we will be studying will give us glimpses of the debates and insights into the conclusions. Torah Cantillation Lindi Rivers, Cantorial Soloist Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m., Nov. 15 to Dec. 6, 2006 Join Lindi for a comprehensive means to read and chant Torah. Learn all the basics needed to read or chant Torah for your community. Fighting Islamism and Making Peace with Islam Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow, Shalem Center, Jerusalem Wed. Nov. 15, 2006, at 8 p.m. e challenge of confronting the ongoing threats posed by Islamism and the potential for making peace with Islam will be analyzed in the context of the current crisis facing Israel and, by extension, the West. Co-sponsored by the Canada-Israel Committee and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.


Metaphors of the Aftermath

Elaine Newton, Professor Emeritus, York University Thursdays at 7.30 p.m., Oct. 19 and 26, 2006 Participants will look at two thoughtprovoking novels — Ian McEwan’s Saturday and Jonathan Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — that engage our own mood and moral dilemmas in a world disabled by 9/11. Saturday, set in London, presents one ominous day, seen through the consciousness of a neurosurgeon whose life is shaken by a chance runin with street thugs. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close follows a quirky, brilliant nine-yearold as he searches through New York City for the lock that fits a key left by his father, who died in the Twin Towers on Sept. 11th.

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Library Lecture: Trickster Travels — A 16th-Century Muslim between Worlds Tue. Nov. 21, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. Natalie Davis, Professor Emerita, Princeton University and Adjunct Professor of History, University of Toronto Learn about the life of the North African Muslim traveler Leo Africanus, captured by Christian pirates in 1518, who went on to write a best-selling book about Africa for European readers. Co-sponsored with Brotherhood. Sisterhood Study Day Debbie Spiegel, Director of Education Sat. Nov. 18, 2006, at 10.30 a.m. Join us aer the Shabbat Service for a full day of study on Parashat Chaya Sara, using

the New Women of Reform Judaism Women’s Commentary on the Bible as our resource. For more details or to reserve your spot, please leave a message on our Sisterhood hotline (ext. 514), and a Sisterhood member will call you.

Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Sundays at 10 a.m. New participants are always welcome. For more details, please call Mari Lynn Rusack (ext. 224), at the Temple.

Beginners’ Hebrew Dalia Alalouf, Hebrew Supervisor Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m., beginning Oct. 18 (full-year program) Do you feel that it’s time to learn what your children and grandchildren are learning? en this is the course for you. Learn how to read Hebrew and feel comfortable at Temple Services. Limited to Temple members. Preregistration required. Cost — members: $200 per year; non-members: $360 per year.

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Fall 2006 Lecture Series at Holy Blossom Temple

In Exile or at Home?

Reflections on Israel, the Jews and Anti-Semitism in a Precarious World Even after enduring and surviving several millennia, even at a time of statehood and prosperity, Israel and World Jewry struggle for a place among the nations in an unbalanced and precarious world. What will be now as genocidal Islamism is on the march? Does the West care and how will it respond? Four leading observers reflect on these unavoidable questions.

Mon. Oct. 30 Thomas Friedman

Mon. Nov. 13 Barbara Amiel

Mon. Nov. 20 Malcolm Hoenlein

Mon. Nov. 27 Ehud Ya’ari

Three-time Pulitzer winner, Thomas Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem.

Columnist, Maclean's Magazine

Executive Vice Chair, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization

Associate Editor, The Jerusalem Report

Introduction: Robert Lantos

Introduction: Heather Reisman

Introduction: Rabbi Moshe Shulman

Introduction: Hershell Ezrin

All lectures begin at 8 p.m. Please remember to bring your Advance Seating Card. Doors open at 7 p.m. for members who present their cards.

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Israel is a home to all Jews, even those who don’t reside there. People who travel to Israel know the unique feeling of simultaneously experiencing the thrill of visiting a fascinating land and the sense of being at home. Even those who don’t travel to Israel understand the pride of watching the only country in the world where a majority of the population is Jewish develop into a modern, dynamic and progressive society. When our home is attacked, we all suffer. It was painful to watch Israelis suffer in the war begun by Hezbollah on July 12 of this year, and we suffered in empathy with them. Many Canadian Jews helped our Israeli brothers and sisters — making donations to the multiple charities that provided direct aid to those affected by the war; and attending marches and rallies and writing letters in support of Israel. We can be proud of the extent to which members of Holy Blossom Temple took the initiative to help out, including the following: • Harley Mintz and Bonnie Bloomberg co-chaired the launch of the 2007 Israel Emergency Campaign last month. • Joan Garson, as President of ARZA Cana-

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da, and Elliot Jacobson, as President of CCRJ, raised funds for Reform organizations in Israel that found temporary lodging for families and activities for the children of people from the north. Michael Diamond, a strong activist for Israel at all times, stepped up his e-mail writing and distribution efforts. Our Brotherhood ran a popular letterwriting campaign to show support for our government’s position in support of Israel’s right to defend herself, and put information about Israel at the top of its Web site, with links to important information and organizations. 14 Temple members were in Israel on an ARZA trip this summer when the war started and stayed until the end of the program. Not one member le early. Pam Albert, who heads up the Canadian arm of One Family Fund, brought an additional 40 campers to Canada at the last minute. Several Temple members are living or studying in Israel, including Mira Lyon,

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who is studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mira has demonstrated fortitude by continuing with her plans. Hershell Ezrin continued his strong work leading the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC). Robert Lantos hosted the giant Israel rally on July 26. Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman were among the prominent Canadians in an newspaper advertising campaign supporting Prime Minister Harper’s principled stand for Israel. Mark Anshan continues to lead international Reform Zionist activities, through his role with Arzeinu.

Kal HaKavod to all of our members who gave of themselves to help Israelis through a difficult time. We know this is only a partial list. If you played a part as well, or know of someone who did, but is not mentioned above, please e-mail Shelly Berenbaum, at We would be happy to publish an addendum to this honour roll at a later date.

Junior Youth Group


We are pleased to welcome Josh Berger, who will lead our Junior Youth Group (JYG), for Grades 7 and 8. Josh, who is in his fourth year at York University studying psychology, has been a lifelong Holy Blossom member. He has taught in the Religious School, and is teaching in our Senior School in September. In addition, he has worked at Camp George for five summers. Josh is very excited to work with the Junior Youth Group and plans on running some thrilling programs. For more details about JYG, please send an

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e-mail to — by Zach Paul, Youth Group Advisor


We have received wonderful feedback on our redesigned Bulletin. However, some concerns have been raised about the legibility of the text. You should find this issue easier to read and more improvements will be made for issue 3.


In honour of Holy Blossom Temple’s 150th Anniversary, the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation has created a series of beautiful new tribute cards for you to send to your family and friends. For pricing and ordering details, please see the flyer inserted in this issue of the Bulletin.

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CELEBRATE WITH US AS HOLY BLOSSOM TE Be part of history in the making!


One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1856, the first activity of our newly founded synagogue was to hold High Holy Day Services. e Torah used on that occasion was sent from Montreal by the Ascher Family, whose son was one of our founding members. It is therefore fitting that on the 150th Anniversary of this beginning of Jewish religious life in Toronto, the centrepiece of our celebrations will be the creation of a new Torah scroll, a sacred bridge to the generations that will come aer us. e Torah is God’s most precious gi to our People, containing all the treasures that have enabled us to survive and flourish through times of peace, prosperity, dispersion and exile. Every Jew is commanded during his or her lifetime to undertake the writing of a Torah, a commandment we usually leave to others. However, in celebration of our 150th Anniversary, every member of the Temple can participate in a once-in-alifetime opportunity, and fulfill the mitzvah of writing in the scroll. Please join us at the start of our Simchat Torah Service on Sat. Oct. 14, 2006, for the launch of Torat Chaim (Living Torah), our Sefer Torah project. Aer Shemini Atzeret/

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Yizkor Services and the congregational kiddush luncheon, join our scribe, Neil Yerman, at 1 p.m. as he outlines the process of writing a Torah and answers any questions. At 6 p.m., just before the start of our Simchat Torah celebrations, we will formally launch Torat Chaim. Honorary President Jack Geller will write the bet of Bereshit, the first letter in the Torah and our project will be on its way. Under the direction of our scribe, every member of the congregation will be able to personally help create the new Torah. Neil’s guidance means no special skills or knowledge are needed. To ensure a lasting memory for you and your family and to strengthen our Holy Blossom community, you are encouraged to sign up now to write your letter. It is our hope that every member of the congregation will participate in this project and experience the excitement and satisfaction of carrying out this mitzvah. Please take the quill in hand and join us in creating a Torah for the generations of the next 150 years.

In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, Holy Blossom Temple will commission an artist to design and fabricate a set of mantles (covers) for our Sifrei Torah (scrolls). We are holding an open call for proposals, and welcome submissions from all artists. For more details, please visit our Web site at, and click on our 150th Anniversary logo to download a PDF of our Torah mantle commission guidelines.

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EMPLE TURNS 150 YEARS OLD W H AT M E M B E R S A R E A S K I N G U S A B O U T T O R AT C H A I M Is there a cost to participate? Yes. Money raised will first be used for the costs associated with Torat Chaim, and then to pay for any 150th Anniversary celebration expenses that are not otherwise covered. The rest will go into the 150th Anniversary Legacy Fund, to meet future Temple needs. There is a basic rate for individuals and one for families, as well as donation opportunities at various levels. We hope everyone will participate at a level appropriate to his or her financial means. Our aim is to achieve full congregational participation. For information about donation opportunities, please call Deborah Tameanko (ext. 265), at the Temple, pick up a pledge card at the Temple, or download one from our Web site at > 150th Anniversary > pledge card. How do I get more information about Torat Chaim? Call Deborah and ask for our Torat Chaim brochure (which was sent to all members), or download a copy from our Web site’s 150th Anniversary section.

How do I sign up to write a letter? Call Deborah and she will take the information she needs from you, or fill in the pledge card included in our brochure (or downloaded from our Web site) and mail it back to us. What happens after I sign up? After you have completed your pledge card and arranged for payment, someone from the Torat Chaim committee will call you to arrange a writing date. When will I write? The Torah will be written on: Sun. Oct. 15, Mon. Oct. 16, Sun. Nov. 26 and Mon. Nov. 27, 2006; and Sun. Jan. 14, Mon. Jan. 15, Sun. Mar. 25, Mon. Mar. 26, Sun. Apr. 22 and Mon. Apr. 23, 2007. How many letters can I write? Each participant will write one letter. It is not possible to arrange to write a letter in a specific portion. We start with Bereshit and continue writing in sequence until our last writing day. What happens at the writing session? Each writing session will last about an hour and there will be about 20 people in each group. After each person or family group is

photographed, our scribe, Neil Yerman, will offer a few words of introduction, lead the group in a brief prayer and then guide the hand of each participant as he or she writes a letter. What if the Torah isn’t finished by Apr. 23? There are 304,805 letters in the Torah. Even if every member of the congregation writes one letter, we will only complete part of the Torah. After Apr. 23, the parchment that we, as a congregation, have written will be inserted into a Torah scroll, which is being written for us in Israel. Those Temple members traveling to Israel with Rabbi Edward Golfarb in April 2007 will have the opportunity to meet the Israeli scribe. Thus, the completed Torah will contain the portion that we have written, with the remainder written by a scribe on our behalf. Are there any restrictions on who can participate? All Jews are welcome to write a letter in our Torah. Members of the Temple, their families and friends are invited to take part in this unique opportunity. This would be a wonderful occasion for you to honour important people in your life.

Join us for our Temple Tours Sun. Oct. 22, 2006, at 1 p.m. Old Jewish Toronto | Sun. Oct. 29, 2006, at 2.30 p.m. Our Temple Building Please join us as we explore the areas of Toronto where Toronto’s Jewish community began. On Sun. Oct. 22, we will meet at the Temple and proceed by bus to the Pape Avenue Cemetery — the very first Jewish institution in Toronto (1849) — where we will participate in a dedication of the cemetery as an Ontario historic site. We will then explore sites of old Jewish Toronto, including the Temple’s former “homes.” We will return to the Temple at 5 p.m. to view our archival display. Cost: $30. Pre-registration required. A week later, on Sun. Oct. 29, please join us for a tour of the Temple, where you will learn about the architecture of the building. No reservations needed. For more details, please call the 150th Anniversary Tours committee (ext. 531), at the Temple. Please send your cheque to Holy Blossom Temple marked “Tours.”

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ere are a number of occasions throughout our calendar year which are communal for the “state occasions” of the Jewish People. ese are moments of commemoration participate in these “state occasions” of celebration and commemoration at Holy Blossom The High Holy Days

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah


Rosh Hashanah Sat. Sept. 23, 2006 Sun. Sept. 24, 2006 Yom Kippur Mon. Oct. 2, 2006

Shemini Atzeret Sat. Oct. 14, 2006, at 10 a.m. Simchat Torah Sat. Oct. 14, 2006, at 7 p.m.

Family Megillah Reading Sat. Mar. 3, 2007, at 6.30 p.m. Adult Purim (Megillah and Schpiel) Sat. Mar. 3, 2007, at 8 p.m. Carnival Sun. Mar. 4, 2007, at 12.15 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are, of course, the most widely attended Services of the year, as we come together to confess our sins, ask for repentance and try to better ourselves in the year ahead.

Sukkot Sat. Oct. 7, 2006, at 10 a.m. e first of the three chagim, or Pilgrimage Festivals, of the year, Sukkot recalls both our time in the desert, aer leaving Egypt, as well as the annual harvest our ancestors made. We celebrate Sukkot with a congregation-wide Service in a Sanctuary decked out in harvest decorations. Anyone in the congregation who has a lulav and etrog is invited up to the bimah for the waving of the lulav — quite a sight, and a thrill especially for kids. e congregation-wide Service includes Yizkor.

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Shemini Atzeret is the holiday that ends Sukkot and is marked by a congregation-wide Service, including Yizkor. at night, on Simchat Torah, the mood is lighter as we celebrate the end of one Torah-reading cycle, and the start of the next. e celebration starts as we welcome our newest students in our Grade 1 Consecration ceremony, aer which the congregation dances around the Sanctuary with our Torah scrolls. e joyous evening ends with more music and dancing for all.

Purim is meant to be the craziest day of the year, and it certainly is at the Temple. e Purim carnival (the Sunday preceding Purim) gives the kids a chance to dress up and play games, while the Family Megillah reading (the evening of Purim) encourages congregants to drown out the name of Haman. e real fun is saved for the adults, later that night, with our congregational Megillah reading and Purim schpiel. It is Holy Blossom Temple like you never see it!

Chanukah Fri. Dec. 15, 2006, at 4.30 p.m.


Chanukah is most oen thought of as a ‘home holiday,’ but the miracle was communal, and so is the celebration. Our annual Chanukah party, held before the Kabbalat Shabbat Service, is a chance to sing, dance and, of course, eat latkes.


First Day Tue. Apr. 3, 2007, at 10 a.m. Last Day Mon. Apr. 9, 2007, at 10 a.m. e second of the chagim is a joyous time, as we celebrate and thank God for freeing us from Egypt. Our



moments in the fullest sense — times when our synagogue community comes together and celebation, observed by Jews in all synagogues around the world. You are invited to Temple. congregation-wide Service on the first day of the chag gets extra life with vibrant music and a joyous Hallel (psalms of celebration). e congregation-wide Service on the last day also includes Yizkor.

Yom Ha’Shoah Sun. Apr. 15, 2007, at 7 p.m. ose who died in the Shoah are remembered annually by our congregation, with a moving Service and words shared by a survivor from our community. “Never Again” means an obligation to remember; this day ensures we all do.

and games for all ages. is day is a show of solidarity with Israel, as well as a fun time for all.

Shavuot Erev Shavuot/Confirmation Tue. May. 22, 2007, at 7 p.m. Shavuot Wed. May. 23, 2007, at 10 a.m.

in the evening with our Confirmation Service, followed by a tikun — a late-night study session to help us prepare for receiving the Torah, just like our ancestors thousands of years ago. is is followed, the next morning, by a congregation-wide Service and Yizkor.

e last of the chagim, commemorating the giving of the Torah, begins

Yom Ha’Zikaron/Yom Ha’Atzmaut Yom Ha’Zikaron Sun. Apr. 22, 2007, at 6 p.m. Yom Ha’atzmaut Sun. Apr. 22, 2007, at 6.30 p.m. We commemorate Israel’s fallen soldiers right before we celebrate her birthday. A short Service of commemoration is followed by an outdoor festival of music, food, arts

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A word about Yizkor Judaism believes that mourning must take place in public, as well as in private. One of the ways in which our People have publicly mourned is through the recitation of Yizkor. Literally meaning “May (God) Remember,” Yizkor is the memorial Service that is read four times throughout the year — on Yom Kippur aernoon and at each of the three chagim (the Pilgrimage Festivals: Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot). Many people grow up with the tradition that someone who hasn’t lost a parent should not stay for Yizkor. Not only is it not necessary to leave, it actually somewhat defeats the purpose of the Service. Yizkor is the chance for those who have suffered loss to remember their beloved while surrounded by their community. ose who are not grieving need to be there to show support to those who are. In a community that so diligently and beautifully remembers its dead, we all know our memories will live on aer us. rough Yizkor, we ensure those who have died are not forgotten, and therefore they live through us.


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LU N C H and L E A R N

in Retirement 2006


@ the Temple

We were so glad to see so many of our seniors back at our first program on Sept. 11, and look forward to seeing others as our program gets underway. Please join us on the following Mondays (starting at 10 a.m.) and note that we will not be meeting during the High Holy Day period from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9.

Our Temple at 150 Sept. 18 Years | Members of the Archives Committee Torat Chaim (Living Oct. 16 Torah Project) | Neil Yerman, Torah Scribe My Sabbatical: What I Oct. 23 Accomplished and What I Learned | Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Fun with the Red Hat Oct. 30 Society | Shelly Berenbaum

Please join us for exciting daytime programming and socializing. e group meets on alternate Wednesday aernoons at 12.30 p.m. Please bring your own dairy lunch and we will provide coffee, tea and cookies. Mark the following dates on your calendars, so you will not miss any of our wonderful aernoons: Update on the Oct. 11 Middle East | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Memory and Aging | Nov. 8 Dr. Nicole Anderson “YOW” Jewish Nov. 22 Motorcycle Club | Sid Rockwerg

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

Holy Temple Stagecraft Company: The Cemetery Club ur. Dec. 7 and Sat. Dec. 9, 2006, at 8 p.m., and Sun. Dec. 10, 2006, at 2.30 p.m. is heart-warming comedy by Ivan Menchell is about three widows and a widower, whose friendships are tested by memories and changes in their lives. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students. For more details, please call the Stagecra hotline (ext. 511), at the Temple.

Breakfast Club: Our Orthodox Beginnings David Hart, Temple Archivist Sun. Oct. 22, 2006, at 9.30 a.m. Holy Blossom began as an Orthodox congregation. Join us to learn about our early Orthodox rabbis. is is the first in a series of programs about our 150-year history.

Breakfast Club: Edmund Scheuer Sun. Nov. 12, 2006, at 9.30 a.m. Ken Pritzker will speak about his ancestor Edmund Scheuer, who was Superintendent of Education and Honorary President of Holy Blossom and who advocated the congregation’s change to Reform Judaism. ese events are part of Brotherhood’s 150th Anniversary programming. All Temple members are welcome. For more details, please visit our Web site at

Out of the Cold: Volunteer Sign-Up ur. Oct. 12, 2006, at 6.30 p.m. for members, and 7.30 p.m. for non-members We are looking for adult volunteers for our overnight shi (midnight to 6 a.m.) as well as our breakfast/clean-up team (5.30 to 7 a.m.). Volunteers are also needed to shop; prepare bagged lunches; set up for, cook and clean up aer dinner; help with clothing donations; vis-

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it with guests; and provide security. Out of the Cold runs every ursday night and Friday morning from Nov. 2, 2006 to Mar. 29, 2007. We also need volunteers for our program on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For more details, please call the Out of the Cold hotline (ext. 508), at the Temple.

Judaica Shop Do you need a special gi or are you looking for a tallit, mezzuzot, challah cover or Jewish books? Our volunteer hours are Monday to Friday, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and Sunday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. If you are unable to shop during these hours, call the Judaica Shop (ext. 234), at the Temple, to make an appointment. If you are interested in becoming a Judaica Shop volunteer, please leave a message on the Sisterhood hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple.

Membership Appreciation Brunch/ Annual Raffle Draw Sun. Dec. 3, 2006, at 11 a.m. is year’s Project Raffle draw will be held at our Membership Appreciation Brunch in celebration of the Temple’s 150th Anniversary year. You should already have the Raffle books. Please return the ticket stubs as soon as possible, so you do not miss out on any of our exciting prizes. First prize is a diamond and opal ring, valued at more than $2,200. Second prize is two tickets to the 150th Anniversary Gala at Roy omson Hall. Save the date for the brunch and draw; bring a friend and get to know your Sisterhood. For more details, please call the Sisterhood hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple.

WRJ Lilith Salons: The Power of Jewish Women’s Conversations Sun. Dec. 11, 2006, at 10.30 a.m. We will meet to discuss an article or topic taken from the most recent issue of Lilith Magazine. is is a great opportunity to interact with other women of our congregation in a stimulating atmosphere of conversation. (Women of Reform Judaism, in co-operation with Lilith Magazine, is offering Sisterhood members a discounted subscription price for Lilith to help launch their new program — Lilith Salons). For more details, please call Sara Charney at (416) 451-7292, or e-mail her at

Knitters needed If you are interested in knitting sweaters for babies who are named at the Temple, please leave your name and number on the Sisterhood hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple.


Contacts for Donations To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265. 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. 265. To make a donation to One Family Fund (Aid to Survivors of Terror), please call (416) 644-4955. 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.

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 July 10, 2006.

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Our Congregational Family Name

We would like to welcome the following people to the Holy Blossom Temple family: Marlowe & David Ain, and Jakob and Jonah Barbara & Neville Alexander Joyce Eisen Isabelle & Simon Fish, and Maxine and Nathan Jessica Hanick Nancy Marcus & Mervyn Blumberg, and Robyn and Daniel Dolly Reisman, and Jesse and Gabriel Jillian Roboz Sabina Srubiski

Dr. Jay Wunder, on being appointed Surgeon-in-Chief of Mount Sinai Hospital B’NEI MITZVAH

29 Tishrei 5767/Oct. 21, 2006 Zoe Bundas, daughter of Roseanne Mason and Steven Bundas

29 Tishrei 5767/Oct. 21, 2006 Madelyn Narod, daughter of Rhonda Tepper and Steven Narod 6 Cheshvan 5767/Oct. 28, 2006 Mitchell Ber, son of Janet Witkin Ber & David Ber

6 Cheshvan 5767/Oct. 28, 2006 Jaclyn Fremes, daughter of Jill & Stephen Fremes

6 Cheshvan 5767/Oct. 28, 2006 Ethan Miller, son of Cheri & Stewart Miller

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e congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Ella (Bootie) Goldhar, mother of Robin Cooper, Linda Goldhar, Debbie Munnings, Tracey Ostermann and Sharry Wilson Edwin Goodman, husband of Joan ompson, father of Diane Goodman Mina Gurfinkel, mother of Jack Gurfinkle and Dina Segal Annie Kirshenbaum, mother of Pauline Wintraub and Irving Kirsh Sydney Lous, husband of Sheila Lous, father of Jan Allin, Karen Ehrlich and Lynn Glazer Morris Moscowitz, father of James Moscowitz, Rabbi John Moscowitz and Robert Moscowitz Henry Ritchie, husband of Faigie Ritchie, father of Alan Ritchie, Evan Ritchie and Stephen Ritchie, brother of Carl Ritchie, Jack Ritchie and Marilyn Solomon Ann Rotish, mother of Lionel Rubinoff, Ronald Rubinoff and Tanya Warsh Julius Schaerf, husband of Lily Schaerf and father of Anna Schaerf Fae Schwab, mother of Barbara Morrow, Susan Schwab and Maxine Wasserman, sister of Bessie Smith Max Walderman, husband of Shirley Walderman, father of Aaron Walderman, Diane Walderman and Mykl Walderman

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: Name Henry Clavir Norman Benjamin Stein Basil Belick Annie Stern Rachael Sussman Max Blackstone Carl Charendoff Sophie Fisher Cooper Myer Bald


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Jack Bender Samuel Dessau Reuben Rosefield Alfred Schwartz Alfred Stock Vernon Singer Joseph Stock Rebecca Wall Samuel Yolles Rivka Leah Goldstein Samuel Norris Philip Hanick Samuel David Pollack Cemach Rotsztain Earl Usprich Rae Alexander Marion Fainstein Milton Raymers Arthur Axler Myer Bald Pauline Gould Harry Samuels Simon Wintrob Max Kassel Samuel Michael Miles William Mitchell Eva Osler Samuel Louis Pezim Esther Ruth Rower Shirley Shaul Sidney Smith Meyer Abel Morris Charendoff Celia Collins Louis Eisen Nathan Benjamin Schipper Lorraine Sussman Arthur Louis Wynston Anita Bliss Jeanette Goldhar Ira Kaplan Rose Shendroff Murray Abron Eva Doidge Bessie Fainstein Fred Field Maxwell Pearlstein Helen Casselman Mary Steiner Solomon Whyne



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Name Adelle Young George Barruch Morris Charendoff Jack Davidson Louis Mandel Ralph Roger Clara Sederowitz Sarah Greenwood Anna Hutner Maurice Lavine Samuel Rubinoff Chick S. Sandler Harry Scolnick Harry Pencer Amalia Pless Jack Wintrob William Wintrope Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg Hortense Geldzaeler Bertrand Gerstein Irwin Smith Sidney Taube Rohama Killem Leon Pape Max Pascal Fanny Bender Irving Berenson Sydney Ezrin Samuel Kirsch Reuben Rosefield Dora Birn Irving Salter Joseph Shulman Celia Smith Jenne Goodman Samuel A. Harris Anne Marshack Mandell Alexander Pearlstone Henia (A) Zelechew Betty Geller Bliss David Budish Bertha Fremont Toby Leah Goldstein Slaaveh Raicus Zelma Solursh Louise Lebo Henry Rosenthal Eva Seligman Rebecca Taube Louis Cole Marley Pollock Fred W. Wolff Gertrude Casselman

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Gertrude Gardiner Tina Louise Stupp Bernard Goldstein Jacob Lipson Percy Singer Fannie Smith Pearl Banks Amalia Dan Maxwell Levy George Samuel Shear Dewey David Bloom Norma Revo Florence Roth Harry Shapiro Gertrude Cohen Anne Nashman Jessie Gertrude Cook Rose Kanoff Elliott Lloyd Marrus Sadie Berman Rose Osler Joseph Pearlstein Sol Alter Irving Beckerman Toby Denaburg Jack Giddens Herbert Leon Sydney Cecil Olsberg Pauline Shapero David Louis Harris Mary Lipson Blanche Ruth Rosenfeld Rose Baker Sophie Blackstone Isa Cohen Israel Lurie Ruth Strauch Jennie Beber Leah Martha Brown David Rothschild Samuel Louis Shendroff Jennie Yudashkin Barbara Baltman Eva Margolies Cohen Sadie Wolfe Danson Mila Smialy Penn Ethel White Dora Fromovitz Kenneth Kelman Morton Rashkis Elliott Lloyd Marrus Esther Wolfe Stein


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1 5 0 T H A N N I V E R S A R Y C E L E B R AT I O N F U N D

Ruth Sadowski, In Memory: Henrietta Chesnie ACCESSIBILITY FUND

Etta Ginsberg McEwan, Special Birthday: Nancy Ruth WILLIAM ANSHAN YOUTH AWARDS

David Gordon, In Memory: Brenda Spiegler & Mark Anshan B E V E R L E Y C O L M A N - LO K A S H C A M P SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Stephen Cole, In Memory: Beverley Colman-Lokash David Gordon, In Memory: Beverley Colman-Lokash D A N S O N F A M I LY C A M P Y SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Bert Danson, Speedy Recovery: Marjorie & Sydney Rosenfield JEAN FINE SENIORS FUND

Dorothy Atlin, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin Stephen Cole, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin David Gordon, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin F LO R A L F U N D

Mitchell Ber, Bar Mitzvah: Janet Witkin Ber & David Ber Zoe Bundas, Bat Mitzvah: Roseanne Mason Jaclyn Fremes, Bat Mitzvah: Jill & Stephen Fremes Ethan Miller, Bar Mitzvah: Cheri & Stewart Miller Madelyn Narod, Bat Mitzvah: Rhonda Tepper H O LY B L O S S O M T E M P L E F O U N D AT I O N F U N D

Dorothy Atlin, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller; Mary & Henry Seldon Stephen Cole, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller; Sybil Gordon; Jeanne Kamarner; Tillie Leslie and Family; Mary & Henry Seldon; Bea & Saul Sidlofsky Henrietta Chesnie, Special Birthday: Sybil & Jack Geller Norman Drache, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller; Mary & Henry Seldon

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Abraham Eisen, In Memory: Joyce & Herb Appleby; Sybil & Jack Geller; Daisy & Syd Jacobs; Carol & Lionel Schipper Cecil Gilbert, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh David Gordon, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Sybil & Jack Geller; Esther & Cyril Hersh; Daisy & Syd Jacobs; Mary & Henry Seldon; Alrene & Carl Stone Hillary & Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Mazal Tov: Alice & David Arlen Rabbi Yael Splansky & Adam Sol, Mazal Tov: Mary & Henry Seldon Esther & Marvin Tile, Wedding Anniversary: Sybil & Jack Geller JACOB’S TOWER FUND

Marilyn Shesko & David Hertzman, Mazal Tov: Lois Greisman & Eban Bayefsky; Judi & Lawrence Cohen; Susan Fine; Florence & Harold Hertzman; Rochelle & Mark Stenzler ELLIOT T JACOBSON/JUDY MALKIN CONCERT FUND

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson JOAN KERBEL LEADERSHIP D E V E LO P M E N T F U N D

Stephen Cole, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman David Gordon, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman; Pnina Margolese LIBRARY BOOK FUND

Norman Drache, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow; Lynn & Harold Smith DOW AND FREDZIA MARMUR PROGRAM F O R E D U C AT I O N A L E X C E L L E N C E

Stephen Cole, In Memory: elma Berris Millie Goodman, In Memory: elma Berris David Gordon, In Memory: Ruth Gelber; Ellen Karabanow Norman Drache, In Memory: Ruth Gelber Fredzia & Rabbi Dow Marmur, Wedding Anniversary: Shoshana Cole; Gail & Gary Goodman MUSICAL LEGACY FUND

Samuel Birenbaum, In Memory: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack David Gordon, In Memory: Adelle Sager and Family Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Mazal Tov: Ilena & Mark Borinsky; Etta Ginsberg McEwan

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Fredzia & Rabbi Dow Marmur, Wedding Anniversary: Elke & Mel Olsberg Hillary & Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Mazal Tov: Elke & Mel Olsberg OUT OF THE COLD

Dorothy Atlin, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen; Barbara & Sam Stupp; Harriet & Frank Wolman Marvin Bederman, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen Samuel Birenbaum, In Memory: Sandy Atlin Joseph Blume, In Memory: Margaret & David Hart; Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson; Janet & Michael Ryval Ruth Fine, In Memory: Harriet & Frank Wolman Lois & Zally Garten, Wedding Anniversary: Shilly & Laz Rosen David Gordon, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen Terrye Kuper, Happy Birthday: Shirley & Marvin Latchman Don McRae, In Memory: Kathy & Maurice Green Harold Metter, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen Katherine Perlman, In Memory: Arla & Howie Hamer; Clara Rosen; Devora & Nathan Rosen Ada Silverman, In Memory: Rose, Bob, Elaine and Suzy Silverman Malka Wolman, Special Birthday: Harriet & Frank Wolman PLAUT MANOR FUND

Norman Drache, In Memory: Lynn & Richard Burton David Gordon, In Memory: Lynn & Richard Burton P R AY E R B O O K A N D W O R S H I P F U N D

David Gordon, In Memory: Sylvia Miller; Heather & Gary Topp; Eva Woolf Deborah & Sid Troister, In Honour: Alice Troister RABBIS’ AND CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

Rabbi John Moscowitz: Dorothy Atlin, In Memory: Myrna Sandler Rabbi John Moscowitz: David Gordon, In Memory: Myrna Sandler Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Nancy-Gay & Maxwell Rotstein Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Kari Abrams & Charles Corlett; Shiffman and Dotan Families Hillary & Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Mazal Tov: Janice & Larry Babins; Elissa Gamus & Steven

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Rayson; Kathy & Maurice Green; Ellen Karabanow; Myrna Sandler Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Sandy & Gordon Atlin; Anna Mae Belmont, Cathy-Ellen & Fred Metter Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: e Shiffman and Dotan Familes Lindi Rivers, Cantorial Soloist, In Appreciation: Shiffman and Dotan Families N A N C Y R U T H E D U C AT I O N A L F U N D

Stephen Cole, In Memory: Nancy Ruth Abraham Eisen, In Memory: Nancy Ruth David Gordon, In Memory: Nancy Ruth Harold Metter, In Memory: Nancy Ruth SHACHARIT FUND

Dinny Bass, Yahrzeit: Gloria & Seymour Temkin Martha & Chaim Drujan, Yahrzeit: Judy & Julian Druyan Lorne Dunkelman, Yahrzeit: Toby Dunkelman Phillip Gangbar, Yahrzeit: Sybil & Jack Geller Adolph Gardner, Yahrzeit: Lee & Hessie Rimon Gertie Granatstein, Yahrzeit: Joan & Donald Granatstein Jacob Israel, Yahrzeit: Leora & Ted MacDonald Stephanie Kessler, Yahrzeit: Marla Shilling & Harvey Kessler Irene Klein, Yahrzeit: Vera Mandel Abraham Levy, Yahrzeit: Sybil Gordon Celia Levy, Yahrzeit: Sybil Gordon Alex Mogelonsky, Yahrzeit: Larry Mogelonsky and Family Diana Morules, Yahrzeit: Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson Pauline Rosen, In Memory: Sharon & Lorne Shapiro and Family Bessie Salem, Yahrzeit: Jocelyn & Shia Salem Joseph Schipper, Yahrzeit: Carol & Lionel Schipper Shirley Steinberg, Yahrzeit: Ellan & Alan Levine William Wolman, Yahrzeit: Harriet & Frank Wolman Ralph Wolman, Yahrzeit: Harriet & Frank Wolman General: Cathy-Ellen & Fred Metter LY L E & G I L D A S TA N W AY B O O K F U N D

Harold Metter, In Memory: Lyle Stanway AL & DORA TRACK SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Ida Goldberg, Special Birthday: Dora Track Stephen Cole, In Memory: Dora Track and Family L E O N A R D W O L F E E D U C AT I O N A L F U N D

Eunice Davis, Speedy Recovery: Honey Wolfe Madeleine Zimner, Special Birthday: Honey Wolfe; Carole Dale



This month @ HOLY BLOSSOM Sat. Sept. 16

Sun. Sept. 17

9 a.m. 9 p.m.

10 a.m. 2 p.m.

Torah Study Selichot Lecture, with Professor David Novak

7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. Thur. Oct. 19

Grade 1 Parent -Student Program Formal Launch of 150th Anniversary and Outdoor Festival

10.30 a.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with David Hart, Sheila Smolkin and Ken Wyman

Wed. Sept. 20

9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 8 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Marmur Lecture, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

9.30 a.m. 8 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Marmur Lecture, with Rabbi Dow Marmur

Sat. Sept. 30

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Wed. Oct. 4

9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 4.30 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Sukkah Decorating

Sun. Oct. 8

7.30 p.m.

Family Programing Sukkah Party

Thur. Oct. 5

10.30 a.m.

Reform Judaism from Geiger to Borowitz, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Wed. Oct. 11

9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Lunch and Learn in Retirement, with Rabbi Edward Goldfarb

Thur. Oct. 12

Torah Study

Sun. Oct. 22

9 a.m. 9.30 a.m. 1 p.m.

School Rosh Chodesh Service Brotherhood Breakfast Club Tour of Old Toronto

Mon. Oct. 23

10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Adult B’nei Mitzvah Class

Tue. Oct. 24

9.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m.

Jewish Literature, with Cynthia Good Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Wed. Oct. 25

9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Lunch and Learn in Retirement Caring for the Elderly, with Rabbi Jonathan Crane Beginners Hebrew

10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

6 p.m 6.20 p.m

Simchat Torah Flag Making and Parade Grade 1 Consecration

Mon. Oct. 16

10.30 a.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with Torah Scribe Neil Yerman

Tue. Oct. 17

9.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m.

Jewish Literature, with Cynthia Good Advanced Hebrew Grammar

9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel

Reform Judaism from Geiger to Borowitz, with Rabbi Michael Stroh Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner Metaphors of the Aftermath, with Professor Elaine Newton

9 a.m.

Thur. Oct. 26

6.30 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 18

10.30 a.m.

Caring for the Elderly, with Rabbi Jonathan Crane Beginners Hebrew

Sat. Oct. 21

7.30 p.m.

Reform Judaism from Geiger to Borowitz, with Rabbi Michael Stroh Out of the Cold Volunteer Sign-Up

Sat. Oct. 14

10.30 a.m. 6 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Mon. Sept. 18

Wed. Sept. 27

September/October 2006 Elul/Tishrei/Cheshvan 5767

Fri. Oct. 27

6 p.m. 6.30 p.m.

Reform Judaism from Geiger to Borowitz, with Rabbi Michael Stroh Metaphors of the Aftermath, with Professor Elaine Newton Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Dinner and Study, with Rabbi Michael Marmur Shabbat Fusion for 20 and 30 Somethings

Sat. Oct. 28

9 a.m. 12.30 p.m.

Torah Study Lunch and Study, with Rabbi Michael Marmur

Mon. Oct. 30

10.30 a.m. 8 p.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with Shelly Berenbaum In Exile or at Home, with Thomas Friedman

9.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m.

Jewish Literature, with Cynthia Good Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Tue. Oct. 31

For Worship Services, please see page 2. For High Holy Day and Festival Services, 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; 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; 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.

OCTOBER 2006 | Tishrei/Cheshvan 5767


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The Last Word

Unified in support of Israel



It’s impossible to know, as I write these words, what the situation in Israel will be by the time you read this, but it seems unlikely that anything close to peace will be reigning in our homeland. Today, the rockets continue to fall, the tanks roll, the world debates the proper place to assign blame and, most importantly, people die. No one who has been at Holy Blossom in recent times can have any doubt where we stand vis-à-vis Israel. We’re unified in our support of her, just as we are devout in our love for her. I understand that Israel was pushed into this war by an evil group of terrorists who want nothing less than the total annihilation of Israel. I can’t tell you about the war itself — I’ll leave the political and military analysis to those who know something about it.

I certainly won’t second guess Israel’s decision to enter Lebanon. And, maybe most importantly, I absolutely refuse to join the chorus who criticize Israel for the way in which this war is being waged. I won’t have the audacity to suggest I know a way that Israel can win this war without killing as many civilians. And I’ll remember, as Alan Dershowitz points out, that in America and Canada, when innocents are killed trying to stop a criminal in the act, those deaths are legally the responsibility of the criminal, not the shooter; there can be no other moral position. But, at the same time, my heart won’t stop breaking over all of the death, on both sides of the border. Every Israeli soldier and

Shabbat Fusion Fridays at 6.30 p.m., Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, 2006, and Jan. 26, Feb 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25 and June 29, 2007 Rabbi Yael Splansky invites members and

civilian who dies is painful to me, of course, as it must be to all Zionists. But, we must remember that every Lebanese innocent who perishes is also a tragedy. ere’s an enormous difference between knowing that Israel had to cause those deaths, and being happy about them. One is realism; the other is barbarism. I recall the words of Golda Meir who said that forgiving them for killing our sons is perhaps possible; forgiving them for making us kill their sons may not be. A HOPE FOR PEACE

I’m proud of Israel at this terrible time. She’s strong, and she’s just. But I pray for a day when she won’t have to be; when all the killing will stop, and we can be proud of the peace instead.

experience of song and prayer. On the last Friday of each month, Aviva Chernick, Aaron Lightstone, Mark Weinstock and their musical friends will bring the city’s finest fusion of jazz, funk, Ashkenaz and Sepharad. Our Sanctuary won’t know what hit it! A Shabbes tish of sushi and wine will follow. Spread the word and bring a friend.

non-members for a unique Kabbalat Shabbat For more details on this program, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple.

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