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Holy Blossom Temple Bulletin September 2007 • Elul 5767 / ­Tishrei 5768

A memorable year by Barry Silver

It has been a momentous year in the life of Holy Blossom Temple. Our 150th Anniversary celebrations, spearheaded by Henrietta Chesnie, were exceptional: the opening event attended by the Governor General of Canada and many other dignitaries; the Sefer Torah project that enabled us all to participate in writing a new Torah, which was welcomed into the congregation on Shavuot; the Confirmation Reunion; the Education Weekend; and so much more — all capped off by a wonderful concert at Roy Thompson Hall. What an amazing year of celebration honouring our wonderful congregation. We said farewell to Rabbi Jason Rosenberg and his family, and we welcomed Rabbi Karen Thomashow and her husband, Yonatan Eyal, to our congregational family. And, of course, we have been engaged in a passionate debate about our Renewal Project, which, after the vote on July 16, 2007, is now proceeding to its next phase. I sincerely hope that, over the coming year, the entire congregation will continue to be engaged in this project. We need everyone to become involved and work together as we develop

| President’s Message

our conceptual design into a detailed plan for the best possible future for Holy Blossom. There are many decisions to be made over the coming months and your input will be critical as our plan and process continue to evolve. Please continue to e-mail us at with any ideas or thoughts about the project. I want to wish each and every one of you my best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Shanah tovah.

Our new look As we complete our 150th Anniversary celebrations and look forward to the renewal of Holy Blossom Temple, the Bulletin too is undergoing a change. To be more cost effective, we’ve moved from magazine to newsletter format. Each issue will have 16 pages and focus on upcoming programs/events. To accommodate the reduced page count, we have, among other things, eliminated retrospectives, general-interest articles, the calendar and events/announcements pages, and condensed the Worship listings. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to keeping you fully informed in an easy-to-read fashion. Please e-mail any comments on the redesign to

S e l i c h ot the season of remembrance, forgiveness and renewal

Professor Eric Lawee Sat. Sept. 8, 2007 9 p.m. Are the High Holy Days Jewish Holidays? Please join us to explore some of the universal tropes found in rabbinic literature, High Holy Day liturgy and the reading of the book of Yonah, with its positive portrayal of gentiles as models of goodwill and repentance.

11 p.m. Selichot Service Eric Lawee, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Humanities, and an Associate Director of York University’s Centre for Jewish Studies.

In This Issue ...


In Perspective 3 | Fall Festivals 4

| Annual General Meeting 5 | W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award 5 | The Gerald Schwartz/

D ai ly S e r v i c e s

Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning 6 |

Monday to Friday at 7.30 a.m. | Shacharit Monday to Friday at 6 p.m. | Mincha Sunday at 9 a.m. | Shacharit

Holy Blossom Temple Foundation 8 | Supplementary Schools 9 | Cantor’s Notes 10 | Our Congregational Family 12 | The Last Word 16

On Mon. Sept. 3, 2007, the Shacharit Service will be held at 9 a.m.

S h abbat S e r v i c e s

Friday at 6 p.m. | Kabbalat Shabbat Saturday at 10.30 a.m. | Shabbat Morning and Family Shabbat

High Holy Days 2007/5768

Congregation-wide Shabbat Morning Services will be held on Sat. Sept. 1 and Sat. Sept. 15, 2007. Tot Shabbat will be held on Fri. Sept. 7, 2007 (Service and dinner) and Fri. Sept. 28, 2007 (Service).

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Selichot Lecture Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah First Service/Family Service Second Service

First Day Rosh Hashanah First Service Early Family Service Second Service/Late Family Service Children’s Service (for children who do not yet read)

Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service

Kol Nidre First Service/Family Service Second Service/Teen Service

Yom Kippur Early Family Service Morning Service Late Family Service Generation Service (for 20 and 30 somethings) Study Sessions Children’s Service (for children who do not yet read) Afternoon and Yizkor Service Ne’ilah Service

The Bulletin is published 10 times a year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; e-mail:; Web site: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: Barry Silver; Rabbis: John Moscowitz; Yael Splansky; Karen Thomashow; 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; Director of Development: Cheryl Zeldin; 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.

Sat. Sept. 8 9 p.m. 11 p.m.

Wed. Sept. 12 6 p.m. 8.30 p.m.

Thur. Sept. 13 8.30 a.m. 9 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 3.30 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 14 10 a.m.

Fri. Sept. 21 6 p.m. 9 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 22 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 1.30 to 3 p.m. 2 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 6 p.m. (approx)

The religious way:

thinking from the inside out

| In Perspective

by Rabbi John Moscowitz

Thinking about Abraham, the great patriarch of our tradition, biblical commentator Aviva Zornberg suggests that his was “the first uprooting, not from exile or punishment, but because of an indication of internal movement and change within …” In other words, Abraham stirred himself to follow God’s command, to make his way toward a new land, to prefigure God’s people because of something from within. Something of his soul (or of his conscience or of his heart) pushed him toward this new life. Abraham established a new people and a new way of thinking about God and God’s relation to humankind. The deepest kind of uprooting, then, the most fundamental sort of change, is that which, like Abraham’s, wells up from within, born of a dawning alertness or curiosity or desire that reflects a need for change. Abraham’s uprooting and movement was not simply physical, but also psychological. His change came

from deep within and extended to far without. Put differently, Abraham did not respond to the views and values around him, as he did to what welled up from deep within. Avraham Ha Ivri — Abraham The Other — as he is known in Genesis, looks at the world differently, perhaps more clearly, clearly better. That is to say, as our tradition understands, Abraham recognized God and God’s ways better than his peers. Therefore, Judaism is, from its beginning, countercultural, because Abraham was so; what he found about himself was not sufficiently satisfying, not as a way to live a religious and human life, and so he set out on a better course. Learning from this, let me offer two observations germane to this moment in the late summer of 2007. First, the vote for renewal of Holy Blossom Temple was not so much a vote for physical change, as it was a clear voice — 95 per cent of us — saying we need a better and deeper sense of community that can bring our congregation together as Jews. At the core of this recogni-

tion was the view that what we have is not sufficiently satisfying — not for this moment and certainly not for the future. That willingness to be selfcritical is where real change begins. The second matter is this: now, as the High Holy Days approach, we move within for reflection and self-criticism, so that as we move outward and forward, we do so changed by reflection and renewal — so that we may move closer to one another, to our best selves and to our God. May we do this together this year as individuals and as a synagogue community. A final note on another, equally important matter: we are extremely fortunate to have as our new rabbi, a woman of depth, sensitivity and common sense. Rabbi Karen Thomashow will do great things for us at Holy Blossom Temple. Please welcome our new rabbi along with her husband, Professor Yonatan Eyal, at the High Holy Days and then formally on Sat. Oct. 20, 2007. (For more details, please see page 16.)

study sessions

Sat. Sept. 22, 2007, at 1.30 p.m. The Rabbinic Idea of Repentance versus the “Me” Generation Rabbi Don Splansky

An Interrupted Life: Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Française

The Case Against God Evan Solomon

Elaine Newton

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Z’man Simchateinu —

Season of our Rejoicing

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2007/5768 Sukkah decorating Mon. Sept. 24, at 6.30 p.m. Erev Sukkot Service Wed. Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Congregation-wide Sukkot Morning Service Thur. Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. Bring your lulav and etrog. After the Service, enjoy a festive lunch. Lulav and etrog sets: If you would

Annual Sukkot Party Sun. Sept. 30, at 12:30 p.m.

Consecration on Simchat Torah Thur. Oct. 4, at 6.20 p.m.

See ad below for details.

Erev Shemini Atzeret Service Wed. Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. Congregation-wide Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service Thur. Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. Children’s programs and childcare will be provided. A special luncheon will follow the Service.

Simchat Torah Service and Celebration Thur. Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. A special invitation goes out to all Camp George campers and staff. A call for volunteers: If you are able to volunteer for any of the Festivals, please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple.

like to order a quality lulav and etrog ($40), please call Elana Fehler (ext. 532), at the Temple, by Wed. Sept. 12, 2007.

Simchat Torah Flag-Making and Parade Thur. Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. Sponsored by HABSTY

For more details on our Festival celebrations, please visit our Web site at

Annual Sukkot Party

Sun. Sept. 30, at 12.30 p.m. Enjoy two fun-filled hours of crafts, games and story-telling in celebration of Sukkot.

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Havdallah/Sports Night Sat. Nov. 17, at 5.30 p.m. Join us for a beautiful Havdallah Service, followed by an evening of sports and games. We will hold another Havdallah/Sports night on Sat. Feb. 9, 2008.

Chanukah Cooking

Sun. Dec. 2, 2007, at 1 p.m. Academy of Artisans, 490 Eglinton Ave. W. Kids will prepare Chanukah treats. Cost: $22 per child. RSVP to Elana Fehler (ext. 532), at the Temple.

Holy Blossom Temple Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Members Holy Blossom Temple members are invited to join us at our Annual General Meeting on Sun. Nov. 18, 2007.


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Sat. Nov. 24, 2007, at 10.30 a.m. Please join us for a

Please join us for Services at 9 a.m., followed by a breakfast sponsored by Holy Blossom Temple’s Brotherhood. The Annual General Meeting will commence at 10 a.m. Please take advantage of this opportunity to be an informed, participating member of this wonderful congregation.

Congregation-wide Shabbat Service, when Holy Blossom Temple’s new Board of Directors will be installed. Childcare and creative study programs will be provided. A kiddush lunch will follow.

Wed. Oct. 31, 2007, at 8 p.m. The 2007 W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award will be presented to Dr. James Orbinski, Humanitarian Advocate and Past President of Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Orbinski is a veteran of many of the world’s most disturbing and complex humanitarian emergencies. He accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in 1999.

This award is bestowed every two years on a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and to human rights. Previous recipients have been Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Dr. J. Fraser Mustard, Jean Vanier, Prof. Irwin Cotler and LieutenantGeneral Roméo A. Dallaire. Introduction: Michael Levine

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Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning strives to engage our community to join together for stimulating lectures, to study Torah and to acquire the skills needed to lead a meaningful Jewish Life. To register for a program, or for more details on lectures and programs, please call the School office (ext. 256), at the Temple, or visit our Web site at All programs and lectures are open to the community, unless otherwise stated. For your convenience, our weekday daytime programs are marked with the following symbol:

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Fall 2007 Lecture Series at Holy Blossom Temple

The God Delusion — Or The God Reality? Is belief in God irrational, a product of childlike fantasies and wishes? Or, might belief in God be based on something real? Some assert religious belief is trumped up — a series of myths that make people feel better, disguising the chaos at the heart of life. For others, religion is a comprehensive world view that brings satisfaction to daily life. Four interesting thinkers, one a devout atheist, and the other three serious believers, share their personal views and experiences about belief, God and their lives.

Oct. 9 The author of more than a dozen books, Christopher Hitchens is one of America’s leading social critics. His latest book is God is Not Great. Introduction: Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail

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Oct. 16 The author of two bestselling books, To Begin Again and Talking to God, Rabbi Naomi Levy is the founder of Nashuva, an organization that draws unaffiliated Jews back to Judaism. Introduction: Rabbi Shalom Schachter, Beth Israel Synagogue, Peterborough

Oct. 23 The Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, David Wolpe is the author of six books, including his most recent, Floating Takes Faith: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World. Introduction: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, Beth Tzedec Congregation

Raymond J. de Souza

David Wolpe

Naomi Levy

Christopher Hitchens

All lectures will take place on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Oct. 30 Father Raymond J. de Souza is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ont. He is also a chaplain and teacher at Queen’s University, and writes for several religious and secular publications. Introduction: Ken Whyte, Maclean’s Magazine

Ongoing learning and specialized classes Shabbat Morning Torah Study: From Sinai to Soloveitchik — Why Ideas Matter

Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. From biblical Judaism to rabbinic Judaism to contemporary times — ideas have shaped and excited Jews, and have allowed Jewish tradition to develop and endure. Often, these ideas (e.g., the centrality of God and community; Shabbat; mourning in private and in public) are unrecognizable as to their origins and development. In our Shabbat Morning Torah Study, using sources ancient and contemporary, we will explore the development of various important ideas to see why they continue to matter so much to so many. All are welcome.

Adult B’nei Mitzvah

The How-Tos of Jewish Life

Mondays at 7.30 p.m. Oct. 15, 2007 to June 2, 2008 For pre-registered participants only.

Rabbi Yael Splansky Mondays at 10.15 a.m. Oct. 22 to Dec. 3, 2007 This text-based course is designed for learners at every level, with a special invitation to parents of children at our PreSchool and the Leo Baeck Day School. Topics will include: learning about Jewish wisdom, how to pray, how to visit the sick, how to comfort the mourner, how to make Shabbat a reality for you and your family; how to honour parents as they age; and how to foster enduring Jewish identity in our children.

Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11 a.m. starting Oct. 16, 2007 Open to Temple members only. Sisterhood Torah Study Studies in Genesis

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. starting Oct.17, 2007 The Yiddish Novel

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 11 a.m. starting Oct. 17, 2007

More Sects and the City

Rabbi Michael Stroh, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion Thursdays at 10.30 a.m. Oct. 11 to Nov. 1, 2007 Participants will discuss the significant and surprisingly contemporary ideas of the Talmud and why Rabbinic Judaism continues to define Judaism and Jews of today. Pre-registration required. New participants welcome. Judaism and Christianity

Rabbi Dow Marmur Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. Oct. 11 to Nov. 29, 2007 There is much more between Christianity and Judaism than “they believe in Jesus, we don’t.” Each session will study and discuss basic texts to help us understand the fundamental divisions between the two religions and the implications for Jews today.

Beginners’ Hebrew

Dalia Alalouf, Hebrew Supervisor Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. starting Oct. 17, 2007 Pre-registration required. Cost: members $250 per year; non-members $360.

Contemporary Jewish Fiction: Forms and Approaches

Cynthia Good, Director of Creative Book Publishing Program, Humber College Tuesdays at 9.30 a.m. Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, 2007 This class will look at different genres of fiction and their reflection of contemporary Jewish concerns, and will explore why various non-Jewish writers are interested in Jewish characters and themes. Cost: members $60; non-members $75. New participants welcome. Pre-registration required.

BOOK TALK One Voice: The Selected Sermons of W. Gunther Plaut Rabbi Jonathan V. Plaut, Editor Thur. Oct. 18, 2007, at 4 p.m. This collection of sermons, delivered over a period of almost 50 years, includes discussions about religion, faith and God; ethics and values; being a Jew, Reform Judaism and Israel; and aging and death.

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A worthy philanthropic destination | Foundation by Marvin Tile, Chair, Holy Blossom Temple Foundation

The occasion of our 150th Anniversary gave us pause to consider the path our congregation has taken. Our history shows that our predecessors were willing to change as the world around them did so. Every year, in moments both solemn and joyous, we are reminded of Holy Blossom’s role and impact on Reform Judaism. Our lives are enriched as we and our family members observe lifecycle customs. Efforts toward connecting with the broader community, through social action, lead us to greater involvement in our world. We are privileged to offer access to

educational programs of the highest quality. These renowned areas of excellence make Holy Blossom Temple a worthy destination for our philanthropic dollars. As a pre-eminent force in Jewish continuity, it is the synagogue that will enable us, and the generations to follow, to proceed into the future with a healthy, vibrant and unique, yet integrated community. Holy Blossom Temple embodies our values, making them tangible aspects of our lives and the lives of others, which is why it deserves our support. I look forward to future celebrations of the wide range of achievements yet to come; your generosity will ensure our success.

Fri. Oct. 12, 2007, at 6 p.m. Following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service, join us for our first of three family Shabbat dinners. We would love to see all of our young families at this first experience. The theme for this dinner is Bereshit — in the beginning. Bring your family, friends and neighbours, and join us as we sing, learn and eat together! Cost: adults $12; children $7.50. For more details, please call the school office (ext. 256), at the Temple. Mark your calendars for our other two dinners: Jan. 18 and May 9, 2008.

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Foundation Board of Directors nominations The Holy Blossom Temple Foundation raises funds for the Temple and is responsible for soliciting donations to support Temple activities, programs and projects. Any Temple member may put forward his or her name to be considered by the Nominating Committee for a position on the Foundation Board. For more details, please call Cheryl Zeldin, Director of Development (ext. 260), at the Temple, or e-mail her at by Fri. Sept. 28, 2007.

Shabbat Fusion Fridays at 6.30 p.m., Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, 2007, and Jan. 25, Feb. 29, Mar. 28, Apr. 25, May 30 and June 20, 2008 Young adults — single and attached, members and non-members — are invited to join us on the last Friday of the month (note exception in June) to experience a Shabbat evening of prayer, song and study like no other. Following the Service, a kiddush of Israeli wine and sushi will encourage participants to linger for hours. For more details, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple.

Our future in action | Supplementary Schools by Deborah K. Spiegel, Director of Education

Ma tovu ohalecha yaakov — how goodly are your tents. These were the words that Balaam used once he saw the B’nei Yisrael, the Children of Israel, in action. This past summer, I had many wonderful experiences that allowed me to reflect on our past and look to our future. In June, Stella Loftus and Sheila Freedman and their families gathered in the Religious School foyer, as we rededicated the Heinz Warshauer Religious School Wing, adding a plaque to honour the vision that these two women had 50 years ago. Stella and Sheila wanted to create a program where our children could learn about Reform Judaism in a caring environment. Because of their foresight, the Holy Blossom Temple Pre-School was created and continues to stand strong today. We pride ourselves on our present, but we

are forever thankful to our past. And our future brings us much hope. I recently spent a week at Camp George, our Reform Movement camp in Parry Sound. Camp George joins the best of two worlds: the joy of a great camp environment and the beauty of living Jewishly. I watched our Holy Blossom young people play ball, daven Ma’ariv, go waterskiing and welcome in Shabbat together. It was an honour to be there as a member of the faculty. The campers had a wonderful time exploring, learning new skills in camping and improving their Jewish living skills. These children are our future. September brings us to another fabulous school year. I am saddened to announce that Marley Greenglass, our School Programs Co-ordinator, has chosen to take early retirement. We thank her for her hard work over the past two years, bringing her great energy to our students, the staff and our

many programs. We thank her for her dedication and wish her well. We are extremely fortunate to welcome Lisa Isen Baumal, who has worked for many years as a teacher and administrator in the Jewish community, as our new Programs Co-ordinator. We are excited to have Lisa on our team, as she will bring many new ideas and creative plans to our program.

Lisa Isen Baumal

If your children are in Grades 3 to 6 and love to sing, we encourage them to join the Junior Choir. They will: help lead a Shabbat Morning Family Service; participate in Hallel at Festival Services; be a part of the UJA Federation Zimriyah at the Toronto Centre for the Arts; perform at celebrations such as Chanukah and Yom Ha’Atzma’ut; have an opportunity to participate in a concert at Temple Sinai; entertain at a senior citizens’ residence; and much more. One-hour rehearsals are on Sundays at 12.15 p.m., on the days when there is Religious School (starting Sept. 9, 2007). For more details, please call Lindi Rivers (ext. 252), at the Temple or e-mail

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Celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday with our May 2008 Temple trip | Cantor’s Notes by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

Please join me for a spectacular “Israel through the Arts” trip in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzma’ut — from Mon. Apr. 28 to Fri. May 9, 2008 (with a possible extension to Tue. May 13, 2008). The trip will concentrate on the art of archaeology in antiquity, as well as on modern art in Israel, concerts, architecture, nostalgia (my own memories) and the events leading up to Israel’s 60th birthday. Celebrating Yom Ha’Atzma’ut on Har Herzel will give us a renewed sense of Israel. Trip participants will have the unique opportunity of seeing Israel through the eyes of a native (me) and will visit

Caesarea, Zipori, Haifa, Akko, Galilee, Golan Heights, Gilboa, Sachne, S’dot Yam, Ein Hod, Jerusalem (the old and the new) Eilat and Petra — all designed to make you fall in love with Israel. The basic cost of the tour, (subject to change), including airfare and land accommodation, is as follows: • 10-night tour (Apr. 28 to May 9): $3,299 per person based on double occupancy (single supplement upon request) • 14-night tour, including Eilat and Petra (Apr. 28 to May 13): $4,229 per person based on double occupancy (single supplement upon request) Sign up today, as the trip is filling up rapidly and we must secure airfare

and hotels. Please submit your deposit cheque of $100 per person, payable to UniWorld Travel, to Mari Lynn Rusak at the Temple. The deposit is refundable up to 60 days before the departure date. I will call a meeting shortly to discuss the trip in detail. My cup runneth over

I am delighted and proud to announce that a new Web page (http://www.fau. edu/jsa) has been posted on the Florida Atlantic University Judaica Sound Archives, featuring my music, as well as an array of music from other cantors. I hope you take the time to visit the site and enjoy the music.

personalities that define Jewish Scripture.

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@ the Temple

Our weekly program for senior Temple members will begin its 2007-2008 year in October. Our day begins at 10 a.m. The program segment is at 10.30 a.m., followed by exercise at 11.30 a.m., and lunch at 12.30 p.m. All this for a cost of $2 per

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day. If you would like a lift to the program, or can offer someone a lift, please call the seniors’ hotline. Please note, we will not meet on Oct. 8 because of Thanksgiving. Oct. 1 What the Bible Is and What It Is Not | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb A look at the major events and

Join us for exciting daytime programming and socializing. Please bring your own dairy lunch and we will provide coffee, tea and cookies. We meet at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Please mark your calendars for the following 2007 dates: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. Details about the programs will be in the next issue of the Bulletin.

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


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H o ly B l o ss o m T e m p l e

HBT on Campus To keep in touch with our college and university students, Sisterhood sends out holiday care packages, connects out-of-town students with local congregations, shares information about the Temple and passes along helpful general resources. To be added to our mailing list, please e-mail us at, with your name, e-mail address, postal address at university/college and birth date.

Retreat: Unravelling Rosh Chodesh Judaica Shop Rabbi Karen Thomashow and Judaica Shop will re-open on Sept. 4, Lindi Rivers, Cantorial Soloist 2007. Hours are Monday to Friday Fri. Oct. 12 to Sun. Oct. 14, 2007 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday 9.30 a.m. Stone Gate Inn, Orillia to 1 p.m. We will meet for a weekend of worship, To make an appointment, please study, music, song, togetherness and call ext. 234, at the Temple. fun. Cost: Sisterhood members $285; non-members $320. For more details and to register, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 532), at the Temple or e-mail Final date for registration is For more details on Sisterhood programs Sept. 10, 2007. and the Judaica Shop, please leave a message on the Sisterhood hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple, or visit the Sisterhood Web site at

Helen Gia Levin, Grief Therapist Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2007 If you have lost a loved one, come to the Temple to find strength and comfort. Among other mourners, you will find you are not alone. To register, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple.

Are you coping with a serious illness and need advice, strategy or emotional and practical help? A team of health professionals is ready to meet with you — to talk and to help. A member of our team will become an advocate where needed and a link between the family and the health-care system. For more details, please call the Bikur Cholim hotline (ext. 521), at the Temple. All enquiries and referrals will be strictly confidential.

Brotherhood Annual General Meeting and Installation Sun. Sept. 30, 2007, at 10 a.m. All members and potential members of Brotherhood and all nominees for the Executive and Board of Directors and their spouses are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and Installation.

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Our Congregational Family Welcome to Our Temple Family We would like to welcome the following people to the Holy Blossom Temple family: Linda & Steven Bernstein, and Alexandra and Geneva Susan & Robert Dunn Bertye & Bernard Gluckstein Sandra Kamenir Amanda Miller, and Henley John Morawetz Carolyn Soskin, and Lauren and Olivia Michelle White & Adam Cohen, and Noa and Ella Gloria Wunder

Mazal Tov Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood, on receiving the STAR Programming Award from the North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods, in recognition of outstanding overall programming from 2005 to 2007. Rabbi Dow Marmur, on being appointed a lay Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Howard Sokolowski, on becoming the new Chair of the B’nai Brith Foundation.

grandparents are Dr. Irving & Eleanor Appleby and Gertrude Diamond. Rebecca (Hershfield) & Sheldon Hiebert on the birth of their son, Jonah Reece Hiebert, brother to Malachai. Proud grandparents are Arlene Roth, Ron Hershfield and Luella & Tony Hiebert. Proud great-grandparents are Janet Hershfield and Sidney & Sylvia Roth. Shari and Bill Horvath on the birth of their son, Michael William Horvath, brother to Lexi. Proud grandparents are Eva Horvath and Val & Anita Rachlis. Keri & Shelley Levine on the birth of their son, Ethan Samuel Levine. Proud grandparents are June & Harry Levine and Bonnie Wheeler and Kenneth Holtby Dara and Stew Siegel on the birth of their son, Ethan Max Siegel. Proud grandparents are Phyllis & Paul Bordo and Ellen & Michael Siegel. B ’ n e i mi t z v a h

18 Elul 5767/Sept. 1, 2007 Mitchell Harris, son of Ruth Morayniss & Leland Harris

25 Elul 5767/Sept. 8, 2007 Findlay Caplan, son of Claire & Mark Caplan

Births Jennifer Stulberg & John Adair on the birth of their daughter, Hannah Emily Adair. Proud grandparents are Geoff & Tracy Adair, Gloria & Seymour Epstein and Cindy & Jay Stulberg. Leslie & Laurence Goldstein on the birth of their son, Andrew (Drew) Stephen Goldstein, brother to Jack and Nolan. Proud grandparents are Gloria & Allen Green and Bonnie & David Goldstein. Jennifer and Bryce Goosen on the birth of twin girls, Ella Goosen and Marlow Goosen, sisters to Aubrey. Excited grandparents are Annie & Michael Appleby and Louise & Dennis Goosen. Proud great-


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25 Elul 5767/Sept. 8, 2007 Leah Rosenkrantz, daughter of Patricia Nadeau & David Rosenkrantz

17 Tishrei 5768/Sept. 29, 2007 Joshua Wintraub, son of Dr. Brenda Cowen & Jay Wintraub

engagement Marlene & Andy Borins on the engagement of their daughter, Jordanne Borins, to

Adam Grossman, son of Mark Grossman and Cheryle & Howie Rosenberg. Proud grandparents are Rosalyn Borins, Marjorie Frimeth, Georgina Grossman and Frimette & Percy Lyons

In Memoriam The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Lillian Allen, wife of Murray Allen, mother of Lawrence Allen, Michael Allen, Richard Allen and Terri Carr Gloria Awerbuck, wife of Mendel Awerbuck, mother of Ian Awerbuck and Risa Awerbuck, sister of Lillian Sherman Gertrude Bloom, mother of Eleanor Kiestin and Sharon Zinner Dorothy Cass, mother of Danny Cass, sister of Myra Simon Maxwell Cole, husband of Lillian Cole, father of Ellen Cole, Peter Cole and Susan Cole, brother of Evelyn Cole and Stanley Cole Ruth Crocker, mother of Debbie Gans, Gwen Liss and Lynne Seligman, sister of Rose Garfinkel and Jack Geller Anne Dubin, wife of Justice Charles Dubin, sister of Leonard Levine and Myer Levine Sam Hoppe, husband of Mary Hoppe, father of Rita Brykman, Fred Hoppe and Sheldon Hoppe Bernard Albert Fluxgold, father of Julie Amourgis, Howard Fluxgold and Ken Fluxgold Peter William Jackson, husband of Eileen Bunting, father of Roger Jackson and Susan Jackson Jerome (Jerry) Levine, husband of Ruth Levine, father of Mitchell Levine and Randy Levine, brother of Stanley Levine Sylvia Diamond Manasse, sister of Jerry Diamond Drusilla Manny, daughter of Vivienne Manny, sister of Cheryl Manny and Jill Manny Edwin Mirvish, husband of Anne Mirvish,

father of David Mirvish, brother of Lorraine Lazarus Oskar Morawetz, father of Claudia Morawetz and Richard Morawetz, brother of John Morawetz Sara Pachter, mother of Charles Pachter, David Pachter, Karen Ross and Maida Williams Helen Shleser, mother of Gillian Gillison and Jan Simonsky Dr. Isaac Shleser, husband of Helen Shleser, father of Gillian Gillison and Jan Simonsky, brother of Nettie Breslin Helen Sol, mother of Dr. Jeffrey Sol and Richard Sol Rachel Stern, wife of Martin Stern, mother of Cindy Stern, Gary Stern, Hartley Stern, Arlene Weisberg and Lindy Zaretsky, sister of Max Veffer Hortense (Jimmie) Norris Swire, mother of Francie Klein and Marsha Robinson, sister of the Honourable Charles Dubin Sadye Wintre, wife of Alex Wintre, mother of David Wintre

Gordon Wolfe, In Memory: Jane & Robert

T h e D a n so n F ami ly Camp S c h o l a r s h ip

Ken Danson, In Memory: Muriel Cohen and Family

Herman Harry Zener, Yahrzeit: Paula Kirsh

J e a n F i n e S e n io r s F u n d

Drusilla Manny, In Memory: Daisy & Sydney Jacobs;

Ho ly B l ossom T e mp l e R e n e wa l F u n d

Paula Moshonas; Sheila & Bob Smolkin

Joyce Clodman, In Memory: Jean Anshan

Joan Moses, Speedy Recovery: Sally & Ben Jacobson

Laurie Davis, In Appreciation: Joan Garson

Helen Sol, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Sister-

Jacqueline Friedland, In Appreciation: Joan Garson

hood; Lindi & Stephen Rivers and Family; Sheila

Carol Grubert, In Appreciation: Joan Garson

& Bob Smolkin

Tobie Harrison, In Appreciation: Joan Garson

Robin & Jeff Strug, Mazal Tov: Sally & Ben Jacobson

Judy Nyman, In Appreciation: Joan Garson Barbara and Sam Frum O’Brien, B’nei Mitzvah:

f lo r a l f u n d

Karen & Norman Doidge; Latraverse Family; Rabbi

Mitchell Harris, Bar Mitzvah: Ruth Morayniss &

John Moscowitz; Tracey & Joe Starkman and Fam-

Leland Harris

ily; Bernadette Sulgit & Martin Knelman

Findlay Caplan, Bat Mitzvah: Claire & Mark Caplan

Shoshana Paice, In Appreciation: Joan Garson

Leah Rosenkrantz, Bat Mitzvah: Patricia Nadeau &

Ronna Rubin, In Appreciation: Joan Garson

David Rosenkrantz

Alison Schwartz, In Appreciation: Joan Garson

Joshua Wintraub, Bar Mitzvah: Brenda Cowen & Jay

Barry Silver, In Appreciation: Carole Paul


General: Peter Block; Aileen Wolff

S y bi l Go r do n F o u n dat io n f u n d

Israel Study Fund

Ann & Gary Posen, Mazal Tov: Sybil Gordon

Joan Garson, In Appreciation: Alice & Ron Charach Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Honour: Holy Blossom

Ho ly B l ossom T e mp l e F o u n dat io n

Temple Brotherhood

Karol Altschuler, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple

We thank our generous donors

Rabbi Sharon Sobel, In Appreciation: Alice

Fine Arts Committee Rita Barron, Happy Birthday: Randi & Alan Garfinkel

1 5 0 t h A n n i v e r sa r y f u n d

Paul Bordo, Speedy Recovery: Shelley & Art Gans

150th Educational Weekend Committee, In

Ruth Crocker, In Memory: Sybil Gordon; Leslie Rose;

Appreciation: Anne LeSarge Henrietta Chesnie, Mazal Tov: Marilyn Farber: Nancy Ruth General: Gail & Irving Gerstein; Joseph Ketzner

Sheila & Bob Smolkin; Esther & Marvin Tile

Stephanie & Joey Cohen; Laura & Brian Wise;

Sydney M. Harris, Happy Birthday: Marilyn Farber

Martha & Stan Wise

Jean Kirshenblatt, Yahrzeit: Paula Kirsh

Jean Anshan, In Honour: Clare & Monte Denaburg

Barbara Kohan, Speedy Recovery: Margaret & David Hart Stephanie Lennox, In Appreciation: Sheila

Archives Fund

Sheila Smolkin, In Appreciation: Esta & Harry Palter c a r o l & sam u e l b r a u n m e mo r ia l f u n d

Percy Budman, In Memory: Marcia & Kenneth Cohen and Family Larry Marshall, Happy Birthday: Marcia & Kenneth Cohen and Family B e v e r l e y Co l ma n Lokas h Camp S c h o l a r s h ip

Lynn Feldman, Mazal Tov: Beverley Colman Lokash Pnina Margolese, Mazal Tov: Beverley Colman Lokash

Jill Hertzman Marilyn Shesko & David Hertzman, Mazal Tov:

Min Fingerhut, In Memory: Andrea Fine

W i l l iam A n s h a n Yo u t h A wa r ds

Anna Spivak, In Honour: Clare & Monte Denaburg

J a c ob ’ s Tow e r F u n d

Sara Pachter, In Memory: Florence & Harold Hertzman;

Judge Sam Filer, In Memory: Karen & Yoel Abells and Family; Lyla Abells

& Ron Charach General: Byron Parker

& Bob Smolkin

J oa n K e r b e l L e ad e r s h ip D e v e l opm e n t Fund

Edward Charney, In Memory: Paula Strasberg & Herbert Hess

Jerome Levine, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller

Ruth Crocker, In Memory: Horvath Family

Nathaniel Mencow, In Memory: Joan & Don

Peter Jackson, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman;


Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood

Sara Pachter, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller

Jerome Levine, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman

Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, In Appreciation: Debbie

Sylvia Diamond Mannase, In Memory: Edward Sweet

Redner & Benjamin Applebaum Nathan Salsberg, In Memory: Sara Clodman

Helen Shleser, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood

Ted Shafran, In Appreciation: Goldhar Family

Dr. Isaac Shleser, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman

Esther Shrieder, Mazal Tov: Joan & Don Granatstein

Gail Silver, Speedy Recovery: Holy Blossom Temple

Joanne Steinberg, Speedy Recovery: Shelley & Art Gans Rachel Stern, In Memory: Anne & Arthur Freeman

Sisterhood Morris Vigoda, Happy Birthday: Gail & Gary Goodman

Morris Vigoda, Special Birthday: Sybil & Jack Geller

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Lib r a r y B ook F u n d

Ed Mirvish, In Memory: Gitte & Les Crangle

Ha r r y a n d C e c i l e P e a r l Yo u t h A wa r ds

Cyril Hersh, Happy Birthday: Renee & Simon Saks

Gary Posen, In Appreciation: Naomi Bell

Max Cole, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans

Sondra Kay, Special Birthday: Pauline Atkins

Steven Rothstein, Speedy Recovery: Pam &

Ed Mirvish, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans

Drusilla Manny, In Memory: Ike Morgulis

Coby Melnick

Jack Young, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans

Janet & Michael Ryval, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow D ow a n d F r e dzia M a r m u r P r o g r am fo r Ed u c at io n a l E x c e l l e n c e

Ruth Crocker, In Memory: Terrye & Jack Kuper; Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Liz & Ivan Jaye, Mazal Tov: Cynthia Good Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Appreciation: Karrie Weinstock L e s l e y & Ro n M i l l e r F u n d

Murray Hart, In Appreciation: Janna Miller & Ryan Hopper and Family M u si c a l L e g a c y F u n d

Karen & Yoel Abells, In Honour: Horvath Family Betty Arlin, Happy Birthday: Claire & Morty Goodman Ruth Crocker, In Memory: Janet Hershfield; Mary & Henry Seldon Herschel Glickman, Speedy Recovery: Carolyn & Bernie Schwartz and Family Cynthia & Brian Hands, Mazal Tov: Nancy-Gay & Marvin Rotstein Suzie Lyon, Special Birthday: Helen Lyon Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Muriel Cohen; Rina & Saul Fishbein; Carmen, Andrei and Emil Horvath Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Mazal Tov: Janice & Larry Babins; Etta Ginsberg McEwan Jacobson Nunues-Vaz, In Memory: Janet Hershfield Mary & Henry Seldon, In Honour: Horvath Family Wanda Stendon, In Memory: Carolyn & Bernie Schwartz and Family O u t of t h e Co l d F u n d

Gordon Atlin, Happy Birthday: Maxine Cadsby; Mickey Cohen and Family; Annellen Rosenberg; Harriet & Frank Wolman Miriam Burrows, In Memory: Gitte & Les Crangle Dr. & Mrs. Morris Charendoff, Mazal Tov: Gitte & Les Crangle Flory & Bob Cohen, Mazal Tov: Susan & Norman Mogil Barbara & Richard Conway, Mazal Tov: Levine Family Ruth Crocker, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen Murray Hart, In Appreciation: Eryn & Andrew Miller and Family Sylvia Lampert, In Memory: Gitte & Les Crangle Anita & Leon Lapidus, In Appreciation: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Shirley & Alex Mesbur, Mazal Tov: Susan & Norman Mogil


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Annalee & Brian Schnurr, Mazal Tov: Susanne & Stuart Egier Wilf Shapiro, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman and Family Helen Shleser, In Memory: Beverley Colman-Lokash; Evelyn Florence Dr. Isaac Shleser, In Memory: Evelyn Florence and Family Dr. Saul Sidlofsky, In Memory: Carol & Gord Sussman Morris Vigoda, Happy Birthday: Caryl & Bert Barruch; Zita Gardner; Margaret & David Hart; Ron Hart; Vera Hauser; Sandi & Harvey Hofbauer; Susan & Jeff Levy; Susan & Steve Lynn and Family; Marlene & Robert Ruderman; Janet & Michael Ryval; Rhea Shulman M. Yolleck, In Appreciation: Nancy Pollack General: Nadeja Adler; Holy Blossom Temple Stagecraft Company; Rachael Jacobson S a r a a n d Ha r r y P a c h t e r Ed u c at io n a l E n dowm e n t

Sara Pachter, In Memory: Helen Aaron; Sandra Ainsley; Avie Bennett; Harvey Borden; Pamela Brickenden; Ruby Bronsten and Family; Marilyn Brown; Valerie Brown; Ida & Morry Clarfield; Shoshana Cole; Bonnie & Henry Croll; Helene Diament; Vian Ewart; Joyce & Stephen Fienberg; Joanne & Garry Foster and Family; Lynda Friendly & Manny Elkind; Bertye & Bernie Gluckstein; Millie & Sheldon Goldstein; Malka & Al Green; Roz & Ralph Halbert; Ruth Halperin; Beverley Hargraft; Kagan Family; Katsuyama Family; Sandra & Sheldon Kingstone; Myra & Danny Krangle; Merle Kriss; Sally Lax; Jerry Levitan; Sally Libman; Bev & Bernie Little; Beverley Colman Lokash; Gay & Gerry Lokash; Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson; Kathryn Minard; Harriet Morton; Jan & Jeffrey Nussbaum; Barbara Organ; Ann & Gary Posen; Roslyn Bernick Roth; Ruch Family; Jocelyne & Shia Salem; Karen & Michael Sanders; Carol & Lionel Schipper; Schnurr Family; Diane & Gary Shiffman; Joy Shuchat; Bea Sidlofsky; Lynn & Skip Sigel; Steve Sinukoff and Family; Laurie Sone; Lila Strashin; Pamela & David Strashin and Family; Ellie Tesher; Dorothy & Stanley Tessis; Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile; Faigie & Joe Weinstock and Family; Lena Winesanker; Linda Wolfe; Joyce & Fred Zemans

Ha r r y & B l a n c h e P os e n E n dowm e n t

Blanche Posen, In Memory: Hugh Inksater; Andrea Fine P r ay e r B ook F u n d

Ruth Crocker, In Memory: Brenda & Fred Saunders Sondra Kay, Special Birthday: Lesley & Marty Atkins Drusilla Manny, In Memory: Ruth Green; Rose Rose Hortense Norris Swire, In Memory: Merryl Epstein Siegel Plaut Manor Fund

Judith Plaut, In Honour: Irene Borins-Ash & Irv Ash Meredith Englander & Jason Spetter, Corrie’s Baby Naming: Terry McAndrew; Adina & Todd Spetter Rabbis ’ a n d Ca n t o r s ’ D is c r e t io n a r y F u n ds

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Stella Friedman; Julie & Eric Kirsh and Family; Sheila Loftus; Jill & Ben Lustig; Family of Jack Young Rabbi John Moscowitz, Doctorate of Divinity: Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood; Hannah Shostack Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Stella Friedman; Brenda & Soren Gluck; Ruth Hussman & Barry Strauss and Family; Holly & John Laskin; Lorna Laskin & David Gluck; Sheila Loftus; Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin and Hershell Ezrin Rabbi Yael Splansky: Larry Prussky, In Memory: Rob Prussky Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, In Appreciation: Ruth Hussman & Barry Strauss and Family; Diana Shiffman and Family; Sheila & Bob Smolkin; Sniderman Family Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Mazal Tov: Gotfrid Family; Mary & Henry Seldon Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Appreciation: Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin & Hershell Ezrin Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, Doctorate of Divinity: Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood; Hannah Shostack Rabbi Edward Goldfarb: Gloria Pollock-Birenbaum, In Appreciation: Bev Abbey; Betty Searle Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Lillian & Stan Cash; Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux; Stella Friedman; Sheila Loftus; Etta Ginsberg McEwan; Susan Mogil; Bernie & Marna Snitman and Family; Sara F. Speigel Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: Iris

Drache; Brenda & Soren Gluck; Debbie & Jack

Bessie Salem, Yahrzeit: Jocelyne & Shia Salem

Gurfinkel; Holly & John Laskin; Lorna Laskin

Robin Sassen, Yahrzeit: Etienne Kaplan

& David Gluck; Dina & Mel Segal; Family of

Joseph Schipper, Yahrzeit: Lionel Schipper and Family

To make a donation to any of our existing

Jack Young

Harry Shlesinger, Yahrzeit: Hanna Shlesinger

funds, to learn more about how you can sup-

Queenie Singer Lewish, Yahrzeit: Paula Moshonas

port the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, or

Na n c y R u t h Ed u c at io n a l F u n d

Morris Stein, Yahrzeit: Jason Stein

Ruth Crocker, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow; Nancy Ruth

to establish a new fund, please call the Foun-

Shirley Steinberg, Yahrzeit: Ellen & Alan Levine

Edith Kirzner, In Honour: Nancy Ruth

dation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265.

Jennifer Sutton, Yahrzeit: Eva & Edward Borins

Jerome Levine, In Memory: Nancy Ruth

Claire Sweet, In Memory: Sam Sweet

To make a donation to One Family Fund (Aid to

Sylvia Diamond Manasse, In Memory: Nancy Ruth

Regina Wolff, Yahrzeit: Else Landauer

Survivors of Terror), please call (416) 644-4955.

Morris Vigoda, Special Birthday: Ellen Karabanow;

Ralph Wolman, Yahrzeit: Harriet & Frank Wolman

Nancy Ruth

William Wolman, Yahrzeit: Harriet & Frank Wolman

Lo r r ai n e S a n d l e r T r ib u t e F u n d

D r . S a u l S id l ofsk y M e mo r ia l F u n d

Pam Hamovitch, In Appreciation: Kita Hei; Marnie

Dr. Saul Sidlofsky, In Memory: Naomi Bell; Cynthia

Burke & Sam Damiani and Family; Riczker Family;

Good; Jane Krangle; Lorraine & Sonny Langer;

Kacey & Bram Siskind

Carole & Alan Lavine; Jocelyne & Shia Salem;

Kita Hei Staff, In Appreciation: Kita Hei

Contacts for Donations

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.

Bonnie Stern

Shacharit Fund

To r at C h aim F u n d

We appreciate your support

Berecz Family, Yahrzeit: Helene Barto

Word: Anne Moranis

Holy Blossom Temple appreciates all donations to our funds; however due to rising

Doris Charach, Yahrzeit: Alice & Dr. Ron Charach David Collis, Yahrzeit: Eve Innis

A l & D o r a T r a c k S c h o l a r s h ip

costs, cards will only be sent for donations of

Chaim Drujan, Yahrzeit: Judy Druyan

Katherine Pless, Yahrzeit: Dora Track and Family

$20 or more. We will continue to recognize all

Martha Drujan, Yahrzeit: Judy Druyan

Morris Vigoda, Special Birthday: Dora Track

donations in the Bulletin.

Go r do n W o l f e M e mo r ia l F u n d

We apologize but due to space constraints,

Gordon Wolfe, In Memory: Naomi Bell; Peter

not all donations will appear in the Bulletin

Lorne Dunkelman, Yahrzeit: Thelma Dunkelman and Family Harry Firestone, Yahrzeit: Shirley Firestone Freuerlich Family, Yahrzeit: Helene Barto

Collins and Family; Jaime Filer; Carole & Alan

issue closest to the date on which the contri-

Fanny Galfund, Yahrzeit: Lillian Sherman

Lavine; Debbie Redner & Benjamin Applebaum;

bution was made. Donations in this issue

Karen Goldblatt, Yahrzeit: Barry Goldblatt

Nancy-Gay & Max Rotstein; Toni Silberman

were received by Aug. 7, 2007.

Ruth & Charles Goodman, Yahrzeit: Gail & Gary Goodman and Family Terri Greenberg, Yahrzeit: Linda Moshonas; Paula Moshonas Ben Halperin, Yahrzeit: Ruth Halperin Charles Heller, Yahrzeit: Frances & Phil Shapiro Esther Hermant, Yahrzeit: Julie Markle Susan Hershfield, Yahrzeit: Janet Hershfield and Family Sala Kampelmacher, Yahrzeit: Judy Druyan Irene Klein, Yahrzeit: Veronica Mandel Louis Krakauer, Yahrzeit: Joan Kirsh; Helen Krakauer

L e o n a r d W o l f e Ed u c at io n a l F u n d

Grace Cunningham, In Memory: Honey Wolfe Yo u t h A wa r ds

Henrietta Chesnie, Mazal Tov: Edith Kirzner Rabbi Steven Garten, Mazal Tov: Anne LeSarge Patty & Marcel Himel, Mazal Tov: Mimi & Myer Brody Jerome Levine, In Memory: Mary & Henry Seldon Jill & Ben Lustig, Happy Anniversary: Gail & Frank Roth

Pearl & Jay Lipsey, Yahrzeit: Helen Lyon Leslie Lowenthal, Yahrzeit: Lowenthal Family Sydney Mamott, Yahrzeit: Mamott Family Ruby Moranis, Yahrzeit: Sandy & Steven Moranis and Family Saul Morris, Yahrzeit: Jill & Danny Morris and Family Robert Pollack, Yahrzeit: Andrew Pollack Pauline Rosen, Yahrzeit: Ruth Rosen Billy Roth, Yahrzeit: Harriet & Frank Wolman Annette Rudman, Yahrzeit: Matilda Bigio

Our Apology In our last Bulletin, we inadvertently missed the name of Graham Rosen in the picture of the Confirmation class of 2007.

September 2007 | Elul 5767/Tishrei 5768


What we can create | The Last Word by Rabbi Karen Thomashow

Two early rabbis, Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Joshua, engaged in a discussion as to when the world was created. According to Rabbi Eliezer, the world was created in the month of Tishrei, the month during which the start of our year, Rosh Hashanah, is observed. According to Rabbi Joshua, however, the world was created in the month of Nisan, the month in which the ancient Israelites were led out of Egypt. While we follow the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer on this matter, this discussion is of great interest. Our tradition is not want for pointing out that our liberation from slavery was a rebirth, a creation of a new world

of sorts — perhaps a spiritual creation. It has also been suggested that the Messiah, or messianic period, will be ushered in during the season that our People saw redemption in the past. This, too, speaks of a kind of creation. However, it is the first and physical creation of the world that guides our calendar’s celebration of the New Year. Perhaps, then, there is another reason why we celebrate the New Year during the month of Tishrei. Each Jewish holiday corresponds to a specific event(s) in our history: e.g., Shavuot — receiving the Torah; Tisha B’Av — the destruction of the First and Second Temple. For these commemorations and others,

our behaviour responds to the event. If then, it was in Tishrei that the world was created — an event that ushered in new hopes, new possibilities and new life — may we respond with creation of our own. This is our time to introduce something new into our lives, to re-work relationships, to adopt a virtuous task. This is an essential element of Rosh Hashanah. As this is my first Rosh Hashanah and year with this congregation, I especially look forward to what we can create together. May we usher in our New Year with great hope and anticipation. L’Shanah tovah.

Installation of Rabbi Karen Thomashow Sat. Oct. 20, 2007, at 10.30 a.m.

Please join us as we install Rabbi Karen Thomashow as the Assistant Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple and formally welcome her and her husband, Yonatan Eyal, to our congregation. Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Sigma Faye Coran, Senior Rabbi of K.K. Bene Israel—Rockdale Temple, who has worked with Rabbi Thomashow over the past 13 years. After the Service, everyone is invited to a kiddush luncheon in honour of Rabbi Thomashow and her husband.

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