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Holy Blossom Temple Bulletin September 2010| Elul 5770/Tishrei 5771

What Rosh Hashanah is about | In Perspective by Rabbi John Moscowitz

Isn’t it interesting that the intense prayers of Rosh Hashanah — which is a more serious day than Yom Kippur; our lives are on the line, after all — make no mention of individual needs? Think about it: We arrive at synagogue often burdened by worries — the health of those close, tensions with those we care for most, business and financial concerns and more may fill us, or at least distract us. But the prayers don’t go there; they don’t attend to what preoccupies each one of us as the New Year dawns; they don’t even much help us review our past year. Instead, all of this is subordinated to something larger, much larger: God’s sovereignty. We are consumed by survival matters, small and large, and the tradition appears to turn a deaf ear. Remember God’s kingship, it implores; make God’s name sanctified in all you do; fear God; serve God with the work of your hands and the intentions of your heart. Who can worry about God when we already have enough on our plate? What is going on? The tradition is neither uncaring nor unwise. By paying almost total attention to God’s power and eternality, by evoking the sense of awe and drama about the gift of human life, its brevity, its preciousness, its precariousness, the Rosh Hashanah liturgy and experience

put our eyes where they belong: on this extraordinary privilege bequeathed us by the One Who Brings Life to Be. The very expressions of gratitude implicit and explicit in the prayers bring us from our private and parochial concerns to an awareness of how fortunate we are to be in Life itself. Out of that refined awareness, a kind of alertness unique to that moment, we pray, not only for more of life — more years, more health, more happiness for ourselves and for those close — but also for a better life, not in our neighbourhood alone, but also across God’s world for all. So remembering and affirming God’s ultimate sovereignty takes us not out of the world, but back to the world: of our lives, of all of life. We then emerge from the two days of prayer with renewed confidence, both in what we have been given and in what we can do with it. God is the Life-giver, but we are the bearers, the carriers of Life. On Rosh Hashanah, we praise the former, literally to the Heavens. We thereby find ourselves more capable to do the latter — as God would want and as we so need.

Our clergy wishes all a happy and healthy 5771.

Life at Holy Blossom M O N D AY S

Mondays @ the Temple 10 a.m. | Rabbi John Moscowitz Sept. 27 Returning God to the Centre of Judaism 7.30 p.m. | Rabbi Yoel Glick Oct. 18 Israel Seminar: Whose City? Jerusalem through the Eyes of Judaism, Christianity, Islam 7.30 p.m. | Jonathan Gribetz and Rabbi John Moscowitz Oct. 25 to Nov. 22 T u esdays

Israel and the Jewish People: A New Contract for a New Century 8 p.m. | Einat Wilf Sept. 14 Advanced Hebrew Grammar 11 a.m. | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb starting Oct. 5 The Power of Narrative 9.30 a.m. | Cynthia Good Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 Will Our Children and Grandchildren Be Jewish? 8 p.m. | Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Oct. 12 Pope Pius XII — An Update on the Path to Sainthood 7.30 p.m. | Professor Michael Marrus Nov. 2 Making Shabbat at Home 7.30 p.m. | Bambi Katz Nov. 16 to 30 W ednesdays

Sisterhood Torah Study 9.30 a.m. | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb The Yiddish Novel 11 a.m. | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb starting Oct. 6 Adult B’nei Mitzvah 7.15 p.m. | Rabbi Yael Splansky starting Oct. 6 Wednesdays with Dow 7.30 p.m. | Rabbi Dow Marmur Oct. 13 to Nov. 24 T h u rsdays

Consecration Ceremony for Grade 1 Children of Members 6 p.m. | Sept. 30 Jewish Religious Responses to the Shoah 10.30 a.m. | Rabbi Michael Stroh Oct. 7 to 28 Public Discussion: Is Zion Home or Harm to the Jews? 8 p.m. | Peter Beinart and Rabbi Daniel Gordis Oct. 28 Beyond the Conflict: Contemporary Israeli Cinema 7.30 p.m. | Gillian Helfield Nov. 4, 18 and Dec. 2 F ridays

Sisterhood Retreat: Women through the Lens of Jewish Law | Rabbi Karen Thomashow Nov. 5 to 7, to reserve call ext. 532 Scholar in Residence: Radical Judaism and the Ways of the Chassidim 6 p.m. | Rabbi Arthur Green Nov. 12 Little Blossoms 9.30, 10.30 and 11.30 a.m. | Oct. 8 to Dec. 17 S at u rdays

Scholar in Residence: Shabbat Torah Study — Rediscovering the Chassidic Masters 9 a.m. | Shabbat Service 10.30 a.m. | Radical Judaism: A Theology of Creation for the Post-Darwinian Era after Kiddush Lunch | Rabbi Arthur Green Nov. 13 S u ndays

Water Walk for Free the Children 1.30 p.m. | Sept. 26 Sunday Book Club 10.30 a.m. | Sharon Singer Oct. 17 Temple Singers Rehearsal 10 a.m. | Oct. 27 For more details about Holy Blossom Temple programming or events, or to confirm information, call (416) 789-3291 or and The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple generously supports many of these programs.


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High Holy Days and Festivals 2010/5771 Selichot | Sat. Sept. 4

(Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave.) Dessert......................................................................9 p.m. Study....................................................................9.30 p.m. Havdalah and Service..................................10.30 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah | Wed. Sept. 8

First Service.............................................................6 p.m. Family Service........................................................6 p.m. Second Service..................................................8.30 p.m.

First Day Rosh Hashanah | Thur. Sept. 9

First Service........................................................8.30 a.m. Early Family Service.............................................9 a.m. Second Service................................................11.30 a.m. Late Family Service.......................................11.30 a.m. Children’s Service............................................3.30 p.m.

(for children five years old and younger)

Second Day Rosh Hashanah | Fri. Sept. 10 Service.....................................................................10 a.m. Tashlich (Cedarvale Park, Markdale Entrance)...4 p.m.

Kol Nidre | Fri. Sept. 17

First Service.............................................................6 p.m. Family Service........................................................6 p.m. Second Service........................................................9 p.m. Teen Service............................................................9 p.m.

Yom Kippur | Sat. Sept. 18

Early Family Service.............................................9 a.m. Morning Service..................................................10 a.m. Generation  Service.......................................11 a.m. (for 20 and 30 somethings)

Late Family Service.......................................11.30 a.m. Children’s Service.................................................2 p.m. (for children five years old and younger)

Afternoon Service............................................3.30 p.m.

Yom Kippur Study Sessions The Existential Threat of Iran | Hershell Ezrin Bearing Witness to Humanitarian Crises: A Report from Haiti and the Congo | Michael Goldfarb (Generation ): Joseph’s Brothers: Paradigm of Sin and Repentance | Rabbi Dow Marmur Emmanuel Levinas on Forgiveness | Professor Michael Morgan Jewish Meditation: Cultivating Compassion and Forgiveness by Turning Our Hearts toward God | Michelle Katz

Worship D ai ly S er v i c es

Monday to Friday at 7.30 a.m. Shacharit | Monday to Thursday at 6 p.m. Mincha | Sunday at 9 a.m. Shacharit On Mon. Sept. 6 and Mon. Oct. 11, 2010, Shacharit Services will be held at 9 a.m. S ha b b at S er v i c es

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

Tot Shabbat will be held on Fri. Oct. 1, 2010, at 6 p.m. (Service and Dinner), and Fri. Oct. 15, 2010 at 5.30 p.m. (Service and Craft). Shabbat Fusion will be held on Fri. Oct. 29, 2010, at 6.30 p.m. The Bulletin is published throughout the year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; Email:; Website: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: Larry Babins; Rabbis: John Moscowitz; Yael Splansky; Karen Thomashow; Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Cantorial Soloist: Lindi Rivers; Director of Education: Deborah K. Spiegel; Director of Development: Adele Sacks; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Elliott Jacobson; Director of Membership: Shannon Tramer; Bulletin Editor: Judy Nyman; Design and Production: nymanink.concepts that click Holy Blossom Temple was founded in 1856 and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism.

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Z’man Simchateinu | Season of Our Rejoicing 2010/5771 The season of joy and thanksgiving is a welcome contrast to the Days of Awe. Let us celebrate and give thanks for all of life’s bounty. There is something for everyone. Sukkot Sukkah Decorating | Mon. Sept. 20, at 6.30 p.m. Erev Sukkot Service | Wed. Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Congregation-wide Sukkot Morning Services | Thur. Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. Bring your lulav and etrog*. Creative children’s programs will be incorporated throughout the Service. After the Service, enjoy a festive kiddush lunch in the sukkah. Holy Chag Sukkot | Thur. Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. Students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to join us for a day of Yom Tov programming. For more details and to register, please call Lisa Isen Baumal (ext. 242), at the Temple.

Annual Sukkah Party | Sun. Sept. 26, at 12.15 p.m. A special invitation goes out to all families with school-aged children. Enjoy pizza and edible sukkot for dessert and join in with the Halleluja Drummers!

Shemini Atzeret Erev Shemini Atzeret Service | Wed. Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Services | Thur. Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. The celebratory notes of the Festival are woven together with the sombre tones of our Yizkor/Memorial Service. Creative children’s programs will be incorporated. A special kiddush luncheon follows.

Simchat Torah Consecration Service | Thur. Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. All Grade 1 students receive their own little Torah Scroll to treasure. Simchat Torah Flag-Making and Parade | Thur. Sept. 30, at 6.15 p.m. Simchat Torah Service and Celebration | Thur. Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. Parade our beautiful Torah scrolls around the Sanctuary. Then dance the night away to the music of Judy and David’s klezmer band. *If you would like to order a quality lulav and etrog ($40), please call Elana Fehler (ext. 532), at the Temple.

Hasbara and our students | Our Schools by Debbie Spiegel Director of Education

Hasbara (Public Diplomacy for Israel) is crucial for our students. With the constant barrage of information coming from the media, we often do not know what is true and what is not. It takes a discerning eye and even more discerning ear to parse news about Israel and the Middle East.

Alon (left) and Maya


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Holy Blossom schools take learning about Israel very seriously. Our students become more knowledgeable about and more invested in their relationship to Israel. We are fortunate that for the fourth consecutive year, we are partnering with the Leo Baeck Day School to host two teenagers from Israel: Maya Zrachya and Alon Shacham. (They are also co-sponsored by Makom and the UJA). We refer to these students as the Shinshinim, which stands for ‘shin-shin,’ an abbreviation in Hebrew for Shnat Sherut, year of service. Our Shinshinim, part of a much larger Toronto contingent in Canada postponing their army service, bring Israel front and centre to everything we do at Holy Blossom. Our students learn that teenagers in Israel are similar to Canadian teenagers

in many ways. It is interesting to learn about the similarities and differences in their outlooks and perspectives on life. In particular, our Grade 8 and 9 students will make Hasbara their theme for their upcoming Shabbat retreat, and as our Confirmation class prepares for their trip to Israel in March 2011, Maya and Alon will be invaluable to them. We say B’ruchim Haba’im, welcome. Maya and Alon will be housed by members of our congregation for the school year. After their stay with us, they will be going to Camp George in June 2011. Please introduce yourselves to Maya and Alon and make them feel at home. They will be in our Schools and in Family Services on a regular basis, as well as at all holiday celebrations and in various programs in the Temple.

Renewal Project update In the interest of keeping all our congregants fully informed on our historic venture, here’s a brief update on the status of our Renewal Project, as we aim to keep the momentum building and begin construction 14 months from now (November 2011). • In June, our congregation voted overwhelmingly to approve the project. Out of 723 total votes cast, 93.4% (675) were in favour of the resolution, with only 48 votes against. • The zoning by-law for our project was enacted by City Council on July 8th. Our project continues to garner strong support from Councillor Mihevc and city planning staff.

• As of this writing (August 2nd), our Leadership Gifts campaign has raised over $17 million. That’s an additional $1 million over the summer months (a traditionally soft period for fundraising.) This is very good news as we strive to hit the 85% threshold — $23.3 million — of the Temple’s share of the projected total cost of the project, before any construction can begin. And, we are optimistic that we’ll be able to report additional fundraising successes in September, shortly after the High Holy Days. • We continue to make significant progress in our negotiations with banks to secure construction financing for the project.

As you arrive for the High Holy Day season, look for beautiful largescale renderings of the future of Holy Blossom, inside and outside Temple. Hopefully, they’ll excite and inspire you to contribute your time, money and passion to the project. Or, if you wish to study the renderings and more detailed floor plans, go to and click on “learn more” beneath the Renewal Project logo, in the bottom left corner. And as always, if you have any questions about the Project or want to help in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us at David Rosenberg, Renewal Communications

Rendering of the proposed Temple Atrium Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.

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ISRAEL AND OUR FUTURE: The fall focus Israel and the Jewish People: A New Contract for a New Century

Einat Wilf Chaver Knesset, Israel Tue. Sept. 14, 2010, at 8 p.m. Einat Wilf — an expert in education issues, a compelling political analyst and a rising star in Israel — will speak on the political scene and beyond.

Einat Wilf

Will Our Children and Grandchildren Be Jewish? Shlomo Riskin

Daniel Gordis

Zion: Home or Harm to the Jews? A Public Discussion

Peter Beinart

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Chief Rabbi, Efrat, Israel Tue. Oct. 12, 2010, at 8 p.m. Who among us does not worry about securing the Jewish future — both personally and collectively? Come hear one of the most inspiring and compassionate teachers of our People.

Daniel Gordis and Peter Beinart Thur. Oct. 28, 2010, at 8 p.m. In this current difficult and contentious moment, are North American Jews feeling harmed by the State of Israel, rather than seeing her as our second home, the Jewish homeland of which we are proud? If so, is that fair? And, is Zionism antithetical to the next generation, or still a possibility, perhaps even a necessity? Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and the author of several popular books on Jewish thought and current events in Israel. Peter Beinart is the former editor of the New Republic. His article “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” in the New York Review of Books set off a major debate among Jews this past spring.

For more information on these and other programs, please see our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning Fall 2010 Calendar of Events at


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Won't you help support our fellow members? by Anita Lapidus Chair, Annual Contribution Campaign

As I shared with you in the spring, when I was asked to chair this year’s Annual Contribution Campaign (ACC), I did not hesitate to accept. Our focus this year is on our member families and Religious School students who are unable to pay full dues and Religious School tuition; this is something that resonates very strongly with me, and I am sure that each one of us knows of someone who has needed assistance at some time in their lives. Since launching the campaign right before Pesach, I have learned more specifically what important benefits are made possible through the ACC.

Long-time members whose aging parents require extraordinarily expensive care are able to maintain their membership. New immigrants who are just starting out in Canada are welcomed into our community. Young people’s Religious School educations allow them to formally join the worldwide Jewish community by becoming B’nei Mitzvah. Retirees whose savings have been drastically affected by the economic downturn do not have to forfeit their memberships. Single parents with limited incomes are able to provide a centre of Jewish life and education for their children. Young couples are given the opportunity to continue developing their Jewish lives and establish Jewish homes. Parents of children with special needs are able to participate while maintaining the high levels of care their children require.

I am so pleased to see that so many Temple members have given so generously to this campaign. So far, we have raised $439,000 but we are still short of our target and need the support of all members who are able to make a contribution. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all those who have already given. You have made a difference in the lives of your fellow members. Your contributions to the ACC will strengthen our Jewish community. It is not too late to make your donation to the 2010 Annual Contribution Campaign. Gifts of $500 and more will be displayed on our Annual Contribution Donor Wall in the Sanctuary lobby, in time for the High Holy Days. For more information, please call Director of Membership Shannon Tramer (ext. 227), at the Temple, or email stramer@holyblossom.

Holy Blossom Temple leadership: thank you Holy Blossom Temple’s Annual General Meeting of members will be held on Sun. Nov. 21, 2010, at 10 a.m. The meeting provides an opportunity for every Holy Blossom Temple member to obtain information concerning the affairs of the congregation. The following slate of candidates has been put forward by the Nominating Committee and will be presented for election at the meeting: Officers: Mark S. Anshan, President; Earl Lipson, Vice President; Gary Posen, Financial Secretary; Heather Crawford, Treasurer; Tom Friedland, Secretary Directors nominated for a one-year term: Fern Lebo

Directors nominated for a two-year term: David Berger; Eric Beutel; Phyllis Denaburg; Joan Garson; Larry Ritchie; Harvey Schipper; Alison Schwartz Directors continuing a second year of a two-year term: Pam Albert; Gord Arbess; Bob Cooper; Hugh Furneaux; Susan Stronel; Lisa Taylor According to our bylaws, additional candidates for any position may be nominated by members of the Temple. Nominations must be submitted in writing to the administrative office at the Temple no later than 60 days before the Annual General Meeting (by Wed. Sept. 22, 2010), signed by at least 10 members in good standing at the Temple and by the nominated member.

The Nominating Committee acknowledges and thanks the following members who will be completing their terms as Directors and/or Officers:

David Blinick

Michael Davis

Jill Hertzman

Alberto Quiroz Elisabeth Rosenfeld

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Spring and summer events at Holy Blossom

Family Mitzvah Day, Apr. 25, 2010

Little Blossoms: meets every Friday morning

Shabbat in the Hood: our annual summer carnival

Mondays at the Temple, June 22, 2010

Camp George, July 2010 Session

Beny — a Tribute: May 11, 2010

Nadia Adler with Beny Rivka, Tal, Shira, Beny and Hope Maissner

Paul Lamoureux and Theresa Tova

Karen Abells, Beny, Jill Kamin, Freda Ariella Muscovitch and Linda Neufeld


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Jerry (Ezra) Glantz, Beny and Amir Gissin, Consul General of Israel in Toronto

Beny with Janice and Larry Babins

Photographs by Jay Shuster, Henry's Camera

Brian Hands and Beny

Our Congregational Family Welcome to Our Temple family We are delighted to welcome the following new members and their families to Holy Blossom Temple: Shanti & Matt Ariker, and Alex and Kyra Steffi Black & Mark Youngman, and Laila and Chloe Macy Cheung & David Nadler Sarah & Ilan Cohen, and Elliot and Adrian Joanna Davidson & Brian Rodney Stefanie & Michael Dorfman, and Jacob Paula Freeman Lisa Engle Glaizel & Jeffrey Glaizel, and Jacob and Nathan Rachel & Avi Goldfarb, and Anna and Samuel Sari & Jonathan Harris, and Aidan and Sophia Ahuva Krieger Dawn & Ryan Nadler, and Avi and Max Lauren & Joe Nadler Janis Perry & Robbin Dichter, and Joshua and Zachary Sandra Rotholc & Jonathan King, and Ephrem and Reuben Catia & Claudio Rudnicki, and Julia and Rafael Beth Title & Adam Fineman, and Maren and Kera Stacey & David Vernon, and Levi Barbara Wiseman, and Aaron Michelle & Daniel Wittlin, and Olivia and Ashlee Marisa Wyse & Peter Hawkings, and Gabrielle Linda Yarmouth

Mazal Tov Karen Minden, on receiving the Order of Canada. Births Karmit Ifrah & Cory Bernatt, on the birth of a daughter, Dana Bernatt. Proud grandparents are Klara & Moshe Ifrah and Marlene & Reuben Bernatt.

Nicole & Jonathan Davis, on the birth of a son, Hudson Ryan Davis, brother to Benjamin. Proud grandparents are Lynda & Ken Davis and Deborah & Jack Vlasblom. Proud great-grandparents are Joyce & Jack Vlasblom and Fay Wolk. Rabbi Karen Thomashow & Yonatan Eyal on the birth of a daughter, Alma Thomashow Eyal. Proud grandparents are Debbie & Irwin Thomashow and Hanna & Chaim Eyal. Adrienne Fine-Furneaux & Brian Radnoff on the birth of a son, Noah Asher Fine– Radnoff. Proud grandparents are Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux, Wendy & Kenneth Radnoff and Jeanette & Geoff Scott. Beth Title & Adam Fineman, on the birth of a daughter, Kera Jordyn Fineman, sister to Meryn Laurel. Proud grandparents are Lynne & Harvey Fineman and Elliott & Sandra Title. Proud great-grandmothers are Jacqueline Davison and Julie Solomon. Diane Osak & Steven Hurowitz, on the birth of a daughter, Julia Lianne Hurowitz, sister to Samara. Proud grandparents are Ruth & Samuel Osak. Ruth Kerbel, on the birth of a granddaughter, Shayla Gerri Kerbel, daughter of Jennifer Saunders & Josh Kerbel, sister to Dylan. Other proud grandparents are Toby & Larry Saunders. Proud great-grandfather is Jack Saunders. Freda Ariella & Arthur Muscovitch, on the birth of a granddaughter, Ella Sloane Muscovitch, daughter of Neely Davis & Noam Muscovitch. Other proud grandparents are Ivy & Marc Davis. Lindsay & Jonathan Nyquist, on the birth of a daughter, Lily Sorelle Nyquist. Proud grandparents are Jill & Allan Schaffran and Jo-Ann & Douglas Nyquist. Proud greatgrandmother is Margaret Ann Nyquist. Tami Moscoe & Eric Petersiel, on the birth of a son, Micah Lev Moscoe Petersiel, brother to Lilah. Proud grandparents are Fran & Mel Petersiel and Marlene & Mel Moscoe. Proud great-grandmother is Lil Rose. Laura & Brian Wise, on the birth of a daughter, Noa Rachel Wise, sister

to Ethan. Proud grandparents are Jill Hertzman, Marilyn Shesko & David Hertzman and Martha & Stan Wise. Proud great-grandparents are Florence & Harold Hertzman, Anne Moranis and Millie Kohn. B ’ nei M it z v ah 25 Elul 5770/Sept. 4, 2010 Mathew Malinsky, son of Randy Malinsky & Judy Malinskyz’l 24 Tishrei 5771/Oct. 2, 2010 Madeleine Herlin, daughter of Tracy Sandler & Kenneth Herlin 24 Tishrei 5771/Oct. 2, 2010 Anthony Rosenberg, son of Rhonda Rovan & Howard Rosenberg 1 Cheshvan 5771/Oct. 9, 2010 Hailey Smith, daughter of Ronna Rubin & Philip Smith

M arriages Shelly Berenbaum & Chuck Litman on the marriage of their daughter, Marni Berenbaum to Ran Shoham, son of Franklina & Gideon Shoham. Eileen & David Berger, on the marriage of their son, Avi Berger to Ashley Beauchamp, daughter of Jan & Dave Gallo.

In Memoriam The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Tillie Abrams, mother of Brian Stark and Alan Stark Miriam (Mimi) Braidberg, daughter of Pearl Braidberg, sister of Ann Posen and Shelly Merovitz September 2010 | Elul 5770/Tishrei 5771


Charles Chaiton, husband of Karen Chaiton, father of Shoshana Chaiton, brother of Dr. Abraham Chaiton, Sam Chaiton, David Chaiton and Harvey Chaiton Theodora (Dot) Danson, mother of Andrew Danson, Robert Danson, Wendy Danson and Sue-Ellen Danson Abraham Davis, husband of Goldie Davis, father of Susan Davis-Dewitt, Michael Davis, Philip Davis and Roslyn Kanigsberg, brother of Isadore Davis Anna Flancman, mother of Sharon Herman, Marilyn London, Marvin Flancman and Alan Flancman Michael Fleishman, husband of Sharon Fleishman, brother of Philip Fleishman and David Fleishman Jessie Ruth Fisher, mother of Janet Marshall and Deborah Fisher Sam Hebscher, father of Melodie Hebscher and Cheryl Zeleny, brother of Syd Hebscher and Nettye Heft Harold Kamin, husband of Norma Kamin, father of Jill Kamin, Howard Kamin and Debbie Meiliken Mark Kerbel, partner of Tiiana SillasteWalker, father of Sarah Rose Kerbel, brother of Gail Kerbel, Diana Kerbel and Hart Kerbel Stanley Kopman, father of Richard Kopman, Jonathan Kopman and Allison Weiss Wilma Kwinter, wife of Monte Kwinter, mother of Richard Kwinter, Robbie Kwinter, Lisa Rotenberg & [and] Kathy Shore, sister of Jane Griesdorf Else Landauer, mother of Michael Landauer, sister of Hanne Krieger Kurt Lamers, father of Wolfgang Lamers Louis Markowitz, husband of Julia Markowitz, father of Lorne Markowitz, David Markowitz and Alan Markowitz Lenore Michaels, mother of Jerry Michaels and David Michaels, sister of Essie Fromm Louis Middlestadt, husband of Beatrice Middlestadt, father of Gloria Leibel

and Marty Middlestadt, brother of Lil Golden Mervin Mirsky, father of Brian Mirsky, Peter Mirsky, Philip Mirsky, Jane Mirsky and Michael Mirsky Iriving Nusinoff, father of Randi Daniels, Dr. Mark Nusinoff and Marilyn Foster Moshe Perlmutar, husband of Mary Perlmutar, father of Dr. Marty Perlmutar, Paula Oretsky and Dena Perlmutar Charlotte (Shilly) Rosen, wife of Lazarus Rosen, mother of Avra Rosen, Glenda Rosen, Penni Rosen and Jodi Gillman, sister of Gerald Schneiderman and Pedie Wolfond Doris Spiar, mother of Paul Spiar, Elen Spiar and Heidi Spiar David Sweet, father of John Sweet and Edward Sweet Alan Tinianov, husband of Muriel Tinianov, father of Phil Tinianov, Justin Tinianov and Mike Tinianov, Rob Tinianov Muriel Tinianov, mother of Phil Tinianov, Justin Tinianov, Mike Tinianov and Rob Tinianov Mildred Weisman, mother of Cheryl Jacques Dr. David Wise, father of Nancy Dack and Paul Wise, brother of Lil Sharpe and Sydney Wise

We thank our generous donors

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Arthur Woolf, In Memory: Sami & James Cooper danson fami ly c amp s c ho l arship F u nd

Theodora Danson, In Memory: Jean Anshan, Sheila & Bob Smolkin J ean F ine S eniors F u nd

General: David Kaplansky Daisy Jacobs, In Honour: Shelly Berenbaum & Chuck Litman Sue Joel and her Mondays @ the Temple Crew, In Appreciation: Mondays @ the Temple Melanie Nesbitt, In Appreciation: Mondays @ the Temple Sheila Smolkin and the Mondays @ the Temple Committee, In Appreciation: Mondays @ the Temple Sheila Smolkin, In Honour: The Birthday Girls; Daisy & Sydney Jacobs David Sweet, In Memory: Penny Fine Rabbi Karen Thomashow & Dr. Yonatan Eyal, Mazal Tov: Ben Jacobson Alan Tinianov, In Memory: Marilyn Farber; Gail & Gary Goodman; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Muriel Tinianov, In Memory: Daisy & Sydney Jacobs; Mondays @ the Temple; Sheila & Bob Smolkin F l ora l F u nd

Anthony Rosenberg, Bar Mitzvah: Rhonda Rovan & Howard Rosenberg Hailey Smith, Bat Mitzvah: Ronna Rubin & Philip Smith Madeleine Herlin, Bat Mitzvah: Herlin Family G ardner F ami ly F u nd

Ethan Faulk, In Honour: Charlie Rosenberg and Family

K ar l Ba l d Y o u th A ward E ndowment F u nd

Karl Bald, Yahrzeit: Jody & Jerry Golden R u th Borden M emoria l F u nd

Harvey Borden, In Honour: Susan & Barry Borden Chara c h F ami ly E ndowment F u nd

Doris Charach, Yahrzeit: Alice & Ron Charach S ami and J ames Cooper Y o u th A wards F u nd

Gary Bomza, In Honour: Sami & James Cooper Henry Hennick, In Memory: Sami & James Cooper


Wilma Kwinter, In Memory: Sami & James Cooper

Charlie Rosenberg, In Honour: Diana & Marvin Goodman; Ellen Karabanow; Carolyn Soskin & Ron Polster Gillian & David Rosenberg, In Honour: Zita Gardner Carolyn Soskin & Ron Polster, In Honour: Gillian & David Rosenberg and Family G arfinke l F ami ly F u nd

Harold Kamin, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Estelle Liss, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel David Sweet, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Rabbi Karen Thomashow & Dr. Yonatan Eyal, Mazal Tov: Randi & Alan Garfinkel

Our Congregational Family J a c k G e l l er 8 0 th Birthday F u nd

Jack Geller, In Honour: Sandy & Gordon Atlin;

Rabbi Karen Thomashow & Dr. Yonatan Eyal, Mazal Tov: Ronna Rubin & Philip Smith and Family

Susan & Barry Borden; Min & Ed Brickman; Sara

Alan Tinianov, In Memory: Jean Anshan

& Rick Charney and Family; Henrietta Chesnie;

Dr. David Wise, In Memory: Rendely Family; Adele

Zita Gardner; Diana & Marvin Goodman; Linda


& George Fleischer; Etta Ginsberg McEwan; Daisy

Frank Wolman, Yahrzeit: Harriet Wolman and Family

& Sydney Jacobs; Elizabeth Johnson & Leslie Rose;

Joyce & Fred Zemans, In Honour: Frances & Paul

Ellen Karabanow; Bernice & Yitz Penciner; Gillian


& David Rosenberg and Family; Nancy Ruth; Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin & Hershell Ezrin; Brenda &

I sen b erg F ami ly E ndowment F u nd

Fred Saunders; Helen & Edward Sheffman; Sheila &

Rose Fogle, In Honour: Sair Cloth, Lyla & Frank

Bob Smolkin; Sara Speigel; Phyllis & Manny Spivak; Esther & Marvin Tile; Linda Wolfe Cynthia Hands & Dr. Brian Hands, In Honour: Sybil & Jack Geller


Sharon & Steve Edwards; Darren Kerr; Loretta Malka; Randi & Alan Pollack; Andrea & Ian Schaja; Irene & Dave Silverman; Shosh & Steve Silverman

Joyce & Fred Zemans, In Honour: Sybil & Jack Geller

and Family; Patti & Mark Solomon; Virgin Family; Bari & Mike Zahalsky; Harlene & Murray Zweig Carly Mandelbaum & Jesse Burnett, In Honour: Carol & Steve Pilon

H o ly B l ossom T emp l e F o u ndation

I srae l S t u dy F u nd

David Sweet, In Memory: Matilda Bigio; Mike

Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin & Hershell Ezrin: Etta Ginsberg McEwan

Sara & Rick Charney; Henrietta Chesnie; Duca Financial Services; BDO Dunwoody LLP; Evelyn

J a c o b ’ s T ower F u nd

Florence; Jacqueline & Tom Friedland; Diana

Wendy Eisen, In Honour: Jill Hertzman

& Marvin Goodman; Myra & Danny Krangle;

David Hertzman, Happy Birthday: Lesley & Jeffrey

Mia & David Louis; Pat McKay; Helen Mosoff;

Campbell and Family; Linda Dutsch & Michael

Bernice & Yitz Penciner; Sheila & Robert Sheaffer;

Shmukler; Wendy & Elliott Eisen; Susan Fine;

Harriet & Barry Sklar; Sobeys; Lynn & Ken Tepper

Bayla & Shelly Katz; Tobie & John Lipson; Esther

and Family; Esther & Marvin Tile; Joan & Jack

Rossman; Linda Rossman; Lisa Rossman; Terry &

Vanderkooy; Linda Wolfe

Jeffrey Weiss Florence & Harold Hertzman, In Honour: Linda Slotin

General: Norman Kahn; Allan Weiss

Jill Hertzman, In Honour: Annalee & Brian Schnurr

Merryl Josephson Conway, In Memory: Wendy &

Marilyn Shesko & David Hertzman, In Honour:

Elliott Eisen

Linda Slotin

Hannah Davis, In Honour: Ronna Rubin & Philip Smith and Family

E l l iott J a c o b son & J u dy M a l kin F ami ly

Merle Kriss, In Honour: Frances & Paul Hellen

F u nd

Wilma Kwinter, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh

Mimi Braidberg, In Memory: Judy Malkin & Elliott

Benjamin Ryan Orvitz, In Honour: Joanne Rosenberg & Jerry McIntosh Jack Siegel, In Memory: Jean Anshan Doris Spiar, In Memory: Jean Anshan David Sweet, In Memory: Frances & Paul Hellen; Marlene & Robert Ruderman

Sisterhood Jack Geller, Happy Birthday: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Harold Kamin, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood; Pnina Margolese; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Colin Nuttall, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple

David Sweet, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller

H o ly B l ossom T emp l e R enewa l P roje c t

F u nd

Laura Charney, In Honour: Holy Blossom Temple

Perry Isenberg, In Honour: Karen & Randy Burks; Lodin & Howard Chatoff; Rona Namer & Edward

Boadway; Glenda & Sonny Bocknek; Harold Bricks;

J oan K er b e l Leadership D e v e l opment

David Goldenberg, In Memory: Carol & Steve Pilon

Ruthe Schipper, In Honour: Sybil & Jack Geller

Lillian Gordon, In Memory: Sharon & Stanley Clavir

Elliott Jacobson

Jill Kamin, In Honour: Gail & Gary Goodman

Estelle Liss, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller

E sther H ands M emoria l F u nd

Alma Thomashow Eyal, In Honour: Judy Malkin &

Jacobson Janice Feuer & Andrew Morrison, In Honour: Judy Malkin & Elliot Jacobson Jack Geller, In Honour: Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson Elliott Jacobson, In Honour: Janice Feuer

Sisterhood David Sweet, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood K idd u sh F u nd

Gertie Granastein, Yahrzeit: Joan & Donald Granatstein and Family Joseph Hochberg, In Honour: Hochberg Family D ow & F red z ia M arm u r P rogram for E d u c ationa l E x c e l l en c e

Judith Aber, In Honour: Sandy & Gordon Atlin Dalia Alalouf, In Honour: Charlie Rosenberg Dr. Noah Forman, In Honour: Susan & Barry Borden Cecile & Godfrey, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow Cynthia Good & Dan Aronchick, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow Reuben Katz, In Honour: Etta Ginsberg McEwan M u si c a l H eritage F u nd

Florence Brill, In Honour: Mary & Henry Seldon Michael Fleishman, In Memory: Sharon Smith-Miller & Shelley Miller Amanda Frohman, In Appreciation: Temple Singers Walter Homburger, In Honour: Mary & Henry Seldon Harold Kamin, In Memory: Sharon Smith-Miller & Shelley Miller; Mari Lynn Rusak; Mary & Henry Seldon Chun Kam Leung, In Memory: Mary & Henry Seldon Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Nori Kobayashi & Robert Shiller and Family Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Honour: Holy Blossom Temple Singers Talia Rivers, In Honour: Shelly Berenbaum David Sweet, In Memory: Mary & Henry Seldon Alan Tinianov, In Memory: Mary & Henry Seldon

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David Warrack, In Appreciation: Mary & Henry Seldon Phyllis Wintraub, In Honour: Mari Lynn Rusak; Mary & Henry Seldon M u si c a l Lega c y F u nd

Cynthia & Brian Hands, In Honour: Sharon & Stanley Clavir Harry Hands, Yahrzeit: Sharon & Stanley Clavir and Family; Cynthia & Brian Hands and Family Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Honour: Esther & Cyril Hersh Mari Lynn Rusak, In Honour: Etta Ginsberg McEwan Dr. Daniel Wise, In Honour: Heather & Allan Halpert O l s b erg R u tsat z F u nd

Wilma Kwinter, In Memory: Elke & Melville Olsberg Beverley Nisenboim, In Memory: Elke & Melville Olsberg Mary Perlmutar, In Memory: Elke & Melville Olsberg Moishe Perlmutar, In Memory: Elke & Melville Olsberg David Sweet, In Memory: Olsberg Family Alan Tinianov, In Memory: Elke & Melville Olsberg O u t of the Co l d

General: Eve Ennis; MAZON Canada, a Jewish Response to Hunger Henry Armel, Yahrzeit: Susan Berman Gordon Atlin, Happy Birthday: Harriet Wolman Sandra & Gordon Atlin, In Honour: Harriet Wolman Leo Berman, Yahrzeit: Susan Berman and Family Miriam Braidberg, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins; Barbara Organ; Debby & Morris Vigoda

Stan Guttman Gloria & Norman Jacobs, In Honour: Marilyn Hahn Jill Kamin, In Honour: Janice & Larry Babins

P rayer Book F u nd

David Sweet, In Memory: Barbara Florence and Family; Ellen Karabanow; Brenda & Fred Saunders

Ethel Koranyi, Yahrzeit: Susan Berman and Family Nicholas Koranyi, Yahrzeit: Susan Berman and Family

P roje c t T ik v ah F u nd

Jonathan & Dana Lampe, In Honour: Marsha &

Jack Geller, In Honour: Gail & Barry Silver

Michael Pascoe

Harold Kamin, In Memory: Gail & Barry Silver

Herbert Lowe, In Honour: Mary & Henry Seldon

David Sweet, In Memory: Gail & Barry Silver

Ron Miller, In Honour: Razelle Roebuck & David

Rabbi Karen Thomashow & Dr. Yonatan Eyal, Mazal

MacCoy Mervin Mirsky, In Memory: Cara & Paul Resnick and Family Tami Moscoe & Eric Petersiel, In Honour: Susanne Egier Colin Nuttall, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Stephanie Paikin, In Appreciation: Marilyn Hahn Mary Perlmutar, In Memory: Fran & Steven Sklar; Harriet & Barry Sklar; Ruth Sklar Moishe Perlmutar, In Memory: Fran & Steven Sklar; Harriet & Barry Sklar; Ruth Sklar Doris Spiar, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins; Susanne & Stuart Egier Susan Strom, In Honour: Saundra & Henry Sherman David Sweet, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen Alan Tinianov, In Memory: Helen & Edward Sheffman Wilma Kwinter, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen; Annalee & Brian Schnurr; Harriet Wolman Alan Tinianov, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins; Bambi Katz and Family Kenneth Wyman, Yahrzeit: Katrina and Michael Wyman

Tov: Gail & Barry Silver and Family Joyce & Fred Zemans, In Honour: Gail & Barry Silver R a b b is ’ D is c retionary F u nds

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Nori Kobayashi & Robert Shiller and Family; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood; Janet, Norman and Lesley Shiner; Rose Wolfe Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Honour: Nancy Gebel & Jeff Leibel Rabbi John Moscowitz: Alan Tinianov, In Memory: Paula Moshonas Singer Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Miriam & Marvin Dryer; Cathi & John Freedman; Nori Kobayashi & Robert Shiller and Family; Marjorie Rosenfield and Family; Arlene Roth; Carolyn Soskin & Ron Polster Rabbi Karen Thomashow, In Honour: Adult B’nei Mitzvah Class; Charlie Rosenberg; Janet, Norman and Lesley Shiner Rabbi Karen Thomashow & Dr. Yonatan Eyal, Mazal Tov: Sandy & Gordon Atlin; Alice & Ron Charach; Jeff Denaburg; Susanne & Stuart Egier; Farber Family; Elissa & David Fingold and Family; Etta

H arry & Ce c i l e P ear l Y o u th A ward

Ginsberg McEwan; Marilyn & David Gotfrid and

Confirmation Class 2010, In Honour: Kim & Stephen Bloom

E ndowment F u nd

Family; Elizabeth Johnson & Leslie Rose; Ellen

Risa Drimmer, In Appreciation: Marilyn Hahn

Joyce & Fred Zemans, In Honour: Pam & Herb Beiles;

Karabanow; Paula Kirsh; Arlene Roth; Sharyn

Ethan Faulk, In Honour: Shelly Berenbaum

Henrietta Chesnie; Janna Ginsberg & Morris Bleviss;

Rose Fefergrad, In Memory: Maxine & Michael

Gail & Irving Gerstein; Diana & Marvin Goodman;

Finkelstein and Family

Sandra Hausman; Shirley & David Promislow;

Larry Fine, Speedy Recovery: Susanne & Stuart Egier

Brenda Spiegler & Mark S. Anshan; Starks West and

Howard & Marlene Gotlib, In Honour: Heidi & Neil


Poch Kathy Green, Happy Birthday: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy; Lydia Schaverien Kathy & Maurice Green, Mazal Tov: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy

Daisy Jacobs, In Honour: Debby & Morris Vigoda Elliott Jacobson, In Honour: Jo Barrington; Florence &


w w w. h o l y b l o s s o m . o r g

Helen & Edward Sheffman Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Lillian Butovsky; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood; Debbie Leibow and Family; Miri Selbiger & Jesse Davidson Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation:

P l a u t M anor F u nd

Marjorie Rosenfield and Family; Janet, Norman and

Abraham Davis, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow; Sheila

Leslie Shiner; Rose Wolfe

& Bob Smolkin Esther Kirshenbaum, Yahrzeit: Jean Godfrey

Atessa Izadpanah & Jonathan Slivka, In Honour: Ann MacPherson & Earl Bederman

Salsberg Ezrin & Hershell Ezrin; Rivanne Sandler;

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Honour: Lynda & Ken Davis; Sima & Joe Rosen; Charlie Rosenberg; Celia & Michael Stroh

H arry and B l an c he P osen M emoria l Le c t u re F u nd

Harry Posen, Yahrzeit: Joy & Charles Cohen

Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: Madeleine Epstein; Janet, Norman and Lesley Shiner

Our Congregational Family R a l ph R oger S c ho l arship F u nd

Ethel Bron, In Memory: Family and Friends Eli Cooper, In Memory: Jackie & Howard Roger and Family

Sam Hoppe, Yahrzeit: Bonnie & Sheldon Hoppe and

Wilma Kwinter, In Memory: Sandra & Gordon Atlin

Family; Mary Hoppe Wolf Kampelmacher, Yahrzeit: Judy Druyan

S tage c raft F u nd

Barry Kane, Yahrzeit: Adele Mamott

Eric Kirsh, In Appreciation: The Cast of Gideon

Doris Kane, Yahrzeit: Adele Mamott R ose W indow R estoration

Jack Kane, Yahrzeit: Adele Mamott

General: Judith Gelber; Marilyn & David Gluskin;

Nathan Kaufman, Yahrzeit: Maureen Richler

Susan & Norman Mogil; Ruth & Kenneth Skolnik;

Harry Klein, Yahrzeit: Helfield-Klein Family

Renee Tarantino

Felicia Knaul, Yahrzeit: Marie Knaul

Louis Dennis, Yahrzeit: June Dennis N an c y R u th E d u c ationa l F u nd

Wilma Kwinter, In Memory: Nancy Ruth Else Landauer, In Memory: Nancy Ruth Charlotte Rosen, In Memory: Nancy Ruth Nancy Ruth, In Honour: The Birthday Girls David Sweet, In Memory: Nancy Ruth Lorraine S and l er T ri b u te E ndowment F u nd

General: Holy Blossom Temple Pre-School Students and their Families Joanne Hoffman, In Honour: Ryan Kugler and Family Gail Hammerschlag, In Honour: Ryan Kugler and Family

Herman Knaul, Yahrzeit: Marie Knaul Sigmund Knaul, Yahrzeit: Marie Knaul Rose Langer, Yahrzeit: Sheila & Mel Rubinoff Tillie Levitt, Yahrzeit: Joan & Donald Granatstein and Family Walter Levitt, Yahrzeit: Joan & Donald Granatstein and Family Sydney Mamott, Yahrzeit: Adele and Jacqueline Mamott

Lorne Dunkelman, Yahrzeit: Thelma Dunkelman Anna Flancman, In Memory: Marvin Flancman; Alan Flancman; Sharon Herman; Marilyn London Alex Flomen, Yahrzeit: Mona Sherkin Sylvia Frohman, Yahrzeit: Amanda Frohman Philip Goldman, Yahrzeit: Fran & Bernie Goldman and Family Charles Goodman, Yahrzeit: Gail & Gary Goodman Ruth Goodman, Yahrzeit: Gail & Gary Goodman Alexander Levy, Yahrzeit: Joan & Donald Granatstein and Family Joel Guberman, Yahrzeit: Judy Wilansky Beverley Gurza, Yahrzeit: Terrye Kuper Eric Helfield, In Memory: Helfield-Klein Family Charles Heller, Yahrzeit: Frances & Phil Shapiro Jennifer Hennick & Michael Vilner, Mazal Tov: Norman & Celia Vilner Dorothy Himel, Yahrzeit: Susan Himel & Neil Kozloff and Family

Leonard W o l fe M emoria l E d u c ationa l F u nd

David Sweet, In Memory: Carol Dale; Honey Wolfe; Myron Wolfe YOUTH AWARDS FUND

Rabbi Karen Thomashow & Dr. Yonatan Eyal, Mazal Tov: Janice & Larry Babins; Andrea Baltman and Family; Susan & Barry Borden; Sara & Rick Charney Evan Moffic; Sharon Neiss & Gordon Arbess and

Saul Morris, Yahrzeit: Danny Morris Family

Family; Bernice & Yitz Penciner; Hank & Ruth

Percy Himel, Yahrzeit: Susan Himel & Neil Kozloff and

Rosen; Myrna Ross; Brenda & Fred Saunders;


Annalee & Brian Schnurr; Roberta & Richard Sol;

Louis Stein, Yahrzeit: Suzanne & Marty Stein

Sara Speigel; Phyllis & Manny Spivak; Shannon

Clara Teich Pollock, Yahrzeit: Dr. Sheila Pollock


Morris B. Rotman, Yahrzeit: Richard Rotman

Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren

Joyce & Fred Zemans, In Honour: Linda Wolfe

and Family; Daisy & Sydney Jacobs; Rabbis Ari &

Elsie Berger, Yahrzeit: Floyd & Barbara Stern and

Miriam Cohen, Yahrzeit: Sue & Lou Devor and Family

Harold Kamin, In Memory: Linda Wolfe

David Morgulis, Yahrzeit: Anonymous

Michael Prentice, Yahrzeit: Janet Prentice

Herman Berger, Yahrzeit: Floyd & Barbara Stern and

A ward E ndowment F u nd

Drusilla Manny, Yahrzeit: Vivienne Manny

S ha c harit F u nd

Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren

G ordon and Linda W o l fe F ami ly Y o u th

Harry Rubenstein, Yahrzeit: Family of Harry Rubenstein Ida Ruderman, Yahrzeit: Marlene & Robert Ruderman Minnie Saffer, In Memory: Markowitz Family Bella Shiner, Yahrzeit: Lila & Allan Weiss Shirley Steinberg, Yahrzeit: Ellen & Alan Lavine and Family

Holy Blossom Temple Foundation The Holy Blossom Temple Foundation raises funds to support Temple activities, programs and projects. To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call The Foundation at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265.

Mushy Silverstein, Yahrzeit: Robin Silverstein

To establish a new fund or learn more about philan-

Harold R. Sniderman, Yahrzeit: Ken Sniderman, Barry

thropic opportunities, please call Janice Feuer

Sniderman, Nancy Fried and Families

(ext. 249), at the Temple.

Mirelle Soren & Ryan Goren, In Honour: Janis & Gary Soren Louis Stein, Yahrzeit: Lily Stein Morris Stein, Yahrzeit: Jason Stein David Sweet, In Memory: Susan & Dr. Barry Borden; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Leon E. Weinstein, Yahrzeit: Fran & Bernie Goldman and Family Jeffrey Weisfeld, Yahrzeit: Barbara Weisfeld Max Yack, Yahrzeit: Susan Yack & Eric Rumack S o c ia l A c tion F u nd

General: Helen & Joseph Hochberg

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. Nine percent of all donations and investment income is generally set aside to help with administration costs and special initiatives. 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.

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When does preparation begin? | The Last Word by Rabbi Yael Splansky

When do we begin to prepare for the High Holy Days? Some say on Selichot. Some say throughout the month of Elul. This year, I began to prepare on Tisha B’Av. I wonder what the links between these very distinct holy days may be? Tisha B’Av is not widely observed by our congregants. The timing isn’t convenient for summer vacation schedules and the theme of mourning the Temple that once stood in Jerusalem does not resonate with those who do not long for a return to animal sacrifices. The High Holy Days, however, see our sanctuaries

full to the rafters — literally. These are the days when everyone who wants to be counted among the Jewish People comes to reconnect, recharge and reassert all kinds of commitments. Tisha B’Av is a day torn from the pages of Jewish history. We commemorate specific events that took place at a particular time, at a particular place and to a particular people. The High Holy Days, by contrast, are devoted to universal and timeless themes — the creation of the universe, sin and forgiveness. So what do these Holy Days have in common? A yearning for home. On Tisha B’Av, we recall how the city walls were breached and Jerusalem put to the torch. We remember captivity

and exile, loss of sovereignty and the destruction of God’s House on the Temple Mount. And yet, the return that the Book of Lamentations speaks of, is not a return to the land but, first and foremost, a return to God. We conclude the haunting dirge of Jeremiah with the hopeful prayer Hashiveinu: “Return us, Adonai, and we shall return to You. Renew our days as at the Beginning” (Lamentations 5:21). The turning and returning we seek during the High Holy Days is also for home. With some soul-searching and the potential second chances that come with a new year, we turn our intensions homeward, God-ward. L’Shanah Tovah!

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