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Holy Blossom Temple Bulletin

Daily/Shabbat Worship 2 | In Perspective 3 | Holy Blossom Temple Foundation 4 | President’s Message 5 | Celebrating and Commemorating 6 | Annual Contribution Campaign 7 | Nominating Committee 7 | Education Matters 8 | Cantor’s Notes 9 | Celebrating Our 150th Anniversary 10 | The Gerald Schwartz/ Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning 12 | Our Israel 14 | Events and Announcements 15 | Our Congregational Family 16 | This Month @ Holy Blossom 19 | The Last Word 20

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Daily/Shabbat Worship D a i ly S e r v i c e s

Mon. to Fri. Sun.

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

Shacharit* Mincha Shacharit

* On Fri. Apr. 6, 2007, the Shacharit Service starts at 9 a.m.

S h a b b at T z a v

Fri. Mar. 30 Fri. Mar. 30 Sat. Mar. 31 Sat. Mar. 31

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

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

P e s a c h (Please see page 6 for more details.)

Mon. Apr. 2 Tue. Apr. 3 Sun. Apr. 8 Mon. Apr. 9

6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m.

Erev Pesach Service First Day Pesach Services Erev Seventh Day Pesach Services Seventh Day Pesach and Yizkor Services

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Fri. Apr. 6 Fri. Apr. 6 Sat. Apr. 7

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Congregation-wide Shabbat Morning Service

S h a b b at S h ’ m i n i

Fri. Apr. 13 Fri. Apr. 13 Sat. Apr. 14 Sat. Apr. 14

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Shabbat Morning Service Family Shabbat Service

Yo m H a’ S h o a h

Sun. Apr. 15

7 p.m.

Service (Please see page 6 for details.)

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Fri. Apr. 20 Fri. Apr. 20 Sat. Apr. 21 Sat. Apr. 21

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

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

Yo m H a’ Zi k a r o n / Yo m H a’ At z m a u t

Mon. Apr. 23 6 p.m. Mon. Apr. 23 6.30 p.m.

Yom Ha’Zikaron Service (Please see page 6 for details.) Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration (Please see page 6 for details.)

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Fri. Apr. 27 Fri. Apr. 27 Sat. Apr. 28 Sat. Apr. 28

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

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

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Not long ago, one of the leaders of the Canadian Jewish community (a member of another synagogue) remarked that Holy Blossom Temple is the iconic Jewish address in this country. No building, no institution, no address, he suggested, represents the Jews of Toronto and Canada as does this unique place, that has now sat on Bathurst for some 70 years. Perhaps this is one reason many of us feel so strongly about this place and its future — specifically, what we should do by way of physical redevelopment to ensure that the future is as real as the past. p a ssio n a n d c a r e

This passion and care for Holy Blossom Temple — this place of so many memories for so many for so long — was reflected at our first two Town Hall Meetings, held to view and discuss the proposed plans for renewal developed by architect Jack Diamond. The views expressed and the way they were expressed promises that we will not only get things right, but get them right for future generations to come. Many views have been aired: those in passionate support of the project and in admiration of the Diamond design; those who suggest we not change the

Tue. May 22, 2007, at 7 p.m.

In Perspective

Our future is now by rabbi john moscowitz

orientation of the Sanctuary; those who feel that, given the opportunity now, we must reorient the Sanctuary toward Jerusalem; and those concerned with how we will raise the money. All of these concerns and more were expressed with clarity and passion. One matter of history and halachah in particular: this question in regard to the halachah concerning whether a synagogue should face Jerusalem. The answer is that this is not a matter of Jewish law, but is a matter of Jewish custom (minhag). That we are one of the few synagogues not to face Jerusalem does not mean that our prayers are less valid or that the decision to face the opposite direction 70 years ago was illegitimate. Indeed, as I have often said, the building of Holy Blossom Temple in the late 30s was a brilliant expression of the needs of the Jews of that time — and has now served our congregation well for decades. However, it does mean, as one Temple member (Elizabeth Wolfe) said so eloquently, “Now that we have the opportunity to reorient the Sanctuary

— even putting aside that it makes sense architecturally to do so — to turn our back on Jerusalem in the current context would be too telling and unforgivable.” The decision taken in 1938 to face one way reflected the views, culture and needs of that generation. I believe the decision was a legitimate one. Likewise, the decision we make today will reflect our views, the needs of our people and the wishes of our congregation. No doubt it will be equally legitimate. c h a n g e is n e v e r e a s y

What it gets down to for us — as with other institutions — is this: that the matter of change is never easy for an individual or an institution. We were reminded of GE Chairman Jack Welch’s observation, “If the rate of change outside your institution is greater than the rate of change of within — you may well have no future.” If fear of change is one matter to consider, fear of not changing is another. Indeed this is an exciting and important time for Holy Blossom Temple — and I am confident that we will get matters right and ensure the future of our synagogue.

Erev Shavuot Service and Confirmation Ceremony

Tue. May 22, 2007, at 9.30 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Study Session with the Rabbis Wed. May 23, 2007, at 10 a.m. Congregation-wide Shavuot Morning Service, including Yizkor

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Honouring Rabbi Rosenberg


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It is with mixed emotions that I inform the congregation of some exciting news regarding Rabbi Jason Rosenberg. Rabbi Rosenberg, who has been at Holy Blossom Temple for six years, has been appointed Rabbi of Congregation Beth Am in Tampa, Fla. Rabbi Rosenberg has been an important and valued member of our Temple. Throughout his tenure at Holy Blossom, he has demonstrated

his ability to learn, listen and lead. Please join me in wishing Rabbi Rosenberg, his wife, Hillary, and their children, Ben and Talia, congratulations. On Sat. June 16, 2007, we will have the opportunity to thank Rabbi Rosenberg and wish him and his family mazal tov before they leave the Temple. Please mark the date in your calendars.

Honouring the Rosenbergs Sat. June 16, 2007, at 10.30 a.m. Please join us for the Shabbat Service and a kiddush lunch, as we gather to honour and say goodbye to Rabbi Jason Rosenberg and his family.

Our new Director of Development Foundation


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I am delighted to welcome Cheryl Zeldin as our new Director of Development for the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation. Cheryl comes to us from the corporate sector. But, it is her background — she is the granddaughter and niece of cantors and rabbis, an active synagogue volunteer and a committed Jew — that makes her ideal for this position at this time in the Temple’s history. I hope you will find an opportunity to welcome her to Holy Blossom. Below, Cheryl responds to some questions we asked.

W h at is y o u r h op e

W h e r e wi l l w e f i n d y o u o n a

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S u n d ay a f t e r n oo n ?

A culture of giving. In our future, I see donors feeling appreciated and I hear volunteers asking, “When do you need me next?” Our leaders will be proud. Temples across North America will ask for our success factors. Most importantly, the next generation will be saying todah rabah to parents and grandparents for helping to create a vibrant Holy Blossom community.

After Temple meetings, I play taxi driver for Adeena, Ahsher and Noam, my children, driving them to Bar Mitzvah celebrations, hockey games and shopping. Michael, my husband, and I prepare our ritual Sunday barbeque — even in the cold of winter! And, during those few minutes I have for myself, I will do a Sudoku puzzle, read or watch a movie.

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s u ppo r t y o u i n y o u r posi t io n ?

B l osso m ?

Professional leadership, strategic planning and marketing skills will help me contribute to the development of compelling and rewarding opportunities for giving. And, my volunteer experiences, ranging from board representation to hands-on help, will be very valuable in this role.

The history and the future. Everything I read, hear or experience at Holy Blossom interests me. I want to be part of a team, putting values into action to enrich the lives of Jews through community, both for today and for tomorrow.

Cheryl Zeldin

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After many years of discussion and countless hours of work on the part of many volunteers, we are presenting our congregation with a proposal for a renewed Holy Blossom Temple: Our future. Inspired by our past. On Feb. 22, 2007, we held the first of three scheduled Town Hall Meetings. Almost 400 members filled the Philip Smith Congregational Hall and heard from Temple leadership about the proposal for renewal. A second meeting was held on Mar. 5, 2007 with comparable attendance. The highlight of these meetings was a presentation by Jack Diamond explaining his design proposal. He provided a detailed analysis of our site conditions and led us through his thought process in developing his proposed design.

long-time members with strong emotional ties to the Sanctuary did not want to see any changes to our worship space and spoke passionately in this regard. Others spoke equally passionately in favour of the proposed changes to the Sanctuary,

D is c u ssio n o n p r opos e d

indicating that now is the time to reorient our prayers to face Jerusalem, particularly as a message to the next generation. Everyone acknowledged the need for renewal and embraced the other aspects of the proposed design. These Town Hall Meetings are about information and choice. They provide an opportunity for all members of the Holy Blossom Temple community to fully understand the process that the

This is an extraordinary moment for Holy Blossom … it represents an opportunity for us to build a place where the Jewish community can come to worship, learn, celebrate and grow stronger and more vibrant for many generations to come.

Temple has undertaken to date, to learn about the proposed design and, ultimately, to have a voice in the decision the congregation will make in the spring. I urge you to take the time and be an active participant in this process. Mo r e i n f o r m at io n t o c o m e

Recognizing that not everyone was able to attend these first two Town Hall Meetings, we will be distributing a comprehensive information package to the entire congregation. As well, a third Town Hall Meeting will take place on Thur. Apr. 19, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. In the interim, please visit our Web site at for information on this exciting project. A n e x t r a o r di n a r y oppo r t u n i t y


The large turnout at the meetings included representation from all of our congregational constituencies — young and old, families and individuals, new and life-time members — who took the opportunity to learn about the proposed design, ask questions and raise concerns. The proposed changes to the Sanctuary were a subject of much discussion. Some

This is an extraordinary moment for Holy Blossom as a community — one which takes place only once in several generations — it represents an opportunity for us to build a place where the Jewish community can come to worship, learn, celebrate and grow stronger and more vibrant for many generations to come. We hope that you will join us as we build for our future, inspired by our past.

L e t u s k n ow w h at y o u t h i n k We encourage you to share your thoughts with us to ensure the best plans for the future of Holy Blossom Temple. Give us your thoughts on the proposed

• E-mail: • Phone: (416) 789-3291, ext. 531 • Mail: Holy Blossom Temple Attn: Renewal Project 1950 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON m5p 3k9

design. We want to hear from you. Contact us by:

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President’s Message

Our renewal and our future

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Why your support is vital


We have just launched our third Annual Contribution Campaign and I urge you to respond generously. As Chair of this campaign, I would like to share with you its importance. The funds raised are critical to the continuing success of Holy Blossom Temple as a thriving and inviting community. We count on your contributions to make the privileges of membership available to all, since member contributions and other income do not fully cover our costs. M e m b e r s h ip a v a i l a b l e t o a l l

More than 25 per cent of our membership is not able to pay our standard membership rates. Your generosity through this campaign makes membership possible for everyone who wants to be part of our Temple community, including seniors on fixed incomes, people between jobs, single parents

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struggling to support and educate their children and young Jewish singles and couples beginning their involvement at Holy Blossom Temple. It is important that everyone feels part of our holy community and that we continue to provide the wide array of programming that makes Holy Blossom a great congregation. Last year, more than $500,000 was raised in this campaign and it is our goal to increase that to $750,000 this year. We need your help. Our new funding formula replaces the old ‘fair share’ system. It is based on the principle that those who can give more will support those in the community who are less fortunate. Unlike our old dues system, this is a voluntary contribution.

This type of annual campaign is undertaken by most Reform congregations across North America. Over the first two years, we increased the number of families donating and we increased the number of families to whom we provided membership support. As a community, we are demonstrating important acts of tzedakah, of which our children and grandchildren will be proud. R e c o g n i z i n g y o u r s u ppo r t

Please support this important campaign for Holy Blossom Temple. In appreciation of your support, your name will be listed in the Bulletin. Those who are able to donate $500 or more will also be recognized on our donor wall outside the Sanctuary. Your support is vital and gratefully appreciated.

Strong leadership ensures strong future


As we continue to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, we look forward to a time of excitement at Holy Blossom Temple. Temple leadership is an important aspect as we move forward. Our directors need to be committed to the future of the Temple and must be passionate about ensuring its success. The job of the Nominating Committee is to find and endorse members who can best serve the Temple — on the board and as officers. We seek members with vision, commitment and involvement in Temple life. APRIL 2007 | Nisan/Lyar 5767

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This year’s Nominating Committee members are: Benjamin Applebaum — Ex Officio | Barry Borden — Chair | Randy Cass | Alice Charach | Alexandra Charendoff — HABSTY | Sarita Dotan | Lyn Feldman — Sisterhood | Howard Goodman | Carol Grubert | Larry Hausman — Brotherhood | Gillian Helfield | Erin O’Connor | Ann Rosenfield | Richard Rotman | Fred Saunders | Walter Seaton | Sheila Smolkin | Robert Storm | Stephen Tile 

Candidates for any position may be nominated by members of the Temple. Such proposed nominations must be submitted, in writing, to the administrative office. Submissions should be sent in as soon as possible for consideration by the Nominating Committee. To obtain copies of the nomination form, please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple.

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Education Matters

Freedom means searching


by deborah k. spiegel, Director of Education

As we approach the holiday of freedom, Pesach, how many hours have we spent planning, shopping and agonizing over the planning? I am not sure this was the real plan for our celebration of z’man cheruteinu, the time of our freedom. Instead, we must ask the question: how and why is freedom important? A c o n c e p t o f f r e e do m

When the Children of Israel left Egypt, they did not have any concept of freedom. Up to this point in our Jewish history, years were spent as slaves. That generation did not really remember the life of previous generations. The thought of freedom, of not having to do what the Pharaoh had ordered, was inconceivable. Their daily routine, even though the work may have been difficult, was predictable. They knew what to expect and how to expect it. That is, until Moses, with help from

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God, had grander ideas. Leaving Egypt was unexpected, unpredictable and scary. It took many years of searching, discovering and trusting to create a free community called the Jewish People. It was not until the Children of Israel received and accepted the Ten Commandments and began observing the mitzvot that they realized the significance of the freedoms they were about to have forever. Freedom does not mean the ability to do as one pleases. True freedom means the ability to discover, to challenge and to learn. As a community, we need to take the opportunity to find our own freedoms. This is our chance to do what our ancestors in Egypt did not have the chance to do. We are obligated — according to the Haggadah “b’chol dor va’dor”… in every generation — to retell the story of our slavery in order to never

retreat to that existence. It is our duty to have the freedom to continue along the path to lifelong learning. R e a c h i n g t h e i r J e wis h po t e n t i a l

There are many ways of continuing on this path. By affording your children opportunities in formal and informal Jewish education, you allow them the freedom to pursue their Jewish potential — to explore, discover and challenge. These are the types of experiences that continue to stimulate our minds. I encourage you to attend as many courses and programs as possible, and I invite you to offer your suggestions as to the kinds of courses you want to pursue in the next year. If you are so inclined, and would like to become involved in any of our Religious School programs, please call me at the school office (ext. 239), at the Temple. I wish you a happy and healthy holiday of freedom.

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In honour of the Temple’s 150th Anniversary celebration, it is my pleasure to present the musical extravaganza, From Shtetl to Broadway. For the past 350 years, North American Jews have blended traditional sacred music with new melodies and musical modes to create original American-Jewish music. The employment of particular scales, motifs, modes, rhythms and recurring melodic patterns has been passed down from generation to generation, and exist today in much the same form as in the days of King David. Many of the most memorable songs of the golden age of American popular music trace their roots to these synagogue melodies and Yiddish songs. The Broadway musical, a unique 20thcentury American art form, was the birthplace for many of these tunes. Between 1925 and 1951, through three decades of depression, war and social upheaval, writers brought a powerfully appealing vision of America to the musical stage — a vision that was shaped by song and dance. This was the golden age of music in America, when a small group of extremely talented songwriters and lyricists turned out hundreds of popular and brilliant songs. More than a few of these songs were

masterpieces, best-selling hits that even today represent the standard elements of American popular repertory. George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart and many other major musical figures of this period, helped define American musical theatre. In addition to creative brilliance, they had much in common. They were Jewish, lived in New York and either they, or their parents, were new immigrants to America. Together, these artists wrote one of the most impressive chapters in the history of American theatre and music. Working tirelessly to create a new sound, they found inspiration in the rhythms and harmonies of the past. Their music incorporated melodic elements from Yiddish folk and theatrical songs and from Ashkenazic synagogue modes. These recurring melodic patterns can be found in many of the Broadway tunes that came to be part of the American sound. Jerome Kern called his songs “good Jewish music.” Just as most American popular music traces its lineage to the

blues of the Delta, the Broadway musical descends, via Kern and other pioneers, from the tradition of Eastern European Jewry. It is the blues of the shtetl. In Fiddler on the Roof, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick deliver the original essence of the shtetl in its purest onstage form. It is Broadway’s version of Roots and Harnick’s score says it best: “Tradition! Without tradition, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.”

From Shtetl to Broadway with Musical Director, Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Wed. Apr. 11, 2007, at 8 p.m. Featuring: The Holy Blossom Temple Singers, The Holy Blossom Temple Choir, Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir and Members of Holy Blossom Temple

Our Musical Legacy

Concert Series

Mazal Tov to the Holy Blossom Temple Junior Choir on its wonderful performance at the UJA Zimriyah on Sun. Feb. 4, 2007. Enjoy the Junior Choir at the Pesach Morning Service on Tue. Apr. 3,2007, at 10 a.m., at the Family Service, on Sat. Apr. 14, 2007, at 10.30 a.m. and at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration on Mon. Apr. 23, 2007, at 6.30 p.m. If your children would like to join the Junior Choir (Grades 3 to 6), please call Lindi Rivers (ext. 252), at the Temple.

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Cantor’s Notes

From Shtetl to Broadway

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Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence in


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Please join us for our Education Reunion Weekend when we will welcome former Temple rabbis and educators. Rabbis Stephen Franklin, Ariel Friedlander, Elyse Goldstein, James Prosnit, Mark Shapiro, Sharon L. Sobel and Michael Stroh; and educators Steve Garten, Bebe Jacobs, Michelle Lynn, Selma Sage and Bob Tornberg will be at Holy Blossom to participate in our special event: Celebrating Excellence in Education, V’Shinantam l’vanecha — 150 years at Holy Blossom Temple. The weekend will provide a golden opportunity to recognize the professionals, teachers, lay leaders and confirmation graduates who have contributed so much to the quality of education at Holy Blossom. K a b b a l at S h a b b at S e r v i c e a n d Co n g r e g at io n a l D i n n e r

Fri. May 4, 2007, at 6 p.m. The weekend will begin with a Kabbalat Shabbat Service, followed by a congregational dinner. Rabbi Dow Marmur will be Master of Ceremonies. All of the rabbis and

educators have been asked to share a few memories of their time at Holy Blossom and hopefully will include a bit about their lives since leaving here. You will receive an invitation to the dinner in the mail. To make your reservation, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 0), at the Temple. Please let her know your choice for dinner (chicken, fish, vegetarian). Cost: $50 per person. S h a b b at S e r v i c e s a n d Co n f i r m at io n R e u n io n

Sat. May 5, 2007, at 10.30 a.m. During our Shabbat Service, we will honour our confirmands, those who graduated from Holy Blossom’s Religious School. We will also honour those who taught and those who influenced Jewish education at our Temple throughout its long history. A special kiddush luncheon will follow to celebrate the reunion of our confirmands, our guests and congregants. Our Confirmation Reunion Com-

mittee, chaired by Barry Borden and Lesley Miller, has spent much time tracking down students who were confirmed at Holy Blossom. Using Temple records, the Bulletin, our Web site, ads in the Canadian Jewish News and many phone calls, they have put together an impressive invitation list. We hope to have 50 years of Confirmation classes represented! If you did not receive an invitation, it means we could not find you. Regard this as your personal invitation to join us, especially on Sat. May 5, 2007. RSVP by calling our Reunion hotline (ext. 506), at the Temple, or e-mail us at B r o t h e r h ood P r o g r a m

Sun. May 6, 2007, at 9.30 a.m. Many current and former Temple members fondly recall how much they were influenced and affected by Heinz Warschauer, Holy Blossom’s Director of Education from 1947 to 1976. Temple member Joe Kronick and others will relate stories about Heinz, which they have been telling one another for

Photographs by Charlene MacEachern

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Other 150th Anniversary

An evening with Stephen Lewis, U.N. Special Envoy — Mar. 3, 2007


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Education – Fri. May 4 to Sun. May 6, 2007 many years. Breakfast is served at 9.30 a.m. after the Morning Service. My special thanks to Zita Gardner

and Nancy Ruth, Co-Chairs of this weekend event, and their committee members, as well as Temple staff

members Tania Blumenthal and Shelly Berenbaum for their help.

Performing an incredible mitzvah


Thanks to the generosity of our members and others who so graciously donated to our Sefer Torah Project, the Temple has commissioned three leading international Judaic artists to create new Torah adornments for all of our Sifrei Torah in honour of our 150th Anniversary. Two unique suites of Torah mantles, one for Shabbat and daily worship and the other for the High Holy Days and Festivals, are being designed by Adina Gatt of Nahariyah, Israel and Jeanette Kuvin Oren of Connecticut. As well, an original set of silver adornments (crown, breastplate and yad) for the new Sefer Torah is being created by architect and designer Amy

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Klein Reichert of Chicago. These new adornments will not only be a wonderful complement to our distinguished collection, but will make a significant contribution to the world of Judaic art. All of the new adornments will be presented at our Congregational Shavuot Service on Wed. May 23, 2007, when we will dedicate our new Torah. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the members of the Torah

Adornments Committee, the rabbis and our support staff for their outstanding dedication and contribution to the beautification of our sacred spaces. Many of our congregants have taken the quill in hand, guided by our Torat Chaim scribe Neil Yerman. All ages have connected with the power of the Torah to inspire, to teach and to strengthen our Judaism by writing a letter in Torat Chaim. To perform this mitzvah of a lifetime, before time runs out, please call Janice Feuer in the Foundation Office (ext. 265) to sign up for Sun. Apr. 22 (limited space), Mon. Apr. 23, Tue. Apr. 24 or Wed. Apr. 25, 2007.

Our Musical Legacy Concert Series Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra — Jan. 28, 2007

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Our Musical Legacy Concert Series Danny Maseng in Concert — Feb. 17, 2007


Photographs by Paul Hellen

Celebration Events

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

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

courageously rescued Judaism from ruin and irrelevance, fashioning a new Judaism out of the old, one based on study rather than on sacrifice.

Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution (part two)

Rabbi John Moscowitz Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. Apr.17, 24, May 8, May 15 and May 29, 2007 Ours is not the Judaism of the Bible, but that of the Rabbis. The Rabbis — in the first number of centuries of the Common Era — brilliantly and

Library Book Club

Ken Skolnik Tue. Apr. 17, 2007, at 10 a.m. The group will discuss the award- winning book, The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak. For more details, call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple.

Mishnah Impossible (Sects in the City)

Sisterhood Kallah: Tikkun Olam — It’s Not What You Think It Is

Rabbi Michael Stroh Thursdays at 10 a.m. Apr. 12 to May 3, 2007 We will discuss the mindset of the Rabbis who wrote the Talmud and the meaning of their ideas for the 21st century.

Rabbi John Moscowitz Thur. Apr. 26, 2007, at 9.30 a.m. The Donalda Club Tikkun Olam is often assumed to be a Jewish imperative to “repair the world” — that is, to do acts of social justice consistent with a progressive view of society and human nature. Actually, tikkun olam is a profound

Book Talks

an occasional series with important authors

The Brain that Changes Itself Dr. Norman Doidge

Heart Matters Adrienne Clarkson

Tue. May 8, 2007, at 7.30 p.m.

Thur. May 31, 2007, at 7.30 p.m.

Join renowned psychiatrist and acclaimed writer Dr. Norman Doidge, for an extraordinary look at the revolutionary field of brain science, neuroplasticity. Hear amazing stories of physical and learning disabilities cured and lifelong character traits altered, and learn how people have fostered dramatic changes in their brain structure and functionality. Introduction: Linda Frum

Heart Matters is more than a public life remembered. It chronicles Clarkson’s journey through triumph and turmoil. Clarkson, a former Govenor General of Canada, reveals that life was not as it appeared. With remarkable candor and poignancy, she reflects on her experiences: her mother, the death of an infant, a divorce, the estrangement and a later reunion with her daughters. Introduction: Rabbi John Moscowitz

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g e r al d s c h w a r t z / h ea t h e r r ei s man cen t r e f o r j e w i s h lea r nin g a t h o l y bl o s s o m t emple

The Search for Wholeness in a Broken World Rabbi Yoel Glick

The 2007 Harry Posen Memorial Lectures

The War in Lebanon 2006 — Mon. May 7 Social and Political Change in Israel after the War

in Lebanon — Wed. May 9

Professor Gabriel Ben-Dor Professor Gabriel Ben-Dor, Director of the National Security Study Center, University of Haifa, aims to bring the practical application of the knowledge and experience accumulated by world leaders to conflict-ridden areas of the globe through the adoption of realizable conflict management, instead of outmoded conflict resolution strategies. Lectures begin at 8 p.m.

Wed. Apr. 25, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. Rabbi Yoel Glick, a teacher of Jewish meditation and spirituality, will help us find inner strength and solace in the face of adversity. Co-sponsored by the Toronto Jewish Healing Project.

theological category having little to do with repairing the world. So how did the original tikkun olam get so deeply misunderstood as to refer to acts of social justice? What is tikkun olam really? And, if it is not about repairing the world, what are our responsibilities to make the world better (and what is the category that drives that fundamental social and human obligation)? Movie Talk Modigliani — Body and Soul

Harry Rasky, Producer, Director and Writer Wed. May 2, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. Harry Rasky traces Modigliani’s life from his birth in Livorno to his death in 1920 in Paris. Modigliani, an ItalianJewish painter, died at age 35 — his life shortened by poverty, bad health,

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alcohol and drugs. Only his fellow painters knew of his brilliance. Brotherhood Breakfast Club

When your Friends Have More than a Few ‘Senior Moments’ Roz Schultz Sun. Apr. 22, 2007, at 9.30 a.m. Learn how you can establish a meaningful relationship or visit with a person who suffers from cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s. Is there a difference between these three diseases? What can you do to prevent their occurrence? Remembering Heinz Warschauer Joe Kronick Sun. May 6, 2007, at 9.30 a.m. We will commemorate Heinz Warschauer, the Temple’s Director of 13

Education from 1947 to 1976. Part of our 150th Anniversary Celebrations and Holy Blossom’s Excellence in Education Weekend. (For more details, please see page 11.) Gordin and Adler: Giants of the Yiddish Theatre

Ralph Wintrob, Librarian, North York Board of Education Tue. May 15, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. For more details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple. Our New Siddur

Rabbi Yael Splansky Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. May 30, June 6 and 13, 2007 We are preparing a new prayer book to inspire the spiritual aspirations of the next generation.

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Our Israel

Getting to know the mishpocha


b y J e ff D e n a b u r g , C o - C h a i r, I s r a e l C o m m i t t e e

Our members have an excellent record of supporting Israel in times of need, not only financially, but by attending rallies, writing letters, visiting Israel on missions and more. Our emergency support is critical, but Israel is not just a distant relative who we help out when she finds herself in hot water. This little country, so often in the line of fire, is the only country in the world where a majority of the population is Jewish. We Diaspora Jews cannot separate ourselves from Israel’s fate. Israel is not a distant relative — Israelis are first cousins. While we cannot solve all of Israel’s problems, we can get to know our cousins better. Getting closer to Israel can be educational, enriching and rewarding. To follow are a few suggestions on how you can do this. Commemorate and celebrate — Every year, Holy Blossom Temple observes Israel’s connected holidays of Yom Ha’Zikaron (Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day). On Mon. Apr. 23, 2007, we will hold a memorial service for Israel’s fallen soldiers, at 6 p.m., and then celebrate Israel’s 59th birthday at 6.30 p.m. (For more details, please see page 6.)

Arts and culture — Israeli society is complex. We can learn a lot about Israel through her culture. Israeli novels, biographies, films and popular music all provide insight and are accessible in Toronto. Education — Learning about Israel’s history goes a long way toward putting current events in context. There are also many interesting ways to explore modern Israel, through social issues and ecological challenges or politics and security, for example. There are many excellent books and courses on these topics, as well as loads of information on the Internet. Brush up on your Hebrew — Hebrew is a beautiful language. The ancient language of our Biblical ancestors is alive and well in the 21st century. It is a great feeling to be able to read the signs on Ben Yehuda Street and say a few words to the waiter or shopkeeper. Holy Blossom offers excellent courses for beginners and more advanced course are available in town.

Sat. Apr. 21, 2007, at 10.30 a.m. Have you travelled to Israel this past year? If so, we would like a chance to honour you for your devotion to Israel. We would like to call you, along with all your fellow travellers, to the bimah for an aliyah on the Shabbat before Yom Ha’Atzmaut. If you would like to show your solidarity in this way, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple.

Combining some of thse suggestions with periodic visits will help us know the people with whom we share our destiny.

Come to the Judaica Shop to pick up seder plates, matzah covers and kiddush cups for Pesach. Visit the Temple Web site or call ext. 234, at the Temple, for our hours.

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Events and Announcements Holy B’s Baseball (slo-pitch)

Stagecraft: A Shylock, by Edward Einhorn

Thur. May 3 and Sat. May 5, 2007, at 7.30 p.m., and Sun. May 6, 2007, at 2.30 p.m. Tickets: $15; $10 for seniors and students. For more details, please call the Stagecraft hotline (ext. 511), at the Temple.

Sunday mornings May to September, 2007 The Holy B’s, our entry in the InterSynagogue Baseball League, is beginning another season. If you can commit to the full season, please call the Brotherhood hotline (ext. 530) at the Temple, or e-mail us at

Stories and anecdotes

We are putting together a booklet for Education Week. Please e-mail your stories to

Brotherhood All Members Meeting

Wed. Apr. 18, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. All Temple men are invited to this open meeting to begin our planning for 5768.

Judaica Shop

Just in time for Pesach, the Judaica Shop has a variety of seder plates, matzah covers and kiddush cups. For our hours, please visit the Temple Web site or call ext. 234, at the Temple. To become a Judaica Shop volunteer, please leave a message on the Sisterhood hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple. Lilith Salons

Bereavement Support Group

Helen Gia Levin, Grief Therapist Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Apr. 18, 25, May 2 and 9, 2007 If you have lost a loved one, come to the Temple to find strength and comfort. To register, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple.

Wed. May 16, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. Please join us for our third Lilith Salon. For more details or to reserve a space, please call the Sisterhood hotline. Annual General Meeting

Tue. May 29, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. Find out what Sisterhood has done this year. Coffee and dessert will be served.

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in Retirement

M o ndays

Annual Yom Apr. 23 @ the Temple Ha’Atzmaut Program Lunch will be served at 12.30 p.m. Our weekly 10 a.m. Monday (note time) and will be followed program will not meet on Apr. 2 by a musical program with Gloria and 9. Valentine, accompanied by Nina Shapilsky. Apr. 16 Commemorating Yom Ha’Shoah | Linda Neufeld Jewish Ethics in Apr. 30 Linda, a child of Holocaust surMedicine | Dr. Yoel Abells vivors, will share her memoirs.

Please bring your own dairy lunch. We meet at 12.30 p.m. Cost is $1 and we supply the coffee and cookies. Wed. Apr. 11 Betty Sherwood Betty will share the letters of a fine romance from the past. Bones | Wed. Apr. 25 Eileen Fadelle The subject of ‘our bones’ is very important for seniors.

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

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Our Congregational Family

We would like to welcome the following people to the Holy Blossom Temple family: Randi Bulkis & Daniel Nixon Jennifer Davidson, and Benjamin Alison & Stephen Turnbull, and Rachel and Rebecca

Robbie Cohen on his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Bi r t h s Rebecca Holzman & Nigel Sharfe on the birth of their daughter, Eva Holzman-Sharfe. Proud grandparents are Marvin & Therese Holzman and Mervyn & Rosemary Sharfe. Debra Lovinsky & Howard Rusak on the birth of their daughters, Sarah and Lilah Rusak, sisters to Hannah. Proud grandparents are Marlene & Kolman Lovinsky and Mari Lynn Rusak. Sam & Darcy Merkur on the birth of their daughter, Sabrina Emma Merkur, sister to Miles. Proud grandparents are Wendy & Stephen Bederman and Barbara & Ephry Merkur. Proud great-grandparents are Rita & Max Merkur. Stacie & Jonathan Pollack on the birth of their daughter, Zoe Ryann Pollack, sister to Noah. Proud grandparents are Harriett & Barry Sklar and Hazel & Lawrence Pollack. Proud great-grandparents are Sybil & Joe Pollack and Ruth Sklar. B’nei mitzvah 26 Nisan 5767/Apr. 14, 2007 Michael Ozburn, son of Rhonda Starkman and Graeme Ozburn 3 Iyar 5767/Apr. 21, 2007 Madeleine Rosenberg, daughter of Gillian & David Rosenberg

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Rachel Rae Rotman, mother of Geri Durbin and Steven Rotman, sister of Esther Cohen, Sylvia Stanley and Miriam Venis Madeline Waisberg, mother of Joseph Waisberg and Lorie Waisberg

3 Iyar 5767/Apr. 21, 2007 Zev Skolnik, son of Judi & Robert Skolnik

The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Rose Altman, mother of Justin Thomas Lillian Barkin, mother of Allan Barkin, Larry Barkin, Leonard Barkin and Carolyn Silverberg Dr. Naji Cohen, husband of Dr. Albertine Cohen, father of Dr. Ezra Cohen, Dr. Rubin Cohen and Emma Kenley, brother of Abraham Cohen Fay Freedman, mother of Howard Freedman and Ruth Sheinfeld, sister of Sara Wolle and Yitzhak Wolle William Humber, father of Wendy Bornstein and Judy Singer Joe Jonatan, husband of Sara Clodman, father of Meredith Jonatan, Neil Jonatan and Harley Jonatan, son of Edith Jonatan and Nissim Jonatan, brother of Dave Jonatan Morris Kott, father of Gila Humphreys and Aviva Wade Bella Altman Leikin, mother of Helen Hochberg Ann Linton, wife of Dr. Harold Linton, mother of Gayle Grossman, Helene Obar and Marlene Stein, sister of Blanche Litchen, Fay Sandler, David Silverhart and Ruth Stein Arthur Magid, father of David Magid and Gerald Magid, brother of Louis Magid Fred Metter, husband of Cathy-Ellen Metter, father of Elana Metter and Mira Metter, brother of Terry Gaisin Clara Nightingale, wife of David Nightingale Frances Pustil, mother of Anne Pustil, Jeff Pustil, Stephen Pustil and Sheri Sokalsky, sister of Rae Appleby, Edye Arbuck and Manny Leder Eve Richler, mother of Elliott Moldaver and Rosalind Witkin, sister of Lester Fox


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


Isadore Brodey Vera Lillian Eisen Lillian Finkelstein Harold Kaplan Morris Rubin Minnie Sidlofsky Jean Bernstein Isabel Leibel Adelaide Perlmutar Abraham Kasman Lazar Pless Marjorie Baskin Rachel Ben-Ron Louis Blackstein Wilfred R. Davis Corinne Egier Muriel Leitman Abraham Wolfe Samuel Gans Lizica Goldstein Sara Harris Dr. Arnold Iscove Louis Rose Paul Berdock Max Fichman Reuben Frankel Dr. Charles Hollenberg Lou Isaacs David Shafron Minnie Eisen Harold Lorie Sophie Metter Miriam Neveren Lillian Silbert

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David Sussman Alan Leslie Borden Jerry Joseph Friedman Larry Green Gertrude Siegel Pepi Kane Sarah Kaufman Max Klamer James Rotto Minnie Wintrope Roy Frederick Cook Edward Dworkin Max Emsig Rhea Grove Pepi Kane Eva Applebaum Ruth Davis Leonard Dexter Dorothy Stossel Tibor Strauss Pearl Brill Jean Haberman William Krangle Elizabeth Bess Pickard Esther Pollock Jacob Cole Bertha Cotton Harold Haberman Dr. Arnold Iscove Gerald George Newton Benjamin Sarner Albert Wolff Fanny Cowan Harold Joseph Hutner Bertha Krivel Gertrude Levine Fay Stone Jack Winberg Sam Bucovetsky Bessie Miriam Cole Dawn Davis Moses Nowack Judge Carl Waisberg Jacob Borinsky Maurice Lubell Abraham Alan Track Philip Fingold Jerry Fisher Bessie Fox Goldie Yudin Earl Gardner

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Apr. 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 19



Melvin Mostov Florence Pasternak Samuel Roher Eva Sanders Sarah Weiser Gittel Marlow Jennie Pasternak Dr. Henry Sager Molly Simmons Milton Blackstone Rabbi Jacob Eisen Morris Friedman Sarah Winberg Louis Freedman Arthur Harris David Aaron Jordan Fay Liberman Arthur Paulin John Stransman Rose Coffler Lyla Isenberg Hattie Steinhart Bonnie Barbara Sweet Louis Goodman Rachel Leah Kunen William Pascoe Sidney Schipper Samuel Eli Sigal Philip Smith Max Steinberg Edward Stransman Bruce Lokash Clara Schacter Sarah Weinstein Thelma Sylvia Young Norman Agar Rella Doctors Belle Siegal Shirley Taube Vera Usprich Ben Russak Haskell Max Masters Manning Starkman

Apr. 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 25 25 25 25 26 26 26 26 26 27 28 28

Norma & Max Borinsky, Happy Anniversary: Jana Jaluba; Ruth & Carl Rosen; Esther Tate Eve Richler, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen A c c e ssi b i l i t y F u n d

Norma & Max Borinsky, Happy Anniversary: Esther Tate Lily & Reuben Katz, Happy Anniversary: Etta Ginsberg McEwan Coop e r F a m i ly A n n i v e r s a r y F u n d

Sandy & Stanley Gottfried, Happy Anniversary: Sami & James Cooper Marilyn & Cyril Levenstein, Happy Anniversary: Sami & James Cooper E a r l & M a r i ly n D a n so n F a r b e r C a m p S c h o l a r s h ip

Helen Tizel, Happy Birthday: Marilyn Farber J e a n Fi n e S e n io r s F u n d

Ruth Stilman, In Memory: Sally & Ben Jacobson F lo r a l F u n d

Michael Ozburn, Bar Mitzvah: Rhonda Starkman and Graeme Ozburn Madeleine Rosenberg, Bat Mitzvah: Gillian & David Rosenberg Zev Skolnik, Bar Mitzvah: Judi & Robert Skolnik Ho ly B l osso m T e m p l e Fo u n d at io n

Nancy Sara Bigio, Yahrzeit: Matilda Bigio Norma & Max Borinsky, Happy Anniversary: Bernice & Louis Norman Norma Greisman, In Memory: Dinah Lovitch and Family; Terry Pickett and Family; Stephanie Winston Joe Jonatan, In Memory: Pearl & Sol David and Family; Clare & Monte Denaburg; Don Denaburg; Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Jane & Robert Herman; Bambi Katz & Al Freireich; Rochelle & Percy Rajchgot; Ruthe Schipper; Mary & Henry Seldon; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Joe Jonatan, In Memory: Erin and Aedan O’Connor Lily & Reuben Katz, Happy Anniversary: Lois & George Fine Fred Metter, In Memory: Jane & Robert Herman Mary & Henry Seldon, Mazal Tov: Sybil & Jack Geller; Phyllis & Manny Spivak

1 5 0 th A n n i v e r s a r y F u n d

Sandy Atlin, Happy Birthday: Sheila &

Helen Tizel, Happy Birthday: Helen & Philip Mosoff; Gilda & Leonard Whyne

David Freeman


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J o a n K e r b e l L e a d e r s h ip D e v e l op m e n t

Molly Riabov, Happy 5th Birthday: Mom & Dad

B l a n c h e S pi e g a l P os e n Yo u t h Aw a r ds


Eve Richler, In Memory: Virginia & Carl Solomon

Min Fingerhut, In Memory: Joy & Charles Cohen

Joe Jonatan, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple

Beth Roher, Happy Birthday: Sara & Richard Charney

Sisterhood; Pnina Margolese

Dr. Naji Cohen, In Memory: Mira Goldfarb &

Richard Charney

Li b r a r y Boo k F u n d

Anna Axler, Yahrzeit: Phyllis & Gil Colman and Family

Adam Berkowitz and Family

General: Donna & Vern Chilton; Erin Juravski

Dolph Greenberg, In Memory: Anne MacPherson & Earl Bederman

Plaut Manor Fund

E l l io t t J a c o b so n & J u d y M a l k i n Co n c e r t F u n d

Dolph Greenberg, In Memory: Sally & Ben Jacobson D ow & F r e d z i a M a r m u r P r o g r a m f o r Ed u c at io n a l E x c e l l e n c e

Shirley & Sam Rubenzahl, Happy Anniversary: Bea & Saul Sidlofsky Leslie & Harvey Starkman, Mazal Tov: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack

General: Lynn & Richard Burton

Joe Jonatan, In Memory: Alice & Ron Charach

R a b b is ’ a n d C a n t o r s ’ D is c r e t io n a r y

A l & D o r a T r a c k S c h o l a r s h ip F u n d

F u n ds

Joe Jonatan, In Memory: Dora Track and Family

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Candy Ramberansingh & Andrew Tile and Family

Yo u t h Aw a r ds

Fred Metter, In Memory: Anne Lesarge

Rabbi Yael Splansky & Adam Sol, Mazal Tov:

Rachel Rotman, In Memory: Marilyn Hahn &

Rhonda Rovan & Howard Rosenberg and Family Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, In Appreciation: Holy

Mitch Cutler; Bambi Katz & Al Freireich

Blossom Temple Chavurah; Shiffman and

Meta Spiegler, In Memory: Debra Katzman & Robert Sipursky

Macdonald Families Rabbi Jason & Hillary Rosenberg, Mazal Tov:

M u si c a l L e g a c y F u n d

Benjamin Bigio, Happy Birthday: Matilda Bigio Joanne Hoffman, Happy Birthday: Francie & Martin Storm Roz Leese, Yahrzeit: Marion & Martin Kazdan Eva Richler, In Memory: Lorraine & Donald Loeb Mari Lynn Rusak, Mazal Tov: Judy Druyan; Mary & Henry Seldon

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Rose Wolfe Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Shiffman and Macdonald Families Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: Teresa & Alberto Quiroz

Guy Weinstock, In Memory: Brenda & Colin Baskind

Wolf Getz, Happy Birthday: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan Gail Goldberg, Happy Birthday: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan Kathy & Maurice Green, Mazal Tov: Jim Forster & Bill Edwards Norma Greisman, In Memory: Daisy & Sydney Jacobs Mary Giles Heintzman, In Memory: Debra Lovinsky & Howard Rusak Cynthia & Brian Hands, Mazal Tov: Annalee & Brian Schnurr Minnie Isenberg, In Memory: Yvonne & Herbert Lowe Joe Jonatan, In Memory: Ann & Gary Posen Lily & Reuben Katz, Happy Anniversary: Eleanor & Hartley Steinberg Myra & Danny Krangle, Mazal Tov: Matilda Bigio; Gitte & Les Crangle Fred Metter, In Memory: Sandy & Gordon Atlin; Shirley & Gavin Herman; Judy & Mark Libman and Family; Caroline Mandell; Nancy & Lloyd Pollack and Family; Ann & Gary Posen Susan & Norman Mogil, Mazal Tov: Steve Rothstein Michel Proulx, In Memory: Cheryl & Jim Zener

Contacts for Donations

Rhonda Rovan & Howard Rosenberg and Family

Lo r r a i n e S a n d l e r T r i b u t e F u n d

O u t o f t h e Co l d F u n d

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To r at C h a i m F u n d

Rebecca Roher, Happy Birthday: Sara &

Shacharit Fund

Jacques Barruch, Yahrzeit: Edith Barruch Murray Bloem, Yahrzeit: Jean & Lewis Applebaum Harry Cash, Yahrzeit: Barry Cash and Stanley Cash and Families Ray Cash, Yahrzeit: Lillian & Stan Cash and Family Maxwell Cohen, Yahrzeit: Charles Cohen Evelyn Dunkelman, Yahrzeit: Shirley Firestone

To make a donation to any of our existing funds, to learn more about how you can support the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, or to establish a new fund, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265. To make a donation to One Family Fund (Aid to Survivors of Terror), please call (416) 644-4955. To make a donation to MAZON Canada, please call (416) 783-7554. To make a donation to the Toronto Community Forest Fund, please call Sybil Gordon at (416) 489-5709.

Illona Heller, Yahrzeit: Nora & John Freund Coleman Herman, Yahrzeit: Minnie Herman Fred Metter, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood Abraham Nashman, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul Fishbein Shirley Patchen Cohen, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Hahn Luis Alberto Quiroz, Yahrzeit: Alberto Quiroz Jeanette Rosen, Yahrzeit: Doris Stern Herbert Rothschild, Yahrzeit: Alexis Rothschild Esther Salomon Gelber & Arthur Gelber, Yahrzeit: Sara Charney Samuel Sax, Yahrzeit: Michael Sax Irving Scheinert, Yahrzeit: Minnie Herman Annie Wasserman, Yahrzeit: Mel Wasserman


We appreciate your support Holy Blossom Temple appreciates all donations to our funds; however due to rising costs, cards will only be sent for donations of $20 or more. We will continue to recognize all donations in the Bulletin. We apologize but due to space constraints, not all donations will appear in the Bulletin issue closest to the date on which the contribution was made. Donations in this issue were received by Feb. 28, 2007.

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This month @ Holy Blossom Sun. Apr. 1 9.30 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast Club, with Jeff Dennis Tue. Apr. 3

6 p.m.

Annual Potluck Second Seder

Sat. Apr. 7

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Tue. Apr. 10

11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew

Wed. Apr. 25 9.30 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study 12.30 p.m. Lunch and Learn in Retirement, with Eileen Fadelle 7 p.m. Bereavement Support Group, with Helen Gia Levin 7.30 p.m. Beginners’ Hebrew 7.30 p.m. The Search for Wholeness in a Broken World, with Rabbi Yoel Glick

Wed. Apr. 11 12.30 p.m. Lunch and Learn in Retirement, with Betty Sherwood 7.30 p.m. Beginners’ Hebrew 8 p.m. From Shtetl to Broadway Concert Thur. Apr. 12 10 a.m.

Mishnah Impossible, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Sat. Apr. 14

Torah Study

9 a.m.

Thur. Apr. 26 9.30 a.m. 10 a.m.

Tue. Apr. 17 10 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Library Book Club, with Ken Skolnik Advanced Hebrew Grammar The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution, with Rabbi John Moscowitz

Wed. Apr. 18 9.30 a.m. 7 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Bereavement Support Group, with Helen Gia Levin Beginners’ Hebrew Brotherhood All Members Meeting

Thur. Apr. 19 10 a.m. Mishnah Impossible, with Rabbi Michael Stroh 7.30 p.m. Town Hall Meeting 6 p.m.

Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner

Sat. Apr. 21

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Sun. Apr. 22 9.30 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast Club, with Roz Schultz 10 a.m. Special Temple Board Meeting Mon. Apr. 23

Sisterhood Kallah: Tikkun Olam, with Rabbi John Moscowitz Mishnah Impossible, with Rabbi Michael Stroh

Fri. Apr. 27 6.30 p.m. Shabbat Fusion (for 20 and 30 somethings)

Mon. Apr. 16 10 a.m. Mondays @ the Temple: Yom Ha’Atzmaut Program 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Fri. Apr. 20

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10 a.m. Mondays @ the Temple 6.30 p.m. Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Sat. Apr. 28

9 a.m.

Mon. Apr. 30

10 a.m. Mondays @ the Temple 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Tue. May 1

11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Torah Study

Wed. May 2 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Bereavement Support Group, with Helen Gia Levin Beginners’ Hebrew Movie Talk, with Harry Rasky

Thur. May 3 10 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Mishnah Impossible, with Rabbi Michael Stroh A Shylock, by Edward Einhorn (Stagecraft)

Fri. May 4 6 p.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Congregational Dinner

Sat. May 5 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Shabbat Service and Confirmation Reunion Luncheon A Shylock, by Edward Einhorn (Stagecraft)

Sun. May 6 9.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Brotherhood Breakfast Club, with Joe Kronick A Shylock, by Edward Einhorn (Stagecraft)

Tue. Apr. 24 11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew Grammar 7.30 p.m. The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution, with Rabbi John Moscowitz For Worship Services, please see page 2. As dates and times may change without notice, please confirm all information by calling the Temple – at any time – to access our This Week @ Holy Blossom recording. The Bulletin is published 11 times a year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; e-mail:; Web site: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: Barry Silver; Senior Rabbi: John Moscowitz; Associate Rabbi: Yael Splansky; Associate Rabbi: Jason Rosenberg; Rabbi: Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Cantorial Soloist: Lindi Rivers; Director of Education: Deborah K. Spiegel; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Marvin Tile; Director of Development: Cheryl Zeldin; Bulletin Editor: Judy Nyman; Design and Production: Holy Blossom Temple was founded in 1856 and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism.

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The Last Word

Give to the needy on Pesach


b y r a b b i Jas o n R o s e n b e r g

All seders that I have ever attended have one thing in common: they have never run out of food. I cannot even remember a seder where we came close to it! It seems to be one of the traditions of Pesach that the seder be overrun with an astounding amount of things to eat. How b l e ss e d w e a r e

It is wonderful that our People can partake of this bounty. In our day, Jews, for the most part, are extremely well off; there has not been a time in history when our collective wealth has even approached what it is today. In fact, poverty has often been the norm in our communities — think how our ancestors in the shtetl must have struggled to fill their seder tables, to say nothing of how those suffering in the ghettos would have

given anything for a mouthful of what we will have on our tables in a few nights. The seder should remind us of how blessed we

really are. At the start of every seder, the leader announces, “kol dichpin yeitei v’yeichul — let all who are hungry come and eat.” In days past, it was traditional to invite those less fortunate to join us at our seders, to make sure that they benefited from our good fortune. Our modern reality is that few of us know someone who is truly impoverished, and, living in a big city as we do, it is not always realistic to invite strangers to our tables. But, the core of that message must not be lost — it is absolutely essential that we share some of the goodness we have in our lives with those who are less


fortunate. Enjoying, even revelling in our plentitude, is fine; not sharing it with others is not. Let me suggest that, rather than use the leftovers from the seder to feed our families for days, or letting them turn bad in our refrigerators, we donate all that food to a shelter. And, as we look at our tables, filled with every kind of imaginable delicacy, we might also think about making a donation to an organization dedicated to feeding those who cannot feed themselves: MAZON Canada ( Loo k i n g o u t f o r e v e r y o n e

On Pesach, we remember that, since we were slaves, we have to look out for all people who are oppressed. And, since we were once hungry, we have to feed all who hunger now. Let all who are hungry come and eat. Chag sameach.

(for 20 and 30 somethings)

Shabbat Fusion Fridays at 6.30 p.m., Apr. 27, May 25 and June 29 Rabbi Yael Splansky invites members and nonmembers for a unique Kabbalat Shabbat experience

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

For more details on this program, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple.

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