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Debates come home | Youth Groups by Aaron Cincinatus, HABSTY President and 2009 NFTY-NEL Debates Coordinator

From Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2009, the halls of the Temple will be filled with more than 100 NFTYites who will be participating in a truly remarkable event. For 60 years, the high school–aged students of Holy Blossom have participated in the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Our specific region, formerly NELFTY, is known as NFTYNEL, which reaches from the Greater Toronto Area to upstate New York and northern Ohio — basically wherever a nine-hour bus ride can take us. FOUR COMPETITIONS

Though known as Debates, this weekend actually features four distinct competitions: the Terry Pollack Original Song Competition, the Melissa Goodman Art Competition, the Goldman Oratorical Competition and the Heinz Warschauer Debates Competition. Participants come prepared to compete, although it is not unheard of for debaters to write their speeches on the backs of napkins on the bus ride to the event. Holy Blossom has a strong connection to this event. In 1979, the Temple’s Brotherhood generously donated three trophies for the winners of the debate competition. In 2007, when these trophies returned with our winning team,

Holy Blossom refurbished and enlarged them for many more years of service. But even more important was the naming of the debates competition to honour Heinz Warschauer. Heinz served as the Director of Education at Holy Blossom from 1946 to 1976. His work with high school students has been called “insightful and courageous.” Heinz noted, “We have tried to give, especially our teenagers, the opportunity to examine approaches, different, often contradictory, conflicting ideas and then arrive at choices.” His words perfectly align with the ideals of Debates. Each year, we try to pose topics that are challenging, thought-provoking and perhaps just a little bit edgy. And each year, NFTY-NEL members step up and accept that challenge with some amazing results. I think Heinz would be impressed and pleased to have his name associated with such an event.

Congregational Shabbat Chanukah Dinner Fri. Dec. 26, 2008 (after Kabbalat Shabbat Services) Enjoy live music, dreidel games, storytelling and, of course, latkes and all the trimmings. Cost: members $10; non-members $12; children younger than 6 years old are free. To register by Mon. Dec. 22, 2008, please contact Elana Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple or e-mail


I invite our Holy Blossom community to come out and meet the members of NFTY-NEL on Fri. Feb. 27, 2009, at the Kabbalat Shabbat Service. And, if you are able to house some of our participants that weekend, please call Rabbi Karen Thomashow (ext. 277), at the Temple.

Celebrating Chanukah in 2006 are (left to right): Kate and Susan Lehner, and Jen, Jacob and Adam Farber

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In This Issue ...


In Perspective 3 | W. Gunther

Plaut Humanitarian Award 3 | Holy Blossom Temple Foundation 4 | Cantor’s Notes 4 | Supplementary Schools 5 | Seniors’ Programming 5 | The Gerald


Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish

Monday to Friday at 7.30 a.m. | Shacharit Monday to Thursday at 6 p.m. | Ma’ariv Sunday at 9 a.m. | Shacharit

Learning 6 | Family Programming 8 | Annual Contribution Campaign 9 | Thank You to Our Festival Volunteers 12 | Our Congregational Family 13 | The Last Word 16

On Thur. Dec. 25 and Fri. Dec. 26, 2008, and Thur. Jan. 1, 2009, Shacharit Services will be held at 9 a.m. S H A B B AT S E R V I C E S

Friday at 6 p.m. | Kabbalat Shabbat Service Saturday at 10.30 a.m. | Shabbat Morning Service and Family Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat will be held on Dec. 5 (Service and dinner) and Dec. 19, 2008 (Service), and Jan. 2 (Service and dinner) and Jan. 16, 2009 (Service). (Please see page 8 for details.) Shabbat Fusion (for 20 and 30 somethings) will be held on Dec. 5, 2008. (Please see below for details.)

The Bulletin is published 10 times a year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; e-mail:; Web site: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: 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; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Acting Chair: Elliott Jacobson; Director of Development: Cheryl Zeldin; 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.


(for 20 and 30 somethings)

Shabbat Fusion Fridays at 6.30 p.m., Dec. 5, 2008, and Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 27, Apr. 24, May 22 and June 26, 2009 An invitation for our entire congregation and community: Please join our 20 and 30 somethings for Shabbat Fusion, held one Friday night per month, following our weekly 6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service for everyone in the Youth Chapel. Once a month, our young adults gather to experience a Shabbat evening of prayer, song and study like no other. Five musicians bring a sound that is both old and new — tribal rhythms from the Ugandan Jewish community, joyful niggunim from the Chassidic influence of Shlomo Carlebach, and riffs of New Orleans jazz and retro-funk. Everything old is new again with this eclectic mix of sounds that gets the community up to welcome the Sabbath bride. The Shabbat Fusion generation would like to open up this experience for all to enjoy. For more details on this Service, please e-mail Following the Shabbat Fusion Service, all those in their 20s and 30s are invited for a kiddush of good Israeli wine and sushi. Aaron Lightstone

Jeffrey Wilson

Aviva Chernick

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How to think now? | In Perspective by Rabbi John Moscowitz

How shall we think about this rearranged world of ours? Over the past several months, the economic landscape in front of our eyes and under our feet has shifted dramatically. First, pillar institutions on Wall Street collapsed like a house of cards; then the markets and the banks, along with our sense of security, followed suit. Our sense of confidence in the democratic capitalist foundations of the West, long the engine of progress and prosperity, has grown shaky. Cascading effects of the economic malaise reverberate from day to day, from country to country, from person to person. Our larger and smaller worlds are no longer the same. We now know greater fear and possess less faith. We Jews are not without perspective on these matters. The Book of Esther records that Mordechai was Esther’s tutor (omen), the person who brought her up. Interestingly, omen, in sharing the same root as that of the word for faith, suggests that teaching someone

is to have faith (emunah) in them. Our tradition understands that what we learn and how we think affects what we believe, even influencing our sense of confidence and our view of the future. So, as a people who have known topsy-turvy experiences as few others have, how shall we think about this moment? Taught to look reality square in the face, we Jews are equally defined by the belief that faith is necessary and not an illusion. Indeed, faith — a sense of confidence in ourselves, in our God and in our future — influences the very building of our future. With regard, then, to our beloved Holy Blossom Temple, let us — while being realistic about the economy and sensitive to the worries and burdens that beset us individually — only gain in faith for our synagogue’s future. To do otherwise is not only an illusion, not only unrealistic, but goes against the very nature of faith that has sustained our People and this synagogue. Indeed, our present location at 1950 Bathurst Street was first conceived, and

largely embarked on, during the Great Depression. In difficult times, especially, we require a deep sense of community, a vibrant open substantive joyful place to belong, a synagogue of which we can be proud. Therefore, let us not only support ourselves, but support our synagogue — and make the most important investment possible: that of our belief that, come what may, we will build and sustain our future together, here at this place on God’s good green earth, at 1950 Bathurst Street. It won’t be easy. But we will ensure the future of this great synagogue, each one of us separately and together. On a final note: Barry Silver now steps down from his presidency and it is our honour to thank him. Barry has possessed the courage to think differently from before, as well as the sensitivity to be attentive to the needs of our members. We salute and thank him — as we also now welcome Larry Babins as the next President of Holy Blossom Temple. May we go from strength to strength together.

W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award

In the fall of 2009, Holy Blossom Temple will present its seventh W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award to an outstanding Canadian. The Selection Committee invites Temple members to nominate prospective recipients. All Canadians, regardless of ethnic background, race or religion, are eligible to receive this prestigious token of our congregation’s recognition and esteem. Like its namesake, the award is dedicated to those people who have made significant contributions to the community — through scholarship, leadership and commitment to human rights. Submissions for confidential consideration by the Committee should be made in writing, with attention to Hayley Nuttall, and must reach the Temple by Mon. Dec. 29, 2008. We will announce the recipient in early 2009. Details of the award ceremony will follow.

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Enhancing our community | Foundation by Cheryl Zeldin, Director of Development

It is a privilege to work for a Foundation that raises funds for meaningful purposes. During the last fiscal year, the Foundation disbursed almost $200,000 towards Holy Blossom Temple’s wide array of programming. Our donors have recognized needs, initiated funds and contributed to existing funds to sustain and launch programs. Below are just a few examples.

Worship — “Our Yahrzeit plaques give us another opportunity to remember our loved ones. It is comforting to know that in this way, they will be honoured in perpetuity. Our sacred Torah Scrolls are central to our Worship. Both required repairs last year to keep them in a condition that demonstrates the respect and care they deserve.” — Sarita Dotan, Chair, Worship Committee

tradition as a sign of affirmation and hope for the future of our People. The Musical Heritage Concert Series would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.” — Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

Programming — “Several years ago, the Temple saw the need to increase its programming for seniors. Because a donor had specifically designated a fund for seniors, this opportunity became Social Action — “Our program provides reality. This year, a pilot transportation congregants with a community framework project was initiated, with the hope of making it possible for even more seniors for tikkun olam, and has set an example Education — “Statistics tell us that to join us. Because of the recent, for other congregations across the city. the two experiences most important significant generosity of another donor, Every week, from November through to forging Jewish identity are trips to March, we offer our guests a meal, social we are beginning to dream of even Israel and attending Jewish summer camp. Contributions by donors, through programs, medical help, clothing and sup- greater possibilities.” — Sheila Smolkin, Chair, Mondays @ the Temple plies, and for many, a place to sleep with the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, a hot breakfast in the morning. ” — Gary helped Religious School students particiTile, Chair, Out of the Cold Committee For more details on establishing a fund pate in our Confirmation trip to Israel, or donating to funds, please call me and children attend Camp George last Culture — “I am indeed elated to continue (ext. 260), at the Temple, or e-mail summer.” — Debbie Spiegel, Director of our own Holy Blossom Musical Heritage Education

Music ⎯ the universal language | Cantor’s Notes by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

As you read this, I will be returning from an emotional musical experience in Europe and Israel, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, as well as celebrating the survival of Bulgarian Jews during WWII. As a sign of the hopeful future of our People, I am elated to continue the tradition of our Holy Blossom Musical Heritage Concert Series. This outstanding program features old friends and introduces new contemporary artists to our community. This year, the series of three concerts celebrates our festivals. The opening 4

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concert, Honourable Menschen, will be held on Thur. Dec. 18, 2008, and highlights the joyous festival of Chanukah. Performing with me will be my former students, Cantors Mo Glazman, David Rosen and Michael Smolash, accompanied by the David Warrack Band. This musical extravaganza will include music ranging from cantorial and Yiddish to opera and the Broadway stage. It will touch the soul and warm the heart. Our Passover concert, Every Mother’s Son: Jewish Songs of War and Peace, features Adrienne Cooper and Marilyn Lerner and will take place on Sun. Apr. 12, 2009. The last concert, New Age of Jewish Music, to be held on

Thur. May 21, 2009, will introduce Mattan Klein and Seeds of Sun to our Toronto audience in celebration of Yom Yerushalayim. The wonderful Musical Heritage Concert Series Committee has been hard at work. In fact, the Series could not have happened without them. I thank them for the effort they contribute to ensure that Holy Blossom can offer this exceptional Concert Series. For more details on the concerts and to learn how you can purchase tickets, please see the Musical Heritage Concert Series 2008/2009 brochure enclosed with this issue of the Bulletin.

How we act makes a difference

| Supplementary Schools

by Debbie Spiegel, Director of Education

Recently, Rabbi Naomi Levy, our Scholar in Residence, shared some of her thoughts on raising children who will be a blessing to this world. MODELLING OUR ACTIONS

How do we share with our children our personal priorities? One of the most interesting comments by Rabbi Levy was that “we all want our children to succeed. You want them on the best sports team, to excel in school. Does your child know that you want him or her to be the kindest person possible, and a Jewishly learned person?” Rabbi Levy asked, “Have your children ever told someone that you are too busy to answer the phone because you are praying and can’t talk on the phone at the moment?”

Our children learn from modelling our actions. They watch us as we talk on the telephone, watch television and speak to merchants in the stores we frequent. They watch us all the time — even when we are not noticing. Has your daughter watched you model the behaviours that you aspire to? Have you had a chance to show your son the type of person you ultimately want him to be? How can children be feeling, caring Jews if we do not model that behaviour for them, by bringing them to shul; showing them how and when to do gemilut chasadim (acts of kindness to others); participating in Shabbat and holiday celebrations as a family? A parent approached me recently and shared that she is delighted her child is kind; she went on to say that she believes much of this behaviour emanates from our School. I am excited

to hear her observations. We spend most of our time talking with our students about our actions — what is right and what is ‘not so right.’ Our Torah spends a great deal of time on this and we have much to learn from it. ENCOURAGING KINDNESS

I have had a wonderful time having the opportunity to be an observer in our hallways over the past few months. It is a treat to be able to wander through the halls, meeting students, parents and others, hearing from them and sharing with them the joys of our School. I see children being kind, calm, happy, relaxed and truly interested in their studies, all within the confines of our holy congregation. Our students are ‘getting’ it; let us get into it with them!

good old movies? Please join us to see Crossing Delancey. Cost: members $1; non-members $2.

M O N D AYS @ the Temple

Winters do not have to be long and dreary. Join other seniors each Monday at 10 a.m. to socialize, exercise, participate in interesting programs and enjoy a delicious lunch of hot soup. Note that we will be taking a two-week break at the end of the year and will resume regular programming on Jan. 12, 2009.

Dec. 8 Layers of Wax: A Layered History of Chanukah | Rabbi Karen Thomashow Dec. 15 Israel in the 21st Century — Not Just a Land of Milk and Honey | Debbie Spiegel, Director of Education

W E D N E S D AYS @ the Movies

Chanukah Celebration Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner and Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers

Mon. Dec. 22 Please join us for this special Mondays @ the Temple program. We will celebrate together with a festive lunch beginning at 12.30 p.m., followed by a musical entertainment program.

Wed. Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. Do you enjoy watching the

For more details on Seniors’ programming or to find out about our pilot transportation program, please pick up our flyers in the Temple lobby or leave your name and phone number on our Seniors’ hotline (ext. 517), at the Temple. December 2008 | Cheshvan/Kislev 5769


Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning strives to engage our community to join together for stimulating lectures, to study Torah and to acquire the skills needed to lead a meaningful Jewish life. For more details, please call ext. 256, at the Temple, or visit our website at and download a copy of “The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple 2008/2009 Calendar of Events.” All programs and lectures are open to the community, unless otherwise stated. For your convenience, our weekday daytime programs are marked with the following symbol .

Ongoing learning and specialized classes Shabbat Torah Study: Speaking with God, Learning from Heschel and Soloveitchik

Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11 a.m., ongoing Open to Temple members only. Sisterhood Torah Study

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Rabbi John Moscowitz Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m., ongoing Saturdays at 9 a.m., ongoing New and returning students welcome. All are welcome regardless of background. Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Sundays at 10 a.m., ongoing New participants are welcome. For more details, please call Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple.

and energy — in pursuit of clarifying (or complicating) our responsibilities to the natural word. Sunday Book Club: “People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brooks

Sun. Jan. 18, 2009, at 11a.m. Latke/Hamantaschen Debate

The Yiddish Novel

Tue. Dec. 16, 2008, at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome to join in the hysterics.

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Shabbat Lunch and Study

Please join us after Services for these special programs with our clergy. Jan. 10, 2009 | The Structure of Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Ph.D. Candidate, Synagogue Music, with Cantor University of Toronto Benjamin Z. Maissner Mondays at 7.30 p.m., Feb. 14, 2009 | Ten Commandments Conversational Hebrew 101 and Noahide Laws: Points of Dalia Alalouf, Supervisor, Hebrew School Dec. 8 and 15, 2008 What might a Jewish environmental Intersection and Diversion, with Mondays at 8.30 p.m. Rabbi Karen Thomashow Limited to Temple members. Registration ethic look like? Explore classic Jewish perspectives on land rights, water rights Cost: $10. To register, please call Elana required. Cost: $200 per year. Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple. Earth, Water, Fire: Jewish Perspectives on the Environment

Torah Yoga and Jewish Meditation: Prayer, Breath and Movement Michelle Katz, Certified Iyengar Yoga Therapist, Jewish Spiritual Director and Jewish Meditation Teacher Sundays at 9.30 a.m., Jan. 11 to Mar. 8, 2009 Torah Yoga integrates traditional Jewish texts with hatha yoga postures, meditative prayer and chanting, and the breath of life. Participants will study Jewish text, learn conscious breathing for relaxation, discover gentle stretching for releasing muscle tension and experience time for reflection and meditation. This leading-edge but spiritual approach to Judaism deeply touches the Divine spirit within each participant. This is a great chance for Religious School parents to join us. Cost: $90 for entire course or $15 per session.


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Poetry and Prophecy

Adam Sol, Author and Teacher, Laurentian University Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m., Jan. 13 to 27, 2009 How do poetry and prophecy use language to think about the world and spirituality? At the final session, Adam Sol will launch his new book, Jeremiah, Ohio. For more details, please see Book Talk listing on page 7. Jerusalem II

Geri Durbin, Royal Ontario Museum Educator and Senior School Teacher, Holy Blossom Temple Thursdays at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 to 29, 2009

This rich tapestry of cultures will be examined through the study of Jerusalem’s history. Discoveries from the archeological excavations of the 19th and 20th centuries will be discussed. Participants from the 2007 series are welcome to join the 2008 seminars and discover more of the wonderment that the city of Jerusalem holds. Sunday Book Club: The Pleasure of Reading

Sundays at 11 a.m., Jan. 18, Feb. 22, Mar. 29 and Apr. 26, 2008 Ha-Zemer Ha-Ivri: Israel at 60 in Song

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Thur. Jan. 15, 2009 and Wed. Feb. 25, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. This program will discuss the development of popular Israeli music. Mixed Blessings

Rabbi Yael Splansky Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, 2009 If you and your non-Jewish partner have questions about how to navigate your future, this series will be a great resource. Together we will consider the sensitivities that can develop around holidays, life-cycle events, extended family dynamics and raising children with strong Jewish identities. For more details, please see page 16.

A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?

Rabbi Yael Splansky Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 17, 2009 Rabbi Karen Thomashow Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. Mar. 4, 11 and 25, 2009 This program is specifically geared to those in our community who are unaffiliated, including interfaith couples as well as anyone interested in learning about Judaism.The program explores three of the most important components of Judaism through text study: spirituality, ethics and community. Participants must register for both parts of this course. Nonmembers welcome. Mishnah Pesachim: a Legal and Social Insight into Passover

Rabbi Karen Thomashow Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. Feb. 3 to 17, 2009 We will cover the first volume of this Mishnah, with particular attention paid to the Festival of Passover, and the subjects of chametz, matzah and the seder. We will devote equal time to gaining a working knowledge of how to read the Mishnah and a deeper appreciation of the origin of the laws of Pesach.

Brotherhood Study Group: Holocaust and Resurrection — Jewish Religious Responses to the Shoah and Rebirth of Israel

Rabbi Michael Stroh Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m., Feb. 4, 11 and 18, and Mar. 11, 18 and 25, 2009 Was the Shoah God’s will? If God did not will the Shoah but did not stop it, why not? Are there limits to God’s power? Can there be Jewish religious business as usual after the Shoah or does it require a radical new theology? We will explore these issues, critical to Judaism in the 21st century. Beyond the Chuppah

David and Eileen Berger, Temple Members Rabbi Yael Splansky Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. Feb. 5 to Mar. 5, 2009 Learn to build a strong foundation for marriage. We will look at expectations and changing roles; family, career, friends, finances and priorities; intimacy and romance for a lifetime; Jewish home and Jewish values; and communication, negotiation and compromise. This course is designed for newly engaged couples and newlyweds within their first year of marriage. Registration required.

The Torah: A Women’s Commentary

Book Talk: Jeremiah, Ohio

Adam Sol Tue. Jan. 27, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Adam Sol reinvents the Biblical prophet and doomsayer Jeremiah for the postmodern age, and sends him on a road trip through the strip malls and back roads of the United States with an ordinary, everyman companion, Bruce. The mismatched pair come to value each other as they travel toward the “promised city of New York.”

Rabbis Edward Goldfarb, Yael Splansky and Karen Thomashow Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m., Jan. 14 to 28, 2009

Please join us for an in-depth look at this new volume, The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, commissioned and funded by Women of Reform Judaism. Explore the Biblical scholarship, the voice of the commentators and the poetry of this new book. Sponsored by Sisterhood. December 2008 | Cheshvan/Kislev 5769


Family Programming Tot Shabbat and Hot Shot Shabbat Fridays at 6 p.m. Mark your calendars for our upcoming dates: Dec. 5 (Service and dinner) and Dec. 19, 2008 (Service and craft), and Jan. 2 (Service and dinner) and Jan. 16, 2009 (Service and craft).

Shabbat Morning Family Services Dec. 6 and 13, 2008, and Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2009 This come-as-you-are Service is a family-friendly, informal way to celebrate Shabbat in shul. Children and teens help lead the Service. Children’s programming,

including music, storytelling and creative learning, is integrated throughout the morning. A simple kiddush lunch follows so all can meet and greet.

Your Seder Table (for Pesach) Sun. Apr. 5, 2009, at 12.30 p.m. Ingredients are kosher for Passover, but the kitchen is not.

Holiday Cooking Workshop

All food is dairy and organic. Cost for all five sessions: $100 for members, $115 for non-members; or $22 per session for members, $25 per session for non-members. To register, please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple, or e-mail

Join Dahlia Organ, from the Academy of Artisans, in the Holy Blossom Temple kitchen. Edible Presents (for Chanukah) Sun. Dec. 14, 2009, at 12.30 p.m. Bubby’s Table (for Shabbat) Sun. Jan. 11, 2009, at 12.30 p.m. The Healthiest Holiday (for Tu B’Shevat) Sun. Feb. 8, 2009, at 12.30 p.m. Mishloach Manot (for Purim) Sun. Mar. 1, 2009, at 12.30 p.m.

Save the dates! Sun. Apr. 26, 2009 — Family Mitzvah Day Fri. May 22 to Sun. May 24, 2009 — Holy Blossom Temple Family Camp Retreat Weekend

For more details on Family Programming, please call our hotline (ext. 518), at the Temple.

Holy Blossom Temple Stagecraft Company

EINSTEIN’S GIFT by Vern Thiessen Thur. Dec 11 and Sat. Dec. 13, 2008 at 7.30 p.m., and Sun. Dec. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. Nobel Laureate Fritz Haber dedicated his life and science to Germany, but, as his friend Albert Einstein anticipated, it ended in tragedy. For more details, please call the Stagecraft hotline (ext. 511), at the Temple. General admission: $18; seniors and students: $12.


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Fine Arts Committee

Vibrancy of Life, by Césan d’Ornellas Levinee Levin Dec. 8, 2008 to Jan. 28, 2009 Cecile and Harry Pearl Gallery This exhibit of paintings by Canadian abstract expressionist Césan d’Ornellas Levine is an energetic balance of abstraction and iconography. Influenced by Kandinsky, Levine’s work is distinguished by brilliant iridescent colour and a richly sculptural impasto of gels, pastes and pumices. Courtesy of the Petroff Gallery, Toronto

Thank you to our Annual Contribution Campaign donors Thank you ! — to each and every one of our donors at each and every level. The Annual Contribution Campaign has exceeded the goal set for this year, which is inspiring evidence of your caring commitment to our Holy Blossom Temple community. You have supported membership for those who otherwise could not afford to join us and helped to maintain excellence in our education, worship and community events. Again, an extraordinary thank you for your generosity! For those of you who have not yet contributed, there is still time to make a gift, which will enable Holy Blossom to keep our doors open to those who otherwise could not afford to be members of our Temple, and to ensure that Holy Blossom maintains its tradition of being a vibrant centre of Jewish life. For more details, please call Shannon Tramer (ext. 227), at the Temple. B E N E F A C T O R $7,200+ Frances & Lawrence Bloomberg Janette & Michael Diamond Angela & David Feldman Howard Sokolowski & Linda Frum David Baskin & Joan Garson Irving & Gail Gerstein Marilyn & Charles Gold Goodman Family Amy Kaiser & Ken Rotman Robert Lantos Sheila Loftus Elliott Jacobson & Judy Malkin Michal & Sam Mizrahi and Family Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Janis Rotman Joseph & Sandra Rotman P AT R O N $3,600 – $7,199 Joanne & Richard Cummings Michael & Laurie Davis Lloyd Hoffer Family Tom & Karen Ehrlich and Family Wendy & Elliott Eisen Hugh Furneaux & Penny Fine Lloyd & Gladys Fogler Jacqueline & Tom Friedland Joy & Barry Gales John A. & Sybil Geller Sharon & Bernard Herman Family of Larry Rosen & Susan Jackson Lorraine & Donald Loeb Ann MacPherson & Earl Bederman Hailey & Rick Meslin and Family Carol & Lionel Schipper

Alison & Alan Schwartz Henry & Mary Seldon Gaye & Andrew Stein Susan & Roger Stronell Rose & Charles Tabachnick Denise Zarn & James Shenkman Carole & Bernard Zucker 1 Anonymous Donor S P O N S O R $1,800 – $3,599 Michael & Pam Albert Keith & Jan Allin Larry & Janice Babins Joanne Bargman & Earl Silverman Noah & Robin Belman and Family Renette & David Berman Cheryl & David Blinick and Family Harvey Borden Barry & Susan Borden Beryl & Eleanor Borsook Elizabeth & Reuben Bromstein Esther & Theodore Burnett Debra & Barry Campbell Caplan Family Drs. Alice & Ron Charach Sara & Richard Charney George & Susan Cohon Carolyn & Billy Collins Heather Crawford & Lawrence Ritchie Phyllis & Jeff Denaburg Victor & Maxine Drevnig Mary Elliott & Mark Minden Sheldon Inwentash & Lynn Factor Jodi & Bruce Feldman George & Lois Fine David & Helena Fine

Tamara & Gary Fine and Family Gloria & Jack Fine Martha & David Finkelstein Joanne & Garry Foster Frank Gerstein & Laurie May and Family Sid & Vicky Goldhart Cheryl Goldhart & Harvey Tanzer Fran & Bernie Goldman Lillyann Goldstein & Bill Wiener Diana & Marvin Goodman Lloyd Gordon Holly Goren Laskin & John B. Laskin Sondra & Allan Gotlieb Marion & Leo Gotlieb Robert Grundleger Susan Harris & David Kassie Gillian Hawker & Marty Perlmutar Harriette Laing Leon & Anita Lapidus and Family Deborah Leibow & Kenneth Snider Susan & David Linds and Family Jordanna & Earl Lipson Henry & Burtha Liss Cantor Benjamin Z. & Hope Maissner Valerie & Anthony Melman Rena Mendelson & Allan Detsky Fred & Cecile Metrick Lesley & Ron Miller Karen & David Mock Tami Moscoe & Eric Petersiel and Lilah Rabbi John Moscowitz Stephen Pearl Rachel & Harvin Pitch Anita & Val Rachlis Rhonda Richer & Tim Lipa Lisa Ritchie & Dave Carroll

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Andrew & Anita Robins and Family Jack & Judith Rose Joy Rosen & Lawrence Freedman Richard, Joshua and Talia Rotman Jocelyne & Shia Salem Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin & Hershell Ezrin Lorne, Maureen & Alex Saltman Brenda & Fred Saunders Julia & Michael Sax Sandra & Andrew Schafer Ruthe Schipper & Jerry Rotstein Lili & Michael Shain Heather Shapiro & Terry Axelrod Norman & Janet Shiner Michael & Jackie Shulman and family Gail & Barry Silver Judith & Monty Simmonds Lise & Luke Sklar Donna & Lawrence Smith Julie & Cary Solomon Rabbi Yael Splansky & Dr. Adam Sol Norma & George Steiner Francie & Martin Storm Esther & Marvin Tile Christine & Stephen Tile Sidney Troister Tina Urman & Carey Diamond Nancy Viner & Ray Stein Jack & Judy Winberg Florence & Milton Winberg Witkin Coleman Family Rose Wolf Honey Wolfe Jonathan & Amal Wolfe Ellen Yack Marks & Irving Marks Betty Young Esther Zeller & Morris Cooper Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot Joyce & Fred Zemans 6 Anonymous Donors S U P P O R T E R $500 – $1,799 A & G Locks & Doors Helen Aaron Ana & Edward Abady Michael & Judith Aiken Jean Elizabeth Anderson & Randall Friedland Loris Aro & Dr. Rolland Leader Susan & Leonard Asper Axler Family Barbara & Michael Baker Julie Banik Stacey & Allan Barish and Family


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Susan Baskin Audrey Bennett Rumack & Larry Rumack Corinne & Neil Berinstein Rima & Norman Biback Matilda Bigio Stephen Chris & Debra Birnbaum and Family Stephen & Kim Bloom Bonnie Bloomberg Gail & Zelik Bocknek Linda & Howard Book and Family Susan & James Bookbinder Harriette Borins Marlene & Andy Borins Norma & Maxime Borinsky Ilena & Mark Borinsky Lara & Andrew Brodkin Jason & Jennifer Burstein Joseph & Marilynne Cass Charles Cass Randy & Martha Cass C.A.T. Graphics & Print Limited Judge Sandra & Dr. Jerry Chapnik Henrietta Chesnie Deborah Chesnie Cooper CIBC – Small Business Banking Cincinatus Family Sharon & Stanley Clavir Clean Chem Distributors Victoria Cochrane & Marvin Sadowski Joy & Charles Cohen Annalee Cohen & Franklin Pulver Suzanne & Mark Cohon Shoshana Cole Beverley Colman-Lokash Columbia Building Maintenance Garson & Jean Conn Barbara & Richard Conway Estelle Craig Gitte & Leslie Crangle Robert Henry & Bonnie Croll Kathleen Crook & James Penturn Carol Cruickshank & James Lisser Susan & Peter Dan Sharon Domb & Stephen Manly Marvin & Miriam Dryer Nancy & Owen Duckman Duckman Family Susanne & Stuart Egier Ruth & Robert Ehrlich Sharon & Larry Enkin Maxanne Ezer Michael & Tara Fingold and Family Laraine & David Fleishman

Mike & Sandra Florence Ethel & Harold Freeman Stephen & Jill Fremes Deborah & Marvin Gans Zita Gardner Randi & Alan Garfinkel Rose Garfinkel Howard & Carole Gelfand Robert Jacoby & Mindy Gilbert Bertye & Bernard Gluckstein Marilyn & David Gluskin Warren Blatt & Joanne Godel Eleanor & Leonard Godfrey Jean Godfrey Mira Goldfarb & Adam Berkowitz Rabbi Edward & Fagi Goldfarb Bonnie & Ronnie Goldstein Millie & Sheldon Goldstein Mindy & Howard Goodman and Family Melvyn Goodman Nettie Z. Gordon & Jules E. Gordon Marilyn & David Gotfrid Matthew & Aviva Gottlieb Kathy & Maurice Green Anita & Jack Greenberg Susan & Harold Grossman Allan & Janine Grossman Carol & Nolan Grubert Karen Fisman & Frank Guarascio Lesley Harison & Stephen Zolf Joan & Alan Heavenrich Sarah & Jeffrey Hecker The Helfield-Klein Family Frances & Paul Hellen Robert & Jane Herman Hershoran Family Stefanie & Greg Mahon and Family Eric Adelson & Andrea Himel Elaine Herer & Stephen Holzapfel Dr & Mrs. Ivan Hronsky Melissa & Tim Hylton Judith Jordan-Austin William & Carol Kassel Lily & Reuben Katz Cecile Kaufman Stein David & Hillary Kettner Jay Keystone Paula Kirsh Fern & Lorne Kirshenbaum Edith Kirzner Sam & Debbie Kirzner Wayne & Jane Krangle Mimi & Malcolm Kronby

Barry Kuretzky Else Landauer Dr. Peter Collins & Krisanne Langille Jeffrey Leon Judith Leranbaum Susan & Jeffrey Levy Rhoda Lewis Sally Libman Esther Lipman The Lipson-Kogut Family Abbey Lipson Nancy & Irving Lipton Drs. Benjamin Barankin & Kimberly Liu Eleanor & Peter Loebel Eleanor & Louis London and Family Jean & Richard Lorie Adele Mamott Malca & Jay Marin Ruth Marks Rabbi Dow & Fredzia Marmur Gerry McCabe — cm2r Inc. Vanessa Melman Yakobson & Ari Yakobson Dr. Keith & Suzette Meloff Carolin & Jerry Michaels Sharon & Shelley Miller Joan & Brian Mirsky Elliott Moldaver Jillian & Daniel Morris Helen & Philip Mosoff Robert & Jane Myers Patricia Nadeau & David Rosenkrantz Sylvia & Harvey Naftolin Arbess Family Melanie & Paul Nesbitt David Nightingale Erin O’Connor Penny & Martin Offman Joe Oliver & Golda Goldman Brian Lidsky & Elana Paice Lidsky Julia & Randolph Paisley Alison & Gary Polan Ann & Gary Posen Gerry Prendergast Marlene & Wayne Pulver Teresa, Alberto & Isaac Quiroz Ted & Merle Rachlin Cecille Ratney Emily Rayson & Michael Sherman Sue Rebick & Steven Garmaise Debbie Redner & Benjamin Applebaum Jane & Russell Rendely Carl & Judy Ritchie Lindi & Stephen Rivers

Joel Robinson — Advanced Technology Group Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy Barbara & Jonathan Rose Geraldine Waldman & Charles Rachlis Avra Rosen & Mark Goodman David & Gillian Rosenberg and Family Arlene Roth Florence & Irving Rother Nancy & Maxwell Rotstein RSM Richter LLP Ronna Rubin & Philip Smith Marlene & Robert Ruderman Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Rumack Nancy Ruth Susan & Mark Sager Sandra & David Sandler Rivanne Sandler Ethel Sapera Doreen & Alan Saskin Elisabeth & Ronald Saunders Lawrence & Ruth Sax Robert Schipper and Family Dr. & Mrs. Ted Schipper Annalee & Brian Schnurr Walter Seaton Lawrie & Kesa Senders Ted and Grace Shafran Anna Maria Shafran Bonnie & Melvin Shear Helen & Edward Sheffman Lorie Shekter-Wolfson & Lorne Wolfson Donna & Stanley Shenkman Robert & Mona Sherkin Viviane & Saul Ship Bea Sidlofsky Deborah Siegel & Eric Beutel Larry & Carolyn Silverberg Alma & Paul Simonsky Jan & Robert Simonsky Neri & Peter Slan Jeff Dicker & Sandi Smith Sheila & Robert Smolkin Franci & Ken Sniderman Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel Ethel Solomon Janis & Gary Soren David & Susan Speigel Debbie & Randy Spiegel and Family Brenda Spiegler & Mark S. Anshan Phyliss & Manny Spivak Jack Steckel Marlene & Stanley Stein Bert & Barbara Stitt

Michael Wunder & Joanna Sugar and Family Matthew Sapera & Darren Sukonick Rosalie Sussman Gloria & Seymour Temkin Ellie Tesher Rabbi Karen Thomashow and Dr. Yonatan Eyal Richard & Judy Toker Patricia Tolkin Eppel & Alan Eppel Angela & Graham Trope Tuchner Family John & Rosie Uster Walters Family Marvin & Tanya Warsh Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Wasserman Bryna & Rodney Wechsler Beth Weingarden & Paul Michael Stein Lila & Allan Weiss David Weiss Dr. Rhonda Wilansky & Israel Ben-Ishai Lawrence Wilder Family Diane & Jonathan Wilson Shari & Michael Wilson Judith Winberg & Andrew Pollack Sheila Wise Stan & Ros Witkin Linda Wolfe Dorothy & William Wolfson Susan Yack & Eric Rumack Cheryl & Michael Zeldin Zemans-Ronthal Family 22 Anonymous Donors O T H E R $499 or less Dorothy & Robert Aaron Elaine & Joel Abrams Carol Abugov Saul & Nonni Akler Shirley & Scarlat Albright Lisa & Aaron Baumal Naomi Bell Reina Bendayan & Don Borrett Gail Berman Susan Berman Betty & Jack Bloomberg Phyllis & Paul Bordo Beverley Borins Paulette & Joshua Brodey Dorothy Brown Elise Cachia Joyce Charendoff Linna Chercover & Jason Basch Michael Cole Robert Cooper December 2008 | Cheshvan/Kislev 5769


Carol Crystal & Jeffrey Meilach Carol Dale Clare & Monte Denaburg Ann Diament Sarita Dotan Iris Drache Judy Druyan Susan & Robert Dunn Fran & Murray Ellis Marilyn Farber Lyn Feldman & Robert Klotz Evelyn Florence Judith Gelber Etta Ginsberg McEwan Jo Ann & Stanley Gold Tina Goldlist & Howard Piafsky Jennifer & Jason Goldman Cynthia Good & Dan Aronchick Claire & Mortimer Goodman Hannah & Jonathan Graff Jane & Gary Griesdorf Melodie Hebscher & Tom Markowitz Ticia Heibein & Jacob Leibel Jill Hertzman Danielle Himel & Allan Kates Arnold Hochman Barbara & Robert Hodes Esphira Iscove Sally & Ben Jacobson Sandra Kamenir Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan Ellen Karabanow Margaret & Richard Kardish Rose Kates Martin & Marion Kazdan

Marie Knaul Myra & Daniel Krangle Diana & Harold Lass Lina & Anthony Levitt Leonard I. Levy Aaron Lipson Ellen & Mel Little Vera Mandel Wendy & Les Mandelbaum Karen & Shelly Mandell Pnina Margolese Julie Markle & Joel Mickelson Catherine & Solomon Mayers Mazel Wines Glenda Mindlin Ruth Morayniss & Leland Harris Marion & Ted Moses Paula Moshonas Singer Bernice Mukamal Ruth & Sidney Nathan O.B.N. Consultants Inc. Elke & Melville Olsberg Barbara Organ Shoshana & David Paice Wendy & Ronnie Peck Bernice & Yitz Penciner Farah & Martin Perelmuter Clifton Pezim Postage Savers Marla Powers Fern & Donald Resnick Georgina Rigor Joanne & Kevin Roher Clara Rosen Ruth & Hank Rosen

Thelma Rosen-Berris & Barnet Berris Doris & Ted Rosenstock Myrna Ross Janet & Michael Ryval Naz & Eddi Ser Heather Shear & David Hacker Helen Sherman Hanna Shlesinger Myrna & Harvey Silver Robin & William Sims Joan Solway Doris Sommer-Rotenberg Carolyn Soskin Sara Speigel Eve & Jeffrey Starkman Suzanne & Martin Stein Doris Stern Martin Stern Michal Stricker-Talbot & Aaron Talbot Elizabeth & Ralph Summerfield Ann Sutton Linda & Jay Swartz Maureen & David Tartick Tema & Irwin Title Heather & Gary Topp Lily & Michael Uster Debby & Morris Vigoda Paula & Alan Warren Joanne Weigen Geraldine & Gordon Winemaker Joy & Herbert Wolfson Sherry Wolfson Harriet Wolman Sheila Zane 15 Anonymous Donors


Membership Appreciation Tea and Project Raffle Draw Sun. Dec. 7, 2008, at 2 p.m. Please join us as we welcome our special speaker, Henrietta Chesnie. The afternoon will feature comedian Marla Lukofsky, who will present: “I’m Still Here … and So Is my Hair (a personal journey with breast cancer).”


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The Torah: A Women’s Commentary

Judaica Shop

Rabbis Edward Goldfarb, Yael Splansky and Karen Thomashow Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28, 2009 Please see page 7 for details.

Visit our Judaica Shop for all of your Chanukah needs. We have wonderful gifts. Avoid the malls and shop in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thank you to all our festival volunteers by Phyllis Cincinatus, Chair, Festivals Committee

If you build it, they will come … and it does not hurt if you also serve pizza! We were overwhelmed and amazed at the turnout for our annual Sukkah Decorating/Pizza in the Hut program. Thank you to all who took the time to come out on a long weekend to help us decorate this year — the results were dazzling. A special thank you to all those volunteers who helped behind the scenes: Josh Alman, Zena Alman, Shelly Berenbaum, Aaron Cincinatus, Deena Cincinatus, Elana Cincinatus, Michael Cincinatus, Jacob Dicker, Gillian Helfield, Matthew Holzapfel, Michael Larkin, Pablo Leibovici, Lev Maidanik, Shoshana Sage, Bar Shani, Samantha Shulman, Susan Speigel,

Rabbi Yael Splansky, Judy Swartz, Rabbi Karen Thomashow and Tslil Zilberstain, as well as the entire facilities staff and security staff. It really was a team effort. But the fun didn’t stop there. Family Programming hosted another special afternoon of Sukkah fun with the Halleluja Drummers. Yasher koach to Gillian Helfield, Corrine Black, Liam Black, Diana Kirsh, Jonah Kirsh, Lauren Kirsh, Steve Kirsh, Adrienne Klein, Eric Klein, William Klein and Richard Vrooman. And finally, a special thank you to Noah Farber and Diana Roloff and all the members of HABSTY and JYG for a fabulous flag-making program to kick off our Simchat Torah festivities. (They were those spirited teens wearing the wacky balloon hats and carrying the

Torah Scrolls.) The ruach that night was heard throughout the Temple and culminated in a celebration of dancing and music courtesy of the Judy and David Band. H I G H H O LY D AY V O L U N T E E R S

We inadvertently missed thanking our Temple Singers for helping to make our High Holy Days even more special. Our appreciation goes out to them and all of our other volunteers. HABSTY/JYG members (left to right)Haley Platt, Robbie Cohen and Nathan Morgulis have fun with balloon hats during Simchat Torah

Hallelujah Drummers entertain the Sukkot celebration guests

Photographs by Paul Hellen

Left to right: Jenn, Carly and Jessica Baldachin enjoy their Suhkot creations.

Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood Breakfast Club

Matters of the Heart: Building Bridges by Fixing Hearts Dr. Bernie Goldman, Cardiologist and Chair, Save a Child’s Heart Canada Sun. Jan. 11, 2009, at 9.30 a.m. All Temple members are welcome. For more details, please visit the Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood website at

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Our Congregational Family Welcome to our Temple family We are delighted to welcome the following new members to our Holy Blossom Temple family: Stacey Johnson & Jim Fuller, and Sasha and Caitlin Marla Munk & Scott Kugler, and Ryan and Jamie Marlo & David Szellos, and Max and Mila

Mazal Tov Joan Garson, on being elected President of Arzeinu, the international federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists Sybil & Jack Geller, on receiving the 2008 Ambassador Award from the Aphasia Institute, in recognition of their outstanding contribution. Michael M. Sax, on being honoured as Volunteer of the Year, by Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel/Beit Halochem Canada. Anne Shore, on celebrating her 100th birthday on Dec. 2, 2008. Marvin Tile, on receiving the inaugural Sunnybrook Rose Award for his volunteer work at Sunnybrook Foundation.

Harold Schenk, husband of Elizabeth Schenk, father of Carole Schenk, John Schenk and Robert Schenk, brother of Gordon Schenk Sophie Toplitsky, mother of Dianne Schatzker and Jeffrey Toplitsky, sister of Bonnie Goldberg, Oscar Goodman, Blemah Goodman, Frances Pfsiter and Ida Tugg Beatrice Weinstock, mother of Faigie Eisen, Susan Freedman and Michael Weinstock, sister of Mannie Baker, Anne Moranis, Dorothy Singer and Marilyn Weingarten Kate Witkin, mother of Arthur Witkin, Barry Witkin and Stanley Witkin, sister of Jack Cooper

Judy Malkin, In Appreciation: Stephanie (Sarah) Perry & Ronan McGrath Phylis Mostyn, Mazal Tov: Francis & Murray Ellis Linda Neufeld, In Honour: Teresa & Alberto Quiroz and Family Corinne Perlmutar, In Honour: Shelley & Arthur Gans Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Rabbi Michal Shekel Norma Sweet, In Memory: Naomi Bell; Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Esther & Marvin Tile Carole & Stephen Title, Mazal Tov: Shelley & Arthur Gans Dorothy Wolfson, Mazal Tov: Joy & Herb Wolfson H O LY B L O S S O M T E M P L E R E N E W A L P R O J E C T F U N D

Sam Clarke, In Memory: Shelly Berenbaum Ephraim Diamond, In Memory: Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux Barbara Kohan, In Memory: Joy & Charles Cohen

We thank our generous donors B E V E R L E Y C O L M A N - LO K A S H C A M P

Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz, In Appreciation: Walter Seaton Gail & Barry Silver, In Honour: Sittambalam Family


Norma Sweet, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Beverley Colman-Lokash

Dora Track, In Memory: Joy & Charles Cohen Frank Wolman, In Memory: Joy & Charles Cohen


General: Ronna Rubin & Phil Smith

Sadie Danson, Yahrzeit: Theodora & Bertram Danson and Family; Marilyn Farber and Family


Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz, In Honour: Myrna &


Elana Fehler on the birth of a granddaughter, Sadie Kopyto Primack, daughter of Erica Kopyto & David Primack. Proud grandparents are Harry Kopyto, Sabina Reznick and Ray Primack.


23 Kislev 5769/Dec. 20, 2008 Jacob Levitt, son of Lina & Anthony Levitt

Elsie Green, In Memory: Marilyn Shesko & David

Jacob Levitt, Bar Mitzvah: Lina & Anthony Levitt G E N E R AT I O N


Lou Lefko

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin


Hertzman Esther Shesko, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Shesko & David



Andre Bigio, Yahrzeit: Matilda Bigio Barbara Kohan, In Memory: Matilda Bigio


Norma Sweet, In Memory: Matilda Bigio

Linda Neufeld, In Honour: Helena & David Fine and Family


Dr. William Cars, In Appreciation: Sharon & Stanley Clavir; Cynthia & Brian Hands

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Diana & Marvin Goodman; Gail & Gary Goodman; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood

Esther Hands, In Memory: Jane & Gary Griesdorf

In Memoriam The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Charles Dubin Ruth Malinsky, mother of Randy Malinsky


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Shirley Firestone, In Memory: Jane & Gary Griesdorf

Wendy & Steve Bederman, Mazal Tov: Marilyn &

Rose Goldstein-Gold, In Memory: Jane & Gary

Chuck Gold Sarah Gangbar, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Susan & Bruce Light, Mazal Tov: Shelley & Arthur Gans

Griesdorf Barbara Kohan, In Memory: Helen & Philip Mosoff; Lila & Allan Weiss

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Helen & Philip Mosoff


Max Hoffman, Yahrzeit: Bernice & Yitz Penciner

Frank Wolman, In Memory: Jane & Gary Griesdorf

Stephen Posen, Mazal Tov: Lili Little & Mitchel Smith;

David Klein, Yahrzeit: Veronica Mandel

Sharon Neiss & Gordon Arbess DOW & FREDZIA MARMUR PROGRAM FOR E D U C AT I O N A L E X C E L L E N C E


Elana Fehler, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow; Brenda &

Elsie Green, In Memory: Terrye & Jack Kuper


Shirley Firestone, In Memory: Matilda Bigio

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Fisch Family;

Margaret Hart, In Honour: Holy Blossom Temple Singers Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Harriet Wolman and Family Dave Molot, In Memory: Judi & Mickey Cohen; Holy Blossom Temple Singers; Lorraine & Donald Loeb Norma Sweet, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Singers; Phyllis Wintraub

Marlene & Wayne Pulver and Family Rabbi John Moscowitz: Shirley Firestone, In Memory:

Nadejda Adler, In Appreciation: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy Matilda Bigio, In Appreciation: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy Shirley Firestone, In Memory: Ruth Ellen & Sheldon Greenwood Sarah Gangbar, In Memory: Melodie Hebscher & Tom Markowitz Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy Shelley Miller, In Appreciation: Matilda Bigio Sandra & David Sandler, Mazal Tov: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy OUT OF THE COLD FUND

Larry Babins, In Honour: Jack Barry

Rabbi John Moscowitz: Barbara Kohan, In Memory: Lyle H. Stanway Rabbi John Moscowitz: Thelma Siegel, In Memory: Fagi Goldfarb

Elissa Gamus & Steven Rayson, Mazal Tov: Holy Blossom Temple Brotherhood Fanny Hochman, In Memory: Glenda Mindlin

Rabbi Yael Splansky: Shirley Firestone, In Memory: Leigh & Buddy Eisenberg; Carol & Michael Firestone Rabbi Yael Splansky: Paula Rochwerger & Michael Vital, Mazal Tov: Felisa Rochwerger Rabbi Karen Thomashow, In Appreciation: Jill Smith; Harriet Wolman and Family Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Fisch Family; Marlene & Wayne Pulver and Family; Bonnie & Mel Shear Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: Rosemarie & Barry Berman; Marcy Greenspan; Barbara Kokotow; Ethel List; Helen Paulin Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers: Shirley Firestone,

& Paul Kay Barbara & Mark Nusinoff, Mazal Tov: Sandra Papsin


Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers: Paula Rochwerger & Michael Vital, Mazal Tov: Felisa Rochwerger N A N C Y R U T H E D U C AT I O N A L F U N D

Shelly Berenbaum, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow Barbara Duffett, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow


Marsha Bond, In Honour: Honey Wolfe and Carol Dale Marcelle Esses, In Honour: Honey Wolfe Jack Stitt, In Memory: Honey Wolfe YOUTH AWARDS FUND

Jeff Denaburg, In Appreciation: Beth Weingarden & Paul Stein and Family Adam Harris-Koblin, Mazal Tov: Debbie & Randy Spiegel Barbara Kohan, In Memory: Anne Lesarge; Diane & Peter Mandell and Family; Margot Richards Norma Sweet, In Memory: Edith Kirzner Bonni Vogel and Sadie Langbord, In Honour: Edith Kirzner Dorothy Wolfson, Mazal Tov: Harper, Lauren and Sandy Wolfson

Holy Blossom Temple Foundation

To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call Janice Feuer at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265. To establish a new fund or learn more about philanthropic opportunities, please call Cheryl Zeldin, Director of Development (ext. 260), at the Temple.

Jerry Kerbel, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow 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

We appreciate your support Holy Blossom Temple appreciates all donations to

Sam Clarke, In Memory: Pam & Greg Hamovitch

our funds; however, due to rising costs, cards will

Lisa Ritchie, Mazal Tov: Pam & Greg Hamovitch

only be sent for donations of $20 or more. We will continue to recognize all donations in the Bulletin.


Lisa Brown, Yahrzeit: Jennifer & Jay Brown

Dorothy Wolfson, Mazal Tov: Rupa Mehra; Barbara Organ

Stanley Davis, Yahrzeit: Julia & Michael Sax Toby Denaburg, Yahrzeit: Clare & Monte Denaburg

& Shawn Gold

Barbara Zweig, Yahrzeit: Esther & Marvin Tile

support Temple activities, programs and projects.

Evelyn Davis, Yahrzeit: Julia & Michael Sax

Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Mazal Tov: Alexis Rothschild

Joseph Windish, Yahrzeit: Marie Knaul

The Holy Blossom Temple Foundation raises funds to

David Weil, Mazal Tov: Pearl & Kenny Garfinkel


Sam Tile, Yahrzeit: Esther & Marvin Tile

Michael Firestone

Dr. Manuel Spivak, In Honour: Jill & Ben Lustig Norma Sweet, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Nora & John Freund

In Memory: Leigh & Buddy Eisenberg; Carol &

Barbara Kohan, In Memory: Barbara Organ Freda & Arthur Muscovitch, In Appreciation: Temma

David Rosenbaum, Yahrzeit: Pnina Margolese

Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Honour: Deborah & Rabbi Bill

Ari Burkes, In Appreciation: Emily Rayson & Michael Sherman

Harry Penciner, Yahrzeit: Bernice & Yitz Penciner

Leigh & Buddy Eisenberg; Carol & Michael Firestone



Thelma Siegel, In Memory: Fagi Goldfarb


Gloria & Yaakov Gordon, Mazal Tov: Sharon Smith-Miller

Bessie Magder, Yahrzeit: Clare & Monte Denaburg Gerald George Nashman, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul

Sydney Ezrin, Yahrzeit: Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin & Hershell Ezrin

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. Donations in this issue were received by Oct. 30, 2008.

Saul Fischler, Yahrzeit: Henry Fischler

December 2008 | Cheshvan/Kislev 5769


Mixed blessings | The Last Word by Rabbi Yael Splansky

Inter-dating and intermarried couples meet with rabbis for many reasons. We provide information. We raise questions. And sometimes, we give advice. When Jews and non-Jews choose to make a life together, extra communication and sensitivity are required. Without such thoughtfulness, couples can find themselves stumbling through holiday seasons, extended family dynamics and life-cycle events. Moreover, the synagogue can somehow become a threatening place. If, however, interfaith couples are given the time and attention they deserve, sacred moments can bring joy, Judaism becomes a source of inspiration and the synagogue becomes a home.

H O LY B L O S S O M ’ S A P P R O A C H

Understanding our approach is most helpful when couples are making decisions. Here are a few highlights: • We believe one religion in the household is better for family life

and for instilling a clear identity in children. We therefore encourage conversion and the establishment of homes that are wholly Jewish. However, when a couple chooses to maintain separate religious identities, they are fully welcomed at Holy Blossom. The Jewish partner becomes a member of the congregation with voting privileges. The non-Jewish partner is not a member, but is most welcome to attend all classes, programs and Services. When the mother is Jewish, the children are born-Jews. When the mother is not Jewish and the parents decide to raise their children solely as Jews, a rabbi oversees the process of conversion for the children. (The younger the child, the simpler it is.) Only Jewish children participate in our Schools. Non-Jewish parents are present on the bimah for the life-cycle events of their Jewish children. While they do not fulfill religious duties, such as reciting blessings, as does the

Jewish parent, they can recite their own words of pride and blessing. A N I N V I TAT I O N

Several congregant families are successfully navigating their way through these complexities. Experienced couples can serve as role models and mentors for those seeking guidance. There are also relevant books in our library. Intermarried couples benefit from taking classes together. While learning, non-Jewish partners are better equipped to participate in Jewish life and raise Jewish children. For three Thursday evenings in January, I will facilitate a discussionbased class called Mixed Blessings, for interfaith couples (For more details, please see page 7.) And of course, if you would like to meet with a rabbi individually, our doors are always open to you. The preceding is an edited version of an article originally published in the May 2003 Bulletin.

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