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Holy Blossom Temple Bulletin February 2010| Shevat/Adar 5770

Worship: Ties to our living history Among the reasons why I choose to worship on a regular basis is my personal choice to fulfill the obligation to do so, as well as my desire to thank and praise God. There are others. We live in a frenetic world beset with difficult realities and within which all manner of things must (ostensibly) be dealt with immediately. Attending Services gives me an opportunity to put things into perspective and to reflect. Moreover, it provides — however briefly — a temporary escape from the external furor and allows me to forget an outside world that is all too often consumed by trivialities. G e n e r at i o n s o f j e ws

A few years ago, I attended part of a Shabbat Service at Prague’s 750-yearold Altneushul. In this synagogue, the women’s section is small and

confining. It would not be my synagogue of choice if I lived in Prague, but for those few moments, I found it very moving and somehow sensed the presence of countless generations of Jews who had prayed there and with whom we are inexorably linked. What I experienced is an example of the bond I am aware of when worshipping; a bond to those who have gone before and to those yet unborn. Each of us stands in the long line of our people — a line that began with Abraham and Sarah and that will continue, God willing — for all eternity.

Siddur Pirchei Kodesh Holy Blossom’s new prayer book to be launched in the fall

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Such thoughts inevitably lead me to feelings of responsibility. When my grandmother left Poland for England in 1920, among the things she took with her was a machzor. Each year, before the High Holy Days, I take a moment to look at it. It is a reminder that we do not live in generational isolation, but are part of a living history and tradition we should be very proud of and have a responsibility to uphold and pass on. new siddur

Later this year, our new prayer book — Siddur Pirchei Kodesh — will be published, and over the coming months you will hear more from our rabbis about this historic event in the life of Holy Blossom Temple.

My personal hope is that this siddur will help each of us strengthen our connection to the rich tradition of our people and, together with worship and ritual, be a vehicle through which we can pass that tradition on to our children and grandchildren. — Sarita Dotan Chair, Department of Worship

Life at Holy Blossom M o n d ay s

Mondays @ the Temple 10 a.m. | Rabbi Michael Stroh Feb. 22 | Annual Purim Party Mar. 1 | Dan Aronchick Mar. 8 | Paula Warren and Ellen Karabanow Mar. 15 | Dr. Lauren Zelig Mar. 22 T u e s d ay s

Brotherhood Photography Group 7.30 p.m. Feb. 16 and Mar. 23 W e d n e s d ay s

Sisterhood Torah Study 9.30 a.m. | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb The Yiddish Novel 11 a.m. | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah 2009-2011 7.15 p.m. Brotherhood Study Group: Pirkei Avot 7.30 pm. | Rabbi Michael Stroh, Mar. 3 to Apr. 7 Holocaust Responsa Literature 7.30 p.m. | Rabbi Karen Thomashow, Mar. 24 Bereavement Support Group 7 p.m. Apr. 14 to May 5, to register call ext. 246 T h u r s d ay s

Beyond the Chuppah 7.30 p.m. | David & Eileen Berger, and Rabbi Yael Splansky Feb. 4 to Mar. 4, for details call ext. 246 Mussar — What Makes Life Jewish? 7.30 p.m. | Rabbi Chaim Strauchler Feb. 18 | Rachael Turkienicz Mar. 4 F r i d ay s

Little Blossoms 9.30 a.m., 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Apr. 9 to June 25, for details call ext. 227 S at u r d ay s

Shabbat Torah Study 9 a.m. | Rabbi John Moscowitz Jewish Spiritual Direction after kiddush | Michelle Katz Feb. 20 and Mar. 20, registration required Havdallah Sports Night 6 p.m. Feb. 20 S u n d ay s

Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music 10 a.m. | Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Brotherhood Breakfast Club 9.30 a.m. | Sam Pikelin Feb. 14 YEAH: Pottery Painting for Passover 12.15 p.m. Mar. 7 Brotherhood Breakfast Club 9.30 a.m | Irene Borins Ash Mar. 14 Sunday Book Club 10.30 a.m. | Sharon Singer Mar. 21,Temple members only

For more details about Holy Blossom Temple programming or events, or to confirm information, call (416) 789-3291 or and The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple generously supports many of these programs.


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Purim and its meaning | In Perspective by Rabbi John Moscowitz

The best chroniclers and interpreters of Jewish history are those who accommodate themselves to this peculiarity: Judaism — specifically, Sacred Scripture — possesses a primal obsession with history, while expressing minimal interest in the recording of specific events. Very little interest in such things! Because history is not for the purpose of chronicling what happens, but rather to remember God’s salvific acts. History, as Sacred Scripture views it, and as classical Judaism affirms, is about what God does — what Gods does to help Jews prevail, to learn, to know how to serve God. Sacred history, then, is more about what God does — than what Jews do. One example intimately bound up with Purim: Once the Israelites depart Egypt, and make their way through the parted sea and toward the Land — just then they are taken by surprise, attacked from behind by the Amalikites. Amalek, the arch-enemy, said to be the ancestor of Haman, strikes in cold fury — yet, to no avail. Led by

Moses, Joshua and Hur, the Israelites prevail against their attackers. What is less familiar is what happens next. The text reads: “And then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this (that is, this episode with Amalek) in a sefer (book) as a Zicharon (reminder); and (afterwards) read it aloud to Joshua. I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under Heaven’” (Exodus 17:14). What is remarkable here is that this is the first time the Bible makes mention of recording, of writing something in a document. So why this, and why here? The answer is clear: What happened with the Amalikites will happen again and, unfortunately, again. The memory of Amalek may be blotted out, but his deeds are to be recorded and remembered because they will happen again. Still, there is more here than the recording of these events. Moses is also told to express God’s fury over Amalek to Joshua — to say it out loud to make certain Joshua hears and absorbs it. Would not the recording of the Book have proven sufficient? No. There is an emotional dimension, a charge to the verbal that the written cannot capture. It is the emotional, the verbal, the personal element of religion — transmitted from teacher to student, parent to child, one generation to the next

— which best conveys Scripture’s approach to history: Remember what God has done because God is a redeeming God. The Rabbis, in turn, will then ever so slightly change this to: Remember what God has done — because God will continue to do the same — if you study, worship and observe. In short, the Rabbis taught that history (in the religious sense of the word) was to be relived, and God’s salvific power made real again, through Torah, through prayer, ritual and good deeds. This is the Rabbis at their best, and Judaism at its most essential: We really do learn Torah and observe and pray and serve others to recognize (when it’s unfortunately necessary) the power and the reality of an Amalek. And, we do these things no less — in fact, much more — to know and acknowledge the power of God. So at the end of this month, come let us celebrate Purim together — in frivolity and in fun, but also in serious recognition of God’s saving power and the reality of human nature.

Worship Da i ly S e r v i c e s

Monday to Friday at 7.30 a.m. Shacharit | Monday to Thursday at 6 p.m. Ma’ariv | Sunday at 9 a.m. Shacharit On Mon. Feb. 15, the Shacharit Service 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 | Saturday at 10.30 a.m. Shabbat Morning and Family Shabbat

Tot Shabbat will be held on Fridays, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m., Feb.19 at 5.30 p.m., Mar. 5 at 6 p.m. and Mar. 19 at 5.30 p.m. Shabbat Fusion will be held on Fridays, Feb. 26 and Mar. 26 at 6.30 p.m. The Bulletin is published throughout the year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; Email:; Website: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: Larry Babins; Rabbis: John Moscowitz; Yael Splansky; Karen Thomashow; Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Cantorial Soloist: Lindi Rivers; Director of Education: Deborah K. Spiegel; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Elliott Jacobson; Director of Development: Adele Sacks; Bulletin Editor: Judy Nyman; Design and Production: nymanink.concepts that click Holy Blossom Temple was founded in 1856 and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism.

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Social Action in action Did you know that the Lawrence Heights community, which lies just northwest of Holy Blossom Temple, has a high school drop-out rate of 43 percent? Students in this area are plagued by numerous socio-economic challenges that make success in school a difficult task. In 2007, Pathways to Education, a charitable organization that provides tutoring and mentoring to these at-risk students, arrived at Lawrence Heights to great success. Holy Blossom Temple members later began volunteering as tutors. As a weekly tutor for this program, I work once a week, tutoring students in Grades 9 through 12 in English and various Social Sciences.

In my first week, I spent an hour helping a young woman named Yoddit study for a geography test. While I’ve long forgotten the content (the farming, fishing and forestry industries of Canada) since my own years in high school, my studying techniques came in handy. The next week, Yoddit informed me that she received 92 percent on her test. How rewarding for us both. The Pathways to Education program is an excellent way for Temple members to contribute to the community in which we live and a great exercise in interfaith relations, as many of the students are Muslim. For more information on volunteering as a tutor with the Pathways to Education program, please email me.

In addition to increasing member involvement in the Pathways to Education program, the Social Action Committee has a number of goals for 2010, including: supporting Free The Children’s initiative to build the first girls’ high school in Kenya; advocating to end the genocide in Darfur; and supporting asylum seekers from Africa in Israel. If you would like to get involved with our Social Action Committee, please email our Committee Co-Chairs: Gordon Arbess at or Gerri Richman at — Rachel Sommers, Member, Social Action Committee

Holy Blossom Temple goes to Kenya Sun. June 27 to Thur. July 8, 2010 In today’s global village, we can fulfill the mitzvah to “love your neighbour as yourself” by doing our part to care for and strengthen our neighbours in Africa. Led by Rabbi Yael Splansky and the Temple’s Director of Education, Debbie Spiegel, our upcoming trip to Africa will offer a teen track and a simultaneous adult/family track trip. Together we will help build a high school for girls and come to know the natural beauty of Africa and the dignity of her people. Carry the energy of the Kielburger brothers and our recent Social Action Marketplace on Africa into the good work ahead of us! Trip highlights: • • • •



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Build a high school for girls — the first of its kind in Kenya Learn about education, clean water, health and alternative income initiatives in a hands-on way Spend time with the mamas who run their villages Learn the ways of the Maasai warriors and the tribal leaders Take part in Shabbat on the Savannah and learning sessions to put humanitarianism in a Jewish context Enjoy a two-and-a-half-day safari

For more details about our trip, please email Temple member Mary Elliott at


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Congregational Purim Celebrations Sat. Feb. 27, 2010 6.30 p.m. Teen Purim — Eisendrath Auditorium Megillah Reading followed by a teen carnival. Dinner and prizes, jousting and the like. Admission: One canned good. 7.30 p.m. Havdallah, Adult Megillah Reading and a Schpiel Short — Main Sanctuary Admission: Open to entire adult congregation. No charge. 8.30 p.m. An Evening in Shushan: A Gala Purim Party — Philip Smith Congregational Hall One very special evening featuring the After Midnight Band, the magic of Scott Hammell, Belly Beautiful belly dancers, tapas, drinks, a silent auction and more. Gala admission: $118.

Sun. Feb. 28, 2010 11 a.m. Family Megillah Reading — Main Sanctuary For those families with children aged 12 and younger. Come in costume and ready to participate. 12 p.m. Family Purim Carnival — Philip Smith Congregational Hall Carnival games, prizes, food for sale. Admission: members $5; non-member guests $8. To volunteer to help with the Carnival, please call the main office.



Erev Pesach Mon. Mar. 29, at 6 p.m.

First Day Pesach Tue. Mar. 30, at 10 a.m. With songs of Hallel, we will celebrate our freedom. There will be creative-learning programs for children younger than age 13 and a festive kiddush for all.

Holy Chag! Pesach Tue. Mar. 30, at 10 a.m. Students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to join us for a day of yom tov programming. This exciting day will include tefillah, lunch, learning, games, music, art, festival food and a goody bag to take home! Cost: $18 for members; $36 for non-member guests. Subsidies are available. For more details and to register, please call Lisa Isen-Baumal (ext. 242), at the Temple. We are also looking for students in Grades 7 to 12 to be counsellors.

Erev Seventh Day Pesach Sun. Apr. 4, at 6 p.m.

Seventh Day Pesach/Yizkor Mon. Apr. 5, at 10 a.m. We will conclude the holiday together while remembering loved ones whose absence is felt at the seder table and every day. Following the Service, join us for a festive kiddush. Febr uar y 2010| Shevat/Adar 5770


We’re keeping the PST | Our Schools by Debbie Spiegel Director of Education

You may have heard that our government in Ontario is doing away with the Provincial Sales Tax. We at Holy Blossom Religious School say no way and are keeping the PST. Each week at Religious School, we actually begin our day with the PST: Parasha, Shabbat and Tzedakah. Each class, at every level, discusses these three things: the upcoming Torah portion of the week (parasha), what happened over Shabbat at home and why we give and donate a little to our tzedakah funds. It is a wonderful way of bringing these three basic elements of Jewish life to our students. How can we again bring a bit of what we do in school home and make it real? How can you get involved? Each week,

Grade 2 Religious School students display mezzuzot that they made at a Family Education program.

Grades 3 to 6 students present their donation toward the restoration of Holy Blossom Temple’s Rose Window.


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through my newsletter, I send a short summary of the Torah portion for you to discuss at home. This is something that is easily accessible to you and your children. I recommend that you bring this to your Shabbat table, or try to find one family dinnertime during the week where you can have this discussion. There is always something in the parasha that is relevant to you and your children, and it does not matter what time of the week it is discussed. Try to bring this home. Shabbat is a very special day. It is the one day of the week where you, as a parent, can make a huge difference within your family. We always say that making Shabbat at home is not difficult; just do it in baby steps, one small change at a time, and each change will make a difference. Each Shabbat experience at home is a celebration in Religious School. Some suggestions include: doing something as a family — have dinner, go to shul, turn

off the computer or television — and there are so many other ideas. Let your child share one of your ideas with his or her class next session. Tzedakah is our third weekly initiative. This year, as a school, we have embarked on many important tzedakah projects. In Senior School, Free The Children is one of our pet projects. In Lower School, in addition to each class choosing an individual project, we are also collecting funds for school scholarships. Our end-of-the-year art show is our major contributor to that project. No child will ever be turned away at Holy Blossom because of financial difficulty. We encourage our students to contribute from their own money to our weekly tzedakah initiative. To date, including our fantastic showing for the Rose Window project, we have collected more than $700 this year. Kol ha’kovod to our students, and we look forward to their continued successes.

(left to right) Charlie Rosenberg, Jonathan Micay, Tony Rosenberg and Ethan Faulk enjoy their Grade 7 retreat last fall.

Holy Blossom is the place for young families There’s a buzz in the community about all the great things we have to offer young children and their parents. From our creative and interactive Family Services, to our Schools, to our familycentred events and programs, our halls are filled with youngsters, their parents and their grandparents. So why not let your shul shopping friends and family see what they’re missing by inviting them to join you for one or all of our kid-friendly Services and programs at the Temple. You can even tear out this article and pass it along. Interactive Shabbat Worship — On the first and third Friday of each month, we offer Tot Shabbat Services for children aged five years and younger and their families. We welcome Shabbat with prayer, song, stories and crafts. The children love reciting blessings with the rabbi, and the parents love the monthly potluck dinner. Those who graduate from Tot Shabbat are encouraged to join us for Hot Shot Shabbat, a childfriendly version of the congregational

Shabbat Service. And every Saturday at 10.30 a.m., during the school year, we have our very popular Family Services, followed by a kiddush lunch where young families can eat and schmooze. Little Blossoms — Our newest Shabbat program, for infants and toddlers (and their parents or grandparents), is a great introduction to all Holy Blossom has to offer. On Friday mornings, adults and kiddies prepare for Shabbat with music, movement, stories and just plain fun. The class is a perfect lead-in to our Pre-School. Festivals — Young families always have a special place at festival times. Whether it’s decorating the Sukkah, dancing with the flag at Simchat Torah, lighting Chanukah candles at our annual celebration or trying their luck at our Purim carnival, Holy Blossom is the place to be. On the High Holy Days, we have a special Worship Service for children five years and younger (in addition to our Family Services).

And much, much more — Throughout the year, young families are invited to join us for programs ranging from skating to holiday cooking to theatre and more. Our spring Family Mitzvah Day, co-sponsored by the Leo Baeck Day School, is a wonderful opportunity for your family to perform mitzvot together. Family Camp helps you create memories, while enjoying outdoor activities. And Shabbat in the Hood last year drew more than 100 families who enjoyed bouncy castles, crafts, and a visit from Dora and Diego. Don’t forget to hold Sun. May 2, 2010 for our first-ever “Lag Ba’Omer Picnic in the Park(ing lot)” where we’ll enjoy food, arts and crafts, and games for kids of all ages, as well as hear about what our Religious School and Pre-School have to offer. If you would like more information on any of our family programs, please email me. — Shannon Tramer, Director of Membership

Family Mitzvah Day, May 2009

Purim Carnival, April 2008

Shabbat in the Hood, August 2009

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Intergenerational Chanukah Celebration 2009

Getting ready for Chanukah

Mitchell Goldenthal and his mother Cheryl-Anne Cait

Tamara and Tristan Hunter

Ezra Strauss (left) and Yaniv Cohen

Dr. Laurence Coleman and his granddaughter

(left to right) Rabbi Yael Splanksy, Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers and Rabbi Karen Thomashow

The Himel and Lissaman Family


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Amanda Dixon (top left) and her family and friends

Our Congregational Family Mazal Tov Bernard S. Goldman, cm, on his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada, for his contributions to the field of cardiac surgery, as well as to the advancement of cardiac care in Ontario. Dr. Brian Hands, on the publication of his first book, Finding Your Voice. Elizabeth Wolfe, on her recent election as Senior Vice Chair of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Births Michelle Lynn & Stive Sachs, on the birth of a daughter, Hazel. Charlotte & Samuel Schwartz, on the birth of a grandson, Saul Meyer Biro, son of Dina Schwartz & Elliot Biro. Other proud grandparents are Sharon & John Biro. Proud great-grandmothers are Eva Halasz and Rose Lieberman. Ilyse Lustig & Ted Margel, on the birth of a daughter, Daisy Leigh Margel, sister to Charlie. Proud grandparents are Jill & Ben Lustig and Ruth & Harvey Margel. Susan & Michael Sole, on the birth of twin grandsons, Tobias Simon Sole Pliamm and Max Baltasar Sole Pliamm, sons of Lesley Sole & Lew Pliamm. Other proud grandparents are Sara & Joseph Pliamm. Proud great-grandmothers are Sheina Gillman, Billie Samuels and Lillian Sole. Mari Lynn Rusak, on the birth of a granddaughter, Julia Fay Rusak, daughter of Debra Lovinsky & Howard Rusak. Other proud grandparents are Kolman and Marlene Lovinsky. Alana & Ady Steen, on the birth of a son, Ethan Jacob Steen. Proud grandparents are Karen & Yoel Abells and Sylvie & Willie Steen. Great-grandparents are Dafna & David Abells, Mary & Henry Seldon, Hannah Blobstein and Eti Kramer. Courtney & Steven Weiner, on the birth of a son, Brady Davis Weiner, brother to Paige and Aubrey. Proud grandparents are Judith & Uriel Priwes, Miriam Weiner and Gerry Weiner.

B’nei Mitzvah

3 Nisan 5770/Mar. 18, 2010 Austin Fisher, son of Karen & Dean Fisher

22 Shevat 5770/Feb. 6, 2010 Jonathan Lieberman, son of Lori & David Lieberman

5 Nisan 5770/Mar. 20, 2010 Bessie Cassidy, daughter of Suzanne Hersh & Mark Cassidy

29 Shevat 5770/Feb. 13, 2010 David Cash, son of Ofra Harnoy & Robert Cash

E n gag e m e n ts 6 Adar 5770/Feb. 20, 2010 Sydney Greenberg, daughter of Margot & David Greenberg 11 Adar 5770/Feb. 25, 2010 Zachary Blonder, son of Bonnie & Neil Blonder

13 Adar 5770/Feb. 27, 2010 Ben Basian, son of Marta & Jay Basian

20 Adar 5770/Mar. 6, 2010 Sonya Ben-Ishai, daughter of Rhonda Wilansky & Israel Ben-Ishai 20 Adar 5770/Mar. 6, 2010 Aden Solway, son of Gayle Ackler & Stuart Solway

27 Adar 5770/Mar. 13, 2010 Lana Rosenberg, daughter of Ellen & Marvin Rosenberg 27 Adar 5770/Mar. 13, 2010 Lauren Wintraub, daughter of Brenda Cowan & Jay Wintraub

Shelly Berenbaum & Chuck Litman, on the engagement of their daughter, Marni Berenbaum to Ran Shoham, son of Franklina & Gideon Shoham. Jane & Robert Herman, on the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Herman to Dr. Joshua Landy, son of Janice and Keith Landy.

In Memoriam The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Michelle Bender, daughter of Miriam Rubin, sister of Heidi Ort, Adam Bender, Perri Blachowitz and Emma Aiken-Klar Edward Bien, father of Elissa Fingold and Joshua Bien, brother of Yolanda Bien Stanley Blonder, husband of Cynthia Blonder, father of Neil Blonder, Laurie Cohen and Marcie Gurr Lynne Burnstein, daughter of Frances Goodman, sister of Mel Goodman and Elaine Goodman, mother of Michelle Zaltman, Penny Bernstein and Tracy Black Beverley Colman-Lokash, mother of Laurence Colman, Deborah Colman and Caryn Colman, sister of Phyllis Spivak and Sheldon Biback Goldie Yarmouth Cooper, mother of Dorothy Aaron and Linda Yarmouth, sister of Miriam Rothstein Rifca Dembo, mother of Ron Dembo and Sharon Dembo

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Arnold Epstein, husband of Madeleine Epstein, father of Merryl Epstein and Susan Epstein Louis Fishbayn, husband of Dorothy Fishbayn, father of Randy Fishbayn, Steven Fishbayn and Lisa Joffee, brother of Saul Fishbein and Harold Fishbein Toby Frankel, mother of Harriett Blackstein, Heather Shapero and David Frankel, sister of Tillie Margolis Claire Hunter, mother of John Hunter, Cameron Hunter, Glen Hunter and Geoff Hunter, sister of Marilyn Barry and Lawrence Barry Philip Mosoff, husband of Helen Mosoff, father of Merna Glowinski and Fern Mosoff Esther (Buddy) Rotenberg, mother of Donna Levine Rabbi Richard (Dick) Sobel, husband of Elaine Sobel, father of Rabbi Sharon Sobel, Isaac Sobel, David Sobel, Michael Sobel, Ari Sobel and Naomi Marks, brother of Judy Sobel and Peter Sobel Gisela Sigler, wife of Gerry Sigler, mother of Janet Ryval and Nikki Sigler, sister of Marianne Rosthal Beth Sky, mother of Florence Pape and Linda Grossman Louis Swartz, husband of Florence Swartz, father of Judi Swartz, Rona Armel and Lynda White Margery Winkler, wife of Vladimir Winkler, mother of Alexandra, Michael and Jaclyn, daughter of Doris Weinberg, sister of Susan Witonsky

Ba r r y & S u sa n B o r d e n F u n d

G a r d n e r F am i ly F u n d

Lynne Burnstein, In Memory: Susan & Barry Borden

Zita Gardner, Happy Chanukah: Gillian & David

Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Susan & Barry Borden Ruth Borden Memorial Fund

Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Harvey Borden and Family Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Harvey Borden Brotherhood Mitzvah Fund

Joseph Brott, In Memory: Joy Rosen & Larry Freedman


Heather Crawford & Lawrence Ritchie, Mazal Tov: Brenda Spiegler & Mark S. Anshan Jordanna & Earl Lipson, Mazal Tov: Brenda Spiegler & Mark S. Anshan Harold Nashman, In Honour: Jean Anshan Frances Ross, In Memory: Jean Anshan K a r l Ba l d Y o u t h A wa r d E n d o wm e n t F u n d

Diane Bald, In Honour: Jody & Jerry Golden

Brenda & Fred Saunders, In Honour: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Randi & Alan



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Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Pam Albert

Donna Habsha & Mark Weinstock, In Appreciation:

and Family; Sandy & Gordon Atlin; Glenda & Harold Bocknek; Marilyn Brown; Diana & Marvin Goodman; Gail & Gary Goodman; Edith


Lisa Rosen Bianca Israeli, In Memory: Cheryl Rosen & Daniel Drucker

Kirzner; Ruth Levine; Helen Lyon; Nancy Ruth; Sandra Shiner & Bernard Berger; Annalee & Brian Schnurr; Gert Wise; Henrietta Chesnie

Ra b b i E d wa r d & F ag i G o l d fa r b F u n d f o r Jewish Literacy

Eric Klein, In Honour: Mira Goldfarb & Adam Da n s o n F am i ly Camp S c h o l a r s h i p F u n d

Berkowitz and Family

Bert Danson, In Memory: Mark Miller

Philip Klotz, In Memory: Isaac Morgulis

Theodora Danson, In Honour: Marilyn Farber;

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, Happy Birthday: Ruth

Helen Glazer; Estelle & Irv Liss; Marjorie & Sydney Rosenfield; Helen Tizel; Janie & Frank Tizel

Gelber Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Charlotte Haber

Ea r l a n d M a r i ly n Da n s o n F a r b e r E n d o wm e n t F u n d

Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Marilyn Farber

Fagi & Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Honour: Michael Goldfarb H o ly B l o ss o m T e mp l e F o u n d at i o n

Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Marilyn Farber

Barnet Berris, In Memory: Barbara & Floyd Stern

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery:

Dr. Barry Borden, In Honour: Sybil & Jack Geller

Marilyn Farber Jean Fine Seniors Fund

Gisela Sigler, In Memory: Sheila & Robert Smolkin F lo r a l F u n d

Max Kopstein, Bar Mitzvah: Simone Chambers & Jeffrey Kopstein Jordana Lyons, Bat Mitzvah: Lyons Family Noah Mandel, Bar Mitzvah: Michele Mandel David Cash, Bar Mitzvah: Ofra Harnoy & Robert Cash Jonathan Lieberman, Bar Mitzvah: Lori & David Lieberman Jonah Wengle, Bar Mitzvah: Sharonah Masson Wengle & Danny Wengle Rosenberg

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Lana Rosenberg, Bat Mitzvah: Ellen & Marvin


Abells and Seldon Families, Mazal Tov: Randi & Alan

B e v e r l e y C o l ma n - L o kas h S c h o l a r s h i p

& Marvin Latchman

W i l l i am A n s h a n Y o u t h A wa r d E n d o wm e n t

G a r f i n k e l F am i ly F u n d

Bernice Palef, In Memory: Randi & Alan Garfinkel

Nicole Kozloff & Aaron Drucker, In Honour: Shirley

We thank our generous donors

Rosenberg and Family Rose Hertzman, In Memory: Zita Gardner

Stephen Borins, In Memory: Nancy-Gay & Max Rotstein Ruth & Sidney Borshay: Rose Fine-Meyer Al Cass, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Esther & Marvin Tile; Rosalind & Stanley Witkin Michael Cooper, In Memory: Myrna Freedman Heather Crawford & Lawrence Ritchie, In Honour: Janice & Larry Babins Sharon Enkin, In Memory: Wendy & Elliott Eisen Marsha Gold Goldberg, In Memory: Wendy & Elliott Eisen Robert Grimson, In Honour: Barbara & Floyd Stern Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Carol & Ron Abugov; Laurie & Mark Bernick and Family; Sherri Brown; Patti Cader; Henrietta Chesnie; Beverley & Sam Cohen; Shoshana Cole; Wendy & Elliott Eisen; Sybil & Jack Geller; Dr. Reva Gerstein; Susan & Marty Goldberg; Diana & Marvin Goodman; Ruby Herman Green; Pearl Harnick; Jane & Robert

Herman and Family; Sharon & Bernie Herman; Beverley & Harold Hutner; Janice Jackson;

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery: Michelle Katz & Larry Blumenthal

Francie & Dr. Stuart Klein; Queenie Leibel; Helen

Gisela Sigler, In Memory: Glenda Mindlin

Lester; Sally Libman; Lesley & Ron Miller; Sheila

Abram Skrobacky, In Memory: Alison & Alan

Newman; Yetta Orfus; Barbara Eisen Organ; Freda

Schwartz and Family

Anshan; Dorothy & Dan Stone; Francie & Martin Storm; Norma & Murray Sussman; Toby & Joey Tanenbaum; Pauline & Jack Toker; Kurt Weinberg; Carole & Bernie Zucker Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan, In Honour: Shanitha Kachan; Gerald Sheff Barbara Leibow, In Memory: Ellen & Alan Rosenbluth Jordanna & Earl Lipson, Mazal Tov: Janice & Larry Babins; Elinore Persiko & Family Philip Mosoff, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins Erin O’Connor, Mazal Tov: Janice & Larry Babins Sandra Papsin, In Memory: Esther & Marvin Tile Lillian Salsberg, In Memory: Esther & Marvin Tile Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Esther & Marvin Tile Brenda & Fred Saunders, In Honour: Judith Eisen Dr. Marvin Tile, In Honour: Roz & Moishe Davidson; Nancy Ruth; Brenda Spiegler & Mark S. Anshan Joyce Zemans, In Honour: Nancy Ruth General: Ruth Gillson H o ly B l o ss o m T e mp l e R e n e wa l P r o j e c t

Charles Cohen, Happy Birthday: Nancy & Peter Theimer Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Jean Anshan Sam Consky, In Memory: Jean Anshan Marion Dack, Happy Birthday: Nancy & Joseph Dack and Family Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Jean Anshan Louis Fishbayn, In Memory: Jean Anshan Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery: Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz Dr. Sandra Sandler, In Honour: Davis Family; Griff Family; Sandler Family Brenda & Fred Saunders, In Honour: Wendy & Elliott Eisen; Frances & Paul Hellen General: Holy Blossom Temple Fine Arts Committee Is e n b e r g F am i ly E n d o wm e n t F u n d

Michael Griesdorf, In Memory: Annette Fogel General: Perry Isenberg Is r a e l S t u d y F u n d

Florence Golden, In Memory: Rose & Lou Stone and Family Sidney Kinderman, Yahrzeit: Helene & Sidney Diament

Tami Moscoe & Eric Petersiel and Family; Nancy & Lloyd Pollack and Family; Myrna Sandler; Bonnie & Mel Shear; Helen & Edward Sheffman Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Matilda Bigio; Mary & Henry Seldon

& Irving Perlin; Joyce & Milton Shier; Judy & Paul Siskind; Sara Speigel; Brenda Spiegler & Mark S.

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery:

Ja c o b ’ s T o w e r F u n d

William Spiegel, Yahrzeit: Joy & Charles Cohen

Sandy Beallor, In Memory: Marilyn Shesko & David

Anna Pearl Torgov, In Honour: Esther & Cyril Hersh

Hertzman Molly Harris, Mazal Tov: Jill and Benjamin Hertzman

M u s i c a l L e ga c y F u n d

Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Jill and Benjamin

Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Cheryl & Joe


Piha Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery:

J o a n K e r b e l L e a d e r s h i p D e v e l o pm e n t F u n d

Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan, In Honour: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Linda & Abe Neufeld, Mazal Tov: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood

Sandy & Gordon Atlin; Etta Ginsberg McEwan Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Honour: Etta Ginsberg McEwan Mary & Henry Seldon, In Honour: Mari Lynn Rusak and Family

Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood

O l s b e r g R u tsat z F u n d

General: Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson

Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Olsberg Family

Library Book Fund

Out of the Cold

Dahlia Alalouf, In Appreciation: Louise & Jan

Danielle & Heath Applebaum, Happy Chanukah:

Blumenstein Emily Burnett & Jon Bloomberg, In Honour: Sandra & Victor Silverstein Bikkur Cholim Committee, In Appreciation: Sandi Lublin Susanne & Dr. Stuart Egier, Mazal Tov: Bertha & William Savlov Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan, In Honour: Grace & Harvey Brooker Ethel & Dr. Ron Kellen, In Honour: Merle Kriss; Rosalind & Stan Witkin David Sax, In Honour: Bernice & Yitz Penciner

Janet & Michael Ryval Myer Brody, In Honour: Muriel Cohen and Family Jason Cash, In Memory: Rina & Zev Fleischmann Clients and Business Associates, In Appreciation: Ronald Miller Bert M. Cohen, In Memory: Muriel Cohen and Family Charles Cohen, Happy Birthday: Sandy & Gordon Atlin Gretta Cohen, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh Saul Cohen, Yahrzeit: Sue & Louis Devor Claudia Colas, Happy Birthday: Kathy Green Carolyn Collins, In Honour: Ruth & Neville Sischy

D o w & F r e d z i a M a r m u r P r o g r am f o r E d u c at i o n a l E x c e l l e n c e

Fredzia & Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Honour: Shoshana Cole Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Appreciation: Thelma Berris; Holy Blossom Temple Chavurah Dr. Marvin Tile, In Honour: Sandy & Gordon Atlin M u s i c a l H e r i tag e F u n d

Michelle Bender, In Memory: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack and Family Ernie Bloch, Speedy Recovery: Mary & Henry Seldon Edward Brill, Speedy Recovery: Mary & Henry Seldon Ethel & Dr. Ron Kellen, In Honour: Francie & Martin Storm Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Honour: Clare & Monte Denaburg; Lily & Reuben Katz; Gay & Gerry Lokash; Pnina Margolese

and Family Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Debbie & Marvin Gans Harold Gladstone, In Memory: Terrye & Jack Kuper Frank Godfrey, Yahrzeit: Ricki & Gil Gallen; Jean Godfrey Harold Heft, In Honour: Emily Robb Randen James Humphreys, In Memory: Marilyn Hahn Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan, In Honour: Luba Bilchik; Aura & Hilton Greenberg; Glenda Mindlin; Gerry Prendergast; Cole Family Barb Konyi, In Honour: Audrey Bennett Neil Kozloff, In Honour: Drucker Family; Risa Mintz & Gary Himel and Family Alexander Lutsky, In Memory: Susan Berman Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson, Mazal Tov: Sybil & Jack Geller

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Sheila & Bob Masters, Happy Chanukah: Brenda Baskind Phillip Mosoff, In Memory: Debbie & Marvin Gans Linda & Abe Neufeld, In Honour: Jill Kamin & Murray Hart

Plaut Manor Fund

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery: Judith Plaut; Rabbi W.G. Plaut Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Carol & Rabbi Jonathan Plaut; Judith Plaut; Rabbi W.G. Plaut

Our Clients, In Appreciation: Green & Chercover Sam Pack, In Memory: Gail & Zel Bocknek; Kathy & Maurice Green; Esther Levin; Ann & Gary Posen; Selma Sherkin Fred Perry, In Memory: Debby & Morris Vigoda Ken Petersen, In Honour: Audrey Bennett Lynne Peterson, In Honour: Audrey Bennett Wilma Rebick & Lloyd Duckman, In Honour: Judith & Michael Aiken and Family Sylvia Rosenbaum (Smith), In Memory: Marilyn Hahn Gisela Sigler, In Memory: Donna Colt; Susanne & Dr. Stuart Egier; Nora & John Freund; Gail & Gary Goodman; Kathy & Maurice Green; Bambi Katz and Family; Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson; Bernice & Yitz Penciner; Judy & Uri Priwes; The Ryval Family; Julia Sax; The Sigler Family; Debby & Morris Vigoda Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Donna Colt; Phyllis & Jeff Denaburg; Gail & Gary Goodman; Sylvia Miller; Bernice & Yitz Penciner; Shilly & Lazarus Rosen; Eva Woolf Martin Spiar, In Memory: Susanne & Dr. Stuart Egier Louis Swartz, In Memory: Axler Family Irv Teper, In Honour: Marsha & Harry Glicksman Betty & Barney Wolfe, Yahrzeit: Carol Abugov General: Moe Cooper; Judith & Marshall Cohen; Dutton Brock llp; Susan Fleisher; Forest Hill Lions Club; Mindy & Michael Handler; Rhonda Hoffman & Richard Halpern; Julie & Dr. Larry Keshen; Karine Krieger & Daniel Daviau; Lorraine & Donald Loeb; Anne MacPherson & Earl Bederman; MAZON Canada; McLeish Orlando llp; Melamed Family Chanukah Party; Niman Zemans Gelgoot llp; Oatley Vigmund; Seyglor Consultants Inc; Harry Sherman; Philip Smith Foundation; Stone Tile International Inc.; Temple Har Zion; The Toronto Sun News Research Centre; Adam Wagman Ha r r y & C e c i l e P e a r l Y o u t h A wa r d E n d o wm e n t F u n d

Celia Baltzan, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans Michael Griesdorf, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans

Lecture Fund

Charles Cohen, Happy Birthday: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack and Family P r ay e r B o o k F u n d

Lillian Salsberg, In Memory: Brenda & Fred Saunders Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Susanne & Dr.Stuart Egier Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Val & Arieh Waldman Rosie Uster, Happy Birthday: Milly & Harvey Kirsh Project Tikvah Fund

Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Gail & Barry Silver Murray Walman, In Memory: Gail & Barry Silver Ra b b i s ’ D i s c r e t i o n a r y F u n d s

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Diane & Christopher Hassell; Janice & Michael Kestenberg; Zoe Klein & Andrew Zimet; Julie & Larry Schwartz and Family Rabbi John Moscowitz: Philip Mosoff, In Memory: Lyle Stanway Rabbi John Moscowitz: Samuel Drake Stanway, In Memory: Lyle Stanway Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Nina Baltzan; Joy & Charles Cohen, Owen Duckman; Diane & Christopher Hassell; Gail Schloss; Jackie & Michael Shulman Rabbi Yael Splansky: Zelda Fink, In Memory: Marilynne & Joe Cass Rabbi Yael Splansky: Terry Geist, In Memory: Marilynne & Joe Cass Rabbi Yael Splansky: Claire Hunter, In Memory: Pam Albert and Family Rabbi Yael Splansky: Barbara Killam, In Memory: Marilynne & Joe Cass Rabbi Karen Thomashow, In Appreciation: Susan Guttman & John Harris; Diane & Christopher Hassell; Zoe Klein & Andrew Zimet; Lisa Rosen & Kivi Shapiro Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Ron Charach; Merna Glowinski; Fern & Paul Magder; Helen Mosoff Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Appreciation: Jenny Klotz Alan Wintraub and Family

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Helene Brodziak & Jack Kugelmass; Josephine & Michael Cole; Carol & Robert Collin and Family; Debbie & Marvin Gans; Joan Garson & David Baskin; Beth Goldstein & Barry Rosen and Family; Diana & Marvin Goodman; Frances & Paul Hellen;

Ha r r y a n d B l a n c h e P o s e n M e m o r i a l

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Honour: Phyllis &


Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery:

Esther & Cyril Hersh; Ellen Karabanow; Julie & Eric Kirsh and Family; Harriette Laing; Eleanor & Lou London; Zelda & Leonard Melamed; Cheryl Rosen & Daniel Drucker and Family; Julie & Larry Schwartz and Family; Viviane & Saul Ship; Virginia & Carl Solomon; Eleanor & Hartley Steinberg; Rosalie Sussman; Gloria & Seymour Temkin; Joyce & Fred Zemans; Carole & Bernard Zucker and Family Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner: Cantor David Rosen, In Appreciation: Nina Baltzan; Gail Schloss; Jackie & Michael Shulman Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: Madeleine Epstein; Helena & David Fine and Family; Merna Glowinski; Susan Guttman & John Harris; Fern & Paul Magder; Helen Mosoff Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Honour: Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers: Henry Cassel, In Memory: Andrew Cassel R o s e W i n d o w R e st o r at i o n

Grete Adler, Yahrzeit: Ellen Karabanow Celia Baltzan, In Memory: Ellen Sue & David Mesbur The Hon. Reuben Bromstein, Happy Birthday: Susan Karol, Judith Kennedy & Thomas Naylor; Cathy Starkman & Dave Hurst The Hon. Reuben Bromstein, In Honour: Anne & Sy Browne; Min Givens; Rosemarie & Sam Goldenberg; Sharron Skidmore & Dan Cooper Charles Cohen, In Honour: Ruth & Larry Sax; Judy & Ralph Shiff Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Lois & George Fine; Penny & Martin Offman Michael Griesdorf, In Memory: Andrea Most & Alan Ackerman; Nancy-Gay & Max Rotstein Molly Harris, In Memory: Elizabeth Johnson & Leslie Rose Holy Blossom Temple School Staff, Happy Chanukah: Lily Lee Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan, In Honour: Debbi & Robert Moses; Linda & Abe Neufeld; Rosalie Sussman Zoe Klein & Andrew Zimet, In Honour: Judy & Jack Winberg Linda & Abe Neufeld, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow Eli Offman, Happy Chanukah: Adrienne Offman Lila Offman, Happy Chanukah: Adrienne Offman

Noa Offman, Happy Chanukah: Adrienne Offman Poppy Richler, Happy Chanukah: Adrienne Offman

Mildred Grobstein, Yahrzeit: Debra Grobstein Campbell & Barry Campbell

L e o n a r d W o l f e M e m o r i a l E d u c at i o n a l Fund

Gisela Sigler, In Memory: Ellen Karabanow

Clara Heller, Yahrzeit: Frances & Phil Shapiro

Barnet Berris, In Memory: Honey Wolfe

Dr. Adam Sol, Happy Birthday: Ellen Karabanow

Louis Himes, Yahrzeit: Linda & Peter Rubenovitch

General: Carole Dale; Honey Wolfe; Myron Wolfe;

Linda Wolfe, Happy Birthday: Rosalind & Stan

Fayga Hochberg, Yahrzeit: Helen & Joe Hochberg

Witkin Joyce Zemans, In Honour: Joan Garson & David Baskin General: Ingrid Johnson

Mollie Hoffman, Yahrzeit: Bernice & Yitz Penciner Peter Krakauer, Yahrzeit: Joan Kirsh and Helen Krakauer Marcia Kwinter, Yahrzeit: Fern & Lorne Kirshenbaum Bella Altman Laikin, Yahrzeit: Helen & Joe

L o r r a i n e S a n d l e r T r i b u t e E n d o wm e n t Fund

Barbara Cohen, Happy Chanukah: Roni Freedman and Family Terry Nicholson, In Honour: Barry Goldblatt; Jeff Levy Debbi Snider, Happy Chanukah: Roni Freedman and Family Lu l a & I r v i n g S a u n d e r s F u n d

Zita Gardner, In Honour: Brenda & Fred Saunders Philip Klotz, In Memory: Brenda & Fred Saunders Brenda & Fred Saunders, In Honour: Jan & Mel Charendoff; Zita Gardner; Sybil & Jack Geller; Linda Groll; Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson; Sandy & Steven Moranis and Family; Mary Robinson; Sheila & Robert Smolkin Shacharit Fund

Edith Abramson, In Memory: Susan & Brian Fishman Min Biback, Yahrzeit: Phyllis Spivak Jason Cash, In Memory: Stan & Lillian Cash Solomon Charach, Yahrzeit: Alice & Ron Charach Maxwell B. Cohen, Yahrzeit: Joy & Charles Cohen Shirley Patchen Cohen, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Hahn Beverley Colman-Lokash, In Memory: Colman Family; Phyllis Spivak Amalia & Henry Dan, Yahrzeit: Susan & Dr. Peter Dan Philip Eisenberg, Yahrzeit: Dr. Mildred Eisenberg Hyman Erdell, Yahrzeit: Carol & Robert Collin and Family Marcia Ezrin, Yahrzeit: Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin & Hershell Ezrin Charles Fishbein, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul Fishbein Joan Freedman, Yahrzeit: Whitney & Michael Gnat Arthur Gelgoot, Yahrzeit: Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot

Hochberg Jack Margolese, Yahrzeit: Pnina Margolese Sharon Marshall, Yahrzeit: Marie Knaul Arthur Miller, Yahrzeit: Mark Miller and Brenda Richter Saleh Mukamal, Yahrzeit: Bernice Mukamal Abraham Nashman, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul Fishbein Larry Oiffer, Yahrzeit: Gaye & Andrew Stein Dobra Penciner, Yahrzeit: Bernice & Yitz Penciner Dr. Maurice Pollock, Yahrzeit: Dr. Sheila Pollock Minnie Prosser, Yahrzeit: Lily & Reuben Katz Bernard Rudman, Yahrzeit: Matilda Bigio Oscar Salem, Yahrzeit: Jocelyn & Dr. Shia Salem Harry Schwartz, Yahrzeit: Isabel Schwartz

Issie Antflick, In Memory: Millie Goldstein Livia Barto, Yahrzeit: Helene Barto Barnet Berris, In Memory: Virginia & Carl Solomon Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Estelle Latchman and Family; Marsha & Eric Slavens; Hannah & David Wasserman; Lena Winesanker Nathalie Lalonde & Brad Goldhar, Mazal Tov: Sybil & Jack Geller Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Speedy Recovery: Edith Kirzner Joel Schwartz, In Memory: Natasha Kuperman Gisela Sigler, In Memory: Edith Kirzner Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Joy & Herb Wolfson Dr. Marvin Tile, In Honour: Shoshana Cole Jennifer Wilson, Mazal Tov: Linda Somers General: Joanne & Ronald Schwarz

Harry Smith, Yahrzeit: Ronna Rubin & Philip Smith Rosalind Smith, Yahrzeit: Nonnie & Howard Smith Rabbi Richard Sobel, In Memory: Linda & Abe Neufeld Dr. Sidney Steinberg, Yahrzeit: Ellen & Alan Levine and Family Anne Tile, Yahrzeit: Esther & Marvin Tile Sophie Windish, Yahrzeit: Marie Knaul Frank Wolff, Yahrzeit: Alison & Gary Polan and Family General: Susan & Ray Stancer S i st e r h o o d G o l d e n B o o k F u n d

Dr. Arnold Epstein, In Memory: Merrijo Hershoran

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& Adam Berkowitz and Family Wilma Rebick & Lloyd Duckman, In Honour: Judy & Laurie Zeilig Jessica Senders, Mazal Tov: Wise Family Heinz Warschauer Fund

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Frank Godfrey, Yahrzeit: Nonni & Saul Akler

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Y o u t h A wa r d s

Jack Shapero, Yahrzeit: Gail & Gary Goodman

Katy Geller, Yahrzeit: Sybil & Jack Geller

Harry Grobstein, Yahrzeit: Debra Grobstein

Richard Wolfe

We appreciate your support Holy Blossom Temple appreciates all donations to our funds; however, due to rising costs, cards will only be sent for donations of $20 or more. We will continue to recognize all donations in the Bulletin. Nine percent of all donations and investment income is generally set aside to help with administration costs and special initiatives.

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the date on which the contribution was made.

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A Serious Response | The Last Word by Rabbi Karen Thomashow

I am certainly not a film critic, but I thought it would be a great exercise to critique and respond to the recent Coen Brothers film entitled A Serious Man. For those of you who may not have had the opportunity to see it, professor of physics Larry Gopnick is the father of two teenaged children (one two weeks short of his Bar Mitzvah), the husband of a wife who seeks a divorce, and the brother of a brilliant mathematician who is physically and emotionally unwell and is currently living with their family. In addition to the pressures of his personal life, Prof. Gopnick is simultaneously being bribed by one student and defamed anonymously to the university tenure committee. He is

troubled by all on his plate, when he is given advice to consult “the rabbi.” In turn, he consults two rabbis and attempts to consult a third. A M e a n i n gf u l S e a r c h

What Prof. Gopnick seeks to address is the randomness, or lack thereof, of life’s incidents. When one rabbi responds by telling him that he is not giving his faith the benefit of the doubt and another rabbi suggests that he simply give up his fixation on this topic, we know that their advice is either absurd or lacking. Judaism, our texts in particular, doesn’t value negating one’s struggle with faith, or suggest that one give up one’s search for meaning. On the contrary, our tradition is built upon constructive struggle and meaningful search. And when the rabbis respond with questions to the professor’s own questions, regardless of the absurdity of their final responses, they are perhaps

doing something that our tradition encourages us to do in the face of such questions. The Talmud imagines Moses asking God, “Why is it that some people prosper, while others suffer?” God doesn’t answer the question, but rather, addresses another topic. From this, Rabbi Meir infers that some questions are unanswerable. A.J. Heschel believed that “we are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we think we have the answers.” I recognize that this may be unsettling. However, it is not that our tradition provides no answers. Rather, it is that no answer is final. That is, until the next question is asked. We may not know why bad things happen to some over others, or at all, but we are invited to continue to struggle with this. That is our own serious response.

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