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Mame loshn Mit hundert yohr tzurik mehr vi elef million mentchen hobn geredt Yiddish. Ober yetzt, Yiddish iz geh-fallin off schvere zeiten, un heint vintsig vi a fertel million menschen kennin reddin Yiddish. Ober heint vet zich altz enderen. Veil mentchen kvetchen az zay konen nit farshtayn Hebrayish,un di pintelech machn zay meshugah, hot der Holy Blossom Temple bashlosen az mir veln davenen nor off Yiddish, un Yiddish vet zein der offisiayler loshn fun der Temple. Tzulieb dem, vet Yiddish farbaitn Hebraysh in unzer shul. Alleh bicher un siddurim velln vern ibbirgezetz tsu Yiddish. • Dos Yiddish loshn, vus shtamt fun Hebrayish un Deitch redt zich in a gezang un iz ful mit farshidene humoristishe oisdrooken, l’moshol: Der shlemiel fargiest di zup off der shlemazel. • In Yiddish iz nit doh kein pintelech, un siz farein vintziger oisyes zich tzu

oislernen, veln di oign veiniker vay tohn. • Di tzeit in der Temple vet zein loit der Yiddisher shtayger, dos hayst nit pinktlech. Az es shtayt geshribben 6 maynt es “arum” 6 oder “arum” 7. • Letztens a sach Yiddishe verter zeinen kentlech un mir nitzen zay oft: “oy, nu, chazer, mentsch shtik …” Der nyer siddur vos vet balt aroisgayn aff Yiddish mit der helf fun der Rov Yeedl Goldfarb. Der Rov halt a vokleher class vu men layent tzuzamen Yiddishe romanen. Ir zeit aleh farbaytn tzu “Feedler Oifn Dach” a forshtelung fun der bareemter Chazzan Binyomin Maissner, in gantzn aff Yiddish, arum 8, arum nexte voch efsher. Far dem forshtelung veln mir zamlen far shnapps un herring. L’chaim un zoln mir aleh zein gezunt. Omein! For an English translation (give or take a word or 10), please see page 2.

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Trip to the Promised Land Holy Blossom Temple is pleased to announce that this year, in lieu of our annual Israel trip, we will travel to the Promised Land.

Miami Beach, Florida Led by Rabbi John Moscowitz Departing June 10 to 24-ish, 2009 Trip highlights include: shopping at Lincoln Mall, early-bird dining at the Rascal House, swimming lessons (including how to walk 20 laps in the shallow end of the pool without getting your hair wet), Yiddish karaoke, driving lessons in the world’s largest Lincoln Continental and a tour of every flea market in the Florida panhandle. For more details and complaints, please email

Embracing Mother tongue Yiddishkeit For those not familiar with mame loshn

Here are a few Yiddish expressions to get you started. These may be easily applied while navigating winter traffic: • Migulgl zol er vern in a henglayhter, by tog zol er hengen, un bay nakht zol er brenen. — He should be transformed into a chandelier, to hang by day and to burn by night. • Vahksin zolst du vi a tsibeleh, mitten kop in drerd — May you grow like an onion, with your head in the ground! • Got zol oyf im onshikn di beste fun di tsen makes. — God should visit upon him the best of the Ten Plagues. • Es zol dir dunern in boykh, vestu meynen az s’iz a homon klaper. — Your stomach will rumble so badly, you’ll think it was a Purim noisemaker. • Zol vaksen tzibbelis fun pipek! — Onions should grow from your bellybutton!


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(mother tongue), Rabbi Edward Goldfarb is offering several new courses this spring: • Vey iz mir (woe is me) — a beginners’ course on how to evoke sympathy and make your children feel guilty. • Ess, Ess, mein kind (eat, eat, my child) — an advanced course, which has nothing to do with cannabalism and everything to do with food and restaurants, including such expressions as “chazerai” (junk food) and “shmatta” (rag, e.g., I can’t wear this shmatta to a nice restaurant. I’ll need to go shopping first.). • Jewish humour — how to take any ethnic joke, and turn it into a Yiddish story five times longer and funnier than the original. Until then, here is a translation that will give you the gist of our cover article. A century ago, more than 11 million people spoke Yiddish; many as their main language. But today, Yiddish has fallen on hard times, with less than a quarter of a million people claiming to speak it. But all that is about to change. In response to the complaints we have had about the difficulty of understanding the Hebrew prayers, the Holy Blossom Temple Board of Directors recently voted to adopt Yiddish as our official language. For several reasons, outlined below, Yiddish will replace Hebrew and English throughout the Temple, including all Services, classes and committee meetings.

• The Yiddish language, while derived from Hebrew and German, has a very definite musical and humorous character; for example, what other tongue distinguishes between a shlemiel (clumsy) and a shlemazel (unlucky) by defining the former as the one who spills the soup on the latter. • There are no dots and dashes in Yiddish, so eye strain will be reduced. As well, Yiddish has fewer letters to learn. • The Temple will now run on Yiddish time. To convert the previous times listed in the Bulletin for Worship Services and events, just add an “ish” to all times. For example, Kabbalat Shabbat Services will now begin at 6-ish. • Lastly, most of us already know many Yiddish words and use them daily: oy, nu, shlep, chazzer, mentsh, shtick, etc. As many of you know, the Temple has been working on a new prayer book. In light of our Board’s new policy, we have asked Rabbi Goldfarb, whose Yiddish classes at Holy Blossom have been a big hit, to rework the current manuscript so it complies. But we are not stopping there. To bring Yiddish from the shtetl to modern times, Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner will be producing an all-Yiddish klezmer version of Fiddler on the Roof (for details, please see page 1). Please join us before the concert, in our new Schnapps and Herring room, for the official launch of Yiddish @ the Temple, zoln aleh zayn gezunt.

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Purim 2009/5769 Come out for all of our great Purim activities. There is something for every age.

Sun. Mar. 8 12.30 p.m. Carnival — Please join us for an afternoon of games, rides, prizes and more! Bring your kids in costume. Admission (including all games): $5 for members; $6 for non-members; free for kids younger than two years old. Free hamantashen (other food available for purchase). Volunteers needed — The Purim Committee needs adult and teenage volunteers to help with the Carnival. High school students can earn community service credit; students and parents can have fun while helping the Temple. For more details, please call the Purim hotline (ext. 515), at the Temple.

Mon. Mar. 9 6.30 p.m. Family Megillah Reading — Please join us for this riotous celebration, geared especially to families with young children. Dress up the family and be a part of the costume parade. Then, help your kids and grandkids drown out the name of Haman during our megillah-reading Service and Purim singalong. 6.30 p.m. Teen Purim — All Temple members from grades 7 through 12 are invited to this teenage celebration. There will be a megillah reading, a teenage shpiel, carnival games and delicious food. Do not miss this new event! No RSVP needed. 8 p.m. Shushan Home Companion (for adults) — New this year, our adult congregants will convene in the “Philip Smith Coffee House.” It will be a Vaudeville night of multiple actors, music, wine, dessert and the megillah — for one classy celebration.

Sophie Sklar (left) and a friend, Jeannie Sklar (back row)

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In This Issue ...


In Perspective 5 | Holy Blossom

Temple Foundation 6 | Social Action 6 | Cantor’s Notes 7 | The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning 8 | Supplementary


Schools 10 | Our Israel 11 | Seniors’ Programming

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

11 | Our Congregational Family 12 | The Last Word 16

On Mon. Feb. 16, 2009 (Family Day), the Shacharit Service will be held at 9 a.m.

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Fridays at 6 p.m. | Kabbalat Shabbat Service Saturdays at 10.30 a.m. | Shabbat Morning and Family Shabbat Services

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

Tot Shabbat will be held on Feb. 6 (Service and dinner), Feb. 20 (Service), Mar. 6 (Service and dinner) and Mar. 20 (Service and craft).

Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Elliott Jacobson; Director of Development:

Shabbat Fusion (for 20 and 30 somethings) will be held on Feb. 27 and Mar. 27, 2009.

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for Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism.

Family Programming Shabbat Morning Family Services Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, and Mar. 7, 21 and 28 This come-as-you-are Service is a familyfriendly, informal way to celebrate Shabbat. Children and teenagers help to lead the Service. Music, storytelling and creative learning are integrated throughout the morning. A simple kiddush lunch follows so all can meet and greet.

Holiday Cooking Workshop Join Dalia Organ, from the Academy of Artisans, in the Holy Blossom Temple kitchen on Sundays at 12.30 p.m. All food is dairy and organic. Feb. 8 | Tu B’Shevat — The Healthiest Holiday Mar. 1 | Purim — Mishloach Manot Apr. 5 | Pesach — Your Seder Table (ingredients are kosher for Passover, but the kitchen is not) Register for all three sessions for a reduced rate ($60 total for members; $70 for nonmembers) or one at a time ($22 each for members, $25 each for non-members).


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To register, please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple, or email

Little Blossoms Pre-Shabbat Program Fridays at 10 a.m. for children 12 months to two years of age; 11.30 a.m. for children up to 12 months Mar. 13 to May 8 This eight-week program is for parents or grandparents and children younger than two years of age. Join Jayne Harvey for singalongs, story time and puppet shows as she prepares the children for Shabbat. Everyone will go home with his or her very own challah. To register, please call Shannon Tramer (ext. 227), at the Temple. Registration for members begins Wed. Feb. 11.

Family Mitzvah Day Sun. Apr. 26 at 12.30 p.m. Holy Blossom Temple Family Programming and the Leo Baeck Day School Parent Association invite parents and children of

2009 all ages to strengthen our community and beyond by participating in one of six simultaneous mitzvah projects. For more details, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple. We are also collecting Judaica to share with our sister congregations in the the Former Soviet Union. Please drop off candlesticks, tallitot, Judaic jewellery, mezuzot, seder plates, etc., in the Temple office.

Family Camp Retreat Weekend Fri. May 22 to Sun. May 24 Camp George, Parry Sound Make a memory of Shabbat by the lake. Canoeing to a nearby island, ropes course, Maccabia games, nature trails, Havdallah bonfire, private dorm-like accommodations and lots of quality family time with new and old friends makes this weekend getaway a highlight of the year. Cost: $180 per adult; $95 per child over the age of two. Confidential subsidies available. To register, please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple.

No pretense | In Perspective by Rabbi John Moscowitz

The Israeli historian Michael Oren’s father was an American career military officer who fought in World War II. As a young boy, Oren (who grew up in New Jersey) would hear his father tell of fighting the German Army at the Battle of the Bulge and elsewhere. Oren remembers that he would wonder to himself whether, had he been in his father’s place, would he have possessed his father’s courage and resilience to resist tyranny. What Michael Oren’s father did — joining forces with all who stood up to the evil and the tyranny of the Nazis (an existential battle if there ever was one) — is exactly what Israel is doing against Hamas and other enemies. It is not only Israel which must fight this war; given that this is a global battle against radical Islamic terrorism, this is a struggle to be joined by all who care for freedom and democracy. Let us not pretend: Hamas is not launching rockets into Israel over territory; Hezbollah will not organize again against Israel over land; Iran does not plan its nefarious schemes against Israel for reasons of geography. The battle against Israel — waged

now, not only on virtually every Israeli border (to say nothing of within Israel), but also poisonously by various unions, academic groups and sections of the media — is a battle against Israel’s very existence. This struggle is not one for land, but rather for life. I am writing this at the end of the first week of January when Israel’s assault on Hamas is less than two weeks old. Without doubt, when this is read, a ceasefire will be more or less in place. Also without doubt, the ceasefire will not endure. Equally certain, Hamas, Iran and Hezbollah (and perhaps others) will retrench only to fight again against Israel. They will be aided by friends, overwhelmingly possessed of a weird animus toward Israel, engaged against Israel (and sometimes against Jews as well) on the political front. While Israel is on the front line of the war against the terrorists, so, too, are Mumbai, New York, London, and too many other places. Which means that we — as Jews and as Canadians — (like it or not, admit it or not) are a part of this struggle. Ours is obviously not to fight in any physical capacity, but nonetheless to fight hard: in supporting Israel in the

UNVEILING CEREMONIES Is it time for the unveiling ceremony of a loved one? If so, Holy Blossom Temple’s clergy would like to offer their support. Please choose from among the following Sundays in 2009 for family and friends to gather for the dedication of the monument: Apr. 5, May 3, May 24, June 14, July 12, Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Oct. 25. This ceremony does not require a clergy’s presence: some families choose to conduct the unveiling themselves, using our prayer pamphlets. To make arrangements for an unveiling, please call Hayley Nuttall (ext. 246), at the Temple, or email

myriad ways available to us as citizens of this significant democratic country (which, thank God, has a courageous Prime Minister, to say nothing of a supportive opposition, each standing with Israel). What can we do? We can and must write incessantly: to the media, to our political representatives, to friends and acquaintances. We can and must be in touch with Israelis on a daily basis — through email, financial support, visiting, and, for those able and inclined, to make aliyah. Our task is to understand the reality in front of our eyes — both the clear aims of the terrorists as well as the clear defensible positions of Israel; then to talk with whomever will listen, explaining that this war is not for territory, it has nothing to do with land, rather this is for the very existence of the Jewish State. No other country has to struggle for its survival. Unfortunately, Israel does. Our responsibility (indeed, our privilege) is to support Israel every inch of the way, every day and in every way. Rabbi John Moscowitz is on sabbatical until Feb. 26, 2009. To reach him after this date, please email

Hold the date for Isadore Sharp Tue. May 19, 2009 Please join us for an evening with Isadore Sharp, Founder, Chair and CEO of the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts. Mr. Sharp will share with us his soon-to-be published memoirs. Watch the Bulletin for more details.

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Out of the Cold | Foundation by Elliott Jacobson, Chair

The admirable and long-standing success of Holy Blossom’s Out of the Cold program, like many Temple initiatives, is dependent on the generosity of multiple and varied sources. Financial contributions from Temple members and groups, members of the wider community and local businesses comprise the majority of funding needed to operate Out of the Cold — offering food, shelter, clothing and medical attention to more than 100 people each week from November to March. We all share the responsibility of enabling Out of the Cold to help those less fortunate than ourselves. The Temple’s Mondays @ the Temple seniors’ program is one example of the various Temple groups and committees that frequently make contributions to Out of the Cold; members recently collected donations at their Chanukah celebration. Donations of this kind are

significant in terms of both financial and community support. When honouring, thanking or memorializing family and friends through the Foundation’s tribute card program, many donors select Out of the Cold as the destination of choice. Sheila Bacher, a longtime supporter of the program, says, “Out of the Cold is a very important program for Holy Blossom Temple. While paying tribute to others, I am happy to be able to contribute to Out of the Cold.” Recognizing the consistency of the program’s needs, some donors have established their gifts as annual donations. This type of arrangement enables the Out of the Cold team to plan effectively through each season of operation. Lesley and Ron Miller make their annual contribution each year in December. Ron explains his motivation: “Out of the Cold is a much-needed project. I make an annual donation to support its objectives and, at the same time,

to express appreciation for my clients and business associates.” Maurice Green, of Green & Chercover, explains that the law firm’s “… clients (mostly unions) have been at the forefront of fighting for a better, fairer society for generations. Each year, we hold a client holiday party and have been donating to Out of the Cold in their honour for a number of years.” Outside of the Temple’s Annual Contribution Campaign, the Out of the Cold program receives the most annual contributions from donors. This type of ongoing commitment and forethought provides stability for Temple programs. For Out of the Cold, a key initiative of our community’s social action agenda, each and every donation becomes part of the largest source of resources. To make a donation to Out of the Cold, or to any of our other funds, please call the Foundation office (ext. 265), at the Temple.

Genocide in Darfur | Social Action Gordon Arbess and Gerri Richman, Co-Chairs, Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee has been active on several fronts, and planning is in full swing for a busy and fulfilling year. Earlier in the year, we participated in an educational evening about Darfur, with Dr. Norman Epstein, co-founder of CASTS (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan) and Save Darfur Canada. A spirited brainstorming session on how Holy Blossom can respond to the crisis followed. As such, our main project this year will be our spring event, which will bring attention to the genocide taking place in Darfur. We are planning an 6

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action-oriented event that will encourage our government to do more to stop the humanitarian crisis. If you are interested in helping plan this event, please email me at or Social Action Co-Chair Gerri Richman at Our Food Drive in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank has started. Please bring non-perishable food items to place in bins located throughout the Temple. We are also working on initiatives to help Fife House (a residence and care agency for people living with HIV/ AIDS), and we are working with our neighbours in the Lawrence Heights community on a mentorship/tutoring project. We are looking for mentors or

tutors 19 years of age and older to help youth in Lawrence Heights with the Pathway Program.

At our Darfur Awareness event are: (left to right) Rabbi Yael Splansky; Dr. Norman Epstein; Suzanne Hersh, volunteer; Sandy Wise, Past Co-Chair of the Social Action committee; and Gerri Richman; and (back row) Gordon Arbess

Shabbat Shira | Cantor’s Notes by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

This year’s Shabbat Shira celebration at Holy Blossom will be very special. Professor Eli Schleifer, former Director of Cantorial Studies, Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music, Jerusalem, will be our Scholarin-Residence, and the theme of the weekend will be “God, Jews and Music: Two Approaches to a Mystical Trinity —Thoughts for the Sabbath of Song.” This will be an inspiring Shabbat program full of insight into our musical, historical, cultural and intellectual roots. Hadrat Kodesh (Beautifying Holiness through Music — the Western Approach) Fri. Feb. 6, 2009 6 p.m. | Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Kol Adonai B’hadar (“God’s Voice in Majestic Beauty,” Psalm 29:4) — God’s Kiss to Israel through the Voice

of Majesty (a midrash from Medieval Germany) 7 p.m. | Potluck Dinner and Oneg Shabbat: Serving God with the Voice of Majestic Beauty (liturgical music of the western Ashkenazi synagogues) (Registration required.) Vachasidim B’rinah Yagilu (“And the Chassidim Rejoice with Melody”) — the Eastern Approach Sat. Feb. 7, 2009 10.30 a.m. | Shabbat Service: Sermon — Music in Chassidic Thought and Practice 12.30 p.m. | Workshop and Lunch: The Voice of the Grasses — The Teaching of R. Nachman and the Song of Naomi Shemer. (Registration required.) The cost for the Friday night potluck dinner is $12 for adults and $7.50 for

THE MIDDLE DOR Many Temple members have expressed that, after Generation ‫א‬, there is a large gap in programming for those in the 40+ age group. To fill that niche, we are pleased to invite you to our new chavurah for those who are 40+ and single, and who enjoy programming that is active and fun. The main goal is to bring Jewish individuals together for a feeling of community and Jewish values. And you never know — you just might meet someone!

Our events will be open to both Holy Blossom members and non-members. For more details or to be part of our planning group, please email

Hosts and volunteers for HABSTY Regional Debates Fri. Feb. 27 to Sun. Mar. 1, 2009 Can you spare a bedroom or a volunteer hour to help with out-of-town Debates participants (high school age)? For more details, please email Roseanne Mason, at

children 12 years of age and younger. The cost for the Saturday lunch and Workshop is $15. To register for either day, please call Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple. M U S I C A L H E R I TA G E C O N C E R T S E R I E S

Please join me for the second concert in our series on Sun. Apr. 12, 2009, at 7.30 p.m.: “Every Mother’s Son — Jewish Songs of War and Peace,” with vocalist Adrienne Cooper and pianist Marilyn Lerner. Internationally recognized as one of this generation’s stellar performers of Yiddish vocal music, Adrienne Cooper appears on concert, theatre and club stages around the world. Her singing has been featured on some 20 recordings as well as on film, television and radio. She transforms Yiddish songs into transcendent, sensual art, demonstrating awe-inspiring power and a variety of musical imagination.

Beyond The Chuppah David and Eileen Berger and Rabbi Yael Splansky Thursdays at 8 p.m. Continuing to Mar. 5, 2009 Newly engaged couples and newlyweds within their first year of marriage are invited to learn how to build a strong foundation for their marriage. Together 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. To register, please call Roseanne Mason (ext. 276), at the Temple.

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Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning strives to engage our community to join together for stimulating lectures, to study Torah and to acquire the skills needed to lead a meaningful Jewish life. For more details or to register for any program, 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

Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m., ongoing We will explore the world of Jewish prayer — in regard to what the liturgy says and means, and in regard to how the great thinkers of our time (Abraham Joshua Heschel and Joseph Soloveitchik among others) have explained Jewish prayer. All are welcome regardless of background. Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music

Torah Yoga and Jewish Meditation: Dalia Alalouf, Supervisor, Hebrew School Prayer, Breath and Movement Conversational Hebrew 101

Mondays at 8.30 p.m., ongoing Registration required. Cost: $200 per year. Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11 a.m., ongoing This class emphasizes parsing biblical and prayer book passages. Open to Temple members only. Sisterhood Torah Study

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m., ongoing Using traditional and contemporary sources, students will explore the character, ideas and great history of our Torah. New and returning students are welcome.

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Sundays at 10 a.m., ongoing New participants are always welcome. For more details, please call Mari Lynn Rusak The Yiddish Novel Rabbi Edward Goldfarb (ext. 224), at the Temple. Wednesdays at 11 a.m., ongoing

HaZemer HaIvri — Israel at 60 in Song Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Wed. Feb. 25, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Please join us for this program on the development of popular Israeli music. We will look at Israeli folk songs with Yitzhak Argaman.


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Michelle Katz, Certified Iyengar Yoga Therapist, Jewish Spiritual Director and Jewish Meditation teacher Sundays at 9.30 a.m., ongoing to Mar. 8, 2009 Torah Yoga integrates traditional Jewish texts with Hatha yoga postures, meditative prayer and chanting, and the breath of life. Cost: $90 for entire course; $15 per session. Holocaust and Resurrection: Jewish Religious Responses to the Shoah and Rebirth of Israel

Rabbi Michael Stroh Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m., Feb. 11 and 18, and Mar. 11, 18, 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 and more, which are critical to Judaism in the 21st century. Sponsored by Brotherhood. Beginners’ Hebrew

Dalia Alalouf, Supervisor, Hebrew School Wednesdays at 7 p.m., ongoing Registration required. Cost: $125. Shabbat Lunch and Study 2009

Please join us one Shabbat a month, after Services, for lunch and study. Feb. 14 | Ten Commandments and Noahide Laws: Points of Overlap and Divergence, with Rabbi Karen Thomashow Mar. 7 | Shabbat Zachor: The Things

We Need to Remember, with Debbie Spiegel Cost: $10. To register, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple. Sunday Book Club: The Pleasure of Reading

Sun. Feb. 22, 2009, at 10.30 a.m. Our second book will be The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer. The War in Gaza: The Strategic Impact on Israel and the Middle East

Professor Asher Susser, Director for External Affairs of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University Tuesday Feb. 24, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Tel Aviv University. Rock ’n Roll Jews: Great Songs of the ’60s

Jordan Klapman, Musician, Teacher and Lecturer Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. Feb. 26 to Mar 12, 2009 This course will review some of the greats of pop music: Lieber and Stoller, Carole King and Neil Sedaka, and Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Registration required. Book Talk: Preoccupied with My Father

Simon Schneiderman Tue. Mar. 3, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Simon Schneiderman, a lawyer by profession and a self-taught artist, uses art as his medium of communication, as he tells a moving story about his father’s life. Why Soloveitchik Matters

Rabbi John Moscowitz Mondays at 7.30 p.m., Mar. 23 and 30, and Apr. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2009 Animated by ideas, Judaism is a system of thought and a way to live, which makes most sense when those ideas are articulated and understood. One of the foremost teachers of Judaism

as a coherent, compelling and intellectual tradition, was Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik (1900–1993). We will explore and discuss his thinking as he uncovers various ideas of Judaism. Library Book Club: Caspian Rain by Gina B. Nahai

Led by Janna Nadler, Professor of Canadian Literature, McMaster University, York University and University of Toronto Tue. Mar. 24, 2009, at 9.45 a.m. In the decade before the Islamic Revolution, Iran was a country at the brink of explosion. We learn of a divided Jewish family: the father, a son of wealthy Iranian Jews, and the mother, raised in the slums of South Tehran, one street away from the old Jewish ghetto. This story is a cultural exploration of an unfamiliar society and the psychological study of the effects of loss. Non-members are welcome. Book Talk: How Jesus Became Christian

Professor Barrie Wilson Tue. Mar. 24, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. How did a young rabbi become the god of an unrecognizable religion, established through the use of calculated

anti-Semitism? Colourfully recreating the world of Jesus Christ, Professor Wilson brings the answer to life by looking at the rivalry between the ‘Jesus movement’ and the ‘Christ movement.’ While the teachings of Matthew of the Jesus movement adhered to Torah worship, the Christ movement, headed by Paul, shunned Torah. This controversial and popular religious history cuts to the heart of the differences between Christianity and Judaism. It questions who Jesus Christ really was — a Jew or a Christian. Book Talk: Converts, Heretics and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider

Professor James A. Diamond, the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Waterloo Wed. Apr. 1, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. A winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award, this book analyzes how Moses Maimonides, a seminal figure in the intellectual history of Judaism, understands the roles of those normally considered to exist on the fringes of society and religion. Each chapter focuses on another ‘outsider,’ such as the heretic, the convert, the leper and the philosopher.

Mishnah Pesachim: A Legal and Social Insight to Passover Rabbi Karen Thomashow Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, 2009

The Oral Law expands on the Torah (or written law) in both legal and homiletical terms. Split into multiple tractates, an entire first volume is dedicated to the laws of the Sabbath and Festivals. These two sessions will cover this volume of Mishnah, with particular attention to the Festival of Passover.

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Sharing is caring | Supplementary Schools by Pam Hamovitch, Principal, Holy Blossom Temple Pre-School

Since September, our Pre-School children have grown exponentially! We are not referring to height, but to their ability to get along with one another, participate in group activities, listen while others are speaking and, of course, take an active role in our many tzedakah and community events. Three classes thus far have entertained the guests of the Samuel Lunenfeld Mountainview Day Care at Baycrest. Taking their own tzedakah coins, the children have purchased flowers, boarded the Baycrest bus and sang for the elderly; the children have undoubtedly brought many smiles and warmed many hearts. Our first Tot Shabbat and Pot Luck Supper brought

families from three classes together to welcome in the Sabbath. As well, we filled many boxes that night with clothing and toiletries for the guests of the Temple’s Out of the Cold program. During our Chanukah tzedakah project, our Pre-School children and their families bought new, age-specific toys for three agencies: Jewish Family and Child Service, Robertson House and North York Women’s Shelter. Phoning friends at home to wish them well, building a mitzvah tree or welcoming guests into our classrooms are just some of the many ways we have learned to show we care.

Stephanie Shields helps make latkes with her son Jonathan Rotstein.

Students shared new toys with families in need this holiday season.

The children visit with Lily Lee, who works in the school office.

All photographs by Pam Hanovitch

Teaching young children is all about caring. At Pre-School, we care about not only the type of service we provide, but the way in which we care for our children, their families and the community beyond. Walking through our hallways each day, you may hear children say: “sharing is caring,” “we made God smile” or “we missed you while you were away.” These are not merely words that the children are repeating, but a result of action. If we are to build tomorrow’s Jewish adults by teaching them kavod and menschkeit, for example, we have to model the ‘how to’ of behaving Jewishly.

H O LY B L O S S O M T E M P L E Notice of Meeting of Nominations Committee Unique Lives Transformed

Panic-Free Passover

Please join us for two exciting evenings with four exceptional women who will share their journeys:

Norene Gilletz, Cookbook Author Wed. Mar. 25, 2009, at 6.30 p.m.

Elaine Todres and Rita Sue Charlestein Fisher Thur. Feb. 19, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Trudy Blugerman and Dr. Felicia Knaul Thur. Mar. 19, 2009, at 7.30 p.m.


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Mark your calendars for this informative and entertaining evening. Learn new healthier alternatives for your Passover table. For more details or to order tickets, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple.

The Nominations Committee of Holy Blossom Sisterhood will be meeting to consider nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2009/2010 term. If you are interested in sitting on the Sisterhood Board or would like to nominate a candidate, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple, or email Gail Goodman, Nomination Chair, at before Apr. 1, 2009.

Maccabiah — much more than a competition | Our Israel by Jeff Denaburg, Co-Chair, Israel Committee

Maccabi is sports, but its lifeblood is Zionism. Jewish identity is its lifeblood, and the building of a community in the land of our forefathers. — Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Maccabi Games soccer player, 1935. The Maccabiah is as meaningful as ever. The last games, in 2005, included 7,700 competitors from 55 countries. This summer’s games will be bigger still. Holy Blossom Temple is well represented on the Maccabi Canada team. • Samantha Rose, 17, has started her countdown to this summer’s Maccabiah in Israel. She is hoping to “make incredible friendships, meet Jews from all over the world, learn about Israel, its history and my culture.” Having competed in a regional Maccabiah, Samantha has already experienced the fun of meeting Israelis and bantering

in ‘Heblish.’ “The soccer is great,” she says, but it’s really about being “in a park filled with people of all different ages, all different nationalities, yet you feel as though there are no strangers.”

the 2005 opening ceremonies, “it was incredible to see so many Jewish athletes from around the world, including places I did not even know had a Jewish community! The games have great athletic talent, sportsmanship and ruach.”

• Daniel Axelrod, 17, is looking forward Jesse’s mother, Jacqui, manages the to competing in Israel this summer. women’s soccer team, on which Jesse “Maccabi basketball is the highest level and sister Nicole will play this year. “The of organized Jewish basketball in the games have been a huge part of our famworld.” He has already competed in a ily life,” says Jacqui. “I’m a big believer regional event in Argentina, where he in the games, not only as an athletic conversed with the other teams in opportunity, but in the way they have broken Hebrew. “In Argentina, the connected my daughters to the Jewish level of camaraderie between teams community.” was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It really taught me the imporOther Holy Blossom members compettance of unity of all Jewish People across the world, and how it truly is a ing this summer include Arik Liberman (soccer), Amanda Wolfe (gymnastics), Brad global community.” Rose (soccer), Rachel Friedland (soccer) and Ali Cherniak (basketball). It promises • The Markowitz family participated to be a rare and inspiring experience. All together in 2005 and will be back this summer. For Jesse, 22, “two of the things the best to our athletes at Maccabiah 2009! I love most are Israel and soccer.” In

Mar. 2 Book Review: The Book of Negroes | Tina Urman, Temple Member


W E D N E S D AYS M O N D AYS @ the Temple

We invite you to join us at 10 a.m. every Monday for the following programs. Please note there will be no program on Feb. 16, 2009 (Family Day).

Feb. 9 A Celebration of Tu B’Shevat Feb. 23 Aging and the Arts | Melanie Nesbitt and her students from International School for Interdisciplinary Studies Canada

@ the Movies

Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. Driving Miss Daisy An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. Cost: $1.

For more information or to inquire about our transportation project, please leave your name on our Seniors’ hotline (ext. 517), at the Temple. Febr uar y 2009 | Shevat/Adar 5769


Our Congregational Family Welcome to Our Temple Family We are delighted to welcome the following new members to our Holy Blossom Temple family: Daniel Schneiderman Tanya & Nicholas Tomin, and Elain and Rossi

Michael Organ, and brother to David. Other proud grandparents are Rose & John Rosenthal. B’NEI MITZVAH

Mazal Tov

20 Shevat 5769/Feb. 14, 2009 Daniel Kolominsky, son of Maria & Michael Kolominsky

Dr. Michael A. Baker, on being appointed a Member to the Order of Canada for his contributions to health care in Canada. Irving Gerstein, c.m., on being appointed to the Canadian Senate.

20 Shevat 5769/Feb. 14, 2009 Eli Molot, son of Linda Kamerman & Lewis Molot

BIRTHS Miriam & Marvin Dryer, on the birth of a granddaughter, Liora Mirit Brizeli, daughter of Kathy & Boris Brizeli. Other proud grandparents are Rya Brizeli and Michael Soboloff. Proud great-grandmother is Iris Drache. Gail & Gary Goodman, on the birth of a grandson, Cole Jesse Goodman, son of Ilana & Sam Goodman and brother to Ryan. Other proud grandparents are Myrna & Lenny Berger and Heather & Gerry Saltzman. Ruth Ellen & Sheldon Greenwood, on the birth of a granddaughter, Shelby Jona Greenwood, daughter of Yael & Steven Greenwood and sister to Cale and Samuel. Other proud grandparents are Raizie & Akiva Markus. Proud great-grandmothers are Janet Hershfield and the late Ada Greenwood. Merle & the late Harvey Kriss, on the birth of a grandson, Judah Isaac Kriss, son of Naomi & Alan Kriss. Proud great-grandparents are Randi & Michael Marrus. Eryn and Andrew Miller, on the birth of a daughter, Nicole Bailey Miller, sister to James. Proud grandparents are Lesley & Ron Miller, Pam & Morris Rozen and Dena & Jay Shanker. Proud great-grandparents are Eleanor Miller, Ella & Sam Rosencwajg and Rena Arback. Barbara Organ, on the birth of a grandson, Joshua Elijah Organ, son of Jenna &


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27 Shevat 5769/Feb. 21, 2009 Talia Caplan, daughter of Claire & Mark Caplan

27 Shevat 5769/Feb. 21, 2009 Ben Rachlin, son of Ann Rachlin and Alan Rachlin

Laura Rosenberg, mother of Debbie Gordon, Ellen Greenwood and Janet Rosenberg Irving Shoichet, husband of Dorothy Shoichet, father of Brian Shoichet, Molly Shoichet and Richard Shoichet, brother of Shirley Tessler Rose Slan, mother of Gerald Slan, Joel Slan, Michael Slan and Paul Slan Irving Sussman, father of Jerry Sussman and Wendy Zelekovitz, brother of Shirley Kozinets and Arthur Sussman Bernard Tugg, husband of Helen Tugg, father of Susan Proskey, Lynda Sherman and Jo-Anne Slobodsky, brother of Ronald Tugg Joy Weisfeld, mother of Jaymie Weisfeld Suzanne Zimet, mother of Abby Zimet and Andrew Zimet, sister of Jaclyn Cummings


In Memoriam

Larry Babins, In Honour: Brenda Spiegler & Mark S. Anshan

Ernest Drucker, father of Daniel Drucker and Dorit Drucker, brother of Miriam Drucker and Otto Drucker Arthur Freeman, husband of Anne Freeman, father of Jeffrey Freeman, Joel Freeman and Tracey Freeman, brother of Margaret Weisberg and Frances Biderman Ada Greenwood, mother of Sheldon Greenwood and Ted Greenwood Elise Grossberg, mother of Norma Bliss and Fred Grossberg Samuel Kwinter, father of Aaron Kwinter, David Kwinter and Karen Kwinter, brother of Frances Forman and Monte Kwinter Benjamin Libman, father of Mark Libman, Ellen Shanfield and Judy Winberg Sarah Lutchin, mother of Florence Baum, Allen Lutchin and Noreen McLauchlin, sister of Faye Levy

Carol Feldman, In Memory: Jean Anshan Thora Pomerantz, In Memory: Jean Anshan D A N S O N F A M I LY C A M P S C H O L A R S H I P F U N D

Marjorie & Sydney Rosenfield, Happy Anniversary: Theodora & Bert Danson F LO R A L F U N D

Talia Caplan, Bat Mitzvah: Claire & Mark Caplan Daniel Kolominsky, Bar Mitzvah: Maria & Michael Kolominsky Eli Molot, Bar Mitzvah: Linda Kamerman & Lewis Molot Ben Rachlin, Bar Mitzvah: Ann Rachlin and Alan Rachlin G A R D N E R F A M I LY F U N D

Zita Gardner, In Honour: Gillian & David Rosenberg and Family Eva Philipp, Happy Birthday: Zita Gardner


Mina Smith, In Memory: Carol & Steve Pilon


Fran & Bernie Goldman, Mazal Tov: Lesley & Ron Miller

Thelma Siegel, In Memory: Anna Mae Belmont


Ada Greenwood, In Memory: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack

Sydney M. Sobel, In Memory: Joan M. Schwartz

General: Ellen & Murray Blankstein; Karen & Tom

Yetta Hamer, In Memory: Renee Hamer Tarantino

Ehrlich; David Epstein; Marie Knaul; Judy Malkin

& Joseph Tarantino and Family


& Elliott Jacobson; Michal Stricker-Talbot & Aaron

Risa & Peter Katz, Mazal Tov: Lily & Reuben Katz

Ada Greenwood, In Memory: Fiona & Clive Cohen;

Talbot; Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile; Joanne Weigen;

Lina & Anthony Levitt, Mazal Tov: Carol & Nolan

Pamela & Herb Beiles; Miriam & Marvin Dryer; Farb

Betty Young

Family; Hilda & Steven Greenblatt; Anita Greenwood Tyber & Murray Tyber; Alison Himel; Irving, Mel


and Pamela Himel; Sheila Kirshenblatt; Estelle

Joan Garson, Mazal Tov: Nancy Ruth; Sheila & Bob

Kuchar; Bonnie & Peter Levy; Linda & Sheldon Lifshen; Zelda & Lenn Melamed; The Merkurs; Mayeer, Stacey and Reese Pearl; Gloria & Sidney

Smolkin Theodore Rosenfield, Mazal Tov: Corinne Black & Richard Vrooman and Family

Pinkus; Arlene Roth; Mari Lynn Rusak and Family; Sandi & Andy Schafer; Mary & Henry Seldon; Lili


& Michael Shain; Sarene Shanus & Harold Treiber;

Florence Hertzman, In Honour: Jill & Ben

Janie & Stan Swartz and Family; Esther & Marvin

Hertzman; Anne Moranis; Staff and Family at

Tile; David & Beth Warren; Nell Warren; Phyllis &

Progress Luv2Pak

Alan Wintraub; Albert Yalowsky J O A N K E R B E L L E A D E R S H I P D E V E LO P M E N T H O LY B L O S S O M T E M P L E F O U N D AT I O N

Janice Babins, In Honour: Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Sybil & Jack Geller Larry Babins, Mazal Tov: Mary & Henry Seldon Ernest Drucker, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh


Larry Babins, Mazal Tov: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood; Pnina Margolese; Ruthe Schipper & Jerry Rotstein Janice Babins, In Honour: Holy Blossom Temple

Minnie-Mae Kamenir, Yahrzeit: Sandra Kamenir

Sisterhood; Pnina Margolese; Ruthe Schipper;

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Gloria & Hersh Howard

Mary & Henry Seldon; Brenda Spiegler & Mark S. Anshan


Larry Babins, Mazal Tov: Mira Goldfarb & Adam Berkowitz and Family Sylvie Ben-Habib, In Honour: Michelle & Gavin

Sara Charney, In Appreciation: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Alexandra Sasha Klotz, Mazal Tov: Corinne Black & Richard Vrooman; Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood; Pnina Margolese

Naimer and Family Nicole Black, In Honour: Michelle & Gavin Naimer and Family Joan Garson & David Baskin, Happy Chanukah: Pam Hamilton Marissa Grossman, In Honour: Michelle & Gavin Naimer and Family Elana Hendelman, In Honour: Michelle & Gavin


Larry Babins, Election as President: Janice & Larry Babins Mary Geller, Yahrzeit: Esther and Alexandra Geller Barbara & Dr. Nathan Morrow, Baby Naming of Granddaughters: Lillian Fae Morrow Weinstein and Abby Fay Goldstein

Naimer and Family Margaux Janks, In Honour: Michelle & Gavin Naimer and Family Sam Kwinter, In Memory: Marilyn Hahn Caroline Soskin, In Honour: Michelle & Gavin Naimer and Family Cheryl Zeldin, Happy Birthday: Marlene Brickman; Janice Feuer; Tovah Grafstein General: Shirley Kofman I S E N B E R G F A M I LY E N D O W M E N T F U N D

Sam Burke, In Memory: Carol & Steve Pilon

Grubert and Family Lesley & Ron Miller, Mazal Tov: Fran & Bernie


Barry Kaufman, In Memory: Honey & Buddy Katz Ida & Ron Tugg, Happy Anniversary: Denise LaweeTugg & Lorne Tugg and Family

Goldman Nicole Bailey Miller, In Honour: Cheryl Zeldin David Molot, In Memory: Lorraine & Donald Loeb Michael Shulman, In Honour: Joyce & Barry Spiegel; Francie & Martin Storm Joyce & Barry Spiegel, Mazal Tov: Fran & Bernie Goldman Marlene Stein, Mazal Tov: Barbara & Paul Soren Jim Wood, In Memory: Anne & Arthur Freeman MUSICAL LEGACY FUND

Shelley Miller, In Appreciation: Naomi Bell Cyril Rosenberg, In Memory: Matilda Bigio Rifky Rosensweig, Mazal Tov: Sandi & Andy Schafer Joyce & Barry Spiegel, Mazal Tov: Susan & Ray Stancer OUT OF THE COLD FUND

Danielle & Heath Applebaum, Happy Chanukah: Janet & Michael Ryval Marlene Axler, Happy Birthday: Kathy Green Janice Babins, In Honour: Susanne & Stuart Egier Larry Babins, Mazal Tov: Cynthia Good & Dan Aronchick Shelly Berenbaum, Mazal Tov: Phyllis & Jeff Denaburg Jean Chipman, In Memory: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Clients and Business Associates, In Appreciation: Ron Miller Gail Fenwick, In Honour: Out of the Cold Cookers Seymour Hersch, In Memory: Harriet Wolman Eleanor & Fred Hirshfeld, Happy Anniversary: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Mary Hurwitz, In Memory: Shelley & Stan Mintz Alta Karpenko & Jonathan Ryval, Happy Chanukah: Janet & Michael Ryval Lily & Reuben Katz, Mazal Tov: Judy & Carl Ritchie Melvin Katz, In Memory: Mickey Cohen and Family


Karine Krieger & Daniel Daviau, In Appreciation:


Esther & Evan Green; Arla Klapman &

Larry Babins, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow

Stephen Green

Rifky Rosensweig, Mazal Tov: Etta Ginsberg McEwan

Mimi & Malcolm Kronby, Mazal Tov: Myrna Sandler Anita & Leon Lapidus, In Appreciation: Eleanor &


Fred Hirshfeld

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Michael Leese, In Appreciation: Mira Goldfarb & Adam Berkowitz and Family Dori Levine, In Appreciation: Rhonda Rovan & Howard



Barry Silver, In Appreciation: Alison Schwartz;

Sasha Klotz, Mazal Tov: Robin Roger

Sheila & Bob Smolkin N A N C Y R U T H E D U C AT I O N A L F U N D

Rosenberg and Family Elana Levinson, Happy Birthday: The Tile Family Jacob Levitt, Mazal Tov: Rebecca Howard Andrea & Malcolm Marcus, In Appreciation: Esther & Evan Green; Arla Klapman & Stephen Green Theresa & Seth Mersky, In Appreciation: Esther & Evan Green; Arla Klapman & Stephen Green Esther Moscoe, In Memory: Dr. Laura Martin Hank Rosen, Happy Birthday: Ruth Glicksman; Shirley & Marvin Latchman; Sam Madonik; Cheryl Rosen, Michael Rosen, Susan Speigel and Families Larry Rosen, In Memory: Gail & Zel Bocknek Marla & Ed Schwartz, In Appreciation: Esther & Evan Green; Arla Klapman & Stephen Green Alec Sherman, Mazal Tov: Harry Sherman Dee-Dee & Gary Shiffman, Mazal Tov: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Zachary Silverstein, Mazal Tov: Rebecca Howard Lynn & David Smith, In Appreciation: Kathy & Lorne Freeman Manuel Spivak, In Honour: Julia Sax Dr. Sidney Steinberg, Yahrzeit: Ellen & Alan Levine and Family Ida & Ron Tugg, Happy Anniversary: Phyllis & Sid Goldberg; Gayle & Harry Greener; Julie & Larry Schwartz Lauren & Jamie Wise, Mazal Tov: Cathy & Lorne Greenbaum and Family Ruth Wolkoff, In Memory: Gail & Zel Bocknek Denise Zarn & James Shenkman, Mazal Tov: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack General: Judith & Marshall Cohen; Forest Hill Lions Club; Doreen & Joe Kronick; Lorraine & Donald Loeb; Mondays @ the Temple; Emily Rayson & Michael Sherman; The Philip Smith Foundation; Gloria & Seymour Temkin


Larry Babins, Mazal Tov: Nancy Ruth


Elliott Jacobson, Mazal Tov: Nancy Ruth

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Shelly Berenbaum & Chuck Litman; Cathi & John


Freedman and Family; Gail & Irving Gerstein;

Dalia Alalouf, Happy Chanukah: Sara Ben-Zakai;

Carol & Nolan Grubert and Family; Sandy & Steven Moranis and Family; Rifky Rosensweig; Rhonda Rovan & Howard Rosenberg and Family Rabbi John Moscowitz: Caroline Friedman, In Memory: Milton and Joel Friedman Rabbi John Moscowitz: Yetta Hamer, In Memory:


Sarah Gangbar, In Memory: Joyce & Fred Zemans

Dr. Yoel Abells, In Appreciation: Sherry Cantar & Jeff Freedman Ada Greenwood, In Memory: Tillie Leslie

Grete Adler, Yahrzeit: Ellen Karabanow Denise Zarn & Jim Shenkman, Mazal Tov: The Wyman Family

Pam Hamovitch, In Appreciation: Holly Atin, Danna Bar-Ziv, Nathan Cass, Ben Davidson, Robbie Hendler, Jacob Isenberg, Noah Isenberg, Eric Kondor, Emma Nachshen, Ella Nisker, Charlie Saltzman, Cole Sigal, Noam Tal-Siegal, Lindsay

Rabbi John Moscowitz: Rifky Rosensweig, Mazal Tov: Lori & Perry Cowitz and Family; Beverley Dales; Andrew Gold and Family; Elaine Harris; Naomi & Lionel Larry; Hafiza Mohammed and Family; Marsha & Steven Pearlstein; Barbara & Barry Siskind Rabbi John Moscowitz and Rabbi Yael Splansky:

Unger, Ryan Goelman and Families Ticia Heiben & Jacob Leibel, Mazal Tov: Corinne Black & Richard Vrooman and Family Sheila Masters, Happy Birthday: Brenda Baskind; Gail Hammerschlag; Lisa Melnick Myrna Ross, Happy Chanukah: Sara Ben-Zakai; Lily Lee

Irving Shoichet, In Memory: Shirley &

Alan Sandler, In Honour: Francie & Martin Storm

Leon Tessler

Debbie Spiegel, Happy Chanukah: Sara Ben-Zakai;

Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Cathi & John

Lily Lee

Freedman and Family; Sandy & Steven Moranis and Family; Rifky Rosensweig; Rhonda Rovan &


Howard Rosenberg and Family; The Slan Family

Terry Axelrod, In Appreciation: Janice & Larry

Rabbi Karen Thomashow, In Appreciation: The


Drucker Family; Cathi & John Freedman and

Larry Babins, In Appreciation: Shirley & Leon Tessler

Family; Myrna & Stephen Hanet; Holy Blossom

Corinne Bereskin, Yahrzeit: Ruth Ellen & Sheldon

Temple Chavurah; Robyn & Scott Jolliffe; Sandy


& Steven Moranis and Family; Peter and Vivian

Ben Casselman, Yahrzeit: Glenda Mindlin

Schatz; Ida & Ron Tugg; Susan & Joseph Young

Sam Charach, Yahrzeit: Alice & Ron Charach

and Family

Pauline Cohen, Yahrzeit: Charles Cohen

Rabbi Karen Thomashow: Ida & Ron Tugg, Mazal Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Norma Bliss & Fred Grossberg; Ethel Sprackman and Family Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner: Sid Kinderman, Yahrzeit: Helene & Sid Diament

Ruth & David Cohen, Yahrzeits: Mimi & Malcolm Kronby Joseph Crangle, Yahrzeit: Gitte & Leslie Crangle Mack Dolgy, In Memory: Henny Rappaport & Michael Burns Dr. Boris Drujan, Yahrzeit: Judy Druyan Hayman Erdell, Yahrzeit: Carol Collin Charles Fishbein, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul Fishbein

Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: The

Leola Frankel, Yahrzeit: Nancy Theimer and Family

Drucker Family; Gail & Irving Gerstein; Myrna

Joan Freedman, Yahrzeit: Whitney Gnat and Family;

& Stephen Hanet; Robyn & Scott Jolliffe; Rhonda P R AY E R B O O K F U N D

Lily Lee


Rifky Rosensweig; The Slan Family PLAUT MANOR FUND

Pam Hamovitch, Happy Chanukah: Sara Ben-Zakai;

Renee Hamer Tarantino & Joseph Tarantino and

Tov: Jennifer & Greg Tugg and Family HARRY & CECILE PEARL YOUTH AWARD

Lily Lee

Else Landauer

Rovan & Howard Rosenberg and Family; The Slan

Pearl Geneen, Yahrzeit: Waverman Family

Family; Ida & Ron Tugg

Karen Goldblatt, Yahrzeit: Barry Goldblatt

Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, Mazal Tov: Pam & Michael Albert and Family; Cynthia & Brian Hands; Goldie Rivers

Harry Grobstein, Yahrzeit: Debra Grobstein Campbell & Barry Campbell Mildred Grobstein, Yahrzeit: Debra Grobstein Campbell & Barry Campbell


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Yetta Hamer, In Memory: Renee Hamer Tarantino & Joseph Tarantino and Family Carol Haymes, Yahrzeit: Lorraine & Donald Loeb Morris Kamenir, Yahrzeit: Sandra Kamenir

Norma Sweet, In Memory: Alexis Rothschild & Shawn Gold Susanna Wiener, Yahrzeit: Lillyann Goldstein & Bill Wiener

Lena Levine, Yahrzeit: Mary Singer

Betty & Barney Wolfe, Yahrzeits: Carol Abugov

Masha Levy, Yahrzeit: Joan & Donald Granatstein

General: Eleanor & Hartley Steinberg

Norman Loeb, Yahrzeit: Lorraine & Donald Loeb Audrey Markle, Yahrzeit: Julie Markle and Family Jacob Margolese, Yahrzeit: Pnina Margolese Sarah Marshall, Yahrzeit: Marie Knaul Gerald George Nashman, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul Fishbein Sonia Nitikman, Yahrzeit: Janet Hershfield and Family Larry Oiffer, Yahrzeit: Gaye Stein Steve Rosenbaum, In Appreciation: The Slan Family Sidney Rosenblum, Yahrzeit: Dr. Cheryl Blinick Muriel Rothschild, Yahrzeit: Alexis Rothschild Harry Schwartz, Yahrzeit: Isabel Schwartz Harry Silver, Yahrzeit: Jean Silver; Joyce & Barry Spiegel Antoinette Singer, Yahrzeit: Mary Singer Sophia Steckel, Yahrzeit: Steckel Family

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

and Family Amelia Loeb, Yahrzeit: Lorraine & Donald Loeb

Holy Blossom Temple Foundation


To establish a new fund or learn more about


philanthropic opportunities, please call Cheryl Zeldin,

Honey Wolfe and Family, In Honour: Richard Wolfe

Director of Development (ext. 260), at the Temple.


Judy & Michael Aiken, Mazal Tov: Judy & Lorie Zeilig Dalia Alalouf, In Appreciation: Sandy & Steven Moranis and Family Janice Babins, In Honour: Clare & Monte Denaburg Jennifer & Sol Birenbaum, In Honour: Clare & Monte Denaburg

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

Frances E. Garten, In Memory: Anne Lesarge

costs and special initiatives.

Barbara Kohan, In Memory: Susanne & Stuart Egier

We apologize but due to space constraints, not all

Benjamin Libman, In Memory: Debbie &

donations will appear in the Bulletin issue closest to

Randy Spiegel Marnie & Andrew Mills, In Honour: Clare &

the date on which the contribution was made. Donations in this issue were received by Dec. 31, 2008.

Monte Denaburg Michael Rosenberg, Mazal Tov: Lindi Rivers


Holy Blossom Temple and Foundation Tax Receipts

Breakfast Club: Ve’ahavta

In an effort to increase productivity, this year Holy Blossom Temple will be sending tax receipts by email to the email addresses you have supplied to the Temple. If you have not yet provided an email address to the Temple, you will receive the tax receipts in the mail.

Sun. Feb. 15, 2009, at 9.30 a.m. Adina Kaufman and Leya Aronson from Ve’ahavta, a Canadian Jewish humanitarian and relief organization, will be our speakers.

Photography Group Tue. Feb. 24, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Our friendly group of novices and experts meets monthly.

Men’s Retreat Fri. June 5 to Sun. June 9, 2009 For more details, please email

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Reform alphabet soup | The Last Word by Rabbi Yael Splansky

Not every member of Holy Blossom Temple is aware of the full strength of the Reform Movement to which we belong. I hope this bird’s eye view of it will entice you to learn more about the many organizations which we support and which, in turn, support us. R E P R E S E N TAT I O N A N D A D V O C A C Y

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) represents more than 900 Reform congregations, that is, nearly 1.5 million Reform Jews across North America. More than 300 additional Reform/ Progressive/Liberal congregations in 40 other countries on six continents are affiliated with the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WURJ). The growth of Liberal Judaism in the Former Soviet Union is particularly exciting. The Religious Action Center (RAC) is an impressive hub of social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C.; it educates and advocates on issues from civil rights to religious liberty to Israel.

workers, scholars and even mohelim. Its distinguished faculties contribute to scholarship in every area of Jewish studies today; and its network of libraries and archives is the world’s second largest repository of Hebraica and Judaica from the 10th century to the present. OUR YOUTH

The constellation of 12 URJ summer camps, including Canada’s Camp George in Parry Sound, Ont., together with the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) movement for teenagers successfully foster Jewish identity in the next generation. The Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools (PARDES) boasts 18 schools, including Toronto’s own Leo Baeck Day School. STRENGTHENING ISRAEL

The Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA and ARZA Canada) strengthens our attachment to Israel. The Israeli Movement of Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) is growing by leaps and bounds, with 25 Progressive Jewish communities in Israel, including two kibbutzim. The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), with offices in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, SCHOLARSHIP uses legal and political advocacy to The Hebrew Union College-Jewish strengthen Israel as a pluralistic, just Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), with and democratic Jewish state which procampuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem, trains Reform rab- tects and defends the human rights of all bis, cantors, Jewish educators, communal her citizens.


For the first time in 30 years, the URJ’s Biennial Convention will be held in Canada. From Wed. Nov. 4 to Sun. Nov. 8, 2009, 5,000 Reform Jews from around the world will gather in Toronto’s Convention Centre. Come see for yourself the Reform Movement in action. It will make you proud.

U N ION FOR RE F O R M J U D A ISM B IE N N I A L C ON VEN TION, TOR ON TO Wed. Nov. 4 to Sun. Nov. 8, 2009 Holy Blossom Temple is one of 12 Reform Congregations from the Greater Toronto and surrounding areas to host this year’s Biennial. The Convention provides a wonderful opportunity for Holy Blossom Temple members to experience the wider world of Reform Judaism by participating as a delegate or volunteer. For more details, please call the Biennial hotline (ext. 536), at the Temple, or email

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