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Vol. LXXXI No. 5 • January 2006 • Tevet/Shevat 5766

Shifting Lines: Can Ariel Sharon Draw the Borders of Peace and Security? Isabel Kershner

Photograph by Esteban Alterman

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this issue

Daily/Shabbat Worship … 2, In Perspective … 3, Temple Leadership … 4, The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning … 6, A Look at Democratization ... 8, The W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award … 9, Education Matters … 10, Social Action at Holy Blossom … 11, Family Programming… 11, Generation

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Seniors' Programming … 12, A Time to Learn … 13, Events and Announcements … 14, Our Congregational Family … 15, Sisterhood … 18, This Month @ Holy Blossom … 19, The Last Word … 20

Daily/Shabbat Worship

Daily/Shabbat Worship Daily Ser vices Mon. to Fri.

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

Shacharit Ma’ariv

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Congregation-wide Shabbat Service

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Service

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat and Dinner Congregation-wide Shabbat Service

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Congregation-wide Shabbat Service

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

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

Fri. Feb. 10 Sat. Feb. 11

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m.

Sat. Feb. 11

10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service/Shabbat Shira (Please see page 9 for details.) Family Shabbat Service


Shabbat Vayigash Fri. Jan. 6 Fri. Jan. 6 Sat. Jan. 7

Shabbat Vayechi Fri. Jan. 13 Sat. Jan. 14 Sat. Jan. 14

Shabbat Shemot Fri. Jan. 20 Fri. Jan. 20 Sat. Jan. 21

Shabbat Va’era Fri. Jan. 27 Sat. Jan. 28

Shabbat Bo Fri. Feb. 3 Fri. Feb. 3 Sat. Feb. 4 Sat. Feb. 4

Shabbat Beshalach

Shabbat Yitro Fri. Feb. 17 6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service Fri. Feb. 17 6 p.m. Gesher Service Sat. Feb. 18 10.30 a.m. Shabbat Service Sat. Feb. 18 10.30 a.m. Family Shabbat Service Please remember to visit our Web site, at www.holyblossom.org, to read our weekly D’var Torah. (Just click on D’var Torah under the Avodah/Worship menu button.) Beginning Fri. Jan. 6, 2006, we will gather at 5.30 p.m. to prepare for Shabbat — with some song, a bit of study and a nosh. Come straight from school and work, and bring the entire family, from kids to grandparents. Then join us for 0 our Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6 p.m. 5.3

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“But, Holy Blossom is such a large place …” In Perspective by Rabbi John Moscowitz

I’m not so sure. Yes, it’s large when you know no one (as most places seem overwhelming when almost all faces are strange). And the synagogue looms large if you enter its doors only infrequently (and others seem to be more at home, know more people, etc). But much of the time, Holy Blossom Temple has the feel of a surprisingly small, occasionally even an intimate, synagogue.

The reasons are as varied and idiosyncratic as are individual lives. Sometimes a child’s experiences brings in parents. Sometimes a search for knowledge proves nourishing and never exhaustible or exhausting. Sometimes a time-bound Kaddish for a loved one turns into ongoing prayer with one’s people … and more.

… ultimately, there is one underlying factor common to all who walk through these doors unselfconsciously: a desire to be a Jew in a community, a wish to find meaning in a Jewish context …

Reasons are varied Am I out of touch — or close to the truth? Consider the experience of those who are here often, those who come to pray and to gather; who come to study and learn; who come to plan and to do, to create and to contribute. Those who are much at home at synagogue — but who once were not at all. Are they different from the rest? I don’t think so. But, for one reason or another, they find themselves here. Why?

But, ultimately, there is one underlying factor common to all who walk through these doors unselfconsciously: a desire to be a Jew in a community, a wish to find meaning in a Jewish context and to be lifted up by the religious rather than levelled by the secular — and to do all of this with other Jews. And those who come with regularity — the doers, the learners, the curious, the God-seekers, the children, the new to

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Judaism, the ones who have one niche and several — seem to find that an apparently large place is a rather small community; small and sustaining because they have made it so for themselves and their families.

At home in the community But community does not end here. The task of the comfortable is to help make the less comfortable at home in this community — to reach out and draw in those who may want in, but aren’t sure how to achieve it. And the challenge of those not yet comfortable is not to be shy, but to respond, proper welcome or not, and enter a community that needs them every bit as much as those already here. And then the ultimate irony is clear: the more Jews come more often, the richer the experience, the deeper the Judaism, the smaller the place. Therefore, the invitation below for our new members: not just to join us on Sat. Feb. 4, 2006, but to join this synagogue community in a deeper way. We need you — we need you as Jews, we need your talents and we need your fresh eyes. We need you to make us better at being the best community we can possibly be.

Holy Blossom Temple Leadership Reflecting on our synagogue community will be consulted in advance about the plans and financing for any redevelopment.

President's Message by Alan Garfinkel

The approach of Holy Blossom Temple’s 150th anniversary is the ideal time to pause and reflect on what this synagogue community has stood for in the past, and to ensure that it continues its role as an important and influential centre of liberal Judaism. This is the first year our Board and Executive Committee have operated under our new by-law, which has allowed us to focus more closely on major policies and strategic directions, and has enabled the senior lay and professional leadership to operate more effectively in overseeing the daily operations of the Temple.

Annual Contribution Campaign

This was the first year of our new Annual Contribution Campaign. Members of the Board of Directors showed a great commitment to this program, by personally maintaining or increasing their previous level of support to the synagogue and by personally contacting hundreds of our congregants. This led to nearly 70 per cent of our members — who had previously contributed above the new basic membership level — electing to make additional gifts to the synagogue. Consequently, we maintained our revenues from membership contributions, and now have a real opportunity to increase this amount and attract new members. Thank you to Luke Sklar, Lorne Educational Task Force Kirshenbaum and Ruth Morayniss, whose Our educational task force, led by Zita gift of time and professional expertise was Gardner, proposed recommendations on crucial to the success of this initiative. operations and staffing of our Religious I would also like to thank the Dues School, which the Board adopted. A Relief Committee, chaired by Barry vision for the school was enunciated by the task force and several recommendations Borden, which dealt with hundreds of requests for financial support, with tact, were put forward to further that vision, sensitivity and discretion. with the help of our Interim Director of Education, Debbie Spiegel. (Copies of Renovations the Task Force report are available in the This summer, we renovated the ladies’ Temple office.) washrooms, the Sanctuary, the Youth Chapel and the school office. Under the Leo Baeck Day School leadership of the Chair of the Worship DeLast June, the Board passed a motion partment, Randi Garfinkel, the Sanctuary reaffirming the importance of our ongohas been transformed to expose the archiing relationship with the Leo Baeck Day tectural glory of the original bimah, while a School. To further this relationship, the new free-standing bimah brings the Rabbis Board has instructed the Transformation and Cantor closer to the congregation, for and Redevelopment Committee, chaired by Cary Solomon, to work with Leo Baeck a more intimate worship experience. These renovations were financed by a grant from and our architect-of-record, Diamond the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation and, Schmitt, to determine the needs of the in the case of the Youth Chapel — which school in its proposed development of its Holy Blossom Temple campus. This work was transformed into a house of learning is in the early stages, and the congregation and of worship — by the Leo Baeck Day Holy Blossom Temple


School. The construction was overseen by the Chair of the House Committee, Walter Seaton, and our Executive Director Benjamin Applebaum.

Strategic plan Our Strategic Planning Steering Committee prepared a draft plan, after extensive consultation with the congregation. The Executive Summary of the plan will be included with the February issue of the Bulletin. I would like to thank Committee Chair, Mark S. Anshan, Vice Chair, Michael Diamond, and Steven Tile, who donated his time and expertise to design the congregational survey and compile and analyze the results.

150th anniversary Holy Blossom Temple’s 150th anniversary next September is an important milestone in the life of our congregation. Accordingly, there is no more suitable person to oversee the preparations for the celebrations than former Temple President Henrietta Chesnie, who, along with her Vice Chairs and Committee members are working diligently on opportunities and events to honour and celebrate this most significant year. The highlight of this anniversary is our Torat Chaim (Living Torah) Project, chaired by Janice Babins and led by Sisterhood. (To keep up-to-date on our 150th anniversary plans, watch the Bulletin and your mail, and visit the our Web site at www.holyblossom.org.) Finally, I would like to thank all of the Temple’s professional staff who have been our partners in this sacred endeavour, and without whose help the projects undertaken this year could not have come to fruition. The preceding is an abridged and edited version of the address Alan gave at the Temple’s Annual General Meeting last month. For the full text, please visit our Web site at www.holyblossom.org/presidents_message.htm or call the Temple office and we will mail you a copy.

Holy Blossom Temple Leadership Our 2005/2006 Board of Directors Holy Blossom Temple would not be the vibrant and caring institution it is without the dedication of our many volunteers, including those who offer their time and advice on our Board of Directors. To follow is a complete list of the 2005/2006 Board. Department Chairs: Karen Abells, Jewish Living; Larry Babins, Finance; Gail Goodman, Sisterhood President; To be announced, Education; Randi Garfinkel, Worship; Shane Freedman, HABSTY President; Jeff Levy, Brotherhood President; Linda Neufeld, Membership; and Ken Snider, Administration

Officers: Alan Garfinkel, President; Barry Silver, Vice President; Larry Babins, Financial Secretary; Tom Ehrlich, Recording Secretary; Lorraine Loeb, Treasurer Honourary Directors: David Baskin; Barry Borden; Myer Brody; Henrietta Chesnie; Morris Cooper; Arnold Epstein; Diana Goodman; Elliott Jacobson; Richard R. Krelstein; Richard Lorie; Nancy Ruth; Sheila Smolkin; Irving Sussman; Gordon Wolfe; and Frederick Zemans

Introducing our new Board members David Greenberg David, a general practice physician, is on the Shiva Committee, chants Torah and recites the occasional Haftarah, and is training for Service leadership.

Directors elected for a one-year term: Janice Babins; David Greenberg; Gillian Helfield; Erin O’Connor; Fred Saunders; Alison Schwartz; and Cary Solomon

All photographs by Charlene MacEachern, unless otherwise indicated.

Directors who will be continuing their second year term: Pam Albert; Gail Bocknek; Randy Cass; Richard Charney; Tom Friedland; Judy Malkin; and Rob Steiner

Photograph by Shelly Berenbaum

Wardens: Harold Emsig; Marilyn Farber; David Hart; Leonard Levy; Mary Seldon; and Morris Vigoda

Gillian Helfield Gillian was a university professor for 15 years and has 10 years’ experience in the film and television industry as a production co-

ordinator. She is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, a member of the Parent Executive of the Holy Blossom Temple Pre-School, an active volunteer for Holy Blossom Temple Tot Shabbat dinners and a volunteer with the Family Programming Committee. Erin O’Connor Erin, a management consultant, is an active volunteer in the Mondays @ the Temple seniors’ program and was on the Sisterhood Board. Erin has helped organize the Family Programming Second Seder and is currently taking the Advanced Hebrew course. Alison Schwartz Alison is an active member of the Strategic Planning Committee and has been a Holy Blossom Temple member for more than 14 years. Alison is also an active Religious School parent.

Our Board of Directors Standing left to right: Tom Friedland, Karen Abells, David Greenberg, Lorraine Loeb, Tom Ehrlich, Alison Schwartz, Linda Neufeld, Cary Solomon, Randi Garfinkel, Ken Snider, David Hart, Pam Albert, Larry Babins, Richard Charney, Janice Babins, Jeff Levy, Gail Bocknek, Benjamin Applebaum, Erin O'Connor, Judy Malkin, Gail Goodman, Gordie Wolfe and Fred Saunders. Seated left to right: Rabbi John Moscowitz, Jack Geller, Alan Garfinkel and Barry Silver. Missing from photo are: David Baskin, Barry Borden, Myer Brody, Randy Cass, Henrietta Chesnie, Morris Cooper, Harold Emsig, Arnold Epstein, Marilyn Farber, Shane Freedman, Diana Goodman, Gillian Helfield, Elliott Jacobson, Richard Krelstein, Leonard Levy, Richard Lorie, Judy Nyman, Nancy Ruth, Mary Seldon, Sheila Smolkin, Rob Steiner, Irving Sussman, Morris Vigoda, Frederick Zemans, Rabbi Yael Splansky and Rabbi Jason Rosenberg.

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Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple For a complete list and details on of all lectures and classes, please refer to the 2005/2006 Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning Calendar, call the school office (ext. 256), at the Temple, or visit our Web site at www.holyblossom.org. For your convenience, our daytime programs during the week are marked with this symbol: Ongoing Learning Shabbat Morning Torah Study: Genesis — When the World Was Young Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music — Temple Singers Sundays at 10 a.m. For more details, please call Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple.

Intermediate Hebrew Dalia Alalouf, Hebrew Supervisor Mondays at 7 p.m. Limited to Temple members. Registration required. Advanced Hebrew Grammar Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Open to members only. Sisterhood Torah Study: Second Book of Kings Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m.

A Foundation to Jewish Learning

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning

Family Life Education Thursdays at 10.30 a.m., Feb. 2 to Mar. 9 Learn how to create a Jewish home life that reflects Jewish wisdom and richness of the Jewish calendar. This course may be taken as a series or as individual sessions.

Jewish Parenting The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Parenting the Jewish Way Rabbi Jason Rosenberg and Marsha Gallinger, Social Worker Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. Jan. 11 to Feb. 15 This course — based on Wendy Mogel’s book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee — will focus on building strong family relationships the Jewish way and building spirituality and talking to children about God. Couples are urged to come together. Co-sponsored by the Family Programming Committee. Cost: $50 for Temple members; $75 for non-members. Brotherhood Breakfast Club

Rabbi Yael Splansky

Feb. 2 — Rabbi Yael Splansky, How Does the Jewish Library Stack Up Feb. 9 — Rabbi Yael Splansky, The Family Who Prays Together Feb. 16 — Debbie Spiegel, Shabbat at Home: More than Chicken Soup

The Yiddish Novel Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 11 a.m. This course is open to the community; non-members will be charged a fee of $60.

Debbie Spiegel

Supporting Challenged Children and Their Families Howard Bloom, Co-director, Blooming Acres, and Brenda Rothenberg, Manager, Community Outreach, Reena Sun. Jan. 15, at 9.30 a.m. Join us, following the Shacharit Service, for our famous breakfast at 9.30 a.m. and the presentation at 10 a.m. All Temple members (men and women) are welcome.

Feb. 23 — Debbie Spiegel, Home for the Holidays

Library Lecture Mar 2 —

Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Kashrut: Is it Significant for a Reform Jew

Mar. 9 — Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, What Happens after We Die

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Rabbi Jason Rosenberg


Kafka: A Life in Trial Ralph Wintrob, Teacher and Librarian Tue. Jan. 24, at 7.30 p.m. For more details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple. Co-sponsored by Brotherhood.

Planning your Marriage Beyond the Chupah David and Eileen Berger, and Rabbi Yael Splansky Thursdays at 8.30 p.m., Feb. 2 to Mar. 2 With the stress of planning the wedding, sometimes planning the marriage gets lost. All newly married couples and soon-to-be married couples are invited to this five-part series. We will discuss several issues, including: setting expectations and priorities, extended family dynamics, healthy communication, financial planning and creating a Jewish home. To register, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple.

will teach you how to make your holiday enjoyable for the whole family. Jewish Music History From Antiquity to Modernity: the Wide Horizons of Jewish Music Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m., Mar. 14, 21 and 28 We will discuss: Historical Background to Jewish Music — the Backbones of Synagogue Music; and Jewish Music through the Ages: a Musical Journey of 12th-Century Music to Modern Times. On Mar. 28, there will be a Musical Recital: Jewish Identity through a Musical Lens.

Kabbalah The Heritage of Jewish Mysticism: What Can it Teach Us? Rabbi Michael Stroh Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion Tuesdays at 10.30 a.m. Mar. 16 to Apr. 6 This course will examine the following questions: what is Kabbalah; what is the difference between pop Kabbalah and real Kabbalah; does Jewish mysticism have important things to say to Reform Jews; and should we strive for mystical union with God? Registration required. Cost: $40.

Dimensions of Violence:

SHIFTING LINES: Can Ariel Sharon Draw the Borders of Peace and Security?

Isabel Kershner Associate Editor, The Jerusalem Report and author of Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Library Book Club

WED. JAN. 25, AT 8 P.M.

The Singing Fire by Lilian Nattel Ken Skolnik Mon. Mar. 6, at 10 a.m. For details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple.

Are You B’Seder? Debbie Spiegel Interim Director of Education Thursdays at 7.30 p.m., Mar. 9, 23 and 30 Give a little seder (order) to your seder. Join us for a practical guide to preparing for the Passover holiday and make this Pesach stressfree. These creative and informative sessions

Photograph by Esteban Alterman

Pesach Workshops

Isabel Kershner specializes in writing about Palestinian affairs, including political and social developments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She was one of the first Israeli journalists to interview Yasser Arafat, and has written in depth on such issues as the Arab minority in Israel and the Jewish settlement movement in the West Bank. Her new book, Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, was released in December. Co-sponsored by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Canada-Israel Committee.

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The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning

Judaism on Self-Defence, War and Terrorism Rabbi Jonathan Crane Ph.D. Candidate in the Study of Religion, Specializing in Jewish Ethics, University of Toronto Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. Feb. 15 to Mar. 22 This course examines complex and practical issues related to contemporary warfare. We will follow the textual arguments to learn how halachah and ethical sensibilities influence each other.

A look at democratization: is it for real? The 2005 Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Fall Lecture Series at Holy Blossom Temple followed in the tradition of this lecture series, bringing out thousands of people — our members and friends from the community — for evenings with pre-eminent figures on a topic of importance. Democratization: Is it for Real? featured Yossi Klein Halevi reflecting on the crucial role democratization will have to play to achieve peace between Israel and her neighbours. Christopher Hitchens presented one view of the American endeavour to bring democracy to Iraq, while Samantha Power presented another view. And, finally, Azar Nafisi shared with us her personal story of courage and freedom living under the undemocratic regime in Iran. Holy Blossom is grateful to Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman for their belief in the importance of the kind of events that bring together large and enthusiastic crowds, and the leading figures of the day. We are also grateful to the many who support this lecture series with their presence and interest.

Different Views from Washington, with Christopher Hitchens (Nov. 16)

The View from Israel, with Yossi Klein Halevi (Nov. 8)

Left to right: (sitting) Rabbi John Moscowitz, Yossi Klein Halevi and Allan Gotlieb; and (standing) Rabbi Yael Splansky, Judy Nyman, Alan Garfinkel and Rabbi Jason Rosenberg

Left to right: (sitting) Christopher Hitchens and David Frum; and (standing) Alan Garfinkel and Rabbi John Moscowitz

The Power of Democracy in (Secret) Action, with Azar Nafisi (Dec. 6)

Cautionary Tales, with Samantha Power (Nov. 21)

Left to right: (sitting) Azar Nafisi and Heather Reisman; and (stand ing) Nelofer Pazira and Rabbi Yae Splansky

Left to right: Rabbi John Moscowitz, Samantha Power and Margaret MacMillan * All photographs by Charlene MacEachern

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with Cantor Lindi Rivers During the Shabbat Morning Service, join us for a tribute to

Naomi Shemer the beloved Israeli poet/ songwriter who composed Yerushalayim shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold).

Cantor Lindi Rivers, Temple Singers, the Holy Blossom Temple Junior Choir and other talented musicians will bring this musical legacy to life.

Come and pray with us and discover, through words and music, why Naomi is known as “the first lady of Israeli song.”

The W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award by Judy Nyman, Acting Chair, Holy Blossom Temple Foundation

“Through all your trials and sorrows, you have come to exemplify the greatest ideals to which we can aspire. You move us to come together and express our common humanity … you have made us all more human, more feeling, more emotionally attached to people and situations half a world away,” Governor General, Adrianne Clarkson said in presenting General Roméo Dallaire with the Order of Canada. And those words echoed true to the more than 400 people who filled the Sanctuary of Holy Blossom Temple on Nov. 7, 2005, to listen to this true Canadian hero. Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, who served for 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, was awarded the

W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award tinguished list of honours, which includes for his outstanding contribution to the the Order of Canada, the Governor Genercommunity and to human rights. al’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction (for his Lieutenant-General Dallaire spoke with book Shake Hands With the Devil — The passion about his frustration at being given Failure of Humanity in Rwanda) and the responsibility without authority as the United Nations Association in Canada’s Force Commander of the United Nations Pearson Peace Medal. This past March, Mission to Rwanda in 1994, where his Lieutenant-General Dallaire became a dedication to world peace, his self-sacrifice sitting member to the Canadian Senate. and his courage saved the lives of thousands of Rwandans. So gripping was his recounting of the failures by humanity to stop one of the worst genocides of the 20th century, that the Sanctuary was virtually silent, save for his voice. Beyond the utter horror, LieutenantGeneral Dallaire focused our attention on the ethics and morality surrounding the genocide, posing the question: are all humans human, or are some Left to right are: (sitting) Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Judith more human than others? Plaut and Roméo Dallaire; and (standing) Cantor Lindi Lieutenant-General Dallaire Rivers, Rose Wolfe, John Fraser, Temple President Alan adds the Plaut Award to his dis- Garfinkel and Rabbi John Moscowitz. January 2006


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Photograph by Paul Hellen

Rwanda: lessons learned

School leadership at its best Education Matters by Deborah K. Spiegel, Interim Director of Education

information. “What a joy it was to enter a classroom!” is the way Dalia has approached each day as a teacher.

Photograph by Debbie Spiegel

In this second in our series on some of the wonderful staff members who have an impact in Holy Blossom Temple schools, I’d like to talk about Dalia Alalouf, a Supervisor in our Hebrew Department. Dalia is our vatika, our veteran, who has been with us ‘forever.’

Becoming a teacher Dalia has been working at Holy Blossom Temple for 35 years. She came to Canada from Israel 38 years ago, arriving immediately after the Six-Day War in Israel she completed her teacher training at the Toronto Board of Jewish Education’s Midrasha. Dalia says she always knew that she would be a teacher and, after becoming one, her excitement grew as she thought about the next lesson plan to prepare and the next group of children with whom she would be able to share

Dalia Alalouf

It took years before Dalia agreed to take on the position of Hebrew Supervisor. “I needed someone to really validate my work in the classroom and I guess after being asked three times, they really wanted me to take it on.” She realized that if she could excite the students in her classroom year after year, she might

be able to motivate a crew of Hebrew teachers and adult learners. That was 14 years ago! Former students often stop Dalia and remind her that she was once their teacher and what a wonderful experience they had. We are fortunate at Holy Blossom Temple to have Dalia as one of our long-time employees. She also continues to work as Hebrew Supervisor at Temple Emanu-El, where she has also been since her arrival to Canada. We are thrilled that she keeps Holy Blossom Temple central to her heart! Kol ha’kavod Dalia.

School newsletters School newsletters are available on the Temple Web site, at www.holyblossom.org, or by sending me an e-mail to: dspiegel@holyblossom.org. Find out what is happening in school each week.

2006 school openings Second term begins as follows: Mon. Jan. 9 Senior school Wed. Jan. 11 Hebrew school Sun. Jan. 15 Religious school

It has been a wondrous few months in the Pre-School. More than130 children have settled in beautifully and have been fully immersed in awe-tumn, its holidays and its splendour. From apples and honey, tashlich, Torahs and the story of Creation, there has been much learning and excitement. Rabbi John Moscowitz spent some time with our Junior Kindergarten children discussing the joys of Shabbat. Rabbi Jason Rosenberg joined us in the Temple sukkah and in the classrooms, blowing the shofar, getting to know the children and introducing the traditions around Sukkot and Shabbat. His shofar-blowing was ‘awe’some. Rabbi Jason Rosenberg with some of our Pre-School students.

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Photograph by Pam Hamovitch

Awe-tumn in the Pre-School

Family Programming PJ/Movie Night Sat. Jan. 14, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. You bring the pyjamas and the blakets; we will bring the movies and the snacks. What better way to pass a wintry evening than with good friends and a good time at the Temple? RSVP to the Family Programming hotline (ext. 518), at the Temple.

Annual Family Shabbat Dinner Fri. Jan. 27, 2006, after the Service After our 6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service, everyone is invited to enjoy wonderful food, great company, singing and Israeli dancing. Even better — we will have lots of entertainment for the

kids, so they will have fun while you enjoy a lovely meal and good conversation. It is the perfect (and easiest) way to enjoy Shabbat dinner with your family and friends. Cost: adults $25; children $10 (non-eaters for free). RSVP to the Family Programming hotline (ext. 518), at the Temple.

Tot Shabbat If you have not been to a Tot Shabbat with your children yet, then you are missing the best Shabbat around for your kids! Tot Shabbat is our semimonthly Service especially for our kids up to five years old (and their older siblings, parents, bubbies and zadies). We welcome Shabbat with music,



prayer, stories, crafts and more. Once a month, we also have a semi-potluck dinner, so you can shmooze with other parents, while the kids have a great time with each other. It is the perfect Shabbat for the whole family. For more details or to register for a dinner, please call Olivia D’Souza (ext. 260), at the Temple. Mark these upcoming dates in your calendars: Jan. 6 and 20 (dinner); Feb. 3 (dinner) and 17 (Gesher*); Mar. 3 (dinner) and 17; Apr. 7 (dinner) and 21; May 5 (dinner) and 19 (Gesher*); June 9 (dinner) and 23. *The Gesher Service is a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat Service.

Meaningful help


by Sandy Wise, Chair, Social Action Committee

(for 20 and 30 somethings)

Shabbes Tish 2006

Yoga with a Jewish twist

Rabbi Yael Splansky and Aviva Chernick

Rabbi Yael Splansky and Michelle Katz

Fridays at 9.30 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 31, Apr. 28 and May 26, 2006

Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. Jan. 10 to Feb. 28, 2006 Michelle Katz is a certified Iyengar yoga

We will meet once a month

instructor who also teaches Jewish medita-

to celebrate Shabbat with

tion and mindfulness. Rabbi Yael Splansky

wine and dessert, singing

will bring complementing Jewish texts to

and study.

consider the interplay between body, mind and soul. Registration required. Cost: $90 for Temple members; $100 for non-members.

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

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The Social Action Committee has identified three groups/areas where we believe Holy Blossom can make a significant contribution: • Black youth in Toronto; • Disadvantaged and homeless people in Toronto; and • AIDS in Africa (working with the Stephen Lewis Foundation). We are in the early stages of gathering information and inviting representatives to our meetings, to help us determine which projects to pursue and what activities, events and resources are needed to participate in meaningful ways. We invite you to attend our next meeting on Wed. Jan. 18, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. RSVP to Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple, or to me at (416) 322-0377.

David Hart: fostering ChristianJewish relations

Mon. Mar. 13, 2006, at 8.45 p.m.

Photograph by Murray Hart

On Nov. 10, 2005, a symposium was held in Toronto to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the issuing of the Decree of Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate (Oct. 28, 1965) and to recognize the importance of this document for Christians and Jews in fostering mutual understanding and respect. During the symposium, Temple member David Hart was recognized for his tireless work in this regard by being awarded the Christian-Jewish Dialogue Award. We, as his congregation, are proud of him and the work he is so committed to. We wish him our sincere congratulations. — Rabbi John Moscowitz

Jan. 23 The Dead Sea Scrolls Reverend Dr. John B. Howarth Pastor, Bloomington Gospel Church, Stouffville


at H O L Y B L O S S O M

Jews of the Silk Road Rochelle Carrady Renowned Traveller

Jan. 30 Christianity and its Judaic Traditions Reverend Walter Kelly Chaplain, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Is Civil Divorce Enough? Rabbi Edward Goldfarb

Feb. 6 Creativity and Sports John Eisenberg, Retired Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Jan. 9

@ the Temple Mondays @ the Temple resumes its weekly programming on Jan. 9, 2006. We invite all seniors to join us each Monday morning at 10 a.m. for a chance to socialize with Temple friends, hear interesting programs, take part in gentle exercise and enjoy lunch. The cost for the day is $2. Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs.

This year, we are putting on The Megillah According to Motown, and we need you for this Purim schpiel. Do you sing? Even a little? If so, then call Shelly Miller, at (416) 484-1044, or e-mail shellymiller@rogers.com to sign up. One of our best events of the year will not be as good without you, so call now.

David Hart receives the award from His Eminence Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy.

Seniors’ M O N D AYS

The Megillah According to Motown

Jan. 16

For more details on any of these programs, please call the seniors’ hotline (ext. 517), at the Temple. Holy Blossom Temple


Book Talk, with Rabbi Bernard Baskin (Nov. 3)

A time to learn Late fall was a time of learning from inspirational teachers. We welcomed interesting lectures, including a provocative Holocaust Education talk from Professor Michael Marrus, a multi-faith talk from Atif Kahlil and a talk on his life from The Honourable Fred Kaufman. Temple members also had a unique opportunity to see a screening of Alexandre Trudeau’s documentary “The Fence,” and to study some literary works with Rabbi Bernard Baskin.

Rabbi Bernard Baskin at the second of his Book Talks.

Holocaust Education Week, with Michael Marrus (Nov. 2)

Professor Michael Marrus with Temple member Rose Wolfe.

What Every Jew Should Know about Islam, with Atif Khalil (Nov. 23)

Generation t : My Story, with Alexandre Trudeau (Nov. 9)

Photograph by Charlene MacEachern

Book Talk: Searching for Justice, with The Honourable Fred Kaufman (Dec. 1) The Honourable Fred Kaufman displays his new book. Alexandre Trudeau (right) joins Temple member Michael Levine and other guests to watch the screening of Trudeau's documentary, “The Fence.”

All photographs by Paul Hellen unless otherwise indicated.

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Events and Announcements Arts and Literature A CALL TO TEMPLE ARTISTS To help us celebrate Holy Blossom Temple’s 150th Anniversary, we invite you to participate in a special exhibit to take place on May 7, 2006, to showcase the works of members of our Temple. Artists may submit two original works: painting, collage, prints, photography, small sculptures, ceramics or glassworks. Please pick up an entry form in the Temple office or on our Web site, www.holyblossom.org/fine_arts and return as soon as possible. LIBRARY HOURS Winter break 2006 hours continue in the Library as follows: Tue. Jan. 3 to Wed. Jan. 4 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 6 p.m. Sun. Jan. 8 Closed Mon. Jan. 9 Closed Tue. Jan. 10 1 to 6 p.m. Wed. Jan. 11 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2 to 6 p.m.


OUT OF THE COLD We would appreciate donations of the following: • Clean large-sized coats, sweatshirts and sweat pants; and • Hotel-size toiletries: shampoo, soap, hand cream, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Thank you for your support.

COMBATING MEDIA BIAS AGAINST ISRAEL Sun. Jan. 8, 2006, at 10.45 a.m. Congregation Beth Habonim 5 Glen Park Ave. Learn how to read between the lines of newspapers, write effective letters and keep the media honest. Includes breakfast at 10 a.m. Tickets: $6 at the door. Sponsored by Honest Reporting Canada. For details, please call (416) 915-9157. HOME OF THE BRAVE (FILM) Tue. Jan. 10 to Sun. Jan. 15, 2006 Leah Posluns Theatre 4588 Bathurst Street This film deals with anti-Semitism in the United States army during World War II. Sponsored by Teatron. For details, including show times, call (416) 855-6651.

As part of the Temple’s 150th Anniversary celebrations, we are planning a celebration for those who were confirmed at Holy Blossom Temple. Please send your name and e-mail address to confirmationreunion@holyblossom.org, or call ext. 506, at the Temple with your information, so we can ensure you receive an invitation. If you know any past Confirmands, please ask them to register with us.

Ha’Atzmau Ha’Atzmaut


Gemilut Chasadim

Greater Community

Confirmation Celebrating Past Confirmands Reunion R

BOOK DRIVE Holy Blossom Temple is once again conducting a children’s book drive. We accept any books, toys or games


that are in excellent condition. Donations can be placed in the blue bin in the school foyer. These items will be distributed by The Furniture Bank to the children of families who have just secured permanent housing. The book and toy drive will continue throughout the year.

The Art and Torah Committee, in conjuction with the Torat Chaim Project, the Israel Committee and the Yom Ha’Atzmaut Committee, is holding a poster contest. Please submit your designs for a poster representing our theme: “Hebrew script” and “Torah emanates from Israel.” Your poster should celebrate the Torah and Israel for Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Bring original art work or a CD to the office, directed to Jackie Markowitz, by Wed. Mar.1, 2006. All submissions become the property of Holy Blossom Temple and will not be returned. Winner will be notified and recognized. Poster will be used for all advertising and display purposes for our celebration. For more details, please call Jackie Markowitz at (416) 484-0029.

Holy Blossom Temple


Our Congregational Family Welcome to Our Temple Family

In Memoriam

We would like to welcome the following people to our Holy Blossom Temple family: Sara & Michael Angel, and Charles Yanna Baizer Erin Belman & Brian Lusthaus, and Michael, Adrienne and Jilian Jenny Solursh & Mark Rivkin, and Wade Stan Savitsky Emily Rayson & Michael Sherman, and Alec, Samuel and Jonathan

The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Elkie & Abbie Adler, step-mother and father of Marc Adler, Mitch Adler and Holli Irvine, daughter of Manny Kimel, sister of Ron Kimel and Warren Kimel Min Collins, mother of Sandy Rubenstein and Phyllis Snider, sister of Beth Sky Marika (Chava) Favor, mother of Judi Miller and Michael Ryval Frances Golden, mother of Leni Bobrowsky and Ruth Smith, sister of Arnold Rumm, Leon Rumm and Somer Rumm Licel Margolis, mother of Jacqueline Margolis, John Margolis and Tom Margolis, sister of Ruth Cohler Lillian Messinger, mother of Fran Messinger, Jack Messinger and Stephen Messinger, sister of Dorothy Kohen Andrew Schwartz, father of Vivian Leith and Gerald Schwartz Greta Sonshine, mother of Enid Orvitz and Jay Sonshine, sister of Ethel Solomon and Shirley Train Cyril Summerfield, husband of Paula Summerfield, father of Melissa Fogle, Lloyd Summerfield and Marvyn Summerfield, brother of Dinkie Summerfield and Lionel Summerfield Robert Trope, husband of Adele Trope, father of Pamela Sack, Graham Trope and Shelley Trope Edward Wigdor, father of Ruth Housman and Nancy Wigdor

Mazal Tov Sara Charney, Past President of Sisterhood, on her election to the Board of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). David Hart, Past Chair of the Holy Blossom Interfaith Committee, on receiving the Christian Dialogue of Toronto Award.

Births Leslie & Elliot Salmons on the birth of their son Benjamin Matthew Salmons. Proud grandparents are Sharon & Bernie Herman and Louie Salmons. Proud great-grandmother is Anna Flancman.

B’nei Mitzvah Memorial Plaques 14 Tevet 5766/Jan. 14, 2006 Ryan Daniel Bernard Slomen Lamers, son of Wendy Slomen-Lamers & Wolfgang Lamers

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

14 Tevet 5766/Jan. 14, 2006 Clayton Shiffman, son of Lisa & Len Shiffman

6 Shevat 5766/Feb. 4, 2006 Maxwell Gordon, son of Sandy & Kenny Gordon

Engagement/Marriage Ticia Heibein, daughter of Melodie & Ronald Heibein, and Jacob Leibel, son of Gloria & Tony Leibel, who will be married in July 2006. Elliot Shiffman, son of Dee-Dee & Gary Shiffman, and Emmy Dotan, daughter of Ruti & Ary Dotan. January 2006


Name Samuel Bregman Dr. Joshua Chesnie Lionel Fogler Leah Goldman Krugel Helen Mandel Irving Saunders Minnie Feinsod Charles Fremes Sylvia Greenberg Jessie Mannis Leslie Cherniak Jeanette Enkin Harry Geller Beatrice Rosenberg Tevet/Shevat 5766

Date Jan. 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10

Name Date Joseph Manuel Rothschild Jan. 10 Ephraim F. Singer 10 Etta King 11 Walter Landauer 11 Gertrude Brodey 12 Max Garfinkel 12 Toba Meltz Hausman 12 Samuel Philip Smith 12 Jack Tizel 12 David Devlin 13 Gerald M. Kirsh 14 Bertha Kofman 14 M. David Lipson 14 Morris Rother 14 Robert Beil 15 Morris Goldstein 15 Harry Harbour 15 Samuel Stulberg 15 Amelia Hershman 16 Sarah Shulman 16 David Brody 17 Ruth Turner Godfrey 17

Name Lillian Lavine Beverley Alice Mayles Samuel Persiko Morris Harold Baker Esther Lewis Sadie Rother Max Wall Jacob Siegel Paul Swartz Minnie Biback Peter Krakauer Esther Landau Celia Lula Saunders Estelle Esmig Esther Landau Abraham Cohen Darrell Draper Phyllis Fromkin William Rosenberg Harry Solmon Anne Weinstein Philip Dover Freda Gotfrid Bernard Grove William Loebel Deborah Marks Ida Wecksler Susan Ely Samuel Feldstein Linda Leibel Florence Lokash Harry Ralph Rose Morris Stern Albert Aarons Jessie Scolnick Sadie Zener Diana Appleby Joan Finsten Coleman Herman Mildred Marks Abraham Polakoff Frank Gerstein Harry Fields Herman Hutner Samuel Nankin Norton Penturn David Shulman Benjamin Ulster

Date Jan. 17 17 17 18 19 19 19 20 20 21 21 21 21 22 22 23 24 24 24 24 24 25 25 25 25 25 25 26 26 26 26 26 26 27 27 28 29 29 29 29 29 30 31 31 31 31 31 31

Name Date Miriam Wexler Jan. 31 Harry Bain Feb. 1 Charles Fishbein 1 Maximillian Fremes 1 Harry Grossman 1 Aaron Kendall 1 Abraham Singer 1 Myers L. Stitt 1 Gertrude Agar 2 Ruth Brown 2 Samya Chris 2 Joan Freedman 2 Albert Ginsberg 2 Max Keyfitz 2 Isaac Pollock 2 Hannah Aaron 3 Anchel Davis 3 Elsie Kolm 3 Florence Lederman 3 Nathan Nowack 3 Gerald Pencer 3 Luis Alberto Quiroz 3 Lilian Steinberg 3 Carl Lewis Young 3 Sam Zane 3 Noah Bacher 4 Livia Barto 4 Louis Pritzker 4 Emma Goldberger Liban 5 Rudolph Liban 5 Sara Pape 5 Celia Caplan Steinberg 5 Harold Leslie 6 Rose Pulver 6 Sam Strauch 6 Sidney Eisen 7 Edward Gold 7 Rose Manning Goldstein 7 Morley Binstock 8 David Lewis 8 Hyman Malowane 8 David Kaufman 9 Herbert Nussbaum 9 Ellen Zener 9 S. Joseph Birnbaum 10 Samuel David Borins 10 Sarah Krymalowsky 10 Herbert C. Rothschild 10 Gertrude Rotstein 10 Helen Blanche Sherman 10 Holy Blossom Temple

We thank our generous donors Accessibility Fund Michael Larkin, In Appreciation: Irwin Title Aid for Survivors of Terrorism Murray Abron, In Memory: Sandy & Gordon Atlin Daisy & Syd Jacobs, Special Birthday: Rose & Victor Rubinoff William Anshan Youth Award Shirley & Hughie Kline, Special Birthdays: Jean Anshan Ruth Borden Memorial Youth Award Barry Borden, In Appreciation: Judi & Mel Goldberg; Irwin Title Beverley Colman Lokash Scholarship Shirley Firestone, In Honour: Beverley Colman Lokash Dorothy Garfinkel, Speedy Recovery: Beverley Colman Lokash Phyllis Spivak, Special Birthday: Beverley Colman Lokash The Danson Family Fund Sadie Wolfe Danson, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Farber Earl & Marilyn Danson Farber Camp Scholarship Sadie Danson, Yahrzeit: Theodora & Bert Danson Jean Fine Seniors Fund Sandy Bloomberg Nudelman, In Memory: Sally & Ben Jacobson; Paula Moshonas Peter Freed, In Memory: Sally & Ben Jacobson Daisy & Syd Jacobs, Special Birthdays: Dorothy & Albert Gellman Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux Floral Fund Ryan Daniel Bernard Slomen Lamers, Bar Mitzvah: Wendy Slomen-Lamers & Wolfgang Lamers Clayton Shiffman, Bar Mitzvah: Lisa & Len Shiffman Maxwell Gordon, Bar Mitzvah: Sandy & Kenny Gordon Gardner Family Fund Hope & Benjamin Maissner, Birth of Granddaughter: Zita Gardner and Family Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Brenda Spiegler & Mark Anshan, In Honour of Adam’s Bar Mitzvah: Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz Irwin Borins, In Memory: Karen & Yoel Abells; Randi & Alan Garfinkel Max Blum, In Memory: Doreen Neiss Jeff Denaburg, In Appreciation: Judy Nyman Jerry Diamond, Special Birthday: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Alan Garfinkel, In Appreciation: Judy Nyman Randi Garfinkel, In Appreciation: Judy Nyman Susan Harris & David Kassie, In Honour of Emily’s Bat Mitzvah: Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz Jill Hertzman, Mazal Tov: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Daisy & Syd Jacobs, Special Birthday: Jeanne Kamarner Bonnie Jackson, In Appreciation: Judy Nyman Norman Klein, Special Birthday: Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot Hope & Benjamin Maissner, Birth of Granddaughter: Susan & Barry Borden; Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz Linda Neufeld, In Appreciation: Doreen Neiss Freda Offman, In Memory: Sally & Ben Jacobson Rivanne Sandler, In Appreciation: Judy Nyman


Walter Seaton, In Appreciation: Judy Nyman Theodore Schipper, In Honour of Receiving Award: Michelle & Bob Schipper Elana Waldman, Speedy Recovery: Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz Gordie Wolfe, Speedy Recovery: Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz

Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, In Appreciation: Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot, and Erin and Eden Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot, and Erin and Eden Suzy Ungar, Happy Birthday: Deborah Zemans, Daryl Gelgoot, Erin and Eden Hildi Weiman-Stein, Happy Birthday: Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot, and Erin and Eden Madeline Zemans, Happy Birthday: Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot, and Erin and Eden

Isenberg Endowment Fund Joseph Ederman, In Memory: Sandra & Chris Grivas Jacobs Tower Fund Jill Hertzman and David Hertzman, In Honour of Laura’s Marriage: Glenda Mindlin and Alison Mindlin; Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz

Elizabeth Plaut Memorial Fund Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Special Birthday: Marilyn Farber

Library Book Fund Jerry Diamond, 90th Birthday: Carol & Bert Abugov

Prayer Book Fund Elie Cass, In Memory: Jean & Richard Lorie Ruth Ross, In Memory: Marilyn Hahn

Dow and Fredzia Marmur Program for Educational Excellence Eli Cass, In Memory: Vikki & Michael Lyons; Bonnie Lawrence Shear & Mel Shear Daisy & Syd Jacobs, Special Birthdays: Ira Jacobs Phyllis Spivak, Special Birthday: Sybil & Jack Geller

Project Tikvah Irwin Borins, In Memory: Gail & Barry Silver Hope & Benjamin Maissner, Birth of Granddaughter: Gail and Barry Silver Ann & Gary Posen, Marriage of Daughter: Gail & Barry Silver

Musical Legacy Fund Jake Fine, On Becoming Bar Mitzvah: Adalyn Sapera Hope & Benjmain Maissner, Birth of Granddaughter: Karen & Yoel Abells, and Alana, Dara, Lyla and Samara; Sarita Dotan; Miriam & Marvin Dryer; Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Sybil & Jack Geller; Margaret & David Hart; Ellen Karabanow; Marlene & Robert Ruderman; Marlene & Stan Stein and Family; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Mari Lynn Rusak, Birth of Granddaughter: Karen & Yoel Abells, and Alana, Dara, Lyla and Samara

Nancy Ruth Educational Fund Jerry Diamond, Special Birthday: Nancy & Sam Ruth Donna Robins, Mazal Tov: Nancy & Sam Ruth Robert and Rene Salsberg Scholarship Dr. & Mrs. Hughie Klein, Special Birthday: Robert Salsberg Shacharit Fund Jacob Bendayan, Yahrzeit: Reina Bendayan & Don Borrett, and Michael and Sarah Henry Bigio, Yahrzeit: Matilda Bigio Henry Clavir, Yahrzeit: Isabel Schwartz Louis Craig, Yahrzeit: The Craig Family Evelyn Davis, Yahrzeit: Julia & Michael Sax Stanley Davis, Yahrzeit: Julia & Michael Sax Toby Denaburg, In Memory: Clare & Monty Denaburg Pinkas Dermer, Yahrzeit: Clara Engel Jerry Diamond, 90th Birthday: Sarita Dotan; Sybil & Jack Geller; Jeanne Kamarner; Mary & Henry Seldon; Linda & Gordon Wolfe Helen Schwartz Feldt, Yahrzeit: Myrna Silver Jay Paul Fingold, In Memory: Alicia Fingold Saul Fischler, Yahrzeit: The Fischler Family Rose Freedman, Yahrzeit: Bea & Saul Sidlofsky Karen Goldblatt, Yahrzeit: Barry Goldblatt Harold Gotfrid, Yahrzeit: Marilyn & David Gotfrid Sylvia Guberman, Yahrzeit: Judith Wilansky Eric Helfield, Yahrzeit: Gillian Helfield Alice Herman, Yahrzeit: Wendy Eisen Max Hoffman, Yahrzeit: Bernice & Yitz Penciner Ben Hochman, Yahrzeit: Hochman Family Jack Kamarner, Yahrzeit: Jeanne Kamarner Eva Kuperman, Yahrzeit: The Kuperman Family Bessie Magder, In Memory: Clare & Monty Denaburg Louis Mandel, In Memory: Julie Banik Michael Mandel, Yahrzeit: Vera & Alex Mandel Vera Margolis, Yahrzeit: Rachel & Harvin Pitch Anne Nashman, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul Fishbein Gerald George Nashman, Yahrzeit: Rina & Saul Fishbein; Selig Patchen, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Hahn Harry Penciner, Yahrzeit: Bernice & Yitz Penciner Bill Pitch, Yahrzeit: Harvin Pitch Amelia Pless, Yahrzeit: Dora Track Sam Pockrass, In Memory: Susan & Roger Stronell

Out of the Cold Max Blume, In Memory: Alexis Rothschild & Shawn Gold Sandy Bloomberg, In Memory: Saundra & Henry Sherman Halina & Sidney Bregman, In Honour: Beverley Colman Lokash Madelin Brodey, In Memory: Sybil & David Gordon; Leonard Levy Dillon Landau, Happy Birthday: Becky Wasser Catherine Larkin, In Memory: Shelly Berenbaum & Chuck Litman; Mimi Kronby; Abe Neufeld and Larry Babins Linda Moss, Mazal Tov: Phyllis & Jeff Denaburg, Beth and Robbie Barbara Organ, In Appreciation: Irwin Title Andrew Pack, In Memory: Annie & Michael Appleby; Shelly Berenbaum & Chuck Litman; Michelle Katz & Larry Blumenthal, and Jesse and Mira; Lynn & Richard Burton; Sue & Lou Devor; Fran & Murray Ellis; Randi & Stuart Feiner; Raquel & Alan Feldberg; Ethel & Harold Freeman; Judy & Marty Friedland; Allan Gardner; Kathy & Maurice Green; Doreen & Joe Kronick; Yvonne & Herbert Lowe; Lesley & Ron Miller; Glenda Mindlin; Barbara Organ; Ann & Gary Posen; Alexis Rothschild & Shawn Gold; Janet Ryval; Marsha Slivka; Sheila & Bob Smolkin; Eleanor & Hartley Steinberg; The Zeilig Family Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Special Birthday: Annalee & Brian Schnurr; Sheila & Bob Smolkin Nancy & Lloyd Pollack, Mazal Tov: The Gotfrid Family Ann & Gary Posen, Marriage of Daughter: Sheila & Bob Smolkin Alicia Ross, In Memory: Doreen Neiss Len Sober, In Memory: The Simonsky Family Gary Tile, Special Birthday: Tina Urman & Carey Diamond, and Shayna, Sunny and Rory Bill Weinstein, Get Well Soon: Gitte & Les Crangle Wise Family, Happy New Year: Beverley Lokash Michael Wunder, Happy Birthday: Lori & Lawrie Wilder Harry & Cecile Pearl Youth Award Wendy & Stephen Firestone, Mazal Tov: Rochelle Green Stephen Pearl, 60th Birthday: Rochelle Green Anita Robins, Happy Birthday: Deborah Zemans & Daryl Gelgoot, and Erin and Eden

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Rose Reiss, Yahrzeit: Sheila Zane and Family Henry Rogosin, In Memory: Joyce & Barry Spiegel Samuel Tile, Yahrzeit: Esther & Marvin Tile Anne Wardinger, Yahrzeit: Roberta Wardinger Sam Wasserman, Yahrzeit: Maxine & Mel Wasserman Freda Zipursky, In Memory: Dara Abells Bella Zweig, Yahrzeit: Esther & Marvin Tile

Youth Awards Greg Mahon, In Appreciation: Janis Karlinsky & Jon Ennis Nancy & Lloyd Pollack, Birth of Grandson: Franci & Ken Sniderman Penny & Martin Offman, Mazal Tov: Rosalyn & Stan Witkin Aviva Rubin & Jonathan Schneider, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow Len Sober, In Memory: Susan Baskin & Jack Micay and Family; Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy Lionel Waldman, Mazal Tov: Rosalyn & Stan Witkin

Toronto Community Forest (Jewish National Fund) Adam Albright, In Memory: Clara Suter and Family Ana Casinha, In Memory: Sandy & Simon Mawas Dennis Dishart, In Memory: Muriel & Al Tinianov Esther Epstein, In Memory: Barbara Gordon Etherl Katz, Happy 85th Birthday: Muriel & Al Tinianov Sara Shefsky, Happy 95th Birthday: Sybil & Jack Geller

Contacts for Donations To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265. To learn more about how you can support the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, or to establish a new fund, please call Deborah Tameanko, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265.

Al & Dora Track Scholarship Daisy & Syd Jacobs, Special Birthdays: Dora Track Al Track, Yahrzeit: Dora Track

To make a donation to MAZON Canada, please call (416) 783-7554. To make a donation to the Toronto Community Forest Fund, please call Sybil Gordon at (416) 489-5709.

Leonard Wolfe Educational Fund Arnold Arbus, Speedy Recovery: Honey Wolfe Susan & David Cohen, Special Birthdays: Carole Dale Ben Daniels, In Memory: Honey Wolfe Ruth Dexter, Speedy Recovery: Carole Dale Ralph Goldman, Speedy Recovery: Honey Wolfe Patrice Patton, In Honour: Honey Wolfe Jon Robins, Special Birthday: Carole & Myron Dale; Honey Wolfe Ada Segal, In Memory: Honey 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 $18 or more. We will continue to recognize donations of $18 or more in the Bulletin. We apologize but due to space constraints, not all donations will appear in the Bulletin issue closest to the date on which the contribution was made. Donations in this issue were received by Nov. 18, 2005.

Sisterhood Cooking demonstration with Rose Reisman Wed. Apr. 5, 2006, at 7.15 p.m. Guest Chef Rose Reisman will host our annual cooking demonstration. Mark your calendars for this informative and entertaining evening and watch the Bulletin for more details.

Sisterhood Judaica Shop The Judaica Shop has a wide assortment of tallit, mezzuzot, challah covers and knives, books, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah gifts. Our hours are: Monday to Friday 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Sundays 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. (during the winter months only) If you are unable to shop during the scheduled hours, please call the Shop (ext. 234), at the Temple, and we would be happy to make an appointment.

Tu B’Shevat Seder Tue. Feb. 14, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. Please join us for a short open board meeting at 7 p.m., and then join Sisterhood and HABSTY at 7.30 p.m. for a festive one-of-a-kind seder. This modern, uplifting Service celebrates the coming of spring. We will read from a special Tu B’Shevat Haggadah and enjoy some delicious snacks. RSVP by Thur. Feb. 9, 2005. Annual Women’s Retreat Rabbi Yael Splansky and Anne Dublin Fri. Apr. 7 to Sun. Apr. 9, 2006 Join us for our annual Women’s Retreat at Horseshoe Valley Resort, near Barrie, and treat yourself to a weekend of study, worship, rest and good company. Nominating Committee Sisterhood’s Nominating Committee needs your input. Please call the Sisterhood hotline with your nomination suggestions.

To RSVP or for more details on any of our wonderful Sisterhood programs, please call our hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple.

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This month

Holy Blossom

Tue. Jan. 3 11 a.m.

3 Tevet Advanced Hebrew

Wed. Jan. 4 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m.

4 Tevet Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel

Sat. Jan. 7 9 a.m.

7 Tevet Torah Study

Mon. Jan. 9 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

9 Tevet Mondays @ the Temple, with Rochelle Carrady Intermediate Hebrew

Tue. Jan. 10 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

10 Tevet Advanced Hebrew Generation t’s Yoga with a Twist

Wed. Jan. 11 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

11 Tevet Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Fri. Jan. 13 6 p.m.

13 Tevet Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner

Sat. Jan. 14 9 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

14 Tevet Torah Study Family Programming’s Movie Night

Sun. Jan. 15 9.30 a.m.

15 Tevet Brotherhood Breakfast Club, with Howard Bloom

Mon. Jan. 16 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

16 Tevet Mondays @ the Temple, with Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Intermediate Hebrew

Tue. Jan. 17 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

17 Tevet Advanced Hebrew Generation t’s Yoga with a Twist

Wed. Jan. 18 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

18 Tevet Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Sat. Jan. 21 9 a.m.

21 Tevet Torah Study

Mon. Jan. 23 10 a.m. 6.30 pm. 7 p.m.

23 Tevet Mondays @ the Temple, with Reverend Dr. John B. Howarth Grade 7 Parent/Student Program Intermediate Hebrew

Tue. Jan. 24 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

24 Tevet Advanced Hebrew Kafka: A Life in Trial, with Ralph Wintrob Generation t’s Yoga with a Twist

January/February 2006 Tevet/Shevat 5766

Wed. Jan. 25 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 8 p.m.

25 Tevet Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel Blessing of a Skinned Knee Can Ariel Sharon Draw the Borders of Peace and Security, with Isabel Kershner

Fri. Jan. 27 6 p.m. 9.30 p.m.

27 Tevet Family Programming’s Kabbalat Shabbat and Annual Shabbat Dinner Generation t’s Shabbes Tish

Sat. Jan. 28 9 a.m.

28 Tevet Torah Study

Mon. Jan. 30 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

1 Shevat Mondays @ the Temple, with Reverend Walter Kelly Intermediate Hebrew

Tue. Jan. 31 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

2 Shevat Advanced Hebrew Generation t’s Yoga with a Twist

Wed. Feb. 1 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

3 Shevat Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Thur. Feb. 2 10.30 a.m. 8 p.m.

4 Shevat Family Life Education Beyond the Chuppah

Fri. Feb. 3 6 p.m.

5 Shevat Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner

Sat. Feb. 4 9 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

6 Shevat Torah Study New Members’ Welcome and Kiddush Lunch

Mon. Feb. 6 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

8 Shevat Mondays @ the Temple, with John Isenberg Intermediate Hebrew

Tue. Feb. 7 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

9 Shevat Advanced Hebrew Generation t’s Yoga with a Twist

Wed. Feb. 8 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

10 Shevat Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Thur. Feb. 9 10.30 a.m. 8 p.m.

11 Shevat Family Life Education Beyond the Chuppah

Sat. Feb. 10

12 Shevat

For Worship Services, please see page 2.

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Genocide in Darfur Last Word

been done to help them. Western governments continue to treat this primarily as a by Rabbi Jason Rosenberg humanitarian crisis — trying to help the afflicted, rather than stop the violence. United Nations representatives are so hampered by As you read these their pathetic numbers and restrictive orders words, a genocide is continuing in Darfur. that they can literally do little more than watch as the Janjaweed enter another village Since February and leave behind nothing but smouldering 2003, the Sudanese government has made ruins and broken lives. How can it be that another Holocaust an open secret of supporting and organizing independent militias, called Janjaweed, is happening right under our noses, and to go into villages in the Darfur region of we hear almost nothing about it. The New Sudan and commit unspeakable atrocities: York Times ran a total of six articles with the word “Darfur” in the headline last indiscriminate killing, countless rapes, month, and it’s a true rarity that televibeatings, razing of entire villages and sion news finds the time to even mention more. The numbers are hard to know for sure, but conservative estimates tell us that the genocide. Our People barely made 400,000 have died, and well over two mil- it through our own genocide, and then lion have been displaced from their homes, watched in silent horror as it unfolded again and again. After Rwanda, I heard so and are still at risk. many promises to never stand silent again. Now is the time to speak out. Stopping the violence Visit the “Save Darfur Coalition” at More than three million innocents are www.savedarfur.org, and learn more about dead or suffering, and precious little has

We would like to thank the following donors who have made an additional gift beyond the basic membership contribution level, since the last list was published in the Bulletin.

Supporter In Memory of Sidney & Laura Schipper

Other Jo Ann & Stanley Gold • Molly Kates • Myra & Daniel Krangle Sally Libman • Sara Pachter

Promoting a culture of

the history and current reality of this awful suffering. And then speak out — call your Member of Parliament, write to your paper, e-mail your favourite television news show. Demand that they make a constant, ongoing, serious commitment to broadcasting what is happening, and to stopping the horror. As long as we are indifferent, our elected officials will be unlikely to act. We have to show them that we expect them to stop the killing.

Never again Recently, some who have been watching the situation closely, have realized that the genocide might indeed end soon — not because the militias will stop, but because they will have run out of people to kill. After our own brush with extinction, we cried out “Never Again!” We must decide if that applies to all peoples, or just to us. (To get a weekly Save Darfur action item, send an e-mail to darfur@holyblossom.org with the message “subscribe.”)

In Bulletin 3, Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson should have been listed under Patron. We apologize for the incorrect spelling of the following in Bulletin 3: Susan & George Cohon; and Florence Pape.


To find out more about making a gift beyond the basic membership contribution, please call Shannon Tramer (ext. 227), at the Temple. And do not forget to take a moment to view our Annual Contribution Campaign donor wall in the foyer outside the main Sanctuary.

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