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in this issue Daily/Shabbat Worship 2 | In Perspective 3 | President’s Message 4 | Our New Lay Leadership 4 | Holy Blossom Temple Foundation 6 | Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning 7 | Our Israel 8 | Cantor’s Notes 9 | Celebrating Our 150th Anniversary 10 | Education Matters 12 | Youth Groups 13 | Social Action 14 | Events and Announcements 15 | Our Congregational Family 16 | This Month @ Holy Blossom 19 | The Last Word 20

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

Danny Maseng in Concert: Love of Israel through Poetry and Song Sat. Feb. 17, 2006

From Shtetl to Broadway Wed. Apr. 11, 2007 See page 9

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Daily/Shabbat Worship D A I LY S E R V I C E S

Mon. to Fri. Sun.

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

Shacharit* Ma’ariv

* On Mon. Jan.1, 2007, Shacharit Services will be held at 9 a.m.


Fri. Dec. 22 Fri. Dec. 22 Sat. Dec. 23

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Service Congregation-wide Shabbat Morning Service


Fri. Dec. 29 Sat. Dec. 30

6 p.m. 10.30 a.m.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Congregation-wide Shabbat Morning Service


Fri. Jan. 5 Fri. Jan. 5 Sat. Jan. 6

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

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


Fri. Jan. 12 Sat. Jan. 13 Sat. Jan. 13

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Morning Service Family Service


Fri. Jan. 19 Fri. Jan. 19 Sat. Jan. 20 Sat. Jan. 20

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat Service Shabbat Morning Service Family Service

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

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


Fri. Jan. 26 Fri. Jan. 26 Sat. Jan. 27 Sat. Jan. 27


(for 20 and 30 somethings)

Shabbat Fusion Fridays at 6.30 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25 and June 29, 2007 Rabbi Yael Splansky invites members and nonmembers to a unique Kabbalat Shabbat experience

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

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

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From the ages of 13 through 18 (Grades 7 to 12), I looked forward every year to the annual Christmas pageant at my school in St. Louis. Inevitably I was caught up in the pageantry, the music, the earnestness of it all — and I would say, too, in a secular school, I was taken by this yearly plunge into devotional (Christian) confession. But there were limits. I knew to keep my mouth shut when we, in the audience, were to recite certain lines having to do with Jesus or specific Christian teachings. It always struck me as odd and wrong when one of my Jewish peers would accept the role of Jesus or Mary in the pageant. This made me cringe. I knew that while it was alright to be in the audience, to be in the Christmas pageant was another matter entirely. In any case, I loved this performance/service — and felt swept up in the sincerity of it all. And I know to this day that my comfort then reverberated well: that those experiences, particularly feeling comfortable in my own skin in a Christian milieu, led me later to be comfortable as a Jew in any milieu. Which does not mean that I necessarily recommend the experience for

In Perspective

As Christmas approaches by RABBI JOHN MOSCOWITZ

young people. For some, it is perfectly fine, while others find it is troublesome and trouble-making. Rather, I am saying that it is less difficult than we often carry on about to navigate our way as a Jews in a Christian world. I say this because Judaism and Christianity, as originally constructed, and even as lived out over many centuries, were far more harmonious than commonly thought. Indeed, these two great religions continue to trod more on the same path than is often assumed (and let me be honest: the mistaken assumption is mostly on the part of Jews). For Judaism and Christianity, sometimes in conflict and sometimes not, have built a significant world: a world in which progress — the continued improvement of the human condition — is central; a world in which human freedom is fuelled by that very engine of progress; a world in which there is greater human dignity, deeper human compassion and longer life. This is all because The World is understood by

both Judaism and Christianity to be one in which God, not Man, holds centre ground. Having said that, here is what is problematic and harder to navigate, an irony that is difficult to face: that most modern Jews are both not fully at home as Jews (by which I mean not sufficiently learned or literate), and at the same time anxious around Christian symbols and pageantry, especially at this time of the year. If I had my way, I would change both: we would be learned and literate and therefore comfortable in our Jewish skin and, therefore, I believe — because I think one does lead to the other — not anxious of this time of year. Rather, this is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary opportunity to be a Jew in a religious world that honours our devotion and our particularity. I think, in looking back, that this is what I may have been caught up in all those years ago as a teenager: the richness of being different in a larger world that is intrigued by that difference, a uniqueness that undergirds identity and makes life all the more interesting.

In November 2007, Holy Blossom Temple emp will present its sixth th W. Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award to an outstanding Canadian. The Selection Committee Temple members prospective recipients. All Canadians, ttee invites in mbers to nominate pr irrespective of ethnic background, racee or religi religion, are eligible prestigious token of our congregation’s ible to receive this pr recognition and esteem. Like its namesake, the award is dedicated to those individuals dividuals who have made significant contributions to the community — through scholarship, leadership and commitment rights. Submissions, for confidential considerment to human hu ation by the Committee, should be made in writing, and must reach the Temple by Fri. Dec. 29, 2006. We will annd m nounce the recipient in early 2007. Details of the award ard cceremony will follow. — Rose Wolfe, Chair, Selection Committee

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The Torah portion Toldot is perhaps one of the most meaningful ones for this Shabbat of installation and for this remarkable congregation. Torah teaches us not to live exclusively for the moment lest we forget that tomorrow will bring new challenges, new opportunities and new blessings. Holy Blossom is in a time of change, growth and transition. What lies ahead for us on our horizon is growth, enrichment and a lively expression of Judaism through Torah, Avodah and Gemulit Chasidim. During the next two years and beyond, there will be a number of key defining benchmark moments and opportunities for this congregation. Our Physical Structure — The design of our new home will honour the past and celebrate the present, but, most importantly, prepare for the future for our children and our grandchildren, and the students of The Leo Baeck Day School. As the project continues to move forward, we will bring the congregation together for discussion at Town Hall meetings. The Strategic Plan — One of the most significant parts of our Strategic

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Plan is related to governance and leadership development. Much discussion has taken place about how to modernize and strengthen our governance procedures and about establishing a Leadership Training Program to identify, encourage and nurture the future lay leaders of this Temple. The Holy Blossom Temple Foundation — The Foundation has played and will continue to play a vital role in the strength of Holy Blossom. Our congregation can only be strengthened by a strong Foundation with sizeable endowments, fully funded rabbinic and cantorial chairs, educational, youth, leadership programs and more. Each of us has a responsibility to support the Foundation to our own level and ability. We need to instil the notion that a synagogue, our synagogue, is an important recipient of our philanthropic donations. Membership — One of the most important tasks as leaders is to continually build and welcome new members into our congregation. Our congregation is an aging one; the average age of our

congregants is 59. We need to infuse our membership with younger families, families with children who will come to Temple to take advantage of the educational, spiritual and programmatic richness that we provide. We also need to understand that our members, both new and old, will judge us not only on our educational, spiritual and programmatic areas, but also on our being a warm, welcoming and caring Temple community. These four key areas — a revitalized Holy Blossom, implementation of our Strategic Plan, a strong Foundation and a Temple that opens its door to new members and is warm and welcoming for all members — is only part of the work that we face as we move forward. I look forward to working together as we move ahead to ensure that this sacred congregation will continue to be the vibrant and dynamic place it is. The preceding is an abridged version of Barry Silver’s address to the congregation on Sat. Nov. 25, 2006. Please visit our Web site > Welcome > President’s Message for the complete text of Barry’s speech, and to read “Presidential Reflections,” by Alan Garfinkel, the Immediate Past President.

Photograph by Charlene MacEachern

President’s Message

Change, growth and transition

Our 2006/2007 Board of Directors Left to right: (first row, sitting): Marvin Tile, Jack Geller, Alan Garfinkel, Rabbi John Moscowitz, Barry Silver, Cary Solomon and Gordon Wolfe; (second row) Richard Lorie, Mary Seldon, Michelle Katz Blumenthal, Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, Director of Education Deborah Speigel, Gillian Helfield , Alberto Quiroz, David Blinick, Tom Friedland and Neri Slan; (back row): Larry Babins, Randi Garinkel, Sheila Smolkin, Tom Ehrlich, Barry Borden, Leonard Levy, David Baskin, Jeff Levy, Executive Director Benjamin Applebaum, Paul Hellen, Michael Sherman, Erin O’Connor, Alison Schwartz,Henrietta Chesnie and Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner.

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Our 2006/2007 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 as our Board of Directors.

Officers: Barry Silver, President; Larry Babins, Vice President; Tom Ehrlich, Financial Secretary; Cary Solomon, Recording Secretary; Pam Albert, Treasurer; Mark S. Anshan, Officer at Large

Wolfe; and Frederick Zemans

Immediate Past President: Alan Garfinkel

Director elected for a one-year term: Alberto Quiroz

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

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

Directors elected for a two-year term: Terry Axelrod; David Blinick; Michael Davis; Paul Hellen; Melanie Nesbitt; Michael Sherman; and Neri Slan

Directors who will be completing the second year of a two-year term: Janice Babins; Dr. David Greenberg; Gillian Helfield; Erin O’Connor; Fred Saunders; and Allison Schwartz Department Chairs: Tom Ehrlich, Finance; Tom Friedland, Membership; Randi Garfinkel, Worship; Michelle Katz-Blumenthal, Education; Alison Schwartz, Department of Jewish Living; and TBD, Department of Administration

INTRODUCING OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS Terry Axelrod Terry is an orthopaedic surgeon who attends Services regularly and attends many lectures at the Temple. His children attend The Leo Baeck Day School, Holy Blossom Temple campus.

Paul Hellen Paul is a retired lawyer who is Co-Chair of the Acceptance and Acquisition Committee, a member of the Brotherhood Board, Chair of the Brotherhood Photography Club and a Holy Blossom Temple volunteer photographer.

David Blinick A businessman, David volunteers at the Rotman School of Business and is a mentor of the Schulich School of Business. He was on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Importers Association.

Melanie Nesbitt A psychotherapist, Melanie specializes in expressive arts, is involved with the Mondays @ the Temple program and the One Family Fund.

Michael Davis A CEO, Michael is an active member of the Membership Committee and a leader of a chavurah group at the Temple with Rabbi John Moscowitz.

Alberto Quiroz Alberto is a business development manager and a member of the House Committee and the Cemetery Committee and volunteers as a High Holy Day gabbai.

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Michael Sherman A lawyer, Michael volunteers at the Out of the Cold program, and attends various Temple events and lectures, while finding time to help raise his two sons. Neri Slan Neri is a stay-at-home mom of two young sons. She is active in the Religious Education Committee, acts as the Tot Shabbat Craft Coordinator and is a lifelong member of Holy Blossom Temple.

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A renewed and vibrant space


by DR . M A RV I N T I L E , Chair

It has been a busy year in at the Temple as we continue to renovate and update many of the spaces in our building that are used for celebrating life-cycle events, community activities and programs. Thanks to our many generous donors, the Foundation was able to support the renovation of the Philip Smith Congregational Hall this summer. With more than $50,000 donated by the Phillip Smith Foundation and a $150,000 grant from the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, the Phillip Smith Congregation Hall is once again a renewed and vibrant location in which our congregation can convene. Filled with light, updated furniture

honour of her granddaughter’s, Jaclyn Fremes,’ Bat Mitzvah and enhanced the kiddish lunch that was held there. Jean Fremes’ gift to the Foundation covered not only the cost of the new carpet, but also the re-carpeting of the Board Room foyer and hallway leading to it. Because of this generous donation, and others like it, the Temple is becoming more inviting and comfortable for all who visit. Thank you again to everyone who has made donations to the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation to help ensure our community remains a vibrant and inviting place to worship, celebrate life-cycle events and participate in educational programming. To make a donation to the Temple Foundation, please call the Foundation office (ext. 265), at the Temple.

and fixtures, the new Hall is an inviting space to celebrate special occasions and host community events. Several congregants have already used the space to host receptions for family simchas and many programs have taken advantage of the new space. The next time you are at the Temple, please take the opportunity to visit the Hall and see the great work that has been done. Another significant change is the new carpet in the Max E. Enkin Board Room, made possible through the generous donation of Temple member Jean Fremes. The carpet was updated in

New Foundation Board Members We are pleased to introduce the following new directors who have joined the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Board.

Michael G. Shulman is President of the Birchwood Group, a family business for facilitation consultancy. Michael is a second-generation Temple member and has been active in community service all his life, including twice being a member of Holy Blossom’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Jackie, have two children, Jennifer and Jamie, along with four grandchildren. Lloyd Hoffer is a civil litigation lawyer, who co-founded Hoffer Adler llp in 2004. He is an executive memw w w. h o l y b l o s s o m . o r g

ber of the Ontario Bar Association’s Sole, Small Firm and General Practice Section and a member of the Advocates’ Society and the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto. Lloyd and his wife, Sandra Dawe, have one daughter, Danille, who attends Holy Blossom Religious School. They have been members of Holy Blossom since 1995. Joy Rosen is President and co-founder of Portfolio Entertainment, a Toronto-based television production and distribution company specializing in children’s and family programming. Joy, her husband, Lawrence Freedman, and their three children, Erin, Michaela 6

and Evan, have been members of Holy Blossom Temple for eight years. Frank Gerstein works in commercial investment real estate at JJ Barnicke Limited. He is a lifelong member of Holy Blossom Temple. Continuing the family tradition of contributing to the greater community, his philanthropic efforts have been focused on the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and Mount Sinai Hospital and he remains on the Foundation boards of both institutions. He and his wife, Laurie, have two children, Madeline and Benjamin.



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Winter study For details on all lectures and programs, please call our School office (ext. 256), at the Temple, or visit our Web site, at All programs and lectures are open to the community unless otherwise stated. For any program that requires registration, please call Lissette Ilgner (ext. 238), at the Temple. For your convenience, our daytime programs during the week are marked with this symbol:

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

Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturdays at 9 a.m. Advanced Hebrew Grammar

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11.30 a.m. Open to Temple members only. Sisterhood Torah Study

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m.

Chassidic Study Circle: Kabbalah of Our Soul

Rabbi Avraham Plotkin, Chabad Lubavitch Markham Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Jan. 16 to Feb. 20, 2007 Based on the first chapters of Tanya by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, this course will look at: the animal and Godly souls; does the soul have a personality outside the body; 10 mystical attributes to balance our lives; and dressing and feeding the soul. Beyond the Chupah

The Yiddish Novel

Eileen & David Berger, Temple Members Thursdays at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, 2007 Newly engaged or married couples will

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Non-member fee: $60.

meet with other couples to discuss: expectations and changing roles — family, career and friends; finances and setting priorities — yours, mine and ours; intimacy and romance for a lifetime; Jewish home and values — how Judaism enriches your life; and communication, negotiation and compromise — speaking effectively. For more details, please call Debbie Spiegel (ext. 239), at the Temple.

Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music (Temple Singers)

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Sundays at 10 a.m. Beginners’ Hebrew

Dalia Alalouf, Hebrew Supervisor Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.

The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Fall Lecture Series This fall, four world-class thinkers joined us to speak on the topic of “In Exile or at Home? Reflections on Israel, the Jews and Anti-Semitism in a Precarious World.”

Thomas Friedman (Oct. 30)

Malcolm Hoenlein Barbara Amiel with introducer (Nov. 20) Robert Lantos (Nov. 13) Photograph by Paul Hellen

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Ehud Ya’ari (Nov. 27)

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Reflections on the Hebrew Bible Cardinal Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic

Photograph by: Peter Caton, Gerald Campbell Studios

Wed. Jan. 10, 2007, at 8 p.m. In honour of Holy Blossom Temple’s 150th Anniversary year, we are pleased to host Cardinal Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto. Cardinal Ambrozic was born in 1930 in Gabrje, Slovenia, and emigrated with his family first to Austria in 1945 and then to Canada in 1948. He was ordained by the Archdiocese of Toronto in 1955. After serving for two years as a curate, he earned degrees in theology from the Angelicum, Rome, and in Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. From 1960 to 1967, he taught Scripture at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, and then earned a doctorate in theology at the University of Würzburg, Germany. From 1970 to 1976, he taught New Testament exegesis at the Toronto School of Theology and served as Dean of Studies at St. Augustine’s. In 1976, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto and Coadjutor of the same see in May 1986. He became Archbishop of Toronto in 1990 and was named Cardinal in 1998.

The Western Wall Tunnels project Our Israel


The 150th Anniversary trip to Israel, from Thur. Apr. 12 to Wed. Apr. 25, 2007, will include a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels project. The following brief summary will serve as an introduction to this fascinating project for Bulletin readers. King Solomon built the first Temple on the site of the Temple Mount. When King Herod rebuilt the Second Temple, he created an enlarged platform surrounded on all sides by massive retaining walls. In 70 ce, the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, but the outer walls remained standing. Through the ages, Jews on pilgrimage to Palestine have made the Kotel ha-Ma’aravi (the Western Wall) a prime destination. The Western Wall is the only remaining wall of the imposing platform that supported

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the Third Temple built by King Herod. This platform was surrounded on four sides by massive retaining walls. Following the Six Day War, archaeologists built a tunnel along the length of the Western Wall under buildings that were blocking exposure of the Wall. Up until then, only a small portion of the Wall was visible. During the 1970s, long sections of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount were exposed. The long, narrow tunnel along the outer face of the Western Wall was dug under the supervision of archaeologists, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Visitors to the Western Wall Tunnel project enter at the prayer plaza and turn north.


At the very northern portion of the Western Wall, the remains of a water channel, which originally supplied water to the Temple Mount, was found. The current northern exit was made by tunneling in the bedrock next to the Stroutioun Pool. The tunnel is well lit, and tour guides eloquently explain the structures, which include a medieval complex of underground vaulted spaces and a long corridor with rooms on either side. There are structures dating from Roman times and a room dating from Herod’s time. Presently, the tunnel leads to a short, new tunnel leading outside to the Via Dolorosa in the Muslim Quarter. The Western Wall tunnels provide us with information about many periods in the history of the city of Jerusalem, which would otherwise be impossible to obtain.




Cantor’s Notes

The sounds of music by C A N TOR B E N JA M I N Z . M A I S SN E R

In the spirit of our 150th Anniversary, we have launched an incredible music series this year. From the world of antiquity, to the boisterous sounds of the Broadway stage, we will focus on the season of Shabbat Shira and Jewish Music Month, commencing with our first concert. TA F E L M U S I K

On Sun. Jan. 28, 2007, we will feature the elegance of Baroque and Jewish music with the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Jeanne Lamon. This award-winning orchestra has achieved international status, with more than 50 concerts a year in Toronto and around the world. The orchestra has more than 73 recordings to its name and we are indeed privileged to host Tafelmusik during our 150th Anniversary year.

with jazz, blending the old with the new — as well as the voices of Aviva Chernick, Lindi Rivers and yours truly, Beny Maissner, helping the congregation sing “unto the Lord a renewed song.” After Shabbat Services, please join me for a Hazzan’s Tisch (Hazzan’s Table), a lunch and learn workshop on The Golden Age of the Cantor (registration required). During this audio visual presentation, you will hear and see Yossele Rosenblatt, Richard Tucker, Moshe Koussevitzky, Israel Alter and the great master Hazzanim of the Golden Age. I will also be launching a new Jubilee Celebration CD, so you won’t want to miss this workshop. T H E LO V E O F I S R A E L T H R O U G H



The focal point of our music series is the weekend of Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song, on Fri. Feb. 2 and Sat. Feb. 3, 2007. Our Sanctuary will ring with the sounds of New Age worship as we Unfuse the Fuse. The weekend will feature an eclectic band whose blend of Israeli and Sephardic music is spiced

Artist, composer, storyteller and critically acclaimed musical theatre actor, Danny Maseng, will be with us over the weekend of Fri. Feb. 16 and Sat. Feb. 17, 2007, to share his passion and love for Israel through song and poetry. Danny will join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Services, followed by a dinner workshop

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Sun. Jan. 28, 2007, at 8 p.m.

Shabbat Shira — Sabbath of Song Fri. Feb. 2, 2007, at 6 p.m. • Kabbalat Shabbat Services Sat. Feb. 3, 2007, at 10.30 a.m. • Shabbat Morning Services, followed by a Hazzan’s

Tisch (Hazzan’s Table), a lunch and learn workshop and audio visual presentation. Registration required.

Danny Maseng: Love of Israel Through Poetry and Song Fri. Feb. 16, 2007 at 6 p.m. • Kabbalat Shabbat Services, followed by a dinner

(Registration required; to reserve your spot, please call Lisette Ilgner (ext. 238), at the Temple.) Then, he will present a Sermon in Song, at Shabbat Morning Services. On Saturday night, Danny will present his one-man show, Love of Israel in Poetry and Song. Danny’s return to Holy Blossom Temple will feature his unique spirit and contribution to liturgical music of the synagogue, music which has enveloped the modern Liberal synagogue the world over. Many of his musical renditions have become the beloved and familiar sounds of our prayers. B R O A D W AY C L A S S I C S

The final concert in our 150th Anniversary Musical Legacy Concert Series, From Shtetl to Broadway, will take place on Wed. Apr. 11, 2007, at 8 p.m. Watch the Bulletin for more about this musical extravaganza. For more information on any of the above, and for tickets to our concert series, please call Mari Lynn Rusak, (ext. 224), at the Temple.

workshop. Registration required. Sat. Feb. 17, 2007 10.30 a.m. • Shabbat Morning Services, featuring a Sermon in Song 8 p.m. • Danny Maseng: Love of Israel in Poetry and Song

From Shtetl to Broadway Wed. Apr. 11, 2007, at 8 p.m

For more details or to register, please call Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple.

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A century and a half of music


In the next while, we will celebrate Shabbat Shira and enjoy the first concert in our 150th Anniversary Musical Legacy Series, when the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra honours Holy Blossom with a performance in our Sanctuary. (See page 9 for more on our upcoming music events.) Both these events illustrate the importance that music has played in our congregation throughout our history. Did you know that: • In our early years, music was often a source of tension between traditionally minded members and those wanting reforms. When the congregation acquired an organ in 1890, some members physically removed it from the building, leaving it in the parking lot. The board then had to vote to place the organ back in the synagogue. • Before employing a professionally trained rabbi, the congregation hired a trained cantor in 1879 and again in 1883. • Between 1901 and 1942, Holy Blossom had no cantor.

by SH E I L A SMOL K I N , Archives Committee

• Eddie Cantor was so impressed with the rich baritone voice of Holy Blossom’s Cantor Samuel Stolnitz that he invited him to Hollywood for a try-out; to the Temple’s great benefit, the then American immigration quota kept him in Canada. Cantor Jacob Barkin, who joined Holy Blossom in 1966 and served for three years, was an internationally recognized tenor, whom the Detroit Times once called “far and away superior to Richard Tucker.” During the 1930s, Rabbi Abraham Feinberg became a professional singer in the United States, under the stage name of Anthony Frome and could be heard on the radio five days a week, earning him the title “Poet Prince of the Airwaves.” In 1969, Rabbi Feinberg joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their first recording of “Give Peace a Chance.” Ben Steinberg, whose music is played in many Reform congregations, was our music director throughout the

1960s and composed three of his five sacred services during this period. When Cantor Sheldon Merel left Holy Blossom in 1979, he was lauded by the Toronto Council of Chazanim for bringing together the musical atmospheres from the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements into one contemporary Jewish soul. As a young man, Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner played in the Israel Youth Symphony and had aspirations to be an opera singer. The Temple Singers, so integral to the music of worship at Holy Blossom, were founded almost 60 years ago. A list of all the concerts performed at Holy Blossom over the years would fill this page; a few recent examples include Ernest Bloch’s “Sacred Service,” presented during our 125th Anniversary; the Dresdner Kreuzchor and Dresdner Philharmonic performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah Oratorio” in 1991; and Chazan Joshua Nelson in “B’yachad Kulanu — We Walk Together,” at our Shabbat Shira Service and concert in 2005.

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the People of Africa Photograph by Nick Wiebe Photography

Stephen Lewis Former United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Thur. Mar. 1, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: $20. To order, please call the Temple office (ext. 221). VISA and MasterCard accepted. Sponsored by the Social Action Committee and Generation

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150th Anniversary events to come In only a few weeks, we will be half way through the celebration of the Temple’s 150th Anniversary. How quickly the time has passed. However, there are many exciting events to come over the next few months and we invite you to participate in them. Mark your calendar with the following 2007 dates: Sun. Jan. 28 | Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Musical Legacy Series) If you have never heard this world-renowned orchestra, this is your chance — and at a bargain price to boot. For tickets, please call Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple. Sat. Feb. 17 | Danny Maseng in Concert (Musical Legacy Series) Thur. Mar. 1 | Stephen Lewis Lecture Stephen Lewis will relate the challenge of dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa,

share his insights into these problems and challenge us to help resolve them. Tickets: $20 each. To order tickets, please call the Temple office (ext. 221). Wed. Apr. 11 | From Shtetl to Broadway (Musical Legacy Series) Thur. Apr. 12 to Tue. Apr. 24 | Temple Members Trip to Israel Fri. May 4 and Sat. May 5 | Honouring Religious Education Sat. May 5 | Temple Confirmands Reunion

Thomson Hall. Gala tickets, including concert seats, are $250 each. Concert tickets only are also available. Call the TSO customer service centre at (416) 598-3375 to order your tickets now. Of course, on various days throughout the winter and spring, we will continue to write our new Sefer Torah. Many Temple members have already participated in this unique experience. If you and your family have not already signed up to write your letters, what are you waiting for? Call the Foundation office (ext. 265), at the Temple, to sign up for this unique mitzvah.

Wed. May 23 | Dedication of our new Torah on Shavuot Sun. June 17 | Toronto Symphony Orchestra Gala and Concert Join us for a wonderful Gala Cocktail Supper and special concert at Roy

150th logo “You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind, with all your strength, with all your being. Set these words which I command you this day upon your heart. Teach them faithfully to your children.” Our 150th Anniversary logo, which depicts a parent handing the Torah to a child, illustrates this holy command.

Sat. May 5, 2007, beginning with Shabbat Services Join us at our reunion to reconnect with fellow Confirmands and reunite with Temple history and friends. If you have not already contacted us, please call the Confirmation Reunion hotline (ext 506), at the Temple or e-mail us at with your name, phone number and e-mail address, and we will send you an invitation. Watch for more information early in 2007.

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Confirmation class of 1949.

We are indebted to Doris Sommer-Rotenberg, a Temple member and well-known artist, for her sensitive interpretation of this eternal commandment.


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In honour of our 150th Anniversary celebration and in looking forward to the May 4–5, 2007 education weekend — “Celebrating Excellence in Education V’Shinantam L’Vanecha: 150 Years at Holy Blossom Temple” — I have been asked to give various retrospectives on the history of Holy Blossom Temple’s Education Department. This will give us a bit of perspective and show us how far we have come and how wonderful it is to celebrate our successes. OUR BEGINNINGS

In 1957, Sheila (Chickie) Loftus and Stella Freedman recognized the need for a nursery school at Holy Blossom Temple. At the time, no other Reform nursery school existed in Toronto. Sheila and Stella were very involved parents. Stella was a teacher in the religious school and Sheila was an active parent when she decided to approach Heinz Warshauer, the Director of Education, with the idea of starting the school. Heinz was excited about the possibility of starting a nursery school in a Reform environment. It took a long year to achieve Board approval, and finally, with its blessing, Stella and Sheila proceeded

by DEBORAH K. SPIEGEL, Director of Education

with the project. They were fortunate to hire Roz Golden and Mrs. Hudson, who were both wonderful, creative teachers. Many parents, including Selma Lightman and Faigie Brody, enrolled their children in what became the Cooperative Nursery School at Holy Blossom Temple. Forty-eight years later, Holy Blossom Temple’s Pre-School has become one of the most respected and desired Jewish nursery schools in the Toronto area. The contribution that was made by the original dedicated group of people was, bar none, one of the most meaningful experiences for educating and enhancing the lives of young children in a Reform setting.

spring. Their dear friend and long-time Temple member, Rosalyn (Roz) Leese, had passed away. They wanted to do something special in her memory. Roz was a passionate educator and lover of music who came on many occasions to play accordion for her grandchildren and their classmates at the Pre-School. As a way of combining these two loves, a brand new listening centre was purchased for the Pre-School. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Zipporah Dunsky, Dorothy Gellman, Elizabeth Pengelly, Frances Rose, Phyllis Rose, Marlene Ruderman and Gitta Wallen for their generous and kind donation in memory of a treasured friend, mother and bubby.


Now, in the 2006/2007 school year, we reap the benefits of those who came before us. Pam Hamovitch, our Pre-School Director, reports that the Pre-School has received a wonderful gift. In the hope of honouring a treasured friend, several women Roz Leese’s granddaughter, Julia Leese (right), and came to meet with Pam last Danielle Gryfe enjoy some music together.

Youth Awards for summer camp The Jewish summer camp experience is meaningful and influential in creating a child’s Jewish identity. Financial assistance to attend Camp George, our local Reform Movement camp located in Parry Sound, is available for families who would like to send their children, but find it difficult to finance. You can pick up an application for a subsidy through the Religious School office. Please send the application and an accompanying letter to Donna Robins, Chair, Youth Awards Committee. Only children of members in good standing are eligible. Students who receive a subsidy are expected to continue in Religious School (or Day School if applicable) the following year (2007/2008) and continue to display appropriate behaviour and attitude.

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Photograph by Pam Hamovitch

Education Matters

Celebrating our Pre-School


Youth Groups

Awesome activities b y Z A C H A R Y PAU L , Yo u t h D i r e c t o r

The past two months have been exciting for Temple youth. After the High Holy Days, we continued what has been a great year of programming.

for details on YEAH, please e-mail Suzie at HABSTY


JYG (Grades 7 and 8) and YEAH (Grades 4 to 6) have had some exciting programs so far. JYG held a rockclimbing program before teaming up with YEAH to attend a Raptors’ basketball game. This was a great opportunity for the youth to meet each other in an informal way. Both of these youth groups will be continuing their exciting programming in January; keep your eyes out for e-mails and flyers coming home from Religious School. For more details on JYG, please email Josh Berger, at;

Holy Blossom’s senior youth group (HABSTY) has also been busy with a successful bowling program, a city-wide Reform youth group program at RINX entertainment centre and a Chanukah celebration. Many exciting programs are in the works for the near future, but HABSTY members are most excited about hosting a North American Federation of Temple Youth North East Lakes Region (NFTY-NEL) event called Winter Kallah. During the weekend of Fri. Feb. 2 to Sun. Feb. 4, 2007, they will welcome 150 youth groupers from Reform synagogues from upstate New

York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as Ontario. NFTY-NEL runs weekend events every few months for high school students from the synagogues in the region. These events give students an opportunity to meet Jewish teenagers from around the region, and to travel with their peers. If you have a teenager who would like to help with the program, please e-mail me at HABSTY also has some more exciting programs happening in January 2007, including an evening at LazerQuest (Sat. Jan. 20, at 8 p.m.) and a program exploring our relationship to other religions (Wed. Jan. 31, at 7.30 p.m.). The youth team looks forward to seeing all of your children at our upcoming events.

Family Programming Annual Shabbat Dinner Fri. Feb. 9, 2007, at 6 p.m. Join us for a Family Programming tradition. After the Kabbalat Shabbat Service, enjoy a fantastic meal, with good company, singing, Israeli dancing and lots of entertainment for the kids (including a storyteller)! Bring the whole family. Cost: $25 per adult; $10 per child (non-eaters for free). RSVP to the Family Programming hotline (ext. 518), at the Temple.

Tot Shabbat If you have kids aged five or younger, we have a perfect way to celebrate

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Shabbat. Tot Shabbat is our twice-monthly Service for our youngest members and their parents and grandparents. Infants, toddlers and everyone in between gather to welcome in Shabbat with music, prayers, stories, crafts and lots of fun. Once a month, we also have a dinner following the Service. This no-fuss Shabbat dinner offers a chance for the kids to play and the parents to schmooze. It is a monthly highlight for many of our families. Bring your whole family or friends (nonmembers are welcome). Please sign up in advance for the dinners — we will provide the chicken, and guests provide a side-dish or dessert. Cost: $10 per adults; $5 per child ($13 per adult; $8 per child for non-members).



To register, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple; if you have any questions, please call Rabbi Jason Rosenberg (ext. 277), at the Temple. Mark your calendar for these upcoming 2007 dates: Jan. 5 Service and dinner Jan. 19 Service Feb. 2 Service and dinner Feb. 16 Service Mar. 2 Service and dinner Mar. 16 Service Apr. 6 Service Apr. 20 Service and dinner May 4 Service and dinner May 18 Service June 1 Service and dinner June 15 Service

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Social Action

Tradition of reaching out


b y S A N D Y W I S E , C h a i r, S o c i a l A c t i o n C o m m i t t e e

Holy Blossom Temple has a long history of social action. As a congregation, we supported civil rights workers in the 1950s, reached out to the local AIDS community in the 80s and, for the last 10 years, have given shelter to the homeless through the Out of the Cold program. To expand on this tradition, we have recently formed a new Social Action Committee, which has been meeting for the past year and has started working on two exciting new initiatives. D I S A D V A N TA G E D Y O U T H

Committee members have met with residents of Lawrence Heights, a nearby community that has a large number of unemployed youth, many of whom have not finished high school. Unfortunately many of these young people have turned to drug use and gang membership for a sense of belonging.

M O N D AYS @ the Temple We are pleased that so many of our senior members have made Mondays @ the Temple a part of their week. If you haven’t joined us yet, why not give it a try? We will resume our weekly program on Jan. 8, 2007, at 10 a.m. and

There is also a lack of effective resources and programs for the younger children. They have very limited access to proper recreational facilities, after-school programs and tutoring. Until recently, they did not even have a playground. Through our outreach program, we have started a dialogue with various groups in that community and hope to help advocate for their needs, and assist with and facilitate the programs that are discussed in the community meetings. Recently our committee was honoured to meet with the Governor General (at Holy Blossom) to share with her our past and present social action agendas. She has a special interest in disadvantaged youth and is familiar with the issues facing the Lawrence Heights community, as she met with the local residents when she visited their middle school.

will continue each Monday without a break until Pesach. Our programs for January include: Jan. 8 Our Temple at 150 | David Hart, Sheila Smolkin and Ken Wyman, Archives Committee A presentation of some little-known stories from our past.


As part of tikkun olam, our committee has worked with students from our Religious and Senior School to develop an awareness and interest in the crisis in Africa. As well, we have met with a group of teachers to help research and develop resource curriculum materials, and to help to facilitate programs. WELCOMING STEPHEN LEWIS

We are thrilled to announce that, as part of the Temple’s 150th Anniversary celebrations, Stephen Lewis will join us on Thur. Mar. 1, 2007 to speak about “The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the People of Africa.” (For more details, please see page 11.) We welcome volunteers to join our Social Action Committee. Please e-mail me at

Jan. 15 Memory Loss in Old Age — Is it Inevitable? | Dr. Gordon Wincour, Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre This program is sponsored by Sisterhood. Jan. 22 The Meaning of Genesis | Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Jan. 29 The Reform Movement in Israel | Rabbi Sharon Sobel, ARZA Canada

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

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Events and Announcements Judaica Shop

Brotherhood Breakfast Club

2007/2008 Board Nominations

Michael Cole Sun. Jan. 14, 2007, at 9.30 a.m. Please join us for Services, breakfast and a talk about Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, our rabbi from 1943 to 1961 and a prominent social activist. This lecture is part of our 150th Anniversary programming; all Temple members, men and women, are welcome.

We welcome new members who wish to join our board of enthusiastic, responsible and caring women. We emphasize fun while we worship and participate in gemilut chasadim. The Nominations Committee will be meeting in March 2007. For details, please leave a message for Sara Charney, Chair, Nominations Committee, on the Sisterhood hotline.

Before and After — A Film

Tu B’Shevat Seder

Tue. Jan. 23, 2007 at 7.30 p.m. How does terrorism affect an established Jewish community in the Diaspora? One year after the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Centre (AMIA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 85 people and injured more than 200, filmmaker Marcela Mayo returned to the city of her birth to make this documentary. Her film shows the effect of the attack on adults, teenagers and children of the local Jewish community and on the broader civil society. A question and answer session will follow. Presented with B’nai Brith Canada Open to the public. For a video preview, please visit

Tue. Jan. 30, 2007, at 7.30 p.m. This delightful event follows a beautiful ritual as outlined in special Tu B’Shevat haggadahs from Neot Kedumim, the biblical landscape reserve in Israel. A 45-minute roundtable reading — combined with tasting fruits and juices, and enjoying the fragrances of flowers — celebrates the arrival of spring in Israel. The reading will be followed by coffee and dessert. To register, please contact Sisterhood.

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Hotline and e-mail information

For details or to register for any Sisterhood program, please call our hotline (ext. 514), at the Temple, or e-mail us at

Bereavement Support Group

Helen Gia Levin, Grief Therapist Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Apr. 18, 25, May 2 and 9, 2007 If you have lost a loved one, come to the Temple to find strength and comfort. Among other mourners, you will find that you are not alone. To register, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple. Contacts for Donations

Lilith Salon

Sat. Feb. 24, 2007, at 3.30 p.m. Please join us for our second Lilith Salon gathering at a private home. For details, please leave a message on the Sisterhood hotline and a Sisterhood volunteer will return your call.

Out of the Cold

Volunteers are needed on Thursday nights to provide musical entertainment, security, dining room clean-up and overnight supervision, and on Friday mornings to make and serve breakfast. The program runs until the end of March and serves hot meals to 100 needy guests and accommodates 35 to sleep. For more details, please call the Out of the Cold hotline (ext. 508), at the Temple.

Open Monday to Friday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. If you would like to make an appointment for another time, please contact Sisterhood.

Healing Shawls

We have embarked on a new mitzvah program, and are knitting healing shawls to be given to the clients of Gilda’s Club (for people living with cancer), in the hope that the warmth of the shawls and our prayers will bring comfort to those who are in pain. If you would like to help with the knitting or if you would like to sponsor a knitter (cost for the wool is $25), please contact Sisterhood.


To make a donation to any of our existing funds, to learn more about how you can support the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation, or to establish a new fund, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265. To make a donation to One Family Fund (Aid to Survivors of Terror), please call (416) 644-4955. To make a donation to MAZON Canada, please call (416) 783-7554. To make a donation to the Toronto Community Forest Fund, please call Sybil Gordon at (416) 489-5709. We appreciate your support Holy Blossom Temple appreciates all donations to our funds; however due to rising costs, cards will only be sent for donations of $20 or more. We will continue to recognize all donations in the Bulletin. We apologize but due to space constraints, not all donations will appear in the Bulletin issue closest to the date on which the contribution was made. Donations in this issue were received by Nov. 17, 2006.

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Our Congregational Family Henrietta Chesnie, on being appointed as the Honorary President of Sisterhood, in recognition of her continued support to our Sisterhood and to the Temple. Holy Blossom Sisterhood, on receiving a Women of Reform Judaism, District 3, Kol Isha Award for its Spirituality Program: The Mikvah — Myths, Truths and the Possibilities of the Original. Pnina Margolese, on being re-elected as an Area Director for Women of Reform Judaism, District 3. BIRTHS Nicole & Jonathan Davis on the birth of their son Benjamin Aiden Davis. Proud grandparents are Lynda & Ken Davis and Debbie & Jack Vlasblom. Proud greatgrandparents are Jack & Joyce Vlasblom and Fay Wolk. Eryn & Andrew Miller on the birth of their son James Levon Miller. Proud grandparents are Lesley & Ron Miller, Morris Rozen and Dena Arback & Jay Shanker. Proud great-grandparents are Rena & Nathan Arback, Eleanor Miller and Ella & Sam Rozenewajg. B’NEI MITZVAH

Marcia & Sam Schaffran on the marriage of their daughter, Robin Merrill Schaffran, to Ronnie Jeremy Eisen, son of Dr. Isadore M. Eisen, who were married in early December.

The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved family of: Murray Collis, father of Ed Collis, brother of Bill Collis, Eva Ennis and Minnie Reider Julian Druyan, husband of Judy Druyan, father of Thom Druyan Ralph Goren, husband of Bernice Goren, father of Holly Goren Laskin, Kayla Goren and Stephen Goren Jules Hoffman, husband of Klara Hoffman, father of Diane Shiffman, brother of Irving Hoffman, Martin Hoffman, Pauline Weinerman and Esther Wexler Julia Ruby Lean, mother of Carolyn Nadler and Stephen Ruby Samuel Lipson, father of Judy Geller, Jeffrey Lipson and Gail Zigelstein Diane Miller, wife of David Miller, mother of Risa Miller Gosewich, Carolyn Miller and Jonathan Miller, sister of Michael Simmons Kelly Silverstein, husband of Jill Silverstein, father of Oliver Silverstein and Jonah Silverstein, son of Sonny Silverstein, brother of Robin Silverstein Eisen, Brian Silverstein, Jeff Silverstein and Mark Silverstein.

23 Tevet 5767/Jan. 13, 2007 Jeremy Lewis, son of Andrea & Gary Lewis

1 Shevat 5767/Jan. 20, 2007 Dallas Barrs, son of Nancy Barrs and Randall Barrs

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

ENGAGEMENTS Lynda & Ken Davis on the marriage of their son Jamie Davis to Jodie Kaufman, daughter of Sue & Alan Kaufman of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Proud grandparents are Lillian Kaufman, Ceil Singer and Fay Wolk. The marriage took place last month in Dearborn, Mich. w w w. h o l y b l o s s o m . o r g


Rose Hertzman Joseph Lyons Ida Oiffer Rose Pascal Essie Cohen Bessie Leila Edison Gertrude Lawrence Gurston Sidney Allen John Atkins

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John Aaron Davis Rose Hands Henry Hearst Joseph Lyons Jennie Breslin Dorothy Garfield Edward Hy Rossman Bert Cohen Hyman Cotton Bernard Abraham Manace Ben Pape Irving Sherman Carl Cole Dora Kurtz Helen Levine Joseph Silver David Fauman Clara Pencer Ethyle Robins Robert (Kael) Shriar Joseph Coopersmith Harry Denaburg Dr. Jacob Goldstein Nathan Kaplan Bertha Schwartz Maurice Steinhart Bessie Wineberg Joseph Aaron Wintrop Jean Bloom Rae Bookman Joan Roslyn Dolcort George Faber Simon Greenwood Ida Lahman Harold Miller Irving Seligman Rita Eisendrath Jacob Hertzman Zelma Beatrice Lester Gloria Berger Henry Eisen Alexander Goldring Siegfried (Sid) Kinderman Harry Paulin Cynthia Rumm Charles Simpson Bessie Thelma Singer Martin White Myer Samuel Fine Jack Israel Golden



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Harry Kay Mildred Loebel Evelyn Berinstein Murray Freeman Sarah Marshall Irene Rees Huck Shiner Coleman Solursh Israel Wolfe Jack Allen Terry Flo Fischer Peter Gotfrid Sonia Greenberg James Humphreys Samuel Bregman Dr. Joshua Chesnie Lionel Fogler Leah Goldman Krugel Helen Mandel Irving Saunders Marcia Ezrin Minnie Feinsod Charles Fremes Sylvia Greenberg Lilly Gruber Jessie Mannis David Steinhauer Stanley Bernstein Leslie Cherniak Jeanette Enkin Harry Geller Beatrice Rosenberg Joseph Manuel Rothschild Ephraim F. Singer Etta King Walter Landauer Corinne Bereskin Gertrude Brodey Max Garfinkel Toba Meltz Hausman Ethel Rosen Samuel Philip Smith Harry Snitman Jack Tizel David Devlin Sam Feigenbaum Gerald M. Kirsh Bertha Kofman M. David Lipson Morris Rother Anne Baker Robert Beil Dene Eckler

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Morris Goldstein Harry Harbour Marcia Kwinter Samuel Stulberg Amelia Hershman Sarah Shulman David Brody Ruth Turner Godfrey Lilian Lavine Beverley Alice Mayles Samuel Persiko Morris Harold Baker Saleh Mukamal Freda Fogler Max Garfinkel Esther Lewis Sadie Rother Max Wall Jack Shapero Jacob Siegel Sophie Smith Paul Swartz Corinne Bereskin Minnie Biback Peter Krakauer Celia Lula Saunders Israel Brodziak Estelle Emsig Boruch Krymalowsky Esther Landau Abraham Cohen Darrell Draper Phyllis Fromkin Charles Muchnick William Rosenberg Harry Solmon Anne Weinstein

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Harry Stone, In Memory: Harvey Borden S A M I & J I M M Y C O O P E R 5 0 TH A N N I V E R S A R Y F U N D

Sami & Jimmy Cooper, Wedding Anniversary: Barbara & Irving Green; Marilyn & Cyril Levenstein; Sheila & Martin Lubotta; Eleanor & Gordon Nadler; Sandra & Alan Posluns; Judy & Carl Ritchie; Sondra Fleck Rubin & Lawrence Rubin; Edie & Casey Sapera; Sue & Sid Silverberg; Myrle & Nat Spring; Anne Steiner; Elaine Walderman D A N S O N F A M I LY F U N D

Bertram Danson, Happy Birthday: Sybil Gordon and Family; Jill & Ben Lustig and Family; Marjorie & Syd Rosenfield; Janie & Frank Tizel and Family; Dora Track JEAN FINE SENIORS FUND

Gene Stewart, In Memory: Kathy & Maurice Green F LO R A L F U N D

Dallas Ryan Barrs, Bar Mitzvah: Jason Randall Barrs Jeremy Lewis, Bar Mitzvah: Andrea & Gary Lewis 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

Dr. Elaine & Justice Stephen Borins, Mazal Tov: Sybil & Jack Geller Hudy & Morris Charendoff, Happy Anniversary: Jean Fremes Barbara Conway, Mazal Tov: Ellen & Alan Levine and Family Clare Denaburg, Special Birthday: Margaret & David Hart Janis Gold & Jay Jackson, Mazal Tov: Sharon & Shelley Miller and Family Helen Goldstein, Happy 100th Birthday: Francie & Paul Hellen Rachel Seigel, In Memory: Shelley & Stan Mintz Sara Shefsky, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller Judy Nyman, Mazal Tov: Michelle Katz Hillary & Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Mazal Tov: Jane & Robert Herman and Family

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Milton Cadsby, In Memory: Maxine Cadsby Susan & George Cohon, In Appreciation: 150th Anniversary Committee Clare Denaburg, Special Birthday: Jean Anshan

Barry Silver, Mazal Tov: Florence & Harold Hertzman Rabbi Yael Splansky & Dr. Adam Sol, Mazal Tov: Frances & Paul Hellen; Jane & Robert Herman and Family; Roberta & Richard Sol Gene Stewart, In Memory: Esther & Marvin Tile Harry Stone, In Memory: Jo Ann & Stanley Gold

Diana & Marvin Goodman, In Appreciation: 150th Anniversary Committee Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Happy Birthday: Sheila


Michael Ryval, In Appreciation: Chavurah

& Bob Smolkin David Rosenberg, In Memory: Jean Anshan


Joyce & Fred Zemans, In Appreciation:

David Hertzman & Marilyn Shesko, In Appreciation:


150 Anniversary Committee


Bonnie Croll & David Hertzman and Family

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Charles Goodfellow, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman Gene Stewart, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman LIBRARY BOOK FUND

Janna Miller & Ryan Hopper, Mazal Tov: Razelle

Gail Hammerschlag, In Appreciation: Waleuska

Roebuck & David MacCoy and Family

& Jeffrey Feldberg Wendy Paul, In Appreciation: Waleuska & Jeffrey Feldberg

Lesley & Ron Miller, Mazal Tov: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy and Family Lesley Mills, In Appreciation: Ann & Earl Bederman


Mel Naiman, In Memory: Harriet & Frank Wolman

Harry Bass, Yahrzeit: Gloria & Seymour Temkin

Norman Drache, In Memory: Virginia & Carl Solomon

Jerry Ross, In Memory: Harriet & Frank Wolman

Andre Bigio, Yahrzeit: Matilda Bigio

Dr. Ralph Green, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh

Barry Silver, Mazal Tov: Shelly Berenbaum

Renee & Samuel Borovoy, Yahrzeit: Dinah Borovoy

Marsha Slivkin, In Appreciation: Ann & Earl Bederman

Louis David Craig, Yahrzeit: Estelle Craig and Collin

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Ronald D. Lyon, In Memory: Miriam & David Buckman; Netivot Hatorah Parents Association; Maureen & David Tartick and Family; Lori & Larry Wolynetz and Family DOW & FREDIA MARMUR PROGRAM FOR E D U C AT I O N A L E X C E L L E N C E

Charles Goodfellow, In Memory: Clare & Monte Denaburg Rabbi Michael Marmur, In Appreciation: Etta Ginsberg McEwan


Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile, Mazal Tov: Mimi

Toby Denaburg, Yahrzeit: Clare & Monte Denaburg

& Malcolm Kronby

Saul Fischler, Yahrzeit: Henry Fischler

Deborah Troister, In Appreciation: Ann & Earl

Luba Ginsberg, Yahrzeit: Dora Track


Feige Gold, Yahrzeit: Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile W. G U N T H E R P L A U T H U M A N I TA R I A N A W A R D

Nat & Lil Gollom, Yahrzeit: Kaylee Miller

Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Happy Birthday: Sybil

Murray Hahn, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Hahn

Gordon and Family; Janie & Frank Tizel and Family

Ruben Kamen, Yahrzeit: Mary Slomen P L A U T M A N O R B R E A K FA S T F U N D

Norman Kaplan, Yahrzeit: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan

Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Happy Birthday: Annalee

David Klein, Yahrzeit: Veronica Mandel

& Brian Schnurr

Bessie Magder, Yahrzeit: Clare & Monte Denaburg

Gene Stewart, In Memory: Terrye & Jack Kuper MORRIS MOSCOWITZ MEMORIAL FUND FOR FA L L E N I S R A E L I S O L D I E R S

Morris Moscowitz, In Memory: Ann & Earl Bederman; Susan and Gail Berman; Jane & Robert Herman; Barbara & Bob Hodes and Belle Hodes; Stephanie Lennox; Richard Rotman; Tanya & Marvin Warsh MUSICAL LEGACY FUND

Heather Crawford & Lawrence Ritchie, Mazal Tov: Holy Blossom Temple Singers Clare Denaburg, Special Birthday: Reba & Kassy Clodman; Shirley Kline; Joy & Stan Sandler Julian Druyan, In Memory: Shelly Berenbaum; Mary & Henry Seldon Charles Goodfellow, In Memory: Sandy & Gordon Atlin OUT OF THE COLD

Barbara Conway, Mazal Tov: Bonnie & David Goodman Kathy Green, In Appreciation: Ann & Earl Bederman Kathy & Maurice Green, In Appreciation: Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy Charles Goodfellow, In Memory: Ann & Irving Shendroff Kathy & Maurice Green, In Honour: Bill Edwards & Jim Forster Dr. Sharon Johnston, Happy Birthday: Beatrice & Purdy Crawford Donna & Gerry Koffman, Mazal Tov: Mary

Shirley Sassen, Yahrzeit: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan


Neil Kredentser and Family Charles Lior, In Appreciation: Janice Karlinsky

Toba Sussman, Yahrzeit: Rosalie Sussman

Alan Garfinkel, In Honour: Shelly Berenbaum Gene Stewart, In Memory: Ruth Green and Rose Rose Muriel Tinianov, Speedy Recovery: Ruth Green and Rose Rose

Anne Tile, Yahrzeit: Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile Esther Track, Yahrzeit: Dora Track General: Hershman-Burger Family; Richard Rotman SINGER -SMITH YOUTH ENDOWMENT FUND


Dori Levine, In Appreciation: Janet & David Ber and Family Barry Silver, Mazal Tov: Ruthe Schipper & Jerry Rotstein; Ruth & Graham Silver

Mary Singer, Happy Birthday: Karen & Bob Willinsky and Family T O R AT C H A I M F U N D

Dr. Barry Borden, In Appreciation: Stancer Family and

Zahava Wolfowich, In Appreciation: Janet & David Ber and Family

Spiegel Family Shelly Berenbaum, In Appreciation: Janice Babins;


Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Roseanne Mason and Family

Randi Garfinkel General: Joan & A.J. Greenberg AL & DORA TRACK SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Rabbi Yael Splansky & Dr. Adam Sol, Mazal Tov:

Amalia Tless, Yahrzeit: Dora Track

Hershman-Burger Family; Paula Kirsh Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Eleanor & Michael Davis; Marla & Sean Davis


Clare Denaburg, Happy Birthday: Rina & Saul Fishbein

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Eleanor & Michael Davis; Marla & Sean Davis;

Alan Garfinkel, Mazal Tov: Diana & Marvin Goodman Pearl Hermant, In Appreciation: Roseanne Mason and Family

Roseanne Mason and Family

Roseanne Mason, Mazal Tov: Michelle Katz N A N C Y R U T H E D U C AT I O N A L F U N D

Judy Nyman, Mazal Tov: Linda & Gordon Wolfe

Alan Garfinkel, Mazal Tov: Nancy Ruth

Barry Silver, Mazal Tov: Diana & Marvin Goodman

Barry Silver, Best Wishes: Nancy Ruth

Rabbi Yael Splansky & Dr. Adam Sol, Mazal Tov:

Esther & Marvin Tile, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow

& Paul Spring Carol Levitan, In Memory: Debra Muchnik &

Alice (Allie) Herman, Yahrzeit: Carole Zucker

Sarita Dotan; Diana & Marvin Goodman; Linda & Gordon Wolfe


Esther & Dr. Marvin Tile, Mazal Tov: Diana

Brenda Baskind, In Appreciation: Waleuska &

& Marvin Goodman

Jeffrey Feldberg For phone numbers to make donations, please see page 15

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This month @ HOLY BLOSSOM Sat. Dec. 23

9 a.m.

Wed. Dec. 27

10.30 a.m. The Yiddish Novel

Sat. Dec. 30

9 a.m.

Tue. Jan. 2

January 2007 Tevet/Shevat 5767

Wed. Jan. 17

9.30 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study 10.30 a.m. The Yiddish Novel 7.30 p.m. Beginners’ Hebrew

Fri. Jan. 19

6 p.m.

Tot Shabbat Service

11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew

Sat. Jan. 20

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Wed. Jan. 3

9.30 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study 10.30 a.m. The Yiddish Novel

Mon. Jan. 22

10 a.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with Rabbi Edward Goldfarb

Fri. Jan. 5

6 p.m.

Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner

Tue. Jan. 23

11 a.m.

Sat. Jan. 6

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Mon. Jan. 8

10 a.m.

Chassidic Study Circle, with Rabbi Avraham Plotkin 11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew 7.30 p.m. Before and After: a Documentary Film by Marela Mayo (Brotherhood)

Wed. Jan. 24

10.30 a.m. The Yiddish Novel 7.30 p.m. Beginners’ Hebrew

Torah Study

Torah Study

Mondays @ the Temple, with Sheila Smolkin, and Ken Wyman 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Tue. Jan. 9

11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew

Wed. Jan. 10

9.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 8 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 26 Sisterhood Torah Study The Yiddish Novel Beginners’ Hebrew Reflections on the Hebrew Bible, with Cardinal Ambrozic

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

Sat. Jan. 27

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Sun. Jan. 28

8 p.m.

Tafelmusik Baroque Concert

Mon. Jan. 29

10 a.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with Rabbi Sharon Sobel 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Tue. Jan. 30

11 a.m.

Chassidic Study Circle, with Rabbi Avraham Plotkin 11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew Grammar 7 p.m. Sisterhood Tu B‘Shevat Seder/ Open Board Meeting

Wed. Jan. 31

9.30 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study 10.30 a.m. The Yiddish Novel 7.30 p.m. Beginners’ Hebrew

Sat. Jan. 13

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Sun. Jan 14

9.30 a.m.

Brotherhood Breakfast, with Michael Cole

Mon. Jan. 15

10 a.m.

Mondays @ the Temple, with Dr. Gordon Wincour 7.30 p.m. Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program

Tue. Jan. 16

11 a.m.

Chassidic Study Circle, with Rabbi Avraham Plotkin 11.30 a.m. Advanced Hebrew Grammar

As dates and times may change without notice, please confirm all information by calling the Temple — at any time — to access This Week @ Holy Blossom recording. The Bulletin is published 11 times a year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; e-mail:; Web site: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: Barry Silver; Senior Rabbi: John Moscowitz; Associate Rabbi: Yael Splansky; Associate Rabbi: Jason Rosenberg; Rabbi: Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Cantorial Soloist: Lindi Rivers; Director of Education: Deborah K. Spiegel; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Marvin Tile; Bulletin Editor: Judy Nyman. Design and Production:

Holy Blossom Temple was founded in 1856 and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism.

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The Last Word

Adding content to your consciousness


In an article in the Canadian Jewish News last June, Professor Gil Troy of McGill University quoted his teacher, Professor Deborah Weissman, as saying that “many Israelis have content without consciousness, while many North American Jews have consciousness without content — and Judaism requires both.” Indeed, to live in Israel is to be surrounded by Jewish content: the Hebrew language, a civil calendar that is defined by Jewish Festivals and Shabbat, and compulsory Bible classes. But the consciousness is often missing. Many Israelis are totally secular and so uncomfortable with any kind of religious identification that they consider themselves as not necessarily Jewish but Israeli.

b y R A B B I E D WA R D G O L D FA R B

In North America and other parts of the Diaspora as well, many of us feel Jewish, but our lives are almost totally devoid of Jewish content. There are ‘cardiac’ Jews: I’m a Jew at heart; ‘gastronomic’ Jews: bagels, cream cheese, lox, pastrami (not necessarily at the same time); and ‘pediatric’ Jews who, in addition to the obligatory High Holy Days, observe Chanukah and Pesach largely for the children, mostly ignoring the other beautiful and meaningful Festivals. For these Jews, there is little or no Hebrew, worship, learning or knowledge. But, as Professor Weissman has pointed out, both consciousness and content are needed. We can’t solve the

Israeli problem, but ironically Israel, and perhaps only Israel, can help solve ours. There is increasing evidence that a good way, perhaps the best way, to increase content in our lives is to participate, for however short a time, in the content of Jewish life in Israel. Hence the success of the Birthright programs, which provide free trips to Israel for young people, and the continuing efforts by many synagogues to sponsor congregational tours. This leads me to invite those who have not yet signed up for our trip to Israel in April 2007 to consider joining us in honour of the Temple’s 150th Anniversary. For more details, please contact me (ext. 275), at the Temple or e-mail me at, or call Avi Rodak at Aufgang Travel, at (416) 789-7117, ext. 227.

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