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Touching the Infinite and the Eternal Come and celebrate Shavuot with one of this generation's leading teachers, Rabbi Yoel Glick See page 4.

IN THIS ISSUE: Daily/Shabbat Worship 2 | In Perspective 3 | Shavuot 5766/2006 4 | 150th Anniversary 5 | President's Message 5 | The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning 6 | New Plaut Commentary 7 | Our Israel 8 | Education Matters 9 | Events and Announcements 11 | Our Congregational Family 12 | This Month @ Holy Blossom 15 | The Last Word 16

Daily/Shabbat Worship

Daily Services Mon. to Fri.

7.30 a.m. Shacharit* 6 p.m. Mincha Sun. 9 a.m. * On Mon. May 22, 2006, Shacharit Services will be held at 9 a.m.

Yom Ha’Zikaron/Yom Ha’Atzmaut* Tue. May 2 Tue. May 2 * Please see page 16 for details.

6 p.m. 6.30 p.m.

Service Celebration

Shabbat Achare Mot-Kedoshim Fri. May 5 Fri. May 5 Sat. May 6 Sat. May 6

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

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

Shabbat Emor Fri. May 12 Sat. May 13 Sat. May 13

Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai Fri. May 19 Fri. May 19 Sat. May 20 Sat. May 20

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Gesher Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family Shabbat Service

7 p.m. 10 a.m.

Erev Shavuot and Confirmation Service Shavuot and Yizkor Services

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

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Shabbat Service Family 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

Shabbat Bemidbar Fri. May 26 Sat. May 27 Sat. May 27

Shavuot* Thur. June 1 Fri. June 2 * Please see page 4 for details.

Shabbat Naso I Fri. June 2 Sat. June 3 Sat. June 3

Shabbat Naso II Fri. June 9 Fri. June 9 Sat. June 10 Sat. June 10

Holy Blossom Temple


by Rabbi John Moscowitz

Growing up, I didn’t know anyone who wanted to be a rabbi. I certainly didn’t hang out with those types, and if they were around, I didn’t have much to say to them. If I thought at all about rabbis then, it was that they were necessary at necessary times; otherwise, they had their world and I had mine. Neither did my parents push religion and ritual on me. They were interested that I might be a politician or a lawyer or perhaps a psychiatrist. I wanted to be a major league ballplayer. Only later, when life had begun to leave its marks did I realize I had been ignorant and blind — ignorant of the Rabbis who established the extraordinarily rich, intellectual and religious endeavour we know of as Judaism today, and blind to the capability of Judaism to shape behaviour and make for a good life. Eventually, my life took a couple of funny turns and I ended up in rabbinical school. Not to be a rabbi, but rather to learn what I had not picked up earlier. I was attracted to a kind of learning and world view that, while intellectual in nature, I knew to go to the very heart of life. I was hungry for meaning. I was in search of memories that were mine — but had never been handed over.

Once in rabbinical school, I was exposed to the Rabbis — the various scholars and thinkers who took Judaism from the Temple in Jerusalem to the world of study and Torah; from the world of sacrificing animals to that of mitzvot and blessings and books.

… the Judaism of today is not that of the Bible — but rather the religion restructured and transformed by the Rabbis as they developed Jewish tradition in the first several centuries of the Common Era.

These Rabbis rescued Judaism from the wake of the Temple destruction in the year 70 CE, reformulating it so as to bequeath to succeeding generations, ourselves included, Jewish ways to think and act in the world. We should never tire of noting that the Judaism of today is not that of the Bible — but rather the religion restructured and transformed by the Rabbis as they developed Jewish tradition in the first several centuries of the Common Era. The Rabbis famously proclaimed: “Find yourself a teacher and remove doubt from your midst.” By this they meant that the study of the tradition,

the law and the inner world of God and of humans brings about the possibility of greater coherence — intellectually, philosophically and in terms of behaviour. The Rabbis believed deeply that the more study, the more decency; and the more decency between human beings, the more a society would be stable, would flourish and would bring meaning and dignity to individuals. So that when the Qur'an, in the seventh century, referred to the Jews as the “People of the Book,” it did so with esteem. To have knowledge, to read books, to reflect, meant for better human beings and a better world. Could anything be more admirable? Beginning on Tuesday night May 9, I will teach about the Rabbis. The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution is designed to expose those who will come and study on those evenings to a number of seminal texts that continue to speak down through the generations — of a way of thinking that allows Jews to feel a common humanity with all, and a particularity with their own People. Won’t you consider joining us — both those who have studied with me before and those who have not — for a look at a world that produced us and so much of what we have?

The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution Rabbi John Moscowitz | Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m., May 9 to June 13, 2006 Ours is not the Judaism of the Bible, but that of the Rabbis. The Rabbis — in the first number of centuries of the Common Era — brilliantly and courageously rescued Judaism from ruin and irrelevance, fashioning a new Judaism out of the old, one based on study rather than on sacrifice.

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Celebrating Shavuot and Confirmation Z’man Matan Torahteinu —

The time of the giving of our Torah

THUR. JUNE 1, 2006 7 p.m. Erev Shavuot Service Confirmation and honouring of Youth Awards recipients. Reception following for all congregants. 9.30 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot: The Revelation of Shavuot — Touching the Infinite and the Eternal, with Yoel Glick A graduate of the University of Toronto, Yoel Glick received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, New York and divides his time between France and Israel, where he teaches Jewish meditation and spirituality. FRI. JUNE 2, 2006 10 a.m. Congregation-wide Shavuot Morning Services, including Yizkor Families with children are especially welcome. Creative Torah study will be offered for children of all ages and childcare will be available. Special blessing for babies We invite parents to bring their children, born in the last year or two, to Shavuot Morning Services, where the congregation can welcome them into our community. All parents will be invited to bring their babies up to the bimah for a special blessing.

Mazal Tov to our 5766/2006 Confirmands and their Parents Confirmation is the Reform Movement’s celebration of the completion of a young person’s Jewish education. The Temple celebrates this joyous event with the entire congregation at our Erev Shavuot Service on Thur. June 1, 2006. MAZAL TOV TO: Eli Bardikoff (Ricki Wortzman & Alan Bardikoff ) | Elliott Berinstein (Corinne & Neil Berinstein) | Amy Berkowitz (Linda & Simon Berkowitz) | Adam Charney (Sara & Richard Charney) | Micaela Collins (Krisanne Kangille & Peter Collins) | Robert Denaburg (Phyllis & Jeffrey Denaburg) | Michaela Freedman (Joy Rosen & Larry Freedman) | Stacey Greenbaum (Cathy & Lorne Greenbaum) | Jessica Hart (Jill Kamin & Murray Hart) | Miriam Heavenrich (Joan & Alan Heavenrich) | Joe Jordan (Amy Sky Jordan & Marc Jordan) | Caroline Kassie (Susan Harris & David Kassie) | Amanda Kert (Wendy & Roey B. Kert) | Emma Leese (Teri & David Leese) | Claudia Ludwig (Kathy Dolgy Ludwig & Samuel Ludwig ) | Nathan Micay (Susan Baskin & Jack Micay) | Jakov Musafija (Sladjana & Mair Musafija) | Rebecca Perlmutar (Gillian Hawker & Marty Perlmutar) | Michael Rachlis (Geraldine Waldman & Charles Rachlis) | Joshua Richman-Gould (Gerri Richman & Malcolm Gould) | Alexander Sadowski and Michael Sadowski (Donna Sorbara & David Sadowski) | Brandon Samuels (Heather & Stuart Samuels) | Lauren Segal (Susan & Peter Segal | Jessica Sennet (Tobye & Sydney Sennet) | Natalie Simonsky (Jan & Robert Simonsky) | Jacob Sommers (Julia & David Sommers) | Rebecca Stein (Nancy & Raymond Stein) | Kevin Wiener (Lillyann Goldstein & Bill Wiener)

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by Henrietta Chesnie, Chair, 150th Anniversary Committee

Abraham Nordheimer, Lewis Samuel and Alfred Benjamin were three of the early leaders of the Toronto Jewish community and Holy Blossom Temple. On May 17, 24 and 31, 2006, at 7.30 p.m., Ken Wyman — a member of the Temple’s Archives Committee who is pursuing research on the early history of the Toronto Jewish community — will introduce us to these three leaders. These lectures will help set the scene for the celebration of our 150th anniversary and will contribute to our understanding of some of the debates in our congregation in its early years. From the 1840s to the 1880s, the Jews who settled in Toronto came primarily from England and, to a lesser extent, from the German states. Both groups wanted to achieve a high degree of integration into Anglo-Canadian society, while

striving to maintain a distinctive Jewish religious identity. They differed, however, on how this should be accomplished. The English Jews tended to favour the Anglo

in the United States. These two tendencies resulted in many contentious issues within the congregation and in many compromises as the leadership of the day strove to find an approach that was acceptable to the majority of congregants. Please join us for Ken Wyman's insights into our early history.


Toronto in the 1800s

150th anniversary trip Lewis Samuel

Alfred Benjamin

Abraham Nordheimer

style of Jewish orthodoxy, while the German Jews were attracted to the rapidly expanding Reform Movement

We are planning a special anniversary trip to Israel, led by Rabbi Edward and Fagi Goldfarb, from Apr. 14 to 24, 2007. The trip will be based on the following: Zionism; Israeli art and culture; the political situation and peace process; and Reform Judaism in Israel. Participants will have the opportunity to work on the anniversary Sefer Torah with a Scribe in Israel, to experience Yom Ha’Zikaron (Memorial Day) and to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day) in Israel. Watch the Bulletin for more details.

by Alan Garfinkel

All Temple members recently received a letter, along with a pledge card, regarding the Temple’s Annual Contribution Campaign. (If you did not receive the card, please call Shannon Tramer at ext. 227, at the Temple.) We are very excited about this year’s campaign. Based on the support we received from more than 400 members last year, it is clear that your dedication to Holy Blossom Temple will ensure that our second Annual Contribution Campaign will be an even greater success than the first, and that Holy Blossom Temple will be able to continue

its long-standing tradition of keeping its doors open to all who wish to enter it. I am pleased to tell you that we have 100 per cent participation from the Board of Directors. At our last meeting, every member of the Board committed to support the Campaign. I am also pleased to advise that we have been able to limit the increase in Base Family Rates to less than 2 per cent this year and to maintain the rates for young adult members. This was not an easy feat considering the upward pressures on our operating costs, in particular utilities, insurance and security. (Please see box for our Base Membership Rates for 2006–2007.) May 2006


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Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of our sacred community.

Base Membership Rates Family $2,495 for a two-adult household Single Adult (Family) $1,470 for households with one adult Young Adult $550 per person for individuals between the ages of 31 and 35 years $330 per person for individuals 30 years and younger Rates include all children, up to 25 years of age, in the household.


A culture of giving


The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning provides opportunities to come together for major public lectures, to study Torah and other literature, and to obtain the skills needed to lead a deeper Jewish life. For more details on all our spring 2006 lectures and programs, please call the 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 your convenience, our daytime programs during the week are marked with this symbol: through together. For more details or to register, please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple or e-mail

STUDY WITH OUR RABBIS Responsa Literature Rabbi Yael Splansky Thursdays at 10 a.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25 Every good question has always deserved a good answer. Responsa literature is the largest collection of Jewish text. We will look at some surprising Jewish questions and the rabbinic answers that followed.


Siblings in Genesis Rabbi Dow Marmur Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. May 31 to June 28 A five-session course detailing the relationships of siblings in the Book of Genesis: Cain and Abel; Noah’s sons; Isaac and Ishmael; Jacob and Esau; and Joseph and his brothers. Join us for an investigative look at these powerful brothers and how they lived and worked together.

Lessons in Fear (documentary film) Igal Hecht, Filmmaker, and James Cullingham, Director Wed. May 10, at 7.30 p.m. The documentary Lessons in Fear explores

The Roots of Toronto’s Jewish Community (1900–1914) Bill Gladstone, Journalist and Historian Tue. May 9, at 7.30 p.m. This slide presentation is co-sponsored by the Library Committee and Brotherhood. For more details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple.

Israeli and Palestinian education from the ground up. In a media world obsessed with conflict, Lessons in Fear takes a humanized, behind-the-scenes look at how ordinary kids are educated in one of the world’s trouble spots. Living History: Back to our Roots Rabbi Chaim Weiner, Director of the European Masorti (Conservative) Bet Din (Court) Mon. June 5, at 8 p.m. Did you know that Jews in Tuscany buried a matzah bakery, a mikvah and a kosher slaughterhouse in caves hundreds of feet beneath their synagogue? Did you know that Crypto Jews in Portugal used the Inquisition to learn how to practice Judaism? This session will bring our history to life through visits to offthe-beaten-track locations. Join us for an evening of pictures, music and texts.

The 2006 Harry Posen Memorial Lectures

Israel after Sharon Professor Gabriel Ben-Dor Dean of the School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa and Director of the National Securities Study Center

Mixed Blessings: A Mini-Course for Interfaith Couples Rabbi Yael Splansky Mondays at 8 p.m. June 5, 12, 19 and 26 Articulating your expectations and beliefs, managing the extended families, fostering a clear religious identity in your children — these are some of the complexities we will think Holy Blossom Temple

Mon. May 8, at 8 p.m. The Changing Face of Israeli Politics Wed. May 10, at 8 p.m. Israel's Changing Strategic Environment


Introducing the new Plaut Commentary by Randi Garfinkel, Chair, Worship Department

It should come as no surprise that Holy Blossom Temple is one of the first congregations in the Reform Movement to purchase the new and revised Plaut Torah Commentary that is now in our pews for use at Worship Services. Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut began work on this Commentary, the first one ever produced by the Reform Movement, more than 30 years ago, when he served as this synagogue’s Senior Rabbi. This new edition has corrected various Hebrew errors found in the old text, and has updated both the content and the

M O N D AYS @ the Temple Let’s celebrate Israel’s birthday together at our Yom Ha’Atzmaut party on May 1, 2006, at 12.30 p.m. We will enjoy a festive lunch, followed by a musical presentation, Israel through Music and Word, by Linda Segal, former cantor of the Beaches Hebrew Institute. Our upcoming 2006 programs (starting at 10 a.m.) are: May 8 Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | Tina Urman

format to make it more user-friendly. The Plaut Torah Commentary continues to be one of the crown jewels of the Reform Movement. It is widely used in most liberal congregations, and its influence has had a profound effect on modern Jewish Torah scholarship. The new Commentary has been made available — in consultation with the Plaut family and in honour of Holy Blossom Temple’s 150th anniversary — thanks to donations made by Temple members and others to various funds established to honour the Plaut family over the years. Individual commentaries may be dedicated to honour or memorialize loved ones for a donation of $72 to the

May 15 The Kaddish: Everything You Wanted to Know | Rabbi Jason Rosenberg May 29 Paralysis or Progress — Israel's New Government | Rabbi Dow Marmur June 5 The Textile Museum: Threads of Human History | Anne Posen, Educator, the Textile Museum

LU N C H and L E A R N in Retirement Please join us for our exciting spring programs. Cost: $1 unless otherwise stated.

Foundation. These donations will be acknowledged on the inside cover of the book through an individualized bookplate and will be listed in the Bulletin. New commentaries are available at the Judaica Shop for $72. It is our hope that the new Commentary, together with our new Holy Blossom Temple Siddur — to be released as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations this fall and also graciously funded through donations made in honour of the Plaut family — will serve as fitting symbols of Rabbi Plaut’s contribution and dedication to Torah (study) and Avodah (worship) in our synagogue community and the larger Reform Movement.

Mon. May 8, at 1.30 p.m. A Musical Performance | Enjoy listening to contemporary classical music at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. Cost: $2. RSVP to Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple. Wed. May 24, at 12 p.m. Memoirs of Israel’s War of Independence | Jerry Rosenberg Wed. June 14, at 10.30 a.m. Cabaret at Stage West | Please join us for our summer outing. We will travel by bus to Stage West and enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch before the performance. Cost: $40 for Temple members and $45 for non-members. Space is extremely limited. Please call Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple, to make reservations.

For more information, or to leave a message, please call the Seniors’ hotline (ext. 517), at the Temple. May 2006


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Israel: our year in review by Sandy Atlin, Chair, Aid to Survivors of Terror Fund

Holy Blossom members have contributed more than $180,000 since July 2002 to help victims of terror in Israel. This financial achievement makes us one of the leading synagogue donors in North America. A task force, chaired by Temple member Pam Albert, was formed in 2002, to explore how the Temple could provide aid to Israeli victims of terror and to match, on a permanent basis, seed money funding, which had been generously contributed. Pam connected with the OneFamily Fund, which assesses survivors’ needs and ensures they are met. (Pam later developed a Canadian branch of the OneFamily Fund and serves as its Executive Director.)

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What we've accomplished Holy Blossom members have visited ‘adopted’ families in Israel on more than 10 occasions; • In July 2004, we brought Neta Zinger, aged 16, to a Canadian summer camp and his mother, Nurit, to visit him; •

Shabbat Fusion Rabbi Yael Splansky Friday nights at 6.30 p.m. May 26 and June 30, 2006

Through the OneFamily Fund, we supported a Bereaved Siblings Retreat, a Wounded Couples Retreat and a Bereaved Women’s Retreat in Israel; We designated funds to Sellah, which helps new immigrants to Israel — many of whom are living below the poverty line — who are victims of terror; We gave funds to the Koby Mandel Foundation to send children to its summer camps in Israel; A group of Temple grandparents marked last year’s Chanukah festivities by donating funds in honour of their grandchildren to Israeli survivors; Religious School children sent postcards of Toronto to Israeli children; Temple volunteers visited an Israeli children’s camp for survivors to deliver toys and stickers; A dinner for survivors was organized last summer in Caesarea with the Canadian Maccabi Golf Team, which included Temple members. (The fact that survivors travelled long distances to visit with the group in Caesarea exemplifies the importance of these connections to their lives.); and Holy Blossom’s Israel Committee set up the Aid for Survivors of Terror Fund.

Giving survivors hope The relationships with survivors continue to this day. This past winter, Temple members Melanie and Paul Nesbitt volunteered in Israel at a Bereaved Parents Retreat and attended a Bereaved Women’s Support Group for new Russian immigrants. In all these ways, we have given Israeli survivors of terrorism hope in the knowledge of how deeply we care about them and support their efforts to overcome their losses. Yasher koach to the many dozens of Temple members who have made personal efforts and financial contributions. Thank you for twinning as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, adopting families, writing cards, sending toys and stickers, funding retreats, visiting Israel and welcoming victims in Toronto. This mitzvah makes a true difference in survivors’ lives. To donate to the Temple’s Aid for Survivors of Terror Fund, please call the Foundation office (ext. 265), at the Temple or visit www.holyblossom. org/donations_online.htm. To discuss future volunteer missions to Israel to help survivors, please call Pam Albert, at (416) 644-4955, ext. 205.

Members and non-members are invited to a unique Kabbalat Shabbat experience of song and prayer. Avivah Chernik, Aaron Lightston and their musical friends will bring the city's finest fusion of jazz, funk, Ashkenaz and Sepharad. 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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by Deborah K. Spiegel, Director of Education

In the next little while, we will be observing Israel’s Yom Ha’Zikaron (Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day). These holidays give us the opportunity to commemorate and to celebrate. The what and how of the commemoration and celebration are fundamental to our connection with Israel. As a chaperone for Toronto’s March of the Living in 2004 and 2005, I was fortunate to be able to observe these two days while in Israel. Yom Ha’Zikaron commemorates all Israeli soldiers who have been killed in defence of its borders over the past 58 years. The entire country comes to a halt as the siren wails throughout Israel for two full minutes on Yom Ha’Zikaron. As the sun sets and all sing Hatikvah, Israelis are able to turn a complete 180 degrees and joyously celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

We have a unique opportunity as Canadian Jews as we too commemorate and celebrate Israel. But how do we look at the prospect of celebrating Israel while living in Canada? How can we make Israel significant for our students each year? We can’t all be in Israel for Yom Ha’Atzmaut, so we try to celebrate Israel here. This year, throughout Religious School, the students have had unique opportunities to learn about Israel. They enjoyed three sessions of chugim on the theme of Israel — each chug shares something exceptional about Israel for our students. Titles included: Happy Birthday Israel; Israeli Mosaics, Eating Tour of Israel, Edible Israel — A Look at the Map; and The Thin Olive Green Line — Israel’s Wars and the Impact on the Country. In Senior School, we have hosted a variety of speakers who shared information on Israel’s image in the Diaspora, and the politics of the country, with specific insights to the most recent elections. Students have

Awards of Merit The following students will be receiving an Award of Merit from the Youth Award fund to attend a Reform Jewish camp in the summer of 2006: Deena Cincinatus (GUCI*); Elana Cincinatus (GUCI); David Harris-Koblin (Camp George); Andrew Kohn (Camp George); Michael Rosenberg (Camp George); Tony Rosenberg (Camp George); and Leah Rosenkrantz (Camp George). Aron Berger received an Award of Merit for attending NFTY’s** Israel program. For more details, please call Rabbi Jason Rosenberg (ext. 277) or Debbie Spiegel (ext. 239), at the Temple. * Goldman Union Camp Institute ** North American Federation of Temple Youth

also received constant encouragement to visit Israel. We hope that we will be able to arrange a return Confirmation trip to Israel for 2007. We have much to celebrate as Jews in Canada. To continue to join in the triumph of our People, we must educate ourselves and our children as to the joys of being Jewish and the significance of Israel in our lives and, as a school community, to commemorate her losses and celebrate her victories. We will celebrate the ending of the school year on Sun. May 14, 2006, at 10 a.m. with a school-wide Zimriyah — a song festival where students will bring the spirit of Israel into our Temple. I want to congratulate the students for their liveliness and the teachers for their enthusiasm, but mostly the parents for giving their children the opportunity to grow further as Jews and to have the opportunity to remember and to celebrate!

Family Programming


Father/Son Day at Centre Island

‘Adopt-a-Dad’ program for anyone who needs a match for the day (guys without sons — we need you!).

Sun. June 4, at 10 a.m. We will meet at the Toronto Island Ferry Docks to start our annual field day, and then head out to Centre Island for a fun-filled day of games, sports, drama, food and more. RSVP to Shelly Berenbaum (ext. 233), at the Temple. Or call Rabbi Jason Rosenberg (ext. 277), at the Temple, for more details, including information on our

Family Camp

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Fri. Sept. 1 to Sun. Sept. 3 Summer is not far away, which means we are gearing up for our annual Family Camp retreat at beautiful Camp George, near Parry Sound. Join us for this perfect weekend getaway. For more details, please call Rabbi Jason Rosenberg (ext. 277), at the Temple.


Why celebrating Israel is important in Canada

Purim 5766:

Left to right: Devyn Olin and Dustin, Joely and Sierra Pulver at our Purim carnival.

Finally, thanks to those who lent their voices and enthusiasm to our Schpiel: Bram Aaron, Susan Baskin, Susan Chernow, Gary Ciglen, Toby Ciglen, Helena Fine, Philip Fleishman, Ron Hart,

Kathy Green, Laurence Jacobs, Sue Joel, Michael Larkin, Judy Malkin, Pnina Margolese, Catherine Mayers, Lew Molot, Mike Morgulis, Eva Ormut, Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Arlene Roth-Hershfield, Mari Lynn Rusak, David Sandler, Sandra Sandler, Lori Shekter-Wolfson, Saul Ship, Sharon Smith-Miller and Vallry Waldman, as well as Benjamin Applebaum, Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, Rabbi John Moscowitz, Judy Nyman, Lindi Rivers and Rabbi Yael Splansky. — Phyllis Cincinatus, Festival Chair To see more Purim photographs, please visit

Photograph by Charlene MacEachern Photography

On Sun. Mar. 13, 2006, Holy Blossom Temple hosted an amazing carnival to celebrate Purim. The next day, we gathered to drown out the name of Haman as the Megillah Esther was read. Yasher koach to our Purim Festival Committee: Robin Belman, Shelly Berenbaum, Mona Charendoff, Johanna Faulk, Jackie Mamott, Julie Markle, Marcela Mayo, Sharon Neiss, Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Lillian Sherman and Janet Shiner, Chair Purim Committee. To the many volunteers who sold the tickets, prepared food and ran activities — we couldn’t do it without you. A very special thank you for all their help to: Michael Larkin, Lev Maidanik and the entire maintenance staff. Thank you to our generous donors who never fail to supply us with prizes and supplies: Fortinos, Ganz, Giftcraft, Honest Ed’s, Loots, Only Accessories, Party Packagers, PharmaPlus, Progress Packaging Ltd., Sandylion Stickers, Scholastic Books, Silverstein’s Bakery, Spinmaster Toys and Evan Tapper. Yasher koach to those who read the Megillah: Lisa Baumal, Ari Burkes, Jill Kamin, Mira Lyon, Rachel Malach, Judy Malkin, Mike Morgulis and Brenda Saunders.

Photograph by Paul Hellen

Here's what you missed if you weren't there

Our 5766 Purim Schpielers

Some of our thought-provoking speakers Dimensions of Violence Rabbi Jonathan Crane (Feb. 15)

The Place of Jewish Values in the World of Publishing (Mar. 21)

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Photographs by Paul Hellen

Rabbi Crane leads a discussion on issues related to contemporary warfare.

Adam Sol (left) moderates a Panel Discussion by (left to right) Cynthia Good, Margie Wolfe and Malcolm Lester.

Events and Announcements Fine Arts Committee: Members' Art Exhibit Reception Sun. May 21, 2006, at 2 p.m. Exhibit continues to Wed. June 21, 2006 Featuring art by Temple artists, the exhibit and reception are in honour of the 150th anniversary of Holy Blossom. Library Book Club Ken Skolnik Mon. May. 8, 2006, at 10 a.m. The group will discuss The Final Solution: A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon. For more details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple. Library Book Sale Mon. May 29 to Wed. May 31, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our annual sale of discarded books features adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books. Come early for the best selection. Donations of books for the sale are welcome. For more details, please call Anne Dublin (ext. 235), at the Temple.

Breakfast Club: Anxiety and Stress Management Dr. Harold Minden, Professor Emeritus, York University Sun. May 28, 2006, at 9.30 a.m. Join us following Shacharit Services for

breakfast at 9.30 a.m., and our speaker at 10 a.m., for a talk on healthy alternatives to Valium, anti-depressants and alcohol. Men and women welcome. Baseball League The Holy B’s will be playing in the InterSynagogue Baseball League on Sunday mornings from May to October 2006. Temple men (who have paid their $36 Brotherhood membership) who are 21 years old and older are eligible to play. For more details, please call the Brotherhood hotline (ext. 530), at the Temple, or e-mail us at

Bereavement Support Group Helen Gia Levin, Grief Therapist Wednesdays at 7 p.m. May 24, 31, June 7 and 14, 2006 If you have lost a loved one, come to the Temple to find strength and comfort. To register (no cost), please call Cynthia Silverman (ext. 276), at the Temple. The Toronto Jewish Healing Project: God Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? Rabbi Dow Marmur Wed. June 14, 2006, at 8.30 a.m. Following the keynote address by Rabbi Dow Marmur, there will be workshops led by outstanding religious and professionals of the community. For more details, please call Etta Ginsberg McEwan, at (416) 944-3359.

Rosh Chodesh (Sivan) Celebration and Study Rabbi Yael Splansky Mon. May 29, 2006, at 8 p.m. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (Bloor and Spadina) Enjoy the company of women who span the generations, for an interactive, text-based monthly discussion on what makes each month of the Jewish calendar unique. Celebrate Rosh Chodesh, which, according to tradition, was God’s gift to women. Dessert and coffee will be served. Bring a friend.

Understanding Menopause Dr. Randy Shaul, Family Physician, Michelle Katz, Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor, and Ruth Anne Baron, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Wed. May 10, 2006, at 7.15 p.m. Come join us for an informative panel discussion, followed by a question and answer period. Annual General Meeting Tue. May 30, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. All Sisterhood members are invited to this important meeting featuring a surprise speaker. Our Board members will be installed and the annual report covering the accomplishments of the past year will be presented.

Holy Blossom Temple Stagecraft Company: None is Too Many, by Jason Sherman (staged reading) Sat. May 6, 2006, at 7.30 p.m. and Sun. May 7, 2006, at 2.30 p.m.

This hard-hitting drama focuses on the Mackenzie King government’s immigration policies during and after World War II. Tickets: $12. For more details or to order tickets, please call the Stagecraft hotline (ext. 511), at the Temple.

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Iyar/Sivan 5766

Our Congregational Family May 27, 2006/29 Iyar 5766 Michael Marks, son of Ellen Yack & Irv Marks

We would like to welcome the following people to our Holy Blossom Temple family: Abbey Lipson • Michelle & Gavin Naimer, and Nicole and Jack • Ruth Pelly • Alan Ruth

June 3, 2006/7 Sivan 5766 Sam Keshen, son of Julie & Larry Keshen

B’nei Mitzvah June 3, 2006/7 Sivan 5766 Daniel Sigal, son of Brenda Tipper & Israel Michael Sigal

May 6, 2006/8 Iyar 5766 Melissa Hendel, daughter of Tami & Matt Hendel

June 3, 2006/7 Sivan 5766 Rebecca Tartick, daughter of Maureen & David Tartick

May 6, 2006/8 Iyar 5766 Rebecca Hendel, daughter of Tami & Matt Hendel

Engagements/Marriages Phyllis & Paul Bordo on the engagement of their son Mark Andrew Bordo to Sabrina Elizabeth Kaufman, daughter of Claire & the late Martin Ian Kaufman, who will be married in September 2006. Carolyn Newman & Josh Title, who were married in April 2006. Proud parents are Judy & Howard Newman and Carole & Stephen Title. Marlene & Wayne Pulver on the engagement of their son Shawn Pulver to Aliza Fisch, daughter of Vera & Joseph Fisch, who will be married in August 2006. Proud grandmothers are Elizabeth Gyenes and Ida Shapiro.

May 13, 2006/15 Iyar 5766 Simeon Musafija, son of Sladjana & Mair Musafija

May 13, 2006/15 Iyar 5766 David Polan, son of Cindy Suran-Polan & Howard Polan

May 13, 2006/15 Iyar 5766 Mitchell Stein, son of Beth Weingarden & Paul Stein

The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Simcha Ben-Yeheskel, mother of Heskiel Ben-Yeheskel, Osnap Ben-Yeheskel and Pnina Ben-Yeheskel, sister of Betty Young Leslie Donne, father of David Donne, Phillip Donne, Rodney Donne and Denyse Silverman, brother of Milly Phillips Mitchell Duckman, son of Nancy & Owen Duckman, brother of Allison Duckman and Julia Duckman, grandson of Lloyd & Sharon Duckman and Sandra & Lionel Waldman Jordan (Jordy) Tanz, husband of Petra Tanz, father of Jeffrey Tanz and Katie Tanz, son of Alice Tanz and Dr. Mitchell Tanz, brother of Lili Tanz-Rosenbaum, Peter Tanz, Robert Tanz and Tim Tanz

May 20, 2006/22 Iyar 5766 Andrée Heller, daughter of Ronna Brott & Julian Heller

May 27, 2006/29 Iyar 5766 Ben Bruner, son of Jody & Paul Bruner

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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 Date Benjamin Grossberg May 1 John Borshay 2 Gertrude Gardner 2 Elie White 2 Yetta Fishbein 3 Lyla Isenberg 3 Bertha Meerbaum 3 Lillian Blanche Stock 3 Bonnie Barbara Sweet 3 Louis Goodman 4 Jack Sniderman 4 Isador Allen 5 Fred Cotton 5 Jack Fedder 5 Clara Schacter 5 Laura Schipper 5 Theresa Brookstein 6 Carol Caplan 6 Samuel Harold Casselman 6 Israel Joseph Copp 6 Rella Doctors 6 David Benjamin Doidge 6 Mollie Pressman 6 Abraham Albert Warren 6 Morris Henry Epstein 7 Esther Fogler 7 William Gold 7 Jack Penn 7 Irving Cooper 8 Lillian Kay 8 Haskel Max Masters 8 Magistrate J. Cohen 9 Alfreda Henry 9 Martin Rynski 9 Stanley Alter 10 George Appleton 10 Lawrence Finberg 10 Isaac Meyer Lederman 10 Florence King Bloomberg 11

Name Samuel Firestone Leah Steinberg Maurice Klein Abraham Levin Sam H. Richardson Dora Dann Fanny Jackson Harold Borinsky Pauline Davis Dr. Allen Gardner Mark Hands Dorothy Kaplan Bertha Ida Levy Jennie Portnoy Paula Frankel Joseph Klein Elsie Pape Edward Zimmerman Maude Cowan Hyman Goldstein Isadore Smith Samuel Hansher Walter Pape Harry Thomson Jonathan Mark Agar Jack Korman Rose Weinberg Anne Messinger Cole Manny Esco Ida Grossman Samuel Jaffey Harry Posen Ella Schaefer Sax Leslie Gondor Belle Sadowski Rose Cadsby Harry Ely Gordon Kaufman Gertrude Silverman Gussie Singer Imre Somogyi Theodore Gould Alan David Marks George Weisfeld Rae Zwerling Pearl Cole Harry Harris Bernard Kofman

Date May 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 18 18 18 19 19 20 20 20 20 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 24 24 24

May 2006

Name Date Harry Marcus May 24 Rose Langer 25 Myer Lawrence Schiff 25 Phil Sweiden 25 Arthur Weinreb 25 Lawrence Wineberg 25 Ethel Dubin 26 Harriet Wolfe 26 Louis Krakauer 27 Harvey Pollock 27 Leopold Stossel 27 Judith Teller 27 Saul Harry Greenwood 28 Harold Hands 28 Nettie Landau 28 Peggy Laskin 28 Sigmund Lubelsky 28 Frederick Burton 29 Max Gold 29 Gertrude Stitt 29 Jennie Wolfe 29 Bessie Yolleck 29 Joseph Blumenthal 30 Alex Flomen 30 Zelda Kaplan 30 Pearl Kates 30 Louis Kurshner 30 Sydney Rosen 30 Moses Toker 30 Esther Fichman 31

Name Date Irving Halperin May 31 Golda Kaplan 31 Felicia Knaul 31 Henry Shapiro 31 Pauline Edythe Singer 31 Leon E. Weinstein 31 Sadie Bocknek June 1 Rose Cadsby 1 Faye Goldman 1 Nathan Kerdman 1 Benjamin Harvey Kofsky 1 Bertha Parks 1 Bessie Schipper 1 Samuel Shapiro 1 Albert Steiner 1 David Aronson 2 Benjamin Selig Doll 2 Roy Frankfurter 2 Elizabeth Leah Goldberg 2 Julius Leston 2 Elliott Collins 3 Earl Alan Farber 3 Jules Mendelsohn 3 Hela Neufeld 3 Sadie Wise 3 Mozah Zemans 3 Betty Cohen 4 Ida (Simon) Pascal 4 Lenora Ritterman 4 Harry Schwartz 4

Aid for Survivors of Terrorism Max Nathan, In Memory: Alison & Alan Schwartz William Anshan Youth Awards Ruth Gold, In Memory: Jean Anshan Floral Fund Ben Bruner, Bar Mitzvah: Jody & Paul Bruner Lauren Rachel Carroll, Bat Mitzvah: Lisa Ritchie & David Carroll AndrĂŠe Heller, Bat Mitzvah: Ronni Brott & Julian Heller Melissa Hendel, Bat Mitzvah: Tami & Matt Hendel Rebecca Hendel, Bat Mitzvah: Tami & Matt Hendel Sam Keshen, Bar Mitzvah: Julie & Larry Keshen Michael Marks, Bar Mitzvah: Ellen Yack & Irv Marks Simeon Musafija, Bar Mitzvah: Sladjana & Mair Musafija Mitchell Stein, Bar Mitzvah: Beth Weingarden & Paul Stein David Polan, Bar Mitzvah: Cindy Suran-Polan & Howard Polan Daniel Sigal, Bar Mitzvah: Brenda Tipper & Israel Michael Sigal Rebecca Tartick, Bat Mitzvah: Maureen & David Tartick


Iyar/Sivan 5766

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Harriette Borins and Family Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Nancy Ruth and Family Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: Nancy Ruth and Family Fagi Goldfarb, Speedy Recovery: Ena & Gordon Segall

Earl and Marilyn Danson Farber Camp Scholarship Fund Barney Danson, Happy Birthday: Marilyn Farber Marilyn Farber, Speedy Recovery: Sylvia Miller; Barbara Organ; Eric O’Connor; Marjorie & Sydney Rosenfield; Eva Woolf Leonard Levy, Happy Birthday: Marilyn Farber

Ralph Roger Camp Scholarship Fund Herb Adirim, In Memory: Jackie & Howard Roger

Jean Fine Seniors Fund Marilyn Farber, Speedy Recovery: Mary & Henry Seldon Diana Morgulis, In Memory: Erin O’Connor Florence Robinson, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin

Nancy Ruth Educational Fund Marilyn Farber, Speedy Recovery: Nancy Ruth Sam Ruth, In Memory: Joyce & Philip Epstein; Carrie & Milton Friedman; Sybil & Jack Geller Fagi Goldfarb, Speedy Recovery: Nancy Ruth

Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Susan Barron, In Honour: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Barry Borden, In Appreciation: The Paice and Lidsky Families Marilyn Farber, Speedy Recovery: Randi & Alan Garfinkel Fred Freidberg, In Memory: Sally & Ben Jacobson and Family Fagi Goldfarb, Speedy Recovery: Randi & Alan Garfinkel; Lorraine & Donald Loeb; Debbie Redner & Benjamin Applebaum Harry Hands, Yahrzeit: Esther Hands and his Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren Bernard Herman, Special Birthday: Lois Freedman Fine & George Fine; Esther & Marvin Tile; Marlene Wexler Leonard Levy, Happy Birthday: Sybil & David Gordon Marvin Miller, In Memory: Esther & Cyril Hersh Cary Solomon, Happy Birthday: Lorraine & Donald Loeb, Elizabeth Wolfe & Paul Schneir Florence Tietolman-Bloom, In Memory: Helene & Jack Kugelmass, Mary Kugelmass Marvin Tile, In Honour: Wendy & Elliott Eisen Marvin Tile, In Appreciation: Lorraine & Donald Loeb Charlotte Wilson, In Memory: Mary & Henry Seldon

Shacharit Fund Rivka Applebaum, Yahrzeit: Jean & Lewis Applebaum Morris Applebaum, Yahrzeit: Jean & Lewis Applebaum Nancy Bigio, Yahrzeit: Matilda Bigio Linda Bricker, Yahrzeit: Caroline Friedman Bella Gruenspan, Yahrzeit: Myrna Sandler Holy Blossom Temple Shiva Readers, In Appreciation: Family of Daniel Bohnen, Kaylee Miller and Family Jeanette Rosen, Yahrzeit: Doris Stern Harry Saiger, Yahrzeit: Clara Rosen Jacob Sandler, Yahrzeit: Myrna Sandler Max Shrier, Yahrzeit: Joni & Eric Eisenberg and Family Morey Ira Speigel, Yahrzeit: Sara Speigel and Family Dr. Sidney Steinberg, In Memory: Ellen, Alan, Amanda, Adam and Lauren Levine Esther Tuerkisch, Yahrzeit: Miriam Melamed-Turkish & Larry Turkish Harry Uster, Yahrzeit: Donna Uster; Rosie & John Uster Maurice Young, Yahrzeit: Betty Young and Family

Isenberg Endowment Fund Evelyn Fisher, Happy Birthday: Sandra & Chris Grivas

Al & Dora Track Scholarship Fund Lillian Reiken, Happy Birthday: Dora Track

Library Book Fund Fagi Goldfarb, Speedy Recovery: Marlene & Robert Ruderman Neal Sutton, Happy Birthday: Carmen & Andrei Horvath, and Emil

Youth Awards Elana Paice & Brian Lidsky, Mazal Tov: Carly Steinman & Jonathan Gould Leonard Wolfe Educational Fund Dora Shainfield, In Memory: Carol Dale; Honey Wolfe

Dow and Fredzia Marmur Program for Educational Excellence Fagi Goldfarb, Speedy Recovery: Susan & Barry Borden; Sybil & Jack Geller; Etta Ginsberg McEwan; Myrna Sandler; Bea & Saul Sidlofsky Musical Legacy Fund Nadia Adler, In Appreciation: Razelle Roebuck & David MacKay Sandra Sandler, Special Birthday: Razelle Roebuck & David MacKay

Contacts for Donations To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call the Foundation Office, at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265.

Out of the Cold Grace Berman, In Memory: Harriet Borins Paula Kirsh, Mazal Tov: Susanne & Stuart Egier Jerry Liss, In Appreciation: Harriette Borins Bonnie Lawrence Shear, Happy Birthday: Merle & Ted Rachlin Viviane & Saul Ship, In Appreciation: Janet & Michael Ryval Cary Solomon, Special Birthday: Rosemary & Gary Tile Vivienne Stevens, Happy Birthday: Kathy & Maurice Green Elaine Wolpin, Happy Birthday: Kathy & Maurice Green Dinah Vale, In Memory: Linda & Sam Pack Charlotte Wilson, In Memory: Harriet Borins

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. 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 $18 or more. We will continue to recognize donations of $18 or more in the Bulletin.

Prayer Book and Worship Fund Evelyn Dunkelman, Yahrzeit: Shirley Firestone and Family

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 Mar. 8, 2006.

Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Family of the late Thelma Savlov Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, In Appreciation: Harriette Borins and Family

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This month @ Holy Blossom Mon. May 1 12.30 p.m. 7 p.m.

3 Iyar Mondays @ the Temple: Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration Intermediate Hebrew

Tue. May 2 11.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m.

4 Iyar Advanced Hebrew Yom Ha’Atzmaut Fair

Wed. May 3 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m.

5 Iyar Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Bereavement Support Group

Thur. May 4 10 a.m.

May 2006 Iyar/Sivan 5766

Wed. May 17 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

19 Iyar Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Erev Hamorim Bereavement Support Group Ken Wyman Lecture

Thur. May 18 10 a.m.

20 Iyar Responsa Literature

Sat. May 20 9 a.m.

22 Iyar Torah Study

6 Iyar Responsa Literature

Sun. May 21 2 p.m.

23 Iyar Fine Arts Reception

Fri. May 5 6 p.m.

7 Iyar Tot Shabbat Service and Dinner

Tue. May 23 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

25 Iyar Advanced Hebrew The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution

Sat. May 6 9.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

8 Iyar Torah Study Stagecraft: None is Too Many

Sun. May 7 2.30 p.m.

9 Iyar Stagecraft: None is Too Many

Wed. May 24 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 7 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

26 Iyar Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Lunch and Learn in Retirement Bereavement Support Group Ken Wyman Lecture

Mon. May 8 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 1.30 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.

10 Iyar Mondays @ the Temple Library Book Club Lunch and Learn in Retirement Intermediate Hebrew Harry Posen Memorial Lecture

Thur. May 25 10 a.m.

27 Iyar Responsa Literature

Fri. May 26 6.30 p.m.

28 Iyar Shabbat Fusion

Tue. May 9 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

11 Iyar Advanced Hebrew The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution Roots of Toronto’s Jewish Community

Sat. May 27 9 a.m.

29 Iyar Torah Study

Wed. May 10 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 7.15 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 8 p.m.

12 Iyar Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Bereavement Support Group Sisterhood: Understanding Menopause Lessons in Fear (film screening) Harry Posen Memorial Lecture

Sun. May 28 9.30 a.m.

1 Sivan Brotherhood Breakfast Club

Mon. May 29 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.

2 Sivan Library Book Sale Mondays @ the Temple Intermediate Hebrew Rosh Chodesh Celebration and Study

Thur. May 11 10 a.m.

13 Iyar Responsa Literature

Sat. May 13

15 Iyar

Tue. May 30 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

3 Sivan Advanced Hebrew The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution Sisterhood Annual General Meeting

9 a.m.

Torah Study

Sun. May 14 10 a.m.

16 Iyar School-wide Zimriyah

Mon. May 15 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

17 Iyar Mondays @ the Temple Intermediate Hebrew

Wed. May 31 9.30 a.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

4 Sivan Sisterhood Torah Study Yiddish Novel Bereavement Support Group Siblings in Genesis Ken Wyman Lecture

Tue. May 16 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

18 Iyar Advanced Hebrew The Brilliance of the Rabbinic Revolution

Thur. June 1 7 p.m. 9.30 p.m.

5 Sivan Erev Shavuout/Confirmation Tikkun Leil Shavuot

For Worship Services, please see page 2.

As dates and times may change without notice, please call the Temple to access our up-to-date This Week @ Holy Blossom recording. The Bulletin is published 11 times a year, between September and June, 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: Alan Garfinkel; Senior Rabbi: John Moscowitz; Associate Rabbi: Yael Splansky; Associate Rabbi: Jason Rosenberg; Rabbi: Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Director of Education: Deborah K. Spiegel; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Judy Nyman; Bulletin Committee Chair: Richard Rotman; 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.

May 2006


Iyar/Sivan 5766


Get moving for special kids by Rabbi Jason Rosenberg

Zareinu is an institution that should make the Jews of Toronto proud. If you haven’t heard of it, Zareinu is a Jewish Day School and treatment centre, dedicated to bringing therapy and education to children with physical disabilities and developmental challenges. Actually, it brings them much more than that — it brings them joy, comfort and hope, necessities missing from the lives of too many children struggling with their ailments, and from the lives of their families as well.

the teachers. When I entered the school, I expected to see tragedy. Instead, I saw children enjoying a day in a warm, loving environment. It’s easy to forget how hard life can be for these kids. The director of the school told me that this is a place where miracles happen — where children who were never ‘supposed’ to walk, learn to take their first steps; where children whose parents were told “put him in an institution, he’ll never lead a normal life,” say their first words. It’s a place where success is measured in a way that’s incomprehensible to those of us who live average lives.

Clergy on the Move Where miracles happen I had a chance to visit Zareinu, and was beyond impressed by what I saw. The attention given to each and every student is overwhelming, as is the commitment of the staff. The only thing I saw more of than wheelchairs, braces and other contraptions were smiles — every child I saw was smiling, as were

It’s also a place that requires a great deal of money to run, and that’s where we come in. Every year, Zareinu holds a ‘moveathon’ to raise funds to support the program. This year, on Father’s Day morning, Sun. June 18, I’ll be leading a group of walkers for the “Clergy on the Move” campaign at the moveathon — more than 30 synagogues from across

YOM HA’ZIKARON SERVICE Tue. May 2, 2006, at 6 p.m. YOM HA’ATZMAUT FAIR Tue. May 2, 2006, at 6.30 p.m.

the Greater Toronto Area will be sending teams to see who can bring the most walkers, bikers and runners, and who can raise the most money. We need your support. The day itself promises to be a fun, wonderful day for the whole family. There are events for walkers and riders of all skill levels, and plenty more for everyone to do. But, more importantly, it’s a chance to give to an institution that so richly deserves it — and needs it. I’m looking forward to a great day, in the name of a greater cause.

Clergy on the Move Sun. June 19, 2006, all day walk beginning at 1 p.m. Earl Bales Park, North York Join Rabbi Jason Rosenberg and the Holy Blossom Temple team at the Zareinu moveathon. Or if you can’t join them and would like to show your support, please sponsor the walkers with a pledge. For more details, go to clergyonthemove.html, and click on “join.”

This year, we’ll celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut bigger than ever as we move outside for our first-ever Yom Ha’Atzmaut Street Fair. Bring the whole family for an evening of great fun. There will be games, crafts, Israeli arts, food, wine and cheese, music and more — something for everyone.

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