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Holy Blossom Temple Bulletin november 2009 | Cheshvan/kislev 5770

Restoring the Rose Window a community initiative by larry babins, President

the beautiful stained glass Rose Window overlooking our Sanctuary has been the iconic symbol of our congregation’s visionary history since 1943. Over the past several years, however, the condition of the window has raised concern, and the Holy Blossom Temple House Committee has been carefully monitoring it. ItS hIStoRY

The Rose Window was designed by Peter Haworth, a well-known stained glass artist, and presented to Holy Blossom by Dr. Sigmund Samuel in memory of his parents, Lewis and Kate Samuel, who were among the founders of Holy Blossom in 1856. Light flooding through the window into the Sanctuary is symbolic of the dedication inscription: “Thy law is lamp unto my feet and a light upon my path (Psalms 119:105), Light is sown for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart.” (Psalms 97:11). The window features a red centre triangle with the word Adonai set into the concrete Magen David. The 12 circular panes contain the emblems and symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel. The seven lower panels represent the seven days of creation and the lower medallions contain images of Judaic rituals.

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Experts advise us that the window must be restored immediately before another winter causes irreversible damage. Rainwater is seeping in through the stained glass, and the glass itself is bowing and threatening to crack beyond repair. On Kol Nidre, an urgent call went out to all Temple members to help restore the Rose Window, a first step towards renewal. The response has been overwhelming, with more than $60,000 raised at the time this Bulletin went to print. Thanks to this generosity, the work has already begun. Each pane will be carefully removed and restored offsite by museum-quality experts, then reassembled in the spring. By raising $180,000, we will be able to completely restore the Rose Window and make other critical repairs in our Sanctuary. The names of all donors will appear in a future issue of the Bulletin. We kindly ask you to make your donation as soon as possible as the restoration work has already started. Each tax deductible contribution is deeply appreciated. To make a donation, please visit or call the Foundation office (ext. 265), at the Temple.

How we reach out to you Holy Blossom offers several channels of communication to keep you informed about what goes on at your Temple. Web — houses general information, as well as calendars including: a daily look at what’s going on; Shabbat information; month-by-month Worship Services; and a list of Festivals and Holy Days. Email — This Week @ Holy Blossom keeps members up to date on current events at the Temple. The Temple also provides subscriberonly news, through our website, for: Family Programming; messages from our rabbis and cantors; Funeral Notifications; Israel; Social Action; Stagecraft Company; and Youth Groups. Our Religious School also sends regular email newsletters to parents. Print — The Bulletin is now published six times a year to keep our congregation informed. Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning Calendar of Events is published twice a year and delivered with the Bulletin in September and January. Telephone — A listing of our weekly programs and events is available by calling (416) 789-3291 and then pressing 1 to listen to the recording.

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In This Issue ... In Perspective 3 | The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish ­Learning at Holy Blossom Temple 4 | Supplementary Schools 6 | Cantor’s Notes 7 | Social Action 7 |


Monday to Friday at 7.30 a.m. | Shacharit Monday to Thursday at 6 p.m. | Ma’ariv Sunday at 9 am | Shacharit S H A B B AT S E R V I C E S

Friday at 6 p.m. | Kabbalat Shabbat Service Saturday at 10.30 a.m. | Shabbat Morning Service Saturday at 10.30 a.m. | Family Shabbat Service Tot Shabbat will be held Fridays at 6 p.m., on Nov. 6, 20, Dec. 4 and 11, 2009. Shabbat Fusion will be held on Fri. Nov. 27, 2009, at 6.30 p.m. (Please see page 11 for details.)

Annual Contribution Campaign 8 | High Holy Day and Festival Volunteers 10 | Generation  11 |Family Programming 11 | Our Congregational Family 12 | Sisterhood 15 | Brotherhood 15 | The Last Word 16 | Seniors’ Programming 16 The Bulletin is published 10 times a year by Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5P 3K9. Telephone: (416) 789-3291; Fax: (416) 789-9697; Email:; Website: Honorary President: John A. Geller; President: Larry Babins; Rabbis: John Moscowitz; Yael Splansky; Karen Thomashow; Edward Goldfarb; Cantor: Benjamin Z. Maissner; Cantorial Soloist: Lindi Rivers; Director of Education: Deborah K. Spiegel; Rabbi Emeritus: Dow Marmur; Senior Scholar: W. Gunther Plaut; Executive Director: Benjamin Applebaum; Director of Development, Holy Blossom Temple Foundation: Adele Sacks; Holy Blossom Temple Foundation Chair: Elliott Jacobson; Bulletin Editor: Judy Nyman; Design and Production: nymanink.concepts that click Holy Blossom Temple was founded in 1856 and is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism.

Chanukah — the Festival of Lights Congregational Chanukah Celebration

Fri. Dec. 11, 2009, at 4.30 p.m., followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and Tot Shabbat Services During Chanukah, we remember our People’s liberation from outside rule and the miracles that God performs for us. Our Chanukah/Kabbalat Shabbat celebration is one of the highlights of the year. Enjoy live music, dreidel games, story telling and, of course, latkes and all the trimmings. Bring your own chanukiyah and we will light candles together.

Registration is Required

Cost: members $10; non-members $12; children younger than 6 years old are free. For more details or to register, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 221), at the Temple, or e-mail , by Thur. Dec. 10, 2009.


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Fiddler on the Roof Featuring the final performance by Topol

Sun. Dec. 13, 2009, at 1.30 p.m. or Wed. Dec. 16, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: $180 for adults; $118 for youth 12 and under. Proceeds to benefit the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation. Tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount. To purchase tickets, please call Janice Feuer (ext. 265), at the Temple.

the next generation | In Perspective by Rabbi John moscowitz

our preeminent medieval commentator Maimonides teaches that, in some instances, the performance of a mitzvah does not actually complete the mitzvah. Only the eliciting of an emotional response from within fulfills the religious obligation. Which brings me back to Rosh Hashanah and the dozen or so teens and young adults whose work for or in Africa (representing many more who’ve done likewise) brought them to the bimah for a special aliyah. This, in the presence of the congregation, as well as the best role models I know, Craig and Marc Kielburger, whose work in Free The Children — in Africa and elsewhere — has fired up thousands and thousands of the next generation. What exactly does Africa touch in them? Perhaps, the foreignness of Africa evokes the sense of freedom sought in each generation. More important, this mitzvah of chesed (kindness and generosity) generates compassion, beneficial to giver and receiver alike. In this regard, Rabbi Arthur Green notes that his (1960s) generation gravitated toward davening and learning, while this generation inclines toward social action and community for their Jewish meaning. Nonetheless, their desire to help others underscores their

Honouring our Veterans Sat. Nov. 7, 2009, at 10.30 a.m. Congregants who served in the armed forces are invited to our bimah for a group aliyah, followed by a kiddush in their honour. For more details, please call Hayley Nuttall (ext. 246), at the Temple, or email

need to acquire much deeper Jewish learning than they currently possess to buttress their work, and to sustain our People. Regardless, their aspirations for a better world are made that much more impressive by virtue of their compassion and modesty, a winning combination. Which brings me, finally, to Israel. As we now pay attention to needs in Darfur and Kenya, I’ve been asked: Are we forgetting Israel? Can we — ought we too — worry both about Israel and Africa? My answer: Not only does one not cancel out the other, but generosity and care beget more of the same; and, more telling, care for one’s own

engenders care for others. But let’s also not pretend away that working in Africa is somewhat au courant, while defending Israel is much harder work. In thanking our congregation for hosting him, and his brother Marc, Craig Kielburger observed: “Each of us emerged from the same tiny corner of the earth. We share a common ancestry, and therefore have a collective responsibility to love our neighbour.” Which is exactly the religious perspective I gained more acutely while visiting East Africa in August: learning from Maimonides, one must not only give to others in need, but also be changed in so doing.

Left to right: Craig Kielburger, Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Rabbi John Moscowitz in Kenya, August 2009.

Holy Blossom Temple Annual General Meeting Sun. Nov. 22, 2009, at 10 a.m.

Temple Board Installation Sat. Nov. 28, 2009, at 10.30 a.m. Child care and creative study programs will be provided.

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The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple Our Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning strives to engage our community to join together for stimulating lectures, to study Torah and to acquire the skills to lead a meaningful Jewish life. To register for any program, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 532), at the Temple, unless otherwise indicated. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated. For more details, please visit and download a copy of “The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Reisman Centre for Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple 2009/2010 Calendar of Events.” Our daytime programs are marked with the following symbol .

Ongoing learning Shabbat Torah Study Text and Context — How Learning Brings Life into Focus

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

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Sisterhood Torah Study

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m.

The Yiddish Novel

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Learning Liturgy through Singing Jewish Music

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner Sundays at 10 a.m. New participants are always welcome. For details, please call Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple. What Tolstoy Knew about the Jewish Family: Three Recent Novels

Cynthia Good, Director, Creative Book Publishing, Humber College Tuesdays at 9.30 a.m. continuing to Nov. 24

Adult Bar/Bar Mitzvah 2009–2011

Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. This two-year course is for those who never celebrated Bar/Bat Mitzvah and wish to study Judaism in depth. Students will learn: to read Hebrew; about Shabbat and holidays and their meanings; how to be very modern and Jewish at the same time; concepts in prayer and liturgy; and Jewish theology. Teachers: Rabbis John Moscowitz, Yael Splansky and Karen Thomashow; and Director of Education Debbie Spiegel. For more details or to register, please call Debbie (ext. 239), at the Temple. Open to Temple members only. Cost: $275 for the two-year program.

Jews and Power: Why and How We Often Get it Wrong Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University Mon. Nov. 9, 2009, at 8 p.m. Few have thought as long and hard about the relationship between Jews and power, especially in the contemporary context, as has Professor Ruth Wisse. In this major lecture, she will reflect on the Jews’ relationship to Israel, the Obama initiatives in the Middle East and what it means — or does not mean — to “repair the world.”


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Identity in the Global Village: Leaders Reflect

Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. What Does Identity Mean in Israel Today? | Amir Gissin, Consul General for Israel — Nov. 12, 2009 Claiming and Reclaiming Jewish Identity in the Modern World | Rabbi Yael Splansky — Nov. 19, 2009 Global Identity in a Transnational Age | Ato Quayson, Professor of English and Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies — Nov. 26, 2009 Shabbat Study: Study with our Rabbis, Cantor and Educator

Extend Shabbat as we learn together after Services. For Life: The Way of the Halachah | Rabbi John Moscowitz — Nov. 14, 2009 The Rabbinic Portrait of Esau | Rabbi Karen Thomashow — Dec. 5, 2009 Brotherhood Breakfast Club 2009

Please join us on Sundays for breakfast at 9.30 a.m., and our speaker at 10 a.m. East Africa as a Religious Place | Rabbi John Moscowitz — Nov. 15 As the cradle of humanity — as a place in which a sense of ancientness is palpable — East Africa is a place of awe in which it is impossible not to wonder about the mysteries of the universe. Hence, this feels like a religious place. Living with Terror — Morality versus Security | Rabbi David Forman, Author and Founding Chair, Israeli Rabbis for Human Rights — Nov. 29 Please join us for this reflection on balancing the absolute need for Israel to defend herself with the necessity to maintain one’s moral equilibrium. Jewish Spiritual Direction: Affirming and Deepening Our Spiritual Lives

Michelle Katz, Certified Yoga Therapist, Jewish Spiritual Director and Jewish Meditation Teacher Saturdays after kiddush Nov. 21 and Dec. 12, 2009 Through the sacred ‘tools’ of our

tradition — prayer, study and mutual deeds of kindness, along with meditation and chanting — we will pay close attention to the mystery of God. Registration required. Cost: members $45; non-members $75.

interested in learning more about Judaism. We will explore three of the most important components of Judaism through text study, spirituality, ethics and community.

Book Talk: How to Be a Mensch

Sun. Dec. 6, 2009, at 12.15 p.m. The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947, are one of the great archeological finds of our time, and are now on display in Canada. Bring your whole family to this intergenerational program. The trip starts at the Temple and includes bus transportation to and from the Royal Ontario Museum. For more details, please call Debbie Spiegel (ext. 239), at the Temple. Registration required. Cost: members $35 per adult, $20 per child under 12; non-members $45 per adult, $25 per child under 12.

Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM

Michael Wex Tue. Dec. 1, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Michael Wex, a leader in the revival of Yiddish, looks at how happiness can be had by all, and provides sage, Yiddish-inflected advice about how to do the right thing. A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?

Rabbi Yael Splansky Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m. Dec. 2 to 16, 2009 These sessions are geared to particpants, including interfaith couples, who are

The Israel Seminar

One State, Two States Can The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Be Resolved? Mondays at 7.30 p.m. Nov. 16*, 23, 30 and Dec. 7, 2009 Only by understanding the current debate on the twostate solution — in academic, Arab and Israeli circles — can we understand what is at the heart of the divide between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.

Derek Penslar

*All are welcome for a public discussion on Mon. Nov. 16 between Professors Derek Penslar and Clifford Orwin, both of the University of Toronto. Moderated by Rabbi John Moscowitz. The remaining three sessions will provide an in-depth analysis of the two (or one) state solution. Registration required. Please call Elana Fehler (ext. 532), at the Temple, or e-mail Readings will be sent to all registered participants. Cost: members $40 for series, $15 per session; nonmembers $55 per series, $20 per session; university/ college students free.

Clifford Orwin

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Confirmation trip to Israel | Supplementary Schools by Debbie Spiegel, Director of Education

Religious School has started once again. Students are returning to our building, happy, smiling and eager to learn. It is a joy to watch our youngest children — the novices in our education system — as they absorb the new information like sponges. Our Grades 3 to 6 students (Kitah Aleph to Dalet) are joining in our Wednesday Service with energy and intent. Our Senior School is abuzz with core classes and electives. Our schools are an active, exciting environment where our children are adding Jewish content to their lives.

simulation games, making model museums and inviting speakers who give our students a picture of a place or event. Israel is discussed in each class, at every level. Our goal is for every Religious School student, upon completing our School, to travel to Israel on our Confirmation trip. I have been fortunate to travel with students on two separate occasions. Each group experienced the glory of the State of Israel, the beauty of the landscape, the personality of the people and so much more. It is through this wonderful opportunity to travel to Israel that many of these young people are starting to develop a relationship with our Homeland.

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We try to give our students as many real- I am honoured to be able to venture out, istic experiences as possible — creating along with Rabbi Karen Thomashow,

with another group of our students this coming year. We invite our current Grade 10 Confirmation class, as well as last year’s group of Confirmands (our current Grade 11 students) to join together for the trip this year, scheduled for March Break 2010. As a former teen traveller shared, “The only regret I have was that the trip was only one week long. I could have spent much more time.” Another teen was sorry that “we did not force all of the students in the Confirmation class to travel together. It was a trip not to be missed.” As much fun and excitement as we have in our hallways, we can never duplicate the hands-on experience that Israel offers!

Photograph by Andrew Kwiatkowski Photography

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Pictured at Confirmation, held last May, are, from left to right: (front row) Debbie Spiegel, Director of Education; Rabbi Yael Splansky; Rabbi John Moscowitz; Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner; Rabbi Karen Thomashow; and Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers; (second row) Volunteer Coordinator, Myrna Ross; Lauren Carroll; Emily Saunders; Meredith Jonatan; Madelyn Narod; and teacher, Karen Kollins; (third row) Isaac Dicker; Ariella Minden; Leeza Richman-Gould; Andree Heller; Tess Bardikoff; and Sean Hacker Teper; (fourth row) teacher, Elana Paice-Lidsky; Rebecca Tartick; Madison McCloskey; and School Coordinator, Lisa Isen Baumal; and (back row) David Harris-Koblin; Ezra Jordan; Simeon Musafija; Zachary Berinstein; James Yanowski; and Daniel Roher.


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Renaissance of Jewish life | Cantor’s Notes by Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner

Can you imagine marching down the railroad tracks of Auschwitz and Birkenau to the singing of close to 100 cantors amidst a company of Israeli soldiers carrying Israeli flags? Can you picture and hear the sounds of old Cantorial music reverberating throughout the oldest synagogue in Warsaw/Krakow? Can you envision bringing Jewish culture, which was thought to be gone forever, back to what was once the most-flourishing Jewish community in Europe? Recently, I took part in the Cantors Assembly mission to Poland and Israel, with close to 100 cantors and more than 350 congregants from across the United States and Canada.

Holocaust stories about Poland and the Polish people’s attitude toward Jews present a devastating saga of horror, pogroms, massacres and waves of antiSemitism. Many of us hesitated to travel to Poland and face the sad reality - the annihilation of Polish Jewry. My wife, Hope, and I felt that we must be there to witness the current situation in Poland for ourselves, thus closing the circle of the unknown. We found that the younger, moreeducated Poles, as well as government officials, were interested in Jewish heritage and history as part of the “Polish Lost Culture.” Yes, there are still open and demonstrative expressions of anti-Semitism from the uneducated, reinforced by the Catholic Church’s century-long doctrine portraying Jews as Christ killers and tax collectors. Nonetheless, today Poland is Israel’s ardent ally and supporter in political,

cultural and economic relationships. Our Cantors Assembly mission was treated royally in both Poland and Israel. We were welcomed by dignitaries, high officials and ministers. A concert at the Warsaw Opera House was attended by the first lady of Poland, the former president, the mayor of Warsaw, and the heads of the assembly and senates. In Israel, we were addressed by the commander of the air force, which recently flew over Auschwitz. Mayors of Jerusalem and Ariel welcomed us as we shared our songs with their residents. Bringing the voices of our tradition has been our mission and our cultural contribution to the Jewish world. I am proud of our accomplishments and the recognition we receive worldwide. The preceding is an edited and abridged version of the full article, which can be found on our website at

Get in on the (social) action | Social Action by Suzanne Hersh, Social Action Committee Member

As the New Year unfolds, there is much excitement among the members of the Social Action Committee. What an inspirational night we shared in September when Robyn Wiszowaty recounted her fascinating experiences in Kenya, and launched her book, My Maasai Life. Many people stayed after the presentation to join us in the planning of our project with Free The Children. We will be helping to build a girls’ high school in Kenya, which will allow many girls to attend high school for the first time. We are looking for congregants to help us with fundraising, collecting supplies and equipment for the students, and, ulti­mately, with physically building the school.

We are excited about our new and continuing initiatives, including our Pathways to Education program ( We are looking for up to 20 volunteer tutors, 18 years of age or older, for one-to-two hours on Monday nights or any convenient evening. Teaching experience is not necessary. We are developing an ongoing relationship between the Holy Blossom community and the diverse community of Lawrence Heights (Bathurst and Lawrence), while helping youth complete high school successfully. For more details on how to get involved in social action, please email the Social Action Committee Co-chairs Gerri Richman (

or Gordon Arbess (

Out of the Cold The Out of the Cold program needs the following items: jackets, pants, sweatpants, sweatshirts, skirts, sweaters and boots/shoes; toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo (hotel size); backpacks, blankets and towels; and sleeping bags. Please drop off any of these items (new or used) at the Ava Road entrance of the Temple. If you need help with delivery, please call the Out of the Cold hotline (ext. 508), at the Temple.

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We asked and you answered!

Thank you to our Annual Contribution Campaign donors When Holy Blossom Temple set our fundraising goal for this year, we were mindful of the current economy. We knew more members would be challenged to give, and still others would need us, more than ever, to help subsidize their membership, in order for them to remain a part of our congregation. We are thrilled to report that, thanks to so many of our members’ generous support of the Annual Contribution Campaign (ACC), we have exceeded our goal by a small margin. Our heartfelt thanks! If you would like to join our ever-growing donors’ list (and have your name added to our ACC board in the Sanctuary lobby), please call Shannon Tramer (ext. 227), at the Temple. To receive a tax receipt for the 2009 year, please make your contribution before Dec. 31, 2009. B e n e f a c t o r $7,200+

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& Linda Pack and Family • Randolph & Julia Paisley and Family • Bernice & Yitz Penciner • Judith Winberg & Andrew Pollack • Dr. Sheila Pollock • Ann & Gary Posen • Susan & David Posen • Annalee Cohen & Franklin Pulver • Marlene & Wayne Pulver • Teresa & Alberto Quiroz • Ted & Merle Rachlin • Anna Cecille Ratney • Elissa Gamus, Steven Rayson & Joseph Gamus-Rayson • Judy & Carl Ritchie • Lindi & Stephen Rivers • Marcia Zemans & Adam Ronthal • Barbara & Jonathan Rose • Kay & William Rosenfeld • Rosenkrantz Family • Arlene Roth • Marlene & Robert Ruderman • Susan Yack & Eric Rumack • Nancy D. Ruth • Janet & Michael Ryval • Marvin & Victoria Sadowski • Dr. Mark & Susan Sager • Darren Sukonick & Matthew Sapera • Mr. & Mrs. Alan Saskin • Elisabeth & Ronald Saunders • Lawrence & Ruth Sax • Robert Schipper • Annalee & Brian Schnurr • Walter Seaton • Ted & Grace Shafran • Bonnie & Mel Shear • Helen & Edward Sheffman • Donna & Stanley Shenkman • Viviane & Saul Ship • Barry & Gail Silver • Robert & Jan Simonsky • Neri & Peter Slan • Bob & Sheila Smolkin • Dr. Ken & Franci Sniderman • Marilyn & Richard Soberman • Janis & Gary Soren • Susan & David Speigel • Deborah & Randy Spiegel • Phyllis & Manuel Spivak • Beverley Jackson & Aubrey Spring • Leslie & Mel Springman • Ray & Susan Stancer • Cecile Stein • Marlene & Stanley Stein • Anci Shafran • Fred Steiner • Bert & Barbara Stitt • Rosalie Sussman • Linda & Jay Swartz • Sharon & Lorne Tarshis • David & Maureen Tartick • Gloria & Seymour Temkin • Leon & Shirley Tessler • Angela & Graham Trope • Ida & Ron Tugg • John & Rosie Uster • Into-Electronics Inc. • Joanne Goldberg • Lawrence Wilder Family • Diane & Jonathan Wilson • Michael & Shari Wilson • Phyllis & Alan Wintraub • Stan & Ros Witkin • Linda Wolfe • Aileen Wolff • Dorothy & William Wolfson • Lorie Shekter-Wolfson & Lorne Wolfson • Joanna Sugar & Michael Wunder • Betty Young • 18 Anonymous Donors

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Dafna & David Abells • Naomi & Saul Akler • Shirley & Scarlat Albright • Cynthia Good & Dan Aronchick • Margot & Lawrence Baker • Lisa & Aaron Baumal • Rita Belfer • Philip Ber Holdings • Gail Karen Berman • Susan Berman • Betty & Jack Bloomberg • Lynn & Benjamin Blufarb • Linda & Howard Book • Phyllis & Paul Bordo • Beverley Borins • Harriette Borins • Judith & Allan Borodin • Dinah Borovoy • Reina Bendayan & Don Borrett • Elsa & Irvin Broder • Joshua Brodey • Ronni Brott • Dorothy Brown • Ari & Rosalie Burkes • Andrea Burstein • Charles Cass • Carol Henry & Richard Clarfield • Michael Cole • Clarice Cooper • Robert Cooper • Ruth & Barry Corbin • Clare & Monte Denaburg • Sarita Dotan • Susan & Robert Dunn • Fran & Murray Ellis • Marilyn Farber • Andrew Finkelstein • Evelyn Florence • Aileen Fogle • Etta Ginsberg McEwan • Jean Godfrey • Claire & Mortimer Goodman • Debbi Gordon • Marilyn & David Gotfrid • Debbie & Jack Gurfinkel • Margaret & David Hart • Helen &

Joseph Hochberg • Esphira (Happy) Iscove • Sandra Kamenir • Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan • Ellen Karabanow • Margaret & Richard Kardish • Allan & Danielle Kates • Rose Kates • Vicki & Marc Kestenberg • Lyn Feldman & Robert Klotz • Marie Knaul • Shirley Kofman • Else Landauer • Saul Leese • Lina & Anthony Levitt • Leonard Levy • Esther Lipman • Ellen & Mel Little • Eleanor & Peter Loebel • Veronica(Vera) Mandel • Shelly & Karen Mandell • Pnina Margolese • Mildred Margulies • Melodie Hebscher & Tom Markowitz • Catherine & Solomon Mayers • Zelda & Leonard Melamed • Mark Miller • Glenda Mindlin • Susan & David Mitchell • Maureen Wright & Larry Mogelonsky • Ted Moses • The Moses Family • Dr. & Mrs. Sidney Nathan • Phyllis & Joseph Nefsky • Melanie & Paul Nesbitt • Alexis Singer & Brian Nichols • Samuel Nisenboim • Olsberg Family • Barbara Organ • Shoshana & David Paice • Farah & Martin Perelmuter • Clifton Pezim • Postage Savers • Marla Powers • Arlene Rasky • Jane & Russell Rendely • Fern & Donald Resnick • Mr. & Mrs.

Mark Resnick • Clara Rosen • Ruth & Hank Rosen • Elisabeth Rosenfeld • Dr. Irving Rother & Mrs. Florence Rother • Karen & Michael Rotstein • Audrey Bennett Rumack & Larry Rumack • Louise & Harold Segal • Tobye & Sydney Sennet • Helen Sherman • Hanna Shlesinger • Lesley Shore • Brenda Tipper & Michael Sigal • Jordana Silver • Julius Silver • Myrna & Harvey Silver • Robin & William Sims • Kathryn Leah Smithen • Anne Sniderman • Minnie Snitzer • Joan Solway • Doris Sommer-Rotenberg • Julia & David Sommers • Sara Speigel • Martin & Suzanne Stein • Martin Stern • Susan & Roger Stronell • Ann Sutton • Lisa & David Swimmer • Lisa Taylor • Ellie Tesher • The Insurers Financial Group • Muriel & Alan Tinianov • Tema & Irwin Title • Nina Budman & Larry Ungerman • Lily & Michael Uster • Debby & Morris Vigoda • Inga Waldman • Judith Ann Wiley • Geraldine & Gordon Winemaker • Joy & Herbert Wolfson • Harriet Wolman • Sheila Zane • Judy & Lauren Zeilig • 18 Anonymous Donors

Honouring those who bring honour to the Torah Thank you to everyone who helped to make our High Holy Days as uplifting and celebratory as they were. Yasher koach to the following: the 56 Torah and Haftarah readers who brought such honour to our sacred texts; our 17 shofar blowers who blew the shofar during the Holy Days and throughout the month of Elul; our head ushers, Jeff Levy and Gerry Prendegast, and all our ushers for welcoming our congregation to each of our 28 High Holy Day Services throughout the building; our head gabbai, Jill Hertzman, and her team of 10

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gabbaim who made sure our Services ran so smoothly; Walter Seaton for leading the effort to keep the synagogue and everyone in it safe and secure; the Temple Singers who raised their voices to lead the congregation in song and prayer; congregants Michael Cole, Jeff Denaburg, David Greenberg, Mike Morgulis and John Sweet, who prepared so well to lead our Services together with our Rabbis and Cantors; and Sarita Dotan, Chair of the Department of Worship, for overseeing and supporting all of the work of those mentioned above. And

special thanks to our administrative and facilities staff for all the extra effort behind the scenes to make it all possible. our Festival Committee m e m b e rs a n d v o l u n t e e rs

Kol hakavod to Phyllis Cincinatus, Festivals Committee Chair, Gillian Helfield, Family Programming Chair, and HABSTY, and their teams of volunteers who led our fun and joyful Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations.


(for 20 and 30 somethings)

Current Reform Responsa Rabbi Karen Thomashow Wednesdays from 12.10 to 12.55 p.m. Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, 2009, and Jan. 13 and Feb. 10, 2010 Fogler, Rubinoff LLP, TD Centre, 95 Wellington Street W., Suite 1200 Photograph by Mark Weinstock

Responsa literature contains the various religious questions posed to rabbinic authorities throughout the centuries. Since the late 19th century, an extensive body of North American Reform Responsa has arisen. We will explore several religious questions, including: biomedical ethics, homosexuality, marriage and Jewish practice. Bring your own brown-bag lunch and a friend.

Shabat Fusion Fri. Nov. 27, 2009, at 6.30 p.m. Donna Habsha (left) and Rabbi Karen Once a month, about 75 young adults, along with others, gather to experience a Shabbat Thomashow enjoy paddle-boating at the evening of prayer, song and study like no other. Five musicians bring tribal rhythms from Generation ‫ א‬Fall Retreat. the Ugandan Jewish community, joyful niggunim from the Chassidic influence of Shlomo Carlebach, and riffs of New Orleans, jazz and retro-funk. Everything old is new again with this electric mix of sounds that gets the crowd up and dancing to welcome in the Shabbat bride with the words of Lecha Dodi. Teachings highlight the themes and the logic of the prayer book. Following the Service, Generation ‫ א‬sponsors a kiddush of good Israeli wine and sushi for 20 and 30 somethings.

Family Programming Sat. Nov. 14, 2009, at 6.30 p.m. RINX (Dufferin St. and Orfus Rd.) The evening starts at 6.30 p.m. sharp with Havdallah Services and pizza dinner, followed by ice-skating with supervisory staff. Cost: Temple members $10; non-members $18. To register, please call Elana Fehler (ext. 532), at the Temple, or email by Nov. 7, 2009.

Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM

Sun. Dec. 6, 2009, at 12.15 p.m. Parents and grandparents with children ages 10 and older are invited to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For details, please see page 5. Grade 4 students enjoy decorating the Temple Sukkah.

Fiddler on the Roof

Sun. Dec. 13, 2009 at 1.30 p.m., or Wed. Dec. 16, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. Give a meaningful Chanukah present this year and join the congregation for Topol’s grand finale performance. For details, please see page 2.

For more details, please call our hotline (ext. 518), at the Temple.

Photograph by Shelly Berenbaum

Family Havdalah Skating Party

Little Blossoms Thursdays, Jan. 7 to Mar. 18, 2010 9.30 a.m. — all ages 4 p.m. — all ages (nanny only class) Friday mornings, Jan. 8 to Mar. 19, 2010 9.30 a.m. — 1 to 3 years of age 10.30 a.m. — Newborn to 3 years of age 11.30 a.m. — Newborn to 1 year of age Please join Mark Weinstock for a program filled with singing, group participation and fun! Everyone will go home with his or her own challah. Children should be accompanied by a parent/grandparent. Cost for 11-week program: members $165; non-members $220. Call Shannon Tramer (ext. 227), at the Temple, to register. The Little Blossoms’ Program recently received Honourable Mention as a “Superior Outreach and Membership” program from Reform Judaism’s Belin Awards Committee. Yasher koach.

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Our Congregational Family Welcome to Our Temple Family We are delighted to welcome the following new members and their families to our Holy Blossom Temple family: Andrea Baltman Corey Berman Jordanna & Shai Burstein, and Ethan and Rylee Michelle Chochinov & Murray Murad Katy & Justin Cohen, and Myles, Lola and Gray Ron Dembo, and Ella Rachel Ellison Raquel & Alan Feldberg, and Jonah and Sloane Pam Greenstein & Stuart Baltman, and Katie and Lindsay Sherrill Hershberg Mindy & Ken Kadonoff, and Casey, Courtney and Noah Francie & Stuart Klein Sherri Klein Danielle & Richard Kopman, and Elana and Mischa Rachel Kupets & Doron Schaffer, and Paulina and Madison Jennifer & Noah Levine, and Joshua and Kate Margaret & Ian Lightstone Marissa Mendelsohn Jodi & Doug Nathanson, and Dylan and Logan Jennifer Pearlman, and Charlie Joanne Rosenberg & Jerry McIntosh Linda & Peter Rubenovitch Katalin Schafer Andrea & Michael Seaton, and Emma and Benjamin Cindy Spencer Stephanie & Karl Striebinger Mary Tucker & Patricia Dalziel David Vamos Yvonne Verbeeten Cindy Wasser & Chris Blake, and Etta Jessica Winbaum

Mazal Tov Linda Frum, on being appointed to the Canadian Senate.


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David Kassie, on being named 2009 Award of Merit Honouree for B’nai Brith Canada. Mark Waldman, on being appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC). bIRthS Anne and the late Arthur Freedman on the birth of a granddaughter, Lyla Bear Birrell, daughter of Julie Birrell & Joel Freeman, and sister to Camille. Other proud grandmother is Jennifer Birrell. Marla Spiegel & John Donahue on the birth of a son, Aidan Jack Donahue, brother to Samuel. Proud grandparents are Janet & Michael Donahue, Carol Lou Spiegel and Harvey Spiegel. Maxine & Victor Drevnig on the birth of a granddaughter, Jessica Avery Katz, daughter of Jennifer Drevnig & Ted Katz. Other proud grandparents are Batia & Beni Katz. Rifky Rosensweig, on the birth of twin grandchildren, Hannah Leah Muhammad-Gold and Noah Zachary Muhammad-Gold, children of Salmaa Muhammad-Gold & Andrew Gold. Other proud grandparents are Hafiza Muhammad and Shariati Muhammad. Phyllis Wintraub and Alan Wintraub on the birth of a granddaughter, Esti Hope Richter, daughter of Karen & Jon Richter, and sister to Hannah, Jack and Sara. Other proud grandparents are Linda & Dr. Melvyn Richter of Elkins Park, PA. Phyllis Wintraub and Alan Wintraub on the birth of a granddaughter, Naomi Sasha Wintraub, daughter of Dr. Lori Heller & Keith Wintraub, of Seattle, WA, and sister to Benjamin and Zachary. Other proud grandmother is Sybil Heller of Mukilteo, WA. Kristyn Scott & David Zweig, on the birth of a son, Harrison Scott Henry Zweig. Proud grandparents are Mickey Zweig and Yehuda Zweig and Kathryn & Keith Scott. Proud great-grandparents are Margaret & Ed Beese.

20 Cheshvan 5770/Nov. 7, 2009 David Lipson, son of Jordanna & Earl Lipson

20 Cheshvan 5770/Nov. 7, 2009 Eli Otis, son of Judy Banks Otis & Philip Otis

25 Cheshvan 5770/Nov. 12, 2009 Sophie Nisker, daughter of Karen Mazer & Lawrence Nisker 27 Cheshvan 5770/Nov. 14, 2009 Isaac Crawford-Ritchie, son of Heather Crawford & Larry Ritchie 27 Cheshvan 5770/Nov. 14, 2009 Shenhab Zaig, daughter of Marcela Mayo and Dror Zaig

4 Kislev 5770/Nov. 21, 2009 Charlotte Axelrod, daughter of Heather Shapiro & Terry Axelrod 4 Kislev 5770/Nov. 21, 2009 Matthew Young, son of Susan & Joseph Young

11 Kislev 5770/Nov. 28, 2009 Molly Harris, daughter of Susan Guttman & John Harris

maRRIageS Karen & Shelly Mandell on the marriage of their son, Mark Mandell, to Julia Kaplan, daughter of Ruby & Neil Kaplan. Grandmothers are Shirley Kaplan, Elsa Menasce and Ettie Rosen.

Karen & Shelly Mandell on the marriage of their daughter, Sari Mandell, to Elliot Birnboim, son of Chaim & Shirley Birnboim. Grandmother is Ettie Rosen.

In Memoriam The congregation sympathizes with the recently bereaved families of: Isadore Antflick, father of Zelda Farber and David Antflick Erin Belman, wife of Brian Lusthaus, mother of Adrienne and Jilian, sister of Noah Belman and Denise Dorfman, daughter of Martin Belman and Marlene Miller Esther Cassel, mother of Marshall Gould, stepmother of Andrew Cassel and Richard Cassel Lum Chin Chow, mother of Chuck Chow, Dennis Chow, Frank Chow, Yip Chow, Wan Leung and Hing Young Mickey Cooper, husband of Clarice Cooper, father of Richard Cooper, Nancy Goldstein, Janet Nezon and Ellen Wingold, brother of Austin Cooper and Gordon Cooper Sharon Enkin, wife of Larry Enkin, mother of Jamie Enkin, Marc Enkin and Peri Enkin Frances Erdell, mother of Carol Collin and Phyllis Helbert, sister of Esther Bartell and Marvin Bartell Stephen Gordon, father of Edward Gordon, son of Deborah White, brother of Lloyd Gordon Michael Griesdorf, son of Jane & Gary Griesdorf, brother of Wendy Griesdorf Bianca Israeli, wife of Eddy Schmeser mother of Rachel Baron, Henry Israeli and Leora MacDonald Anne Kay, mother of Arlene Gryfe, Marvin Kay and Robert Kay, sister of Kate Solmon Syble Klady, mother of Leonard Klady and Zoe Margolis, sister of Bess Salute Philip Klotz, husband of Jenny Klotz, father of James Klotz, John Klotz, Laurence Klotz and Robert Klotz, brother of Marvin Klotz and Sidney Klotz Michael Kolin, son of Meta Kolin, father of David Kolin and Amy Kolin, brother of Mary Rosset and Pamela Sendrovich

Helen Lindzon, mother of Harvey Lindzon, Irving Lindzon and Jack Lindzon Barbara Maldaver, mother of Marlene Axler, Judy Green and Gary Maldaver, sister of Roseanne Ehrlich Marvin Mandelbaum, father of Aaron Mandelbaum and Saul Mandelbaum, sister of Roseelaine Shemtov Bessie Morgan, mother of Cheryl Bergerbaum, Paul Morgan and Wayne Morgan David Nightingale Sandra Papsin, mother of Martha Goldman, Blake Papsin, Laura Papsin and Kate Rabovitch, sister of Crystal Hawk and Eunice Mouckly Ralph Rosen, father of Carl Rosen, David Rosen and Sara Rosen Barry Shapiro, husband of Vivian Shapiro, father of Gale Atha, Jan Kelly and Arna Sloan, brother of Shirley Bohnen and Richard Shapiro Theresa Winston, mother of Anita Katzman, Gary Winston and Paul Winston, sister of Sylvia Chsik, Bernice Roud and Helen Tizel Betty Zeldin, wife of Noel Zeldin, mother of Teri Brown, Marilyn Zeldin and Robert Zeldin, sister of Esther Kates and Morley Stein Libby Rose Zivot, wife of Alvin Zivot, mother of Paula Samuel, Eric Zivot and Joel Zivot, daughter of Syble Klady, sister of Leonard Klady and Zoe Margolis

We thank our generous donors

& Lawrence Cohen; Selma Edelstone & Ron Kramer; Pat & Bob Goldenberg; Donna & Lionel Goldstein; Jesin Family; Korenzvit Family; Marion & Jules Schwartz; Barbara & Bert Stitt; Donna & Bill Zener & Family S a m i & J a m e s C o o p e r Y o u t h Aw a rd F u n d

Lillian Farber, In Memory: Sami & James Cooper Barbara & Irving Green, Wedding Anniversary: Sami & James Cooper Sylvia Polsky, Happy Birthday: Sami & James Cooper Rosalind Shapero, In Memory: Sami & James Cooper E a r l & M a ri ly n D a n s o n F a r b e r ­E n d o w m e n t F u n d

Marilyn Farber, Happy Birthday: Theodora Danson; Helen Tizel J e a n Fi n e S e n i o rs F u n d

Sydney Jacobs, In Honour: Muriel & Alan Tinianov Florence & Irving Rother, In Honour: Susanne & Stuart Egier Sonny Walerstein, In Memory: Sally & Ben Jacobson H o r t e n s e G e l dz a e l e r F u n d

Carol & Rick Clarfield, Mazal Tov: Joan & Don Granatstein Emily & Eugene Grant, In Honour: Bonnie Croll & Robert Henry and Family R a b b i Edw a rd & F a g i G o l d f a r b F u n d f o r J e wis h Li t e r a cy

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Anne Freeman Fagi Goldfarb, Happy Birthday: Mira Goldfarb & Adam Berkowitz and Family Thelma & Irving Siegel, Yahrzeits: Fagi Goldfarb H o ly B l o ss o m T e m p l e F o u n d at i o n

Joseph Clodman, In Memory: Reba & Kassy Clodman Sharon Enkin, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin

G u rs t o n & L e e A l l e n Li b r a ry F u n d

Ethan Rain Borden Switzer, In Honour: Dr. Jacob Langer W i l l i a m A n s h a n Y o u t h Aw a rd Endowment Fund

Rose Somer, In Memory: Jean Anshan Arc h i v e s F u n d

Ken Wyman, In Memory: Sheila & Bob Smolkin

Lillian Farber, In Memory: Wendy & Elliott Eisen Bev Gurza, In Memory: Mimi & Malcolm Kronby Sharon & Bernard Herman, In Honour: Wendy & Elliott Eisen Sharna Karlinsky, In Memory: Fay Greenholtz & Michael Rotsztain Hank Rose, Friend: Milton Friedman Henry Seldon, Happy Birthday: Alice & George Koralek

B a rry & S u s a n B o rd e n F u n d

Bea Sidlofsky, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow

Susan & Barry Borden, Mazal Tov: Linda Wolfe

Dr. Marvin Tile, In Honour: Heather Crawford & Lawrence Ritchie; Sharyn & Hershell Ezrin; Mimi &

Hi l l i a rd C o n w ay Bir t h d ay F u n d

Malcolm Kronby; Judy Malkin & Elliott Jacobson;

Hilliard Conway, 100th Birthday: The Cohens; Esther

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Debby & Morris Vigoda, 50th Anniversary: Shoshana & Abe Teitel

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Karen Goldenberg

General: Georgina Rigor

Henry Seldon, Happy Birthday: Bernice &

I sr a e l S t u dy F u n d

Debby & Morris Vigoda, 50th Anniversary: Margaret

Yitz Penciner Glenda Mindlin, Mazal Tov: Michelle Katz & Larry

& David Hart

Terry Tator and Family, In Honour: Fran & Murray Ellis Debby & Morris Vigoda, 50th Anniversary: Caryl & Bert Barruch; Ronald Hart General: Holy Blossom Temple Religious School Students; Stacey Spiegel; Gary Tile

Blumenthal and Family E l l i o t t J a c o b s o n & J u dy M a l k i n F a m i ly F u n d

Judy Malkin, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow Jacob’s Tower Fund

Laura Hertzman-Wise, Happy Birthday: Florence & Harold Hertzman Philip Shesko, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Shesko & David Hertzman J o a n K e r b e l L e a d e rs h i p D e v e lo p m e n t F u n d

Sydney Jacobs, In Honour: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood Debra & Samuel Kirzner, Mazal Tov: Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood General: Sylvia Naftolin Li b r a ry B o o k F u n d

Barbara Mirsky, In Memory: Nancy & Joe Dack and Family; Dr. David Wise

M u sic a l L e g a cy F u n d

Pr ay e r B o o k F u n d

Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation:

Ellen & Mark Cohen, Wedding Anniversary:

Katrina & Michael Wyman Henry Seldon, Special Birthday: Mari Lynn Rusak Debby & Morris Vigoda, 50th Anniversary: Arnie Wiskin, In Memory: Sharon & Shelley Miller Out of the Cold

Earl Bederman, Happy Birthday: Kathy & Maurice Green

Rabbi Bill Tepper, In Honour: Nada Simon-Hara Debby & Morris Vigoda, 50th Anniversary: Gail &

Buddy Crangle, In Memory: Shelly Berenbaum & Chuck Litman; Joni & Al Debora

R a b b is ’ a n d C a n t o rs ’ D iscr e t i o n a ry F u n ds

Marvin Gans, Happy Birthday: Sybil & Jack Geller

Rabbi John Moscowitz, In Appreciation: Sarah

Kathy & Maurice Green, In Honour: Sybil & Jack Geller; Ellen Karabanow; Razelle Roebuck & David MacCoy Lisa Kreindler, Happy Birthday: Mira Goldfarb & Adam Berkowitz and Family

Maurice Green Glenda Mindlin, Mazal Tov: Arlene Roth

Glenda Mindlin, Mazal Tov: Ellen Karabanow

Layton Okorofsky, In Memory: Gail & Gary Goodman and Family Florence & Irving Rother, In Honour: Bob & Jane Myers Julia Sax, Happy Birthday: Dale & Jeff Biteen; Rita & Ben Gerstein; Jeanette & Harvey Grosman; Bev

Comisarow & David Kaufman Rabbi John Moscowitz: Harriette Laing, Mazal Tov: Frances & Stanley Weigen Rabbi John Moscowitz: Brian Drutz, In Memory: Lyle Stanway Rabbi Yael Splansky, In Appreciation: Heather Marshall & Jordan Cohen; Dr. Mildred Eisenberg; Nancy Gay & Max Rotstein; Allison Mindlin & Lorne Wolinksy; Glenda Mindlin Rabbi Yael Splansky: Cantor David Rosen, In Appreciation: Heather Marshall & Jordan Cohen Rabbi Karen Thomashow, In Appreciation: Lindsay Brown & Dr. Michael Detsky; Harriette Laing; Janna Miller & Ryan Hopper and Families; Stulberg and Sorosky Families; Janie & Frank Tizel and Family

Lipton & Benny diZitti; Rhonda & Mitch Lipton;

& Charlie Harnick; Fern & Lorne Kirshenbaum;

Miller and Koffman Families; Razelle Roebuck &

Sharon Landsman & Ken Prehogan; Ann & Sol

David MacCoy

Laski; Caren & Michael Levy; Lorraine & Donald

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb: Barbara Shinder & Joe

Loeb; Helen & Alan Mark; Barbie & Mark Panzer;

Liderman, In Honour: Ellen Karabanow

Mi n s k Pr o j e c t

Dr. Stuart Egier, In Appreciation: John Poole M u sic a l H e ri ta g e F u n d

Esther Cassel, In Memory: Anne Freeman Monte Denaburg, In Honour: Reba & Kassy Clodman Aileen Fogle, Special Birthday: Eleanor & Peter Loebel Marvin Gans, Happy Birthday: Francie & Martin Storm Fran & Bernard Goldman, Mazal Tov: Joyce & Barry Spiegel Sydney Jacobs, In Honour: Mari Lynn Rusak


Barry Silver and Family

Sharon Enkin, In Memory: Sybil & Jack Geller

Sharna Karlinsky, In Memory: Etta Ginsberg McEwan

Lesley & Ron Miller, Wedding Anniversary: Rhoda

Barry Silver, Happy Birthday: Slobodsky Family

Morris Cooper, In Appreciation: Debra Campbell

Lesley & Ron Miller, Mazal Tov: Kathy &

Krangle; Cheryl Zeldin

Goldstein; Jill & Ben Lustig Dori Levine, In Appreciation: Shari & Michael Wilson

Roel Buck, In Memory: Barbra & Manley Walters

Judy Malkin, In Honour: Janet & Michael Ryval

Lesley & Ron Miller, Mazal Tov: Myra & Danny

Pr o j e c t Ti k v a h F u n d

Marvin Gans, Happy Birthday: Millie & Sheldon

f o r Ed u c at i o n a l E x c e l l e n c e

L e s l e y & R o n Mi l l e r M u sic F u n d

Fred Saunders

Mari Lynn Rusak

D o w & Fr e dzi a M a r m u r Pr o g r a m

Cyla Feldmann, In Memory: Sue Joel

Mickey Cohen Sadie & Julius Moranis, In Memory: Brenda &

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Karen & Rick Pettit; Bethann & Steve Rothstein; Sax Family; Dee-Dee & Gary Shiffman; Cheryl & Matthew Shuster; Ellen Wiesenfeld Shanitha & Gerry Sheff, In Appreciation: Etienne & Aubrey Kaplan Barry Silver, Happy Birthday: Elaine & Mark Atlin and Family Marsha Slivka, Mazal Tov: Kathy & Maurice Green; Lesley & Ron Miller Hartley Steinberg, Happy Birthday: Lois & George Fine

Rabbi Edward Goldfarb, In Appreciation: Dr. Mildred Eisenberg;

Rabbi Dow Marmur, In Appreciation: Laura & Brian Wise; Katrina & Michael Wyman Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner, In Appreciation: Lindsay Brown & Dr. Michael Detsky; Carol & Alan Lavine; Allison Mindlin & Lorne Wolinsky; Glenda Mindlin; Stulberg and Sorosky Families; Shari & Michael Wilson Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, In Appreciation: Dr. Mildred Eisenberg; Joan Garson; Sandra Kamenir; Harriette Laing; Allison and Glenda Mindlin; Janie & Frank Tizel and Family

Samuel David Pollack, Yahrzeit: Nancy &

Ralph RogeR Camp SCholaRShIp

Ethel Bron, In Memory: Cara & Robert Malen

Lloyd Pollack Ida Ruderman, Yahrzeit: Marlene &

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Robert Ruderman

Sharon Enkin, In Memory: Nancy Ruth

Bessie Salem, Yahrzeit: Jocelyne & Shia Salem Pauline Shapero, Yahrzeit: Gail & Gary Goodman

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Pam Hamovitch, In Appreciation: Brenda Baskind l a n n Y S a l S b e R g m e m o R I a l S a b b at h f lo R a l e n D o W m e n t f u n D

Margaret & David Hart, Wedding Anniversary: Thelma Pritzker & Bernie Willer

Frank L. Singer, Yahrzeit: Paula Moshonas Singer Asher Solomon, Yahrzeit: Leranbaum Family Harry Solomon, Yahrzeit: Melanie Unger, Cary Solomon and Ethel Solomon Helen Swartzfeldt, Yahrzeit: Myrna Silver Frances Urdell, In Memory: Janice & Larry Babins General L’Shanah Tovah: Mary & Richard Krangle

ShaChaRIt funD heInZ WaRSChaueR funD

Serene Bodor, Yahrzeit: Agnes Lantos

Billie Mess, In Memory: Barbara & Bill Danson;

Henry Clavir, Yahrzeit: Isabel Schwartz Mayer Josef Fogel, Yahrzeit: Rosie & John Uster Ida Sue Freedman, Yahrzeit: Marla Powers Sarah & Philip Gangbar, Yahrzeits: Sybil & Jack Geller Selma Goodfellow, Yahrzeit: Nancy & Lloyd Pollack Dorothy Himel, Yahrzeit: Susan Himel & Neil Kozloff and Family Herman Kessler, Yahrzeit: Harvey Kessler and Family Stephanie Kessler, Yahrzeit: Harvey Kessler

Gluskin; Maxine Granovsky & Ira Gluskin; Randi Shaul & David Saevitzon; Marilyn & Brian Saxe; Ellen & Marvin Stock; Goldie & Stan Unger

Dr. Marvin Tile, In Honour: Edith Kirzner; Marlene & Robert Ruderman Debby & Morris Vigoda, 50th Anniversary: Marlene & Robert Ruderman

holy blossom temple foundation The Holy Blossom Temple Foundation raises funds to support Temple activities, programs and projects. To make a donation to any of our existing funds, please call Janice Feuer at (416) 789-3291, ext. 265. To establish a new fund or learn more about philanthropic opportunities, please call Adele Sacks, Director of Development (ext. 260), at the Temple.

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

g o R D o n & l I n D a W o l f e f a m I lY

Debby & Morris Vigoda, Mazal Tov: Linda Wolfe leonaRD Wolfe memoRIal

and Family

Tobye & Syd Sennet

Marilyn Farber and Janie Tizel; Marilyn & David

Youth aWaRD enDoWment funD

Sala Kampelmacher, Yahrzeit: Judy Druyan

Audrey Neamtam & Stephen Reisch, In Honour:

continue to recognize all donations in the Bulletin. Nine percent of all donations and investment income is generally set aside to help with administration costs and special initiatives.

e D u C at I o n a l f u n D

We apologize but due to space constraints, not all

Kathy Butcher, In Honour: The Leonard Wolfe Family

donations will appear in the Bulletin issue closest to

Rose Patchen, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Hahn

Youth aWaRDS

tions in this issue were received by Sept. 15, 2009.

Selig Patchen, Yahrzeit: Marilyn Hahn

Sally Little, In Memory: Tobye & Syd Sennet

Archie Lewis, Yahrzeit: Isaac Morgulis Rita Libman, Yahrzeit: Judy & Jack Winberg



Project 2009/Membership Appreciation Tea Sun. Nov. 29, 2009, at 2 p.m. Please join us for an afternoon of entertainment and tea as we honour our members and enjoy a fun-filled event. Participate in the fun and festivities as we draw the many prizes of Project Raffle 2009. Support Sisterhood’s major fundraiser and help contribute to many Temple programs including Religious School, Plaut Manor and

Out of the Cold. Raffle tickets are available at the Judaica Shop. Judaica Shop Make the Judaica Shop your first choice for your shopping. Hours: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. To schedule a different time to shop or to volunteer to work, please call the Judaica Shop hotline (ext. 234), at the Temple.

the date on which the contribution was made. Dona-


photography group tue. nov. 10, 2009, at 7.30 p.m.

Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. For Breakfast Club listings, please see page 5. Please visit for the latest news about Brotherhood.

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by spirit | Last Word by Rabbi karen thomashow

In the book of Zechariah, there is a curious scene, where an angel appears to Zechariah and asks him to describe a menorah. When he does, the angel asks him what he understands the menorah to symbolize. Zechariah responds by saying that he does not, in fact, know its meaning. The angel replies, revealing its symbolism: “This is the word of the Lord: Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit.” This verse has played a significant role within the history of Judaism. In some respect, it has served to comfort a people who have felt relatively small and powerless, yet abounding in faith. It has also served as an example of how, in many circumstances, in the absence of apparent material wealth or traditional power, good intentions and

conscientiousness can lead to triumph. In particular, this verse leads me to think about our Holy Blossom teenagers. By and large, youth are uninhibited by a lack of their own financial resources or by any type of professional status when they set their own goals. Quite often, the spirit of their enthusiasm carries their actions. Holy Blossom’s teens are no exception. Two examples in particular make for an honourable mention. First, members of the board of our senior youth group, HABSTY, plan and execute an impressive programmatic year that truly reflects a maturity beyond their years and a dynamism beyond their means. They are successful in that behind their driving energy is a love of Judaism, a commitment to youth community and a zeal for meaningful leadership.

Second, one young Temple member, Danya Firestone, recently approached senior Temple staff to propose a teen trip to Africa. Danya was unencumbered by an awareness of the scope of preparations for such a trip or by the financial commitment for this type of trip. She was propelled more so by a sense of justice, in addition to her natural zeal. When an announcement was made about a proposed spring trip at our Yom Kippur Teen Service, the number of teens who flooded Danya was overwhelming. I am so proud of our youth. I am aware that so much of their ability to follow their spirit is because of their parents’ support, as well as the might and power of this congregation, which unwaveringly encourages our teens to achieve their dreams. Holy Blossom Temple Stagecraft Company



@ the Temple Please join us each Monday from 10 a.m. to 1.15 p.m., for interesting programs, exercise and lunch. Cost: Temple members $2; non-members $3. For details about seniors’

programming, pick up a flyer at the Temple, watch your email or leave a message on our hotline (ext. 517), at the Temple. Mark your calendars for our annual Chanukah Party on Mon. Dec. 14, 2009, at 12.30 p.m. Enjoy lunch and a musical program.

B R O O K LY N B O Y Thur. Dec. 17 and Sat. Dec. 19, 2009, at 8 p.m., and Sun. Dec. 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. Donald Margulies’ play is a funny and moving tale about growing up Jewish in Brooklyn. For more details, please call the Stagecraft hotline (ext. 511), at the Temple.

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