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Our Rabbis Reflect Our preparations Rabbi John Moscowitz writes: Jewish tradition requires us to regard the month before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur seriously. Reflecting on the past year, moving toward reconciliation with those we have hurt, including God, learning, confronting our mortality — these are the imperatives of the moment. For a complete copy of this article, please call Hayley Nuttall (ext. 246), at the Temple.

Our Rabbis Reflect sacred scripture and allow the wisdom of the rabbis to help you enrich your life. This week, we will discuss High Holy Day themes. All are welcome.

Selichot Saturday, September 4, at 9 p.m. This year, Holy Blossom Temple, Temple Emanu-El and Temple Sinai will join together (at Temple Sinai) for Selichot. Seudah shlishit (light refreshments) will be followed by a study session on “The Challenge of Being Good” at 9.30 p.m., with a Havdallah and Selichot Service at 10.30 p.m. Music, study and prayer will prepare us for the Days of Awe.

Rosh Hashanah Services Wednesday, September 8 to Friday, September 10

The challenge of humanitarianism Rachel Iscove Peled, LLM, J.D. Thursday, September 2, at 7.30 p.m. We tackle the question What is Jewish about Humanitarianism? with Iscove Peled, a lawyer with the Israeli office, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. She will give us insight into how international refugee law is applied in Israel to Eritreans and Sudanese seeking asylum. This talk is the first in a series brought to you by the Temple’s Social Action Committee.

When the tradition was young... Rabbi John Moscowitz Saturday, September 4, at 9 a.m. The High Holy Days are fast approaching. Delve into

We will come together to celebrate Erev Rosh Hashanah, the First Day of Rosh Hashanah and the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah as a Temple family. A complete list of High Holy Days Service times is available online.

Israel and the Jewish People: A New Contract for a New Century Einat Wilf – Tuesday, September 14, at 8 p.m. Einat Wilf — an expert in education issues, a compelling political analyst and a rising star in Israel — will speak on the political scene and beyond.


Looking Ahead Fall Focus on Israel Einat Wilf, Tuesday, September 14, at 8 p.m. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Tuesday, October 12, at 8 p.m. Rabbi Daniel Gordis and Peter Beinart, Thursday October 28, at 8 p.m. The Gerald Schwartz/Heather Resiman center at Holy Blossom Temple invites our synagogue community and the larger community to Holy Blossom’s fall speaker series on Israel and Our Future. Four of the important experts on this topic will speak on the key issues of the moment.

Film Premiere — 100 Voices: A Journey Home Monday, September 20, at 7 p.m. 100 Voices is a documentary focusing on Jewish and Polish song, faith and tradition. It follows the Cantors Assembly Mission to Poland and Israel in 2009, in which our own Cantor Beny Maissner, Cantor Simon Spiro and members of Holy Blossom and Beth Tzedec participated. It will screen at the Odeon Cineplex Sheppard Grande, the Varsity and Silver City Richmond Hill. For details and ticket information, contact Mari Lynn Rusak (ext. 224), at the Temple. Watch the trailer.

Announcements Rabbi Moscowitz blogs! From Jane Fonda to Judaism – Rabbi John Moscowitz Writes You are invited to read, follow and comment on Rabbi Moscowitz’s first venture into the blogosphere. In his first entry — Watching Christopher Hitchens — Rabbi Moscowitz comments, “Watching Christopher Hitchens reflect these days on life with cancer, puts one in the company of an impressive man.” To read more please visit: www.rabbijohnmoscowitz.blog.com

Walk for Water Sunday, September 26 at 1.15 p.m. You bring the buckets, we’ll provide the water for this community walk to simulate the walks taken by African women and girls daily in order to get potable water for their families. We’re walking to support education at the first girl’s high school in Kenya and to help them gain access to a well, which will save them thousands of steps. We’ll be joined by Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children. Come rain or shine. All are welcome.


Worship Services Daily Services

Shabbat Services

Monday to Friday at 7.30 a.m. Shacharit Monday to Thursday at 6 p.m. Mincha Sunday at 9 a.m. Shacharit Morning Services on Monday, September 6 will be held at 9 a.m. (Labour Day)

Friday at 6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Saturday at 10.30 a.m. Shabbat Morning and Family Shabbat

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