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Vol. 89 N°4

August 2010  Av-Elul 5770  September 2010      Elul 5770-Tishrei 5771


A Happy Healthy New Year to Everyone~ L’Shana Tova Tikateivu!

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JUST BETWEEN US How often do you hear it? Go with your feelings! Well, feelings sometimes lie, like the feeling that Rosh Hashanah is too early this year. In fact, it’s right on time, 1 Tishri, Rabbi Leigh Lerner as usual, but we relate to the secular calendar and all our memories of apples and honey being dipped at gatherings in crisp and colourful midto late September, so our hearts, our feelings, follow that sensibility. This year, if we waited until it felt like time for Rosh Hashanah, then Yom Kippur itself might be done and gone. That’s a clue, a hint to which we should listen. Going with our feelings will not always yield the right results. Doing what we’re used to, what feels right in the realm of Jewish life, of synagogue life, may not bring us to a solid Jewish future. Times change, and people change within those times. Redesigning synagogue life to meet the exigencies of the times – that’s a lot of what Reform Judaism is about. Our leadership understands this fact. They have taken time from their own schedules for additional early-AM meetings. The purpose of the meetings has been to consider the future of the congregation vis-à-vis the needs of our time. Local experts have been consulted, and other meetings open to the community brought us international experts on congregational life. Slowly, the impact of what they learn changes feelings about what is the right direction for our synagogue. In this new year of 5771, you’re going to see some of those changes, which may have a different “feel,” but which will begin to feel right because of the context of our era. In a different realm, many of us have gone with our feelings, and feelings may have led us astray. We have so many means of communication that never existed before, from cell phones and texting to email to


computer videophone, Facebook and Twitter, so many instant means of communication that we feel we are in constant touch with our neighbours. That feeling is leading us astray. Why do I say that? Let’s start with a major case. Can you imagine the Israelis and the Palestinians sitting in their offices in Jerusalem and Ramallah and creating peace with text messages? With a conversation over the cell phone? Via email? Believing that just because Netanyahu got Abbas to be his friend on Facebook, all’s right with the world? Funny to imagine, yes, but also absurd. Nothing will bring peace but a face to face meeting, and probably a lot of them. Panim el panim, face to face. That’s what makes relationships advance. That’s what makes congregations advance. People meeting people, people working with people, people helping people, people uplifting people – face to face, panim el panim, that’s the key to peace and to progress and to warm feelings of community and belonging. Before Rosh Hashanah, during the Ten Days of Penitence, on Yom Kippur, and even beyond, it’s never too early or too late for panim el panim, a face to face meeting with someone who matters, not only to wish them a healthy Shana Tova, but also to encounter them as full human beings, and in some cases, even to make peace in relationships where once there was strife and aggravation. Though we expect the leaves to be turning at Rosh Hashanah, even if they are still green, we can do the great turning, teshuva, repentance, and – face to face -- make our relationships right once again. Then, to keep them that way, contact through all the contemporary electronic means can help, but nothing beats panim el panim, face to face. Let’s make it our motto for the year. Loren and I wish you a healthy, prosperous, and even delightful new year. L’shana tova tikateivu.

Rabbi Lerner at Senior Residences The next two months’ Erev Shabbat services are: August 20 and September 24: Chateau Westmount, 2:30 PM Place Kensington at 4:45 PM. Rabbi Lerner goes monthly on a Friday afternoon to Chateau Westmount and Place Kensington to lead services. You are welcome to join him there with your loved ones. 2 | August / September 2010

Evening Services Friday 8:15 PM Shabbat Morning Services: Saturday 10:30 AM Friday, August 6, 2010 Saturday, August 7, 2010 Torah Portion: R’ei Deut. 11: 26-16:17 Friday, August 13, 2010 Saturday, August 14, 2010 Torah Portion: Shoftim Deut. 16:18-21:9 Friday, August 20, 2010 Saturday, August 21, 2010 Torah Portion: Ki Teitzei Deut. 21:10-25:19 Friday, August 27, 2010 Saturday, August 28, 2010 Torah Portion: Ki Tavo Deut. 26:1-29:8

SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Evening Services Friday 8:15 PM Shabbat Morning Services: Saturday 10:30 AM Friday, September 3, 2010 Saturday, September 4, 2010 Torah Portion: Nitzavim – Vayeilech Deut. 29:9-31:30 Selichot Program 8:00 PM Film: A Serious Man, followed by discussion with Rabbi Leigh Lerner Selichot Service 10:00 PM Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 8:15 PM Erev Rosh Hashanah 5771 Thursday, September 9, 2010 9:30 AM Children’s Service: Westmount (Children’s Service in the West Island incorporated into regular service.) Rosh Hashanah Day I Service Westmount 10:30 AM Rosh Hashanah Day I Service for all ages, West Island 10:15 AM Torah Portion: Gen. 22:1-19 Tashlikh Service Westmount Park, Pond 6:00 PM Tashlikh West Island TBA Friday, September 10, 2010 Rosh Hashanah Day II Service, Westmount only, 10:00 AM Torah Portion: Gen 1:1-2:3 Erev Shabbat Services Shabbat Shuvah 6:00 Torah Portion: Haazinu Deut. 32:1-52 Saturday, September 11, 2010 10:30 AM Shabbat Shuvah Torah Portion: Haazinu Deut. 32:1-52 Friday, September 17, 2010 Kol Nidre Early Service 6:00 PM, Westmount Kol Nidre Late Service 8:30 PM, Westmount Kol Nidre 8:00 PM, West Island Saturday, September 18, 2010 Childrens’ Yom Kippur Service 9:30 AM, Westmount Yom Kippur Morning Service 10:15 AM, West Island Yom Kippur Morning Service 10:30 AM, Westmount Torah Portion: Deut. 29:9-14; 30:11-20 Discussion Hour with Imam Moine Ghauri 12:30 PM Study with Rabbi Lerner 1:30 PM Yom Kippur Afternoon Service 3 PM, Westmount Yom Kippur Afternoon Service 4:00, West Island Memorial Service 5:00 PM Lev. 19:1-4, 9-18, 32-37 Ne’ilah Service follows Break-The-Fast Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 6:00 PM Erev Sukkot Service Thursday, September 23, 2010 All are invited to Breakfast 9:00 AM Sukkot Service 9:45 AM Torah Portion: Lev. 23:33-44 The Book of Ecclesiastes is read Friday, September 24, 2010 Saturday, September 25, 2010 Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot Torah Portion: Exod. 33:12-34:26 Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Erev Shemini Atzeret: 6:00 PM Thursday, September 30, 2010 All are invited to Breakfast 9:00AM Sh’mini Atzeret, Yizkor Service 9:45 AM Torah Portion: Deut. 33:1-34:12 and Gen. 1:1-2:3 Simchat Torah Service: 5:00 PM Simchat Torah Dinner 6:30 PM Torah Portion: Eikev - Deut. 7:12-11:25

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With the High Holidays fast approaching it seems appropriate to stop, for a moment, the frantic pace of our lives in the 21st. century and take the time to reflect, not just on the past year, but also on years gone by. I do not refer to Brian Grant actions done or words uttered, be they good or bad but Family. I speak of our families of Parents, Children, Grandchildren, Uncles and Aunts. There are our extended families of dear and close friends. Some have passed away, some have gone away, some we have lost touch with and sadly, some we no longer talk to. Perhaps, at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it is the time to reflect and try to reconnect, either with memories or by endeavour, and reunite with those who mean or meant so much to us. Last, but by no means least, there is our Temple Family where those, who are alone at this time, can join with up with us all in an atmosphere of warmth, belonging and caring and, maybe, we will altogether reflect or reconnect or reunite with our faith. Vivian and all my Family wish you and all those dear to you “Shana Tova!” and a comfortable fast.

IN THIS ISSUE J u st B e t wee n U s 2 S c h e d u l e o f S e rv i c e s 2 Fro m th e P r e s i de nt s D e s k 3 F ro m t h e E x e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r' s D e s k 4 F ro m t h e P ro g r a m D i r e c t o r' s D e s k 4 F ro m t h e M u s i c D i r e c t o r' s D e s k 5 To r a h S c h o o l a n d E d u c at i o n 5-6 E d u c at i o n at Te m p l e 7 Baza ar Announcement 9 K ids Corner 11 Tots and Young Family Programs 12 J o n at h a n S c h n i e d e r a r t i c l e 13 B 'n a i M it z vot S e p te m b e r 14 ' N oth i ng B u t N e t s' P roj ec t 15 H o ly D ay S e rv i c e s at a G l a n c e 16 W e s t I s l a n d H i g h H o ly D ay S e rv i c e s 17 H o ly D ay S e rv i c e s 18 -19 Te m p l e ' s C e n t e n n i a l G a l a C o m m i t t e e 2 0 -21 M u s e u m & A rt N e w s 2 2-23 Te m p l e C o n g r at u l at e s B r a h m s E . S i lv e r 24 K u r t S a m u e l s 9 0 t h B i r t h d ay 24 B ook Love r s F oru m . 25 C e m e ta ry E t i q u e t t e 26 I n Th e C i t y 27 Te m p l e F u n d s 28 Ya h r z e i t s 30 M i l e s t o n e B i r t h d ay s & A n n i v e r s a r i e s 32 Te m p l e C l a s s i f i e d P a g e s 33 -34 C a le n da r 35

NOTICE TO VOICE READERS! In an effort to be more “green”, Temple is now distributing the Voice in bi-monthly issues, six times a year. Next Voice: October/November 2010 Issue Deadline for all submissions, Monday, September 6, 2010 at NOON Please note that tickets may be issued by the City of Westmount for parking in the restricted areas of Elm and Wood on any Friday night service.



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Carly Dresner and Nevio Pizzoutto Wendy Bayer and Adam Rayf Louis Philippe Vermette and Keren Binmahar Adam Weinstein and Isabelle Leblond-Joron Jeffrey Derevensky and Lynette Gilbeau David Fainer and Julie Lipes Keren Amar and William McDonald Susan Zimmerman and George Iny 3 | August / September 2010

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S DESK I hope that each of you is enjoying your summer.

S h e ll i e E t t i n g e r Executive Director

Let me take this opportunity to touch on some of the “happenings” over the last few months. Our successful Centennial Gala Celebration, under the chairmanship of Jewel Lowenstein, took place in May; our hallways have been refreshed with a new coat of paint; two new lounges have been set up in the foyer of the congregation; our sanctuary’s new sound system is being installed; the leadership have been meeting regularly to respond to the changing demands on the congregation and setting a direction for our future; focus groups with singles, couples and families aged 25-40 years of age have been held; a demographic review of our community is being conducted; the search for a new full time Director of Education and Marketing and Communication specialist is underway; and the development of our West Island initiative is in progress. It is all very exciting.

For the first time, Temple will be offering High Holy Day services on the West Island. This will provide an opportunity for unaffiliated and intermarried couples and families living on the West Island to not only take part in the highly interactive services in Dollard, but to develop a connection with Temple. By now, you will have received a statement for your annual contribution. If you have not already sent in your dues, I would ask you to do so without delay. Your contributions enable us to provide the very best place of worship, a wealth and variety of programming, and a caring supporting Jewish community for you, our Temple family. As we begin to gear up for the High Holy Days, I would like to remind you that Temple policy specifies that only members who are in good standing i.e. those who have paid their annual dues, fees or special assessments, or those who have made arrangements for payment will receive their tickets. Thank you for your support and cooperation I extend to you my very best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. Shellie

FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR’S DESK Department of “Going Home Again…” “Change Your opinions, Keep To Your Principles; Change Your Leaves, Keep Intact Your Roots” ~ Victor Hugo On May 23, I flew to Israel for a month long visit/journey/reunion with my loved ones, after a twelve year lapse. The great majority of the BenShabats and Gozlan branches of my family live throughout the Holy Land: Tel Aviv, Tiberius, Ashdod, the South, the North. They thrive, grow, and bravely deal with daily stress and the existential threats too keenly felt, including the latest Gaza flotilla incident. (I saw with my own eyes how immediate and devastating the world’s opinion of Israel is, regardless of facts on the ground, truly dismaying.). I had a non-stop, beautiful adventure, traveling around the country, meeting with many, strolling solitarily, visiting and soaking it all up. In 1957, my parents decided our future lay in Canada, where work awaited my father, and everything “New World” promised a good life. Growing up in the Diaspora has its benefits of course, but growing apart A n i ta B e n s a b at from blood relations, deeply connected to us, is another complex matter altogether. Like many immigrant Program Director children, I often felt the “outsider”, no matter where I lived, attended school or worked a job. Nothing new about that experience of course, but how does one accurately and realistically describe or explain the warmth and depth of connecting with relations one does not “know”? How to explain the spontaneous weeping and flying into warm embraces of “strangers”? Yes, “blood is thicker than water” as the saying goes, or a “chip off the old block” may go a long way to describe similar characteristics, but somehow these all fell short for me…there were no words to explain how madly in love and deeply connected I felt with this faraway clan, and the country they live in. I felt more “myself” than ever. The power and beauty, fragility and ancientness, the modernity and progressiveness of Israel also held me in thrall from the moment I arrived, and continues still. I had many thoughts and conversations about “HOME”; is Home where the Heart Lives? Is Home where we pay our taxes, water our lawns, shop, work, cook and clean? Living in Canada, arguably the best country in the world, has opened up paths of understanding, tolerance, experience and friendships, which have served me well all my life, There are no regrets; but still, what about the path not taken? The home not lived in? The stories which remain hidden in another dimension of a life unlived? Questions, always questions, such is the mystery of life I ponder often. Finally though, all the decisions, good, bad, indifferent, conscious or intuitive, that brought me to this place and moment, are entirely without regret. That alone is of great comfort and affirmation. I wish you and your families a very Happy Healthy New Year, in Joy and Peace! L'shana Tova Tikateivu! Anita 4 | August / September 2010

FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR’S DESK “There is a grace that every dawn renews, a loveliness making every morning fresh,” wrote Stern. May the liturgy, both words and music, inspire us all to just such a sense of wonder at the possibilities that life lays before us.

R a c h e ll e S h u b e r t

During the Holy Days each year we recite prayers translated and written by the world’s foremost modern Jewish liturgist, Chaim Stern z”l. Stern is best known for incorporating into the prayers the work of modern writers and for his own inspiring translations and words of wisdom. Many do not know, however, that before he became a prayerbook editor he was a Freedom Rider in 1961 in Mississippi where he narrowly escaped being lynched. There is an exhilarating significance in reading liturgy written and translated by such an outspoken activist. We know that Stern didn’t only believe that we can be restored by prayer, he also actively engaged in tikkun olam, or repair of the world, even at risk to his own life.

I am pleased that Jenny Cohen is able to return to to sing the Temple sanctuary services. She comes to us from Toronto where her career as an opera singer is taking off. Jenny is accompanied by our own superlative organist, Garth MacPhee.

I will be on the West Island in the cantorial role Rosh Hashanah day 1, Kol Nidre and the full day of services on Yom Kippur. You won’t be surprised to know that, having selected and rehearsed all the music for both the sanctuary and satellite services, my heart will be in both places. I will be on the main sanctuary bimah on Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah day 2 and look forward with pleasure at seeing you either in Westmount or the West Island. L’shana tova tikateivu. May you be inscribed for a good year!

Back by popular demand, renowned cellist, Denis Brott, evokes the rich and complex emotions of Bruch’s Kol Nidre. The Temple Choral Sextet sings throughout the Holy Days and the Kol HaNeshama Choir makes a special appearance. This year Temple has launched something new: High Holy Days on the West Island. There is truly something for everyone in these engaging services, which I am co-leading with Rabbi Nadia Siritsky. I am delighted that outstanding pianist, Olga Gross, has an opening in her OSM schedule allowing her to accompany the West Island services.

Denis Brott

Jenny Cohen

EXCITING NEW TORAH SCHOOL SEASON AHEAD! It’s hard to imagine but the new 2010-2011 school year is quickly approaching! We will have so many new and wonderful additions, some of which you can already see! Our new website is up and running with a focus on the Torah School including our Vision Statement and Faculty bios. But most importantly, we will have a new full time Director of Education to lead us into the future. We are all excited about this giant step we are taking to become the leading reform Jewish education center in Quebec. I hope you will spread the word as we devote our energies to expanding our student body so all can share in the new Torah School experience. Speak to your friends and families, let them know our doors are open, let them share in the Jewish experience of the 21st century and be part of our future!

Visit our website at: Download the registration form and join us  in a new and exciting year at Torah School! Looking forward to seeing you all in September! 5 | August / September 2010

TEMPLE TORAH SCHOOL NEWS Registration is now open for the 2010-2011 Semester. You can register online through our website; 10 weeks fall semester begins Saturday September 11, 2010. 9:00 AM.-12:00 PM Torah School Grades 1-5 The comprehensive program of Jewish education covers Torah study, Hebrew, holiday celebrations, art and music in a friendly, caring environment. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Grade 6 (2 year program) Saturday mornings at Temple with additional classes held after school on Mondays (DDO) or Wednesdays (Westmount). Grade 7 Monday (DDO) or Wednesday (Westmount) After school, private tutoring and family education days in preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Grades 8 and 9 Kabbalat Torah (2 year program) Confirmands meet regularly on Saturdays from 9:00 AM. – 12:00 PM The study of Jewish Law, with discussions of current headlines from a Jewish perspective. New This Year! Junior Torah School for ages 4 -5 Classes begin Sat., Sept. 11, 2010 Saturdays; 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM. A unique introduction to Temple life for young children: stories, introductory Hebrew, song, dance and art in a fun and educational setting. Children will be invited to attend Saturday morning services with their families. For information or to register for all programs please contact: Temple at: 514 937 3575 or

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NEW! “STEPPING STONES TO A JEWISH ME”! Is yours an Interfaith Family or interfaith Couple? Wondering how you and your child fit into Jewish life? Each lively child-and-parent oriented meeting explores and clearly explains key facets of Jewish living every young family can activate. A special and stimulating program which addresses the needs of interfaith couples and their young school-aged children.

Registration now open, classes begin Saturday, September 11, 2010 For more information please call: 514-937-3575 post, 201

EDUCATION AT TEMPLE Marriage Information Meetings Wednesday, August 18, 5:30 PM Monday, September 13, 5:30 PM

Intermarriage? Conversion? You’re invited to learn of Temple's welcoming policies and practices, and to tour the facilities with explanations by Rabbi Lerner. Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 395 Elm Ave., Westmount. 514-937-3575

West Island Bar-Bat Mitzvah Information Night Monday, August 30, 7:30 PM Federation-CJA, Westpark at Roger Pilon

Choose 2011 - 2013 Dates Attention parents of children born in 1998, 1999, and 2000: Rabbi Lerner will present our synagogue's program of education for b'nai mitzvah, information about facilities, and a calendar open for your selection of bar/bat mitzvah dates. West Island classes meet Mondays at Federation-CJA, Westpark at Roger Pilon. Sixth graders meet Saturday mornings at Temple and B'nai Mitzvah year students have tutors. The information meeting lasts about one hour.

Temple Bar-Bat Mitzvah Information Night Tuesday, August 31, 7:30 PM

Choose 2011 - 2013 Dates Attention parents of children born in 1998, 1999, and 2000: Rabbi Lerner will present our synagogue's program of education for b'nai mitzvah, information about facilities, and a calendar open for your selection of bar/bat mitzvah dates. Temple classes meet Saturday mornings and/or Wednesday afternoons at Temple.The information meeting lasts about one hour and is held at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, corner Elm and Sherbrooke, Westmount.

Learning Introduction to Judaism, Tuesday, September 14, 5:45 PM Learn to Read Hebrew, Review Jewish Practices, History

The popular 13 week Introduction to Judaism class, offered by Rabbi Leigh Lerner, which teaches the reading of Hebrew and explains Jewish holidays, life cycles and traditional Jewish history, starts its fall series. It is required for those converting to Judaism or for those entering an intermarriage under Temple's auspices. If you simply want to learn to read Hebrew, attend the first fifteen minutes of each Tuesday's session for 10 weeks, beginning at 5:45 PM, Tuesday, September 15. Participants have a fee for books and materials only. Open to the entire community. Call Sarah at 514-937-3575 ext. 208 to register.

First Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Breakfast Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 AM “Memories Are Made Of This”

This breakfast is for parents and their b’nai mitzvah whose service will take place some time in 2011. During the fall and early winter, b’nai mitzvah and parents attend several breakfasts, where they’ll learn more about their special day, its significance, and how to celebrate it in uniquely meaningful ways. The first bar/bat mitzvah breakfast is a meeting with youth, parents, and grandparents to learn more about each other’s heritage. After the breakfast, families are expected to attend Shabbat morning services as part of their acclimatization to Shabbat worship and practice, and youth programming is planned.

TEMPLE HIGH HOLY DAYS FOR CHILDREN Temple is again offering our popular Child Care Supervision, with professional educators, to Temple members during the High Holy Days Services! Story-telling, games, crafts, drinks and light snacks will be available in a safe, clean environment, for children ages 3-7! Service Schedule Rosh Hashanah Thursday, September 9, 2010 9:30-10:15 Children's service with Parents and Grandparents 10:30-12:30 Supervision available for children Yom Kippur Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:30-10:15 Children's service with Parents and Grandparents 10:30-12:30 Supervision available for children (Children under 3 years of age must be accompanied by an adult) Space is Limited! Registration is required by September 6, 2010 Call Anita at 514-937-3575 #21, or email Please Note: This service is limited to Temple members, only! Unregistered children will not be admitted


The "Friendly Visiting Committee" is mandated to visit the sick and shut-ins of our community. We are looking at "in home stimulation" for these folks. This will be accomplished by being a friend or a supportive "other person" to those in need. We are also seeking people in our community, alone and lonesome, who may qualify for these visits and friendly volunteers to make these visits.

Please contact Mona Kaufmann: 514-842-3939 7 | August / September 2010

LEARNING JEWISH ETHICS New Shabbat Morning Study with Rabbi Lerner 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM Every Shabbat morning, beginning Sept. 11, Rabbi Leigh Lerner leads a discussion of Jewish ethics in theory and everyday practice. Based on a recent book by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, the conversation ranges broadly and openly, with much discussion, but always focused on key points raised by Jewish tradition about how we should treat each other. Being a good person takes more than a warm heart. It takes a serious look at ethical living. Join the dialogue any Shabbat morning!

SERVICES Family Services on Shabbat Morning Begins Sept. 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM When Torah School is in session, there will be a service with guitar accompaniment by Ya’akov Sassi for families from 11:30 AM to Noon. All are welcome to attend, whether enrolled in Torah School or not. The Rabbi and young people will share stories.

Sponsor a High Kiddush or Oneg Shabbat After Shabbat services each week, whether Friday night or Saturday morning, Temple endeavours to provide a welcoming time when we can break bread together. On Friday night, at the Oneg Shabbat there can be a delightful array of fruits and sweets, along with punch, decaf coffee and tea. On Saturday mornings, High Kiddush, a virtual luncheon, lets all in attendance relax and get to know one another. Tables are set for your ease to enjoy the presence of friends old and new. Oneg Shabbat and High Kiddush depend on a sponsor, and already this year, several sponsors have stepped forward to assure a delightful time of hospitality after services. Do you have a special family event to celebrate, or just want to help create a sense of community at Temple? Be a sponsor. Your contribution of $400 sponsors an Oneg; $200 or more can sponsor a High Kiddush.

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TEMPLE BAZAAR 2010 SUNDAY OCTOBER 24 Bazaar planning is well underway! Merchandise has begun to arrive and we are anticipating a very successful event!

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Have fun and support TEBS! You can help by:

Joining our dedicated and fun-loving team to help plan and/or to work at the Bazaar Canvassing for merchandise OR Informing us of sources that we can canvas on your behalf


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TEMPLE’S ANNUAL KIDS FIRST SUKKOTH CELEBRATION! For all young families with children 6 years of age and under!

Sunday, September, 26, 2010, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM $10 Donation per family ~No reservations required~

• Make Crafts for the Kids First Sukkah! • Learn all about the Lulav and Etrog with Rabbi Lerner! • Sing songs! Play games! Make new Friends! Enjoy Lunch! • Visit Temple’s outdoor Sukkah!

Community Hall, Temple Emanu-El- Beth Sholom 395 Elm Ave., Westmount ~ Atwater Metro Information call Anita at 514-937-3575, # 212

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KIDS KORNER We Want Your Input! Come & Join our Terrific Team of Volunteers! The Kids First committee is looking to recruit some new members. As the children outgrow the Kids First programming, so do their volunteering parents, so we are urging you to consider joining and being part of our great energetic team! Being parents ourselves, we are very sympathetic to the time constraints on your schedule. We meet only once for each party and we do so in the evening at the local coffee shop for about an hour. Make a couple of calls, exchange a few e-mails and BANG! You are helping host a party that you would have attended anyways. This is the best chance for brownie points ever!!! Just four hours of your time, and you get to be a Super Hero! You are not only a volunteer but a volunteer at your congregation. You make the effort to give back to your community by helping to create memories that will last a lifetime for all the little children. This will be our kid’s first exposure to some of Judaism’s greatest traditions. Looking back, your children will be so proud and touched you did this for them. Heck! I'm proud of you just writing about it! Be that person, join our team, and bring your energy to our terrific team! Please contact: Anita 514-937-3575 ext. 212, or Stacey 514-909-1616

Back in September with Moms & Tots! Every Tuesday morning starting Tuesday September 7, 2010 From 9:30 till 11:00 AM After last years resounding success, I am excited to get going this year! Thank you to all of you who made the past year so much fun. Thanks to the suggestions of our good friend Margie, our playgroup now has weekly themes! Not only will the kids have the pleasure of romping in the newly refreshed and clean playroom, but they'll also be constructively engaged. Who knows, maybe they'll learn something! Feel free to send the kids with the nanny or a grandparent. Snacks and refreshments will be served free of charge. If you have a little one at home, come join us every Tuesday morning starting Tuesday September 7th at 9:30 till 11:00. For information, please call Anita 514-937-3575 ext. 212, or Stacey 514-909-1616 Looking forward to seeing you, Stacey

Kids First Klothing! As the summer creeps to an end, we all start getting ready for the cold weather. It's the time of the season for a wardrobe change. Daunting as the task is, I really enjoy it. Cleaning out the closets of all those deja vu items and bringing in the fresh and exciting! I am getting goose bumps already. With the way my kids treat their belongings, I refuse to invest big money into their clothing. I will let you in on some of my favorite spots to pick up thrifty threads for kids. For everyday clothing and accessories, I enjoy Joe Fresh (Loblaws and Maxi). They have all the latest colors and shapes at great prices. A fun place for all to shop is La Boite aux Trésor located 1610 Barre in Ville St. Laurent (514-855 0659). This is a consignment shop with clothes, toys, sports equipment, and strollers. Everything you could possibly need in one place. The toys are at little arms reach so the kids play while you shop! Yeah for hassle free shopping. You can also bring your old stuff to be sold. If second hand clothes do not faze you, consider garage sales. They run right through the fall and can be very affordable. To get the best, arrive early since the best goes fast! If price is an issue, go at the end of the day; people literally give things away. For fancier holiday clothes, I love Boutique L'Enfantillon- Maternité located 3280 boulevard Saint-Martin Ouest (450-978-9199). This store specializes in samples by companies like Mexx, Nike, Kenzo, Marese, and others, with sizes up to 12 years, but the bulk of the merchandise is for size 6. This is not a good place to bring the kids, since it is small and crammed full of stock, not to mention shoppers! Their prices are up to 40% off and twice a year they have a blow out sale at 70% off! Time to go nuts! If you prefer reasonably priced designer clothes, try Le pays d' Oz located at 342B Victoria Ave. in Westmount (514-4859610), a thrift store specializing in children’s designer clothes. Another tiny shop which can be difficult to bring your kids to, but there are real gems to discover! I hope that this is of some use to you. Happy hunting! Stacey

Mark these important dates on your Calendar! Hanukkah Party- Dec. 5, 2010 Purim Party-March 20, 2011

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TOTS AND YOUNG FAMILY PROGRAMS COMING THIS FALL TO TEMPLE~WATCH FOR MORE DETAILS! Inspired Early Childhood Programs to enjoy with your very young!

“Moms & Tots” is Back Again!

“Parent & Baby Yoga”

We supply coffee, games, toys, books and more, all in a clean environment! Free and all are welcome to drop by!

Practice Yoga with your baby (pre-crawling), and share this special experience with your baby, while practicing a gentle yoga. Also open to Grandparents as an activity to share with your new grandchild!

“Parent & Tot Music”

“Fertility Yoga”

Children will experience rhythm and rhyme through song, percussion instruments and dance in a fun and playful environment! Grandparents are welcome to partner with their grandchild!

Optimize your chances to conceive by tapping your inner creative power and reducing stress through a series of specifically designed Yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and visualizations.

Every Tuesday morning September 7, 2010 9:30 till 11:00 AM

For ages 6 months to 3 years

“Tot Shabbat ”

Come share in the songs, spirit and tradition of the Shabbat with your children. Moms, Dads and Grandparents and other family members welcome.

with instructor, Mona Keddy

with instructor, Tasha Lackman

“Infant/Child CPR” & “First Aid Class”

This important and easily learned information is open to parents, grandparents and childcare workers. Learn to recognize, prevent and treat injuries and choking as well as perform CPR on infants and children.

More programs to be announced…stay tuned!

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JONATHAN SCHNEIDER REFLECTS ON HIS “MARCH OF THE LIVING” EXPERIENCE I heard many great things about the March of the Living, but in no way was I excited to be a part of this experience. I’m one who cannot watch a horror movie, and if I can’t do that, how was I supposed to be able to witness parts of one of the most horrific events that ever happened? But I went anyway because somewhere, deep down, I believed that going on this trip was the only way I would truly understand what it meant to be Jewish. As we were heading to Poland, someone pointed out to me that if it had not been for the Holocaust, we might all be going to Poland to visit family or friends, for Bar Mitzvahs or weddings, for good times and certainly not bad. But Poland looked exactly as I had imagined: dark, gloomy. The sky was grey. It truly looked like the perfect setting for a horrific event. Our first three days in Poland were spent in Warsaw and Cracow to understand life before the Holocaust, to understand the death that occurred. Our Rabbi on the trip put it best when we were in the Gensia cemetery in Warsaw, where he said: “When people go to cemeteries, they go to look at the death that has occurred. In this case, we are here to see the life that once flooded these streets”. As we visited empty ghettos, it became clear to me that these horrible things do exist. On our fourth day, as we made our way to Auschwitz, one of our trip leaders said, “Today, you are all going to grow up”. My fourth day in Poland was the day I grew up the most. I woke up expecting to see the usual grey skies, but instead saw a beautiful, sunny sky. It was so different to see the sun and be awakened from this horrible dream I had been having the past three days. The weirdest part was as I arrived in Auschwitz and then later Birkenau, I saw huge fields, with the sun shining down on them. What was once the place of some of ultimate cruelty looked like a football field. If I didn’t know better, I easily could have laid down on the grass in Birkenau and just enjoyed my day. This was the point though. The Nazis made these camps look like normal places to live. They wanted to limit riots and make their prisoners less scared. As I entered some bunks in Auschwitz, I understood that this place was far from normal. Looking at piles of hair, shoes, and even cans of Zyklon B used in gas chambers, it really hit me hard. At that point I felt that I had seen enough. I had such a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I began to break down, with my friends by my side. After we left Auschwitz, we all got together to prepare for the actual March of the Living, a three kilometer walk from the concentration camp, Auschwitz, to the death

camp, Birkenau. Montreal was leading the entire March of the Living this year, and a trip leader had chosen me to be among the leaders of the entire March. This event changed my life. I marched for about an hour with an Israeli flag in my hands, and another draped around my shoulders. I must have had at least 30,000 photos taken of me while I was in front of 10,000 people from all around the world on what was once known as the death march. As I looked back I saw countless numbers of fellow Jewish youth, smiling, enjoying their march. I couldn’t believe it. I was never the biggest Zionist, but at that moment, I finally became most proud of my heritage, my religion, my identity and of course my country, Israel. This contrast of everyone smiling as they walked down the death march is truly what the March of the Living is about. It is not about going to see piles of shoes or hair. It about understanding that though we had such a tremendous loss, in the end, we won. Every time a Jew lights the Shabbos candles, or goes to synagogue, we spite those Nazis. And although I went to many sad places in the days following Auschwitz, I never lost sight of what I gained that day. I’m a Jew and I will forever be proud of being a Jew. When I finally touched down in Israel, after the craziest plane ride I have ever been on, it felt amazing to kiss the ground that I now call home. We began a week of partying and celebrating that we didn’t have to eat bread at every meal anymore. And although I had such a blast in Israel, my experience happened about an hour away from the city of Cracow, in Auschwitz/Birkenau. After truly understanding the nature of the Holocaust, I further appreciated the importance of simply having a good time. For every Jew more than 65 years ago that just wasn’t able to have a good time, wasn’t able to hug his or her mom, his or her dad, wasn’t able to go to a friend and say “Hey, how’ve you been”, we need to make up for it. That will truly mean remembering the 6,000,000. And finally, as Rena Schondorf, a Survivor of the Holocaust, told us on the trip: “If somebody ever says things never happened, you can tell them, I met people who were there and who can tell you that they did happen.” Now, all of you can do the same. I’m proud of my experience and my decision to take this trip. And I’m truly honoured to be able to tell my story, as so many others years ago wished they could have done.

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We congratulate our B’nai Mitzvah and their families on this signal occasion in their lives. We look forward to them becoming members of the Confirmation Class and serving the Jewish, religious and community cause with devotion and commitment X av i er Wo lc h ov- C o h en

Son of: Lidia Wolchov and Henri Cohen Date: September 6, 2010 I am in grade 8 at Chambly Academy High-School, in St Lambert. The thing I liked most about preparing for my Bar Mitzvah is learning about the Jewish cultures and stories, I also liked learning how to reading the Hebrew language. One of the most important things I have learned from my Bar Mitzvah studies would be that after it is finished I have to take on more responsibility as a man. If there was one mitzvah I would emphasise on it would be to honour my mother and father for all they have done for me my entire life. Having a Bar Mitzvah is important to me because it's a great experience and to have a little bit of fame on the day. I am also proud to be Jewish and to be a Bar Mitzvah. My favourite school subjects are science and music, my hobby is hanging out with my friends and my favourite sport without a doubt is soccer. One thing for sure is that when I have my own family I will definitely keep the Jewish tradition in my life and my future family’s life. Myriam Berger

Daughter of Jean-Luc Berger and Odette Lachance Date: September 4, 2010 I attend College St-Georges in Senneville. What I liked most about preparing my Bat Mitzvah was to learn how to read and chant in a different language. I also had the opportunity to learn many different comments about my Torah portion. One important lesson I learned about my Bat Mitzvah is to always persist. Having a Bat-Mitzvah is important to me because you become a Jewish adult and you are responsible for your own acts. I am the first girl in my family becoming a Bat Mitzvah and I am excited about it. My favorite subjects in school are sciences and gym class. I play piano and I like to play soccer and badminton. I would like to give Tsedakah to the SPCA so they can help the animals in need.

Harvest-Ha’Asif Literary Anthology Harvest-Ha’Asif, Temple’s Literary Anthology, is once again on the lookout for new written work! Poetry, prose, fact, fiction, or outright lies, tall tales, fish stories, memoir, travelogue, humour, or something completely different! Anything with a spark that makes for a good read! Please send us your work, either (preferably) by e-mail to Or in hard copy (type-written please), to: Anita Bensabat, Temple’s Program Director, at the Temple office.

…ONE MORE LETTER TO YOU, BETTE! “MY BETTE” A lot of you may remember that I worked for Rabbi Lerner for 15 years. The first day I came to Temple, Bette was the very first person I met … and she was so wonderfully nice, and for 15 years got me through each and every day. I have always called her “My Bette” as she is so very special to me. She has been there for me every step of the way, teaching me everything about my a friend, being there and with me when my parents passed away. She organized my wedding in 2002 and in 2007 when my beloved Marcel of blessed memory passed away she was there for me as well. Bette to this day is like a second mother to me, my voice of reason and I still kvetch, laugh and cry to her. She is a loving mother, mother-in-law and grandmother and is devoted to her family as they are to her. I love you Bette, thank you for the wonderful woman you are, someone I am proud to call my friend. Mona Schwartz-Cayer.

…AND FROM BETTE, “THANK YOU EVERYONE”! With heartfelt appreciation and gratitude, I wish to thank all my dear friends at Temple for your good wishes, kind words and thoughtful contributions to the Shulman Family Endowment Fund. A special thanks to the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanu-El-BethSholom who have established this Fund in my name. It has been my good fortune to know you and to work with you for the past 36 years. Shana Tova to all! Fondly, Bette

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SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE’S “NOTHING BUT NETS PROJECT” AT TEMPLE On Monday, April 26, in recognition of World Malaria Day, about thirty people of different faiths came together as Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom sponsored an awareness and fund-raising evening in support of the URJ anti -malaria campaign that contributes funds to the “Nothing But Nets’ program of United Nations Foundation. Donated funds to the “Nothing but Nets” project pay for anti malarial nets in Africa. A $10 net can protect a child from this disease, which infects 500 million a year and kills more than 1 million people, 90% of them living in Africa.. The evening featured the Montreal premier of the documentary film, “When the Night Comes”, followed by a moving talk by Melissa Muduuli, consultant with the United Nations Association of Canada. Moved by the documentary, Ms. Muduuli abandoned her prepared talk, and spoke spontaneously from her heart about her own experiences with malaria while growing up in Uganda, addressing the devastating effects malaria continues to have on her native country and on her personally. Poignant amid Muduuli’s narrative was her sadness and frustration at the recent death of a cousin. When she called her family at Christmas a few years ago, she was surprised to hear crying instead of celebration. Pushing her sister to explain, she learned the family was mourning the sudden death of her uncle’s healthy sixteen year old son. While away at boarding school, the young man had contracted a severe case of malaria, and despite receiving drugs the clinic was poorly equipped and he died of dehydration. Melissa’s story stands as a devastating example of the structural changes and education necessary to eradicate malaria. Furthermore, Melissa hoped the story would illustrate that malaria not only affects the rural poor (as featured in the film), but also educated urbanites such as her family and herself. To eradicate malaria would be to help the country as a whole. The evening was an emotional one for all who attended the film and Melissa’s talk. We raised over $700 which will go toward the purchase of anti-malarial nets, and we raised awareness about a disease that can easily be eradicated with these simple nets. During this event, attendees were invited to purchase and pin paper mosquitoes to our own bed net for $10. The mosquitoes had been decorated by children at the Torah school, who on the back of each bug wrote a wish or commitment for a better future. The Social Action Committee plans to continue this project at Temple as an on-going program.

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HOLY DAY SERVICES AT A GLANCE Selichot Evening & Service Program “A Serious Man” by the Coen Brothers Movie and Discussion with Rabbi Leigh Lerner Saturday Sept. 4 8:00 PM Do the Coen Brothers Need to Repent? Rabbi Lerner attended the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis, the same school depicted in the Coen Brothers film. See the movie for yourself and discuss with the Rabbi his reaction and yours. Snacks will be served. Selichot Service 10:00 PM, followed by placing white covers on the Torah Selichot is the study and service designed to attune the heart to the coming of Rosh Hashanah and the Ten Days of Penitence.

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5771 Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 8:15 PM

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Thursday, September 9, 2010 9:30 AM Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Westmount Children’s Service 10:30 AM Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Westmount Service 10:30 AM Rosh Hashanah Day 1, West Island Service for all Ages

Tashlikh Westmount with Shaar HaShomayim Thursday, September 9 6:00 PM in Westmount Park Tashlikh is a contemplative service in which we scatter bread crumbs upon the waters, allowing them to represent the sins we would like to remove from ourselves. Done in co-operation with Shaar HaShomayim Congregation at the pond in the area south of the library and playground. Join your friends from our neighbouring synagogue as we re-enact this ritual that can have so much individual meaning. Friday, September 10, 2010 10:00 AM

Rosh Hashanah Day II Service, Westmount only

SERVICES Send Your New Year’s Prayer to the Kotel!

Second Day Rosh Hashanah Friday, September 10 10 AM A Service for all ages, everyone is welcome! Welcome to our newly revised 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah service, designed for young and old, families and singles, a service to engage the heart, mind and spirit. There will be opportunity for participation, singing, Torah blessings and shofar blowing. Every person who wants to make a Torah blessing will be able to do so.

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Parents and Grandparents are invited to bring their newborns and new additions to march with the Torah, and everyone will have an opportunity to have their prayers placed within hours in, The Kotel HaMa’aravi, The Western Wall. Be sure to be there, and bring friends. All the public is invited to celebrate Day 2 of Rosh Hashanah with us.

High Holy Day Children’s Services No more kids’ services at naptime! 9:30 AM – in the morning, is the time for our Children’s Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The service will conclude no later than 10:15 AM. There’s also a change in child care for the services. Those Temple parents who have signed up for the special child care will be putting their children in the care of professional educators. Reservations a Must! Friday, September 17, 2010 6:00 PM Kol Nidre Early Service 8:30 PM Kol Nidre Late Service 8:00 PM Kol Nidre West Island Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:30 AM Children’s’ Yom Kippur Service Westmount Temple 10:15 AM Yom Kippur Morning Service West Island 10:30 AM Yom Kippur Morning Service Westmount Temple 12:30 PM Discussion Hour with Imam Moine Ghauri 1:30 PM Study with Rabbi Lerner 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM

Yom Kippur Afternoon Service (Westmount) Yom Kippur Afternoon Service (West Island) Memorial Service Ne’ilah Service follows Break-The-Fast follows

Cemetery Services between High Holydays Sunday, September 12 9:30 AM, Beaconsfield, Eternal Gardens, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Section 10:15 AM, Dollard des Ormeaux, Rodeph Shalom section, Kehal Israel Cemetery 11:15 AM Montreal, Mt. Royal Cemetery, Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom Section It is a solid Jewish tradition to visit the graves of loved ones to say kaddish and to give tsedaka during the Ten Days of Penitence, fulfilling the dictum that loving deeds, prayer, and charity make for forgiveness.

2010 WEST ISLAND HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES Rabbi Nadia Siritsky Comes Home to Lead Temple’s West Island Services We are proud to announce that, for the first time, TEBS will be holding High Holy Day Services on the West Island, which will be lead by Rabbi Nadia Siritsky. Services are open to all non-members, those who may still be unaffiliated, intermarried couples and families, as well as West Island Temple members and families, whether the families are members or not. Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, (MA, MSSW, BCC) is a native Montrealer and proud graduate and teacher of Temple’s Torah School. She served for a number of years as Associate Rabbi at The Temple in Louisville, Kentucky, and as spiritual leader in other congregations in the New York area. Creator of Chavurat Shalom, a Senior Activity Centre, she currently coordinates programming and outreach for the Society for Classical Reform Judaism, whose mission is to preserve historic traditions in our movement and reach out to interfaith families. She is a board member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and is completing her doctorate in pastoral counseling at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health. She has worked in several counseling settings, including the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York City, the Jewish Family and Vocational Services in Louisville, KY, and the Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice of Philadelphia. She is a terrific teacher and a Rabbi whose ear is to the congregation, whether in French, English, or Hebrew. We welcome her home and take delight that she will be the Rabbi at our first West Island High Holy Day services. Cantorial Soloist: Rachelle Shubert

Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Thursday, Sept. 9th 10:15 AM

Rosh Hashanah Day 1, West Island Service for all Ages Tashlikh Service, Time and Location to be Annouced

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Friday, September 10, 2010

10:00 AM

Rosh Hashanah Day II Service, Westmount Only

Erev Yom Kippur: Friday, Sept. 17th 8:00 PM Yom Kippur Saturday, Sept. 18th 9:30 AM Children’s Yom Kippur Service, Westmount & West Island 10:30 AM Yom Kippur Morning Service, Westmount & West Island 4:00 PM Yom Kippur Afternoon Service, West Island 5:00 PM Memorial Service 5:00 PM, West Island Lev. 19:1-4, 9-18, 32-37 Ne’ilah Service follows Break-the-Fast

Location: Hampton Inn and Suites Conference Center 1900, route Transcanadienne East of Sources Blvd. on the south side service road 514-633-8243 Tickets Prices Singles, $45; Couples $60; Families $85 N.B. Ticket price includes Day 2 Special Family Service in Westmount For tickets or more information, call Temple: 514-937-3575 ext. 201 Tickets may also be purchased at Federation CJA office on Roger Pilon on Monday, August 30, 7:30 PM 17 | August / September 2010

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TEMPLE’S CENTENNIAL GALA COMMITTEE THANKS YOU! And what a Gala it was, too! Beautifully designed, orchestrated, organized and realized, from delicious cocktail nibbles and drinks to the toothsome dinner and deserts, all enlivened with jazz music, a video tribute and period dance numbers! A committed group of people shared the impressive workload to make a most memorable evening for the beautifully attired who gathered to commemorate Temple’s 100 Years in Westmount, honoring our past presidents, and fulfilling the goal of raising much needed funds! Our heart felt thanks go to all the, Benefactors, Advertisers, Neighbors, Donators, Sponsors, Committee members and Temple staff, for their contribution to a job exceptionally well done! Thank you!

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A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR BENEFACTORS: Aldo & Dianne Bensadoun Stephen & Claudine Bronfman Maxwell Cummings Family Foundation Stephen & Lana Harper (Maurice Pollack Foundation) Bruce & Joelle Kent Rabbi Leigh& Mrs Loren Lerner Paul & Jewel Lowenstein Billy & Lillian Mauer Alfred & Margery Miller Stephen & Julia Reitman Kalman & Stella Samuels Reginald & Charlene Weiser Jonathan & Susan Wener


THE CHARNEY FAMILY BERYL & PETER FRAENKEL--- REFRICO LTEE GORDON LAX FAMILY FOUNDATION TD COMMERCIAL BANKING---LORNE HINDLE LILLIAN & STEPHEN VINEBERG Alphi Apparel Group of Companies Barbara & Aaron Blauer H.W. Hollinger (Canada) Inc Joy, Michael & Zachary Korenberg Betty, Michael, Jesse, Laura, Aren, Alana & Jonas Prupas City of Westmount Abie’s Smokemeat Bob & Rosemarie Asch Debbie & Ellis Basevitz Felicity & Howard Blatt Celebrations Edgewood Greenhouses Victor Eiser Denise Grossman & Steven Klempner Gary & Melissa Katsof Irwin Litvack Nanci Moretti-Montpetit Phillips Friedman Kotler Doreen & Michael Rennert Lillian & Bryant Shiller Joe Sklar & Family Martin, Maya & Alexa Smith & Nancy Maklan Irving Wiseberg YGI- Bruce Isenberg

OUR WESTMOUNT NEIGHBOURS: Dorel Industries Inc. Lou Goldberg Jewellers Inc. Dr. Bluma Girzon DPM JJ Jacobs Westmount Florist

OUR BAR/BAT MITZVAH TZEDAKAH DONATIONS FROM: Allie Bernstein Samantha Burko Zachary Dionisopoulos Zachary Korenberg Andrew Pye Jack Webber



A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE: Jewel Lowenstein, Chair Norma Betty Benson Stacey Brennan Nancy Engels Sheila Goldbloom Brian Grant Vivian Grant Denise Grossman Steffi Halton Helen Kahn BarryKatsof Alan Knopp Susan Levine Martha Oppenheim Mark Oppenheim Julia Reitman Jane Adams Rothstein Stephen Schneider Lillian Shiller Susan Szalpeter Cynthia Telio Charlene Laprise Weiser Nancy Weiss Sally Yaffe Stephen Yaffe Rabbi Leigh Lerner Anita Bensabat

Rona Davis Victor Goldbloom Marilyn Green JJ Jacobs Mona Kaufmann Lillian Mauer Sara Riesman Laurie Samuelson Nancy Strohl Lillian Vineberg Karen Wertheimer Shellie Ettinger

Special thanks to Tamara Haiman, wife of Temple's Howard Glazer, for taking all the great photographs!


Temple is celebrating a whole year of its Centenary with special events and programs, to inspire all age groups! Musical Shabbats and Concerts! “Perspectives” Art Project! Membership Committee “100th Chanukah” Dance Party! Kids First Chanukah and Purim Carnival Parties! Havdallah/Martini Evening with Nick Hamilton! Grandparent/Tot Program! Young Adults 23-30 years Program! Torah School 2011, Special Programs! High Profile Guest Speakers! Tree of Life, Museum Programs…and much more!

Watch for more details for these and other special programs and events, in upcoming issues of the Voice, highlighted on our website and e-communications!

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To commemorate his 90th birthday, Kurt Samuel and Ellen have donated an unusual miniature Torah Shield, crafted in Western Europe after the Second World War. It is a lovely and most suitable addition to the Museum’s collection, as it could be used on the small Torah Scroll in the Temple Ark, which at present has no decorations.

TEMPLE’S TINY PERFECT GIFT SHOP! QUALITY GIFTS FOR ALL TASTES ALL OCCASIONS ~ ALL BUDGETS Choose from our wide assortment of beautiful traditional or contemporary items, uniquely suited for that Special Simcha! Mezuzahs, Kiddush Cups, Candelabras, Photo Frames, Jewelry, Books, Games, Sterling Gift Sets, Silk Scarves & More! Visit our boutique anytime For more information contact 514-937-3575

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upon receiving the “Caring Beyond” award, “taking that extra step for patients”. Mazal Tov, Brahms! Caring is something that members of JGH staff practice every day. But every so often, a particular employee goes above and beyond his or her usual duties on behalf of patients and their families. That’s when the JGH Humanization of Care Committee (HOC) steps in to present outstanding staffers with a “Caring Beyond” award. Nominations are submitted by colleagues, supervisors, even patients, and one of two surprised and grateful honourees received this special award on March 2. Brahms E. Silver, a JGH social worker in the Department of Oncology, called the Caring Beyond ceremony “a signal moment in my life”, made all that much sweeter by the fact that social work is his second career. For almost 30 years, Mr. Silver had been President of Silver Foods Inc., a large and successful food distribution company that he sold in the early 2000s. That left him open to pursue other interests, including earning a degree from McGill University’s School of Social Work, followed by a career at the JGH. “I’ve watched you develop into a wonderful social worker over the past seven years”, said Allan Ptack, Chief of Social Work, to Mr. Silver at the well attended “Caring Beyond” ceremony. “We’re thrilled that you’re the first person from our department to get this award.” “Caring Beyond” Co-Chair, Hela Boro, said the decision to honour Mr. Silver was partly due to a warm letter of recommendation “which gave me goosebumps”in describing the compassion and conscientiousness of the care that Mr. Silver gave to the letter-writer’s dying brother. “Mr. Silver went above and beyond” the letter says. “I’ve known social workers; not one of them could hold a candle to Mr. Silver. I couldn’t have wished for better. We all knew my brother was dying, but with Mr. Silver’s help, he truly was able to have dignity and know that someone cared and was willing to help in any way that he could. Mr. Silver truly was our ‘guardian angel’”. “A new career is like being reborn and living another lifetime”, Mr. Silver told his colleagues. “I believe that God communicates with us in many ways through the words and actions of other people and human relationships. I’ve felt the presence of God in dealing with our patients.” Excerpted from “Pulse” Jewish General Hospital Magazine, Spring 2010

KURT SAMUEL’S 90TH BIRTHDAY ADDRESS A ninetieth birthday is surely a milestone, and also a time to reminisce. Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom has played an important role in my life. After an almost miraculous escape from Nazi Germany, with the help of dear friends abroad and, not least, with my mother’s determination and tenacity to get us out of the country at a desperate time, eventually my parents and I found refuge in Canada, now said to be the best country on the planet. For the Samuel family, there was never any doubt about that! Soon after our arrival from Hamburg, I attended Shabbat services here. It was an eye-opener. In the pews sat priests, nuns, members of nonJewish organizations like the Rotary Club. Such groups were welcomed regularly as part of Temple’s ecumenical program. It was a successful way to build bridges and understanding between people of different faiths. Eventually, this led to an invitation to Cardinal Leger, to address the annual Brotherhood dinner in February 1965, with more than 400 guests in attendance, from all walks of life and different faiths. The highlight occurred in 1978, when Ellen and I attended a gala dinner to honour 20 “Great Montrealers” in various fields. A jury of his peers — an Anglican Bishop, a Catholic Bishop and the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Amissos — unanimously elected a Jew, Rabbi Harry Joshua Stern, known as the ecumenical Rabbi, as the Great Montrealer in the category of Religion. It was a dramatic and emotional event, in a world rife with anti-Semitism. While our children attended Torah School, Ellen and I often joined the Rabbis’ study groups. After Rabbi Stern’s death and until Rabbi Lerner’s arrival, a period of several years, I continued the Saturday morning breakfast and lectures with a different speaker each week. Among them were many members of the congregation. It was a cohesive group and many enduring friendships were formed. Eventually, Kalman Samuels joined me and the successful program “Jews of the World” began. In the mid-1980’s, the late Irvin Gertsman invited Ellen and me to 24 | August / September 2010

join the Aron Museum Committee. The administration, care and display of the artifacts became a labour of love. Eventually, Evy Uditsky, grandniece of Museum founder Josef Aron, took over, with enthusiasm and hard work. Now the capable Chair is Nancy Strohl. It is gratifying that the collection has grown and special, successful exhibitions have been mounted. We also organized popular trips to regional museums to view exhibitions with Jewish content. These outings brought diverse groups together and a number of the participants became active Temple members, roles which they fulfill to this day. In 1991, we joined Temple’s mission to Israel, guided by Rabbi Lerner and his wife, Loren. It was a remarkable journey. How can one forget a visit to the Western Wall on Shabbat, or the entering the Mosque of Omar? The trip was fascinating and also a lot of fun. When the Jews from the former Soviet Union arrived, I felt that they needed help, just as we, and many other refugees, were fortunate to receive in Temple after arriving in Canada. Peggy Sakow enabled English classes for the newcomers. During that time, I met the late Dr. Vera Parnes, from Moscow, the founder and President of the Raoul Wallenberg International Movement for Humanity, which memorialized Raoul Wallenberg, who saved so many Hungarian Jews from deportation, and also combated hatred. Vera’s death in March was a great loss. May her work continue. Temple was ever present, in our lives. We were married here, our children Robert and Carolyn ware named in this Sanctuary (in absentia — in those days), and there was a Bar Mitzvah, a Confirmation, Youth Group, Robert’s summer at Kutz Camp... These are all wonderful memories but ... life is not always kind. Over the years, we lost family and many good friends. But, we have a mantra: “Count your Blessings”. We are fortunate to have many and hope to keep counting them for a long time!

Local activist Goldbloom receives Honorary Doctorate! Mazel Tov to long-time temple member, Sheila Goldbloom! From the Gazette May 27, 2010

Long-time Montreal social worker and community activist Sheila Barshay Goldbloom received an honorary doctorate from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., on Sunday. “The honor which my alma mater is bestowing on me…is the most special one I have ever received”, Goldbloom, who graduated from the institution in 1947, said in her commencement address. “Mount Holyoke set me on the path of lifelong learning 63 years ago, and I have never ceased being grateful”. Her experience on campus, “also instilled in me a profound sense of the value of a liberal arts education”, said Goldbloom, who for more than 50 years has dedicated her time to organizations

like Centraide, the Red Feather Foundation, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Meals on Wheels. In addition to her volunteer work, she was a social worker and an associate professor at the McGill School of Social Work. ‘We live today in an age of extraordinary technological change, and it is seductive to focus on that as what we need to learn-but it is through liberal arts that we become broadly educated and socially fulfilled, and fulfilling, human beings. “It is through liberal arts that we develop our capacity to adapt as we meet new challenges and opportunities. My outstanding role model, throughout my life, was a very special woman whom I had the privilege of introducing when she spoke on this campus, Eleanor Roosevelt. Her picture is on my fridge to this day”.

BOOK LOVER’S FORUM II 2010-2011 S e r i e s

Chairperson:Vivianne M. Silver TEMPLE EMANU-EL-BETH SHOLOM - 395 Elm Avenue 514-937-3575 9:30 AM Coffee & Pastry - 10:00 AM Review - $8.00

September 15, 2010 $8.00 Larry Weller reviews “THE SECRET SCRIPTURE” by Sebastian Barry

Short listed for 2008 Man Booker Prize, and recounted by two narrators, this is a poignant portrait of a hundred year old woman institutionalized most of her life. Roseanne paints the difficult landscape for young women in 20th Century Ireland. Her doctor, who must determine whether she can “rejoin society”, provides the second voice with professional precision and human decency. Their lives intersect at the Roscommon Mental Hospital and in the fabric of life itself.

EXCLUSIVE EVENING BOOK EVENT October 15, 2010 7:00 PM COMMUNITY HALL $10.00 Father John Walsh reviews: “THE BISHOP’S MAN” By Linden MacIntyre

Temple is thrilled and honoured to welcome long time friend, Father John Walsh to review the Winner of the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize. MacIntyre’s searing tale centers on a sensitive topic: the sexual abuses perpetrated by Catholic priests on innocent children in their care. Father Duncan has been his bishop's dutiful enforcer, employed to check the excesses of priests and to suppress the evidence. As events veer out of control, he is forced into painful self-knowledge as family, community and friendship are torn apart under the strain of suspicion, obsession and guilt. 25 | August / September 2010

CEMETERY ETIQUETTE I’ve always thought that proper conduct at a cemetery was just a matter of good manners and common sense, however, tradition calls for more than that. Here are some points of cemetery etiquette that might be helpful.

Jane Adams Rothstein

The holiness of the cemetery is directly equivalent to the holiness of the Sanctuary. The solemn atmosphere requires appropriate conduct from all visitors. The following points should be observed, not only at the gravesite, but also within the boundaries of the entire cemetery:

1) One should avoid stepping on a grave or footstone unless there is no alternative way to access another grave. It is customary to request forgiveness of the deceased if one must step on his or her grave. 2) One should not use the cemetery as a short cut to get from one place to another. 3) Sitting on a gravestone is prohibited. One may sit on benches or seats nearby. 4) Dress should be proper to the occasion and the place. Scant or frivolous looking dresses or athletic attire are inappropriate. It is not the place to dress to impress the relatives who attend. 5) Eating or drinking are not allowed during funerals or unveilings, and should not be indulged in during general visits. 6) Flowers that have been planted at a grave may not be picked for use at home. 7) Stones placed on monuments should be small and discreet. (We have had to remove eight inch diameter rocks placed on gravestones. These rocks can fall and damage the monument, as well as become a hazard for lawn mowers.) 8) Lanterns are not allowed at gravesites. These, along with toys and other mementos will be removed if they become a hazard for the mowers, or create general untidiness. MEMORIAL GIFTS It is not in keeping with the traditional spirit for a memorial gift to be flowers. It is more significant and more useful to contribute a sacred article for synagogue or school use, or to make a charitable donation which at the time of a funeral is very appropriate. Mourners are usually notified of gifts during the shivah.

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CEMETERY FLOWERS Temple offers flowers for gravesites on an annual or perpetual basis. Our perpetual program eliminates having to think about this purchase every year. If this program is of interest to you, please contact Howard Glazer at the Temple office for more information. (514 937 3575, ext 201) I thank you for your comments (complaints included), which all help in my efforts to make our cemetery properties places of respect and beauty. Column to Follow: The history behind placing stones on monuments Jane Adams Rothstein Cemetery Chairman



Sunday Sept. 26, 1:30 PM $10.00 Per Person Day Trip to Musée de Plein Air Lachine Join us for a guided tour of this unique green space which borders the St. Lawrence right here in our city’s own backyard. See the more than 50 sculptures and hear the history of the artwork, the museum and the park itself. We will meet at a designated location in the park at 1:30 pm sharp for our tour after which we will enjoy a light snack. (Angrignon) To register, call: Stefani Novick at 514-342-1234 # 7201

October 4, 2010, 7:30 PM $15.00 for Cummings and Temple Members $18.00 Non Members “We Won’t Get Fooled AgainCorporate Behaviour for the 21st Century”

Guest speaker: Janis Riven, LLB, BCL, MBA, FCIS, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University Since Enron days, everyone has been talking about Corporate Governance, but in ten years have corporations become more responsible? How to explain the banking crisis, fat cat CEO salaries, and decimated dividends? Janis Riven will discuss these questions and more! Light refreshments will be served, all are welcome! This program is sponsored by the Phyllis and David Caplan Fund

Wednesday October 13, 2010, 7:00 PM $10.00 per person Temple Community Hall 395 Elm Ave., Westmount “The Forgotten Refugees” The mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries & Iran in the 20th Century Screening and Special Guest Speaker This documentary explores the history and destruction of Middle Eastern Jewish Communities, some of which had existed for over 2500 years. Using extensive testimony of refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Iraq, the film recounts the stories of nearly one million individuals who were displaced. Very special guest Mayra Levy, president of the Centro Hebreo Sefaradi of Havana, Cuba will speak at the end of the film. To register, call: Stefani Novick at 514-342-1234 # 7201 Monday October 25, 2010, 7:00PM $15.00 Per Person The Continual Crisis in The Middle East Henri Habib, PhD An analysis of Israeli-Turkish relations after the May 31 events, the status of the Israel-Palestine peace process and the on-going politics of Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. Temple Community Hall. To register, call: Stefani Novick at 514-342-1234 # 720

Wed. October 6, 2010, 5:00 PM $15.00 Per Person

Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:00 PM $10.00 Per Person Grace Halperin

5 à 7 at Jules Saint Michel Luthier Learn about the history and artistry of the violin from Jules Saint Michel, master violin maker at his studio, 57 Ontario W. (between St. Urbain and St. Lawrence) followed by dinner in the area. Space is limited for this event; advance registration essential. ( St. Laurent Metro)

“Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Travel for Singles” If you are single and enjoy traveling alone or with friends, Grace Halperin of Vision 2000 will present a wide variety of travel opportunities for singles.

To register, call: Stefani Novick at 514-342-1234 # 7201

Temple Community Hall. To register, call: Stefani Novick at 514-342-1234 # 7201

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TEMPLE FUNDS ALFRED GROSSMAN GROWTH FUND Jane and Ralph Rothstein, in memory of Hugh Alcorn ANITA DAVID GROWTH FUND Anita David, in honour of Heather Solomon and Robert Bowden 25th Wedding Anniversary Anita David, in memory of Hanny Reich David and Michael David ARON MUSEUM FUND Miriam Henderson, in honour of Florence Pedvis’ special birthday Nancy Strohl, in honour of Florence Pollack Pedvis’ special birthday Evy and Richard Uditsky, in honour of Bette Shulman Joan Maass, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Alfred and Margery Miller, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Gerald and Ronnie Hirsch, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Evy and Richard Uditsky, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Ros and Walter Groschler, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Barbara Weldon, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Elaine Paperman Woolner, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Kurt and Shirley Herzstein, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Nancy Strohl, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Estelle Katz, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Nina Glick, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Helene and Anthony Robinson, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Sam Orshan, in honour of Kurt Samuel’s special birthday Kurt and Ellen Samuel ART FUND Thelma Bogante, in honour of Heather Solomon and Robert Bowden 25th Wedding Anniversary Eva Kuper and Harvey Rayman, in honour of Heather Solomon and Robert Bowden 25th Wedding Anniversary Heather Solomon-Bowden and Robert Bowden: in honour of Loren and Rabbi Leigh Lerner’s 20th wedding anniversary in honour of Barbara Morningstar and David Mizrahi’s 20th wedding anniversary in honour of Carole and George Dyens’ 25th wedding anniversary Judy and Norman Kronick, in honour of Barbara Kuper’s special birthday 28 | August / September 2010

Donations received after the 10th of the month, will be acknowledged in the next Bulletin

BARBARA IZENBERG LIBMAN GROWTH FUND Ilana Kuska, in memory of Barbara Izenberg Libman BARBRA AND MORRIS LEVINE GROWTH FUND Barbara and Morris Levine, in memory of Lillian and Mordechai Koss, Ida and Leo Levine BETTE SHULMAN FAMILY ENDOWMENT FUND Heather and Robert Bowden Shellie Ettinger Brian and Vivian Grant Eva Kuper and Harvey Raymon Normand and Judith Kronick Marilyn and Michael Green Steffi Halton Anita David Thelma Bogante Susan Szalpeter and Joseph Carlton Martha and Shura Haichin Rita and Raymond Felson Erna and Arnie Ludwick and Family Barbara Shavick Dr. Robert and Ella Wiener Therese Klein Ruth and Maurice Miller Vera and David Metrick Irving Bookbinder Doreen and Sol Sternfeld Roberta and Michael Sternthal Denise Grossman DELLA PERGOLA MUSIC FUND Felicity and Howard Blatt, in memory of Luciano Della Pergola EVA AND HERMANN GRUENWALD HOLOCAUST FUND Dr. Barbel Knauper in memory of Chaim Eichler GENERAL DONATION Stephen and Suzanne Weinstein David Marshall Russell Baker Barry and Alissa Katsof, in honour of Robert Davis’ special birthday Sam Cossever, in honour of his special birthday Rae Gropper GOLDIE AND BENO ESKENAZI FUND In memory of: Goldie Eskenazi Fred Wiener

Zakay Families Margot Benaroya and Family Kim and Michael Davidman Brian & Bluma Blicher Jonathan Bicher and Sherri Lemcovitz Rhoda Kenigsberg Ellen Shapiro Steffi Halton Vita and Bill Novick Cathy Geringer & Family Paula and Morris Trefler Susan Glazer and Ron Sheila Eskenazi and Joseph Graham GET WELL Liam Armstrong, son of Jackie Leibov and Michael Armstrong, grandson of Joyce and Jerry Cohen Rhoda Springer Shapiro Harry Blank HIGH KIDDUSH SPONSORS Joy and Michael Korenberg Myriam Berthoz Luca Cianfaglia Carole Sterling Gail Issenman and Robin Chemtov Thelma and Manuel Smith Lorne Schwartz and Lynda Bell Marcel Braitstein Mikhail Sourin and Inna Rubina Barbara Thompson and Ken Salomon Faye and Joseph Schaffer Sylviane Borenstein JEWISH WOMEN HISTORY WEEK Marlene Levine in thanks and appreciation to the JWHW committee Heather and Robert Bowden Marcia Goldberg JEANNE & HARRY GUSSMAN GROWTH FUND Jeanne Gussman in memory of her dear Husband’s birthday KORN FAMILY GROWTH FUND Georgette, Gabrielle and Paul Korn, in memory of Frederick Korn, LAURENCE AND GRETA TARSHIS FUND Feige and Syd Gasco, in honour of Laurence and Greta Tarshis granddaughter Emma’s Bat Mitzvah LISE AND MIKE SEGAL MEMORIAL FUND Sari and Harvey Toll, in memory of Lise and Michael Segal and Carol Litwin

MAZEL TOV Ginelle Levesque and Robert Rashcovsky, on the birth of their daughter Alexia Rashcovsky Russell Kirstein and Jennevieve Bettinville, on the birth of their son Luke Henry Kirstein Jay Sala and Gigi Cukier on the birth of their son Arthur Joseph Adam Sala Joyce and Jerry Cohen on the marriage of their son Michael Leibov and Joanna Myszka Daphne Druckman and Brahm Braunstein on the birth of their son Miles Benjamin Bronstein Sheila Goldbloom for receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College, Jennifer and Matthew Aronson on the birth of their daughter Abigail, Marc and Nancy Gold on the birth of their granddaughter, Norma Cummings on the birth of her great granddaughter Corrine Abdo and Laurent Azancot, on the birth of their daughter Rafael Azancot MARILYN AND MICHAEL GREEN GROWTH FUND Marilyn and Michael Green, in memory of Hugh Alcorn Marilyn and Michael Green, in memory of Marcia Yachnin MARTHA AND SHURA HAICHIN GROWTH FUND Martha and Shura Haichin, in memory of Rose Mindel Martha and Shura Haichin, in memory of Bianca Manasc MUSIC FUND Bernie and Joan King, in honour of Alain and Donna Benitah’s 40th anniversary Ruth M. Stattner, in honour of Sol Sternfeld’s special birthday Raphale and Ellen Joy Fleming, in honour of Harry Blank’s special birthday Ben Linden, in honour of his aliyah Judith Kruger, in honour of Sol Sternfeld’s special birthday Bernie and Joan King and Choir, in honour of music at Temple Barbara Morningstar and David Mizrahi, in honour of music at Temple Bernie and Joan King, in honour of Alain and Donna Benitah’s special anniversary ONEG SHABBAT SPONSORS Heather and Robert Bowden Joyce and Jerry Cohen Leslie and Victor Eiser Rose and George Golberg Keren and Alan Knopp Joy and Michael Korenberg Samuel Bernard

Kurt and Ellen Samuel Mark and Katherine Kaufmann Joy Sigal and Brian Burko Maxine and Jonathan Lithwick PRESIDENTS’ FUND Joyce Abracen PRAYER BOOK FUND Joan and Bernard King, in honour of Heather Solomon and Robert Bowden 25th Wedding Anniversary Doreen and Gabie Grossman, in honour of Bill Letovsky’s 80th Birthday Barbara Kuper, in honour of her special birthday RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND Ros Jodoin and Steve Pearson, in honour of their daughter Shannon Pearson engagement to Ian Barnett, son of Vanessa and Derrick Barnett Hinda Letovsky, in honour of her husband’s 80th Birthday Sophia Wolkowicz, in honour of the engagement of Rosalie Wolkowicz and David Smajovits Laurel and Norman Wolfe, in honour of Bill Letovsky 80th Birthday Lottie and Dr.Mel Shevell, in honour for the alliah Dina Reichental in honour of her granddaughter Rosalie Wolkowicz’s engagement to David Smajovits Ruth and George Rauch, in memory of Ellen Eisenberg’s mother Lillian Rauch Joyce Silver, in memory of Eyudice Holtzman’s husband William Holtzman Sybil and Martin Carsley, wishing Bill Letovsky a speedy recovery David Segal, in memory of Stella Segal Marilyn Schiff, in honour of Sheila Goldbloom receiving her Honorary Doctorate Doreen and Sol Sternfeld, in honour of aliyah Doreen and Sol Sternfeld, in honour of Sol Sternfeld’s special birthday Robert, Munroe and Beverley Auerbach, in memory of their parents Esther and Isadore Auerbach Pearl and Mortimer Levy, in honour of their 60th special anniversary Derrick and Vanessa Barnett, in honour of Steve Pearson’s special birthday

Alex U Soyka David Segal Georgette, Gabrielle and Paul Korn Estelle Katz Therese Klein and Dialogue Judéo-Chrétien Ruth Guter Toby Gilsig Kurt and Ellen Samuel Claude Rouben Janice Camelot and Stephen Robins RAYMOND AND RITA FELSON GROWTH FUND Rita and Raymond Felson, in honour of Heather Solomon and Robert Bowden 25th Wedding Anniversary SOCIAL ACTION FUND Denise Grossman and Stephen Klempner, in honour of Liliane and Allan Kohl’s special anniversary STANLEY LIPSEY ESTELLE KATZ FAMILY GROWTH FUND Estelle Katz, in memory of Dora Berlind, John Newman and Baby Katz STEFFI AND HARRY HALTON GROWTH FUND Marilyn Schiff, wishing you a speedy recovery Joyce Silver, get well soon Steffi Halton, Mazel Tov to Marc and Nancy Gold on the birth of their granddaughter Abigail Steffi Halton, Mazel Tov to Norma Cummings on the birth of her great granddaughter Abigail Steffi Halton, in memory of Goldie Eskenazi STELLA SEGAL LIBRARY FUND David Segal, in memory of Stella Segal SYLVIA LESSER MEMORIAL FUND Wendy and Bruce Gitelman STELLA SEGAL LIBRARY FUND David Segal, in memory of Stella Segal PULPIT HONOURS FUND Ariel and Anne Marie Fenster, in honour of their special wedding anniversary

IN APPRECIATION Dina Reichental in appreciation Yom Hashoa services Heather Solomon-Bowden and Robert Bowden Sybil and Martin Carsley Steffi Halton 29 | August / September 2010

YAHRZEITS Betty and Barry Abugov, in memory of David Abugov Mirna and Saul Alter, in memory of Teddy Rosenzweig and Jecheskal Alter Debbie and Ellis Basevitz, in memory of Anita Singer Bettina Bayreuther, in memory of Alfons Lewy Claire and Larry Behar, in memory of Harry Fleisher Richard Belitzky and Carolyne Boudreault, in memory of Stanley Belitzky Norma Betty and Robert Benson, in memory of Julius Shapiro Denny Bergman, in memory of Martin Bergman Harold Bergman and Sandra Duchow, in memory of David Bergman Myriam Berthoz, in memory of Rene Cassin Felicity and Howard Blatt, in memory of Edith Della Pergola Aaron and Barbara Blauer, in memory of Eva Blauer Irving Bookbinder, in memory of David Bookbinder Marcel Braitstein, in memory of Dianne Braitstein Gary Bromberg and Rhonda Wolfe, in memory of Jean Bromberg Rosalie and Samuel Burstein, in memory of Sam Nisen Mintzie Burke, in memory of Nathan Siminovitch Sylvia Camlot, in memory of Irving Camlot Janet Caplan, in memory of George Davis Lily and Sheldon Caplan, in memory of Albert Caplan Naomi Carsley, in memory of Esther Marovitch Izenberg and Leon Marovitch Susan Carsley and John Fisher, in memory of Jean Carsley Ruth Chriqui, in memory of Abe Frankel Allan Colton, in memory of Mamie Colton and Ruth Abrams Shirley and Sam Cossever, in memory of Isak Aspler Wanda Cukier, in memory of Jacob Cukier, Guita Cukier, Mordecai Cukier Norma Cummings, in memory of Edith Reitman and Maxwell Cummings Galina Dorfman, in memory of Julia Dorfman Rita Engels, in memory of Frank Engels, Ben and Ida Blitt

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Sayde Engels, in memory of Jack Engels Brenda and Irving Epstein, in memory of Bella Epstein Ella Feig, in memory of Sara Feig Rita and Raymond Felson, in memory of Jonah Felson Lola Frager, in memory of William Frager Harriet Fleisher, in memory of Harry Fleisher Joanne Garfinkle and Howard Greenspoon, in memory of Mitchel Garfinkle Toby and Clare Gilsig, in memory of Mary and David Gilsig Lorna Gittleson, in memory of Mervyn Gittleson Rose and George Golberg, in memory of Rachel Glikman Stephen Goldberg and Fern Waxman, in memory of Isaac Goldberg Margie Golick, in memory of Sybil Schwartz Rhoda Golick and Paul Shinoff, in memory of Molla Shinoff and Jack Golick Harold Goodman, in memory of Margaret Peggy Goodman Phil and Myrna Gotfrit, in memory of Josie Gotfrit Vivian and Brian Grant, in memory of Victor Blake Robert and Lynn Gould, in memory of Sylvia Gould Gladys and Irving Gubitz, in memory of Julia and George Diamond Gilbert and Cilia Guigui, in memory of Marc Guigui Martha and Shura Haichin, in memory of Reiza Haichin Carol and Claude Henle, in memory of Libby Wittenberg Ronnie and Gerard Hirsch, in memory of Victor Marill Lisa Hollinger, in memory of Martin Hollinger, Harry Wolfe Hollinger, Sima Turkel Hollinger, Harvey Zachary Hollinger, Phelix Hollinger Bernard L. Isaacs, in memory of Jane Isaacs and Rose Gerstenfeld Warren Jacobs and Harriet Lieberman, in memory of Irene Lieberman Helen, David and Jonathan Kahn, in memory of Nancy Kahn Helen Kahn, in memory of Alfred Kahn Helen Kaufman, in memory of Nathan Bacal Suzanne Kessler, in memory of Florence Rubenstein

Bernie and Joan King, in memory of Fred King David Kobernick, in memory of Abraham Kobernick and Annie Kobernick Judith and Norman Kronick, in memory of Malca Pass and Ralph Kronick Barbara Kuper, in memory of Anthony Kuper Eva Kuper and Harvey Rayman, in memory of Anthony Kuper Eva Kuper and Harvey Raymon, in memory of Ada Azriel Sheila and Morris Ladenheim, in memory of Nathan Goldberg Victoire Lapointe, in memory of Fred Esterson Carole Lax, in memory of Sara Gila Gordon Lax, in memory of Laura Lax Robert Lazarus, in memory of Hirschel Samit Noll Lederman, in memory of Jonathan Lederman Teena Leibov and William Pye, in memory of Miriam Pye and Howard Leibov Harriet and Martin Lepler, in memory of Harry Lepler Mona Lepow, in memory of Max Mendelsohn Scott Lepow, in memory of Henry Lepow Annette Lesonsky, in memory of Louis Lesonsky Bill and Hinda Letovsky, in memory of William H. Cohen and Sonnie B. Cohen Barbara Libman, in memory of Samuel Gallay Sydney Lithwick, in memory of Hyman and Max Lithwick, Libby Glube, Dora Lithwick Jewel and Paul Lowenstein, in memory of Louis Weiner Rhona Luber Cantor, in memory of Belle Luber Blank Lynda and William Luber, in memory of Simon Feldman Sheila Maklan, in memory of Ethel Sapera William Margo, in memory of Max Margo Felice Markow, in memory of Marcia Miller Sally Mcguire, in memory of Mary Maislin, Saul Maislin Ritva and Bruce Moidel, in memory of Bessie Cohen and Maurice Moidel Hannah Myers, in memory of Sharron Myers

YIZKOR Elena Notarqiacomo and Aubrey Miller, in memory of Lionel Miller Joanne and Howard Nemeroff, in memory of David Nemeroff Harry and Evelyn Orenstein, in memory of Moses Orenstein Ana Pascal, in memory of Julia Yore and Salvador Sinai Norman and Claire Pearl, in memory of Minnie and Issie Pearl Joyce and Berel Pedvis, in memory of William Kahansky Eva Peters, in memory of Lazar Peters Bobbe and Maurice Poggi, in memory of Lionel Wittenberg Roger Popliger, in memory of Nancy Popliger Ruth and George Rauch, in memory of Sophie Holinger Marilyn and William Reim, in memory of Geraldine Friedlander Doreen and Michael Rennert, in memory of George Diamond and Lorraine Claman Robert and Marla Ricci, in memory of Chelsea Ricci Helen and Anthony Robinson, in memory of Jane Robinson David Rosentzveig, in memory of Judit Fellegi Ida and Claude Rouben, in memory of Lily and Ovadia Rouben and Janine Curiel Gisele and Maurice Rouben, in memory of Lily Rouben Mildred Rubinstein, in memory of Morris Coddon, Anna Coddon Roy Salomon, in memory of Wendy Salomon and Burton Salomon Leonard Sanders, in memory of Dave Sanders Carole and Stanley Satov, in memory of Dorothy Pockrass Julia and Michael Sax, in memory of Philip Glickman Eve and Ben Sevack, in memory of Max Cheroff Elaine and Elie Shapiro, in memory of Yetta Shapiro Dr David Shapiro, in memory of Joseph Shapiro Lois Shayne, in memory of Doris Minden Lise and Maurice Shriqui, in memory of Reina and Joseph Shriqui Minna Shulman and Stephen Rotman, in memory of Golda Shulman Ruth Shustack, in memory of Paul Heller

Gloria Silver, in memory of Alfred Silver and Edward Silver Gail Silverstein and Albert Zakay, in memory of Ester Gurman Martin Simon, in memory of Marian Simon Douglas Simsovic, in memory of Christine Simsovic Claire Smith, in memory of Saul Harris Alan and Barbara Stein, in memory of Albert Stein Arlene Sternthal, in memory of Mervyn Gittleson Sari and Harvey Toll, in memory of Hyman Hass Cheryl and Michael Tritt, in memory of David Ptack Evy and Richard Uditsky, in memory of Gella Bing-Weihs Carol Vengroff, in memory of Irving Vengroff Simon Wahed and Janis Kerman, in memory of Clara Kerman Fern Waxman and Stephen Goldberg, in memory of Becky Waxman and Rose Goldberg Leonard Waxman, in memory of Joseph Caplan-Parifsky Fern Waxman and Stephen Goldberg, in memory of Philip Waxman Kenneth Webber, in memory of Shirley Webber Magda Weintraub-Landau, in memory of Lila Landau Sondra and Fred Wener, in memory of Mark Wener Mandy and Marvin Werbitt, in memory of Michael Gresko Irving Wiseberg, in memory of Rachel Wiseberg and Joseph Wiseberg Peggy Wolinsky and Matthew Jette, in memory of Helen Fisher Wolinsky Freda Woolley, in memory of Bertha Marcus and Benjamin Woolley Miriam Young, in memory of Morris Schneiderman, Benjamin Young, Samuel Schneiderman Toba and Albert Zinman, in memory of Aron and Sala Szajniak Frances Zyto, in memory of Zeke Posman Joyce and Jerry Cohen in memory of Eric Wagner Rose and George Golberg in memory of Mortimer Golberg Esther Buchsbaum and Stephen Majnemer in memory of Markus Buchsbaum Janice Camelot and Stephen Robins in memory of Irving Camelot

Sylvia Lobel, died April 3, 2010 wife of the late Leo Lobel Ursula Pariser, died April 3, 2010 aunt of David Pariser and Elaine Tolmash Myer Mike Anapolsky, died April 5, 2010, brother-in-law of Bert Greenford Bella Fainman, died April 12, 2010, sister and sister-in-law of Thomas and Ruth Shustack Richard Bornstein, died April 10, 2010, brother and brother-in-law of Robert and Barbara Bornstein Hugh Alcorn, died April 26, 2010, husband of Leslie Grossman Alcorn, father and father-in-law of Jeffrey and Jennifer Alcorn, brother-in-law of Denise Grossman and Steven Klempner. Max Wagner, died May 2, 2010, uncle of Joyce and Jerry Cohen Eleanor Stein, died May 4, 2010, mother and mother-in-law of Alan and Barbara Stein. Therese Hirschfeld, died May 6, 2010, wife of Henry Hirschfeld Martin Riesman, died May 9, 2010, brother and brother-in-law of Eugene and Sara Riesman Fred Korn, died on May 12, 2010, husband of Georgette Korn Chaim Eichler died on May 12 2010 father and Father in law of Morris and Barbel Claire Lenoir died on May 16, 2010, wife of the late John Lenoir, mother of the late Edna Lenoir, and adopted children Joseph Fuks and Marie-Claire Choquette Dr. Sydney Segall, died May 19, 2010, husband of Lillian Segall Sophia Weigensberg, died May 18, 2010, grandmother of Ilana and Frank Schattauer Lottie Rosenfield died May 26, 2010 mother and mother-in-law of Steven and Eva Rosenfield. Saul Goldwarg died May 28 2010 Father and Father in law of Eliot and Betty Goldwarg Lucie Daminio died June 14 2010. Goldie Eskenazi died June 24, 2010 Mother and Mother in law of Sheila Eskenazi and Joseph Graham Rose Wener Mendel, died 27 March, sister of Fred Wener

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