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Vol. 90 N°6

April - May - June 2012 Nissan - Iyar - Sivan - Tamuz 5772

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There’s something for everyone this Spring at Temple...

Holiday Celebrations PAGE 10

Adult Programming PAGE 12

50 Plus Programming PAGE 13

“Next Dor” Young Adult Programming PAGE 15

“Temple West” West Island Programming PAGE 17

Children’s and Family Programming PAGE 18


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f any city in the world deserves to be called “The Eternal City,” surely the title belongs to Jerusalem; but it is Rome that claims it. Instead, Israel refers to Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital of the Jewish People. The Israeli approach makes sense. Rome, the eternal city, was Rome, whether pagan or Catholic, but Jerusalem would not be Jerusalem without Jews. Whether Jews lived inside or outside the land of Israel, Jerusalem remained our capital, the city in our hearts, for whose welfare we prayed; the city we longed to see rebuilt and renewed as chief among the world’s Jewish places. Jerusalem’s eternality was and is tied to the Jewish people, our history and our faith. As long as there are Jews, Jerusalem will be at our centre. So it is with synagogues. A synagogue without Jews is but a building. I know of synagogues that have become art centres, churches, storage sheds. Without Jews, they weren’t synagogues any more, not really. And so it is with Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. It is a large congregation of Jews who meet in a building in Westmount to rejoice, seek meaning, worship, study, grow, flourish, and, yes, sometimes struggle, together to live a Jewish life that speaks to us in our time. Without the congregation, where is the entire sense of the synagogue as a house of prayer, a house of study, and a house of assembly? The synagogue building would be, in fact, an empty shell. If my 23 years as Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom have taught me one thing, it is simply that you, the congregation, the people of Temple, are what make it a great and living synagogue. A rabbi can lead. A rabbi can counsel. A rabbi can guide and teach, but a rabbi alone will ever be only ten percent of a minyan, dependent on the other 90% to step forward and shoulder the yoke of the Torah. Time and again I have seen

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Rabbi Leigh Lerner you do that, carry forward ‘ol ha-Torah, the responsibilities of Torah, bringing it onward and into the next generation of Montrealers. Thank you for such blessings, and may God continue so to bless Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. Now a new Senior Rabbi comes to lead, to counsel, to guide and to teach. I pray for God’s blessings upon Rabbi Lisa Grushcow as she assumes the great challenge of the rabbinate of Temple. But I also pray that the congregation will remember that alone, she is only 10% of a minyan, and the other 90% depends on each and every one of us. She will bring as much life to the congregation as we will let her. Let us open our hearts to Rabbi Grushcow, allow her wisdom and her spirit opportunity to touch us, and devote ourselves to developing the Jewish future together. Then, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom will continue to touch and to teach the eternal values of Jewish life and the abundance of its Jewish spirit will stream together with the work of all other holy congregations, together making possible the prophet Isaiah’s dream: “From Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Eternal from Jerusalem.”

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IN THIS ISSUE... Rabbi...................................................... 2-4 Leadership News............................... 4-8 Holiday Celebrations .................... 9-10 Adult Programming....................... 12-13 50+ Programming..........................13-14 Young Adult Programming.........15-16 West Island Programming.......... 17-18 Children’s & Family Programming...18-19 B’nai Mitzvah...................................20-21 Milestones ...................................... 22-23 Donations ...................................... 24-25 Yahrzeit . ......................................... 25-26 Yiskor .....................................................26 Calendars ........................................29-31

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Temple Adopts New Reform Prayer Book, “Mishkan T’filah” Temple is excited to announce the arrival of “Mishkan T’filah,” the new siddur from the Reform Movement, thanks to a gift in memory of the late Eva Gruenwald by her family. Mishkan T’filah will soon become the central prayer book for our services--a contemporary, easy to follow, well-written, and at the same time, traditional siddur. Already, hundreds of other congregations in the movement have happily made it their siddur of choice. Temple’s Ritual and Choir Committee reviewed it carefully over a period of years, finally choosing an edition that was strong, light, and fully transliterated so that everyone can follow along. The Board approved their resolution this fall. We look forward to adding to our collection over time through community contributions, but the initial gift in memory of Eva Gruenwald is a wonderful start and will enable us to begin using Mishkan T’filah immediately. Our deepest thanks to the Gruenwald family for their generosity.

Introduction to Judaism

12 Tuesday evenings at 5:45 PM, February 14 – May 1 Learn to Read Hebrew and about Jewish Practices and History The popular 12-week Introduction to Judaism class teaches Hebrew reading and explains Jewish holidays, life cycle, and traditional history. A requirement for those converting to Judaism or for those entering an interfaith marriage under Temple’s auspices, the class also welcomes those born Jewish who would like to explore their heritage. Barbara Morningstar leads a discussion group for those converting to Judaism and another group for those entering an interfaith marriage. Classes are offered every spring and autumn. Those who do not keep regular attendance will need to make up the classes they missed at a later date. Those who simply wish to learn to read Hebrew may attend the first fifteen minutes of each Tuesday’s session. Cost for up to two people per family: $50 Hebrew only; $200 complete course; $250 non-members, includes course fee, books and a Shabbat dinner for every individual/couple. Open to the entire community.

Marriage Information Meetings

Wednesday, April 11, Wednesday, May 16 and Monday, June 18, 5:30 PM Couples considering intermarriage or conversion by one partner before marriage are invited to attend in order to learn about Temple’s policies and practices and to tour facilities. Please enter via 395 Elm Avenue.

Seniors’ Residence Erev Shabbat Services April 20, May 18, June 15

Temple brings monthly Erev Shabbat services on Friday afternoons to Château Westmount and Place Kensington. Family members and friends are welcome to join residents at these services. Château Westmount at 2:30 PM Place Kensington at 4:45 PM

NEXT ISSUE OF THE VOICE: September - October - November 2012 Please send all submissions to heidi@templemontreal.ca by Monday, July 30, 2012 at noon Senior Rabbi............................... Leigh Lerner, D.D. Immediate Past President.....................Alan Knopp President..............................................Stephen Yaffe First Vice-President.......................... Nancy Maklan Vice-President........................................... Matt Jette Vice-President..............................Jewel Lowenstein

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Vice-President..................................... Nancy Strohl Honourary Treasurer..................... Susan Szalpeter Financial Secretary...................... Mark Oppenheim Honourary Secretary................Stephen Schneider Executive Director.......................... Shellie Ettinger

Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom 4100 Sherbrooke Street West Westmount, QC H3Z 1A5 Telephone: 514-937-3575 Fax: 514-937-7058 E-mail: info@templemontreal.ca Founded in 1882 / 5642 Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism

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“First Fridays” Early Kabbalat Shabbat Services Friday, May 4 and June 1

(Friday, April 6 is our Congregational Passover Seder- please see page 10 for details) On the first Friday night of every month, Friday evening services are held at 5:45 PM (no 8:15 PM services on these dates) and feature a more casual atmosphere with a focus on singing and a story / dvar torah. After services, enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner by reservation only. Dinner cost: Adult: $18; children 12 and under $10. A minimum of 20 people is required, so call to reserve TODAY! 514-937-3575, ext. 213.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information Nights At Temple: Monday, May 28, 7:30 PM, 395 Elm Avenue, Westmount On the West Island: Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 PM, Federation-CJA building, 96 Roger Pilon corner Westpark, DDO Attention parents of children born in 2000-2002: Rabbi Lerner and Director of Education Melanie Alter will present our synagogue’s program of education for b’nai mitzvah, information about our facilities and a calendar open for your selection of bar/bat mitzvah dates. Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes meet Monday afternoons on the West Island and Saturday mornings at Temple. The information meeting lasts about one hour.

Jewish Ethics, Shabbat Morning Study Saturday mornings, 9:15 – 10:15 AM

With an insightful and provocative source text from Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, each week brings new ethical issues to the table for inspiring discussion. All are welcome and there is no charge. Coffee and pastries are also provided. Come join the lively give-and-take of our Shabbat morning Torah study.

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y family and I want to thank the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom community for extending such a warm welcome to us in February. I am honoured and excited to be coming to Montreal this summer to work with Temple’s extraordinary team of lay leaders and Jewish professionals, and to continue the remarkable legacy of Rabbi Leigh Lerner. My thoughts will be with you in these coming months, as you celebrate Rabbi Lerner and Loren, and all they have brought to the congregation. By the time you receive this, I will have just returned from two interfaith adventures. For eight days in March, I am leading a trip to Spain for members of my current congregation (Rodeph Sholom in New York City), which will focus on the Jewish experience among Christians and Muslims in Andalusia, during what is called the “Golden Age” of co-existence. We will look at the richness, and challenges, of Jewish life in that era, immersing ourselves in the Jewish texts, music, and culture of the time – and bringing to bear our own perspectives as members of a modern Diaspora community. It should be a fascinating trip.

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Then, at the end of March, I am coming back to Montreal to participate in a meeting of the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation, and present in a public colloquium at McGill. The topic is: Do Our Sacred Texts Promote Religious Intolerance? It is a privilege to take part in the tradition of interfaith conversation which has been so important to Temple and in my own rabbinate as well. As we come towards Pesach, all these experiences lead me to think about how our Jewish tradition is both particular and universal. We remember our own story, and at the same time, we are always looking for insights which connect us with other human beings. We remember being slaves in Egypt so we can work for our own freedom – and so we can join with others in their own journeys from darkness to light. May we all have a zissen Pesach, a sweet Passover. I look forward to seeing you soon and to the journey that we will share. Warmly,

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Message from the President...

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am writing to report that we have had the opportunity to welcome our new Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, and her family to Montreal for her first visit to our congregation. On Friday evening, February 17th, Rabbi Grushcow was the Guest of Honour at a Dinner for the members of the Rabbi’s Circle and Torah Circle. At the Shabbat service that followed, Rabbi Grushcow delivered an insightful and engaging sermon that was well received by all in attendance. On Saturday, Rabbi Grushcow attended the morning Ethics Class and Congregational Shabbat service led by Rabbi Appel. Rabbi Grushcow then led the Children’s Shabbat Service, told a heartwarming story, and led a short discussion period. Later that afternoon, she attended a Meet and Greet/Havdalah Service on the West Island. On Sunday, she spoke at a Congregational Brunch, led a discussion and answered questions. During the following week, Rabbi Grushcow attended numerous meetings with Temple’s professional staff and clergy, as well as with the various Temple committees and the Board of Trustees, and she spoke with many Temple members and their families. The Transition Committee worked hard to organize Rabbi Grushcow’s first visit to Temple and to make it possible for our members to have as many chances as possible to meet our incoming Senior Rabbi. The universal verdict of all who took advantage of these opportunities was that “she came, she saw, she conquered!” We have a lot to look forward to with Rabbi Grushcow’s permanent arrival scheduled for July 1st. Until then, we are gearing up to welcome Rabbi Lerner back from his Sabbatical in Jerusalem, celebrate his twenty-three years as our Senior Rabbi, and honour him as he becomes Temple’s Rabbi Emeritus. The Committee in charge of the event is planning a beautiful tribute evening for Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Please mark this date on your calendars and be sure to attend. As part of the tribute to Rabbi Lerner, we are putting together a memory book that will give every member of Temple and everyone else whose lives have been touched by Rabbi Lerner, the opportunity to tell their story about how Rabbi Lerner has come into their lives at an important moment. These are stories that are worth sharing, as together they will form a powerful portrait of the role model Rabbi Lerner has been to us all. As

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you think back to all of your individual and family lifecycle events over the last twenty-three years, reflect upon the role that Rabbi Lerner played and please share your memories. We are at the planning stage for the Rabbi Lerner’s Legacy Fundraising Campaign. Details will be sent to you as they are finalized. As we transition to Senior Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, Rabbi Lerner has stated that his goal is to turn over the synagogue in excellent shape for the next generation. We have spent a lot of time going over the list of things that need to be repaired, changed, modernized and renovated in our synagogue building in order to give us a home that will be suitable for a new generation of Temple members. Our last fundraising appeal in 1998 addressed some of the needs of the building, including the renovation of Grover Hall, the administrative offices and many necessary repairs. We have not had a Capital Campaign since then. In the last fourteen years, our building has aged and major additional work is needed. We are also anticipating many improvements to the services and programs that we offer and the resources associated with them. Inspiring this fundraising effort is the culmination of Rabbi Lerner’s tenure as our beloved Senior Rabbi. During his twenty-three years at Temple, he has moved Temple into the mainstream of the Montreal Jew-

ish Community. However, this is a critical time for us, as we shape the future of Temple Emanu-ElBeth Sholom and of Reform Judaism in Montreal. In order for Temple to maintain its relevance and importance in our community, we must have the resources in place to continue to build a solid foundation for our alternative and to grow our membership. Honouring Rabbi Lerner’s legacy and making a significant pledge is how you can ensure that Temple will be there for your children and grandchildren and all the future generations to come.

Stephen Yaffe president@templemontreal.ca

Message from the Outreach Rabbi...

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s the Montreal snow begins to melt, I can hardly believe I’m coming to the end of my first year here in Montreal. As you’ll see on pages 15-17, we’ve been busy building Temple’s presence in the community and connecting with all the different segments of our Temple family. I want to thank you for welcoming me into your lives and your homes, especially in the last several months while Rabbi Lerner has been on sabbatical in Jerusalem. I’ve loved learning together with our b’nai mitzvah families, praying with you during High Holidays and Shabbat, exploring with our Introduction to Judaism class and education classes, being with you during your life cycle events, celebrating with you during our holidays, and growing together Jewishly. May this holiday season of Passover and Shavuot bring us all fresh beginnings, connection with our community, and a taste of redemption. A joyous and healthy spring to everyone.

Rabbi Julia Appel rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca

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Message from the Executive Director... Welcome back to our snowbirds and happy spring to those of you who weathered the cold months here with us!

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hese are exciting times at Temple. Preparations are underway to celebrate Rabbi Leigh Lerner’s twenty-three years of dedicated leadership of our congregation, as he assumes his new role as Rabbi Emeritus. We hope that all past and present members will join us in honouring Rabbi Lerner at his Tribute dinner and ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, and that everyone will contribute their special messages and memories to the Tribute Book that will be presented to Rabbi Lerner as a gift of appreciation on that evening. (Please use the enclosed form to submit your message by April 16.) As we prepare to honour Rabbi Lerner, the Congregation is also getting ready to welcome our new Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Lisa Grushcow. Many of you had the pleasure of meeting Rabbi Grushcow during her recent visit to Temple. For those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to meet our new Rabbi, we know that you will be impressed not only by her remarkable record of professional and academic achievements, but also by her personal warmth. As we embrace these important changes at Temple, one thing remains the same: the warm, welcoming and inclusive nature of our congregation. As always, we invite our members to take an active role in our Temple community by joining one of the many committees that make Temple such a dynamic spiritual, educational and social home

for so many. To find out more, please contact me or Temple’s president, Stephen Yaffe. On another important note, in the next few months, you will be receiving your contribution notice. Temple has made it faster and easier than ever to make your contribution, as we now accept payment in cash or by cheque, debit card or credit card. We also offer you the option of paying in full or making partial, monthly or post-dated payments and have created a variety of categories to ensure that Temple’s programs and services are accessible to all. Please rest assured that no one is ever turned away from joining the Temple family for financial reasons, so if you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. All inquiries are held in the strictest of confidence. I wish you all a happy Passover, a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and all the best in the months in between!

Shellie Ettinger shellie@templemontreal.ca

Message from the Director of Education...

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hen Rabbi Lerner first announced that he would be retiring in July 2012, tears came to my eyes as I wondered what Temple would be like without him at the helm. I have had the pleasure of working with Rabbi Lerner for two and a half years now, and have had the opportunity to see so many different sides of him. Our weekly staff meetings were never dull due to Rabbi Lerner’s unique sense of humour. He is also kind and generous, always offering to share from his sacred candy stash. Given Rabbi Lerner’s extremely busy schedule, it was not always easy or convenient for him to make our weekly meetings yet he always gave so generously of his time. Even on his scheduled day off, Rabbi Lerner could always be counted upon when needed. Rabbi Lerner is a strong and well respected leader of our congregation, yet has a very gentle side as well. Toddlers in our Shabbat Shalom class loved to hug him as he sat with them on the bimah and read stories to them. When my mother, a congregant, became very ill last summer, Rabbi Lerner visited her in the hospital. Both my mother

and I were so touched, especially me I because I know how full Rabbi Lerner’s days are. Rabbi Lerner, it has been a wonderful opportunity working with you. Thank you for your knowledge, guidance, and for the patience that you have shown me. I wish you the best of luck in your new role at Temple.

Melanie Alter melanie@templemontreal.ca

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Message from the Director of Music...

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heard Rabbi Lerner speak for the first time some eighteen years ago, when friends brought me to a service at Temple EmanuEl-Beth Sholom. I remember being struck by his aura of quiet dignity and the erudite wisdom of his words. When, a few years later, Rabbi Lerner asked me to sing for a series of Temple services on the West Island, where I live, I was tremendously honoured. Shortly after, he asked me to create a volunteer choir and to sing for sanctuary services and we really started to get to know each other. Since then, I have had the privilege of planning and co-leading services full time with this accomplished leader. One of the greatest perks of my job over these past ten years has been the joy of working collaboratively with Rabbi Lerner. He encouraged me to be innovative from the start and our weekly planning sessions soon

became stimulating ground for creative thinking. His openness to new ideas made it possible to introduce interesting musical ensembles such as cello, harp, flute, guitar, clarinet, rhythm instruments and piano to enhance the worship experience. Take a look at the music that will be offered at Temple over the next months and know that this could not have happened without our Senior Rabbi’s vision. With his enthusiastic support, we have had lively Purim Spiels for the past seven years – one of which he wrote

himself and two in which he has acted -- and the Kol HaNeshama Choir for twelve years. Benefiting from his ingenuity, our High Holy Day experience has become interactive and even more engaging. It’s no secret that Rabbi Lerner has been a tireless worker in the area of interfaith dialogue and social justice both here and in Israel. In my work around the Montreal community and my travels to other cities, I hear Rabbi Lerner’s name referred to with great respect. Under his leadership, our congregation has become a beacon of social justice, open-mindedness and inclusion. Mazal tov on your retirement, Rabbi Lerner. We’re looking forward to having you as our Rabbi Emeritus.

TEMPLE MUSIC Saturday, April 14, 10:30 AM Last Day Passover service and Yizkor featuring the Kol HaNeshama Choir singing Hallel Friday, April 20, 8:15 PM Organist Scott Bradford and the Temple Choral Sextet singing the Shabbat classics Friday, April 27, 8:15 PM – The Kol HaNeshama Choir performs songs of Israel in honour of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) Friday, May 4, 5:45 PM – “First Fridays” Family Shabbat featuring the Grades 1-3 “Shabbatones” Friday, May 11, 8:15 PM Tribute to Debbie Friedman; Legendary Jewish singer and composer, Special guest Fran Avni joins Rachelle Friday, May 18, 8:15 PM – Olga Gross on harp and Lucie Bouchard on flute Friday, May 25, 8:15 PM – We welcome back the Kol HaNeshama Choir Friday, June 8, 8:15 PM Organist Scott Bradford and the Temple Choral Sextet perform Shabbat classics. Friday, June 15, 8:15 PM Choral presentation of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms sung by Choeur du Collège Stanislas, with harp, organ and timpani Friday, June 22, 7:15 PM Service in tribute to Rabbi Lerner featuring Mark Simons on clarinet and the Kol HaNeshama Choir

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Rachelle Shubert Rachelle@templemontreal.ca

Rachelle Shubert’s CD of beautiful Temple music now available at our new Gift Shop. Enjoy Rachelle’s vocals, accompanied on harp, flute, clarinet, piano and guitar.

BY POPULAR DEMAND:

THE RETURN OF TEMPLE “GLEE”! Do you like to sing? JOIN US FOR

“Hallel” Sing-In: Learn the lively and moving Jewish Festival songs of praise in 2 short rehearsals

Wednesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 PM. Performance at the Passover service

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM

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Board of Trustee Member Profiles In the next several issues of The Voice, we will introduce our dedicated members of Temple’s Board of Trustees.

Stephen Yaffe,

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Professional experience: Stephen’s background as an entrepreneur has included the start-up and building of a high tech machinery and engineering company and various ventures in real estate, publishing and software. He holds an undergraduate degree from Sir George Williams University and an MBA from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario. Personal profile: Stephen is married to France Ellyson and between them, they have five grown children and three grandchildren. Number of years as a Temple member: Stephen has been a member of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom since 1976, almost 36 years. During that time, he has sat on the Board of Trustees and served on various committees. He has been a member of Temple’s Executive for the last four years. Why he chooses to serve on Temple’s Board: As President, Stephen’s goal is to facilitate generational change in two ways – from Rabbi Lerner to Rabbi Grushcow and from a leadership perspective, to encourage and empower the next generation of Temple’s lay leadership.

David Abramson,

TRUSTEE

Professional experience: David writes about commodities for BCA Research and teaches MBA Inter-

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national Finance at McGill University. Personal profile: David and his wife, Lee-Anne, were married at Temple 21 years ago. Their children, Michael (20), Lauren (18) and Samuel (12), all “grew up” at [remove the word “the”] Temple. Number of years as a Temple member: 22 years Why he chooses to serve on Temple’s Board: David is a strong believer in Reform Judaism, both for his own family and generally.

that it provides. This is the biggest reason for wanting to join the Board. Although he is the youngest member currently serving, he feels that he can bring a different point of view to the decisions that the Board makes. He wants to make sure that everyone feels as welcome and at home at Temple as he and his fiancée do. On top of all of this, he is most interested Temple’s interfaith programming and in expanding on the great work that is already being done in this area.

Number of years as a Temple member: 14 Why he chooses to serve on Temple’s Board: Reginald likes the open-minded, welcoming to all approach of Rabbi Lerner and Victor Goldbloom and the promotion of commonality between different religious groups, as opposed to their differences.

Nancy Caplan Weiss,

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Micah Sussman,

TRUSTEE

Professional experience: Micah is currently a PhD candidate at McGill University in the field of Materials Engineering. He is working on new materials for energy storage devices, such as batteries and super capacitors. He is originally from Chicago, but did his undergraduate and master’s work at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He moved to Montreal in August after being accepted to McGill. Personal profile: The main reason for Micah’s move to Montreal is his engagement to Amanda Fortier, who also received her PhD from McGill [remove comma] and has been living in Montreal for the better part of seven years. Both became members of the Temple at the beginning of August and have been active in many Temple events since then. Outside of Temple, Micah is an avid hockey fan. As a Chicago native, he roots for the Blackhawks, but “cheats” on them whenever he goes to a Habs game. He also plays defense on a hockey team at McGill and has recently started playing Ultimate Frisbee. Why he chooses to serve on Temple’s Board: Though Micah is new to Temple, he loves the community

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Reginald Weiser,

TRUSTEE

Professional experience: Reginald is an engineer and CEO of Positron Inc. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Dalhousie University. He is a recipient of the Bâtisseur de la Revue Commerce (École des Hautes Études Commerciales), the Export Canada Award and the Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Advanced Technology Association, the Information Technology Association of Canada, and various corporate boards. In 2005, he was inducted as a Fellow in the Royal Canadian Engineering Academy. Personal profile: Reginald is married to lawyer Charlene Laprise. They have two children at home, Evan, 18, and Alexa, 16, as well as two adult children –Wendy, a lawyer in NY, married to Aaron Rosenfeld (grandchildren Molly and Naomi) and Sheri, a Medicall Doctor in San Francisco, married to William Wolfe (grandchildren Sarah and Violet). Reginald and Charlene enjoy travel, photography, exercise and investing in start-ups.

Professional experience: Nancy has been the Shelter and Volunteer Coordinator at Auberge Shalom women’s shelter for 15 years. Personal profile: Nancy was married to the late Jay Weiss and has a son Jonathan, married to Carmen Bewell, and a grandson, Justin, in Toronto, as well as a son Mitchell, soon to be married to Michelle Burstein, in Montreal. She enjoys good food and wine, travel, baking and reading. Number of years as a Temple member: Nancy’s in-laws, the late Raye and David Weiss, joined Temple when they moved to Montreal from Rochester, NY, after WWII. The Weiss family was very active in many aspects of Temple and Nancy and Jay, while living in DDO, were members of Congregation Rodeph Shalom from 1980 until its closing, at which time they joined Temple. Why she chooses to serve on Temple’s Board: Nancy believes in being an active part of the general community and supports the Reform movement. She feels that her participation on the Board will benefit both and also enrich her life.

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HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

Congregational Passover Seder

Friday, April 6, 5:45 PM SERVICE, FOLLOWED BY SEDER AND DINNER Join us for a festive Passover Seder! Enjoy a fun and meaningful interactive evening, as well as a delicious dinner. Adults: $50 members; $60 non-members; students (ages 13-20) $25 members; $35 non-members; children (aged 4-12) $12; no charge for children under age 4. Invite your friends and family! Reservations are an absolute must by Friday, March 30. To reserve, call Rosie at 514-937-3575, ext. 213. Please note that there will be no reserved seating, no money will be accepted at the door and no refunds will be issued.

Yom HaShoah Remembrance Friday, April 20, 8:15 PM SHABBAT SERVICE

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on Thursday, April 19. On Friday night, a special service of Remembrance will be held at Temple.

Yom HaShoah Seder

Sunday, April 22, 1:30 PM BOOK SIGNING; 2:30 PM SEDER Echoing the Passover Seder, the annual Third Seder for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, will feature participatory readings of contemporary and traditional texts and songs and much story telling. Prior to the communal Seder, we will have a pre-publication presentation of the book, “The Third Seder: A Haggadah for Yom HaShoah,” in anticipation of its launch later in the spring of 2012. The Haggadah includes a CD that serves as a musical guide to the Third Seder with songs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. Yehudi Lindeman and Irene Lilienheim Angelico will host the Seder, accompanied by singers and musicians from the community. This year’s sponsors of The Third Seder are Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, the Remembrance Committee of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and the Montreal chapter of Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Holocaust. The book pre-launch is sponsored by Véhicule Press of Montreal. Suggested contribution is $7.00. RSVP appreciated, 514- 937-3575, ext. 213 or rosie@templemontreal.ca

Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration on the West Island Thursday, April 26, 5:00-7:30 PM

96 Roger-Pilon, Dollard-des-Ormeaux Once again, Temple will take part in the West Island’s community-wide celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s birthday. Join us for Israeli music, food, activities and more, in honour of Israel’s special day. Fun for all ages!

Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Friday, April 27, 8:15 PM SHABBAT SERVICE

Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, is observed on Thursday, April 26. On Friday night, a special celebration of Israel’s statehood will be held at Temple.

Shavuot Ceremony and Ice Cream Social Saturday, May 26

7:00-8:00 PM - Ice Cream Social- all ages welcome 8:00-8:30 PM - Join us as we change the Torah covers to white in honour of Shavuot, light the Shavuot festival lights and recite the Ten Commandments before the Torahs in the Aron HaKodesh (Ark) in honour of this holiday celebrating the revelation at Mount Sinai.

Shavuot Day Sunday, May 27

9:15 AM Dairy Breakfast 10:00 AM Services and Confirmation Ceremony, followed by Yizkor Temple wishes Mazal Tov to our confirmands who have completed their education in Temple’s Torah School. They are Max Chemtov and Zachary Dionisopoulos. The Temple Board and leadership invite the entire congregation to this unique service of graduation and rededication.

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Tribute Evening Honouring

RABBI LEIGH LERNER Wednesday, June 13, 2012 The entire Temple family is invited to pay tribute to Rabbi Lerner as he retires as Senior Rabbi and assumes the position of Rabbi Emeritus Patrons’ Cocktail Dînatoire, 6:30 pm—$118 per person (Partial tax receipts will be issued)

Tribute ceremony, 7:45 pm followed by a dessert reception - Open to all (no charge) To confirm your attendance at the Tribute and Dessert Reception or to purchase Patrons’ Cocktail tickets

514-937-3575, ext. 215 or tebstribute@gmail.com Tribute Shabbat: Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:15 PM FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A SPECIAL EARLY SHABBAT SERVICE HONOURING RABBI LERNER

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ADULT PROGRAMMING APRIL

Le Dialogue Judéo Chrétien Mercredi, le 4 avril, 19 heures

Le Dialogue Judéo Chrétien et le Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom vous invitent à leur conférence suivie d’une discussion sur Jérusalem, sa signification pour un Juif et pour un Chrétien, présenté par le Rabbin Lerner et Monsieur Yvon Théroux. Afin de permettre l’aménagement du petit Sanctuaire, nous vous demandons de confirmer votre présence soit par courriel à tklein@videotron.ca, soit en téléphonant à Louis Charbonneau au 514- 484-7762 ou à Thérèse Klein au 514-739-2103. La participation est de 7,00 $.

Book Lovers’ Forum Book Review

Wednesday, April 4, 9:30 AM Coffee and Pastry; 10:00 AM Review Larry Weller reviews “Solar” by Ian McEwan Michael Beard, a Nobel Laureate in Physics, has built his life around that accomplishment, achieved in his youth. But his work is rivalled by his baser instincts, as his five wives and many lovers attest. This very funny book follows Michael Beard’s travails, all self made, as McEwan explores the nature of the human experience and whether Science, the Arts, or the Social Sciences, hold the key to understanding our place in the universe. Admission: $8.00

Congregation Rodeph Shalom Reunion Saturday, April 21, 10:30 AM

Former members of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Dollard-des-Ormeaux are invited to attend services at Temple, followed by a special kiddush. Please extend this invitation to any former members you may know and forward their contact information to the Temple office at info@templemontreal.ca. For more information, please contact Roberta Calderone at robcar42@ hotmail.com or Nancy Weiss at nweiss101@gmail.com

Dr. Robyne Diller Discusses her New Book, “How Everything Changed” Monday, April 23, 7:30 PM In everyone’s life there are moments in which we are suddenly given opportunities to grasp new insights, new challenges and real change. For Dr. Robyne Diller, a successful clinical psychologist living and working in Connecticut, this golden opportunity led her to truly listen to herself, leading her to make aliyah with her two young sons and to create a life of genuineness and authenticity. Her new book, “How Everything Changed” looks closely at how we can all create lives of deep meaningfulness, strength and joy.

Montreal Israel Day Rally

Thursday, April 26, 10:30 AM, meet outside Temple’s main doors (Rally begins at 11:00 AM in Phillips Square) The annual Israel Day Rally in Montreal attracts over 12,000 people to celebrate Israel’s birthday. This multi-cultural event is the largest celebration for Israel in Canada. People from all walks of life: students, seniors, politicians, Jews and non-Jews come together to stand with Israel. Over the past 10 years, this important event has highlighted the relationship between Montreal and Israel. Please join us in this exciting celebration of Israel through song, dance and exciting guests.

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Book Lovers’ Forum Book Review

Wednesday, May 9, 9:30 AM Coffee and Pastry; 10:00 AM Review Claire Rothman reviews “By Nightfall” by Michael Cunningham This novel is at once a cleverly wrought story about a middle-aged couple living in Manhattan’s SoHo district and a profound meditation on the nature of beauty. As with his Pulitzer-winning novel, “The Hours,” Cunningham weaves an early literary classic (Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice) into a story that could not be more contemporary. Admission: $8.00

TEMPLE’S ARON MUSEUM PRESENTS Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 PM

“Who is Doing the Chuppah?”

Join us for a lecture and slide presentation by Barbara Weiser, M.A. Jewish Studies. Admission is FREE. Refreshments will be served. Please enter via 395 Elm Avenue. For more information or to register, please contact Nancy Strohl at 514-937-3575, ext.230 or nancy@templemontreal.ca

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Book Lovers’ Forum Book Review

Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 AM Coffee and Pastry; 10:00 AM Review Michael Tritt reviews “Foreign Bodies” by Cynthia Ozick Bea Nightingale, a divorced, middle-aged high school English teacher lives a dull existence in New York City. But her life is radically transformed when she travels to Paris and Hollywood in the early 1950’s, interacting with an unforgettable group of family members. Modelled on Henry James’ “The Ambassadors”, yet an utterly innovative reworking of the original, “Foreign Bodies” is a brilliant and engaging story! Admission: $8.00

March to Jerusalem - 40th Anniversary Sunday, June 10

The March to Jerusalem is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! Last year, the March returned to its original route over Mount Royal and as a result, the participation and enthusiasm among families and youth grew in leaps and bounds. We are looking forward to an even bigger turnout this year! Temple is looking for volunteer representatives to man March checkpoints (stamp passports, hand out water, answer questions about Temple) and have a great time while doing so! For more information, please contact Katia Ohayon, Event Coordinator, at 514- 345-2645, ext. 3056 or email katia.ohayon@ federationcja.org.

50+ Westmount Mini Centre and In The City Programs In collaboration with the Cummings Centre *PLEASE NOTE: ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT STEFANI NOVICK AT 514- 342-1234, EXT. 7201

WESTMOUNT MINI CENTRE

Secularization and Religious Conflict in the Modern World with Francis Charet, PhD Tuesdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, 6 sessions. April 24-May 29 It would seem inevitable that science would triumph over religion as the world modernized and became secularized. This has not happened and there is the increased potential for religious resurgence and conflict around the world. Explore these trends and where they appear to be going. Cost: $90.

News and Views with Stan Nachfoler, M.A.

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, 6 sessions, April 25-May 30 An analysis of national and international news of the day. Cost: $90.

The Hare with the Amber Eyes with John Felvinci

Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM, 4 sessions, April 19-May 17 (No class May 3) These lectures will illuminate the fascinating story of the Ephrussi family, as rich and as respected as the Rothschilds who were in possession of a vast empire in 19th century Paris and Vienna. By the end of World War II, the family had nothing but 264 netsuke, matchbook sized Japanese wood and ivory carvings which were saved by a loyal family maid. For those who have read The Hare with the Amber Eyes, it will offer added appreciation of this remarkable family and a terrifying period of history and for those who have not, it will open a new window on the history of this Jewish family and their harrowing journey from privilege to the Anschluss. Cost: $55 includes coffee.

Studies in Biblical Painting with John Felvinci Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM, 4 sessions, May 24-June 14

The Bible and its pivotal figures were of great interest to the Renaissance and Baroque masters. Their intriguing paintings depict scenes which were very popular during both time periods. This course will look at the great works of Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Durer, Rembrandt, Rubens and others and will explore Abraham to Moses, David to Solomon and Judith to Daniel. Cost: $55 includes coffee.

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50+ PROGRAMMING - IN THE CITY

Movies and Munchies - “The Infidel” Monday, May 7, 2012, 7:00 PM

Meet Mahmud; loving husband, doting father and something of a relaxed Muslim. Maybe he does enjoy the odd sip of alcohol every now and then and perhaps he doesn’t pray five times each and every day or fast for all of Ramadan but in his heart he is as Muslim as it gets. After his mother’s death, a discovery turns Mahmud’s world completely upside down. Among her documents, Mahmud finds his birth certificate which reveals that not only was he adopted at birth but he’s Jewish and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full tilt identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny, a local Jewish cab driver who agrees to give him lessons in Jewishness which start with how to dance like Topol and how to speak like a Jew. Oy vey! Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members.

Israel and the Media

with Beryl Wajsman

Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 PM

Beryl Wajsman will offer a frank and candid look at media coverage of Israel and the Middle East. Find out why some news agencies seem to be miles apart on this difficult topic and what the real issues are. Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members.

Tea Tasting

with DAVID’S TEAS

Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 PM Whatever your beverage, join us for an evening of teas from A-Z. Ever wonder how David’s Teas get their punchy names? How teas are combined for just the right flavor blend? We know there are various tea “colours” and we hear all about the health benefits of tea, but what does it all mean? Learn about this ancient drink and sample some of the best from around the world, brought to you by your local tea masters. $5 member/$8 non-member.

A Foray into Fabulous Fashion: Tour and Workshop at Harricana Date and time TBA

Take a tour of this uniquely Quebec house of fashion and meet Mariouche Gagné. Since 1993, Harricanna has been offering innovative fashion by recycling high-quality fashion apparel. Gorgeous materials with a focus on fur have been given a second life and are transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces, proving that fashion can also be sustainable. All Harricana creations are produced in Canada under ethical manufacturing conditions. After touring the flagship store, enjoy a workshop where you will create your own Harricana masterpiece. Cost: $25 member/$35 non-member (entry and workshop included).

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ONGOING PROGRAMS Weekly Business Networking Group:

Westmount Networkers’ Breakfast

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 AM

Personal referrals are the fastest way to grow your business. That’s why networking has become such an important aspect of marketing for businesses large and small. Join us at Temple every Tuesday morning from 7:00 - 8:30 AM. Remember: you’re not just reaching the people you meet over breakfast, but also their network of contacts! Don’t forget to bring a large stack of business cards and be ready to deliver a 60-second “elevator speech” about your business and the type of referrals you are looking for. Please use the 395 Elm entrance. Admission: $15 p.p. (receipt provided) includes a delicious hot buffet breakfast. Free parking is available on the street until 9:00 AM. RSVP Heidi@templemontreal.ca

Temple’s Jewish Interfaith Family Forum (JIFF) One of Temple’s newest initiatives is aimed at offering programs of interest to interfaith couples and couples who have extended families of different faiths. Programs focus on finding fun and meaningful ways to share holidays and celebrations and create opportunities to discuss shared issues. Our upcoming programs will focus on the questions surrounding choosing religions for children and supporting those choices and will be open to all couples with young children and those planning families in the future. Couples will have the opportunity to speak with parents who have faced these choices and chosen varying alternatives. Please watch for the date announcement. If you would like to join our committee, receive email announcements about upcoming activities or simply have suggestions to offer, please contact Rabbi Julia Appel at 514937-357, ext. 212 or rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca, or contact Committee Co-Chairs Cynthia Telio or Denise Grossman at SSD@templemontreal.ca.

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Weekly Bridge at Temple Fridays, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join us for a fun and challenging game every week in Community House, 395 Elm Avenue. Cost: $10 per person includes lunch. For more information, please call Rosie at 514-937-3575, ext. 213.

Calling all Writers Do you have a story to share? Harvest-HaAsif, Temple’s literary anthology, calls all writers, whether Temple members or members of the greater Jewish community, to participate in our next edition. Publication is planned for Succoth 5773, on or about September 30, 2012. Original material may include fiction, memoir, poetry, essay, travel writing, tall tales, fish tales, humour, and outright nonsense – even bald-faced lies. If the muse moves you, send your inspired words by e-mail to theharvest@ sympatico.ca or, for words on paper (preferably typed), to the Temple office to the attention of The Editors, Harvest-HaAsif.

Gift Shop News Temple’s Gift Shop wishes all Temple members a very happy Passover. Drop by soon to browse our selection of new merchandise, including Judaica, jewellery, picture frames, and gifts for all occasions. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers for their time and dedication.

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMMING “NEXT DOR AT THE TEMPLE”:

JEWISH COMMUNITY FOR 20S AND 30S

Next Dor at the Temple has had a successful fall and winter season. Monthly Shabbat potlucks at participants’ homes and at the Temple brought together dozens of young adults to celebrate Shabbat and share in conversation. Our Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group met monthly to discuss the new month, our lives, and set goals for ourselves. Our “Light Up the Night” Chanukah party was a great success, with over 60 attendees at a fun bar in the Plateau, music by klezmer band Megillah, a rap performance by Mista Wellz, and music spinning by DJ Eliazer. Young people came in large numbers to hear from our new Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, with special tables set aside for Next Dor at the Temple. We look forward to seeing you at our events soon! To sign up for the email list, contact Heidi Reinblatt, heidi@ templemontreal.ca. Find us on facebook for all the latest on our activities: http://www.facebook.com/groups/266562436703403/ For more information or to get involved, please contact Rabbi Julia Appel at rabbiappel@ templemontreal.ca or 514-937-3575, ext. 212.

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YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMMING UPCOMING “NEXT DOR” EVENTS

“Torah and Tonics”

YOUNG ADULTS DISCUSSION SERIES

Join Rabbi Julia Appel and fellow young adults for this series of casual drinks and conversation. We’ll look at a new, controversial Jewish topic each meeting, with plenty of food for thought. Appetizers are on us! All young adults are welcome, regardless of Temple membership. Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 PM – Café Santropol, 3990 St. Urbain, Plateau Mont-Royal Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 PM – Brutopia, 1219 Crescent Street, Downtown Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 PM – Saint Viateur Bagel and Café Monkland, 5629 Monkland Avenue, NDG

“Round Robin” Potluck Shabbat Dinners Friday, May 11, 6:00 PM

Have you been looking for a low-stress, casual way to get to know other young adults in the Temple community? Have you wanted to host a Shabbat dinner potluck for Next Dor at the Temple, but your living room just can’t hold 25 people? Join fellow young professionals in their 20s and 30s for “Round Robin” Shabbat dinner! We are looking for both hosts and attendees for potluck Friday night dinners on Friday, May 11. Diners will then caravan to Temple for Friday evening services at 8:15 PM, which will include a special celebration of the Jewish folk music of Debbie Friedman by Cantorial Soloist Rachelle Shubert and guest musician Fran Avni. Hosts should be able to accommodate 2-4 guests (minimum) at their dinners. To sign up to host or to attend one of the dinners, please contact Rabbi Julia Appel at 514-937-3575, ext.212 or rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca. Please specify if you are looking to host or attend a dinner with children or without.

Young Adults’ Volunteer Night and Pizza Dinner May 23, 6:00-8:00 PM, in the Community House at Temple

Come give back to the community. We’ll be learning from Sue Medley of Dans la Rue, an organization that helps youth in need in Montreal. From providing hot meals and toiletries out of their motor home-turned-service vehicle to managing a drop-in centre and offering counselling, the organization is the front line in helping street youth. We’ll be working together to make packages that will be handed out by the Dans la Rue van and then we’ll enjoy a pizza dinner together and conversation about Jewish values in action. To RSVP, please contact Rosie at rosie@templemontreal.ca or 514-937-3575, ext. 213.

Young Adults’ Cooking Class with Gigi Cohen of Café Harvard Gourmet Two evenings in early June, 6:00 PM, in Temple’s kitchen- dates TBA

Join chef Gigi Cohen, of Café Harvard gourmet--the only organic, vegetarian, Kosher restaurant in Montreal—for this two-part cooking class. Gigi will be demonstrating delicious summer treats with a Jewish twist, all with attention to health and quality ingredients. All participants will enjoy a delicious meal together at the conclusion of each class! Perfect for young couples just starting their kitchens together or anyone looking to add new dishes to their dinner party repertoire. $20 per person includes both classes and food. Keep an eye on our weekly e-newsletter for the dates. Register by May 20 by contacting Rosie at rosie@templemontreal.ca or 514-937-3575, ext. 213.

MoFTY Alumni Shabbat Friday, May 25, 8:15 PM

Join our MoFTY alumni and friends for a special reunion Shabbat, celebrating Temple’s youth. All MoFTY alumni of the last 10 years are invited to take part in the Friday night service. To get involved, contact Rabbi Appel, rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca

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WEST ISLAND PROGRAMMING

“TEMPLE WEST”: TEMPLE ON THE WEST ISLAND Temple has made a name for itself on the West Island this year with our “Temple West” initiative. With our West Island Torah school in full swing and monthly Temple events, we’ve reached out to our West Island members and others interested in connecting to Reform Jewish community on the West Island. We began with our moving and musical West Island High Holy Day services, during which 200 of us welcomed the New Year together. November brought a family Havdalah potluck dinner, where we learned about the ceremony of Havdalah to end Shabbat and children made their own spice boxes to use at home for the ritual. Our December community Chanukah party was a huge success, with over 100 West Islanders gathering at the Hampton Inn in Dorval to eat, sing, play games, participate in adult learning and celebrate together. We followed up with a January Friday night service and special oneg, and February’s meet-and-greet and Havdalah with new Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Lisa Grushcow. Along the way, we have had several brainstorming brunches with those interested in taking leadership in Temple West. Finally, we gathered in March to share ideas and learn about how to make our Passover Seders fun and interesting for all ages. We look forward to seeing you soon! To sign up for our Temple West specific email list, please contact Heidi Reinblatt, heidi@templemontreal.ca. If you’d like to get involved in Temple West activities, please contact Rabbi Appel at rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca.

Shabbat YOUR Way: A potluck dinner and family learning evening

Sunday, April 15, 5:00-7:00 PM, Hampton Inn and Suites Dorval, 1900 Trans Canada Highway Many of us are looking for ways to make Shabbat a part of our family’s week, but we’re not sure where to begin. Join fellow West Islanders and Rabbi Julia Appel for an evening of family learning and crafts, focusing on how to bring Shabbat into your family’s life in a way that makes sense for YOU. Whether it is planning a special Friday night dinner with close family and friends once a month, gathering to light the candles together each week before everyone goes off to their separate activities, or simply taking a few minutes each Friday night to share the highlights of your week, every family can create its own unique traditions to connect to our heritage and bring a little bit of Shabbat to our hectic lives. Children will have the opportunity to make challah covers that will certainly become family heirlooms. Please bring a meat-free dish to share that will feed 4 people. RSVPs requested. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rabbi Appel at rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca or 514-937-3575, ext. 212.

Family Volunteer Night and Pizza Dinner

Sunday, May 6, 5:00-7:00 PM, Hampton Inn and Suites Dorval, 1900 Trans Canada Highway Come give back to the community. We’ll begin our evening with a delicious pizza dinner – no need to rush home to cook! We’ll then hear from Sue Medley of Dans la Rue, an organization that helps youth in need in Montreal. From providing hot meals and toiletries out of their motor home-turned-service vehicle, to managing a drop-in centre and offering counselling, the organization is the front line in helping street youth. We’ll be working together to make packages that will be handed out by the Dans la Rue van. Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your children about Jewish values and social action. All ages are welcome. For more information or to sign up, please contact Rabbi Appel at rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca or 514-937-3575 ext. 212.

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GET INVOLVED

Tall on ideas but short on time? Temple offers countless opportunities for members young and old to share their thoughts and talents and as much or as little time as they choose with one of our many groups and committees. To find out more about how you can get involved, please contact Heidi at 514-937-3575, ext. 217 or Heidi@templemontreal.ca

Friendly Home Visits The “Friendly Visiting Committee” is mandated to visit the sick and shutins of our community and provide in-home stimulation for these individuals. Our volunteers offer companionship, support and a friendly ear to those in need. If you know of anyone who would benefit from a friendly visitor or if you would like to volunteer your time to make these friendly visits, please contact Mona Kaufmann at 514-842-3939.

Kids First and Tweens First Need Volunteers! Help make the Jewish holidays fun and meaningful for our children. If you love children and making Judaism fun and meaningful for our younger family members, join us to share your ideas, make some phone calls and help out on the days of our events. For more information, please contact Melanie Alter at 514-937-3575, ext. 210 or melanie@templemontreal.ca

CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY PROGRAMMING

Weekly Family Services on Shabbat Morning Saturdays at 11:30 AM

If you’ve been looking for ways to get yourself and your children to Temple, this is the service for you! Every Saturday that Torah School is in session, Rabbi Julia Appel leads Family Services with guitar accompaniment by Ya’akov Sassi from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM. All are welcome to attend, whether enrolled in Torah School or not. Enjoy singing, community and interactive Torah stories for all ages

Torah School Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration Saturday, April 21

Come celebrate the birth of the State of Israel! Join us for a morning of fun family activities, including crafts, games, dancing, a parade and delicious Israeli treats. Everyone welcome. Admission: $10 per family (except Torah School families) Advance registration required. For more information or to register, please contact Melanie Alter at 514-937-3575, ext. 210 or melanie@templemontral.ca

Torah School End of Year Family Picnic Saturday, May 12, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Torah School students and their families are invited to celebrate another successful year of fun and Jewish learning at a picnic in the park, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, picnic will take place inside Temple.

Shavuot Ceremony and Ice Cream Social Saturday, May 26, 7:00 PM

Who can resist make-your-own ice cream sundaes – or a holiday whose customs dictate that we eat them? Not that anyone needs an excuse to eat ice cream, but on Shavuot, it is customary to eat dairy foods, so come join us as we enjoy the sweetest of dairy treats. Afterwards, join us in the Sanctuary as we change the Torah covers to the traditional white for Shavuot. We will then gather as a congregation to light the festival lights, open the ark and re-commit ourselves to the Ten Commandments.

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CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY PROGRAMMING Westmount - Saturdays from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM West Island- Mondays from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Junior Torah School (4-5 years old) Junior Torah School offers a fun-filled introduction to Jewish learning and Temple life through Hebrew language, songs, arts and crafts, and stories.

Torah School

(6-12 year olds) The Torah School offers a cutting-edge Jewish studies and Hebrew curriculum specifically developed for Reform congregational schools and based on the key concepts and values of Jewish life. Our innovative Hebrew program is child-centered, allowing each child to progress at his/her own pace.

Two-Year Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program (Grades 6 and 7) Grade 6:

Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at Temple, or West Island: Monday afternoons from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Grade 6 students attend Saturday morning classes in Judaic studies and enjoy art and music activities, as well as holiday programming and weekly 11:30 AM services. The program’s goal is to develop a sense of Jewish life, synagogue life, and mitzvah in our students. Temple also provides 9 half-hour one-on-one sessions for Bar and Bat-Mitzvah preparation.

Grade 7: Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at Temple, or West Island: Mondays from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM The grade 7 program consists of Judaic studies in English, including mitzvah and core Jewish knowledge, as well as occasional special services. Six Bar/Bat Mitzvah Breakfasts acquaint parents and children with the meaning of bar/bat mitzvah from a spiritual, musical and artistic perspective. Temple also provides 18 half-hour one-on-one sessions for Bar and BatMitzvah preparation.

Kabbalat Torah Confirmation Program (Grades 8 and 9) Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at Temple Kabbalat Torah is a Confirmation program for students in Grades 8 and 9. Confirmands meet with their teacher each Saturday to glean insights into Jewish living, as well as to study Jewish values and ethics. Discussion topics are selected by the students themselves. To learn more about Temple’s Torah School, please contact our Director of Education, Melanie Alter, at 514-937-3575, ext. 210 or Melanie@templemontreal.ca

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information Nights At Temple: Monday, May 28, 7:30 PM, 395 Elm Avenue, Westmount On the West Island: Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 PM, Federation-CJA building, 96 Roger Pilon corner Westpark, DDO Attention parents of children born in 2000-2002: Rabbi Lerner and Director of Education Melanie Alter will present our synagogue’s program of education for b’nai mitzvah, information about our facilities and a calendar open for your selection of bar/bat mitzvah dates. Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes meet Monday afternoons on the West Island and Saturday mornings at Temple. The information meeting lasts about one hour.

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B’NAI MITZVAH We congratulate our B’nai Mitzvah and their families on this special milestone in their lives. We look forward to our b’nai mitzvah becoming members of the Confirmation class and serving the Jewish, religious and community cause with devotion and commitment.

Joshua Levine APRIL 21 son of Lisa and Jonathan Levine

I attend West Island College in DDO. What I liked most about preparing for my Bar Mitzvah were the interactive activities during Monday night classes and making new friends. One important lesson I learned from my Bar Mitzvah studies is how important traditions are to the Jewish people. If there is one mitzvah or commandment that I would emphasize in my Jewish life, it is working to help clean up our environment. Having a Bar Mitzvah is important to me because it is a sign that I’m growing up. My favourite school subjects, hobbies, sports or pastimes are skiing, baseball, basketball, video games, guitar, science and geography. Here’s something I want the congregation to know about me that this questionnaire doesn’t ask: I’m a funny kid! I would like to give Tzedakah to The B’nai Tzedek c/o The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, so that I may carry on my family’s tradition and help out those less fortunate than myself.

One commandment I would emphasize in my Jewish life is to respect my elders, because I realized throughout my studies that they do a lot more for me than I had once assumed. Having a Bar Mitzvah is important to me because it helps pass on Judaism on to my descendants and helps conserve Judaism. My favourite subjects are Math, English, Italian and History. I play hockey, soccer, tennis, badminton, squash, and do Karate. Something interesting about me is that I think I have an aptitude for languages, as I am tri-lingual and have nearly mastered Italian in 2 years. I am not sure what charity I will be giving Tsedakah to, but the charities I am considering are: Right to Play and the Cancer Research Foundation.

brew with Bracha and studying with Mom! One important lesson I learned from my Bar Mitzvah studies is that I like to study the Torah. The Torah teaches people to learn and to be nice to everybody. Mitzvahs that are important to me are being nice to my friends and helping my mother and father. Having a Bar Mitzvah is important to me because I’m doing my job of what I’m supposed to do and it helps me to grow up! Math is my favourite school subject and my hobby is going on vacation and sleeping in my cozy bed at a hotel. My favourite sport is hockey and I do netball at school and I am the goalie. I swim at the YMHA and I exercise and I jump on my trampoline! I play games and watch videos and listen to music. I would like the congregation to know that I am cute and I have trouble with conversations. I’m really good at French and I am nice. I started a fund so I will be able to give money every year to my favourite charities like Summit School and the Friendship Circle. They help kids who have special needs.

Beatrice Chemtov MAY 12 daughter of Gail Issenman and Robin Chemtov

Jonah Yanofsky MAY 5 son of Cynthia Davis and Joel Yanofsky

Benjamin Lalonde APRIL 28 son of Valerie Schwartz and Mark Lalonde I attend Collège International Marie de France in Montreal. I enjoyed preparing for my Bar Mitzvah because I liked the learning aspect of it, the history, and the customs. One of the many important things I learned in Torah School is that alone we are weak, but together we stand strong, and I’m convinced that is how the Jewish people have survived throughout history, defying all odds and surmounting all the challenges they faced.

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I go to Summit School in Ville St. Laurent. What I liked most about preparing for my Bar Mitzvah was studying with Yaakov, doing He-

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I attend Royal West Academy in Montreal West. What I liked most about preparing for my Bat Mitzvah was learning to read texts that have been read for thousands of years. One important lesson I learned from my Bat Mitzvah studies is that hard work truly pays off. If there is one mitzvah that I would emphasize in my Jewish life, it is putting others in front of myself. Having a Bat Mitzvah is important to me because it makes me feel like part of a large community. My favourite school subjects are music, drama and visual

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B’NAI MITZVAH arts. My favourite sports are gymnastics, horseback riding and trapeze. My favourite pastime is working with clay. Organizations I would like to give Tsedakah to, are Generations Foundation and Heifer International. Generations Foundation feeds close to 7000 kids a day in Montreal and Heifer International provides livestock to communities in developing countries.

Baily Veillette MAY 26 son of Joanne Sadegursky and Daniel Veillette

Samuel Abramson MAY 19 son of Lee-Anne Torrens and David Abramson

I currently attend Selwyn House School in Westmount. What I liked most about preparing for my Bar/Bat Mitzvah was learning Jewish views on modern ethical questions. One important lesson I learned from my Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies is the importance of giving to charity. If there is one commandment that I would emphasize in my Jewish life, it is a mitzvah I learned while reading Rabbi Telushkin’s book with my dad: Unload your enemy’s pack first to avoid long-lasting grudges. Having a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is important to me because it symbolizes responsibility, it’s a family tradition, and my brother and sister had very good experiences at theirs. My favourite school subjects, hobbies, sports or pastimes are Basketball, philosophizing and creative writing. Here’s something I want the congregation to know about me that this questionnaire doesn’t ask I have a great sense of humour. I’ve been to 5 continents including Antarctica. Five years ago at my sister’s bat mitzvah, I couldn’t imagine myself doing what she did. It seemed so impossible and now I’m doing it. I would like to give Tsedakah to the Canadian Landmine Foundation www.canadianlandmine.org.

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I attend Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds. What I liked most about preparing for my Bar Mitzvah is learning about the Torah. One important lesson I learned from my Bar Mitzvah Studies that it takes a lot of hard work. If there is one mitzvah, commandment, that I would emphasize in my Jewish Life it is Honor your mother and father because they brought you into the world. Having a Bar Mitzvah is important to me because I am becoming a young adult. My favourite school subjects, hobbies, sports or pastimes are; I enjoy all my subjects at school and I like all my teachers. I like to downhill ski in the winter and play soccer in the summer. Something I want the congregation to know about me that this questionnaire doesn’t ask is that I enjoy eating. I would like to give Tsedakah to The Children’s Hospital of Montreal because they’ve helped many children.

My favourite subjects in school are Math, Computers and Music. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, programming and coding, and reading books. I have been taking piano lessons for the past four years and recently performed Gershwin’s Spanish Prelude at Carnegie Hall. I will give tzedakah to Unicef’s “Schools for Asia” because a good education is really important and a lot of kids can’t get one. The following b’nai mitzvah will also be celebrated at Temple in the coming months, but submissions and photos were not available at the time of publication:

Riley Cohen APRIL 30 son of Cheryl Kostin and David Cohen

Jared Blatt MAY 12 son of Linda Schachter

Aaron Krim

William Mercer

MAY 26 son of Gabrielle Krim

JUNE 9 Son of Nathalie Mercer and Warren Mercer

I am in my first year of High School at Royal West Academy in Montreal West. My favourite part of Torah School was definitely the breakfasts. A commandment I will try to follow in my life is to honour my debts. I think it is especially important in this struggling global economy. If countries managed their budgets better and didn’t overspend, we wouldn’t have this problem. At the age of seven, I decided I wanted to have a Bar-Mitzvah and I’m pretty stubborn, so I followed through in my decision and here I am. But now that I think about it, it’s really important to me to be a real member of the Jewish community.

Jonah Akerman JUNE 23 son of Angelina Yagguday and Jason Akerman

Benjamin Macoosh JUNE 30 son of Carole Brunet and Dan Macoosh

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MILESTONES Temple mourns the loss of two long-standing members of our Advisory Committee. The following are excerpts from their respective eulogies.

Kalman Samuels In Jewish tradition, there is an ideal to which we attach great sanctity. This ideal is called, l’shem Shamayim, for the sake of Heaven. It applies to a Jewish act done not for any gain, not for any acknowledgement, but because it is good and right and proper and because it grows Jews and Jewish life. Here, in this Sanctuary of Temple EmanuEl-Beth Sholom, it must be said that no member of this congregation ever acted more l’Shem Shamayim than did Kalman Samuels. Temple has received so much goodness,

Steffi Halton Many times throughout her life, Steffi Halton found herself in Mei Tsarim – in straits of difficulty- yet, through her belief in God and in herself, she persevered and continuously rose to give more, do more, be more. Although Steffi might have been among those Czech Jews shipped to Auschwitz, she was one of the fortunate few: she and her father were able to escape the Nazi terror by travelling to London, pretending to be on their way to a party, complete with wrapped presents that actually contained their life savings. Her mother and brothers managed their own harrowing escape, through Russia and China, and were eventually reunited with Steffi and her father in England several years later. It was in London that Steffi met Harry Halton. Their romance blossomed and resulted in a 60 year marriage where together, the two continued to surmount Mei Tsarim, hard times and difficult turns, and provide leadership to our community. When Steffi and Harry decided to move their family to Hampstead in 1951, they were once again forced to confront anti-Semitism.

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kindness, and building up of the Jewish spirit at his hand that we must today pause to recount a small part of his contributions. Kal was a leader at Temple. He served on the Board, the Executive, led the Honorary Trustees, but Kal went way beyond simply holding positions. He made things happen. As Honorary Consul for Yugoslavia and then for Serbia, Kalman Samuels had contact with all the local consular officials, and through them, to embassies in Ottawa. L’Shem Shamayim, for the sake of what was good and right, Kal invited the officials of countries where Jews had once lived, to speak about the current Jewish community, to reflect on their history, to face the very people who had left their countries as refugees in earlier decades. At each such Sunday breakfast, the audience came from all the community, posing the tough questions that needed to be asked. Kalman Samuels built human understanding l’shem Shamayim. Generational change is difficult to under-

stand and to manage. When differences of opinion between the generations of Temple’s leadership arose, Kalman Samuels worked to bring people together to talk and understand each other, l’shem Shamayim. His efforts were always appreciated by Rabbi and Temple leadership alike. When Temple wanted to expand its Shiva committee of those who go to homes to lead services in time of mourning, Kal volunteered. He trained with Rabbi Lerner, and though a busy lawyer and already active in the synagogue and so many boards elsewhere, he made many a shiva call and led many a service. He loved Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, and through it he loved God and the Jewish people, all l’shem Shamayim. He taught us by his example, to live our lives l’shem Shamayim, for the sake of what is good and right. May his memory be forever a blessing.

Covenants of sale forbade the transfer of property to Jews. However, despite their neighbours’ objections, the Haltons acquired a home there and opened the door for other Jewish families to move in. As a couple, the Haltons helped to found Beth Sholom congregation. Harry was its president and the guiding light behind the merger with Temple Emanu-El. Steffi served as president of our Sisterhood. Despite everything they had been through, the Haltons believed that Jewish living brought inspiration and family unity, so they took their Jewish commitments seriously, and virtually every Shabbat were at Temple together. Steffi also was a staunch Zionist who loved Israel and defended it fiercely. It was with these beliefs and values that Steffi and Harry raised their children, Ron, Terry and Debbie. Steffi was a loving and fiercely loyal mother and she took great pride in their accomplishments as adults. Their children married and their children’s spouses were warmly welcomed into the family. Steffi was also an adoring grandmother to Greg and Lori, Andy and Jessica; Sarah and Steven, Julia and Mia; Jessica and Aaron,

Joshua and Lauren, and privileged to be a great-grandmother to Ely, Tira and Lia. As the years passed, Steffi became a caregiver to her own mother, caring for her for several years after she suffered a stroke, and eventually to Harry, as the couple once again found themselves in Mei Tsarim when paraplegia struck Harry in 1975. Steffi believed in herself and did everything in her power to maintain her husband’s dignity despite his disability. The couple traveled together to air shows and more; they took the whole family on a heritage tour of Europe and went to Florida for months at a time. Family and friends were hosted for holidays at home and made sure that Harry’s physical problems never prevented him from actively participating in life. After Harry died, Steffi herself confronted life threatening health issues, but she knew that she had lived a good and productive life and that she had made important contributions to her family and to her community. Steffi Halton was an inspiration and an example of someone who led an extraordinarily worthy life. Shalom l’afra ul’nafsha, may God’s own peace be with her.

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Gloria David Paula Killian Edward Ikeman Vanessa Cohen Gregory Gelgor Abdul Rahman Brenda Epstein Trevor Browne Shawn Goldberg Joyce Cohen Remia Goldenberg Stanley Greenstein Anita Ubfal

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DONATIONS Temple would like to thank Tony Shoes for their generous contribution to our OSM concert fundraiser last fall.

ALFRED GROSSMAN FAMILY GROWTH FUND Denise Grossman and Leslie Alcorn, in honour of Irene Mark’s special birthday

OUTREACH Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund In Appreciation: Barbara and Howard Derman Debbie Halton and Family

Anita and Irving Kogan Growth Fund Rita and Ray Felson, in honour of Anita Kogan’s special birthday

Aron Museum Evy and Richard Uditsky, in honour of Irene Mark’s special birthday

Asher Brennan-Touaty Memorial Fund: In memory of Asher Brennan-Touaty: Sacred Heart School of Montreal

Davis Family Torah Fund Sophia Davis, in memory of Lloyd Davis, Mayer Seidman

Rita and Ray Felson Fund Rita and Ray Felson, in honour of Anita Kogan’s special birthday

General Donation Susan Szalpeter and Joseph Carlton, in memory of Kalman Samuels Stephane Bouchard and Jill Tobenstein, sponsoring Feb 3rd Shabbat Dinner Susan Szalpeter and Joseph Carlton, in memory of Steffi Halton Muriel Segal, in honour of Ruth S. Stattner’s special birthday Susan Szalpeter and Joseph Carlton, in memory of Sydell Oppenheim Bert Greenford and Helen Malmo, in memory of Rabbi Plaut

Halton Family Foundation In memory of Steffi Halton: Linda and Jonathan Abracen Norma Block

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Thelma Bogante Susan Brodsky Janis Brownstein Stephen and Veronica Brownstein Mitzie and Harry Burke Don and Elaine Charness Joel and Lainie Cohen Layah and Morty Dolman Ralph and Milly Drabinsky Annette Elfer Sherry Ellen Brenda and Irving Epstein Beno Eskenazi Bernie and Bev Friedman Nancy Gold and Eliot Morrison Margie Golick Bert Greenford and Helen Malmo Dodo Heppner Claire Horwood Bernard Isaacs Dorothy Jesser Hinda and Bill Letovsky Sheila and Marvyn Kussner Nancy Maklan and Martin Smith Janice Myers Ruth Nadler Ana Pascal Fay and Joe Schaffer Toby and Phil Segal Melvyn and Lottie Shevell Paul and Rhoda Shinoff Bette Shulman Joyce Silver Evy and Marty Simon Shirley Simond Brian and Bonnie Smith Heather Solomon-Bowden and Robert Bowden Roberta Stern Nancy Strohl Eric Tong Lily Toth Hariette Wener Norman and Laurrel Wolfe Robbin and Larry Yunger

Marilyn and Michael Green Growth Fund

Sybil and Sam Kramer Growth Fund

Naomi and Jack Richer Growth Fund

Davis Kramer Family, in appreciation to Rabbi Lerner

Naomi and Jack Richer, in memory of Harry Richer

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Marilyn and Michael Green, in memory of Sydell Oppenheim

Irene Marks Growth Fund Ken Salomon, in honour of Irene Mark’s special birthday Ron and Cecilia Chorlton, in honour of Irene Mark’s special birthday Irene Marks, in honour of Irene Mark’s special birthday

Mazel Tov Lindsay Hollinger and Jason Retter, on the birth of their son Jackson Gray Retter Nancy and Stephen Engels, on the engagement of their son Eric Engels to Phaelen Nagley Tamarah Schwarcz and Stephen Maroof, on the birth of their daughter, Madison Ava Maroof

Music Fund Ben Linden, in memory of Alice Finestone, Louis Linden, Freda Linden Greenblatt

Oneg Perla Muyal and Mark Penny, in honour of their 20th wedding anniversary

Prayer Book Fund Hinda and Bill Letovsky, in honour of Natasha Gordon’s special birthday Hinda and Bill Letovsky, in memory of Arlene Wise’s brother

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Larry and Peggy Sakow, in memory of Duncan Campbell Bernard Isaacs, in memory of Kalman Samuels Ben Linden, in memory of Eli Linden Baum In Appreciation Isabel Shuster

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DONATIONS and YAHRZEITS Temple extends a warm welcome to the newest members of our congregation.

New Members Alexandre Attelann and Sarah Allal Michael Berry and Tamara Fisher Dr. Kendall and Katia Billick Eric Engels and Phaelen Nagley Noah Gellis and Annie Brunet William Lubell and Valerie Walker Nathan Sherzer and Catherine Chiffert Jason Zinck and Jessica Szalpeter Carlton

Kalman Samuels Memorial Growth Fund In memory of Kalman Samuels: Irene and Mort Dodek Bert Greenford and Helen Malmo David and Vera Metrick Jack and Naomi Richer Heather Solomon-Bowden and Robert Bowden

Lise and Mike Segal Growth Fund Stanley Litwin, in memory of Stella Litwin Dermer, Annie Litwin Schreiber, Carol Segal Litwin, Louis Litwin, Lise Segal, Michael Segal, Sara Naran Segal, Becky Naran, Max Naran

Social Action Joan Samuels

Torah School Larry and Peggy Sakow, in memory of Denise Robinson

Bette Shulman Family Endowment Fund Bette Shulman, in memory of Harold Shulman Bette Shulman, to the Dennick Family, in memory of Hy Dennick Bette Shulman, in memory of Kalman Samuels Bette Shulman, in honour of Irene Mark’s special birthday Rita and Ray Felson, in honour of Bette Shulman’s special birthday Joan Dennick, in honour of

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Bette Shulman’s special birthday

Adolph and Stella Ullman Growth Fund Ellen Nadler, in honour of Adolph Ullman’s special birthday

Ella and Dr. Robert Wiener Growth Fund Louise Couture Plant and George Plant, in memory of David Wiener

Yahrzeits

Debbie and Ellis Basevitz, in memory of Sally Basevitz Bettina Bayreuther, in memory of Jacqueline Gaiptman, Willi Bayreuther Larry Behar, in memory of Liliane Behar Aldo and Dianne Bensadoun, in memory of Julie Bensadoun Leatrice Berger, in memory of Wilbur Berger Myriam Berthoz, in memory of Rene Cassin Aaron and Barbara Blauer, in memory of Muni Blauer Rhoda and Jack Blumer, in memory of Shirley Gordon Thelma Bogante, in memory of Hilda Bogante Irving Bookbinder, in memory of Liza Bookbinder Judi and Harold Borts, in memory of Paul Pinkus Robert Bowden and Heather Solomon-Bowden, in memory of Kate Reider, Rabbi Plaut Barbara Brock, in memory of Sam Alexander Moldowan, Abraham Brock, Jennie Brock Naomi Carsley, in memory of Leon Marovitch Steven Clark and Zena Levine, in memory of Arnold Clark Joyce and Jerry Cohen, in memory of Doris Wagner, Howard Leibov, Issie Cohen Phyllis Cohos, in memory of Mildred Reisler Norma Cummings, in memory of Jack Cummings Maureen and Edward Daniels, in memory of Celia Tucker

Carol and Maxwell De Koven, in memory of Janny Zyk Jeffrey Derevensky and Lynette Gibeau, in memory of Abraham Derevensky Michelle Duhaney, in memory of Nzebi Duhaney Beno Eskenazi, in memory of Rachel Eskenazi Carrie and Garry Garbarino, in memory of Arnold Kastner Saul Gerson, in memory of Dorothy Gerson, Dora Gerson Barbara and Steven Gellis, in memory of Cecile Gellis Lorna Gittleson, in memory of Mary Ralph Rose and George Golberg, in memory of Harry Glikman Victor and Sheila Goldbloom, in memory of Alton Goldbloom Margie Golick, in memory of Peter Golick Robert Gordon, in memory of M. Edmund Gordon Shirley Greene, in memory of Mimi Aspler Cindy Hass, in memory of Carol Liwin, Lise Segal Claude and Carol Henle, in memory of Laure Henle, Sam Wittenberg, Jean Henle Joan Herschorn, in memory of Norman Herschorn, Gertrude Herschorn Bernard Isaacs, in memory of Sydney Isaacs Isaac and Elizabeth Jesion, in memory of Anna Jesion Helen Kahn, in memory of Nathan Ross Thomas and Carol Kahn, in memory of Dolly Segall, Frederick Kahn Janis Kerman and Simon Wahed, in memory of Sarina Abdelouahed Steven Kirstein and Lesli Green, in memory of Irving Kirstein Sylvia Kirstein, in memory of Esther Trachimovsky, Issie Trachimovsky Barbara Kneller, Dina Kneller-Gold, in memory of Ignacy Kneller, Czeslawa Freundlich, Rudolf Freundlich Michael and Joy Korenberg, in memory of Rita Korenberg Allan Landsman, in memory of Louis Landsman Robert Lazarus, in memory of Audrey Lazarus, Dorothy Samit

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YAHRZEITS AND YISKOR Helene Lefevre-Clark, in memory of

Maurice and Gisele Rouben, in memory

Albert and Toba Zinman, in memory of

Harry Clarke

of Ovadia Rouben

Dora Zinman, Abe Zinman, Saul Zinman

Martin and Harriet Lepler, in memory

Gordon and Nancy Rubin, in memory

Frances Zyto, in memory of Victor Zyto,

of Sidney Melnicoff, Beverley Ronik

of Ben Rubin

Helen Reiter, Leo Posman, Cyril Tritt

Stan Lesser, in memory of Sylvia Lesser

Sam and Mildred Rubinstein, in memory

Bill and Hinda Letovsky, in memory

of Ida Rubinstein, Max Rubinstein

Yiskor

of Esther Schachter

Gloria Sacks Silver, in memory of

Kalman Samuels, died on December 31st,

Lawrence and Barbara Libman, in memory

Molly Sacks

2011, husband of Stella Samuels

of Annie Linder, Blanche Libman,

Roy Salomon, in memory of Bob Salomon

Anne Feigin, died on January 9, 2012,

Judith Libman, Abraham Libman

Julia Sax, in memory of Julia Davis,

wife of Edward Feigin, son of Vincent

Irene Litinsky and Francois Ouimet,

Florence Glickman

Feigin

in memory of Yetta Litinsky

David and Bonnie Schatia, in memory

Steffi Halton, died on January 21, 2012,

Jewel and Paul Lowenstein, in memory

of Pauline Schatia

mother and mother-in-law of

of Jean Weiner

Irwin Segal and Peggy Currie, in memory

Terry and Joanne Halton, grandmother of

Pauline Manolson, in memory of

of Harry Segal

Sarah Halton and Steven Kunitsky

Selma Himes, Eva Levine

Ben and Eve Sevack, in memory of

Ryva Zalshtein, died on January 28, 2012,

Lisa Marcovici and Alan Juneau,

Maxine Sevack, Bertha Chernoff,

mother and mother-in-law of

in memory of Mendi Marcovici

Lily Sevack, Naomi Greenberg

Elizabeth and Isaac Jesion,

Felice Markow, in memory of Louis Joffe

Angela Sfetcu-Terdiman, in memory

grandmother of Tara Jesion and

Aubrey Miller and Elena Notargiacomo,

of Lazar Sfetcu

Ian Stewart

in memory of Bella Miller

Maurice and Lise Shriqui, in memory

Lilian Fleishman, died on January 29,

Rita Mosel, in memory of Harry Cramer

of Solanges Hetu

2012, mother and mother-in-law of

Edna Myers and Nelson Myers, in memory

Lillian and Bryant Shiller, in memory

Janet and Jack Bick

of Bernard Myers

of Ezra Zynger

Ann Elias, died on February 1, 2012,

Hannah Myers, in memory of

Isabel and Joseph Shuster, memory

aunt of Gilbert Plaw

Bernard Lieff, Louis Lieff

of Max Esar

Sydell Oppenheim, died on February 4,

Ruth Nadler, in memory of David Nadler

Claire Smith, in memory of Sam Smith

2012, mother and mother-in-law of

Harry and Evelyn Orenstein, in memory

Aubrey Smofsky, in memory of

Mark and Martha Oppenheim

of Becky Palefsky, Anna Orenstein

Frances Smofsky

Miriam Young, died on February 14, 2012,

Claire Ostroff, in memory of

Grace Stober, in memory of Sylvia Moses,

mother of Mark Young

Marilyn Guttman

Arnold Stober, John Rinzler

Melanie Reinblatt, died on February 21st,

Nina Paperman, in memory of

Nancy Pedvis Strohl, in memory of

2012, daughter of Lilian Reinblatt

Keith John Whyte

Herby Strohl

Gerald Grundman, died on February 22,

Ana Pascal, in memory of Louis Yore

Susan Szalpeter and Joseph Carlton,

2012, father and father-in-law of

Berel and Joyce Pedvis, in memory

in memory of Jessie Carlton

Marnie Grundman and fiancé

of Eleanor Pedvis

Michael and Cheryl Tritt, in memory

David Garfinkle

Leonard and Carole Pedvis, in memory

of Dorris Ptack, Bernard Tritt

Stephen Vineberg, died on February 26,

of Saul Pedvis

Neil and Carol Tryansky, in memory

2012, husband of Lillian Caplan

Harry Rajchgot and Cheryl Everett,

of Morris Tryansky

in memory of Frank Rajchgot

Lynn and Ron Waxman, in memory of

Charles and Elizabeth Rawas, in memory

William Sunny Solomon

of Victor Rawas

Sondra and Fred Wener, in memory

Janice Reid, in memory of Ron Boro

of Adolph Green, Barbara Green

Claude and Ida Rouben, in memory

Miriam Young, in memory of

of Ovadia Rouben

Michael Young, Clarence Schneiderman, Edith Schneiderman

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4:00 pm - Torah School West Island

23 4:00 pm - Torah School West Island 7:30 pm - Dr. Robyne Diller, “How Everything Changed”

17

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast

8:15 pm Erev Shabbat services

5:30 pm Marriage Info

18

19

24

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast 10:00 am Mini Centre 5:45 pm Intro to Judaism

20 10:00 am - Bridge

1:00 pm Mini Centre 5:45 pm Intro to Judaism

7:00 pm “Torah and Tonics”

25 10:00 am Mini Centre

7 NO Torah School

5:45 pm Congregational Passover Seder

7:00 am NO Networking Breakfast

5:45 pm Intro to Judaism

Saturday

Temple Office closes at 1:00 pm

7:00 pm “Torah and Tonics”

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6 10:00 am - Bridge

7:00 pm - Dialogue Judéo-Chrétien 4:00 pm - Torah School West Island

Friday

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8:15 pm - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) Erev Shabbat services

27

11:00 am10:00 am - Bridge Montreal Israel Rally-Phillips Square (Meet at Temple at 10:30 am) 8:15 pm - Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli 1:00 pm Independence Mini Centre Day) Erev Shabbat services

14 9:00 am - Torah School Westmount (Yom Ha’Shoah program) 9:15 am Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am Shabbat servicesYizkor observed 11:30 am - Family services

21

9:00 am - Torah School Westmount / Yom Ha’Atzmaut program 9:15 am Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am - Shabbat services/Rodeph Shalom Reunion 11:30 am -Family services 5:00 pm - Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Levine

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9:00 am - Torah School Westmount 9:15 am - Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am - Shabbat services 11:30 am - Family services 5:00 pm - Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Lalonde

30 9:00 amBar Mitzvah of Riley Cohen 4:00 pm- Torah School West Island

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MAY CALENDAR Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

1

2

3

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast 10:00 am Mini Centre

10:00 am Mini Centre

NO Mini Centre

7

5:00 pm “Temple West” Volunteer Night and Pizza Dinner

4:00 pm LAST DAY Torah School West Island

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast 10:00 am Mini Centre

7:00 pm - Movies and Munchies

14

13

8

9

9:30 am Book Review 10:00 am Mini Centre

10 1:00 pm Mini Centre

21

15

16

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast 10:00 am Mini Centre

10:00 am Mini Centre

Temple Office closed

22

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast 10:00 am Mini Centre 7:00 pm In the City presents “Israel and the Media”

27

9:15 am Shavuot Breakfast 10:00 am Shavuot service and Confirmation Ceremony

28

29

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast 10:00 am Mini Centre

7:30 pm- Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information Meeting at Temple

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10:00 am - Bridge 10:30 am Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Yanofsky

11

10:00 am - Bridge “Next Dor” Round Robin Potluck Shabbat Dinners 8:15 pm Erev Shabbat Service

7:00 pm “Torah and Tonics”

17

18 10:00 am - Bridge

1:00 pm Mini Centre 8:15 pm - Erev Shabbat services

5:30 pm Marriage Info

20

4

5:45 pm “First Fridays” Early Erev Shabbat services

5:45 pm Intro to Judaism

6

Friday

23

24

25

10:00 am Mini Centre 6:00 pm - “Next Dor” Volunteer Night and Pizza Dinner 7:30 pm - Aron Museum “Who’s Doing the Chuppah?” 7:30 pm - West Island Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information Meeting

10:00 am Mini Centre

10:00 am - Bridge

1:00 pm Mini Centre

8:15 pm - Erev Shabbat services/ Mofty Alumni Reunion

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10:00 am Mini Centre

Saturday

5

9:00 am - Torah School Westmount 9:15 am Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am Shabbat services Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Yanofsky 11:30 am Family services

12

9:00 am - LAST DAY Torah School WestmountFamily picnic at 11:30 am 9:15 am Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am - Shabbat services/Bat Mitzvah of Beatrice Chemtov 11:30 am Family services 5:00 pm - Bar Mitzvah of Jared Blatt

19

9:15 am - Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am Shabbat services 5:00 pm Bar Mitzvah of Samuel Abramson

26

9:15 am - Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am - Shabbat services/ Bar Mitzvah of Baily Veillette

5:00 pm - Bar Mitzvah of Aaron Krim 7:00 pm - Shavuot ceremony and ice cream social

10:00 am Mini Centre

1:00 pm Mini Centre 7:00 pm - In the City Tea Tasting

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JUNE CALENDAR Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

3

4

5

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast

6

7

9:30 am Book Review

Saturday

2

10:00 am - Bridge

9:15 am - Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am Shabbat services

5:45 pm - “First Fridays” Early Erev Shabbat services and Dinner

Naso Num. 4:21-7:89

8

9

10:00 am - Bridge

9:15 am Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am Shabbat services

8:15 pm - Erev Shabbat services

5:00 pm - Bar Mitzvah of William Mercer B’haalot’cha Num. 8:1-12:16

1:00 pm Mini Centre

10

11

13

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast

March to Jerusalem

17

12

18

19

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast

14

10:00 am - Bridge 6:30 pm Rabbi Lerner’s Tribute Dinner 7:45 pm Rabbi Lerner’s Tribute Ceremony

1:00 pm Mini Centre

20

21

8:15 pm - Erev Shabbat services

25 Temple Office closed

22 10:00 am - Bridge

7:15 pm - Special Tribute Shabbat for Rabbi Lerner

5:30 pm Marriage Info

24

15

26

7:00 am - Business Networking Breakfast

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28

29

16

9:15 am - Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am Shabbat services

Sh’lach L’cha Num. 13:1-15:41

23

9:15 am - Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am - Shabbat services

5:00 pm - Bar Mitzvah of Jonah Akerman Korach Num. 16:1-18:32

30

10:00 am - Bridge

9:15 am - Jewish Ethics class 10:30 am - Shabbat services/Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Macoosh

8:15 pm - Erev Shabbat services

Chukat Num. 19:1-22:1

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Voice Newsletter, April / May / June 2012