April Newsletter


After a slow start to the year KJC programing is now in full swing with many great events and programs planned.
We launched our new website so if you want the most up-to-date information about what is going in Jewish Kingston become a frequent visitor to our website at www.jewishkingston.org
All our newsletters will be available online so no matter where you are you can access them.
March started off with a very successful fundraising Theater Night at the Domino Theater. We had 90 people come out and see John Lazarus’s “The Village of Idiots” which was followed by a Q&A with John. I would like to thank everyone who came out to see the play.
This was followed by a joint dinner gathering on Sunday 12th March with members of Kingston Jewish Council (KJC) and The Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK) firstly to show our support and solidarity with the Kingston Muslim community after the horrific terrorist attack on the Quebec City Mosque, and secondly to start a much-needed dialogue between the Jewish and Muslim communities. We invited 30 people from each organization, ISK & KJC, to attend. We were also pleased to have our local MPP Sophie Kiwala, and members of Kingston Police diversity unit attend. The event was held at Unitarian Place (where Iyr HaMelech hold their services). The evening started with music by Dr.Roslyn Schwartz and words from Rabbi Soria and Dr  Bayoumi, followed by dinner and the opportunity for people to get to know each other. Seating was arranged so tables had people from both organizations sitting together. Walking through the room and hearing all the different conversations going was electric; if an outsider had walked in they would have thought everyone had known each other for years. We ended the evening with people sharing their thoughts and the overwhelming response was we need to do more of this. So, stay tuned for details on some other events with ISK as well as other interfaith and inter cultural events that will be taking place in the months to follow. The momentum from this event will not fade away but keep on rolling because we both have a lot in common and need to focus on our commonality because then we will be comfortable with and understand each other so we can openly discuss our differences as well.

Last year KJC initiated meetings with members of all the Kingston Jewish organizations to also find and build on our common ground. As a result of these meetings Beth Israel invited Iyr HaMelech to join them at one of their Shabbat morning services last year and on 8th April this year Iyr HaMelech is inviting Beth Israel to join them for a Shabbat morning service.
After Pesach, we will have   a Yom HaShoah event on 23rd April, followed by Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut on 30th April.
1st May we have a Speaker’s Series where we will hear about Project Abraham and the genocide that the Yezidi people have endured. Several other speakers are also planned so watch the website for details.

Ian Sarfin



April 23 2017 at 4:00pm – A memorial tribute to the six million who perished in the Shoah  This year’s theme is second generation Holocaust survivors. Susan Phillips will moderate a discussion with Lili Kramil-Marcus and Marilyn Kogon. This year we will also have Yellow Memorial Candles specifically for Yom Hashoah. These are available by contacting Ian Sarfin at president@jewishkingston.org. Donations for the candles will be accepted to help offset costs.

April 30 2017 at 4:00pm – The Kingston Jewish Council, the Jewish National Fund, and Queen’s Hillel invite you to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut on Sunday, April 30th, to commemorate Israel’s 69th birthday, Canada at 150, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem! Learn about the new Kingston JNF project!
Join us first for the Yom HaZikaron memorial service, as the KJC Choir, along with the Beth Israel and Iyr HaMelech children, lead us in paying tribute to Israel’s fallen. An additional program will include fascinating speakers on the early history of pre-state Israel, in honour of the 100th anniversary of Britain’s Balfour Declaration.
Then we walk through the “Lions Gate” to begin the party with Israeli and Canadian music, dancing, and food! Delicious falafel, shwarma, and other special foods will be available for $10/person (ages 8+). Exhibits and displays will highlight the relationship between Canada and Israel, and the ongoing partnerships reflecting shared values, past present and future. Student projects will focus on Jerusalem and its place in our hearts and minds.
Exhibits, displays, and more will be available for viewing through Tuesday, May 2nd.
Come join the party!

April 30 2017 at 7:00pm – Speakers Series with Geoffrey Clarfield on John Henry Patterson

May 1 2017 at 7:30pm – Speakers Series with Mirza Ismail and Geoffrey Clarfield on Project Abraham



The KJC Choir meets most Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm at Hillel House, 124 Centre Street. This is a non-auditioned community choir, under the direction of Ros Schwartz. If you enjoy singing Jewish music, please come sing with us! You are welcome to join us at any rehearsal, but please contact either Jochebed Katan or Ros Schwartz in advance, in case of occasional changes of time or location, and so that we can have music ready for you. For further information contact Jochebed (jkatan43@gmail.com or 613-542-0269) or Ros (roslynschwartz@sympatico.ca).


KJC is proud to offer Israeli dancing lessons on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm at Beth Israel (116 Centre St.) All ages and abilities are welcome to join these fun, relaxing lessons, taught by Jackie Mills. Jackie has over 30 years of experience teaching Israeli and International Folk Dance, with a focus on classic and children’s Israeli dance. Please email israelidancing@jewishkingston.org to confirm class dates.



CHARLOTTE: A Tri-coloured Play with Music is an ambitious, genre-bending music theatre piece based on the life and artwork of Charlotte Salomon, a little-known Jewish artist born in Berlin a century ago. Charlotte grew up during the rise of Nazism and under the shadow of family tragedy. She was a playwright without a stage, a graphic novelist before such a thing existed, and a young woman struggling to claim her voice and affirm her existence. Charlotte produced over 1000 gouaches between 1941 and 1942 while in hiding in the South of France. Before her deportation to Auschwitz, age 26 and pregnant, she handed the paintings to a local physician, with the message: “Take good care of this… it is my whole life.“
CHARLOTTE can be seen in its first ever public presentation in Kingston on Thursday June 1, at 7:30pm. See The Isabel website for details and tickets.
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