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December Newsletter

December Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

The Grow Kingston Committee has been hard at work analyzing the information we collected from the survey and we are pleased to make available to the community a snapshot of the demographics of who responded to the survey. You can see the demographic results if you go to the following link http://bit.ly/KJC_2017_Survey_Demographics_171127
If the link does not direct you to the results, please copy and paste it into your browser. This presentation will also be posted on the KJC website www.jewishkingston.org
We will be presenting the full results of the survey to the KJC, Beth Israel & Iyr HaMelech boards in January 2018 and will then plan a community event in February or March to share and discuss the results with the community.
As we look forward to celebrating Hanukkah this year and wait to hear what our community wants for the future, let’s reflect on the words of Rabbi Norman Lam in his book The Megilah: Majesty & Mystery:
“Perhaps the most significant aspect of the most important feature of Hanukkah — the Hanukkah candles — is the increase in the number of candles from day to day. The lighting of the candles is progressive; that is, we proceed from least to most. What we have is growth and increase and progress. It was the House of Hillel which gave this order its legal form when it said that mosif ve-holekh, the number of candles is to be increased each night, because ma’alin be-kodesh, because one must rise, increase, or progress in holiness.
In a sense, this idea of increase, of addition, of the progressive candles, is a very deep and incisive commentary on Jewish life and what it should be. The Hanukkah candles represent more than merely the military victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Greek Antiochus. They symbolize the clash of cultures as well, the war of world-views. There was the Greek world, steeped in its oriental idolatry, pitted against a Jewish minority stubbornly proud of its pure belief in one God.
The light of the progressive candles is, therefore, for us, an enlightening commentary on what Jewish life should be. They inspire us to better behavior, challenge us to greater deeds, and urge us on to new and broader horizons, with that ever-valid commandment, ‘Rise in holiness.’”
Let’s keep these words in mind as we look to the future of the Kingston Jewish Community and let’s all rise up to the challenge we and other communities are facing and let’s cherish our past accomplishments but also be progressive in rising up and accepting that in order to grow and flourish we must embrace change instead of just sitting back and accepting the status quo.
Accepting change is very difficult to do, but once it is accepted the benefits are worth it.
So as we enjoy the festival of Hanukkah with family and friends and see the beautiful Hanukkah candles progress from one to eight, let’s also see how our community can progress for the next 100 years and become the centre of Jewish activity between Toronto, Montreal & Ottawa.
Chag Hanukkah Sameach

Ian Sarfin
President KJC (613)531-1746   president@jewishkingston.org

 

PROGRAMS

SAVE THE DATES
December 13 at 5:30pm – Light Up the Night, KJC’s 11th annual Hanukkah celebration taking place in the Springer Market Square Amphitheatre. All are welcome so spread the word!

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

SHOEBOX PROJECT
In November, there has been a city-wide campaign to fill Shoe Boxes for Indigenous Children of Northern Ontario. KJC, along with other ethnic, religious and community groups, has been asked to support and contribute to the needs of these isolated and troubled children.
KJC has adopted this project wholeheartedly. You can help by filling a Shoe Box yourself or contributing items which a volunteer group will put together in the Shoe Boxes. The summer is a good time to start collecting items for the Shoe Boxes; the Sunday Market, garage sales and dollar stores are excellent sources of supplies. Items must be clean and new.
The Shoe Boxes go directly to schools for children 4 to 16 years of age and is confined to 3 categories: Health, Educational and Recreational items. No videos or clothes are accepted except warm hats, mitts, gloves, scarves and socks. A suggested list of items is included below.
Each Shoe Box displays a label from the donor and an encouraging short message may be included. Each Shoe Box will have a label “From the Kingston Jewish Community” attached to it.
The airlines are flying the Shoe Boxes into the North without payment but the volunteers that accompany and distribute the Shoe Boxes must pay for their fares, so a very small contribution in each Shoe Box is appreciated to help pay for their flight. Donations in lieu of Shoe Boxes will receive tax receipts, as this is a registered charity.
We have already started collecting items and will be happy to arrange pick-ups. If you are interested in helping you are welcome to join us. Assembling the Shoe Boxes is being done out of my apartment at 85 Ontario St., Apt. 408.
My name is Ruth Dukas, please feel free to ask for any information you require at 613-549-2298 or at rkdukas@cogeco.ca.
Please help us make this project of KJC a great success and provide proof to Kingston how much we care for the welfare of our youth in Canada.

CHOIR
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).

ISRAELI DANCING
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 jrm@sitndance.ca to confirm class dates.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

JFC-UIA
PICKLES FOR SALE

Students from Iyr Ha’Melech and Beth Israel came together on September 17 to make pickles.  These pickles are now ready for sale – $7 per jar, available by contacting Leanne Lieberman at leahdevorah@hotmail.com or Lisa Cassidy at lisa@wassyng.com. Please support the children in their Tzedakah project.

HANUKKAH GIFT SALE

ROSEN LECTURE

JNF
The Iconic JNF Blue Tzedakah Box – still going strong 
The JNF tzedakah box was introduced in 1904, three years after the creation of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). Ever since, these Blue Boxes, have existed in almost every Jewish home and educational institution in Israel and around the world. Every single coin placed in the Blue Box still helps make a better life for all Israelis, regardless of ethnic or religious background.
In the 21st Century, JNF has helped to build shelters for victims of domestic abuse and therapeutic playgrounds for children with severe disabilities. It helps to create hospital mental health centres, support educational programs, and fund cutting-edge agricultural research.
Turn in your filled Blue Box at KJC’s Light Up the Night on December 13th , Beth Israel’s Chanukah party on December 10th, or to Wanda Couling at Beth Israel during regular office hours Monday to Friday 9am-3pm before December 18th and receive a 2017 tax receipt – don’t forget to put name and address on the box!

INTERFAITH GATHERING


4th ANNUAL DIVERSITY DINNER

Posted by Lisa Cassidy in Newsletter
November Newsletter

November Newsletter

KJC November Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

I would like to thank everyone that took the time to complete the Grow Kingston survey. We received 115 responses back which represents a 47% participation based on number of surveys sent out.  We received responses from all areas of the community, so based on the large response we got and who responded the information gathered will be a good reflection of the entire community’s needs. We are currently analyzing all the information collected and once we have this complete we will make this information available to the community, either through meetings or on our website.

As a follow up to the talk by Zaki Djemel about Jerusalem Double the Backgammon league for Jews & Arabs in Jerusalem, if anyone is interested in playing or learning how to play backgammon please send me an email at president@jewishkingston.org as I would like to start a similar backgammon league in Kingston.

THE SHOEBOX PROJECT:
At The June 2017 AGM The Kingston Jewish Council agreed to support the Shoe Box Project which is aimed at helping First Nation children in Northern Ontario reserves achieve a better life and education. This Year’s Shoe Box Drive will be targeting the following 3 communities: Kashechewan, Fort Albany & Moose Cree from Moose Factory. The fall drive has started and will end on November 30th. Shoeboxes will be stored and assembled at Beth Israel and will all be labelled “From the Kingston Jewish Community”.
Items or boxes can be picked up or dropped off to Ruth Dukas 85 Ontario Street Apt 408 entry code 1493. Call or email Ruth at 613-549-2298 rkdukas@cogeco.ca to arrange a suitable time. Cash donations are also accepted (make cheques out to I love first People). Any cash donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt from I love First People Charitable number 84091704RR001(in Feb 2018). I encourage all members of the Jewish Community to participate in the campaign and show these children that we care about them. A poster about this campaign is included which outlines what to put in a shoebox or you can go to the website www.ilovefirstpeoples.ca for more information.

Ian Sarfin
KJC President (613)531-1746   president@jewishkingston.org

PROGRAMS

SAVE THE DATES
December 13 at 5:30pm – Light Up the Night, KJC’s 11th annual Hanukkah celebration taking place in the Springer Market Square Amphitheatre. All are welcome so spread the word!

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS
SHOE BOX PROJECT
In November, there will be a city-wide campaign to fill Shoe Boxes for Indigenous Children of Northern Ontario. KJC, along with other ethnic, religious and community groups, has been asked to support and contribute to the needs of these isolated and troubled children.
KJC has adopted this project wholeheartedly. You can help by filling a Shoe Box yourself or contributing items which a volunteer group will put together in the Shoe Boxes. The summer is a good time to start collecting items for the Shoe Boxes; the Sunday Market, garage sales and dollar stores are excellent sources of supplies. Items must be clean and new.
The Shoe Boxes go directly to schools for children 4 to 16 years of age and is confined to 3 categories: Health, Educational and Recreational items. No videos or clothes are accepted except warm hats, mitts, gloves, scarves and socks. A suggested list of items is included below.
Each Shoe Box displays a label from the donor and an encouraging short message may be included. Each Shoe Box will have a label “From the Kingston Jewish Community” attached to it.
The airlines are flying the Shoe Boxes into the North without payment but the volunteers that accompany and distribute the Shoe Boxes must pay for their fares, so a very small contribution in each Shoe Box is appreciated to help pay for their flight. Donations in lieu of Shoe Boxes will receive tax receipts, as this is a registered charity.
We have already started collecting items and will be happy to arrange pick-ups. If you are interested in helping you are welcome to join us. Assembling the Shoe Boxes is being done out of my apartment at 85 Ontario St., Apt. 408, until a Collection Depot is opened November 1.
My name is Ruth Dukas, please feel free to ask for any information you require at 613-549-2298 or at rkdukas@cogeco.ca.
Please help us make this project of KJC a great success and provide proof to Kingston how much we care for the welfare of our youth in Canada.

CHOIR
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).

ISRAELI DANCING
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 jrm@sitndance.ca to confirm class dates.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

PICKLES FOR SALE

Students from Iyr Ha’Melech and Beth Israel came together on September 17 to make pickles.  These pickles are now ready for sale – $7 per jar, available by contacting Leanne Lieberman at leahdevorah@hotmail.com or Lisa Cassidy at lisa@wassyng.com. Please support the children in their Tzedakah project.

BETH ISRAEL ROSH CHODESH PROGRAM (WOMEN ONLY)

Beth Israel Adult Education Invites you to a special Rosh Chodesh event
Sunday, November 12th at 12:00 noon at Beth Israel Synagogue.

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein & Dr. Norma Joseph – In Dialogue
“Jewish Feminism ~ Diversity and Transformation”
Elyse Goldstein is the visionary rabbi of Toronto’s City Shul. She is the first woman to be elected as president of the interdenominational Toronto Board of Rabbis and president of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto.

Norma Baumel Joseph is an Orthodox Jewish feminist and activist.  As a professor at Concordia, her research interests include Women and Judaism, Jewish Law and Ethics, Women and Religion, and Food and Religion

Lunch & Program ~ $25.00 per person
Please pay at the door ~ No pre-payment or credit cards
12:00 Noon ~ Registration and Payment
12:30 ~ Lunch is served; open seating
1:00 ~ Program begins

RSVP Required & appreciated at your earliest convenience
No later than November 6 please
Gini Rosen ~ binba@sympatico.ca; 613.544.9347

Posted by Lisa Cassidy in Newsletter
October Newsletter

October Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

This year the KJC Board established a “Community Service” award to honour significant contributions by KJC members to the Kingston Jewish Community. The award will be made to persons of the Board’s choosing, and with award timing at the Board’s discretion. The first Recipient of this award was Ros Schwartz; see more details under KJC Community Service Award
I would like to thank Jackie Mills & Roslyn Schwartz for organising the KJC Choir and Israeli Dance Group to perform on Sunday 10th September at The Garrison Family Funfest. They did 2 performances and both were very good. A big thank you to all dancers and singers.

You will be receiving an email from the KJC Grow Kingston Committee with a link to a survey they have put together to look at where we are today, and what we need to move forward to ensure the Kingston Jewish Community is sustainable for another 100+ years and how it can attract new families to move to the community. Your input is crucial and in order to have a good sense of what the community needs are we need a large number of recipients. So, I am asking all of you to please take the 15 minutes to complete the survey online. For anyone not comfortable doing it online, we will have copies available in self-addressed return envelopes at Kol Nidre Services.
Please complete the survey by Sunday 15th October 2017
The higher the number of completed surveys we receive the more representative the results will be because any decisions coming out of this survey will be based on the opinions of most respondents.
This year JFC-UIA is bringing in a dynamic speaker from Israel to tour Ontario and Kingston will be one of the tour stops during the JFC-UIA campaign season. Zaki Djemal is based in Jerusalem, and along with friends created a Backgammon tournament to bring together Arabs and Jews and share common interests…backgammon aka Sheshbesh.
Zaki will speak in Kingston on Monday 16th October at  7:15pm at Beth Israel. Dessert and coffee will be served and following Zaki’s talk those interested in playing some backgammon can do so (please bring your backgammon set with you). Flyer below.

Zaki Djemal’s TEDx Talk – Backgammon for Peace           
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PztnVPikm8

He was also featured in the Times of Israel:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-backgammon-contest-rolls-winning-dice-for-jewish-arab-coexistence/

Ian Sarfin
President KJC (613)531-1746   president@jewishkingston.org

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

October 16 at 7:15pm – The Power of Play: Building Bridges Through Backgammon with Zaki Djemal. Dessert and coffee will be served, bring your backgammon board!


WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

SHOEBOX PROJECT

In November, there will be a city-wide campaign to fill Shoe Boxes for Indigenous Children of Northern Ontario. KJC, along with other ethnic, religious and community groups, has been asked to support and contribute to the needs of these isolated and troubled children.
KJC has adopted this project wholeheartedly. You can help by filling a Shoe Box yourself or contributing items which a volunteer group will put together in the Shoe Boxes. The summer is a good time to start collecting items for the Shoe Boxes; the Sunday Market, garage sales and dollar stores are excellent sources of supplies. Items must be clean and new.
The Shoe Boxes go directly to schools for children 4 to 16 years of age and is confined to 3 categories: Health, Educational and Recreational items. No videos or clothes are accepted except warm hats, mitts, gloves, scarves and socks. A suggested list of items is included below.
Each Shoe Box displays a label from the donor and an encouraging short message may be included. Each Shoe Box will have a label “ From the Kingston Jewish Council of Kingston, On.” attached to it.
The airlines are flying the Shoe Boxes into the North without payment but the volunteers that accompany and distribute the Shoe Boxes must pay for their fares, so a very small contribution in each Shoe Box is appreciated to help pay for their flight. Donations in lieu of Shoe Boxes will receive tax receipts, as this is a registered charity.
We have already started collecting items and will be happy to arrange pick-ups. If you are interested in helping you are welcome to join us. Assembling the Shoe Boxes is being done out of my apartment at 85 Ontario St., Apt. 408, until a Collection Depot is opened November 1.
My name is Ruth Dukas, please feel free to ask for any information you require at 613-549-2298 or at rkdukas@cogeco.ca.
Please help us make this project of KJC a great success and provide proof to Kingston how much we care for the welfare of our youth in Canada.

CHOIR

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).

ISRAELI DANCING

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 jrm@sitndance.ca to confirm class dates.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

KJC COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

In June, the KJC honoured Ros Schwartz with the KJC Volunteer Award for her over 10 years work as director of the Kingston Jewish Community Choir.

Years ago, Gini Rosen suggested that it would be a great idea if there were a Jewish choir in Kingston. Ros, who had been a founding member of the Open Voices Community Choir, volunteered to develop a local Jewish choir. She approached Valerie Fisher and Jane Enkin, and the three of them developed a Jewish choir which was attended by 15 to 20 people during the first few years. Valerie Fisher was the music director for about two years, and then Ros took over the musical leadership. The choir has a loyal membership, and in addition to singing weekly, the choir leads community singing at Light Up The Night, Shabbat Shira, and other events. Ros is an inspirational indefatigable leader, who gifts our community with her talents, energy, enthusiasm, and love of music.  Ros imbues Jewish communal singing with joy and a sense of adventure.

ROSEN LECTURE

PICKLES FOR SALE

Students from Iyr Ha’Melech and Beth Israel came together on September 17 to make pickles.  These pickles will be ready in a few weeks and will be available for sale as a fundraiser for the Foodbank.  Please watch for more announcements when they are on sale and support the children in their Tzedakah project.

CANADIAN JEWISH EXPERIENCE

In honour of Canada at 150, the Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE) is proud to come to historic Kingston where we pay tribute to Canada 150 with a nine-panel Exhibition showcasing 150 years of contributions by the Canadian Jewish community to Canadian society – from Human Rights and Architecture to Sports and the Arts.  For further information, go to  http://cje2017.com/  or contact locally Melissa Greenberg at melissa@mdg18.com .

Check out the Canadian Jewish Experience Exhibition at Beth Israel during the High Holy Days / Yomtovim!  If you missed seeing it during Rosh Hashana, the Exhibition will remain at our synagogue until mid-October.  Catch it while it’s here!

Jewish Canadians have played important roles in all facets of life in Canada, dating back to the mid-1700s. Their accomplishments reflect the challenges and successes experienced by this country over the past 150 years. Canada’s 150th anniversary is a time for celebration by all citizens and residents, whatever their faith or ethnicity. The CJE exhibit stresses that Canadians continue to build a country that respects cultural and religious diversity, national unity, fairness and progress.


MESSAGE FROM JNF

Thank you so much for your past support of JNF and the people of Israel. For this year’s high holiday yizkor campaign, JNF Canada is building a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Rishon LeZion, in partnership with the Israeli organization NO to Violence Against Women. It will provide safe housing and enable families to rebuild their lives and start over in the wake of shattering abuse. Please be generous. This project will have a life altering impact on women and children who desperately need this facility.

Call 1-866-527-5516, ext 1, to make a donation or for more information.
May the coming year bring peace to you, your family and the State of Israel.

http://site.jnf.ca/index.php/ontario/campaign/yizkor-campaign/

Posted by Lisa Cassidy in Newsletter
September Newsletter

September Newsletter

ROSH HASHANAH 5778 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

As I reflect on my first year as President of Kingston Jewish Council and look at what I set out to achieve in the year 5777 I am very pleased to say that the KJC Board and I have laid a solid foundation for the vision of reaching out to the larger Kingston Jewish community as well as the entire Kingston Community and are now actively engaged or looking at becoming engaged in many community events.

Over the past year I have developed a very good relationship with the City of Kingston and especially with the Mayor who I have had the opportunity to meet with on numerous occasions in an effort to become more visible and involved in making Kingston the diverse city it is.

KJC is also getting more involved with some of the interfaith activities and groups in Kingston to help promote dialogue among the various religious groups in the city and this outreach will continue into 5778 and beyond.

KJC has formed a multi-cultural community outreach committee that is actively working on a number of projects; anyone interested in getting involved please contact me at president@jewishkingston.org or the committee chair Lyndsay Wise at Lyndsay.wise@gmail.com

KJC took the initiative in late 2015 to bring all the Kingston Jewish organizations together to look at the future of the community and how we can ensure its sustainability. From this group we were able to organize a number of joint services and events with Beth Israel and Iyr Hamelech congregations, all of which were well attended and enjoyed by all. I plan to ensure that these events will happen again this year. The activity of this initial group had slowed down over the past few months but I’m pleased to let you know that initially Beth Israel was approached by Fred Winegust, a parent of a newer family to Kingston, about setting up a committee to look at how they could grow the congregation. Beth Israel agreed to this request and a committee was formed, however after the initial meeting it became very clear that this initiative was far bigger than just a Beth Israel committee and in order to be successful needs to focus on the greater Kingston Jewish community and therefore should fall under the auspices of Kingston Jewish Council and in this capacity be a continuation of the Future of Kingston group. This has been agreed upon and going forward this will be a KJC-lead initiative. Anyone interested in being involved with this committee please contact me at president@jewishkingston.org

KJC receives funding from Jewish Federations Canada – United Israel Appeal to assist in providing the programing and events we do. I am working on strengthening our relationship with JFC-UIA and reaching out to make use of the vast resources available to us in an attempt to offer more varied events and programs and to put Kingston on the Map as the centre of Jewish activity between Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal due to our great location. The key to us continuing to receive funding from JFC-UIA is the success of their annual and ongoing campaigns. So it is very important that the community continues to support them financially as without ongoing donations they cannot continue to fund KJC or the other worthwhile causes that they support. Just for clarification, funds collected by JFC-UIA are not only used to support Israel but are used locally to support the Jewish Federations across the country. In the fall they will be kicking off their annual campaign and Kingston will be hosting a campaign event with a guest speaker (more details to follow). If you want more info on what JFC-UIA does, follow the link on our website at jewishkingston.org.

KJC has also become very involved with a new organization that was started in Kingston this year whose goal is to encourage immigrants to Canada to become Canadians first and follow Canadian values, which is why most of them came to Canada in the first place, while at the same time keeping their beliefs, customs and traditions alive to be passed on from generation to generation and to educate others about their customs, etc. The name of the organization is Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation and you can get more information on their website at

www.canadiancolours.org. Their first major event will be the 4th Annual Diversity Dinner which will be held on Saturday 27th January 2018.

On our new website we will be adding a resource page which I hope will become the go to page for everything Jewish in Kingston. If anyone has any information that would be useful to the greater Jewish community or to people looking for Jewish information on Kingston, please send it to Lisa Cassidy at coordinator@jewishkingston.org

On behalf of myself and the KJC Board of Directors, may the year 5778 be a year filled with peace, good health and happiness.

Shana Tova u’metuka     שנה טובה ומתוקה

 

Ian Sarfin

President KJC (613)531-1746   president@jewishkingston.org

 

PROGRAMS:

 

SAVE THE DATES

 

September 5 at 7:30pm – Speakers Series: Shoebox Drive with I Love First Peoples

September 17 2017 at 1:00pm – Apple Picking at Waddell Apples; bring a picnic lunch if you choose, and join other KJC members to pick apples in preparation for Rosh Hashanah

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

 

SHOEBOX PROJECT

In November, there will be a city-wide campaign to fill Shoe Boxes for Indigenous Children of Northern Ontario. KJC, along with other ethnic, religious and community groups, has been asked to support and contribute to the needs of these isolated and troubled children.
KJC has adopted this project wholeheartedly. You can help by filling a Shoe Box yourself or contributing items which a volunteer group will put together in the Shoe Boxes. The summer is a good time to start collecting items for the Shoe Boxes; the Sunday Market, garage sales and dollar stores are excellent sources of supplies. Items must be clean and new.
The Shoe Boxes go directly to schools for children 4 to 16 years of age and is confined to 3 categories: Health, Educational and Recreational items. No videos or clothes are accepted except warm hats, mitts, gloves, scarves and socks. A suggested list of items is included below.
Each Shoe Box displays a label from the donor and an encouraging short message may be included. Each Shoe Box will have a label “ From the Kingston Jewish Council of Kingston, On.” attached to it.
The airlines are flying the Shoe Boxes into the North without payment but the volunteers that accompany and distribute the Shoe Boxes must pay for their fares, so a very small contribution in each Shoe Box is appreciated to help pay for their flight. Donations in lieu of Shoe Boxes will receive tax receipts, as this is a registered charity.
We have already started collecting items and will be happy to arrange pick-ups. If you are interested in helping you are welcome to join us. Assembling the Shoe Boxes is being done out of my apartment at 85 Ontario St., Apt. 408, until a  Collection Depot is opened November 1.
My name is Ruth Dukas, please feel free to ask for any information you require at 613-549-2298 or at rkdukas@cogeco.ca.
Please help us make this project of KJC a great success and provide proof to Kingston how much we care for the welfare of our youth in Canada.

CHOIR

 

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).

 

ISRAELI DANCING

 

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 jrm@sitndance.ca to confirm class dates.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

JEWISH STUDIES AT QUEEN’S

 

Save the Dates

 

Irving and Regina Lecture in Jewish Studies

 

This year there will be two Irving and Regina Rosen Lectures.

 

1, Professor Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University will speak on the subject of “Jesus, the Jewish Storyteller.” October 18, 2017 5:30 pm

 

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor in Jewish Studies, and  Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences

 

  1. Professor Gerald Tulchinsky of Queen’s University will speak on the subject of “In Praise of History and Historians.” February 7, 2018, 5:30 pm.

 

Gerald Tulchinsky is Professor Emeritus of History at Queen’s University, a leading historian of Canadian Jewish history, and former Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Queen’s.

 

 

Jewish Studies Courses 2017-2018

 

The Following Courses will be offered in the History Department this year:

Jewish and World Civilization, until 1492, Vassili Schedrin

Modern Jewish Nationalism: The Zionist Movement and the Emergence of the Jewish State, Vassili Schedrin

Jewish and World Civilization, since 1492, Vassili Schedrin

Antisemitism in Historical Perspective, Howard Adelman

Gender, Childhood, Family, and Community in Jewish History, Howard Adelman

Shared History, Competing Memories: Pagans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Howard Adelman

Jews without Judaism, Gordon Dueck

Jews on Film, Gordon Dueck

The Holocaust, Gordon Dueck

The Holocaust: Problems and Interpretations, Gordon Dueck

Plural Visions: New World Jews and the Invention of Multiculturalism, Gordon Dueck

 

NEW STAFF AT QUEEN’S HILLEL

MEET DOR, OUR ISRAEL FELLOW

Hello! My name is Dor Kwiatek, and I am the Israel Fellow for Queen’s Hillel this year.
As an “Israel Fellow” my job is to strengthen the relationship between the local community and Israel through the students on campus. In Israel, I was working as a Tour Guide under the Ministry of Tourism. I also had a job at The Israel Nature and Parks Authority. I finished my BA at Kinneret College in the Jordan Valley studying “The Land of Israel studies”, which included different subjects such as; History, Archeology, Geology, Climate, Flora and Fauna and many more in relation to the Land of Israel. My Military service consisted of 6 years in regular service as an Officer in the Armored Corps, and almost 7 additional years as a Tank Company Commander in the reserves. I was born in Israel but I actually I grew up in Belgium from age 3-15. Which has given me the ability to know a bit about Jewish life outside of Israel. I’m looking forward to bringing my Israeli culture to Kingston, and to be able to learn about Canada so that I can bring my knowledge back to Israel!

 

MEET ILANA, OUR PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Hi Queen’s Hillel! My name is Ilana Shtivelman and I am extremely excited to join the Hillel family and serve as your Program Coordinator! I cannot wait to meet all of you, and delve into our Jewish journeys and experiences together! Before we all meet, here is a little bit about me: I was born and raised in Israel, and moved to Montreal when I was 8. Then at 15, I moved to the US, where I then went to Penn State University. There, I got my Bachelors in Spanish, French and Communications, and then got a Masters in International Affairs. This past year, I did a Masa program where I volunteered as an English teacher in an elementary school in Israel. In the past couple of years, I was very involved in my own Hillel at Penn State and in other Jewish organizations on campus. I interned in Jerusalem, and I served as a Resident Assistant for almost 3 years, as well. I am very interested in meeting and engaging people and helping them discover their Jewish identities and relationships with Israel, while continuing to do so myself. Good luck this year, I really look forward to meeting you, and I’m so excited for all of our upcoming adventures!!

 

BETH ISRAEL ROSH CHODESH PROGRAM (WOMEN ONLY)

 

Whether you are a Jewish woman or a woman involved with a Jewish organization in Kingston ~ Save-the-Date!

Beth Israel Adult Education Invites you to a special Rosh Chodesh event

Sunday, November 12th at 12:00 noon at Beth Israel Synagogue.

 

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein & Dr. Norma Joseph – In Dialogue

“Jewish Feminism ~ Diversity and Transformation”

 

Rabbi Goldstein was the first female Reform Rabbi in Canada, and is currently the Rabbi of The City Shul in Toronto.

Dr. Joseph is an Orthodox scholar at Concordia University in Montreal, and wife of the Rabbi Emeritus of the Sephardic Congregation.

They are informed, provocative and up-to-date, and when they appear together on the dias they are doubly enjoyable.

 

Lunch and Program is $25.00 per person, to be paid at the door.

When invites go out RSVP’s will be accepted. Put this on your calendar for a unique opportunity.

 

HIGH HOLIDAYS AT IYR HA’MELECH

MESSAGE FROM JNF

 

As part of your Jewish New Year, a time of renewal, reflection and mitzvot, please help JNF Canada offer women living with domestic violence a new shelter in Rishon LeZion. 60-75% of women living in abusive relationships have nowhere to go. JNF Canada has partnered with No to Violence Against Women to build a new facility that will house 10-12 families desperately requiring a safe place to live.

 

Please watch this heartfelt message from the women themselves, and please be part of the solution to help these families.  

 

 

 

Remember that you can donate to the JNF all year round to special projects, tree plantings, commemoration books, and helping to better the lives for everyone living in Israel.

 

From our family to yours, we wish you all a year of health, happiness and most of all, peace of mind.

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Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter

2017/2018 KJC BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

President: Ian Sarfin
Vice President: Debbie Fitzerman

Past President: Susan Phillips
Secretary: Barry Kaplan
Treasurer: David Kogon
Directors:

Leonard Harris
Lili Kramil-Marcus
Gloria Pivnick
Ian Mills
Richard Cohen
Lyndsay Wise


TRIBUTE TO MARION MEYER

A Brief Tribute to Marion Meyer
(1924 – 2017)

Marion was my friend, a Queen’s University colleague, and a fellow Kingston Jewish Community member for more than 40 years. She was a person of great energy and enthusiasm, had a good sense of humour, and was very friendly. For the past 4 years after we downsized and moved into our condo, she was also a neighbor.  The night we moved into the building, Marion and Henry, both no longer in good health, insisted on making Bruce and I a lovely cold supper at the end of our long and tiring day to welcome us to our new home.  This kind gesture exemplifies the thoughtful and generous family that they represented. They lived frugally, but were generous in their philanthropy and gave of themselves personally to their family, to this community, and the world at large.  As you likely know, she was one of a small group of Holocaust survivors still living in Kingston in the 2nd decade of the 21st century.

Marion was born in Berlin to a distinguished family. From the time she was a young girl, she demonstrated intelligence, gutsiness, maturity, and incredible bravery. She claimed that her older sister got the beauty and she inherited initiative & academic prowess.  She had bravado too—at the age of 4 she recited her own poetry on Berlin radio, and was dubbing US and British films into German when she was 7 years old.  But the family had to flee Berlin in 1934 after the Nazi’s came to power and moved to Paris.  Before she was 10 years old, Marion was negotiating with French authorities to prevent deportation of the family back to Germany. Later, her family, along with many other Parisians, fled to the south of France after the German invasion of France in 1940.  By the time she was in her late teens, Marion arranged for her mother’s protection by hiding her in a Catholic hospital as a patient when round ups of Jewish adults began. Later, when Marion with her sister and cousins fled across the French border to Switzerland, she was the group’s spokesperson arguing with Swiss authorities, not to return them to Nazi-occupied France.  Marion’s strong beliefs about fighting oppression, poverty, discrimination, and genocide stayed with her to the very end.  She worked tirelessly as a volunteer for Amnesty International, Save the Children, and other social justice groups.  After Marion and Henry retired, they donated their time and expertise to a number of Third World Countries in Latin America and Africa through the auspices of CESO, Canadian Executive Services Overseas. They shared deep friendships in Kingston especially in later years with several other couples in our Jewish community with whom they hosted rotating dinner parties.

Marion was a Professor in the Sociology Department for four decades and was a respected teacher and scholar, and a role model for younger women academics. Marion is well known for her research about the Jewish Community in Kingston. She loved the stimulation of attending lectures, films, and discussions in which she participated.

Marion’s family was the centre of her busy life: she and Henry had a supportive and loving relationship of mutual respect.  She took great pride in her efforts in raising her children, Winston, who is a banker and Michelle, who is a naturopathic doctor.  As a family, they enjoyed camping, gardening and Marion loved to cook, bake, and knit for her family.  Marion was happy when the children and grandchildren visited.

Although Marion was an atheist, she was knowledgeable about the Jewish liturgy and interested in Jewish culture and philosophy. Marion and Henry were members of both Beth Israel and Iyr HaMelech congregations.  They were active members of the Kingston Jewish
Council and even took on the Presidency of the KJC as co-Presidents at one point when no one else came forward to provide this leadership.  Marion was an active member of Iyr Ha Melech women’s book group and participated vigorously in our discussions. In our condo, she also  attended the bridge club, as well the 8:30 am exercise group 3 times per week @ 8:30 am.

The only thing I ever heard Marion complain about was missing Henry, especially after she would take one of her long daily walks and come home to an empty apartment.  Although Henry had the foresight to arrange for regular caregivers after his passing, she still missed the companionship of her beloved husband, her best friend. Marion said she had had a tough early life but a wonderful later life which she shared with Henry.  She will be missed by many.

Elaine Berman, June 27, 2017

PROGRAMS:

SHOEBOX PROJECT
In November, there will be a city-wide campaign to fill Shoe Boxes for Indigenous Children of Northern Ontario. KJC, along with other ethnic, religious and community groups, has been asked to support and contribute ot the needs of these isolated and troubled children.
KJC has adopted this project wholeheartedly. You can help by filling a Shoe Box yourself or contributing items which a volunteer group will put together in the Shoe Boxes. The summer is a good time to start collecting items for the Shoe Boxes; the Sunday Market, garage sales and dollar stores are excellent sources of supplies. Items must be clean and new.
The Shoe Boxes go directly to schools for children 4 to 16 years of age and is confined to 3 categories: Health, Educational and Recreational items. No videos or clothes are accepted except warm hats, mitts, gloves, scarves and socks. A suggested list of items is included below.
Each Shoe Box displays a label from the donor and an encouraging short message may be included. Each Shoe Box will have a label “ From the Kingston Jewish Council of Kingston, On.” attached to it.
The airlines are flying the Shoe Boxes into the North without payment but the volunteers that accompany and distribute the Shoe Boxes must pay for their fares, so a very small contribution in each Shoe Box is appreciated to help pay for their flight. Donations in lieu of Shoe Boxes will receive tax receipts, as this is a registered charity.
We have already started collecting items and will be happy to arrange pick-ups. If you are interested in helping you are welcome to join us. Assembling the Shoe Boxes is being done out of my apartment at 85 Ontario St., Apt. 408, until a  Collection Depot is opened November 1.
My name is Ruth Dukas, please feel free to ask for any information you require at 613-549-2298 or at rkdukas@cogeco.ca.
Please help us make this project of KJC a great success and provide proof to Kingston how much we care for the welfare of our youth in Canada.

CHOIR

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).

ISRAELI DANCING

KJC is proud to offer Israeli dancing lessons on Wednesday 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 jrm@sitndance.ca to confirm class dates.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

MARK VANDERMASS: LUNCH AND TALK

Mark Vandermaas from Israel Truth Week will be talking about building a Narrative of truth using Israel’s Land Title Deed with regards to the question of Israel as an owner or occupier of land.

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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

NOTICE OF 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Kingston Jewish Council will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 27th June at Beth Israel Synagogue (116 Centre Street Kingston)
DATE:  Tuesday 27th June 2017
TIME:   7:30pm
WHERE: Beth Israel Synagogue (116 Centre Street Kingston)

AGENDA FOR 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:

  • Adoption of Agenda for Meeting
  • Adoption of Minutes from 14th June 2016 AGM
  • Business arising from minutes of 2016 AGM
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Tribute to Marion Meyers
  • Committee Reports
  1. Multicultural Outreach Committee
  • New Business
  • Presentation of KJC Community Service Award
  • Election of 2017/2018 Board of Directors

Report from the nominations committee:
This year we have 2 director positions whose 2 year terms of office ends and we currently also have 1 director position that is vacant.
To date we have received the following 2 nominations to fill 2 of the 3 available director’s positions:
Richard Cohen
Lyndsay Wise
Additional nominations for these 3 positions will be accepted from the floor.

The nominations committee has recommended the following slate of candidates be ratified by the general membership if no additional nominations are received from the floor:
Proposed 2017/2018 KJC Board of Directors:
President:  Ian Sarfin
Vice President: Debbie Fitzerman (new position-previously a director, 1
year into 2 Year term)
Secretary:  Barry Kaplan (new position-previously a director, 1 year into 2
year term)
Treasurer: David Kogon (new 2 year term)
Directors: Leonard Harris
Lili Kramil-Marcus (new position-previously secretary, 1 year into 2 year term)
Gloria Pivnick
Ian Mills
Richard Cohen (new 2 year term)
Lyndsay Wise   (new 2 year term)

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

June 27 2017 at 7:30pm – AGM
WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS
CHOIR

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).

ISRAELI DANCING

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.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

MARK VANDERMASS: LUNCH AND TALK

Mark Vandermaas from Israel Truth Week will be talking about building a Narrative of truth using Israel’s Land Title Deed with regards to the question of Israel as an owner or occupier of land.

MESSAGE FROM JNF

On behalf of the Jewish National Fund, I wanted to thank everyone in the Kingston Jewish community for their participation in the Yom HaZikaron (Remembrance Day) / Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) evening, and making it a memorable and celebratory event!  I am also happy to share some photos with you at  https://www.facebook.com/jnfregionalontario/ .

  • As we celebrated Israel on its 69th anniversary of independence, we were so delighted to have Sara Vered describe Israeli youth fighting for their homeland in 1948.  Selected as only one of 10 radio operators from her communications unit in the Hagannah, she risked her life for her country.  It is amazing to hear that story first hand.  She made the trip from Ottawa (thanks to daughter-in-law Liz Vered) because it is especially important to her that our youth know how important Israel is to the Jewish people.
  • Thank you to Geoffrey Clarfield who gave great insight into the importance of the Balfour Declaration.  Now 100 years later, the Balfour Declaration is recognized by international law as the legal basis for Israel’s right to exist.  Mr. Clarfield also spoke after dinner about Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson, known as the g-dfather of the first Jewish fighting legion.  Mr. Clarfield is Project Director of “Canadians for Balfour 100”.  For more information, go to www.CanadiansforBalfour100.org, or about his talk see http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_direct_link.cfm/blog_id/65263.
  • As part of the Yom HaZikaron commemoration, Mr. Clarfield lit a memorial candle for the “past” and our roots, I was honoured to light one for the “present” on behalf of JNF and its ongoing work in Israel and in the diaspora, and Mrs. Vered lit one for the “future” as we recognized the hard work and philanthropy of Sara and her husband Ze’ev (z’l) in the fields of medicine, education, and the arts to make a better future for so many people in both Canada and Israel.  Sara was joined by her granddaughter Jordana Vered, “L’dor va’dor”, after which Ian read names of fallen Canadian Jewish soldiers.
  • Thanks to Roslyn Schwartz and her choir, as well as the children from Bader Elkin Talmud Torah and Iyr Hamelech, for their lovely songs about Jerusalem and Israel during the commemoration and after.  As guests passed through the “Yerushalayim 50” balloon-banner and posters explaining the significance of the Reunification of Jerusalem and the Lion’s Gate, it was also lovely to be welcomed by the choir and children singing and waving Canadian and Israeli flags in honour of “Canada at 150”, as a symbol of the friendship between our two countries.  Thank you to Sarah Springer and Ezra Poplove for their summaries on reunification too.
  • Thank you to Jackie Mills who lead the “frailich” and fun Israeli dancing and for organizing the lovely Israeli music.
  • Thank you to Michael George who, along with Melissa Greenberg, created the impressive and symbolic floor-to-ceiling Lion’s Gate wall for all to admire.  Thank you to Janine Fabri for the balloon bouquets.  Thank you to Melissa, with help from Michael Springer and Alan Cohen, for creating the “Kotel” centerpieces with glowing turquoise lights, as well as Canadian and Israeli flags.
  • Thank you to all the children who participated in the Israel “Jerusalem sites” contest!  The children seemed pleased to receive their JNF prizes of Jerusalem art and bookmarks.  We will be adding contest photos to our website under “Regional” soon.  Thanks to Leanne Lieberman at IHM for her and her school’s support.
  • Thank you for the delicious Israeli and Canadian food by IMS Catering.  There were even “beaver tails”!
  • Thank you to Wanda Couling for helping to publicize this, and Chris Taylor for all his help with set-up and take-down.
  • Thank you to Melissa and Michael Springer for sponsoring the flowers straight from Israel in honour of the day and our speakers Sara, Geoffrey and myself.
  • As Melissa remarked at the event, two people were especially missed because they have for many years been so connected to these celebrations:  Frank Simkevitz (z’l) whom I replaced as JNF’s Regional Executive Director, and Uri Fixman (z’l) whose beautiful baritone voice brought such strength to the choir.  Frank is being honoured at a Gala Negev dinner in London on June 11th.   If anyone wishes to donate in his memory, please contact Roberta Katz at JNF Regional 1-866-527-5516 extension 1.
  • Thank you to committee members, Ros, Jackie, Gloria Pivnick, Debbie Fitzerman, Lisa Cassidy, Ashira Prizant and Zack Babins from Hillel, organizers JNF Chair Melissa Greenberg and KJC President Ian Sarfin, and sponsors Kingston Jewish Council, Jewish National Fund, Queen’s Hillel and the Delta by Marriott Waterfront Hotel, as well as Iyr Hamelech and Beth Israel Congregations.

I was also glad for the opportunity to speak about the work of the Jewish National Fund, how it has evolved since 1901, and how it remains relevant and vital today.  If anyone would like more information, please go to www.jnf.ca.  It is truly rewarding to see the community coming together in celebration!  L’Hitraot!
Suzy Polgar,
Executive Director

CHARLOTTE: A TRI-COLOURED PLAY WITH MUSIC

CHARLOTTE: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music is a new chamber musical inspired by Charlotte Salomon’s autobiographical masterpiece “Life? Or Theatre?”, her series of 760 paintings which form what could be called the first graphic novel. The play is a Canadian initiated international collaboration, with music by acclaimed Czech composer Aleš Brezina, and direction and scenography by UK-based Pamela Howard. Charlotte is being created by Toronto’s genre-bending Theaturtle.

CHARLOTTE will have a residency as part of the Innovator’s Series at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Arts, where it will face it’s first audience in a concert version. The production will also travel to Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and World Stage Design Festival in Taipei.

2017 is the centenary of the Charlotte Salomon’s birth, and a year when we remember the effects of war, displacement and genocide. Her story resonates loudly today as a testament to power of art, passion, perseverance and hope in the face of tyranny.

Please, have a look at this short video, and the material below.


A genre-bending chamber musical which brings to life Charlotte Salomon’s extraordinary autobiographical artwork.

Charlotte produced over 1,000 paintings between 1941 and 1942 while in hiding in the south of France. She imagined her life as a “singspiel,” or “song-play,” with narration, dialogue, and vibrant, raw images, painted with increasing desperation as the walls of history closed in on her. Before her deportation to Auschwitz, age 26 and pregnant, she handed the work to a local physician, with the message: “Take good care of this… it is my whole life.”

Performance Dates:

Kingston:  June 01, 2017 | The Isabel Bader Centre
Get Tickets

Toronto: Luminato Festival: June 16 to 18 | The Theatre Centre
Get Tickets

Taipei: World Stage Design Scenofest: June 30 to July 2 | Experimental Theatre, TNUA

For more on the production, have a look at this article in the UK journal Jewish Renaissance.

CHABAD STUDY SESSION

Chabad will be hosting an all-night Torah-study session Tuesday night, May 30 starting at 10pm, in preparation for the giving of the Torah! Join as we delve into the deepest parts of the Torah (that they never taught in Hebrew School!), the significance of the number 3 and the Talmudic passage recounting the story of Mount Sinai.
Join us together with family and friends on the first day of Shavuot, Wednesday May 31, at 4:30pm for the reading of the 10 Commandments followed by a scrumptious Shavuot dairy feast.
You will be treated to a special Ice Cream Party – Ten Commandments, Ten Toppings.
Hope to see you all there.

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May Newsletter

May Newsletter

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:
I asked Lisa to delay sending out our monthly newsletter this month until after the Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut events so that we could share with everyone especially those who could not attend the content of the 3 speakers we had over the two days. On Sunday the 30th April we started our celebrations by paying tribute and remembering the 23,544 Israeli Soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives defending the State of Israel.
Geoffrey Clarfield the Project Director for “Canadians for Balfour 100” then spoke to us about the significance of the Balfour Declaration that was signed in 1917 and then became an integral part of the Mandate for Palestine which was the legal document signed by the League of Nations that outlined the land that was to become Israel in 1948. Geoffrey explained how based on international law Israel is the rightful owner of the land west of the Jordan River including the West Bank Judea & Samaria and that Israel is not an occupier of any land. If you want more information please go to Canadians for Balfour 100 website at www.CanadiansforBalfour100.org. If you want more information on the Mandate for Palestine and Israel’s right to the entire land of Israel visit Mark Vandermaas’s website www.israeltruthweek.org
After some Israeli dancing and an Israeli buffet dinner Geoffrey Clarfield gave another talk “From the Lions of Africa to the Lions of Judah The Curious Tale of John Henry Patterson” who was the first Christian Zionist and a key figure who created a Jewish fighting force during World War I that gave birth to a democracy. A copy of his talk can be found if you go to the following web page
http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_direct_link.cfm/blog_id/65263
On Monday the 1st May we had the opportunity listen to Geoffrey Clarfield and Debbie Rose give us an insight into the history of Yazidi People from Northern Iraq and hear about how their population has dwindled from over 20 million to under 1 million and all through genocides against them. It was an opportunity to learn some history about them and their religion. They also told us about “Project Abraham” that was set up to bring Yazidis to Canada. For more information on “Project Abraham” you can go to www.mozuud.com
Hearing about the story and plight of the Yazidi’s was very moving and for those who could not attend I encourage you to visit Mozuud’s website and hopefully we as a community can come together to help this very worthwhile cause. If anyone is interested in spearheading this initiative please contact me at president@jewishkingston.org or call me at 613-531-1746.
KJC looks forward to continue to work with Geoffrey and the organizations he represents which are Mozuud.org, Speakers action group & Canadians for Balfour 100. Stay tuned and visit our website for information on additional speakers we are looking at bringing to Kingston.
All the above link and websites and contact information for Geoffrey & Debbie will be on the KJC Website at www.jewishkingston.org
Also on Sunday 30th April a group of woman from KJC and the Islamic Society of Kingston held a very successful pot luck brunch as part of our ongoing multicultural and interfaith outreach. Thank you to Debbie Fitzerman and Lyndsay Wise for organizing this event

Ian Sarfin

PROGRAMS:
SAVE THE DATES
June 27 2017 at 7:00pm – AGM; more details to follow

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

CHOIR
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).

ISRAELI DANCING
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.

MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE
On Sunday April 30th, about 30 women from the Jewish and Muslim communities got together to have a potluck brunch hosted at the Kingston Islamic Centre. The potluck came about after our initial supper on March 12th hosted by the KJC to show solidarity with the Muslim community after the shooting in Ste Foy/Quebec City. A number of women connected with each other and wanted to keep the momentum going by creating regular events to foster relationships and dialogue. Since food is a common denominator, a potluck seemed like the best way to connect.

We all brought dishes, many from our respective countries of origin, listed our recipes to share, and connected over food. Once the food was set up, Eram and Debbie (our amazing event organizers) said a few words, along with Erum who talked about the importance of creating a safe space for dialogue and discussion to learn about our similarities and differences, as well as what it means to be Muslim and Jewish women in our society. Eram and Debbie had set up a world map for people to put pins in the countries they are originally from as well as an idea board. Aside from food and conversation, our main activity was to identify our next steps to make sure we generated ideas to meet on a regular basis. With many great ideas floating around, we decided on a BBQ in July.

The reality is that as a group we didn’t need any extra activities or ice breakers. Everyone was friendly, talkative, and warm from the start. Some people got a real kick out of having the recipes and being able to try kugel and pakoras at the same sitting. I ate brunch with women from Indonesia and Pakistan who talked about some of the cultural differences and how their children experienced things differently being born in Canada. We talked about food, how similar our religions are, some of the differences, our families, and how our outlook on food provides a common denominator. Overall, I think these types of connections are important as we continue to develop relationships with members of other religious and minority groups throughout Kingston.

Lyndsay Wise

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CHABAD STUDY SESSION
Chabad will be hosting an all-night Torah-study session Tuesday night, May 30 starting at 10pm, in preparation for the giving of the Torah! Join as we delve into the deepest parts of the Torah (that they never taught in Hebrew School!), the significance of the number 3 and the Talmudic passage recounting the story of Mount Sinai.
Join us together with family and friends on the first day of Shavuot, Wednesday May 31, at 4:30pm for the reading of the 10 Commandments followed by a scrumptious Shavuot dairy feast.
You will be treated to a special Ice Cream Party – Ten Commandments, Ten Toppings.
Hope to see you all there.

CHARLOTTE: A TRI-COLOURED PLAY WITH MUSIC
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.
https://vimeo.com/206019337
password: charlotte

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April Newsletter

April Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

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

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

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

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

CHOIR

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).

ISRAELI DANCING

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.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CHARLOTTE: A TRI-COLOURED PLAY WITH MUSIC

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.
https://vimeo.com/206019337
password: charlotte

Posted by Lisa Cassidy in Newsletter
March Newsletter

March Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: 

I am very pleased to announce that the new KJC website is now live and I encourage everyone to look at it at www.jewishkingston.org. Going forward, this will be the place to go for the most updated information about KJC and other Jewish events in Kingston. Moving forward, we are aiming to make the calendar on the site a community one with info about all Kingston Jewish Events in one place. Anyone wishing to add an event to the calendar should contact Lisa Cassidy, our KJC program coordinator, at coordinator@jewishkingston.org. Lisa can also be contacted if you have any information you would like to have posted on the site.

KJC has many exciting events planned for March & April. More details are included further in the newsletter but the dates are:

Tuesday 7th March Village of Idiots play at the Domino 7:30pm

Sunday 12th March KJC—ISK(Islamic Society of Kingston) Gathering and dinner 5-8pm at the Kingston Unitarian building; space is limited so RSVP soon

Sunday April 23rd Yom Hashoah at Beth Israel

Sunday April 30th Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’Atzmaut at Beth Israel; this event will include several guest speakers (David Ginsberg, Geofrey Clarfield, Salim Mansur, JNF) talking about the Balfour Declaration, Israel, a JNF Kingston Project in Israel, and John Henry Patterson)

Monday May 1st: Speakers Series with Mirza Ismail from the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International

Please mark these dates on your calendars so you can attend

Anti-Semitic incidents in Kingston: Unfortunately over the past few weeks there have been a number of Anti-Semitic incidents occurring in Kingston, on the military base and involving some military personnel. These incidents have been reported to the Military Police who are investigating, and they have also been reported to Bnai Brith and I have contacted the Commander of CFB Kingston to inform him of these incidents. I will also be letting the City Police hate crime unit know.

I urge anyone who is on the receiving end of anything Anti-Semitic or knows about any incidents to let me know by phone 613-531-1746 or email at president@jewishkingston.org so that these incidents can be correctly reported and documented. No matter how large or small the incident is, we can’t allow them to be ignored.

Ian Sarfin

 

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

7:30pm on March 7 2017 – a special fundraiser performance of “The Village of Idiots” by John Lazarus, who will have a Q & A session after the performance.

5-8pm on March 12 2017 – KJC-ISK Gathering and Dinner

April 23 2017 – annual Yom Hashoah Remembrance Program. 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.

yellow candle

April 30 2017 – 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, 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. 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.

More information and details to follow – come join the party!

 

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

 

CHOIR

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).

 

ISRAELI DANCING

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.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

RUSSIAN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

For more information, please contact adelman@queensu.ca or vassili.schedrin@queensu.ca

Jewish Luck (USSR, 1925) Based on stories by Sholem Aleichem. Directed by Aleksei Granovskii. Starring Solomon Mikhoels, Tamara Adelgeim, Moyshe Goldblat.

Jewish Luck was among the first Soviet Yiddish films to be released in the US during the 1920s. Based on Sholem Aleichem’s series of stories featuring the character Menakhem Mendl (played by Solomon Mikhoels, beloved star of Soviet Yiddish stage and informal leader of Soviet Jews assassintated on Stalin’s order in 1948) the film revolves around the daydreaming entrepreneur Menakhem Mendl who specializes in doomed strike-it-rich schemes. Despite Jewish oppression by Tsarist Russia, Menakhem Mendl continues to pursue his dreams and his continued persistence transforms him from schlemiel to hero as the film uncovers the tragic underpinnings of Sholem Aleichem’s comic tales. Notes Village Voice critic Georgia Brown, “The movie’s best intertitle translated from Isaac Babel’s Russian: `What can you do when there is nothing to do?'”

March 5, 2017, 1:30-3:30 Humphrey Hall Auditorium, Queen’s University  

 

Return of Nathan Becker (USSR, 1932) Written by Peretz Markish. Directed by Boris Shpis and Rachel Milman. Starring Solomon Mikhoels, David Gutman, Boris Babochkin.

This rare, newly restored feature was originally advertised as “the first Yiddish talkie from Soviet Russia.” The plot centers on Nathan Becker, a Jewish bricklayer who returns to Russia after 28 years in America. After reuniting with his father (played with comic eccentricity by Solomon Mikhoels) Nathan leaves the shtetl to work in the new industrial center of Magnitogorsk. There, he and his African-American friend Jim soon find that the work habits they acquired in America that helped them to “build New York together” conflict with the Soviet system. While the film’s resolution emphasizes the triumph of socialist productivity, the screenplay by Yiddish author Peretz Markish reflects the warmth and humor of the Jewish spirit.

Return of Nathan Becker is the only Russian Yiddish sound feature film produced in the Soviet Union and was made for domestic consumption as well as for export to the United States.

March 5, 2017, 4:00-5:30 Humphrey Hall Auditorium, Queen’s University

 

Commissar (USSR, 1967) Based on story by Vasily Grossman. Directed by Aleksandr Askoldov. Starring Nonna Mordyukova, Rolan Bykov, Vasily Shukshin

Commissar, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, tells the story from the period of the Russian Civil War (1918–1922), when a female commissar of the Red Army cavalry Klavdia Vavilova (Nonna Mordyukova) finds herself pregnant. Until her child is born, she is forced to stay with the family of a poor Jewish blacksmith. Vavilova seemingly embraces motherhood, civilian life, and new friends. Meanwhile, the frontline advances closer to the town and the Jews expect a pogrom by the White Army as the Red Army retreats. Vavilova attempts to console them with a Communist dream: “One day people will work in peace and harmony,” but the dream is interrupted with a vision of the fate of the Jews in the coming world war.

Soviet censorship was outraged by the film. As a result, its director Aleksandr Askoldov was banned from the profession for life and was told that the single copy of the film had been destroyed.

March 13, 2017, 5:30-8:00 Humphrey Hall Auditorium, Queen’s University

 

Everything Is Illuminated (USA, 2005) Adapted from the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Directed by Liev Schreiber. Starring Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin.

In the words of Roger Ebert, Everything is Illuminated “begins in goofiness and ends in silence and memory. How it gets from one to the other is the subject of the film, a journey undertaken by three men and a dog into the secrets of the past. The movie is narrated by Alex, a Ukranian whose family specializes in ‘tours of dead Jews.’ Alex and his grandfather drive American Jews in search of their roots to the places where many of their ancestors died. It’s a film that grows in reflection. The first time I saw it, I was hurtling down the tracks of a goofy ethnic comedy when suddenly we entered dark and dangerous territory. The second time, I was more aware of the journey Schreiber was taking us on, and why it is necessary to begin where he begins in order to get where he’s going.”

March 20, 2017, 5:30-8:00 Humphrey Hall Auditorium, Queen’s University

AUXILIARY SALES

 

The 2017 Food and Gift Market will be on Sunday March 26th from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at the Shul and once again, we will be having our Collectible and Accessory Table which is made fabulous by you, our members! It’s almost time to Spring clean so here is a list of desirable donations needed… Antiques, old collectibles, chatchkas:

  • Glassware China Statues Cups & Saucers Dishes Cookie Jars Bowls Silver Brass Silverware Pewter
  • Linens Lamps Pictures Stools Chairs Small Desks Side Tables Musical Instruments Costume Jewellery
  • Necklaces Pins Rings Earrings New and Old Gifts, Good Quality Hats, Purses, Belts, Fur, Bags, Wallets

Please call me for assistance, or to make arrangements for pick-up.

Mindy Campeau 613 549-3445

JNF TRIPS TO ISRAEL

Why travel to Israel with JNF?

At the Jewish National Fund & BETT-IHM Tu Bi’Shevat program last Sunday at Beth Israel, parents expressed interest to our “Shlicha” in a JNF trip to Israel.  If you have a group interested in visiting Israel or have a particular focus in mind, give us a shout!    Why travel to Israel with JNF? We might just have the answer, and a trip of a lifetime

For an example of a few of our upcoming trips, click on this link.

Call our office if you are interested in hearing about the type of trip that is of interest to you!

1-866-527-5516, ext. 2

 

TU BI’SHEVAT FOLLOW-UP

 A huge Todah Rabah and Thank You to Noa Friedman, the Educational Shlicha from the Jewish National Fund for visiting our community this past Sunday (February 26th) at Beth Israel, and leading a wonderful Tu BiShevat program that was informative and fun for all ages.  It was our pleasure to welcome her husband Ofer and beautiful children too.  Thank you to all of our helpers Kristina Franklin, Anna Bona, Stacey Reed, Jordan Cohen, Kyriana Bromberg, Gwynneth Dyzak, and Sarah, Daniella, Juliana and Samanntha Springer for purchasing our delicious Israeli “species”, setting tables decorations, pouring wine to resemble the changing seasons, and helping children make magnets and plant.  Your parsley should be sprouting soon, in time for Pesach!   Anna Frankel, Leanne Lieberman, Lisa Cassidy, and Melissa Greenberg (as well as Suzy Polgar and Geraldine Katz-Rose at JNF) were delighted to have a great turn out from both schools!
This year’s Tu BiShevat campaign will raise money for the Western Negev Security Plantings, planting trees along the roads and around the Israeli communities in the western Negev. The citizens of these communities live under the constant threat of sniper fire and rocket attacks from within Gaza.

To see video footage of the area and to understand how vital this project is, please click on this link

If you have not received a call or made a donation yet, there is still time.  Purchase a tree in honour of your child or family member(s), $18 per tree, or $180 for a mature tree.  Tree cards and certificates available to be sent from JNF.  Please contact Roberta at Roberta.katz@jnf.ca – and give Kingston credit towards our first JNF Kingston project in the future!

Residents of Kfar Aza (around 5 km from the Gaza border) speak about the importance of KKL-JNF’s security plantings for the kibbutz:  Yossi Mizrahi has lived in Kfar Aza for 43 years:  The threat of being targeted has significantly decreased since the plantings. Just the fact that we know that we cannot be seen, due to the presence of the trees, gives us a feeling of security. In the past, we could be observed through binoculars from not far away; our movement around the kibbutz could be tracked. Because of the trees, we are no longer spied on right into our living rooms at any given time, and we are safe and saved from being shot.  Orit Braun, Community Director of Kfar Aza has lived in the kibbutz for 37 years:  Any normal person would want to wake up in the morning, see their neighbors across the fence and smile with a greeting of “good morning”. Unfortunately, this simple pleasure is denied us. In response to the hostility from our neighbors, we have had no recourse but to build fences and, more recently, plant security trees. It’s sad, but we have no choice; we want to live. For us, the trees are lifesavers.  We are glad, at least, that the barrier is a green, natural one that blends in with the surrounding nature. This lightens the fact that it is there to protect us from our neighbors.

  1. “Shlicha” Noa Friedman demonstrates how to plant parsley in recycled JNF boxes to teen helpers and students.
  2. Sarah Springer and Jordan Cohen pouring grape juice for the Tu BiShevat Seder with Beth Israel and Iyr HaMelech families.

 

PESACH PREPARED FOODS

 

NOAM GERSHONY’S STORY

 

Queen’s Hillel & JNF Present:
Noam Gershony

Wednesday, March 15th | 7:00PM | Dunning Hall 14

Hear the story of an Israeli Helicopter crash survivor becoming a Paralympic gold medalist. This is an amazing speaker not to be missed!!

Please sign up here to help us estimate numbers: http://hillelontario.org/queens/hillel_event/march-15-2017/

Here’s information on how to get to the room: http://www.classfind.com/queens/room/DUN14

 

Posted by Lisa Cassidy in Newsletter
February Newsletter

February Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

On Saturday 21st January Rabbi Soria, Debbie Fitzerman, Gloria Pivnick and I attended the third annual community Diversity Dinner on behalf of Kingston Jewish Council. It was great to be part of an event that brought together over 150 people from many different cultural and ethnic groups and organizations. The camaraderie and atmosphere in the room was truly amazing. The evening was also an opportunity to hear from Jimmy Hassan who is the CEO of the “Canadian Colours Foundation Kingston” (CCFK) that will be launched this year in Kingston, to promote diversity and multiculturalism. As soon as I receive more information I will distribute it. As President of KJC, I plan to get more involved in the various multicultural events happening in Kingston and to look at getting some dialogues going with small groups of people from the various organizations. Anybody interested in getting involved in these projects please contact me by e-mail at iansarfin@gmail.com or by phone at 613-531-1746. I plan to attend the annual Chinese New Year Pot Luck Dinner celebration on Feb 4th on behalf of KJC.

Looking forward to a busy 2017!

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

7:30pm on March 7 2017 – Kingston Jewish Council is pleased to announce that we have been able to arrange a special performance of “The Village of Idiots” by John Lazarus on TUESDAY 7th MARCH 2017 at the
Davies Foundation Auditorium (Domino Theatre) 52 Church Street Kingston. The play’s author, John Lazarus, will have a Q & A session after the performance. This will be a fundraiser for KJC with funds raised being used towards the cost of our large Menorah which was lit for all 8 days of Hanukkah last year in Springer Market Square and will be for future years, as well as other programming we offer during the year.

KJC looks forward to a great turnout for this event!

April 23 2017 – Yom Hashoah Program

April 30 2017 – Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration of the connection between Israel and Canada, the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and 100 years since the Balfour Declaration

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

CHOIR

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).

ISRAELI DANCING

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 lisa@wassyng.com to confirm class dates.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

RUSSIAN JEWISH FILM FESITVAL

For more information, please contact adelman@queensu.ca or vassili.schedrin@queensu.ca

MISSING BOOK

During her talk on November 11, Ellin Bessner passed an artifact book around the room for attendees to look at; that book is missing. It is a brown soft cover booked titled “Canadian Jews in World War II, Part 1 Decorations” that looks like the image below without the poppy. If you have the book or know where it might be, please drop it off at Beth Israel to the attention of Ian Sarfin.

Posted by Debbie Fitzerman in Newsletter