December Newsletter



December 28 – 10th Annual Light Up the Night!

April 23 2017 – Yom Hashoah Program

April 30 2017 – Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration



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 ( or 613-542-0269) or Ros (


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 to confirm class dates.




The Beth Israel Gift Shop’s annual Chanukah Sale is coming up on December 18. Open to the Beth Israel community 11am-1:30pm and to the public 12:30-1:30pm.


No symbol of a commitment to Israel is more recognizable than the simple, iconic Jewish National Fund Blue Box. It has graced many a mantelpiece or kitchen counter since 1904.

JNF, created in 1901, has not entirely changed its focus from the early days; rather, it has evolved to meet the changing needs of the modern State of Israel.

Where JNF once drained swamps and planted forests, it now conducts cutting-edge water conservation and agricultural research, and is a world leader in research to prevent erosion and desertification, sharing its knowledge and innovations with developing countries around the world.

It creates hiking and cycling trails, and all manner of recreational areas, some specifically designed for the disabled.

JNF’s work includes hospital wings and gardens for patients and their families, as well as creating facilities at women’s shelters. All JNF projects are open to everyone, regardless of religious or ethnic background, and many projects are specifically geared toward Jewish-Arab partnerships.

In Kingston, support for JNF and its important work has always been strong. Kindly drop off your filled Blue Boxes to Beth Israel at the Bader Elkin Talmud Torah Chanukah Party on December 18th, or to Wanda Couling during Beth Israel office hours (Mon-Fri, 9a.m. – 3 p.m.).

Please also consider a donation to the JNF Emergency Campaign, to help in the aftermath of the recent terrible forest fires that have devastated the Israeli landscape, most of which were deliberately set by arsonists. Visit