February Newsletter


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!



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



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


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



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


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.