June Newsletter


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)


  • 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)



June 27 2017 at 7:30pm – AGM

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


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



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.


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