Light Up the Night 2020

Get ready, Kingston! KJC’s annual Light Up the Night is BACK this year – and it’s going virtual!
🕎Starting on December 10, watch videos of how we celebrate Hanukkah on KJC’s new YouTube channel (https://youtube.com/channel/UC-EYPdNoa8w8gCmut_rpWzw)
🕎On December 15 at 7pm, join members of the community and the Kingston Jewish Community Choir for a schmooze and sing-along on Zoom.
🕎On December 16 at 4:30pm, watch live on Facebook (https://facebook.com/JewishKingston) or YouTube as the candles are lit in Downtown Kingston.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you all!
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Aaron Palmer Trust to support Jewish seniors in Kingston

Thanks to the generosity of the estate of the late Aaron Palmer the Kingston Jewish Council is able to provide up to $2500.00 to those in need. Applications can be made using the attached form. They will be held in confidence and considered by a small group of the KJC Executive. Eligibility will be guided by the following:

that you live in the Kingston area, are Jewish, 65 years of age or older and have a total household income of less than $30,000.

These criteria are guides and not fixed rules as we wish to administer this fund as was intended by Aaron Palmer – with compassion and flexibility.

For application and more information please click here

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Light Up the Night 2018

A wonderful annual event, fun for all ages!

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Cooking in Hebrew

Contact zaaronz@gmail.com to sign up. Future classes will take place on November 25, 2018 and January 21, 2019 (more information to come). Sign up for one or all.

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Special Event

 

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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

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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

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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/

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