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.

Posted by Lisa Cassidy in Newsletter
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

Posted by Lisa Cassidy in Newsletter
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
January Newsletter

January Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

I am very pleased that, with the help of Jewish Federations Canada-United Israel Appeal, Kingston Jewish Council was able to purchase this wonderful 9 ft menorah that will light up the amphitheater of Springer Market Square for all 8 days of Hanukkah this year and for many years to come. I think this is a great way to acknowledge this the 10th anniversary of KJC’s annual “Light Up The Night” Hanukkah celebration at City Hall. This is a wonderful addition to Market Square and will be put up every year for Hanukkah. If you haven’t seen it already and are unable to attend LUTN on Wednesday December 28th, I urge you to go down to the Market Square amphitheater to take a look. Some pictures are included.

Ian Sarfin

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

5pm on December 28 – 10th Annual Light Up the Night! Join us in the amphitheater behind City Hall for candle-lighting, singing with the KJC Choir, latkes and hot chocolate.

April 23 2017 – Yom Hashoah Program

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

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.

Posted by Debbie Fitzerman in Newsletter
December Newsletter

December Newsletter

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

December 28 – 10th Annual Light Up the Night!

April 23 2017 – Yom Hashoah Program

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

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:

CHALLAH SALES

CHANUKAH SALE

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.

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

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 http://site.jnf.ca/index.php/emergency-update-fires-rage-in-israel/.

Posted by Debbie Fitzerman in Newsletter
November Newsletter

November Newsletter

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

November 11 at 5:30pm – “How Canada’s Jews Fought WWII”

December 28 – 10th Annual Light Up the Night!

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April 23 2017 – Yom Hashoah Program

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

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE, DINNER & GUEST SPEAKER

Kingston Jewish Community will be honouring and remembering all our military veterans and all 17,000+ Canadian Jews who served in WWII at a special event on Friday, Nov 11, 2016 at 5:30pm at Beth Israel.

Professor Ellin Bessner, a journalist and a professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto, will talk about her recently completed book about Canada’s Jewish servicemen and women who fought in the Second World War. The book titled “Double Threat” will be released in April.

  • Dinner Menu
  • Fresh Baked Challah
  • Chicken Soup
  • Spring Mix Salad
  • Chopped Liver
  • Roast Beef with Gravy
  • Chickpea & Lentil Ragout
  • Oven Roasted Potatoes
  • Green & Yellow Beans
  • Fresh Sliced Fruit
  • Blueberry & Cherry Tarts
  • Tea, Coffee & Soft Drinks

Adults: $20.00, Students $12.50, Children (4-10 years) $10.00, Military in uniform Free

Please RSVP to Ian Sarfin at imscatering.consulting@gmail.com by Friday Thursday November 3rd. Cheques made out to KJC can be left at the Beth Israel Office.

HOSTING SHABBAT DINNERS

KJC is looking to connect members of the Jewish community who are willing to host Shabbat dinners with newcomers, students, etc. If you are interested in occasionally hosting a Shabbat dinner, please contact Lisa Cassidy at lisa@wassyng.com. We hope to be able to begin this program in November.

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:

ANNE FRANK EXHIBITION

CHALLAH SALES

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

Going Back to our Roots with the Original Blue Box

The Blue Box was introduced in 1904, three years after the creation of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). It represents a unique connection between world Jewry and Israel, and still plays an important role in teaching the mitzvah of tzedakah, as well as helping to fund JNF’s important projects.

Even as charitable giving changed over the decades, the Blue Box remains as a key element; its educational value remain constant, and reaffirms our partnership with the Land of Israel.

This year, in honour of JNF’s 115th anniversary, JNF Regional Ontario is re-focusing attention on the small but mighty Blue Box.

JNF’s efforts to develop the land, plant parks and forests, and build roads and water reservoirs, has evolved in the 21st century to include cutting edge environmental and agricultural research, nanotechnology to combat desertification, and high-tech solutions for many ecological challenges.

JNF also builds hospital wings, therapeutic gardens, hiking and cycling trails, and facilities for the disabled.

Now is the time to ensure the continuity of a meaningful tradition. Place a Blue Box in your home, fill it with spare change on a regular basis, and turn it in during Kingston’s Chanukah Blue Box Collection efforts.

Posted by Debbie Fitzerman in Newsletter
October Newsletter

October Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

As we get ready to start the year 5777 we need to reflect on how we can make this year better than the previous ones and what is our vision for the future.

As I look at the challenges facing many Jewish communities around the country large and small it is very clear to me that communities cannot continue to survive and grow if they insist on continuing to do business as they have in the past. I believe that this applies to our Kingston Jewish Community as well.

That is why as the new President of Kingston Jewish Council I plan to be a driving force in reaching out to the greater Kingston Jewish Community in the hope of bringing them together to celebrate as many Jewish events as possible as one large family regardless of our religious or political affiliation, instead of at a number of smaller events.

I will continue to reach out to all the Kingston Jewish organizations in an effort to find as much common ground as possible and work with them to offer a broad spectrum of programming that will be appealing to a wider portion of the community and attract all ages.

The Kingston Jewish community is very fortunate that Beth Israel Congregation has such a wonderful Building and I believe it is time to start looking at that building becoming the centre of everything Jewish in Kingston and one day become the home of the Kingston Jewish Community Centre that is actively used by home of all Kingston Jewish organization.

Anybody who is interested in helping to achieve this or has any comments please contact me at 613-531-1746 or iansarfin@gmail.com

Wishing everyone a year filled with peace, good health and happiness.

Shanah Tova u’metuka ומתוקה שנה טובה

Ian Sarfin
President KJC

PROGRAMS:

SAVE THE DATES

September 30 at 2pm – KJC Choir Open Rehearsal for Culture Days in the Wilson Room of the Central Branch (130 Johnson St.) of Kingston Frontenac Public Library

November 11 at 5:30pm – “How Canada’s Jews Fought WWII” Remembrance Day Service, Shabbat Dinner and Guest Speaker

December 28 – 10th Annual Light Up the Night!

WE WELCOME NEW PROGRAMMING IDEAS

HOSTING SHABBAT DINNERS

KJC is looking to connect members of the Jewish community who are willing to host Shabbat dinners with newcomers, students, etc. If you are interested in occasionally hosting a Shabbat dinner, please contact Lisa Cassidy at lisa@wassyng.com. We hope to be able to begin this program in November.

SOUL FOOD

Can you spare an hour of your time a month for a worthy cause? The Soul Food program transports left-over food from the Queen’s University cafeteria to local shelters six nights per week. The program needs volunteer drivers. If you can help one evening a week, or one evening a month, please contact Leonard at harrisle@kingston.net.

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.

COMMUNICATION

If your contact information has changed/will change shortly, please notify us at info@jewishkingston.org to ensure you continue to receive our emails in future.

HIGH HOLIDAYS:

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sunday October 2 and ends at sundown on Tuesday October 4. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday October 11 and ends at sundown on Wednesday October 12. L’Shana Tova!

Congregation Iyr HaMelech

  1. Erev Rosh HashanaSunday October 02nd, 2016, 7:30pm
  2. Rosh HashanaMonday October 03rd, 2016, 10:00am
  3. Erev Yom KippurTuesday October 11th, 2016, 7:15pm
  4. Yom KippurWednesday October 12th, 2016:
    1. Day Service – 10:00am to 1:00pm
    2. Study Session – 3:45 to 4:45pm
    3. Evening Service – 5:00 to 7:10pm
    4. Break the Fast – 7:10pm

Location: Kingston Public Library, Central Branch, 2nd Floor, Wilson Room

Address: 130 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 1X8

**Remember to adhere to City parking regulations during weekday services.

Beth Israel Congregation

Sunday October 2
(Erev Rosh Hashanah)
6:00 p.m. Mincha Ma’ariv
6:25 p.m. Candle Lighting
Monday October 3
(1st Day Rosh Hashanah)
8:30 a.m. Shaharit
9:30 a.m. Child Care (details to follow)
10:00 a.m. Junior Congregation (TBA)
11:00 a.m. Shofar Blowing
5:00 p.m. Tashlich & Honey Cake @ Lake
6:00 p.m. Mincha & Ma’ariv
7:31 p.m. Candle Lighting
Tuesday October 4
(2nd Day Rosh Hashanah)
8:30 a.m. Shaharit
9:30 a.m. Child Care (details to follow)
10:00 a.m. Junior Congregation (TBA)
11:00 a.m. Shofar Blowing
6:30 p.m. Mincha, Ma’ariv
7:30 p.m. Havdalah
Sunday October 9 11:00 a.m. Ke-ver Avot
Beth Israel Cemetery
Tuesday October 11
(Erev Yom Kippur)
6:10 p.m. Candle Lighting
6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre – All our vows
Wednesday October 12
(Yom Kippur)
8:30 a.m. Shaharit
9:30 a.m. Child Care (details to follow)
11:00 a.m. Yizkor (approximately)
5:00 p.m. Mincha – Book of Jonah – Ne’ilah
Ma’ariv
7:15 p.m. Shofar Call
Havdalah – End Fast

Chabad of Kingston

Rosh Hashana

We are getting ready for the New Year at Chabad!

Come join us for traditional High Holiday Services. Popular songs with inspiring Rosh Hashanah messages will be interspersed throughout the prayer. There is no charge and all are welcome.

A place to celebrate the High Holidays with friends and good company, Chabad provides you with many opportunities to ensure that your holidays are as meaningful as possible!

Come to one or all!

October 2nd: Rosh Hashana Evening Services @Campus 6:45pm-7:15pm

October 3rd: Prayer services @ Chabad 251 Brock St. (corner of Clergy) 9:30am- 1pm – YomTov Lunch to follow.
Shofar @ 11:30am

October 3rd: Rosh Hashana Evening Services @ Chabad 7:15-7:45pm

October 4th: Prayer services @ Chabad 9:30am-1pm – YomTov Lunch to follow.
Shofar @ 11:30am
Make sure to hear the Shofar!

Yom Kippur

Make this Yom Kippur extra meaningful where the timeless themes of Yom Kippur are imbedded throughout the prayer.

Popular songs with inspiring Rosh Hashanah messages will be interspersed throughout the prayer. There is no charge and all are welcome.

October 11th: Kol Nidrei – 6:15pm

October 12th: Shacharit – 10am

Yizkor – 12:30pm

Mincha – 4:30pm

Neilah -Closing Service – 6:00pm

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

AT THE SCREENING ROOM

ANNE FRANK EXHIBITION

Monday, September 26 through Saturday, November 26
Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street, Kingston
Presented in partnership with Anne Frank House, Amsterdam through the generous sponsorship of anonymous donors.

Anne Frank’s story continues to resonate with people around the world, and is revealed through images and words in Anne Frank – A History for Today. While the exhibition focuses on one particular family’s experience during the Holocaust, the story is universal and encourages visitors to consider the effects of prejudice, discrimination, exclusion and violence.

Open to all ages. Recommended for adults and youth in grades 5 and up.

Special Events

These events will be held within the exhibition space. Visitors who wish to view the panels are encouraged to arrive early.

Music for Anne
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm

The Kingston Jewish Community Choir, Dolce Trio and pianist Clare Gordon will perform a selection of classical and Hebrew pieces in a musical evening of remembrance.

Five Courageous Helpers: my family’s precarious survival in Holland
Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm

Jochebed Katan, a Holocaust survivor, will share her remarkable story. Jochebed was born during the war, very close to Anne’s Secret Annex. Her family was preserved through sacrifice and courage.

Exhibition Hours and Closures

  • Mondays 9-9
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-9
  • Fridays and Saturdays 9-5

Please note that the exhibition will be closed to the public on:

  • Monday, October 3 from 9 am-1pm
  • Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, October 11 from 5-9 pm
  • Wednesday, October 12
  • Friday, October 21
  • Monday, October 24 from 5-9 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings have been reserved for visits by local schools. Please contact annefrank.kingston@gmail.com for more information.

BETH ISRAEL AUXILIARY NEWS

IMS Catering in conjunction with Beth Israel Auxiliary is selling challah (plain $7, raisin $8) that can be picked up 12-2pm or by appointment on the following Fridays:

  • 7th & 21st October
  • 4th & 18th November
  • 2nd & 23rd December
  • 13th & 27th January
  • 10th & 24th February
  • 10th & 24th March

Please place your order by emailing janespringer@live.com by the Wednesday before.

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND, REGIONAL ONTARIO WISHES YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

For the upcoming holidays, send good wishes to a loved one with a JNF High Holiday card. By donating to JNF you link your greeting and the name of the recipient with the historic effort to build the Jewish land. Click here to select a card and call the JNF office at 1-866-527-5516, xt 4 for us to send cards out for you!

JOIN JNF’S SMALL COMMUNITY MISSION TO ISRAEL THIS MARCH! Members of some of the smaller communities across the country are getting together in Israel for a one-of-a-kind trip. Click here for information on the itinerary, costs and how to join! Go to Israel the JNF way!

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A visit with the Jews of Kingston

A visit with the Jews of Kingston

by Ben Rose • June 15, 2012

From the Canadian Jewish News, January 7, 1999

Kingston is a city full of surprises for a Jewish reporters from the big city of Toronto.

For one thing, the Kingston Jewish Community Council spreads an umbrella over the unaffiliated Jews, as well as those of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform persuasions. The unaffiliated 50 members pay $10 a year to belong. And some belong to both the Orthodox and Reform congregations.

For another, it is a small city where the Jewish population, about 1,200 including 400 Queen’s University students, is as large, or larger, than it ever was. For this to be appreciated, think of all the small cities and towns in Canada that once had a thriving Jewish community and now have trouble assembling a minyan.

And then there is Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Elkin, 54, a native of Montreal and the first Canadian-born rabbi the community has ever had. He rides a bicycle to his office at the Beth Israel Synagogue. His wife Gittel, who hails from New York, is a holistic healer.

If you want to talk to a real pioneer, then drop in on Faygel Cohen, a 91-year-old straight-backed connoisseur of fine arts, and lifetime volunteer extraordinaire. As the daughter of the well-loved Rabbi Jacob Gordon of Toronto, she first came to Kingston 65 years ago in a roadster (a Hupmobile), driven by her late husband, Sheldon Cohen.

And there is the surprising news that Kingston is just behind Victoria as the retirement capital of Canada. Retired Jews, as well as others, are drawn to this Lake Ontario community which is so well located, being handy to sons, daughters and grandchildren not only in Kingston, but in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

But lest you think Kingston is a veritable garden of paradise, a walk along Princess Street on a cold, crisp autumn evening will reveal a number of drifters, unemployed and young people hanging around the usual places, like they do in the big city.

And there are poor Jews in Kingston, because one of the problems the Jewish Community Council is wrestling with, is how to help those who need economic assistance.

To the outsider, the Kingston Jewish community presents a united front, because its members work at it.

Twice, motions to change the affiliation of Beth Israel from Orthodox to Conservative have been defeated, the rationale being that the steadfast Orthodox would not have any place to pray. The beautiful sanctuary at Beth Israel has separate seating for women and men.

The Iyr HaMelech Reform Synagogue, founded 10 years ago with 68 families (compared with 125 families at Beth Israel), holds its services in a hall at Queen’s University.

According to Iran-born Moussa Cohanim, 70, a past president of Iyr HaMelech, the congregation has an equal number of old-time Kingston families and newcomers. “They come and go,” said the retired physician, who practiced medicine in Toronto for six years before coming to Kingston 30 years ago.

“I enjoy sailing, I like the summer and fall here, and as for the winter, you have to live with it. It’s an easy place to get out of, to go to Montreal or Toronto, or south to Syracuse. It is so popular a retirement community, that we probably have too many seniors now.”

Like Cohanim, Frank Lewis, an economics professor at Queen’s, and president of Iyr HaMelech, said he likes life in Kingston because it is more laid back than a big city, its ecological record is good, and it has excellent health services. He has lived in Kingston for 25 years.

The intermarriage rate among members of the Reform synagogue is “fairly high,” he said, but it applies to less than half of its members.

The decline in discrimination against Jews during and after World War II, opened up academic posts at Queen’s, and about 75 Jews are on its faculty.

Rabbi Barbara Bortz of Montreal, is in her second year as Iyr HaMelech’s part-time rabbi, and when she is not on hand, the services are conducted by lay members. Its Talmud Torah has 35 children, the highest in its history.

Some people have dual membership in Orthodox Beth Israel and Reform Iyr HaMelech because they want to pray and be comfortable in one surrounding while supporting, in principle, the other synagogue. What a disclaimer for that joke about the Jew, all alone on a desert island, who builds two synagogues, and wouldn’t be caught dead in one of them.

When Wally Viner, Jewish Community Council president, explains it to the bug-eyed Toronto reporter, he has the nonchalant air of a man who can’t understand why it causes such a fuss.

A successful Ottawa-born lawyer, he has lived in Kingston for 35 years. His wife Elaine has just become president of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, a post previously held by him. They are the chamber’s first husband and wife team to be presidents.

Kingston’s biggest problem, Viner said, is that it needs another 200 Jewish families so they can support their own butcher and baker.

The way in which Jews and non-Jews in Kingston get along is shown by the campaign headed by businessman Irving Rosen to plant 100 full-grown trees in the area ravaged by last winter’s ice storm in eastern Ontario.

Some trees have already been planted in a Kingston park. So far, $60,000 has been raised, and Wally Viner, Jewish Community Council president and a past president of the Orthodox synagogue Beth Israel, is confident the goal of $70,000 will be reached. “It has been well supported by the general community.”

Tracing his ancestry back to the first Jews who landed in Quebec in the 18th century, Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Elkin, who has called Kingston his home for more than a year, does his part to promote unity. For instance, he invited students of Iyr HaMelech’s Talmud Torah to help decorate the sukkah at Beth Israel, this year.

He obtained his undergraduate degree at Yeshiva University in New York, his rabbinic training at Mesivta of Staten Island, and his smichah from Rabbi Leib Baron in Montreal.

He has another connection with Kingston. His grandfather, Mark Wolf of Montreal, adopted Dr. Alfred Bader, a young survivor from Vienna, when the latter came to Canada, subsequently graduating in chemical engineering from Queen’s. Bader, now an industrial tycoon, donated a castle to Queen Elizabeth, and has backed several charitable events.

“My wife and I liked the idea of coming to a small community with a good ecological track record,” said Rabbi Elkin. “The quality of life here is exceptional, and the community celebrates together.”

For the interview, he is dressed informally, wearing a sweater over his tzitzit, as he does when he conducts business in the shul office, five minutes away from his home by bicycle. He is the principal of Beth Israel’s Talmud Torah with its 30 students, ranging in age from three to 13.

He teaches a high school class in the Talmud Torah and is a consultant to Hillel for Queen’s students, whose headquarters is on the property owned by the synagogue next door. He has also been invited to teach at the Jewish Studies Institute of Queen’s.

He taught at the Hebrew Academy and the Akiva school in Montreal, and for nine years, was education and youth director at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount, with 1,640 members, where he conducted many weddings and funerals.

He and his wife visit Montreal and Toronto often to see the rabbi’s parents, two brothers and a sister in Montreal, and the family of son Shalom-Zion (Sam), a Thornhill businessman. A daughter, Abbie Krupnik and her husband Alex, live in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I don’t care if the Jewish community in Kingston is bigger than the one in Moose Jaw, or anywhere else, all I know is that we live in a great place here,” said Mort Abramsky, 71, a businessman whose forbearers came to Kingston 106 years ago and operated the famous Joseph Abramsky store. “I know everyone and they know me,” he said.

His wife, the former Shirley Borden, comes from Glace Bay, N.S. One of their sons, Jay, is an executive of Mort Enterprises in Kingston. Another son, Leon, is in real estate in Toronto, while daughter Karen is married to Dr. Howard Conter, a Halifax physician.

In her cosy apartment, overlooking Lake Ontario, pioneer Faygel Cohen recalls the time her late husband took her out sailing shortly after their marriage in 1934. “I was terrified by the high waves and vowed never to go again.”

But Cohen did like fishing and spent many a happy hour on the St. Lawrence River. They had a cottage on Deadman’s Bay, the only one in the area that had lights, a fringe benefit of her husband’s battery business.

Using a walker because of arthritis, but otherwise in relatively good health, this bright-eyed woman confessed that her favorite piece of art in the apartment is an abstract painting on the walls that she did herself.

Cohen has known discrimination, being turned down because of her Jewish faith when she applied to the University of Toronto library school in 1929, after graduating from the university as a social worker.

She speaks fondly of the persistence her late husband showed in courting her, even after she told him there was no way she would leave Toronto for the wilds of Kingston. “The moon will turn green but some day I’ll get you to marry me,” he teased her. They had a four-month part honeymoon, part business trip in Europe.

The daughter of a rabbi, she was raised in a house where her father’s word was the law. “We were impressed that Sheldon’s family had two cars, because we couldn’t even afford one.”

Why did Kingston’s Jewish community thrive while so many others went down hill?

To this question, Cohen’s reply came quickly: “Because the community had good leaders, like my late husband.”

The voluntary work Cohen did, and still does on behalf of organizations in Kingston, reveals a deep commitment to the ideals of a unified community. ♦

Courtesy of the Rose family. © 2012 by the family of the late Ben Rose.

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