March Newsletter


I am very pleased to announce that the new KJC website is now live and I encourage everyone to look at it at 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 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 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




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 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!





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



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




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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



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


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



 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 – 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.






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!!

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