October Newsletter


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           

He was also featured in the Times of Israel:

Ian Sarfin
President KJC (613)531-1746   president@jewishkingston.org



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!



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.


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


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



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.



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.


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.


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.