October Newsletter


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



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!



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.


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.


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 lisa@wassyng.com to confirm class dates.


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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
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




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.


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.



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!