September Newsletter


As I reflect on my first year as President of Kingston Jewish Council and look at what I set out to achieve in the year 5777 I am very pleased to say that the KJC Board and I have laid a solid foundation for the vision of reaching out to the larger Kingston Jewish community as well as the entire Kingston Community and are now actively engaged or looking at becoming engaged in many community events.

Over the past year I have developed a very good relationship with the City of Kingston and especially with the Mayor who I have had the opportunity to meet with on numerous occasions in an effort to become more visible and involved in making Kingston the diverse city it is.

KJC is also getting more involved with some of the interfaith activities and groups in Kingston to help promote dialogue among the various religious groups in the city and this outreach will continue into 5778 and beyond.

KJC has formed a multi-cultural community outreach committee that is actively working on a number of projects; anyone interested in getting involved please contact me at or the committee chair Lyndsay Wise at

KJC took the initiative in late 2015 to bring all the Kingston Jewish organizations together to look at the future of the community and how we can ensure its sustainability. From this group we were able to organize a number of joint services and events with Beth Israel and Iyr Hamelech congregations, all of which were well attended and enjoyed by all. I plan to ensure that these events will happen again this year. The activity of this initial group had slowed down over the past few months but I’m pleased to let you know that initially Beth Israel was approached by Fred Winegust, a parent of a newer family to Kingston, about setting up a committee to look at how they could grow the congregation. Beth Israel agreed to this request and a committee was formed, however after the initial meeting it became very clear that this initiative was far bigger than just a Beth Israel committee and in order to be successful needs to focus on the greater Kingston Jewish community and therefore should fall under the auspices of Kingston Jewish Council and in this capacity be a continuation of the Future of Kingston group. This has been agreed upon and going forward this will be a KJC-lead initiative. Anyone interested in being involved with this committee please contact me at

KJC receives funding from Jewish Federations Canada – United Israel Appeal to assist in providing the programing and events we do. I am working on strengthening our relationship with JFC-UIA and reaching out to make use of the vast resources available to us in an attempt to offer more varied events and programs and to put Kingston on the Map as the centre of Jewish activity between Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal due to our great location. The key to us continuing to receive funding from JFC-UIA is the success of their annual and ongoing campaigns. So it is very important that the community continues to support them financially as without ongoing donations they cannot continue to fund KJC or the other worthwhile causes that they support. Just for clarification, funds collected by JFC-UIA are not only used to support Israel but are used locally to support the Jewish Federations across the country. In the fall they will be kicking off their annual campaign and Kingston will be hosting a campaign event with a guest speaker (more details to follow). If you want more info on what JFC-UIA does, follow the link on our website at

KJC has also become very involved with a new organization that was started in Kingston this year whose goal is to encourage immigrants to Canada to become Canadians first and follow Canadian values, which is why most of them came to Canada in the first place, while at the same time keeping their beliefs, customs and traditions alive to be passed on from generation to generation and to educate others about their customs, etc. The name of the organization is Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation and you can get more information on their website at Their first major event will be the 4th Annual Diversity Dinner which will be held on Saturday 27th January 2018.

On our new website we will be adding a resource page which I hope will become the go to page for everything Jewish in Kingston. If anyone has any information that would be useful to the greater Jewish community or to people looking for Jewish information on Kingston, please send it to Lisa Cassidy at

On behalf of myself and the KJC Board of Directors, may the year 5778 be a year filled with peace, good health and happiness.

Shana Tova u’metuka     שנה טובה ומתוקה


Ian Sarfin

President KJC (613)531-1746






September 5 at 7:30pm – Speakers Series: Shoebox Drive with I Love First Peoples

September 17 2017 at 1:00pm – Apple Picking at Waddell Apples; bring a picnic lunch if you choose, and join other KJC members to pick apples in preparation for Rosh Hashanah




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
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 ( 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.





Save the Dates


Irving and Regina Lecture in Jewish Studies


This year there will be two Irving and Regina Rosen Lectures.


1, Professor Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University will speak on the subject of “Jesus, the Jewish Storyteller.” October 18, 2017 5:30 pm


Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor in Jewish Studies, and  Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences


  1. Professor Gerald Tulchinsky of Queen’s University will speak on the subject of “In Praise of History and Historians.” February 7, 2018, 5:30 pm.


Gerald Tulchinsky is Professor Emeritus of History at Queen’s University, a leading historian of Canadian Jewish history, and former Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Queen’s.



Jewish Studies Courses 2017-2018


The Following Courses will be offered in the History Department this year:

Jewish and World Civilization, until 1492, Vassili Schedrin

Modern Jewish Nationalism: The Zionist Movement and the Emergence of the Jewish State, Vassili Schedrin

Jewish and World Civilization, since 1492, Vassili Schedrin

Antisemitism in Historical Perspective, Howard Adelman

Gender, Childhood, Family, and Community in Jewish History, Howard Adelman

Shared History, Competing Memories: Pagans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Howard Adelman

Jews without Judaism, Gordon Dueck

Jews on Film, Gordon Dueck

The Holocaust, Gordon Dueck

The Holocaust: Problems and Interpretations, Gordon Dueck

Plural Visions: New World Jews and the Invention of Multiculturalism, Gordon Dueck




Hello! My name is Dor Kwiatek, and I am the Israel Fellow for Queen’s Hillel this year.
As an “Israel Fellow” my job is to strengthen the relationship between the local community and Israel through the students on campus. In Israel, I was working as a Tour Guide under the Ministry of Tourism. I also had a job at The Israel Nature and Parks Authority. I finished my BA at Kinneret College in the Jordan Valley studying “The Land of Israel studies”, which included different subjects such as; History, Archeology, Geology, Climate, Flora and Fauna and many more in relation to the Land of Israel. My Military service consisted of 6 years in regular service as an Officer in the Armored Corps, and almost 7 additional years as a Tank Company Commander in the reserves. I was born in Israel but I actually I grew up in Belgium from age 3-15. Which has given me the ability to know a bit about Jewish life outside of Israel. I’m looking forward to bringing my Israeli culture to Kingston, and to be able to learn about Canada so that I can bring my knowledge back to Israel!



Hi Queen’s Hillel! My name is Ilana Shtivelman and I am extremely excited to join the Hillel family and serve as your Program Coordinator! I cannot wait to meet all of you, and delve into our Jewish journeys and experiences together! Before we all meet, here is a little bit about me: I was born and raised in Israel, and moved to Montreal when I was 8. Then at 15, I moved to the US, where I then went to Penn State University. There, I got my Bachelors in Spanish, French and Communications, and then got a Masters in International Affairs. This past year, I did a Masa program where I volunteered as an English teacher in an elementary school in Israel. In the past couple of years, I was very involved in my own Hillel at Penn State and in other Jewish organizations on campus. I interned in Jerusalem, and I served as a Resident Assistant for almost 3 years, as well. I am very interested in meeting and engaging people and helping them discover their Jewish identities and relationships with Israel, while continuing to do so myself. Good luck this year, I really look forward to meeting you, and I’m so excited for all of our upcoming adventures!!




Whether you are a Jewish woman or a woman involved with a Jewish organization in Kingston ~ Save-the-Date!

Beth Israel Adult Education Invites you to a special Rosh Chodesh event

Sunday, November 12th at 12:00 noon at Beth Israel Synagogue.


Rabbi Elyse Goldstein & Dr. Norma Joseph – In Dialogue

“Jewish Feminism ~ Diversity and Transformation”


Rabbi Goldstein was the first female Reform Rabbi in Canada, and is currently the Rabbi of The City Shul in Toronto.

Dr. Joseph is an Orthodox scholar at Concordia University in Montreal, and wife of the Rabbi Emeritus of the Sephardic Congregation.

They are informed, provocative and up-to-date, and when they appear together on the dias they are doubly enjoyable.


Lunch and Program is $25.00 per person, to be paid at the door.

When invites go out RSVP’s will be accepted. Put this on your calendar for a unique opportunity.





As part of your Jewish New Year, a time of renewal, reflection and mitzvot, please help JNF Canada offer women living with domestic violence a new shelter in Rishon LeZion. 60-75% of women living in abusive relationships have nowhere to go. JNF Canada has partnered with No to Violence Against Women to build a new facility that will house 10-12 families desperately requiring a safe place to live.


Please watch this heartfelt message from the women themselves, and please be part of the solution to help these families.  




Remember that you can donate to the JNF all year round to special projects, tree plantings, commemoration books, and helping to better the lives for everyone living in Israel.


From our family to yours, we wish you all a year of health, happiness and most of all, peace of mind.