Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 17, 2014 Shabbat Bechukotai

Shabbat Bechukotai
Family Shabbat
Bar Mitzvah of Cameron Gould

May 17, 2014 / 17 Iyar, 5774   

Torah: Leviticus 27:9-31 (Etz P. 754)
Maftir: Leviticus 27:32-34 (Etz P. 756)
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 (Etz P. 763)

Torah Reader: Cameron Gould, Barry Frank
Haftarah Reader: Cameron Gould
Parnassim: Deborah Kraus, Nicole Allio, Pearlann Goldenberg

This week's Kiddush is sponsored by Cindy Sherwin and Jon Gould in celebration of Cameron becoming a Bar Mitzvah

A Message from the President
Dear members,
We are glad to announce that through the devoted work of Executive Vice President Jeremy Becker and of Rabbi Aigen, Rabbi Julia Appel's contract has been renewed until the end of May 2015. Her position for the new period will carry extended hours and new responsibilities, to include outreach and volunteer engagement amongst others, but will maintain its focus on youth, families, and holiday programming. It will also carry a new title, that of Assistant Rabbi, in recognition of Rabbi Julia's significant contribution to our community and to honor her professional standing. We know Rabbi Julia will continue to enrich, engage and challenge us, and we look forward to seeing her more often among us.
Rosana Caplan

Thank you to Guess Who's Coming to Shabbat Hosts!
Thank you to everyone who hosted Shabbat dinner this past week as part of our second installment of Guess Who's Coming to Shabbat! Over 60 Dorshei congregants took part in a GWCTS dinner. Special thanks to Sara Ravel for her coordination this time around. If you hosted, please send us your photos so that we can include them on our Facebook page! Stay tuned for our schedule for the coming year, and start thinking about hosting next time!

PRAYING FROM THE HEART: Toward a joyful, meaningful 
Jewish prayer practice - with Rabbi Julia Appel
Thursdays from 8 pm -9 pm 
If you've been looking for a way to rethink, redefine and reenergize your interaction with prayer, this class is for you. Gather with fellow seekers for an exploration of prayer and what it could mean for your life.
For more information, contact Rabbi Julia, Please call the office to RSVP (514) 486 9400 or
May 15: "What Is the Purpose of Prayer?"
May 22: "The Tension Between Routine and Inspiration"
May 29: "Cultivating Gratitude and Joy".

Friday, May 23 at 6:30pm
Join us for a warm, casual, and musical Kabbalat Shabbat experience designed especially for families and welcoming of all. We'll join together for an upbeat, musical service with Rabbi Julia and guest musicians, share a potluck Shabbat dinner, and spend time with new friends and old. Supervised games for kids after dinner! If you are interested in playing an instrument at the service, be in touch with Rabbi Julia. For the Potluck: Please bring a vegetarian dish to share, cut and ready to serve, to feed at least 10 people. Also please bring hallah, candlesticks, and Kiddush wine for your family. Please RSVP to Cynthia Weinstein at or (514) 487-9030.

Youth Group Kick-Off Event: Laser Tag and Pizza night!
Sunday, May 25, 6-8pm
By popular demand, it's our first youth group outing! Enjoy a fun evening of pizza and laser tag with your Dorshei Emet friends. Tweens and teens age 11-16 welcome! Please RSVP to Yana in the office, 514-486-9400 by May 18 as we need to reserve spots with Laser Quest. Cost: $20, includes two games of laser tag and pizza dinner. Our pre-bnei mitzvah teacher's aide Jimmy Gutman will be staffing the event; let us know if you might be able to parent chaperone! For questions, contact Rabbi Julia,
Laser Quest Montreal, 1226 Ste-Catherine Ouest,

May 27, at 7:30 pm
We are currently in the process of recruiting and registering participants for the upcoming Pre B'nei Mitzvah Group, and are asking for your help in spreading the word about our unique program.  As graduates of the program you and your child are in best possible position to share your experiences with friends, family, colleagues and neighbors.  If you know the family of a child who will be entering grade 6 in the fall and who is looking for a program that:
  •        Provides a family learning experience
  •        Is welcoming of inter-faith families
  •        Encourages a modest congregational Kiddush
  •        Offers equal participation for men and women
  •        Focuses on Jewish values and becoming ethical people
then please ask them to call us, or provide us with their contact information, so we can get in touch with them.
We are hosting a Parent Information Session on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30pm.  Both Rabbi Ron and Rabbi Julia will be on hand to meet with parents and share with them the exciting plans for this coming year's program.
Thank you all in advance for your help.  

On September 21, 2014 the city of Hampstead will be celebrating its Centennial with a parade and Dorshei Emet has been invited to participate by creating a float. It would be a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation for the city and to re-introduce our synagogue to its people. If you would like to help design, build, and/or present a float, if you have a vehicle that could accommodate it, if you have ideas and enthusiasm to lend to this project, please call the office TODAY (514) 486-9400 The deadline for registration in the parade is May 21.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30pm for the Annual General Meeting 

Report of the Year 
To view the report, please click here.

Sixth Annual "Friends and Family"
End-of-Year BBQ and Talent Show
Sunday, June 8
4:30pm, Rain or shine
Celebrate the beginning of summer with Dorshei Emet at our End-of-Year BBQ. We'll provide delicious kosher BBQ hot dogs with veggie options. Please bring a dairyfree
(pareve) side dish to share -- salads, hummus, baba ganoush, crudité, fruit, cole slaw, potato salad, etc. Sign up to share your musical and performing talents for the second annual Dorshei Emet Talent Show. Contact Cynthia Weinstein (514) 487-9030 or at to RSVP or to get on the performers list. Because of the
holiday of Shavuot, please RSVP before Monday, June 2 to help us ensure there are enough hot dogs and supplies. 

SHAVUOT SERVICES - Friends & Family
Ruth Richler Memorial Lectures June 3 & 4:
This Shavuot, explore Torah and its many facets with Dorshei Emet and guest speaker Rabbi  Andrea Weiss, Ph.D.

June 3, Erev Shavuot
"Seventy Faces of Torah: Who Wrote the Bible and Why it Matters"
Services: 8 pm
Cheesecake, coffee and tea to follow at 10pm
Please contact the office if you would like to bake or buy for the reception.

On Shavuot we celebrate the giving of Torah on Mt. Sinai. But how did the Five Books of Moses as a literary document come about? The Torah is filled with parallel and often contradictory narratives and laws. How do we account for these discrepancies? What do they tell us about the nature of Torah and who put it together? More importantly, as contemporary Jews, what larger teaching can we draw from this understanding of Torah?

June 4, Shavuot Morning
"Hearing the Voice of  Sinai Today: Women Wrestling with Torah"
Services: 10am

Using The Torah: A Women's Commentary as a guide, we will explore the biblical account of the divine revelation at Mt. Sinai. Our focus will be on Moses' command to "not go near a woman" in advance of this dramatic moment (Exodus 19:15).

Holiday Services and Blintzes/Tiramisu Making
Wednesday, June 4
We begin our celebration of Shavuot at 10am with a musical Family Shavuot Service led by Rabbi Julia - singing, movement, discussion, and storytelling about the holiday of Shavuot. At 11am we head downstairs to the kitchen to create delicious Shavuot delicacies with Patrizia - blintzes and tiramisu! It is a tradition on Shavuot to eat dairy foods because in the verse from Song of Songs (4:11), it is written "Like honey and milk [the Torah] lies under your tongue;" just as a baby is sustained by milk, we are spiritually sustained by Torah. We'll say Kiddush together and taste our efforts. We then join the main sanctuary for the end of the Shavuot holiday service, followed by congregational Kiddush lunch. The Toddlers' Room on our second floor balcony will be open for small children accompanied by an adult. Toys and games are available and the room is equipped with audio feed from the sanctuary. 

To Cindy Sherwin and Jon Gould on their son Cameron becoming a Bar Mitzvah, and to grandmother, Barbara Sherwin.

To Sima Brockstein on the recent marriage of her son Dr. Timothy David Lymberiou to Melika Demers Drouin.

Zvi ben Taibel v'Yosef (Harry Fainsilber) 
Yehudit bat Shalom v'Frieda (Odette Chonchol)  
Eliahu ben Leah v'Yacov (Charley Levy)
Frayda Laya bat Devora ve Yaacov  (Linda Camlot)
Moshe ben Yaacov ve Gittel (Morris Camlot)    
Nehama bat David v'Teme (Nadene Solomon)
*If someone needs an extra blessing for someone who is sick, please email  with their hebrew name, parents hebrew name, their english name. If a member who is ill is in hospital, kindly give us the name of the hospital and room number as well.

May 17-23, 2014/ 17-23 Iyar, 5774   
Henry Baron, father of Murray Baron
Peter Etcovitch, brother of Betty Spiegel
Larry Frank, brother of Barry Frank
Hyman Gerchicoff, father of Barry Gerchicoff
Annie Marks Goldman, mother of Beryl Goldman and the late Ralph Goldman 
* Josephine Gotfrit, sister  Sheila Greenberg
Joseph Benny Kastner, brother Reva Bercovitch
Samuel Lecman, father of Miguel Lecman
* Sadie Lieff, mother of   Lois Lieff
Morty Mayberger, brother of Ruth Eliesen
Harry Michelin, father of John Michelin
Libby Litwin Michelin, mother of John Michelin
Alex Nemes, father of Judith Nemes Black
Todd Prout, husband of Heather Prout
Rae Rosen, mother of Shara Rosen
Doris Schanfield, mother of Frances Schanfield
Dov Sela, father of Carmela Aigen
Shirley Sonberg, mother of Melissa Sonberg
Zula Wigdor, mother of Ron Wigdor
*Names with an asterisk (*) indicate a memorial plaque in our sanctuary. We encourage you to add your late loved one's name to our memorial board for an everlasting tribute. To do so, please call the office at 514-486-9400.
If you would like an Aliyah for a yahrtzeit on a Shabbat morning, please identify yourself to a Parnass when you come into the sanctuary.

John Lucas is having an exhibition of his photos. Vernissage on Saturday, May 17th, from 2 to 5 p.m. 
The exhibit runs until June 15 - please come have a look.
Where: Galerie Youn (5226, boul. St. Laurent).

Straight from Hot Docs in Toronto, "COME WORRY WITH US!" 
Helene Klodawsky's newest documentary, will play at Cinema du Parc. May 16-18, 
9:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 PM on Sunday.
The film profiles violinist Jessica Moss and singer/songwriter Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mount Zion, as they try to tour across North America with a toddler.

Tickets are now on sale, and we hope you'll come along and see what we've made. All info is here: 
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow reviews  
"A Guide for the Perplexed" by Dara Horn
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2 p.m.

JPL Presents - Afternoon Book Review Series:
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow reviews  A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

The documentary, "Yiddish: a tale of survivalwill be screened on PBS Mountain Lakes Thursday, May 22, at 9pm.
There will also be an interview on Mountain Lakes PBS about the documentary which can be accessed from their website: PBS Moutain Lakes Journal

KlezKanada in co-operation with the Mile End Chavurah presents a special Yiddish Dance Party on Sunday, June 15 at 7:00 pm at the Ukrainian National Federation, 405 Fairmount West, corner of Hutchison. Steve Weintraub, the renowned Philadelphia-based Yiddish dance instructor, accompanied by The Rachel Lemisch Tantzhoyz Spectacular, will lead and teach Yiddish/international dance aficionados, both experienced and novices.
The evening is being held free of charge with the support of CJA Generations Fund and The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal. 

Minyan takes place most Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am, followed by breakfast. Monday is a traditional davening and Torah reading. Wednesday is a Mindfulness Meditation minyan.
If you are saying Kaddish, observing a yahrzeit, or marking a special occasion, please join us.  It is a wonderful way to start the week or the day in a warm and inspiring ambiance among friends. 

To confirm, please contact Irv Perlman, at 514.733.1874 or

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