Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 24, 2014 Shabbat Bemidbar

Congregation Dorshei Emet

Shabbat Bemidbar
Bentsch Rosh Hodesh Sivan - Friday

May 24, 2014 / 24 Iyar, 5774   

Torah: Numbers 3:40 - 4:16 (Etz P. 781)
Maftir: Numbers 4:17 - 20 (Etz P. 785)
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1 - 22 (Etz P. 787)

Torah Reader: Barry Frank
Haftarah Reader: Paul Horowitz
Parnassim: Georgette Bensimon, Warren Litwin 

This week's Kiddush is sponsored by the Lazar family in memory of Larry Lazar, z"l 

Please join us on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

This 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.

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.  

June 7 at 10am
Have you read Torah or Haftarah, helped out in the kitchen for a potluck, greeted on Shabbat morning, participated in the weekly minyan, helped out on a committee, worked on one of our many festivals and celebrations, participated on the Board, or given your time, energy and support to one of our many programs, services and initiatives? If the answer is yes, then please be our guest and join us as we pay tribute to our many volunteers at our first Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat.  Our volunteers are what make our synagogue so unique and we look forward to honoring you. 
Please RSVP by June 2 at

Following Kiddush on June 7 we'll hold our final Farbrengen of the year.
Please join us for a very special event.
Esther Frank, professor of Yiddish literature at McGill University will do readings of these
acclaimed women poets and lead a discussion.
Henri Oppenheim, klezmer musician who has set this poetry to music, will perform.
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. 

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 10 pm
Please contact the office if you would like to bake or buy a cheesecake 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/Yizkor: 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).

Shavuot Friends and Family Services and Blintzes/Tiramisu Making
Wednesday, June 4, 10am-12:30pm
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. 

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)
Daniel ben Kalman v'Tziporah (Daniel Roth)
Liebe bat Reizel v Yaakov
Miriam bat Tilka v Schoel
*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 24-30, 2014/ 24 Iyar - 1 Sivan, 5774   
Annie Backman, mother of Stanley Backman  
Molly Blaichman, mother of Edith Kornacki  
Rebecca Bonder, sister of Ely Bonder  
Naomi Bress, stepmother of Hannah Winer  
Mark Burstein, father of Irving Burstein  
Jack Chernin, father of Mark Chernin  
Henry Chinks, father of Judith Fish  
Albertine Dabby, grandmother of Chantalle Kudsi-Zadeh
Lutz Dannenbaum, father of Elizabeth Dannenbaum
Michael Elman, husband of Judith Elman, father of Ken Elman
Saul Israel Fremeth, husband of Muriel Fremeth  
Hy Hass, stepfather of Warren Litwin  
Gordon Kaufman, father of Terry Kaufman  
Sharon Klein, sister of Sandor Klein  
Wolfe Mendelzys, father of Michael Mendell  
Dorottya Sarosi, mother of Judith Klugerman  
Paul Sarosi, father of Judith Klugerman  
Fred Schertzer, father of Nathan Schertzer  
Marjorie Schneller Dewitz, mother of Barry Lazar  
Max Silver, husband of Vivian Silver  
Mickey Fleishman Sugar, mother of Harriet Miller  
Imre Toth, father in law Brigitte Albert  
Edward Weigens, husband of Florence Shapiro Weigens, father of David Weigens
*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).
MAY 27 7:30 PM
Will be held at: Galerie Avenue Art / Kaffe à la Galerie
731 de la Commune Street @ Queen St. (2nd floor)  Montreal, QC
Please RSVP:
Admission ($10) INCLUDES A DRINK ON THE HOUSE! Free doorprize to be drawn : CAMMAC $300 rebate.
A portion of the proceeds goes to : KIDS HELP PHONE
Feel free to bring nibblies. Cash bar for your convenience.

Monday, May 26, 7 p.m.
John Molson School of Business Bldg. (MB 7.25_), 450 Guy St., Métro Guy-Concordia
FREE ADMISSION; live piano performance, reception to follow RSVP: 514-848-2424, ext. 4397, or

Join Italian pianist and musicologist Francesco Lotoro as he presents extensive research on the 4,000 musical works recovered from prison camps. Through research and  performance, Lotoro breathes new life into forgotten musical works and courageous composers who refused to surrender their freedom of artistic expression.
Presented by the Azrieli Foundation, Concordia University and the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

May 27th 11am to 2:30pm
June 1st 11am- 2:30pm
Did you know that Montreal Jewish cuisine is central to its culinary heritage and fabric? Some of Montreal's most iconic dishes and emblematic establishments are Jewish. Learn about this community, their eats and historical presence in the now very hip Plateau and Mile End. We will tell a story of survival, hard-work, prosperity and class and ideological conflict through eating and visiting the classic spots and stopping at some historical sites where anecdotes are lingering! Lots of kibitzing to be had! $30 per person plus Tax. For information: (514)812-2003 or at

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - Cote St Luc Dramatic Society
June 3 - 21 Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.
DE members Elvi Dalgarrd and Ilana Nyveen are appearing in the play Catch Me if You Can, put on by the Cote Saint Luc Dramatic Society. 
Tickets are on sale online at or at the Côte Saint-Luc library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6800 ext. 2024.

Sunday, June 15 at 7:00 pm at the Ukrainian National Federation, 405 Fairmount West, corner of Hutchison
KlezKanada in co-operation with the Mile End Chavurah presents a special Yiddish Dance Party. 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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