THE NEWSLETTER OF THE March/April 2009 Adar/Nissan 5769 PURIM! Purim is around the corner! We all know the story – Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews was thwarted by a series of amazing events and bizarre coincidences involving Esther and Mordechai. There was no overt miracle, but many events occurred that were “hidden” miracles – and in fact Queen Esther’s name is from the Hebrew word that means “hidden.” Please join us at the shul for the reading of the megillah, followed by the Purim Carnival, for kids of all ages: Monday evening, March 9, starting at 7:00 p.m. PASSOVER Passover is coming soon. The first Seder is Wednesday April 8. The first two days of Passover are Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10, and the last two days are Wednesday and Thursday, April 14 and 15, 2009. We look forward to seeing you at services on those days. Be sure to join us for a pre-Pesach Oneg Shabbat, Friday Night Dinner & program on Saturday, April 3rd. Take a break from Pesach cooking and cleaning. Enjoy a traditional four-course roast chicken dinner with all the extras for the whole family. For details, please see the flyer! Pages of Pride – Pride of Israel Synagogue – Page 2 HOW TO CONTACT US Pride of Israel Synagogue 59 Lisson Crescent North York, ON M2R 2P2 (416) 226-0111 Office hours Monday to Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-1, Closed Jewish and statutory holidays. DONATIONS In ancient times, visitors to the Temple in Jerusalem made donations to the Temple, today Jews donate to charity. Giving to charity is an important Jewish value. In honour of your loved ones, you may donate to a charity of your choice: the merit of this is shared with the departed so they and you both benefit. And of course, you get a tax credit as well. You are welcome to donate to the Pride of Israel. Please call or write to the office, or drop in during office hours: Pride of Israel Synagogue, 59 Lissom Crescent, North York, ON M2R 2P2, (416) 226-0111. Any amount is appropriate – our sages tell us that it is more important to donate frequently. (Cheque, Visa or Mastercard all accepted.) You may specify for whom the donation is in memory of, or in honour of. If you wish, you can specify that the donation is for one of the shul’s special funds such as the Prayer Book Fund, the Building Fund, or the Kosher Food Bank. NEW WEBSITE! www.prideofisraelsynagogue.com extension Cantor Charles Weinberg 10 Synagogue Chairman Eric Sunshine 10 SBS President Howard Stone 10 Ritual Director Larry Spring email@example.com Office Bookkeeper Geoula Osipov firstname.lastname@example.org Service times Funeral and shiva information Office hours and special events Newsletter Jeffrey Sherman email@example.com 14 10 13 5 6 19 10 HONOUR YOUR LOVED ONES Your loved ones can be honoured in many concrete and significant ways at the Pride of Israel Synagogue. You may wish to honour a deceased loved one or a family member or a close friend for any number of occasions such as significant birthdays; Bar or Bat Mitzvahs; anniversaries; graduations; weddings. All are tax creditable. The following adornments are available: Plaque on a seat in the sanctuary Leaf on the Tree of Life Opaque brick on the Tree of Life Brick on plaque in the foyer Yahrzeit Plaque in Sanctuary $ 180 300 1,000 1,000 300 Pages of Pride – Pride of Israel Synagogue – Page 3 MESSAGE FROM THE SYNAGOGUE CHAIRMAN Since my last article, the programming committee, led by programming chairperson Bonnie Moatti, has been planning and presenting many informative and entertaining programs. Flyers detailing the upcoming programs are included in this mailing and all members and their guests are encouraged to attend. In addition, as everyone knows, Rabbi Sean Gorman will be joining the Pride of Israel Synagogue this summer. We all look forward to Rabbi Gorman's arrival. As Purim and Passover are only a few weeks away and as this will be the last Pages of Pride before the holidays I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and my family to wish everyone a happy Purim and a happy, healthy and peaceful Passover. Eric Sunshine Chairman • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Lamia Boutique – Clothing & Crafts Nostalgic Grace – Vintage Clothing Papercuttings by Enya Keshet 5th Avenue Jewelry Canada Surplus - Housewares Reesa Wasser – Head Coverings Israel’s Books and Judaica Ateret Tzion (Gift Shop) Tupperware Marla’s Face Painting Hats Etc. Handbags & More Spencer Specialities – Bibs, Quilts, Tea towels, Suncatchers Drawn Out Productions – Purim items, jewellery boxes, unique crafts Lee Sheffer – Shoe bags, Pottery Handmade by Marilyn Mudrick – hand-knit baby items and matching blankets UPCOMING SIMCHAS! February 1, p.m. Harari Dinner Party February 7, p.m. Keslassy Luncheon February 8, p.m. Keslassy Dinner Party February 12, a.m. Bar Mitzvah for Justin Pearlman March 19, a.m. Bar Mitzvah for Justin Szames March 26, a.m. B’nei Mitzvah for Jordan and Hannah Scolnik PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES February was a very busy month at The Pride of Israel. We started out with a bang! at the Ha Shouk Bazaar on Sunday, the 15th. Our membership and the community at large had a fabulous time finding that special item for themselves, the house, the kids, for Purim and Passover. The treats by TIARA Culinary Creations were delicious. Thanks to the following vendors for their support of this event: Special thanks also to the following companies for providing door prizes: • Hartmans • Golden Chopsticks • Tov Li • Mariano Coats • Smart Solutions • F. M. Hair Creations • 5th Avenue Jewellery • Handbags & More • The Israeli Source • Israel’s Books and Judaica • Hats, Etc. • Drawn Out Productions • Harsha & Upen Halvadia - Tupperware • Nostalgic Grace • Spencers Specialities • Marla’s Face Painting • Maxime’s the Maximizer A big Toda Raba goes out to Aliya Lucatch, Carly Pellow, Jessica Cohen, and Eric Moatti for volunteering in the coat check and in various other ways throughout the day. Thanks to Pierre Moatti for being our resident photographer. Pages of Pride – Pride of Israel Synagogue – Page 4 PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES, CONTINUED On Saturday, February 21 we held a fun-filled Karaoke Night with a late night pizza snack for all to enjoy. Willie Lindo was a terrific M.C. and everyone had a fabulous time. Prizes were awarded for best female and male vocalist. A “Share the Wealth” raffle was split with a lucky winner. February’s Rosh Chodesh program on Tuesday evening, February 24 featured Willie Lindo with a musical interlude, followed by Sam Helfenbaum, Executive Director, from Toronto Jewish Free Loan Cassa who spoke about their interest-free loan programs available to the Jewish Community for personal needs, full-time post-secondary education, or small business start-ups. Many in our community came out to find out more and we would like to thank the Toronto Jewish Free Loan Cassa for taking the time to speak with us. If you were unable to attend, but would like to learn more about their programs, please give them a call at 416-6351217. Get ready for our March Rosh Chodesh program on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and learn about “USING COLOUR IN YOUR HOME”. Colour is one of the most powerful tools in decorating your home. This seminar will deal with how to use colour. Topics include: • What is Colour and Colour Schemes • The Emotion of Colour • How to Use Colour presented by Carol Arshoff, Certified Interior Decorator. Admission is a food or cash donation to the Kosher Food Bank. Come out on Saturday night, March 29 for our popular Games & Cards Night at 7:00 p.m. Only $7 per person includes snacks. Bring your favourite game with you to share. Please RSVP by calling the office at 416 2260111 x 10 by March 24th. With Passover coming soon, what better way to take a break from all of the cleaning and cooking than to come to our Oneg Shabbat, Friday Night Dinner and program on Friday evening, April 3. Services start at 6:30 p.m. A traditional four-course roast chicken dinner with all the extras. Please call the office at 416 226-0111 x 10 by Friday March 20 to reserve your table – tickets must be purchased in advance. (Visa and Mastercard accepted.) Bring the whole family! Please see our flyer for more details. Make sure to mark Monday night, March 9 on your calendar for the Purim Megillah Reading and Kids’ Carnival Games and Prizes – a family favourite not to be missed. Free Admission and Hamentashen galore! All kids in costume receive a prize. Megillah reading starts at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Purim Carnival for kids of all ages. With many more programs to follow, I would like to thank the following for their continuing support and contribution to Programming events at the Shul – Helen Risen for her fantastic flyers and programming ideas, Al & Toby Perlmutar for providing so much of our printing needs, Alan Marks for catering, and Irene Fuller, Donna Lindo, Phyllis Goldwasser, Harriet & Saul Carr, Carol Blum, Judy Abraham, Jana Lucatch, Francine Wiseberg, Mindy Spring, Teena Sunshine, and the staff at The Pride, for their help in putting on our many events. Pages of Pride – Pride of Israel Synagogue – Page 5 PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES, CONCLUDED If you’d like to help out, or have some ideas for programs you would like to see offered at The Pride of Israel, please feel free to leave me a message at 416-226-0111 at extension 10. Happy Purim and Hag Sameach to everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all at our March and April events! Bonnie Moatti Programming MAZEL TOVS! To Doreen Stern on the Bar Mitzvah of her grandson, Shawn Weidman. To Doreen Stern on the 16th birthday of her granddaughter, Melissa Weidman. To the Harari Family on the Bar Mitzvah of their son To the Keslassy Family on the Bar Mitzvah of their son VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are looking for volunteers to help with the office routine – ½ days or full days on a regular basis. Here’s a chance to help our shul! We are also looking for a recording secretary for meetings of the Synagogue Board and the Sickness Benefit Society. Please contact Alan Marks, c/o the office (see page 2 for contact information). To Holly Pearlman on the Bar Mitzvah of her son, Justin Pearlman To Anat and Lior Aronovich on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Eden Aronovich To Shirley and Brian Szames on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Justin Szames To Dena and Elliot Scolnik on the B’nei Mitzvah of their children, Hannah and Jordan ALSO … Community Service Opportunities for Teens Teens are needed to run the Purim Carnival Games. Bring a friend or two. Also, entertainers are needed for the monthly Rosh Chodesh Programs. Both of these qualify for Community Service Hours. Please call Helen 416 665-9050 for more information. CONDOLENCES THE SEDER To Bette Risen on the loss of her husband, Dave Risen To Ilse and Marvin Litvack on the loss of their son, David Litvack The Seders on the first two nights are the highlight of Passover. Here’s a summary: Remembering what happened! At the Seder, every person should see himself as if he or she were going out of Egypt. In the Seder, we recount the descent of the Jews into Egypt and recall their suffering and persecution. Kiddush The Seder service begins with the recitation of Kiddush, proclaiming the holiness of the holiday. This is done over a cup of wine, the first of the four cups we will drink at the Seder. PASSOVER IS COMING! The Four Cups Why do we drink four cups during the Seder? There are many reasons. Here’s one: The Children of Israel had four great merits even while in exile: (1) They did not change their Hebrew names; (2) they continued to speak their own language, Hebrew; (3) they remained highly moral; (4) they remained loyal to one another. Wine is used because it is a symbol of joy and happiness. Urchatz We wash our hands in the usual, rituallyprescribed manner before a meal, but without the customary blessing. The next step in the Seder, Karpas, requires dipping food into water, which in turn mandates, according to Jewish law, that either the food be eaten with a utensil or that one's hands be purified by washing. Here we choose the less common observance to arouse the child's curiosity. Karpas A small piece of green vegetable (parsley – customs vary) is dipped into salt water and eaten.Dipping the Karpas in salt water is an act of pleasure and freedom, which further arouses the child's curiosity. The salt water represents the tears of our ancestors in Egypt. The first Seder is Wednesday April 8. The first two days of Passover are Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10, and the last two days are Wednesday and Thursday, April 14 and 15, 2009. We look forward to seeing you at services on those days (and any other day for that matter)! Chametz Throughout the eight days of Passover, we abstain from eating any trace of leavened product or chametz. Foods made from wheat, rye, barley, oats, and all grain products are subject to the laws of chametz. All food and drink for Passover require endorsements from a reputable agency such as “COR.” Selling the Chametz: We are not permitted to own chametz during Passover. Therefore, one must arrange for a formal sale of chametz to a non Jew. Chametz that is sold must be stored away in closets or cabinets that are locked or taped. The sale can be arranged through the Pride of Israel, or through various on-line websites such as www.chabad.org. (continued next page) For space reasons, we provide a briefer summary of the rest of the service below. You can find additional information at the front of your Passover Haggadah. Motzi Matzah – eat the matzah (with a blessing first) Maror – eat the bitter herbs Korech – eat “Hillel’s sandwich” (with a blessing first) Shulchan Orech – the festive meal (continued from previous page) Yachatz The middle Matzah on the Seder plate is broken in two. The larger part is put aside for later use as the Afikoman. This unusual action not only attracts the child's attention once again, but also recalls G-d's splitting of the Sea of Reeds to allow the Children of Israel to cross on dry land. The smaller part of the middle Matzah is returned to the Seder plate. This broken middle Matzah symbolizes humility and will be eaten later as the "bread of poverty." Maggid Now we start the Haggadah service. A second cup of wine is poured, and the child, who by now is bursting with curiosity, asks the timehonored question: “Mah nish-tah-na hah-lailaha-zeh me-kol hah leilot? Why is this night different from all other nights?” The Haggadah service gives us the answer: a review of history, a description of the suffering imposed upon the Israelites, a listing of the plagues visited on the Egyptians, and an enumeration of the miracles performed by God for the redemption of His people. Rochtzah We drink the second cup of wine; the hands are washed again, this time with the customary blessings, as is usually done before eating bread. The festive meal begins with hardboiled eggs in salt water. Why eggs? They symbolize the circle of life, and also mourning for our destroyed temples and our exile. Maybe eggs symbolize Jews – the more the egg is stressed and boiled, the harder it gets. Can you think of some other reasons as well? Tzafun – Find and eat the aficomen Barech – Grace after the Meal Hallel - Songs of praise Nirtzah – Acceptance/conclusion At the very end we say “Leshana haba’a b’Yerushalayim – Next year in Jerusalem.” GAMES & CARDS NIGHT SUNDAY MARCH 29TH 7:00 pm Euchre Poker Boggle Scrabble Chess Pictionary Balderdash Trivial Pursuit Pictionary Share the Wealth Draw $7 per person for refreshments RSVP 416-226-0111 ext 10 by March 24 so we can preorder enough food Pride of Israel Synagogue 59 Lisson Cres ( Bathurst St south of Steeles Ave) Friday APRIL 3rd Services at 6:30 pm followed by dinner with an Oneg Shabbat Family Program Enjoy a break from Passover cleaning and cooking! Menu: A traditional 4-course roast chicken dinner with all the extras for the whole family to enjoy. Cost: ADULTS Adult children KIDS 13-18 KIDS 6-12 KIDS 5 and under MEMBER $25 $25 $20 FREE NON-MEMBER $35 $25 $20 FREE DON’T DELAY… REGISTER TODAY Must prepay by Friday March 20 VISA & MASTERCARD ACCEPTED Telephone 416-226-0111 ext. 10 Pride of Israel Synagogue, 59 Lissom Crescent www.prideofisraelsynagogue.com ATTENTION LADIES!!! MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The Pride of Israel Sisterhood is proud to present the annual SISTERHOOD GENERAL MEETING FOR ALL WOMEN OF THE PRIDE TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009 6:30 p.m. - a light supper will be served DINNER Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:30 P.M. Mothers, Daughters, Grandmothers, Granddaughters, Aunts and Friends 343 Clark Avenue West Suite 1901 Thornhill Delicious Dinner * Elimination Draw * Door Prize * Gifts for Everyone Celebrate the beautiful moments of being together $25.00 per adult; $15.00 per child 12 and under Reservations: Fran Chesney 905-889-5554 Honey Goldberg 416-221-1811 March 2009 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 7:30 p.m.-SBS & Board Meeting 3 Sisterhood General Meeting 4 5 6 Candle Lighting5:55 p.m. 7 5 Adar 6 Adar 7 10 Adar 8 Adar 9 12 Adar 10 Adar 11 Adar 8 Daylight Savings Time 12 Adar 9 Reading of the Megilla & Purim Carnival 7:00 p.m. 13 Adar Purim 14 Adar 11 Programming Committee Meeting 18 13 Candle Lighting7:04 p.m. Adar 17 Adar 14 16 18 Adar 15 16 17 19 8:45 a.m. Bar/M-Justin Szames 20 19 Adar Adar 21 Adar 22 Adar 20 Candle Lighting7:12 p.m. Deadline to RSVP for Oneg Shabbat Dinner April 3 27 Candle Lighting7:21 p.m. 2 Nisan 21 23 Adar 25 Adar 22 23 24 RSVP – Games & Cards Night Adar 28 Adar 25 Rosh Chodesh NISAN – Decorating Tips –Using Color 26 Rosh Chodesh 8:30 a.m. B’nei/mJordan & Hannah Scolnik 28 7:00 p.m. 29 Adar 26 Adar 27 1 Nisan 3 Nisan 29 Games & Cards Night 7:00 p.m. 4 Nisan 30 7:30 p.m. SBS & Board Meeting 5 Nisan 31 6 Nisan April 2009 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 Candle Lighting7:29 p.m. Oneg Shabbat Dinner Nisan 4 7 Nisan 8 10 Nisan 5 6 7 8 Erev Pesach 1st Seder 9 Pesach Day 1 2nd Seder 15 16 Pesach Day 8 Nisan 10 Candle Lighting7:37 p.m. Pesach Day 2 16 Nisan 11 Pesach Day 3 11 Nisan 12 Nisan 13 14 Nisan 14 15 Nisan 17 18 Nisan 12 Pesach Day 4 13 7:30 p.m. SBS & Board Meeting Pesach Day 5 19 20 Nisan Pesach Day 6 Pesach Day 7 17 Candle Lighting7:46 p.m. 18 19 Nisan 20 Nisan 21 22 Nisan 22 23 Nisan 23 Nisan 24 Nisan 21 Programming Committee Meeting Nisan 28 25 26 Nisan 26 28 Nisan 29 30 Nisan 24 Candle Lighting7:46 p.m. Rosh Chodesh Day 1 30 Nisan 25 Rosh Chodesh Day 2 1 Iyar 27 7:30 p.m. SBS & Board Meeting 29 Israel Independence Day Iyar 5 Iyar 2 Iyar 3 Iyar 4 6 Iyar WELCOME TO THE SECOND ISSUE OF THE RELAUNCHED PRIDE OF ISRAEL NEWSLETTER! We want to make this newsletter interesting and useful. We welcome articles, pictures, and anything else that you think our members may find interesting. Please send you comments and submissions to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o the synagogue office. ASK THE EVENT PROFESSIONAL Questions and Answers to make your next event stress free! This is a regular column by Joe Elmaleh, Tiara Culinary Creations, our shul’s caterer. Please send your questions to email@example.com. Question: I want to do a dinner at my home but feel that I don’t have enough room for a sit down. Any ideas of what we can offer? Jeffrey Sherman Editor Below: 14th century German illuminated Haggadah The text on this page begins Psalm 79 verse 6. Answer: People choose their homes to host events mainly because they want to have a warm and cozy environment for their event. You should keep in mind that if you feel there is not enough room for a sit down you can always do a buffet and have chairs around the house for people to move around. People tend to like that option more at a house party because it allows their guest to mingle around and socialize more with each other. Announcing the new Pride of Israel website Our synagogue’s website has been redesigned, with a new url (link) to get there: www.prideofisraelsynagogue.com. Take a look... MONDAY March 9 7:00 – 9:00pm Animated Power Point MEGILLAH READING DANCING Yummy HAMENTASHEN Children’s GAMES OF CHANCE PRIZES for all kids in costume DRAW PRIZES TEEN VOLUNTEERS are needed to run the games. Bring a friend or two. This qualifies for Community Service. Call the office for more information. To ensure sufficient food and loot, please RSVP by Wednesday MARCH 4th DON’T DELAY, call TODAY! (416) 226-0111 ext. 10 PRIDE OF ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE 59 Lissom Cres., (Bathurst St. south of Steeles Ave.) MARK YOUR CALENDAR (details inside this newsletter!) PURIM Megillah reading, and kids carnival and games Monday March 9 MARCH ROSH CHODESH Program Wednesday March 25 GAMES AND CARDS NIGHT Saturday March 29 ONEG SHABBAT Pre-Pesach Dinner Friday April 3 PASSOVER (First Seder) Wednesday April 8 How to contact us Pride of Israel Synagogue 59 Lisson Crescent North York, ON M2R 2P2 (416) 226-0111 Office hours Monday to Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-1, Closed Jewish and statutory holidays. NEW WEBSITE! www.prideofisraelsynagogue.com OTHER NEWS Sobeys is discontinuing their tape program on March 30. Please bring your tapes to the office by March 15, 2009. Thank you. Pride of Israel now accepts Visa or Mastercard for any payments $15 or over. PASSOVER (Second Seder) Thursday April 9 PASSOVER Yomtovim: April 9, 10, 15, 16 –join us for Holiday Services! COMING IN MAY … SISTERHOOD Mothers Day Dinner Tuesday May 5 RENANIM YOUTH SINGERS Concert Tuesday May 19 The Pride of Israel MARCH TO ISRAEL Sunday May 24 Contents of this newsletter ©2009 Pride of Israel Synagogue. Reproduction permitted provided source is acknowledged.