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Oct14

Upcoming Events

10/10/17 10:08:21 PM

Oct10

Please Join Us:

Sukkot/Shmini Atzeret/Yizkor Service

Thursday October 12, 10:00 am

  Habonim -  5 Glen Park Avenue

   

       


Passing of Catherine Anne Courtney

26/09/17 02:22:56 PM

Sep26

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of 

 

 

Catherine Anne Courtney

 

Mother and Mother -in-law of Habonim Members

 

Charissa and Ari Levy

 

Funeral:  Thursday September 28 at 2pm

                 O'Neill Funeral Home, 

                 6324 Main St, Witchurch-Stouffville

 

Shiva:  On Thursday evening there will be one night of Shiva, at 510 Woburn Avenue, starting at 7:30pm, with a brief service at 8:00pm.

 

Please see more information here:

https://www.arbormemorial.ca/oneill/obituaries/catherine-anne-courtney-gillion/9563

 

 

We wish Charissa, Ari and their entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

Passing of Magdolna Hercz

12/09/17 06:52:18 PM

Sep12

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of 

Holocaust survivor and Habonim member

 

Magdolna Hercz

 

Mother and Mother -in-law of Habonim Members

Gavril Hercz and Erika Engel

 

Funeral:  Thursday September 14th  at 12:00 pm

                 Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel

 

Please see more information here:  

http://www.benjaminsparkmemorialchapel.ca

 

 

We wish Gavril, Erika and their entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

Habonim High Holiday Honours

07/09/17 01:16:13 PM

Sep7

From: Susan Liebel, Congregation Habonim Board Member

 

PLEASE PLAY A ROLE IN OUR HOLIDAY SERVICES!

High Holidays are just around the corner and we are now making arrangements for members to help with the services. The type of help we require includes English readings, lifting the Torah, opening the Ark, and in some cases reading Hebrew for an Aliyah. To help services run smoothly, please offer your help in one of these areas. Remember, it is a mitzvah to have an honour at services.


Please send an email with the following information:

 
1. The names of all family members willing to participate. Please include one contact phone number for the family.


2. What you are willing to help with: Reading an English Prayer, Lifting the Torah, Opening the Ark, doing an Aliyah or ANY OF THE ABOVE.


3. Which services you will be attending: Erev Rosh Hashana, Rosh Hashana Day 1, Rosh Hashana Day 2, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur & Mincha/Neila.


4. Specify if you attend the early or late service.


Please be specific with the above information as it makes the job a lot easier!


Thanks in advance for your assistance,


Susan Liebel

susanliebel22@gmail.com

 

 

Habonim Bulletin Now Available (corrected link)

01/09/17 06:38:14 PM

Sep1

 

 

Website Version of the

September, High Holiday

 Habonim Bulletin

is now available!

To view click here

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Habonim Bulletin Now Available

01/09/17 06:19:26 PM

Sep1

 

 

Website Version of the

September, High Holiday

 Habonim Bulletin

is now available!

To view click here

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Passing of Esther Lynne Burnett

28/08/17 09:41:16 AM

Aug28

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of 

 

Esther Lynne Burnett

 

Mother and Mother -in-law of Habonim Members

Emily Burnett and Jonathan Bloomberg

 

Funeral:  Monday August 28, at 11:00 am

                 Adath Israel Synagogue

 

Please see more information here:  

http://www.benjaminsparkmemorialchapel.ca

 

 

We wish Emily, Jonathan and their entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

Passing of Dora Posluns

17/08/17 04:35:29 PM

Aug17

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of Holocaust survivor

Dora Posluns

 

Mother and Mother -in-law of Habonim Members

Carl  & Kathryn Posluns

 

Funeral:  Friday August 18, at 11:30 am

                 Steeles Memorial Chapel

 

Please see more information here:  

http://steelesmemorialchapel.com/condolence/dora-posluns/

 

 

We wish Carl, Kathryn and their entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

Documentary by Habonim members

15/08/17 02:45:21 PM

Aug15

 

Habonim members Karen Shopsowitz, (Producer/ Director)

Mark Landau (Director of Photography)

 

 The Other Side of the Hero

A feature length documentary about first responders dealing with PTSD. Actor Enrico Colantoni (Sgt. Greg Parker from TV’s hit show, Flashpoint) is our guide on this journey. In the documentary, we get to know first responders through their families, their spouses, their co-workers, and themselves; people who have experienced the flip-side of what can happen when a hero discovers that they are not emotionally immune to all that they deal with during their shifts. 

The screening takes place on Wednesday, August 23 at the Regent Theatre, 511 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the film at 8.30 p.m. 

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or in advance, by clicking: http://conta.cc/2uQnDm8

Passing of Sheilah Silverberg

03/08/17 10:07:31 AM

Aug3

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of 

Sheilah Silverberg

Mother and Mother -in-law of Habonim Members

 

Gary Silverberg & Wendy Halbert

 

Funeral:  Thursday August 3rd at 1:00 pm

                 Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel

 

Please see more information here:  

http://www.benjaminsparkmemorialchapel.ca

 

 

We wish Gary, Wendy and their entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

Passing of Tilya Helfield

31/07/17 10:49:26 AM

Jul31

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of 

Tilya Helfield

Mother  and Mother -in-law of  Habonim Members

 

Marie & Neil Finkelstein

 

Funeral:  Tuesday August 1st at 10:00 am

                 Steeles Memorial Chapel

Please see more information here:  

http://steelesmemorialchapel.com/condolence/tilya-helfield/

 

 

We wish Marie, Neil and their entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

TEMPORARY LOCATION CONFIRMED

13/07/17 06:56:05 PM

Jul13

 

We are very pleased to inform you that arrangements have been finalized for our temporary location while the new Habonim building is under construction.

The temporary location will be at the Leo Baeck Day School located at 501 Arlington Avenue, which is less than 4km from Habonim.

The Leo Baeck facility boasts a fully operational modern sanctuary which we will have the benefit of using for our congregational services including high holidays, bar/bat mitzvahs and monthly Kabbalat Shabbat. In addition, the Jewish Heritage School will have use of the up to-date, bright classroom facilities at Leo Baeck. There is a small parking lot at the rear of the school and also street parking available.

 

We look forward to continuing our Habonim traditions with you while at this lovely, newly- renovated and convenient temporary location.

 

          

 

REMINDER: Meeting for Design Committee and Congregation Monday, July 10th @ 7:30 pm

06/07/17 07:44:30 AM

Jul6

 

Please join the Habonim Design Committee on Monday, July 10th at 7:30 pm at the synagogue for an open forum.

This will be your opportunity to voice any opinions you have regarding the design of the new building. Every suggestion will be carefully considered.

If you are unable to attend, feel free to send me an email with your comments.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there,

 

Joanie Smith

smithje1958@gmail.com

 

 

Passing of Dorothy Friedman Riegelhaupt

04/07/17 03:05:05 PM

Jul4

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of 

Dorothy Friedman Riegelhaupt

Mother  and Mother -in-law of  Habonim Members  

Elaine and Marty Kaplan

 

Funeral:  Wednesday, July 5th at 10:30 am

                 Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel

Please see more information here:  

http://www.benjaminsparkmemorialchapel.ca/

 

 

We wish the Kaplans and their entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

Passing of Leone Paula Beth Bodner

20/06/17 12:40:22 PM

Jun20

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of 

Leone Paula Beth Bodner

Sister of 

Jeff Levy

 

Funeral:  Wednesday June 21 at 12:00 pm

                  Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel

Please see more information here:  

http://www.benjaminsparkmemorialchapel.ca/

 

 

We wish Jeff and his entire family comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

If you wish to send a Habonim Tribute Card to the family to express your condolences, you can do so on our website at

http://www.congregationhabonim.org/payment.php
or by calling the office at 416-782-7125.

 

Meeting for Design Commitee and Congregation Monday, July 10th @ 7:30 pm

19/06/17 11:27:36 AM

Jun19

 

Please join the Habonim Design Committee on Monday, July 10th at 7:30 pm at the synagogue for an open forum.

This will be your opportunity to voice any opinions you have regarding the design of the new building. Every suggestion will be carefully considered.

If you are unable to attend, feel free to send me an email with your comments.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there,

 

Joanie Smith

smithje1958@gmail.com

 

 

Message from outgoing President Ted Rechtshaffen

16/06/17 04:11:24 PM

Jun16

Dear Congregation Habonim Members,

 

Last week at the Annual General Meeting, I passed the torch of President to Joanie Smith.

 

It represented the first time in about 10 years that I will not be on the Board of Habonim.

 

I wanted to share a few brief thoughts with you about Habonim today, and what the experience has meant to me.

 

I joined the Board back in 2007 for a few reasons:

  1. I thought I had something to offer that could help.
  2. I thought I might meet some people who could become clients.
  3. I wanted to show my children that helping the Jewish Community is something that you are supposed to do.

 

To greater or lesser degrees, all three of these happened, but an unexpected thing turned out to be the highlight for me.

 

The greatest benefit was that getting involved with Habonim helped me and my family to find our Jewish community in Toronto – even though we have lived here our whole lives.

 

The more people I met, the more I was struck by a few things. We are a modest group of people at Habonim. We are not particularly ‘showy’. Having said that, the number of top Doctors, Lawyers, Businesspeople, Professors, Musicians, Judges, and Professionals of all sorts is simply incredible. There are so many people at Habonim who are greatly talented and successful, yet as a group we are modest. That is a really wonderful combination.

 

We also have many members who really want to do Tikkun Olam. They want to repair the world and do so in big and small ways. Whether through helping Immigrants, or building hospitals, or starting charities to help build homes in Africa, or simply trying to do the right thing on a daily basis. There is a wide range of good things that are done by members of this congregation…quietly but significantly.

 

We are truly fortunate at Habonim. We have stars in our midst. Eli Rubenstein is unique. He shapes the values of our organization and we learn from him in enjoyable ways, on an ongoing basis. Aviva Rajsky is a great talent. When she and Tom Bellman play, we are transformed. When Aviva is joined by Kim Doron and they sing together, these are wonderful moments. These stars have been joined by Robin Zionce-Garber, who is a one woman powerhouse who runs the office and makes so many things work well on a day to day basis. We also have a wonderful Sunday school that continues to grow as it teaches the joy of Judaism to children from age 5 to 12.

 

The Board and other volunteers at Habonim are a very strong group. One thing that I feel very good about is the quality of people around the table at the Board level. Led by Joanie Smith, I believe that in 2017-2018, we have among the best Boards ever at Habonim. There is not only specific expertise from Legal, Finance, Real Estate, and Construction fields, but they are unified in their purpose. That is to simply make Habonim a better place.

 

Then there is the next big thing for Habonim. I can’t wait for these special Habonim values and these strengths to be housed in a beautiful new building that will allow us to do more of the good things we are doing today. We received a new $18,000 donation this week, and we are now just $380,000 from our $9.5 million target. How great would it be for the entire congregation to see us surpass our goal in the next month or two. If you are able to help, now is a great time.

 

As a final thought, I would simply like to say thank you. We are a great community, and it has been an honour to serve as your President.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Ted Rechtshaffen

 

Habonim Bulletin- How would you like to receive your copy?

15/06/17 10:27:21 AM

Jun15

 

Habonim Bulletin 

As a means of saving on printing and postage costs as well as the environmental impact, we are now offering the choice of either an emailed copy of the quarterly bulletin or both an emailed and a mailed printed copy. Please provide your preferred option by clicking the link below: 

https://www.congregationhabonim.org/form/bulletin-mailing.html

Thank you,

 

Congregation Habonim

Reminder - AGM - Tomorrow evening @ 7:30 pm

12/06/17 10:28:47 AM

Jun12

 

The Annual General Meeting will take place on

Tuesday, June 13th at 7:30 pm

The new building will be discussed in great detail.

Speakers will include Eli Rubenstein, Ted Rechtshaffen, incoming President Joanie Smith, and Treasurer Rick Glatt.

This is a chance for you to get the latest updates on our plans for the new building. As of June, 2017,  we have reached 96% of our fundraising goal (9.1 of 9.5 million), which is wonderful news!

 

Proposed directors for election:

As nominated by the Governance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, the following board candidates will be proposed for election by members at the AGM: Daniel Libman, Cheryl Grammer, Charissa Levy, Melissa Muskat, and Alexis Slatt.

The following directors will be proposed for re-election for a two-year term: Rick Glatt, Joel Kwinter, Susan Liebel, and Joanie Smith. If elected, they will be joining Lauren Black, Dianne Erdos-Rush, Sonny Goldstein, Stephen Halperin, and Brett Saitowitz who are midway through their terms as directors.

Proxy

If you cannot make the annual meeting, you can vote by proxy.  A proxy form and instructions are available  here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habonim Bulletin Now Available

06/06/17 11:31:19 AM

Jun6

 

 

Website Version of the

June 2017 Habonim Bulletin

is now available!

To view click here

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

AGM- Tuesday, June 13th @ 7:30 pm

05/06/17 09:34:07 AM

Jun5

 

The Annual General Meeting will take place on

Tuesday, June 13th at 7:30 pm

The new building will be discussed in great detail.

Speakers will include Eli Rubenstein, Ted Rechtshaffen, incoming President Joanie Smith, and Treasurer Rick Glatt.

This is a chance for you to get the latest updates on our plans for the new building. As of June, 2017,  we have reached 96% of our fundraising goal (9.1 of 9.5 million), which is wonderful news!

 

Proposed directors for election:

As nominated by the Governance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, the following board candidates will be proposed for election by members at the AGM: Daniel Libman, Cheryl Grammer, Charissa Levy, Melissa Muskat, and Alexis Slatt.

The following directors will be proposed for re-election for a two-year term: Rick Glatt, Joel Kwinter, Susan Liebel, and Joanie Smith. If elected, they will be joining Lauren Black, Dianne Erdos-Rush, Sonny Goldstein, Stephen Halperin, and Brett Saitowitz who are midway through their terms as directors.

Proxy

If you cannot make the annual meeting, you can vote by proxy.  A proxy form and instructions are available  here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habonim Choir

02/06/17 10:07:14 AM

Jun2

 

Habonim Choir is accepting new members

If you are interested in joining the Habonim Choir please contact Aviva Rajsky directly:

avivar@rogers.com

Rehearsals will be scheduled within the next couple of weeks.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Reminder Shavuot/Yizkor service - Thursday June 1st

30/05/17 07:52:22 PM

May30

Please join us Thursday June 1st

 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

for our

Shavuot & Yizkor Service

Led by Eli Rubenstein & Aviva Rajsky

accompanied by Tom Bellman

Sermon Topic: The Ten Commandments

Traditional dairy treats will be served after the service

Chag Sameach

                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminder - Left vs Right Debate - Tonight @ 7:30 pm

28/05/17 10:53:03 AM

May28

Order tickets  Here

Habonim event in the National Post -"Israel-Palestinian debate comes to Toronto"

25/05/17 11:13:06 AM

May25

Upcoming Habonim debate highlighted in wonderful article in the National Post today, read below:

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/world/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/news/religion/israel-palestinian-debate-comes-to-toronto&pubdate=2017-05-24

 

Order your tickets here:

 

 

Left vs. Right: The Battle for Israel's Soul

18/05/17 10:09:13 AM

May18

Tickets are selling fast  

Special discount for Habonim Members

$15 in advance / $20 at Door

Order tickets Here

Fri, October 20 2017 30 Tishrei 5778