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 - Potluck & Kabbalat Shabbat Friday June 16 @ 6:30 pm

14/06/17 11:10:16 AM

Jun14

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potluck & Kabbalat Shabbat Friday June 16 @ 6:30 pm

07/06/17 11:41:22 AM

Jun7

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

Passing of Barbara Nash Fenton

17/05/17 01:49:20 PM

May17

 

 

 

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

Barbara Nash Fenton

wife of 

Barry Fenton

 

Please see more information here:  

http://steelesmemorialchapel.com/condolence/barbara-nash-fenton/

 

We wish Barry 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.

 

Elie Wiesel’s Only Son Steps Up to His Father’s Legacy

14/05/17 12:49:54 PM

May14

 

Earlier this year, Eli Rubenstein invited Elisha Wiesel, the son of Elie Wiesel, to join him on the March of the Living. This weekend, the New York Times featured a moving story on the Elisha Wiesel’s experience along with Eli’s observations. Please see link below.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/world/europe/elie-wiesels-only-son-steps-up-to-his-fathers-legacy.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

Elie Wiesel’s Only Son Steps Up to His Father’s Legacy

14/05/17 12:43:05 PM

May14

 

Earlier this year, Eli Rubenstein invited Elisha Wiesel, the son of Elie Wiesel, to join him on the March of the Living. This weekend, the New York Times featured a moving story on the Elisha Wiesel’s experience along with Eli’s observations. Please see link below.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/world/europe/elie-wiesels-only-son-steps-up-to-his-fathers-legacy.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

Reminder: Kabbalat Shabbat Tonight @ 8:15 pm

12/05/17 12:41:18 PM

May12

          

                Join Eli Rubenstein and Aviva Rajsky

                 with Josh Skye Engel accompanying

                             Tonight at 8:15 pm

                              For Kabbalat Shabbat

                          followed by Oneg Shabbat

 

Kabbalat Shabbat Friday May 12 @ 8:15 pm

10/05/17 02:10:12 PM

May10

          

                Join Eli Rubenstein and Aviva Rajsky

                 with Josh Skye Engel accompanying

                      Friday May 12th at 8:15 pm

                              For Kabbalat Shabbat

                          followed by Oneg Shabbat

 

Habonim members at TIFF

03/05/17 09:43:56 AM

May3

 

Film makers and Habonim members Fern Levitt (director) and Arnie Zipursky (producer) will be premiering their critically acclaimed film: 

“Sled Dogs: The Cold Truth About Man’s Best Friend” 

Sled Dogs will be at the Bell Light Box Theatre on May 9,10,11.

There will be a Q & A Fern Levitt, after the 7 pm screening.

 

Sunday May 28 at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT on documentary Channel

An idyllic portrait has been promoted by both the tourism industry and the dog sledding world for decades in an attempt to maximize profits while concealing a gruesome reality.

Our website for more information - http://sleddogsfilm.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SledDogsFilm/

THEATRICAL RELEASE
· TIFF Bell Lightbox – Toronto – May 9-11, 2017 – Get Tickets
· The Park Theatre – Vancouver, May 9, 2017 – Get Tickets
· Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market – Calgary, May 9, 2017 – Get Tickets
· Cineplex Odeon South Keys – Ottawa, May 9, 2017 – Get Tickets
 

Passing of Hart Levine

02/05/17 10:43:12 AM

May2

 

 

 

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

Hart Levine

father and father-in-law of Habonim members

Mark Levine & Yvette Erdos-Levine

 

There will be a private Funeral and Shiva.

 

We wish Mark, Yvette 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.

 

Community Outreach

01/05/17 10:54:24 AM

May1

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

We are reaching out to the community to ask for support for Robert, a 55-year-old man living in Toronto who is suffering from end stage kidney disease. He has been married for 27 years and is the father of three children under the age of 25, one of whom is still in high school. He has relied on a restricted diet and medication for the past 20 years to help preserve his kidney function. Unfortunately, he has had significant deterioration in his kidney function, and his doctors feel that he will be in complete kidney failure by the end of the year. When his kidneys fail, the options are to: 1. be treated on a palliative basis until death; 2. start dialysis for a period of 60 hours per week for life; 3. receive a kidney transplant.   In Ontario, the average wait time to receive a cadaver transplant (eg. Donor kidney from a fatal accident) is 7 years from the date dialysis starts. The average survival time on dialysis, which requires approximately 60 hours of treatment per week, tethered to a machine, is 3 to 5 years. Most people who start dialysis die on dialysis.  A kidney transplant is by far the best option. It will significantly reduce the considerable  medical complications associated with chronic kidney failure and dialysis. In addition, it will restore his health and provide him with a significantly improved quality of life.

 

Robert has met with the transplant team at UHN. They have advised him that he will require a living donor to provide a kidney within the next 6 to 8 months. A transplant from a living donor is expected to extend his life by twenty years. On dialysis, his life expectancy will be considerably reduced, and will be associated with progressively declining health. He is blood type O+, a universal donor, but can only receive from an O donor or A donor (type -- non A1). He is considered an excellent candidate for a live donation – has no other underlying medical issues, and despite his failing kidneys, is otherwise in excellent health. He has been counselled by his doctors that it would be ideal if he received a transplant before 2018, and the screening process for donors takes about 4 months. 

 

Robert connected with a Jewish organization in January which has a program called “Renewal". Renewal has advertised in a local community paper with a circulation of ten thousand, 4 times over 2 months. However, thus far, there have been no eligible candidates.  We are reaching out to friends and family to ask them for support.  On May 4, 2017 an information evening will be hosted by Shaar Shomayim Synagogue; if you are able please try to attend to learn more about kidney donation from a previous donor (please see flyer here).

 

For anyone who is interested in learning more about kidney donation, please contact Julie Cissell, the Living Donor Kidney Transplant Assessment Coordinator for the University Health Network.  Julie is responsible for coordinating matches between living donors and recipients for kidney transplant. Julie has advised Robert to reach out to family, friends and religious communities; I am hoping that you can reach out to your network by passing along Julie’s coordinates and the literature attached to this email. Thank you in advance for your support and assistance – the window of opportunity is narrowing and we are hopeful that you might join us in the journey to find a donor that might save and extend Robert's life.

 

Julie’s coordinates are:

 

Julie Cissell RN BScN -
Living Donor Kidney Transplant Assessment Coordinator

University Health Network

585 University Avenue PMB-12-100

Toronto, Ontario M5G 2N2

www.uhn.ca/MOT

Email: julie.cissell@uhn.ca

Phone: 416-340-4577

Fax: 416-340-3009

 

 How to Become a Living Donor

STEP 1: Complete the Donor Health History Formhttp://www.uhn.ca/_layouts/images/icpdf.png

STEP 2: ​Submit the completed form in person, by email, mail or fax. You can reach Julie Cissell at 416 340 4577, Julie.Cissell@uhn.ca​ or fax 416 340 3009​. All mailing information is on the form​.

STEP 3: Our Living Kidney Donor Assessment Office will call you in one week after we have reviewed your health history form.​

Being Jewish Means Never Giving Up Hope

21/04/17 09:43:25 AM

Apr21

 

In advance of Yom Hashoah and Yom Hazikaron, please see the article by Eli Rubenstein in this week’s Canadian Jewish News. 

 

http://www.cjnews.com/perspectives/being-jewish-means-never-giving-up-hope

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Congregation Habonim

Sun, August 20 2017 28 Av 5777