Calendar & Activities

For further information on any of these events, email to: contact@jccpeterborough.com

Please NOTE:  The events below are listed by date descending…that means you will need to scroll down to see the events according to their date in the year.  For example, October events are further down in the list than December events.

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Friday March 3rd

6:00 p.m.

Kaballat Shabbat Service

Potluck Afterwards

Please mark these dates in your calendar and come out to support both events.  As usual, Dr. Dan Houpt will be leading services .  The services and potlucks following are both fun and your participation is very welcomed.

Please RSVP (using the information below – response for each event) to let the organizers know who is coming, and what you plan to bring for the meal.   As well VOLUNTEERS are needed for SETUP(evening before) and CLEANUP (after the meal).

With your RSVP please indicate:

  • Family name
  • Who is coming…Number of adults and kids (12 yrs and under).
  • Can you help on the Thursday evening before the Kaballat Shabbat to set up.
  • Can you help on the Kaballat Shabbat Friday after the potluck to clean-up.
  • What food item are you bringing for the potluck.  (Kashrut guidelines are available.  No meat please.)

Please RSVP with the information above or send any inquiries to bisptbo@gmail.com.

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Thursday, February  9th

An Evening of Traditional Music Hosted

by Lady Eaton College, Trent University

7:00 p.m. – 9:00

Location:  Lady Eaton College Pit, Trent University

Dr. Judith Cohen, an ethnomusicologist, medievalist and singer, takes us to the world of music in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities which co-existed for centuries in what are now Spain and Portugal. A specially prepared powerpoint with colourful images of medieval and contemporary musicians accompanies both recorded examples and Dr. Cohen’s live sung excerpts. Dr. Cohen holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology and a master’s in medieval studies, and is a specialist in Sephardic and related music. She teaches at York University.

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Wednesday, February  8th

Interfaith Meeting at Beth Israel –  

Québec Masjid Victims Fundraiser

7:30 p.m.

Beth Israel is hosting a fundraising event on behalf of the Quebec Masjid victims and their families.  We are inviting people of all faith groups to come and stand with our Muslim friends.  A number of Community and Faith leaders will share a brief thought for all of us about this tragic event.  The Peterborough Mosque plans on delivering the donations to the families affected in Québec City next Friday.

A recent Globe and Mail article revisits and talks about how the Peterborough Community has responded to acts of Islamophobia in Peterborough with much solidarity.  Here is the link to the article.

 

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Friday, February  3rd 

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Friday March 3rd –

6:00 p.m. –

Kaballat Shabbat Service –

Potluck Afterwards

Please mark these dates in your calendar and come out to support both events.  As usual, Dr. Dan Houpt will be leading services .  The services and potlucks following are both fun and your participation is very welcomed.

Please RSVP (using the information below – response for each event) to let the organizers know who is coming, and what you plan to bring for the meal.   As well VOLUNTEERS are needed for SETUP(evening before) and CLEANUP (after the meal).

With your RSVP please indicate:

  • Family name
  • Who is coming…Number of adults and kids (12 yrs and under).
  • Can you help on the Thursday evening before the Kaballat Shabbat to set up.
  • Can you help on the Kaballat Shabbat Friday after the potluck to clean-up.
  • What food item are you bringing for the potluck.  (Kashrut guidelines are available.  No meat please.)

Please RSVP with the information above or send any inquiries to bisptbo@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, January 31st – 7:00 p.m. –

Abraham Festival Film Night –

“The Legacy”

The Legacy

Dr. Rainville, an aging country doctor with a deep attachment to his patients, is about to retire and is looking fa successor. Jeanne Dion, an emergency room doctor from Montreal, agrees to go to Normétal to Abitibi in northern Quebec to replace him for a few weeks, with no plans for an extended stay. When Dr. Rainville suddenly dies, Jeanne must decide if she’ll take over the job, and its inherent responsibilities, for the long-term.

This film is part of the Émond’s Trilogy on the Virtues of Faith (The Novena) Hope and Charity (The Legacy).
Like the great French director Robert Bresson, Bernard Émond aims for a simplicity of style that records the pedestrian facts of life while suggesting deeper meanings about the human place in the order of things.  
Liam Lacey Globe and Mail
A meditation on charity that is both exhilarating and hopeful.
Liz Braun Jam! Movies
               refreshments and informal discussion to follow film

              Free will donations welcome

Abraham Festival Group

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Happy Chanukah

Friday, December 30  – 6:00 p.m. –

Kabbalat Shabbat –

Chanukah Songfest, Candle Lighting – Potluck

Yes, it’s all happening at Beth Israel on December 30th, Friday evening at 6 pm.  Dr. Dan will be leading the services in his usual unique style, but he needs help to light the Chanukah candles and to sing the songs, some that go with candle-lighting and others that are just fun for the season.  So, plan to bring yourself and your kids to this ONLY-IN-PETERBOROUGH event.

Don’t miss this special event and don’t forget to RSVP, (and please, not at the last minute) particularly important for the potluck dinner.  With your RSVP please indicate:

  • Family name
  • Who is coming…Number of adults and kids.
  • Can you help on Thursday Oct. 20 evening to set up.
  • Can you help on Friday after the potluck to clean-up.
  • What food item are you bringing for the potluck.  (Kashrut guidelines are available.  No meat please.)

Please RSVP with the information above or send any inquiries to bisptbo@gmail.com.

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Monday , December 5  – 7:00 p.m. –

Holocaust Education Film – Joint BIS and UFP Event

Beth Israel Synagogue and our good friends, the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough are jointly presenting a recently released film entitled Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.   Check out the film’s poster.

The film was directed by renowned documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns and the Sharp’s grandson, Artemis Joukowsky and both will be present for the discussion that will follow the film.

The film is an account of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. It tells the story of Waitstill & Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to multiple life-threatening missions in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped to save hundreds of imperilled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.  Their incredible exploits remained virtually unknown and uncelebrated.  The Sharps were finally recognized as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ by Yad Vashem in 2006 and now are properly honoured in a recent documentary and book. The Documentary will be shown.

Check out Ken Burns’ impressive filmography here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Burns

Light refreshments will be served and parking is free.

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Saturday , November 26  – 7:30 p.m. –

Fundraiser for Zimbabwe Mission – Indian River Band

Our president, Larry Gillman, has been a long-time supporter of the work of Dr. Paul Thistle in Zimbabwe, bringing medical aid and relief to the sick and needy in this embattled nation.  As Zimbabwe lurches from political crisis to crisis, and this will only get worse as the infighting to succeed the 92 year old dictator, Robert Mugabe, intensifies, Dr. Thistle and his colleagues remain beacons of hope and mercy for the future of this nation with so much potential.

In the coming months, Larry will be travelling once again to Zimbabwe, this time together with son David, to help Dr. Thistle and to bring much-needed supplies to the hospital where he is based.  To support this mission, Dan Houpt and the Indian River band will be putting on an evening of old time Rock and Roll music on November 26, 2016 at the synagogue.  So, mark the date, put on your dancing shoes (and Dan says, bring your own ear plugs) and have a great evening for a great cause.

More details will follow in upcoming newsletters, so watch this space.

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Thursday, November 24  – 7:00 p.m. –

Holocaust Remembrance Event

The community is honoured to have a visit from Mr. Max Eisen on November 24.  Mr. Eisen is a holocaust survivor of the Auschwitz death camp and as the number of living witnesses to this sad chapter in human history dwindles, it becomes more and more important that we hear their stories and share their memories so that the grim lessons of the holocaust are not forgotten.

Please look at the event poster for more details about Mr. Eisen and of the November 24thevent.  Earlier this year, Mr. Eisen also released a book recounting his experience and his survival entitled “By Chance Alone” which has received widespread critical acclaim.  You can read more about Mr. Eisen and the book in this Globe and Mail review:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/auschwitz-survivor-max-eisen-revisits-horrors-for-memoir/article29656914/

So, mark this date in your calendar and make sure you participate in this important event.  As usual, light refreshments will be served, and parking is free.

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Thursday, November 17 – 6:00 p.m. – 

JFC-UIA Annual Event  with Speaker –

“Building Today for a Better Tomorrow”

It has been a long-standing tradition that as part of their annual fundraising campaign, JFC-UIA brings a very interesting speaker to talk to the Peterborough Jewish Community.  In the past, we have had the privilege of hearing from renowned Israel affairs analysts and political figures.  In larger centres, these sorts of events are held in a big hall and you are half a football field from the podium.  Here in Peterborough, these events have traditionally been held in a very intimate home setting that allows the speaker and the audience to mingle and interact on a very personal level.  This year, the event will be held in the home of Larry Gillman and Jenn Reid at 1 Cindy Street.  This is not a potluck.

The speaker this year will be Mr. Matthew Godwin who works for CIJA, the advocacy entity of JFC-UIA.  He is CIJA’s Associate Director, Universities and Provincial Government Relations.  You can find complete details of the evening in the event poster.

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Veronica Klein (her contact information is at the bottom of the poster) or send an email to bisptbo@gmail.com.

The speaker this year will be Mr. Matthew Godwin who works for CIJA, the advocacy entity of JFC-UIA.  He is CIJA’s Associate Director, Universities and Provincial Government Relations.  Matthew has worked ceaselessly for the Jewish collective in Canada.  He is a skilled speaker and eager to address our group.  Details are provided in the event poster but here is a brief and impressive bio of Matthew:

Matthew Godwin is Associate Director, Universities and Provincial Government Relations for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.  Additionally, he is finishing his PhD in Public Policy at University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  Matt has previously studied at the University of Toronto, School of Public Policy and Governance and Dalhousie University.  He has published in numerous academic journals.  In non-academic capacities, Matt has variously worked for a Labour member of the UK House of Lords, numerous Canadian Members of Parliament and for an Israeli start-up.  Matt’s current priorities include building Canada-Israel research partnerships, working with the Canadian government on the Innovation Agenda and combatting BDS movements on campus.  His ongoing research focuses on diaspora engagement in foreign affairs and diaspora efforts to free political prisoners.

JFC-UIA is in the process of finalizing the details of the Peterborough event and issuing a flyer which will be become available to you here.  It will provide some detail about the topic Mr. Godwin has chosen to speak on, so watch this space for more details to come.

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Tuesday, November 15  – 7:00 p.m. –

Abraham Festival Film Night

On the evening of November 15, 7 pm, the Abraham Festival Committee is screening the film, “Felix and Meira” by Québec director Maxime Giroux.

The film recounts the story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another.  Meira, a Hasidic Jewish wife and mother and Félix, a secular loner mourning the recent death of his estranged father.  It is a  poignant and touching tale of self-discovery set against the backdrops of Montreal, Brooklyn, and Venice.  Have a look at the event poster for “Felix and Meira”

Following the film, viewers are invited to stay on for an informal discussion and light refreshments.

There is no admission charge but free-will donations to support the work of the Abraham Festival Committee will be gratefully accepted.

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Saturday, November 5  – 7:00 p.m. –

PSO Concert Dedicated to Erica Cherney

The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra will be opening their 50th season with a concert on November 5th.  The concert takes place at Showplace on George Street, starting at 7:30 pm.  The orchestra, under the baton of conductor Michael Newnham and presenting guest artist Michael Nyby (Baritone), will be presenting Anton Dvorak’s New World symphony.   Have a look at the event poster for this memorable event.

When Dvorak travelled from Prague to New York City his music was greatly inspired by the journey from central Europe to the new World. The PSO’s own expedition to the New World begins with compositions influenced by Dvorak’s work – Morawetz’s “Carnival Overture” and Copland’s Old American Songs featuring baritone Michael Nyby, before tracing their roots back to the titular symphony.

Tickets range from $20 to $48.50 and are available from the Showplace box office, 705-742-7469, or online at this link.

Showplace Box Office

For additional information and to view the article in KawarthaNow about the PSO and Erica’s long time involvement with the orchestra and in general with the arts community in Peterborough can be found at this link:

http://kawarthanow.com/2016/10/18/pso-the-new-world/

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Saturday, October 22  – 7:00 p.m. –

Movie Night – “Fiddler on the Roof”

Only in Peterborough, a revival of the drive in movie? OR a new take on outdoor cinema – a presentation of the famous movie, “Fiddler on the Roof”, at the home of Dan and Kellie Houpt.  This special presentation will take place in the barn at their farm in Duoro.  Please contact bisptbo@gmail.com for address and directions or ask Dan on Friday.  We are told that the barn is set up in tiers using straw bales where the audience will sit or lie (snorers will be gently prodded).   Should be fun!

Please BYOB – BLANKETS – it may be cool and two warm blankets, one to lie on and one to cover up with are recommended.  A hat is not a bad idea and cushions might be in order too, whatever makes you comfortable.

Also – BYOB – bottles, hard or soft, just remember that one of you is driving home that evening and you are taking your empties with you.

Our kind hosts will be providing popcorn but feel free to bring other movie snacks for yourselves or to share.

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Friday, October 21  – 6:00 p.m. –

Kabbalat Shabbat and Simchat Torah Event for Kids

Thanks to the generosity and initiative of Karin Rose, there will be a special twist to this evening as we recognize Simchat Torah with the presentation of mini-torahs to all pre-bar/bat mitzvah-age children in the community.  Simchat Torah marks the end of the annual cycle of reading the torah portions and we will mark this important date in the Jewish calendar a few days early on this Friday evening.  So, you parents of small children, please note this date and make sure that you can join us for this unique celebration.

Don’t miss this special event and don’t forget to RSVP, (and please, not at the last minute) particularly important for the potluck dinner.  With your RSVP please indicate:

  • Family name
  • Who is coming…Number of adults and kids.
  • Can you help on Thursday Oct. 20 evening to set up.
  • Can you help on Friday after the potluck to clean-up.
  • What food item are you bringing for the potluck.  (Kashrut guidelines are available.  No meat please.)

Please RSVP with the information above or send any inquiries to bisptbo@gmail.com.

Volunteers will be needed to help with setup on Thursday evening, October 20 at 7 pm, and to help with cleanup after the event on Friday.  Please do your part.

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High Holy Days 5777, October 2016

Please navigate to the Religious Observances page on this website for the complete listing of the High Holy Days services and events, and messages from our Cantor and Beth Israel President.  Here are a few words of encouragement:

Where did that year go?  It’s time again to start thinking about observing the High Holy days.  Thankfully, we don’t have to do that much thinking, just some showing up, as Cantor Leon Litvack, all the way from Belfast Ireland, will once again be leading our services and as usual, he has it all in hand.  For those of you who have experienced Leon’s services, we don’t need to say much and you really don’t need much encouragement because you know that the services will be musical, approachable and enjoyable.  For those that have not had the pleasure of joining us for High Holy Day services, all we can say is that you are in for a treat.  Our shul is small and intimate.  Leon’s services are friendly and make everyone feel as if they are really taking part – because they are.  Like the rest of us, you will quickly be a devotee.

Whether you have taken out a membership or not, everyone is encouraged to come to the services that they can and to join in the observance of these special dates in the Jewish calendar.

And you out-of-towners – want to sit closer to the Bimah than half a football field away?  Want to meet up with old friends and make new ones?  Want to take part in a service, not just listen to one?  Consider joining us at Beth Israel this year.  We’d love to have you.  

More details at “Religious Observances“.

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Abraham Festival – Is it that time already? – October 5, 18:30 at the Shul

Not quite, but the 14th annual Abefest 2017 planning committee is busy preparing the event scheduled for April 23-25, 2017.  They wanted to let us know about a pre-event event  to be held in the synagogue on October 5 in support of the Abraham Festival.

Dr. Shegufa Merchant will be presenting a motivational workshop entitled
“Celebrating Me – Acknowledging the Value Within”.   

Download the “Celebrating Me” poster.

Dr​.Merchant is a post-doctoral fellow at Trent University with a very diverse and interesting background and a range of academic interests.  She is also an experienced motivational speaker and an active participant in the Abraham Festival in many roles.  Read more about her and the workshop she will present at the synagogue in the attached poster and MARK YOUR CALENDAR .

When:

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-9:00 pm for this stimulating event.

Where:

Beth Israel Synagogue

Admission:  free, but donations in support of the Abraham Festival are welcomed

Parking:  free

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Friday, September 16  – Kabbalat Shabbat

Summer is slowly leaving us but that is no excuse not to enjoy a Kaballat Shabbat followed by a community potluck.  As usual, our Dan Houpt will be ably and creatively leading the services at the synagogue at 6:00 pm.  And in order to squeeze what we can out of the warm season, Larry Gillman and Jenn Reid have very kindly offered to host the potluck at their home, following the service.

When:    Service – Friday September 16, 6:00 pm at the synagogue.

Potluck  – following service at home of Larry and Jenn

Please RSVP directly to Jenn at Beth Israel to let her know how many of you are coming and what you would like to contribute to the potluck.

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Sunday August 21 – Operation Mazon – Feeding the Needy

Why:              To feed the hungry in our community

What:             Make 100 Meals (bag lunches)

Where:           St. Paul’s Church, 120 Murray Street, Peterborough

When:            Sunday August 21st

​2 different shifts:

2 – 5 pm – prepare meals OR

5 – 6 pm – hand-out meals

The concept of Tikkun Olam is central to Jewish life.  It means to repair a broken world.  Harlen Wall will lead a special mission and is looking to assemble a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who will work together in making 100 meals to be provided to the needy in Peterborough.

This special mission is called “Operation Mazon” because the Hebrew word “mazon” means nourishment. We must be a light to all nations but it starts in our own community!

Please email Harlen at littlezaidy@yahoo.ca to find out more details about this exciting mission and how you can volunteer.

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Until August 21 – Exhibition Works of Phyllis Kirk

Phyllis Kirk, a member (with husband Manny) of our community is exhibiting a collection of her artwork and the launch of a book she has written on August 7, which this newsletter will have missed, but don’t despair, the show goes on until August 21 at the Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio, 420 O’Connell Road, Peterborough.  So, even if you missed the launch, you can still catch the show.

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Sunday, August 14 – Local Jewish History –

the Pontypool Jewish Story

Manvers Historical Society is hosting a: Jewish Celebration in Pontypool

Sunday August 14 from 1-4 p.m at the Pontypool Community Centre.

Many of you will know that for a time between 1916 and the early 1960’s Pontypool was the Catskills of Toronto, home to a number of Jewish and kosher resorts oriented towards providing working Jews in Toronto with a summer place in the country.  4th Line theatre celebrated this history with their hit play “The Right Road to Pontypool” some years ago.  Now, the Manvers historical society has developed a program commemorating this era in Pontypool’s history.

They have installed a flower garden and sign ‘CELEBRATING OUR JEWISH PAST’ and Mark Siegel, co-president of our Beth Israel community, will be dedicating the flower bed that afternoon.

Members of the Toronto and Peterborough Jewish communities are invited to a celebration of displays, artefacts, walking tours music etc at the Community Centre on John St Pontypool.  Come out and learn more about local Jewish history.  Should be interesting and fun.

Kathy Morton president Manvers Historical Society

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Friday, June 24 – Ka​​b​​b​​alat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Service at 6:00 pm
Potluck Dinner – immediately after
Please join us to welcome Shabbat with prayer, song, and, of course, food! Dr. Dan will lead us in a Kaballat Shabbat service at 6pm. If you have never been to one of these services, you are missing out! Highly accessible and family-friendly, the service combines music, prayer, and reflection.

A vegetarian potluck with follow the service. So, mark your calendars. RSVP to this email address: Beth Israel (mailto:bisptbo@gmail.com) .  Please use the same email address to let us know you wish to help out before or after the Service and the meal.  See you there!

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Saturday June 11 – Children’s Song Fest At Beth Israel

Begins:  10:00 a.m.

Come one, come all this Saturday June 11 at 10 am to Beth Israel Synagogue for a morning of Hebrew Song. Dr. Dan will be teaching songs new and old; this event is directed towards families with children, but all are welcome. Coffee/tea and juice and munchies will be provided.  Song sheets will be also be provided.

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Thursday June 2 -Beth Israel Annual General Meeting

Please come to our annual AGM to enjoy the camaraderie, and hear about the latest developments. Some of the items we will discuss include;
  • A community update of events
  • A vote on the new bylaws (constitution) that we have been working on, to replace the old ones from the 1950’s. (Please see attached draft)
  • Presentation of Results of Survey of Jewish Residents of Peterborough
  • A review of our financial position
  • Election of the Board for the upcoming year. Please contact me if you would like to be on the Board
  • Items from the floor that you would like to discuss.
Light refreshments will be served, and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Friday, May 13 – Ka​​b​​b​​alat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Service at 6:00 pm
Potluck Dinner – immediately after
Please join us to welcome Shabbat with prayer, song, and, of course, food! Dr. Dan will lead us in a Kaballat Shabbat service at 6pm. If you have never been to one of these services, you are missing out! Highly accessible and family-friendly, the service combines music, prayer, and reflection.

A vegetarian potluck with follow the service. So, mark your calendars. RSVP to this email address: Beth Israel (mailto:bisptbo@gmail.com) to let the organizers know if you are:

  1. going to participate – we sure hope so, but tell us how many adults and children in your party;
  2. bringing some food – what you are bringing;
  3. helping to set up – please volunteer, or
  4. helping to clean up – please volunteer.

As you know, the kitchen and basement areas of the Beth Israel synagogue are now kosher-style with respect to food. When deciding what to bring for the potluck, please contact Beth Israel for the ​​policy statement and with any questions you might have.
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Saturday April 23 – Community Seder – Second Night

Go to the Religious Observances page for details.

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Friday – Sunday – April 8,9,10th – Abraham Festival Events

Beth Israel is holding two Abraham Festival events:  Kaballat Shabbat services and a dance.  The “Welcoming the Stranger:  The Refugee Experience” brochure and poster offers details about the full agenda of activities.

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Saturday March 26 – Purim Megillah Reading and Potluck Dinner

Go to the Religious Observances page for details.
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Friday, February 26 – Ka​​b​​b​​alat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Service at 6:00 pm
Potluck Dinner – immediately after
Yes, time again for a celebration of Shabbat with a Friday night service led by Dr. Dan Houpt in the unique and personal style that we have all come to appreciate and enjoy. And as usual the service will be followed by a potluck dinner but this time, it will be right in the synagogue. So, mark your calendars
RSVP to this email address: Beth Israel (mailto:bisptbo@gmail.com) to let the organizers know if you are:

  1. going to participate – we sure hope so, but tell us how many adults and children in your party;
  2. bringing some food – what you are bringing;
  3. helping to set up – please volunteer, or
  4. helping to clean up – please volunteer.

As you know, the kitchen and basement areas of the Beth Israel synagogue are now kosher-style with respect to food. When deciding what to bring for the potluck, please contact Beth Israel for the ​​policy statement and with any questions you might have.
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Saturday February 20th – Syrian Refugee Family Fund Raiser

Join us on Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 at Beth Israel Synagogue for a family friendly fundraising dance with the Indian River Band and Special Guests. The event is being hosted by the Abraham Festival group.  Tickets are $25, $15 for students or unwaged and children are free. Please contact Heather ( heather.clearlake@gmail.com), Larry (larry.gillman@freedom55financial.com) or Brian (briannashman@gmail.com) for tickets.

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Friday, January 22 – Ka​​b​​b​​alat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Service at 6:00 pm
Potluck Dinner – immediately after
Yes, time again for a celebration of Shabbat with a Friday night service led by Dr. Dan Houpt in the unique and personal style that we have all come to appreciate and enjoy. And as usual the service will be followed by a potluck dinner but this time, it will be right in the synagogue. So, mark your calendars
RSVP to this email address: Beth Israel (mailto:bisptbo@gmail.com) to let the organizers know if you are:

  1. going to participate – we sure hope so, but tell us how many adults and children in your party;
  2. bringing some food – what you are bringing;
  3. helping to set up – please volunteer, or
  4. helping to clean up – please volunteer.

As you know, the kitchen and basement areas of the Beth Israel synagogue are now kosher-style with respect to food. When deciding what to bring for the potluck, please contact Beth Israel for the ​​policy statement and with any questions you might have.
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Beth Israel Write-up in CJN

On December 12th, the Canadian Jewish News published an article about Beth Israel Synagogue entitled: “Synagogue is at the Centre of Jewish Life in Peterborough”. An online version of the article can be found here!

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Hanukah Menorah Services

Come out all and help celebrate the first night of Chanukah at the Beth Israel/JCC!

Sunday, December 6
4-5:30pm
Beth Israel Synagogue

The community along with friends, relatives, and neighbors are all invited out to help bring in the first night of Chanukah.
There will be some live music and songs afterwards, and snacks provided, so bring along your own Menorah and candles as well if you wish.

All are welcome

joe contact@jccpeterborough.com
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News:  Peterborough Mosque Fire on Nov. 14

Letter from the President of Beth Israel:

Dear Beth Israel Community,

I was both sad and concerned to learn about the fire at Masid Al-Salaam Mosque. My sadness turned to anger when I later found out that the fire was arson, and that the police are treating this as a hate crime.

The vast majority of people in Peterborough are caring individuals who respect the differences of others, and support those people who are in need. It is these very things that make our community great. There is no room for the hate of whomever committed this cowardly act at the Mosque.

Tonight I attended a fundraising dinner sponsored by the Abraham Festival. The money raised will be used so that a Syrian refugee family can relocate to Peterborough. The event was put together by a long standing group of Christians, Muslims, Jews and other religions, all of whom attended the event. When I looked at the spirit of good in that room, it reminded me that this is the Peterborough I know and love.

Tonight I talked with Kenzu Abdella the President of the Mosque, to let him know that the Peterborough Jewish Community stands united with the Muslim community. I was overjoyed to hear Kenzu tell me that the response from Peterborough and beyond has been very strong and supportive.

I let Kenzu know that we share the space at the Beth Israel Synagogue with our friends from the Unitarian Fellowship. Both the Unitarian and Jewish congregations have invited the Mosque to share space at Beth Israel while repairs are ongoing. We look forward to meeting with Kenzu this week to talk about ways we can support.

Peace

Larry Gillman
President Beth Israel Synagogue

Links to Related News Article and Broadcast:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/angry-neighbours-other-faith-groups-reach-out-to-help-after-ontario-mosque-torched

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/cbc-news-toronto-november-16-2015-1.3322017

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Update on Syrian Refugee Sponsorship and Fundraising Event on Nov. 15

On Sunday November 15th, from 5-8pm, Abraham Festival organizing committee and friends are holding a fundraising dinner at George St. United Church. Tickets are $25 each. Part of this event is a Silent Auction. Thank you to everyone who has requested tickets. We have set them aside for you. We would love as many people from the synagogue as possible to attend the dinner. Please be in touch with nancynashman@gmail.com regarding tickets.

We wanted to let you know what has happened in our application to bring a Syrian family to Canada. We have the possibility of sponsoring a single 34 year old mother and her three children; they fled from Syria, and are now in a camp in Jordan. We will be responsible for supporting them financially for 12 months, and for finding housing, helping them integrate into Canadian society etc. They could arrive as early as the first of December.
What can you do to help?
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Abraham Festival Film Night
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 7 pm at Beth Israel Synagogue

If you missed our 1st showing in October (The Beauty Academy of Kabul)
make sure to join us for Serenades

Set in 19th-century Australia, Jila is born between the worlds of her Afghan father and Aborigine mother. An Insightful and refreshing story in the dignity allowed to each culture, each religion.

7:00 – 8:30 film, 8:30 – 9:00 discussion
Light refreshments

* Free will donation will go to our Syrian Family Sponsorship

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Holocaust Education Week Event
Speaker Dr. Susanna Kokkonen

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 7 pm at Beth Israel Synagogue

You are invited
Special Guest Speaker from Jerusalem
Dr. Susanna Kokkonen
Director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, Italy and Scandinavia
International Relations Division

November 5th 2015
7 PM
Beth Israel Synagogue
755 Weller Street, Peterborough ON
“70 years after the liberation” for Holocaust Education Week

Dr. Kokkonen travels around the world to speak to Christian, Jewish and civic audiences about the Holocaust, antisemitism and Israel. Fluent in six languages, she is skilled in presenting difficult content in a way that touches hearts, inspiring positive action and reconciliation between people and the past. Dr. Kokkonen is equally adept in presenting ideas in print, as well as in television and radio interviews. With her gentle, straightforward and articulate manner, she’s at home behind any microphone.

Affectionately called “A Christian Ambassador for the Holocaust” (AnglicanJournal.com), Susanna maintains that although the Holocaust is a particularly Jewish tragedy, universal lessons can be learned, such as: how humans behave in a crisis, how genocide happens, and how we can heal and commemorate this devastating period in history. Audiences she addresses come to learn, and leave inspired and equipped, transformed by the encounter. When not on the road speaking and teaching, Dr. Kokkonen is on the Yad Vashem campus escorting Christian dignitaries, addressing Christian groups, organizing the annual Christian Leadership Seminar and encouraging the Christian community to support Yad Vashem’s important work.

Originally from Finland, Dr. Kokkonen worked at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv. In 2004, she received her Ph.D. in Holocaust Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where her dissertation topic was Jewish Refugees in Post-War Italy, 1945-1951. Her book entitled Journey to the Holocaust: Hatred of Jews in Light of the Bible and History was published in Finland in April 2014.

Contact: ICEJ Canada Kawartha-Peterborough Area Rep Sandra Berry Sandra@icejcanada.org 705-878-2756
Feel free to share and post this public event.

Holocaust Education Week – Toronto Events

If you are interested in Holocaust Education Week in Toronto, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre has assembled a very extensive and varied program based around the theme of Liberation: Aftermath and Rebirth. The presentations include lectures, theatre and film, music and dance, exhibitions and discussions.
Holocaust Education Week

Follow this link for more information:  http://holocaustcentre.com/HEW
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Abraham Festival Film Night

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, 7 pm at Beth Israel Synagogue

The Abraham Festival organizing committee is presenting as film and discussion on Oct. 20 at the synagogue (775 Weller St.). The film being screened is:

Serenades

Set in 19th-century Australia, Jila is born between the worlds of her Afghan father and Aborigine mother. This is an insightful and refreshing film in the dignity allowed to each culture and each religion. It explores a part of Australian history that is not widely known, the role played by Afghan camel herders in opening up the Australian outback, and the complex cross-cultural dilemmas that sometimes resulted.

7:00 – 8:30 pm film, 8:30 – 9:00 pm discussion

Light refreshments

Free will donations go to our Syrian Family Sponsorship

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Jewish Federations of Canada UIA Campaign Speaker

Oct 13, 2015, 7 pm at Beth Israel Synagogue

Once again, to kick of their annual fundraising campaign, Our old friend, Perry Romberg working once again with JFC-UIA is bringing a distinguished speaker to Peterborough to update our community on the situation in the turbulent middle-east and how it affects Israel, world Jewry and these days, just about everyone. Tall order? Whether you are an unconditional supporter of Israel or a strong critic of Israel and its policies or anywhere in between, you know that the speakers that JFC-UIA has brought to our community are extremely well informed and provide us with a nuanced and carefully thought out perspective supported by research and data. And if you have attended these meetings before, you also know that here in Peterborough, you get a chance to meet and interact with these distinguished lecturers on a very personal level, something that people in large centres like Toronto or Montreal cannot experience.

Mid-East Update by Dr. Mordechai Kedar

So, please mark your calendars for this important event. Whether or not you contribute to the JFC-UIA campaign is not the issue and is not the focus of this meeting. All Jews should make an effort to inform themselves about matters that affect Jews in Israel and worldwide so take advantage of this unique opportunity to do so.
Mid-East Update at Beth Israel in Peterborough with Dr. Mordechai Kedar
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High Holy Days Schedule – 5776 (2015) with Cantor Leon Litvack

Erev Rosh Hashanah

September 13 Sunday – Services 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah I – Shacharit / Torah / Musaf / Shofar blowing

September 14 Monday – Services 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

(Kohanim – please make sure you are there by 10:30 am)

Rosh Hashanah I – Tashlich at Jackson Creek
where it crosses Bonaccord St. (a 10 min walk from the shul)

September 14 Monday – after 1:00 pm – following end of services

Rosh Hashanah I – Children Services/Mincha Service

September 14 Monday – Services 3:45 pm (Children`s service)
September 14 Monday – Services 4:00 pm to about 5:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah II – Meditative Shacharit

September 15 Tuesday – 9:30 am to 10:30 am

(Please note that you must be there on time: latecomers cannot be admitted until the service has been completed).

Rosh Hashanah II – Torah / Musaf / Shofar blowing

September 15 Tuesday– Services 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

NOTE: Tuesday (September 15) Afternoon Pot Luck at Houpt Farm. Please RSVP to Kelli and Dan by sending an email to bisptbo@gmail.com to let us know who is coming and what you would like to bring for the meal.

Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre

September 22 Tuesday– Services 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Yom Kippur – Shacharit / Torah / Musaf

September 23 Wednesday– Services 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (Yizkor about 11:30 am)

(Kohanim – please make sure you are there by 10:30 am)

Yom Kippur – Spiritual Reflection Discussion

September 23 Wednesday–4:30 pm 6:00 pm

Yom Kippur – Ne’ilah Service / Havdalah

September 23 Wednesday–6:00-7:40 pm

September 23 Wednesday–8:00 pm
Communal breaking of the fast
Please RSVP by sending an email to bisptbo@gmail.com to let us know who is coming.
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June 5th 2015.

We are pleased to announce that Dan Houpt will lead a Shabbat Service at Beth Israel Synagogue on Friday, June 5 at 6pm. Following the service, the community will gather at the home of Larry Gillman and Jen Reid for a dairy potluck. If you plan to come to the potluck, please rsvp to Jenn 

 

DATE DETAILS RSVP
April 17-19 Abraham Festival (see below for details)
April 20, 2015, 7pm Annual General Meeting @ Beth Israel  

April 17-19: Abraham Festival (see attached poster)

This is the 12th Abraham Festival, unique to the City of Peterborough, put on by a network of Jews, Christians and Muslims who work to demystify the other, grow relationships that bind together those who have been strangers, and to listen and learn from each other’s traditions.  The 2 day festival includes worship services in each tradition, a vegetarian potluck lunch and a peace-building workshop.  All of the related events are free and open to all people of any or no tradition who desire peace.  With escalating political conflict, growing fear of unfamiliar neighbors, and increasing concerns about the Government’s Bill C-51, the importance of these communities learning more about one another has never been so evident.

Friday, April 17th 

1:00 p.m. Muslim Jummah Prayers

Sutherland Campus, Fleming College  599 Brealey Drive. Parking is free.

6:00 p.m. Jewish Prayer

Beth Israel Synagogue,  775 Weller St.

Men should wear a head covering.

Sunday, April 19 

11:00 a.m. Christian Worship

St. Andrews United Church, 441 Rubidge St.

12:00 p.m. Vegetarian Potluck

St. Andrews United Church Hall

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Peacebuilding Workshop

How to Protect Non-Violently. Facilitated by  Gianne Broughton and Ruth Hillman.

In this interactive workshop, participants will get  a taste of the possibilities of peace, and will  strengthen their own conflict resolution skills.

 For further information, contact:

info@abrahamfestival.org (705) 745-3680

AbrahamFest_Poster_2015

 

Monday April 20th, 2015

Annual Beth Israel AGM

Greetings to the Peterborough Jewish Community. I am pleased to announce that our Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday April 20th at 7PM at the Synagogue. Our AGM is always a chance to meet informally with others, discuss the latest developments, and enjoy some light refreshments.   Everyone is encouraged to come out.

As always Members of the Synagogue will have an opportunity to vote in our Board for the upcoming year. Should you wish to join the Board, please contact me.

We will also provide updates and invite questions on a number of developments from the past year including (but not limited to) the kushrut initiative, our 2014 financials, our new constitution, our recent 50th celebration, religious leadership for the upcoming year, and other topics on your mind.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Regards Larry

President, Beth Israel

Ron Molnar / Dana Capell Beth Israel Synagogue Peterborough, Ontario Communications Committee

 

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