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By |2019-02-28T12:01:01-05:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: News|

Sermon by Dr. Catherine Jarvis Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Friday, March 16, 2018 Thank you to Rabbi Grushcow and Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom family for this invitation to share a few words with your congregation tonight.  I feel welcome and at home in your synagogue.  In fact my history in Montreal is woven/knit in interesting ways to this very synagogue.  I hope you we see that as I speak to you tonight. Chieko Okazaki a past member of the general presidency of the Relief Society (Women’s organization) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke about patterns of interconnectedness.  She said, “We may not know what contribution [...]


Letter from Jerusalem

By |2019-02-28T12:01:08-05:00July 24th, 2017|Categories: News|

Over a week ago, two Israeli Druze soldiers were shot and killed by terrorists on the Temple Mount. This past Friday, along with a small group of colleagues from the Hartman Institute where we are studying, I made the trip up to Hurfeish, near the Lebanon border. We went to give condolences to the family of one of those soldiers. Kamil Shannan (z"l - of blessed memory) came from a prominent Druze family. His father was a Member of Knesset (the Israeli parliament), and the Druze community as a whole stands out for its service in the Israeli military and police force. Although they are not Jewish, [...]

Christian’s story

By |2019-02-28T12:01:22-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

My Journey to Judaism It is hard to pin-point the spark that initiated my fondness for Judaism, its people, its history and its culture. Born into a French-Canadian Catholic family of Irish descent, I certainly did not have anything resembling Jewish in my environment. I had an abnormal interest in the Old Testament: this according to three of my teachers in grammar school, and I was the one with the embarrassing questions about certain rules, practices and even divinities that simply did not make sense to me. I kept asking why we went to church on Sunday, since the last day of the week was Saturday! And I [...]

Chuck’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:23-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

I grew up in a house where what most would imagine as an ideal family life did not exist. Relationships were cold and indifferent, and holiday celebrations were nonexistent. We were without the emotional bonds during our lives that makes a family close. Even after death, when speaking of family members lost, we treated them as if they never existed. I enlisted in the military, (U.S. Navy), right after high school, and quickly became a member of a “Unit.” A family. We taught and learned from each other, were responsible for each other’s successes, failures, and our very lives. We revered those who served before us. Those whom [...]

Chloe’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:40-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

It is hard to imagine that the word “Jewish” sounded so foreign and completely unrelated to me not too long ago. When I met my now-husband Andrew, I was fed small, delicious morsels of Jewish tradition and history. We made latkes and cholent and charoset, spun the dreidel, felt the tallit that belonged to Andrew’s great-grandfather, and he would tell me the fascinating stories he learned from Hebrew school as a child. I eventually came to realize that this was the kind of home I wanted to create for Andrew and myself. My path to becoming a Jew-by-choice was a gradual one, (as, I suppose, most life-changing journeys [...]

Jane’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:53-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

Converting to Judaism was one of the most important decisions of my life and came about when my mother-in-law passed away after seventeen years of marriage. Although I was not a practicing Catholic, I was brought up in a devout Roman Catholic family and strongly identified with religious traditions. Although I married a Jewish man, conversion was never a consideration even though I was firmly ensconced in Jewish life. At my mother-in-law’s funeral, it occurred to me that I could not eventually be buried with my husband in a Jewish cemetery, or sit shiva for him if he predeceased me. Conversion classes changed my attitude from being skeptical [...]

Duane’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:19:07-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

I will begin by saying that August 26, 2013, the day that I went to the Mikvah to complete my conversion, was the best day of my life after my wedding day. In 2007, I met the love of my life, and in 2008, we were married. I was never religious being a Christian growing up. I always did keep my faith in God but did not believe in a lot of what I was told, especially about being gay and that it was a sin. So I kept my faith private within myself and alone. Then, when I got married and even when we began dating, I [...]

Alexandra’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:19:15-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

My partner is not Jewish, and I began my path to conversion out of a sense of curiosity – I was interested in Jewish ethics and culture and wanted to learn more. At Temple, I found a great place to experience Jewish life with no pressure to convert, but a sense that I would be welcome if I ever did. I enjoyed learning about our traditions (and recipes!) and about the Hebrew alphabet, but I think the most exciting part of the official process was being welcomed to Temple in the presence of my family, who came to the service. When I became a Jew, we became “interfaith,” [...]


By |2017-05-01T09:19:31-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|

Confrontée à un jeune âge à la maladie et à la mort de mes parents et de plusieurs amis, ma quête spirituelle pour donner un sens à ma survie débuta à l’adolescence. L’athéisme n’est pas d’une grande aide lorsqu’on est aux prises à de douloureuses questions existentielles. Au fil des ans, j’ai essayé différentes pratiques religieuses et spirituelles sans jamais trouver réponse à mes questions. Rien ne m’apaisait. Rien ne me ressemblait. Au fond de moi, j’ai toujours su qu’un jour je me convertirais au judaïsme. J’ai toujours ressenti un profond et inexplicable sentiment d’appartenance. La longue histoire et la culture juives ont toujours été une véritable passion, [...]

Judaism is a Story

By |2017-01-03T15:19:31-05:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: News|

Scholar in Residence, Jim Keen sponsored by Federation and JIFF November 17 & 18, 2016 [pdf-embedder url="https://www.templemontreal.ca/wp-content/uploads/Jim-Keen-Talk-JIFF-event.pdf" title="jim-keen-talk-jiff-event"]

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