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20 02, 2017

Alexandra’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:19:15-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

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,” [...]

20 02, 2017

Nataly

By |2017-05-01T09:19:31-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

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, [...]

21 11, 2016

Judaism is a Story

By |2017-01-03T15:19:31-05:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: News|1 Comment

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"]

5 10, 2016

One epic journey at the UTHC –

By |2017-05-01T09:19:53-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

by Scott Sternthal, 5ème/5th - 125k On Saturday, September 10th, at 2 am, I began an epic journey that I will not soon forget. The Ultra Trail Harricana of Canada (UTHC) 125k was one of my 3 major objectives for the 2016 trail running season. For the first time in it’s 5-year history, the race was part of the Ultra Trail World Tour, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious trail races in Quebec. This is how it unfolded.  Km 0: The race started outside a small church in Notre-Dame-des-Monts, Quebec. I imagined the people sleeping soundly in their beds as our Pain Train got [...]

5 10, 2016

Margaret’s Rosh Hashanah sermon

By |2017-01-03T15:20:25-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

By Margaret Jacobs Good morning and Shana Tova to you all. Rabbi has asked me to speak about this last year of my life – not an easy task because so much has happened. Let me explain. I was raised with nothing more than a nodding acquaintance of Judaism. We did not attend synagogue, I have no Torah school experience, and we generally went to other people’s homes for the holidays.  Most of the time, I felt out of synch with the religious community in which I lived and that feeling has stayed with me for nearly a half century. Then, in the summer of 2015, at a [...]

16 07, 2016

Message from Israel #3

By |2017-01-03T15:20:41-05:00July 16th, 2016|Categories: News|1 Comment

Shavua tov, everyone. I've just returned to Jerusalem from an extraordinary Shabbat in Beer Sheva, in the south of Israel. I can't pretend that the warmth and beauty of this shabbat in any way balances the horror of the terrorist attack in Nice. My heart is heavy. But I do write to you with a deep sense of hopefulness, in a world where hope is not always obvious. The thread that ran through my experience this shabbat was hospitality - in Hebrew, the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim. I went to Beer Sheva first and foremost because I had been invited to a Bedouin wedding. The groom is the [...]

9 07, 2016

Thoughts from Jerusalem #2

By |2017-01-03T15:20:53-05:00July 9th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

What a week it has been. Here in Jerusalem, I've been taking part in study, often from 8:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night. We rabbis have been diligent, for the most part, at keeping away from our smartphones; part of being in Jerusalem means being too far away to be called back. It's good for our humility. The world goes on without us. But this week, many of us have been following news from the United States - especially those from communities like Minneapolis and Dallas, where some of the horrible violence occurred. Two more black men shot by police, recorded for the world to see; [...]

2 07, 2016

Shavua tov from Jerusalem

By |2017-01-03T15:21:08-05:00July 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|1 Comment

Shavua tov - a good week! I'm writing from Jerusalem, where I will be spending the month as a fellow in the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative of the Hartman Institute. Together with other rabbis of all denominations from across North America, we will study Torah, alongside contemporary questions of Israel and Jewish identity. It's a privilege to be here. It is also a challenge. Between bringing my two children on a transatlantic flight and uprooting our lives for a month, this hasn't been a simple undertaking. So why have I done it? There are three reasons I want to share with you, at the beginning of this month, and [...]

20 04, 2016

The Seder is Ready, Are You? Spiritual Preparation for Freedom

By |2017-01-03T15:21:39-05:00April 20th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Sermon by Rabbi Adina Lewittes at Temple on Friday, April 15, 2016 Preparing for Passover is not a subject that elicits much enthusiasm in the Jewish community. More often it elicits the groans of having to clean our homes, empty ourcupboards, scour our kitchens, haul out Passover dishes, pots and pans, restock our refrigerators and pantries and cook elaborate meals for big crowds, all of which assures that we show up to our Seder tables feeling exhausted, and frankly, more enslaved than liberated. I want to offer an insight into this dynamic, and then suggest some implications of that insight regarding how to prepare for the festival. What often accompanies these laborious tasks is [...]

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