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Postcards from the Edge of Europe: A British View

By |2020-02-27T09:54:15-05:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Guest Sermon|

Shabbat Vayera 5779 Temple Emanu-El Beth Shalom, Montreal Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris At the beginning of this week’s parasha, Vayera, we are told of the three messengers of God, who are sent to Abraham and Sarah to foretell of Sarah’s impending pregnancy, despite her advanced age and previous infertility, and the subsequent birth of Isaac. The absurdity of a post-menopausal woman suddenly becoming pregnant by her husband, who too was advanced in years, was not lost on Sarah as she famously laughs when she hears this news. She laughs in amazement and embarrassment and disbelief, yet God cannot understand why she laughs. She back tracks, trying to [...]


By |2020-02-27T09:55:16-05:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Guest Sermon|

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 [...]


Judaism is a Story

By |2020-02-27T09:55:37-05:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: Guest Sermon|

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"]

One epic journey at the UTHC –

By |2020-02-27T09:55:52-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Guest Sermon|

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 [...]

Margaret’s Rosh Hashanah sermon

By |2020-02-27T09:56:00-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Guest Sermon|

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 [...]

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

By |2020-02-27T09:56:55-05:00April 20th, 2016|Categories: Guest Sermon|

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 [...]