Ilanot: Trees in Israeli Songs Sermon in Song with Noa Haran, Interim Cantorial Soloist.
Friday, January 18 | 7:45 PM
Two days before the Israeli celebration of Tu B’Shvat (also called “New Year of the trees”), we will listen to beautiful Israeli songs featuring the typical trees of the land of Israel. Israeli born musician Noa Haran will give some background about the songs, and discuss the role of trees in Hebrew poems.
Muslim Awareness Shabbat
Friday, January 25 | 7:45 pm
As part of Muslim Awareness Week and to commemorate two years since the shooting at the Quebec City mosque, Temple welcomes guest speakers, Amani Shakhtour and Ehab Lotayef.
Amani Shakhtour was born in Palestine and arrived in Montreal at the age of four. She has a degree in languages and has mastered Spanish, English, and French and some basic Hebrew. She is currently at Concordia majoring in Community, Society, and Public Affairs and minoring in Global Migration.
Ehab Lotayef is a Canadian engineer, poet, writer, and community activist. He moved to Canada from Egypt 1989. Ehab is a founding member and long time participant in Arab-Jewish dialogue groups in Montreal. Over the years, he has served on the boards of Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, Muslim Council of Montreal, Muslim Schools of Montreal, the Canadian Arab Federation, and is currently serving on the Board of Governors of McGill University, Montreal City Mission, and Fair Vote Canada.
The service will be preceded by a Shabbat dinner catered by The Wandering Chewin partnership with one of our sponsored Syrian families. RSVP required. Cost: $30 per adult, $15 Children 15 and under. Reserve your spot online.
Shabbaton with Rabbi Amy Small
Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16
Rabbi Amy Joy Small has been the Senior Rabbi of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, Vermont since 2016. Rabbi Small has served congregations in New Jersey, Michigan, and Indiana. She was a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1987. While Rabbi Small is here, Rabbi Grushcow will be Rabbi-in-Residence at Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh and Rabbi Greenspan will be in Israel. In March, Rabbi Grushcow will be at Rabbi Small’s synagogue in Burlington.
Shabbaton with Rabbi Stephen Leon
Friday, March 15 | 7:45 PM
The Third Commandment and the Return of the Anusim, A Rabbi’s Memoir of an Incredible People
Saturday, March 16
9:00 AM Torah Study: The Coming of Messiah, Reality or Myth?
10:15 AM Sermon: Why the Jewish People Are Commanded to Seek Converts
Rabbi Stephen A. Leon was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion. From 1986 to the present, Rabbi Leon has been the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Zion in El Paso, Texas. Rabbi Leon has visited many places in Europe where Crypto-Jews have lived, including Belmont, Portugal where 300 Crypto-Jews formally returned to Judaism. Rabbi Leon is a trusted friend and teacher of the Anusim (Crypto-Jews/conversos) and has helped many individuals and families make their return to Judaism.
Friday, March 29: Healing as a Jewish Art… Doctors
A chance to explore the intersection between Judaism and Medicine. Are you a physician and a Temple member? Conctat Rabbi Grushcow if you want to be involved or just show up!