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THIS WEEK IN TEMPLE  Friday, December 16, 2020
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CELEBRATIONS & SERVICES THIS WEEK
 
Wednesday, December 16th 
6:300 PM SURA APEL Shiva Minyan ONLINE
with Rabbi Jordan Cohen & Cantor Paula Baruch ONLINE LINK 

CHANUKAH Cocktails & Trivia
8:00 PM CHANUKAH Candle Lighting and Adult Time
with Rabbi Jordan Cohen & Cantor Paula Baruch ONLINE LINK 

Thursday, December 17th ~ CHANUKAH Dreidel Night
7:00 PM CHANUKAH Candle Lighting and Dreidel Fun
with Rabbi Jordan Cohen & Cantor Paula Baruch ONLINE LINK 

Friday, December 18th ~ KABBALAT SHABBAT
9:30 AM YOFI  SHABBAT CONNECTION 
with Cantor Paula Baruch 
ONLINE LINK 

7:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service 
with Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Baruch
 ONLINE LINK 
Candle Blessing with Richard Adler & Family


Saturday, December 19th ~ SHABBAT Miketz
9:00 AM YOFI TOT SHABBAT Drop In 
with Morah Dora-Ann 
ONLINE LINK 

10:00 AM Shabbat Family Service
 with Morah Dora-Ann ONLINE LINK 

10:30 AM Shabbat Morning Music & Meditation 
with Cantor Baruch
 ONLINE LINK 

11:00 AM Talking Torah 
with Rabbi Cohen
ONLINE LINK 

Sunday, December 20th ~ 
9:30 AM YOGA: Stretch Your Soul
with Tasha Romm ONLINE LINK 
FROM TAS FOR SENIORS ACROSS CANADA
 
A special broadcast produced by Temple Anshe Sholom for the national site Canada Ages. Found at www.canage.ca/wellness to help cheer up and connect seniors across Canada during this holiday season.
FROM CANTOR PAULA BARUCH
 
וַיֵּרְד֥וּ אֲחֵֽי־יוֹסֵ֖ף עֲשָׂרָ֑ה לִשְׁבֹּ֥ר בָּ֖ר מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃
     Ten of Joseph's brothers went down to Egypt to get rations of grain. 
                                                           Genesis 42:3

In this week's Torah Portion, Miketz, all the drama and music in Andrew Lloyd Weber's 'Joseph & His Amazing Technocolour Dreamcoat' is playing out. Pharoah has a dream that Joseph is able to explain with God's help. A seven year famine is foretold and Egypt is able to prepare for it. The famine affects the whole fertile crescent of the Middle East and Jacob and his family hear about the stores of grain in Egypt and decide to make the journey to purchase provisions. The scripture above tells us that all the sons, except one are travelling to Egypt on this mission. The son left behind is the youngest son, Benjamin. Benjamin and Joseph were the only children born of Jacob's wife, Rachel, and she died giving birth to Benjamin. These offspring of the beloved wife that Jacob worked 14 years to marry are dear reminders of her and at this point in the story Jacob believes that Joseph was killed by wild animals. There is no way he is allowing Benjamin out of his sight. 

What is interesting about the scripture above at Genesis 42:3 is that the Torah always references people by their parents. Here the men are referred to as the brothers of Joseph. It's unusual because these ten men did not treat Joseph as a brother, with kindness, patience and understanding. They bullied him, thought about letting him die and ultimately sold him into slavery. It doesn't get much darker than that, but here we see them referenced as the brothers of Joseph. In The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash, pg 53, we learn some of the Rabbinic stories that are written to explore between the lines of this tale. Here we find that the Rabbis wondered on this verse in Torah and determined that the brothers must have changed significantly from the time they betrayed Joseph in the wilderness. They must be carrying a burden of regret and a resolve to make things right. Indeed, they imagine that when the brothers determine that they need to travel to Egypt to save their family, it is also an opportunity to find their long lost brother Joseph and reunite him with their father, Jacob.

In this season of sharing light in the darkness it is a blessing to know that people can change and grow. May we look at those places in ourselves and find ways of expanding our compassion and understanding of our fellow humans.
 
May the Lights of Chanukah continue to illuminate your path,

 
Cantor Paula Baruch
Tzedakah
FROM OUR VICE PRESIDENT
 
It is the time of year when you receive your annual invoice for Temple dues. Think about the opportunity to pay your dues with securities (stocks). If you have real winners in your portfolio it can be better to donate shares than pay your dues with cash. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your tax bill and make a meaningful donation to your Temple, consider donating shares of publicly traded securities or mutual funds. After you gift your best winners, the TAS issues a charitable tax slip, plus you save capital gains tax you would otherwise pay on the sale of said shares.  There were some real winners in the stock market this year, and, for example, a donation of $10,000 worth of stock that was purchased (by a typical taxpayer who regularly pays dues in cash) for $4,000, should be treated 40% better than a donation of cash. This donor's net tax refund should be $4,600 instead of $3,200.  Your situation may not be typical, please ask your tax and investment advisor. If you are interested in paying dues in this manner, please call the Temple office.

https://financialpost.com/personal-finance/taxes/ten-tax-tips-for-charitable-giving-as-december-deadline-nears

Yves Apel,
TAS Vice President
2 MORE GREAT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH
 
TEMPLE ANSHE SHOLOM HAS BEEN OFFERING A CHANCE TO GATHER SAFELY ONLINE, LIGHT CANDLES & ENJOY CELEBRATING TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY EACH OF THE EIGHT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH. JOIN US FOR THESE FINAL TWO NIGHTS!

Check out the wonderful Chanukah events offered for the Festival of Light!
ALL LINKS can be found on our Temple Website.
On the SEVENTH NIGHT of Chanukah let's light the candles together, sing the blessings and welcome Chanukah with mixology that would impress any Maccabee!

Join Rabbi Jordan Cohen & Cantor Paula Baruch for this fun adult time.

Register once to attend all of our TAS Chanukah events!

Just click on the flyer to the left:)
On the EIGHTH NIGHT of Chanukah let's light the Chanukah and the Shabbat candles together, sing the blessings and spin our Dreidels in all new ways! 

Join Rabbi Jordan Cohen & Cantor Paula Baruch to get spinny.

Register once to attend all of our TAS Chanukah events!

Just click on the flyer to the left:)
ESPECIALLY FOR YOUTH
 
SINGING FOR SHALOM VILLAGE:   ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16TH AT                                                                                      4:30PM ONLINE

STUDENTS FROM TEMPLE ANSHE SHOLOM AND BETH JACOB SYNAGOGUE WILLING BE SINGING ONLINE FOR RESIDENTS AT SHALOM VILLAGE. WE WELCOME ANY FROM OUR COMMUNITY TO COME ONLINE AND JOIN US!


REGISTER HERE
PROGRAMS THIS WEEK
 
GREAT NEWS! This wonderful group will be continuing on until end of December. Try it out!

REGISTER HERE

In our Temple Family

  • THANK YOU to Lorne & Judy Rochwerg for their participation in last week's Kabbalat Shabbat service.
  • THANK YOU to Norm Eby for technical assistance for our ZOOM online Shabbat services.
  • THANK YOU to our Caring Committee for preparing and delivering Shiva Meals
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Marsha Rosenblatt, Rachel Paikin, Janis Criger, Donna Katz, Barbara Shinehoft, Dan Fodor, Anthony MacFarlane, Stan Tick and Marvin Cohen

TZEDAKAH         צדקה 

We are grateful to the following for their generosity:

Sasha Weisz to the Arthur & Margaret Weisz Memorial Fund in memory
Carl & Sandra Loewith to the Lawn and Garden Fund in memory
Joan Jefferess to Temple Anshe Sholom in gratitude

YIZKOR    
יזכור 


This week we are remembering:

Sheloshim
Sura Apel
Alessa Fisher
Peter Monte
Lou Levy
Fay Radzinski

Yahrzeit
Adele Rotman, Anne Elizabeth McNally, Barnett Medwedoff, Ben Frank, Bernie Gelber, Edwin Mitchell Fine, Evelyn Vertlieb, Frank Fischer, George Kemeny, Jim Morris, Joseph Shugar, Marjorie Dolina, Mary Chater, Max Hain, Phillip Liss, Sam Yanover, Seymour Kobetz, Sidney Leon
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON YAHRZEIT RECORDS

If you are a Temple Anshe Sholom Member, we invite you review and update your Yahrzeit records with us. We are undergoing an update of our database and need your input. SHULCLOUD is the program our office uses to keep track of your family's account and life-cycle events. PLEASE login to your account on ShulCloud and check the information there for accuracy. Our weekly reading of Yahrzeit names depends on this data. Contact Brenda McAlpine in our office for assistance. 905-528-0121 ext 22  OR bmcalpine@anshesholom.ca

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