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THIS WEEK IN TEMPLE  December 2nd, 2020
 
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SERVICES THIS WEEK
Friday, December 4th ~ Welcome 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 Tavis & Avital Apramian & Family


Saturday, December 5th ~ SHABBAT Vayishlach

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 
FROM RABBI COHEN
 

וַתֵּצֵ֤א דִינָה֙ בַּת־לֵאָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָלְדָ֖ה לְיַעֲקֹ֑ב לִרְא֖וֹת בִּבְנ֥וֹת הָאָֽרֶץ׃
וַיַּ֨רְא אֹתָ֜הּ שְׁכֶ֧ם בֶּן־חֲמ֛וֹר הַֽחִוִּ֖י נְשִׂ֣יא הָאָ֑רֶץ וַיִּקַּ֥ח אֹתָ֛הּ וַיִּשְׁכַּ֥ב אֹתָ֖הּ וַיְעַנֶּֽהָ׃

Now Dinah, the daughter whom Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the daughters of the land. Shechem, son of Hamor the Hivite, chief of the country, saw her, and took her and lay with her by force.
                                           
-Genesis 34:1-2

In this week’s parasha, Vayishlach, we read of the first act of sexual violence in the Torah. Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, is raped by Shechem, son of Hamor, the king of the town of Shechem. Shechem subsequently brought disaster upon his entire city when two of Dinah’s brothers slaughtered all the males in their town.
 
In this era of #MeToo, when many famous men (and some women) have been publicly shamed and professionally compromised for their inappropriate sexual behaviour, the contemporary resonance of this story cannot be ignored. And, like everything else, the isolation of the pandemic has dramatically complicated the scourge of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
 
Sexual abuse of any kind is morally repugnant and appalling, and there is no excusing it. And yet, so often the perpetrators, especially those in positions power, believe, as did Shechem, that they are somehow immune from consequence. As the son of the king tried to do, abusers try to rationalize their abusive behaviour as an expression of love or privilege. The Torah clearly demonstrates that abusive behaviour of any kind cannot be excused or tolerated.
 
As human beings, we so easily try to rationalize our own behaviour. It is not unusual for us to believe that our moral failures will go unnoticed. Somehow, we believe that we will get away with it. This is not a new disillusion: in Pirkei Avot, in answer to the question, “what is a straight path that a person should cling to? Rabbi Shimon said: seeing the consequences of one's actions”
(Pirkei Avot 2:9).
 
We are going through a profoundly difficult time, but we cannot allow ourselves to use the pandemic and its associated hardships as an excuse for bad behaviour. The message is clear: more than ever, each of us needs to foresee the consequences of our actions and take responsibility for our own behaviour.

L'Shalom,

Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen
SCHOLARSHIPS TO URJ CAMP GEORGE
 
Camp Scholarship Application Deadline: December 18, 2020
 
The TAS Camp Scholarship Committee is dedicated to making it possible for all our students to  have a Reform Jewish summer camp experience at URJ Camp George. We are now accepting applications for camp scholarships for summer 2021.  Camp George IS planning to open, and is busily planning for how to make camp as safe as possible for campers and staff. Gotta Get Back To George! 
 
For camp scholarship applications, please visit our Temple website https://anshesholom.ca/youth/summer-youth-activities/ and click on “Summer Camp Scholarship Application”. Print it, complete it, and send it to the Temple office addressed to TAS Camp Scholarship Committee, c/o Rabbi Cohen. All applications are confidential. 
ANAT HOFFMAN
Attorney & Activist
Executive Director of the Reform Movement's Israel Religious Action Centre

Founder & Director of the Women of the Wall
is joining us ONLINE 

 
SUNDAY, December 6th at 11:00 AM

From the Back of the bus to the top of the agenda – Anat Hoffman  will lead us through a discussion of major social issues concerning liberal Jews in Israel today.
 
Mazel Tov to the TAS Social Action Committee for their organization and presentation of the 3rd Annual Art Show. The show is designed to connect and promote Jewish Artists and their work. Many enjoyed the panel discussion of Artists held on Sunday Nov 29th at 1:00 PM and it is now viewable on the Art Show Website. The website will be active and connected to the wonderful creative work of this group of Artists for the coming year. Please continue to visit!
GREAT NEWS! This wonderful group will be continuing on until end of December. Try it out!
 
 
Online: Next class DECEMBER 7th at 7:00 PM

REGISTER HERE
 
GET READY FOR CHANUKAH!
 
8 GREAT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH

TEMPLE ANSHE SHOLOM IS EXCITED TO OFFER A CHANCE TO GATHER SAFELY ONLINE, LIGHT CANDLES & ENJOY CELEBRATING TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY EACH OF THE EIGHT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH.
Check out the wonderful Chanukah events offered during this week for the Festival of Light!
ALL LINKS can be found on our Temple Website.
On the FIRST NIGHT of Chanukah let's light the candles together, sing the blessings and welcome Chanukah with all of your favourite songs!

Join Cantor Paula Baruch for this sweet half hour of joy.

Register once to attend all of our TAS Chanukah events!

Just click on the flyer to the left:)
It's SHABBAT and CHANUKAH! Time for us to gather in song and joy to celebrate light and welcome Shabbat together.

Join Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Baruch, Jordan Abraham & our Temple Singers for this wonderful service.

Register once to attend all of our TAS Chanukah events!

Just click on the flyer to the left:)

In our Temple Family

  • THANK YOU to Ellen Amster & Family for their participation in last week's Kabbalat Shabbat service.
  • THANK YOU to Rob Murdoch for technical assistance for our ZOOM online Shabbat services.
  • THANK YOU to our TAS Social Action Committee for organizing a wonderful Jewish Art Show, available online.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Marla Frank Davis, Sam Korman, Emily Eisenberg, Linda Miller, Zoe Shore, Maya Earn and Shari Levine

TZEDAKAH        צדקה  

We are grateful to the following for their generosity:
  • Laura Wolfson to the Laura Wolfson Camp George Scholarship Fund
  • Anne Krieger to the Sisterhood Flower Fund
  • Vivi Silverstein to Temple Anshe Sholom in appreciation
 

YIZKOR    
יזכור 


This week we are remembering:

Sheloshim
Irene Rosenkrantz
Peter Monte
Lou Levy


Yahrzeit
Adele Rotman, Arnold Highman, Bernard Harris, Bertha Minden Sole, Bill Steep, Birdie Smurlick, Brian Egier, Chaya Riva Talsky, Dorothy (Bobbie) Mendes da Costa, Dr. Simon G Fines, Esther Anne Jacobs, Ethel Silver, Flora Sussman, Freda Hoffman, Irving Leaf, Israel Highman, Kenneth Loveman, Louis Albert, Marla Ilissa Zack-Kelman, Morris Kofsky, Ora Paikin, Manny Fine, Robert McKirgen, Rose Waxman, Sharon Cole, Sheridan Lax, T. Morris Granatstein
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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