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Shalom <<First Name>>   
THIS WEEK IN TEMPLE 
Wednesday, July 20th, 2022
Friday, July 22nd ~ KABBALAT SHABBAT
6:15 PM ONEG SHABBAT
Sponsored by the Norm & Glenna Eby
7:00 PM KABBALAT SHABBAT 
with Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Baruch
IN PERSON and  ONLINE

Saturday, July 23rd ~ SHABBAT PINCHUS
10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Prayer with Cantor Baruch
11:00 AM - Torah Study with Rabbi Cohen
IN PERSON and  ONLINE

We're back with all services IN PERSON and ON-LINE.
CANTOR PAULA BARUCH
 
לָכֵ֖ן אֱמֹ֑ר הִנְנִ֨י נֹתֵ֥ן ל֛וֹ אֶת־בְּרִיתִ֖י שָׁלֽוֹם׃
Say, therefore, ‘I grant him My pact of friendship.
                                 -Numbers 25:12
If I had several lifetimes to keep learning, I would love to learn the scribal art of writing a sacred Torah scroll. Chanting the words in our Sefer Torah is one of the great honours of being a Cantor. I love the beauty of the Hebrew letters. At the best of times, the letters glow and dance on the page and inspire connections and meaning to everyday life. Even at times when the letters are at rest, their very construction reveals hundreds of years of discourse among our ancestors. Inside the Sefer Torah there are hidden treasures that invite us to question and ponder the human journey. This week's Torah portion, Pinchas, contains a great example of this. Above, I have included the source verse from the Torah and a picture of how the word 'shalom', in this verse, is calligraphed.

At the end of last week's Torah portion, Pinchas, grandson of Aaron and son of Eleazar, impaled an Israelite tribal chief and a Midianite princess for coupling. Pinchas wanted to save all the Israelites from being stricken with the plague that descended upon them since they were succumbing to the idolatrous practices of the Midianites, which included sexual relations. This act of zealotry did end the plague and God expressed approval of Pinchas' taking of these two lives as evidenced in the verse Numbers 25:12 cited above. God gives Pinchas a 
בְּרִיתִ֖י שָׁלֽוֹם, a covenant of peace. 

Our sages discussed, debated, researched, imagined around this portion and this verse. Inspecting the word 'shalom' as it is pictured above, written in the Torah for this verse only, we notice a break in the letter 'vav'. In Kabbalah the letter 'vav' is represents the connection between heaven and earth. Here we see the connection is broken. Whatever happened in this week's Torah portion led to broken peace. As Jews we do not cry about the brokeness. We see it as an important part of the whole of life. As Leonard Cohen wrote, "there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in".

 
B'Shir,

Cantor Paula Baruch
HAVDALAH WITH FRIENDS
Our next HAVDALAH with FRIENDS will take place on Saturday night, July 23rd, 7:30 PM -10:00 PM, with co-hosts Lorraine Cohen, Marvin Cohen & Janet McNaught. RSVP for directions:
IT'S OFFICIALLY FRIENDSHIP SUMMER!
Let's enjoy some backyard parties at our member's homes this summer! Join us on any of these upcoming Saturday nights:
July 23rd, August 13th, September 3rd
Please choose at least ONE to come out to. We want to meet and mingle with our new and longstanding members. All you need is a portable lawn chair and a treat to share with others. We'll supply the beverages (BYO wine or beer if you wish!), great music and a brief Havdallah service! Hope to see all of our members there:)
RENOVATE OUR TAS KITCHEN
IN MEMORY OF SEAN DAVIS
ז"ל
HIGH HOLY DAY NEWS
CLERGY LIASON WORKING GROUP
The Clergy Liaison Working Group is again active and is now available to contact.  In the interest of keeping our leadership up to date with the interests of our members, we are encouraging any and all feedback (held in the strictest confidence), that can be addressed by the Working Group.  We will be communicating regularly with Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Baruch.  We look forward to hearing from you.  

Contact Richard Levy Chair at:  clergyliaison@anshesholom.ca OR 905-528-0121 ext 25

IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY

  • THANK YOU to Rhonda Dahan for baking our delicious Challah each week and her Challah Angels who purchase bread making supplies
  • THANK YOU to the Sampson Family for preparing a special Oneg Shabbat in honour of Matthew Sampson & Micaila French's Aufruf
  • THANK YOU to Alan Weddum for our serving as our Tech person and to Alisa Williams for serving as our online host
  • THANK YOU to Roy Pollington, Kathryn Ferguson, Kerop Sargysan, Morley Weinberg & Doreen Korman for assisting at services
  • MAZEL TOV to Matthew Sampson & Micaila French on their wedding this week
IF YOU KNOW OF A MEMBER celebrating a milestone, please let us know! We'd love to celebrate them! 

Birthdays - July 20 to July 26
 
Temple Anshe Sholom wishes a very Happy Birthday to: Jonathan Sussman, Kim Goldstein, Mike Bromstein, Brandin Berlin
 
TZEDAKAH
We are grateful for the following donations to Temple Anshe Sholom:
 
  • LUBA & YVES APEL for their donation to the TAS Religious School and their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • JEFF & MICHELLE BERLIN for their donation to the TAS General Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • DOUG COLLINS for his donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • HYNDA HALPREN for her donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • LAWRENCE & MARLA KOBETZ for their donations to the Berns Music Library in memory of Marta Paikin and in memory of Suzanne Szereszewski
  • DOREEN KORMAN for her donations to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen and to the Religious School in memory of Suzanne Goldflus
  • LORRAINE KUDLATZ for her donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund thinking of Irving and Ellen Isakow
  • SHELBY FRANK DAVIS for her donation to the President's Discretionary Fund in honour of the the Sampson Family
  • GWEN & HARVEY SCHWAB for their donation to the State Fund in memory of Norman Matchen
  • ALAN & SANDY WEDDUM for their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • TOM & SASHA WEISZ for their donations to the Arthur & Margaret Weisz Memorial Fund in memory of Liliane Goslan, Isabel Straub and Mark Mandell
  • RISA SHUMAN for her donation to the Ruth Slater Music Fund 
  • SONJA KLEIN for her donation to the Sisterhood Flower Fund in memory of Elizabeth Vrba
  • SANDRA RABIN & IVAN ROSS for their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Paul Hanover
  • WAYNE MOXAM for his donation to the TAS General Fund
           
            YIZKOR             
  יזכור

SHELOSHIM:
Norma Matchen
Paul Hanover

YAHRZEIT:
Adam Smurlick
Belle Levy
Benjamin Rachlin
Blima Levine
Edna Enkin
Elizabeth Vrba
Eric Hoffman
Esther Gelber-Salem
Evelyn Schwab
Hedda Popper
Jeffrey Lyons
Joan Rosenthal
John Salamon
Joseph Dolovich
Louis Burke
Norman Tatelbaum
Percy Waldenberg
Rose Fleicher
Sean Davis
Theodore Sussman
Winton Schneider
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