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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
Friday, June 29th ~ KABBALAT SHABBAT
7:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Service 
with Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Baruch
Shabbat Candle lighting: Cantor Baruch 

Saturday, June 30th ~ SHABBAT SH'LACH
10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Prayer with Cantor Baruch
11:00 AM - Torah Study with Rabbi Cohen

We're back with all services IN PERSON.
דַּבֵּ֞ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֤י יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ וְאָמַרְתָּ֣ אֲלֵהֶ֔ם וְעָשׂ֨וּ לָהֶ֥ם צִיצִ֛ת עַל־כַּנְפֵ֥י בִגְדֵיהֶ֖ם לְדֹרֹתָ֑ם וְנָ֥תְנ֛וּ עַל־צִיצִ֥ת הַכָּנָ֖ף פְּתִ֥יל תְּכֵֽלֶת
Speak to the Israelite people and instruct them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout the ages; let them attach a cord of blue to the fringe at each corner.
                                 -Numbers 15:38 – 39

These words, in the closing paragraph of our Torah portion, describe the mitzvah of tzitzit, the ritual fringes placed at the corners of a four-cornered garment. Today we call such a garment, mostly worn during prayer, a tallit, but the mitzvah seems to suggest that we should wear the fringes all the time. Many traditional Jewish men do wear the tzitzit all the time, underneath their clothes, on what they call a tallit katan, a type of undershirt that has the fringes. But what you don’t see very often today is the t’khelet, the blue threat on the tzitzit. The Torah seems to indicate that it is this blue thread that makes the tassel and completes the garment. How is it that?
Our tradition answers that the blue colour is evocative. It reminds us of God’s commandments because it reminds us of the infinite expanses of the sea and of the sky, and these associations lead us to contemplate our God in heaven
(TJ Ber. 1:2). Thus, the thread is like a guide, taking us along a voyage of imagination, each step drawing us along until we sense God’s commanding Presence. It is entirely symbolic, but the symbolism is quite profound.
Only a small minority of prayer shawls today have a blue thread included in their tassels and they are often on the tallises of Karaites or Messianic Jews, who are not really Jews, but take a literal reading of the Hebrew Bible. Most of us mainstream Rabbinic Jews just have tzitzit with only white threads. So how did we lose the blue thread?
Our early sages considered that when the Torah mentioned t’khelet, it was being very specific - not just an ordinary “blue” - kachol - but a special shade of the colour blue that was created by a special substance. No substitute could be used in its place. However, the source, of this blue dye was lost millennia ago. This leaves us with a rabbinic dilemma: should we abandon the mitzvah and stop wearing tzitzit altogether or is there another alternative? Our Sages declared that we could still have a valid tallit without t’khelet
(BT Menahot 4:1). They determined that, since the tzitzit in of themselves were purely symbolic, and the t’khelet was merely a trigger, it was our imagination, more than the thread, that was essential for the tallit to perform its proper role.
In our legalistic tradition, this may be seen as a pretty big act of spiritual audacity, but by excusing the blue thread, our Sages were placing great faith in the imagination of the people of Israel. In this way, the thread ceases to be a “just” a symbol and becomes a way of facilitating our perception of the Divine in our very midst. That is the power of the spiritual imagination.


Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen
HAVDALAH with FRIENDS this Saturday night is at the Apel Family home 7:30 PM -10 PM. RSVP for directions:
Let's enjoy some backyard parties at our member's homes this summer! Join us on any of these Saturday nights. 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 food offering 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:)
So far two families have volunteered to help bring back Oneg Shabbat. We are still seeking two more families (or individuals) to volunteer for our Oneg Shabbat team. It's a ONCE A MONTH commitment to shop, deliver, prepare and setup our spread of goodies and beverages that our congregation enjoys each Friday before our Kabbalat Shabbat service. Your expenses are reimbursed, thanks to our Deborah Sisterhood and our members who sponsor the Oneg Shabbat. There is a budget and a list of items to purchase, or bring your own flair to this act of kindness. There are so many ways to help your community at Anshe Sholom. Is this the one for your family?
A Message from the Kehilah / Bikur Cholim Working Group:
Throughout the pandemic, the focus of Bikur Cholim was doing phone checks to Temple Congregants, offering a friendly voice and support where needed.  In-home visits have been on hold for over two years.  As we transition to in-person events at Temple and in our social lives, it's time to once again to focus on home visiting to those in  our Congregation who would benefit from this Mitzvah.  To this end, a training session will be provided by Gabriele McSween, Clinical Social Worker and RSW at Hamilton Jewish Family Services. This will take place in the Temple Library on Wednesday, June 22nd beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Although in person attendance is preferred, the session will also be available on Zoom. We have a number of recruits already, we are also opening up this opportunity to all Congregants who are interested. Please keep in mind that this is a first step in preparing for once again doing in home visits and these will only be done as the current state of the pandemic allows.  The health and safety of all concerned is, of course, a prime consideration. 

Please email Enid Aaron at if you are interested in taking the education session.

The Bikur Cholim Team 
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: OR 905-528-0121 ext 25


  • THANK YOU to Alan Weddum & Rob Murdoch for serving in the Tech Booth Friday night and for Rhonda Dahan for hosting our online congregation. Apologies that the sound was a problem...we are working on it!
  • THANK YOU to Roy Pollington, Kathryn Ferguson and Doreen Korman for assisting with our entry protocols
IF YOU KNOW OF A MEMBER celebrating a milestone, please let us know! We'd love to celebrate them! 

Birthdays - June 22nd to 28th
Temple Anshe Sholom wishes a very Happy Birthday to: Rudi Barwin, Erika Apel, Jay Brandes, Anna-Rae Fishman, Melina Rymberg, Risa-Joy Ross, Nicole Schwab, Eden Potocic, Lori Morris, Regan Berlin Bromstein, Robert Lesser, Zachariah Levine
We are grateful for the following donations to Anshe Sholom
  • RICHARD & RAQUEL EPAND for their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • PAULA BARUCH for her donation to the Deborah Sisterhood Flower Fund in memory of her mother, Audrey
  • MARILYN FOREMAN for her donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • ORA MARKSTEIN for her donation to the Deborah Sisterhood Flower Fund in memory of Francis Markstein
  • MARIE MCKEARY for her donation to the Deborah Sisterhood Flower Fund in memory of John McKeary
  • ROB & ARLIE SINGER for their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • TRUDY & DAVID SHORE for their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
  • DOREEN KORMAN for her donations to the Breakfast Clun in honour of Joy Wolfson and Irving Dain
  • JAY & DIANA STATE for their donation to the State Fund in memory of Beverley Manishen
  • MARLA FRANK-DAVIS & FAMILY for their donations to the Presidents Discretionary Fund in honour of Roy Pollington and Elaine Levine receiving the Shem Tov Award
  • MARLA FRANK-DAVIS & FAMILY for their donations to the Presidents Discretionary Fund in honour of Lorraine Cohen receiving the Federation Presidents Award
  • MARLA FRANK-DAVIS & FAMILY for their donations to the Presidents Discretionary Fund in honour of Anita Bernstein receiving her award for excellence in Jewish education
  • LORRAINE COHEN for her donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • SHLOMIT ACCIAROLI for her donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen
  • CAROL DAVIDS for her donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund in memory of Philip Cohen

Philip Cohen
Bella Kavalsky

Audrey Barfoot
Bella Hershler
Bertha Medwedoff
Cecil Raels
David Dykeman
Dorothy Kendall
Emily Byrne
Esther Silbert
Jack Mossman
Jacqueline Frank
Joanne Gareis
Lydia Smurlick
Mindy Ingroff
Myrel Siegel
Reuben Ross
Richard Lederer
Richard Popper
Rose Szereszewski
Samuel Paikin
Saul Sachs
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