50th Anniversary – Come celebrate with us!

  • 50th Anniversary cakeOctober 2016 marked the beginning of Temple Israel’s 50th Anniversary Year, which will continue through until the fall of 2017. The 50th Anniversary Working and Steering Groups have been hard at work assembling a slate of activities.

The co-chairs want to say a big Toda Raba to everyone in the Working and Steering groups who have given their time and energy to help make this happen.

Now we need your help in realizing these exciting plans. We are operating within a very limited budget and would welcome sponsorship of any of these events. Let’s make this year a success!

Fiftieth (50th) Anniversary Activities

Temple’s Got Talent!

Temple's Got Talent

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

9:30 – 3:00:   Displays and tea room, free admission 

10:30-11:30:   Author Presentations: Max Sternthal – My Cousin Danny and His Mysterious Box ; My Journey: Beyond  St. Urbain Street; Anne Shmelzer – A Marginally Noted Man;
David Handelman – Jimmy Meets Sam the Squirrel, a Children’s Book series;
Tonya Pomerantz – Unlock Your Future: The 7 Keys to Success

12:00-1:00:   Noon musical interlude: Allison James Gang with Rick Labovitch, Jessica Labovitch & Howard Kaplan
1:45 – 2:30:   Author Presentations: Deborah Gorham – Marion Dewar:  A Life of Action, Renie Grosser – In  My Anecdotage, Allan Silburt –  A Colourful Life:  The Art and Drawings of Josh Silburt

Mid-afternoon musical interlude:     David Michaelson

Artists/ artisans: Ellen Asherman, Joan Brody, Bonnie Cooper, Hyman Cooper, Susan Gold, Susan Fisher, Merle Haltrecht Matte, Shaina Lipsey, Jordana McIlhinney, Cheryl Pagurek, Joyce Pagurek, Diane Parkin, Michael Parkin, Louise Rachlis , Margo Rosen, Lisa Rosen, Patsy Royer, Roz Tabachnick

Authors: Gabriella Goliger, Debbie Gorham, Renie Grosser, David Handelman, Tonya Pomerantz, Allan Silburt, Anne Shmelzer, Max Sternthal

Musicians: Allison James Trio with Rick Labovitch and Howard Kaplan, David Michaelson

Temple Israel Reflections

Volume 4 of members’ Reflections is now loaded on Temple Israel’s YouTube channel and anniversary page of the website. (See the link below.) More are on the way.  In the meantime, we would like to invite anyone, who would like to add their own thoughts and comments to the Temple oral history archives, to visit us for a few minutes in our “recording studio” at the “Temples Got Talent” on April 30th. We’ll have the camera set-up and a few prompting notes to help you along, and will try to include some of them in future editions of Reflections.

The location of the “studio” will be indicated by signs.

50th Anniversary Photos

This section will grow as the celebrations continue. Check it out!

50th Anniversary Kippot

50th Anniversary KippotThey’re here! Beautiful royal blue micro-suede Kippot have arrived to recognize our 50th Anniversary Year. The silver engraving reads: “Temple Israel Ottawa celebrating 50 Years”. Kippot are available for sale through the Temple and TIRS (School) offices. $10 each or 2 for $18 or 3 for $25.

Fiftieth (50th) Fun Facts

How much do you know about Temple?
Check out our Temple Israel Fun Facts…weekly facts about Temple and its history. Tell your family and friends!

Baby Quilts project to make 50 baby quilts for Israel

50th Anniversary Quilt labels

LOOKING for people of all ages who want to get involved in a small-ish way in the 50th anniversary. Bring a loonie. Design a square. The more the merrier, as they say.
Squares will be sewn together to make 50 baby quilts throughout the year. How many are needed? 13-25 squares per quilt…That’s 1000 squares!! So we really need everyone’s input!! Each quilt will be labelled with the 50th anniversary logo.

During HHD 2017, they will all be displayed, and then taken to Israel for use in families with babies. NO experience needed. Just some of your time.

The Bayit, 1295 Prince of Wales Drive (Little House beside Temple Israel)
RSVP to book a time with the ‘workers’ quilts@templeisraelottawa.ca
This is an on-going project throughout the 50th year. If you cannot make those dates, email and we can discuss alternate times.

The Aging Rebel

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Temple Israel 50th Anniversary Panel Series

“Thinking about social action: the next 50 years”, a panel speaker series was held on December 12, 2016. Our first topic: “Jewish Perspectives on Climate Change”.

Our next in the series is June 4, 2017, 9.30 to 12.30 –  “The Aging Rebel: Retaining Your Power” Mini-Conference at Temple Israel.

Tickets can be purchased here beginning May 1, 2017.


Concert by Josh Dolgin (aka socalled) – kickoff to Temple’s 50th Anniversary year

Josh Dolgin (aka socalled)Saturday night live at Temple Israel, October 15, 2016 – commencing the celebration of our 50th Anniversary with a concert by TI’s own Klezmer and Yiddish recording artist Josh Dolgin, aka socalled. The evening began with havdalah with some of our youth and then the sold out concert hosted by CBC radio personalities Alan Neal and Laurence Wall.
More about Josh
Hear Josh Dolgin on CBC’s Q

Our list includes other festivities and special activities. Details will be provided in future Bulletins, weekly emails, social media and on the website.

Temple's Got Talent

Temple’s Got Talent! Click to enlarge

  • Reunion Choir: Current and former choir members will reunite on May 13, 2017 to sing at a Shabbat service.
  • Monthly Temple Lay Leaders’ Memories Shabbats.
  • Ethnic Shabbat Potluck Dinners to celebrate Temple’s diverse congregation.
  • High-profile speakers from the national political scene and the Jewish community.
  • Special Yiskor Service: April 17, 2017, the 7th day of Pesach, will focus on Temple’s founders and early members.
  • A presentation to the Jewish community: “Science as a Bridge to Peace”. Speaker: Zafra Lerman, Malta Conference, Saturday evening, January 7, 2017. Thank you to our sponsor!
  • Temple Israel Religious School and FROSTY events include 50 Random Acts of Kindness, FROSTY Alumnae Homecoming Shul-in in May, and FROSTY Regional Event in March.
  • Discovering Temple Judaica: Creation of a memorial book documenting Temple Judaica.
  • There will be a “Special Shabbat Service for the 50th in the fall, date to be determined.

Please consult the calendar for the latest information and further details.

The committee welcomes sponsorship of any of the 50th anniversary events. Please contact Pat Dunphy or Margot Montgomery, 50th Anniversary Co-chairs, for details at 50thanniversary@templeisraelottawa.ca.