Congratulations to the Holy Bs – ISBL Champions

Holy Bs - 2014

Holy Bs – 2014

By Richard Borins.

Congratulations to the Holy Bs on bringing back the ISBL softball trophy with an exciting, come from behind, 17-14 win against Beth Tikvah today at Bayview Reservoir!

Congratulations as well to Beth Tikvah for an excellent season, also reaching the championship game for the 3rd year in a row.

We trailed by a score of 12 – 6 after five innings but that is when the defence settled down and the bats heated up.  Defensively, there was an excellent catch in left field by Jordan Glicksman and some very nice catches in right field by Adam Griff.  David Rosenberg came in as an infield rover in the 9th inning and he turned a very nice (and important) double play.

We had some great hitting performances today with almost every member of the team reaching base at least once.  Jordan Glicksman and Ryan Abrahamson were each 4 for 4 at the plate including a double for Ryan.  Joe Cass went 2 for 4 and it was his two out hit in the 7th inning that started our 5 run inning in which we took the lead, a lead that we would not relinquish.  David Rosenberg, Matthew Dicker, Steve Gryfe, Randy Cass and Allan Lyons all went an impressive 3 for 4 at the plate.  Allan knocked in our final two runs of the game with an opposite field double in the 8th inning playing on a banged up knee.  Jon Burton played very well at shortstop and had a couple of big hits for us including an opposite field double.

Randy Cass deserves special mention for playing through a couple of injuries today as well.  Randy had to come off the field twice but each time he kept going back out there.

We had some other injured players who were not able to play today but still came out to cheer on the team.  John Phillips has been out all season with a bad back but expects to be back next year.  Bob Cooper was a late scratch due to a nagging ankle injury.  Bob came just in time to see us finish off the come back.  Richard Banks and Jeff Levy helped coach today.  Ken Herlin played well today and also did a very nice job coaching at 3rd base (as mentioned by the guys a couple of times at lunch).

We had more fans out today than for any other game this season and that really helped us!  Thank you to:  Zita Gardner (David Rosenberg’s mother in law), Marion Rosenberg (David’s mom), Ben Rosenberg (David’s son), Harry and Marsha Glicksman (Jordan’s parents) and their dog Winston, Nathan Cass (Joe’s grandson and Randy’s son), Adam Oaknine (my nephew and son of Holy B alumnus Avy), Matthew Dicker’s dad Jeff Dicker and Matthew’s girlfriend (and new team photographer) Emily, Jerry Borins (my Dad), Sheryl Brodey (my better half), Max Borins (who helped track Beth Tikvah hitting), Jack Borins (Holy Bs scorekeeper), Isabelle Borins (my daughter) and Slash Borins (our dog).

It was another great season and we finished with an overall record of 12 -1 – 1.  The Holy Bs had what was probably a league high 18 players contribute this year.  Josh Silver and Nate Charach were out of town today but have been big contributors all season long; they were important factors in our first place finish and playoff run and they deserve mention in this final entry.

It has been a real team effort all year.  We celebrated once again at Yitz’s with a great lunch (thanks Barry Silver for hosting and for providing the ice for the injured players).  Thanks as always to Jeff Levy for schlepping all the equipment, drinks etc. and to Marc Levy for always taking care of the bases, bats, etc.

Plans are under way to honour our 2nd championship in Holy Blossom history (and in the last 3 years).

What a great way to start the New Year!

 

For the third year in a row, the Holy Bs will be playing Beth Tikvah for the ISBL trophy!

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By Richie Borins.

Congratulations to the Bs on a very exciting and well played game against Temple Kol Ami today.  We prevailed over TKA by a 15-10 score, defeating the best defensive team from the regular season.

Offensively, every player who took the field today had at least one hit.  David Rosenberg, Josh Silver, Steve Gryfe, Matthew Dicker, Marc Levy and I all went 3 for 4.  David, Josh and Steve (our 2, 3 and 4 hitters) scored a combined 7 runs today.  Ken Herlin was 2 for 4 including a key double in the 5 run seventh inning.  We hit some other hard hit balls that were tracked down by the speedy TKA outfielders.

On the defensive end, there were some great catches in the outfield by the likes of David Rosenberg, Ryan Abrahamson and Adam Griff.  Josh Silver made some nice plays at shortstop.  One of my favourite plays of the game was when Randy Cass fired a rocket on a relay throw from the outfield to catch a TKA runner at the plate by a foot and a half.  I believe that it was either Ryan or Adam on the initial throw into the infield.

Many thanks to all of our fans out today including Ben Cass, Nate Cass, Jack Borins (scorekeeper), Max Borins and Quincy Gryfe.  We also want to thank the coaching staff today who did a great job for us; they were Joe Cass (3rd base coach), Richard Banks (1st base coach) and Jeff Levy our bench coach.

Can’t wait until next week guys!  Go Bs!

 

Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood and Brotherhood: Havdallah BBQ

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Holy Blossom Temple Sisterhood and Brotherhood are pleased to invite all congregants to our first joint Havdallah-BBQ on Saturday June 14, 2014.

Not only is it a great opportunity to enjoy meeting fellow congregants informally, it’s also a great time to come together before our kids go to camp, before everyone heads off to the cottage or away on summer vacation.

We will have activities for young and old, we will have an opportunity to see the latest designs for our synagogue, and we will catch up on the latest synagogue news. After burgers, hotdogs and veggies, we will enjoy an enjoyable evening of music from a variety of performers and we will all participate in a huge song-session leading up to an intimate Havdallah service, followed by more singing and dessert.

Please contact Elana Fehler at the Temple office (416-789-3291, ext. 221) or click below and purchase your tickets online.

If you know of someone who is not yet a member, please feel free to invite them and introduce them to our committed and energetic congregational family.

 

Brotherhood Breakfast: Holy Blossom’s own Canadian Test Pilot

Major Jonathan Knaul,

Major Jonathan Knaul

Sunday, April 6, 2104

I’m pleased to announce that the next BH breakfast is quickly approaching, and our speaker will be one of HBT’s own,

Major Jonathan Knaul, PhD, PEng, CD, Experimental Test Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force

Jonathan is the son of our beloved congregant Marie Knaul and the late Sigmund Knaul (a survivor of Auschwitz and escapee from Dachau) and brother of Dr. Felicia Knaul. He attended religious school at Holy Blossom and later went to the Canadian Forces to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. As a combat helicopter pilot he has flown missions in Kosovo and later in Afghanistan as a flight commander.

As a test pilot Major Knaul has flown over 40 different aircraft types in 3 different countries and helped to shape the cockpit redesign of our newest heavy-lift helicopter, the CH-147F Chinook, the same aircraft used in Afghanistan. He is currently a flight commander in a tactical helicopter squadron near Ottawa, and has most recently completed a second mission aboard the undersea laboratory “Aquarius” in conjunction with the US Navy and NASA.

He will share some of his experiences with us as a Jewish member of the Canadian Forces.

This is one mission you will not want to miss!!
Chinook CH147F

 

“When You Listen To A Witness, You Become A Witness”

Eli Rubenstein

Eli Rubenstein

March of the Living Exhibit at the United Nations

Sunday, March 2, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Brotherhood Breakfast Club following Shacharit breakfast

Each year, the March of the Living brings students from all over the world to Poland to visit sites of mass murder and genocide. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, they march from Auschwitz to Birkenau in memory of all Nazi victims decrying prejudice, intolerance and hate.  Accompanying the students are Holocaust survivors who share their stories standing in the very places their tragic histories unfolded.

Last month, a unique exhibit opened at the United Nations – “When You Listen To A Witness, You Become A Witness” includes powerfully moving images and reflections in verse, gleaned from 25 years of March of the Living. The exhibit documents the stories of the aging survivors and their young students who, hand in hand, embark on this life changing journey and return profoundly transformed.  Much of the material is Canadian, as Eli Rubenstein of Toronto, and National Director of March of the Living Canada, was one of the creators of the Exhibit.

Eli Rubenstein will share images, stories, prose and poems from the students and survivors featured in this powerful exhibit.

 

Christianity Through Jewish Eyes with Rabbi Michael Stroh

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Our Brotherhood Study group will meet with Rabbi Michael Stroh, Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., January 30 to March 6, 2014.

This will be our eighth year studying with Rabbi Stroh!

Our topic will be Christianity through Jewish eyes.

Please join us.

 

Havdallah Open Mic

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On a dark, cold January Saturday night, nothing warms the body and soul more than Havdallah, good food and singing with friends.

We’ll have some house musicians and song leaders to get us started and we are inviting those who would like to share a song or two with the rest of us via an ‘open mic’ session. Think of it as an indoor campfire song-session!

Please contact Jan Simonsky at Sisterhood to bring a dish (this is the admission price) and contact Mike Morgulis at Brotherhood to bring a song or two.

The event is open to all ages; please RSVP above as soon as possible but no later than January 8th.

 

Brotherhood Breakfast with Professor Lee Maracle

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Holy Blossom Temple, in conjunction with CCRJ initiatives, has undertaken the mitzvah of opening up dialogue with our First Nations. Bob Rae joined us in November to teach and guide us so that we may learn how to communicate with First Nations, and how best to open up dialogue for better engagement between our communities.

The next critical step is meeting both formally and informally with representatives from the First Nations, and our next opportunity will be on December 15th when Professor Lee Maracle joins us for the next breakfast sponsored by Brotherhood.

Lee is from the Sto: Loh nation in British Columbia; she teaches at the University of Toronto and University of Guelph. She is also part of the U of T First Nations House and will be speaking with us about an issue which affects both of our peoples; engaging our youth. This presentation is open to all members of the synagogue, and especially those who are members of the Youth Engagement Committee.

As Canadian Jews, this talk is of the utmost importance and will help our two peoples to move forward with better understanding.

 

Breakfast sponsored by Brotherhood: The Right Stuff with Mike Morgulis

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Jews have been in the cockpit and designing aircraft since the dawn of manned flight.

Learn about the Jewish aviation personalities like pilot Harry Houdini, aircraft designer Marcel Bloch, German fighter ace Wilhelm Frankl, WASP Bernice Falk Haydu, Soviet fighter ace Lydia Litvak, Israeli Spitfire pilot and IAF Commander Ezer Weizman, IAI’s founder Al Schwimmer, Israel’s first fighter ace Giora Rom and our own congregant, Flt Sgt. Leonard Levy.

While the airplane is something that both inspires and fires the imagination, Jews only receive quiet mention for their contributions, and yet their achievements are like Nobel prizes – disproportionate to the overall population.

All are welcome and encouraged to join us on November 24th as our own pilot and flight instructor, Mike Morgulis, speaks to us in-depth about Jews with the “right stuff” based on his research and personal interviews with Jewish aviators.

 

Remembering Post-Holocaust Theologian, Rabbi Emil Fackenheim

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This Sunday: Remembering Post-Holocaust Theologian, Rabbi Emil Fackenheim on the occasion of his Tenth Yahrtzeit.

Best known for “The 614th Commandment,” Fackenheim courageously asked how the Holocaust changes the relationship between God and the Jewish People.

Rabbi-Professor Michael Morgan, Fackenheim’s most trusted student, will share excerpts from his new book dedicated to Fackenheim’s 60 years of Jewish Thought. We are especially pleased that Rabbi Fackenheim’s daughter, Suzy, will also be with us to mark the tenth Yahrtzeit.

  • 9 a.m. Shacharit & Kaddish
  • 9:30 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast with Professor Morgan
  • Remembering Rabbi Fackenheim and his Teachings
  • Books for Sale and Signing

This event is proudly offered in partnership by The Centre for Jewish Studies at The University of Toronto, The Temple Brotherhood, and The Schwartz Reisman Centre for Adult Jewish Learning at Holy Blossom Temple.