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President's Message - August 2019

It’s hard to believe that Rabbi Schwarzman, Bettina and their daughter Rachel have already been a part of the Beth Shalom kehillah for one month. Approximately 100 congregants attended the Hanukat Bayit, hanging of the mezuzahs, in their new home on Tuesday, July 16th between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. It was a very significant ritual that opened their home to congregants and allowed us to celebrate with them. We wish the Rabbi and his family all the best in their new home.

The upgrading of our electrical infrastructure inside the synagogue continues and is scheduled to be completed by mid-August. Then EPCOR will complete the work on the electrical poles outside the building. We will keep you updated as the work continues.

We continue to upgrade the security measures utilized in the synagogue. Please be aware that we now have a sign-in book located in the main office. Anyone entering the building, on a week day, is expected to sign in when entering the building. As well we are keeping the front doors locked at all times and everyone is to enter the building through the Northwest door at the back of the building. This will help the staff monitor who enters the building during the week and it will also help the security guard at the back door to monitor who enters the building on Shabbat.

The Adult Education Committee, lead by Anna Linetsky, is planning another very exciting 2019-2020 program. The first program is September 13th, 2019. At 7:30 pm Dr. Andrew Gow will discuss “Secularism in Quebec and Canada: What does it mean for us as Jews? Then on Saturday September 14th, 2019, following the kiddush lunch, Senator Paula Simons will present “Always Peel Your Bananas: Lessons from My Grandfather on Jewish Identity, Social Justice and Fresh Produce.

On September 13th, 2019 Rabbi Schwarzman will be leading a Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:00 pm followed by a Friday Shabbat Dinner at 6:30pm. Please RSVP in the Shul office at 780 488-6333 or The Adult Education Program with Dr. Gow will follow immediately after at 7:30 pm. See you there! 

The Beth Shalom Board, under the capable leadership of Sylvia Alpern and her committee, is planning an afternoon reception to welcome Rabbi Steven Schwarzman on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm in the upper auditorium at Beth Shalom. It is an opportunity for congregants and members of the Edmonton Jewish Community to greet Beth Shalom’s new Rabbi and his wife Bettina in an informal atmosphere, mingle with each other, and enjoy light refreshments and entertainment. Save the date!!!

In closing I would like to say how gratifying it is for the Board of Directors and myself to provide leadership for our inclusive and engaged congregation. Your attendance at morning minyans, Shabbat services, kiddush lunches and the programs and ritual events offered each month serves as a concrete example of the depth and strength present in our kehillah. May we go from strength to strength!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Lana Black





Sat, 17 August 2019 16 Av 5779