Up-with-Joy Bulletin: Nov 5

1. Fall Scholars-in-Residence program 
2. Kabbalat Shabbat THIS FRIDAY, November 7!
3. Caring Corner
 
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1. Fall Scholars-in-Residence program and our funding outlook
Thank you to all who attended our amazing Fall Scholars-in-Residence programming, which was a resounding success! In September, Rabbie Goldie Milgram came to facilitate a teshuvah/forgiveness workshop. In October, Rabbi Daniel Siegel, Rabbinic Director of ALEPH Canada, came for a Shabbaton to teach us, to launch the Integral Halachah Institute, and to help us begin the pan-Canadian conversation on the future of Jewish spirituality in Canada. And last week, Reb Dr. Simcha Raphael, author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife came to teach us and share stories for a beautiful Shabbaton. For all these events, we were proud that members of a wide variety of communities, congregations, cities, and generations came to join us, eat with us, pray and sing and learn with us, and engage in deep conversations. We believe that this kind of inclusive and inspiring programming is what Montrealers seeking a Judaism that is infused with meaning and spirituality are looking for. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who attended, to our volunteers, to our presenters, and to Fran for the flexibility and beautiful music.
One of the expected things that comes with running programming such as this is that it COSTS money. We applied for a grant for our Fall Scholars-in-Residence program from the Jewish Community Foundation, and we were turned down because, as they told us, “only a few people come to our services”. Of course, that is not even close to the truth. When we looked on their organizational website, we found that we met every one of their crieteria for funding. And so we are trying to keep the conversation open with JCF and see if they will reconsider in light of the successful programming we just pulled off. Thank you to all of you who gave donations so we could pay the rent and pay Oscar for security. We believe we have enough funds now to hold Shabbat services through December. We did not receive enough donations to pay our presenters (that came from our pockets), and so we are hoping that the JCF grant (for ($5000) will come through. Your heartfelt and loving testimonial letters really helped us present a case for funding to JCF (we removed all your names so that no one is identified, and we used excerpts that were particularly powerful examples of why B’nai Or should receive funding).
2. Kabbalat Shabbat THIS FRIDAY, November 7!
Please join us for our regular joyful, musical, inspiring Kabbalat Shabbat service this Friday @ the Y!
Time: 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:45 pm for volunteers and set-up)
Place: 5400 Westbury Avenue
We meet on the first and third Fridays of the month, so our next service will be on November 21.
3. Caring Corner
Caregiver required for December-January: We are looking for a caring and responsible woman to stay with Gail’s mother while her caregiver is away during Christmas holidays (December 22 through January 7).  Her mother is a bright 88 year old who enjoys stimulating conversation, reading, and socializing. She is able to be on her own in the day, but from sunset till the next morning after breakfast, it will be required to be home with her. There is no lifting required, although accompanying her while showering is essential. Light housework and some cooking (she cooks), and going on outings with her.References required. It is possible that there be weekend work after the two week period.
Please call Gail at 514-912-4057

 
Have a blessed week!
R’ Sherril
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