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Howard Berlin
Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

Dedication of the Howard Berlin Memorial Succah


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A ceremony was held at the Congregation House Synagogue of Jacob to dedicate the Howard Berlin Memorial Succah on Sunday, October 15.  In the photo (l. to r.) Michael Berlin, Rebecca Berlin and Adele Phillipson. Howard Berlin was well known in the Jewish Community for his visits to the ill and infirm Jewish people in the Calgary hospitals.  He carried out his duties in a dignified and quiet manner in accordance with Jewish Laws and Customs.  The visiting and comforting of the sick is a very important Jewish commandment.  Howard passed away suddenly at the age of 61 while visiting a friend in Montreal in the summer of 2009.  The Congregation House of Jacob thought it would be fitting to rebuild the Succah in his honor and dedicate it on the holiday of Succot.

Hebrew Loans
Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

Calgary Jewish Family Loan Association

Eighty years of service to the Calgary Jewish community and in honour of our ancestors who started it.



In 1931, Jack Bleviss was denied a loan from English Jews on the grounds that Polish Jews should get money from other Polish Jews. At first puzzled and offended that Jews were treated differently based on country of origin, the Polish Jews of the extended Switzer family took up the idea. On January 8, 1932, the Polish Jewish Family Loan Association was registered, "solely to aid members who are temporarily embarrassed financially, by loaning small sums to members of the Society at no cost or interest payable by the borrowers..."

Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

Male pattern baldness

 From the Sources

By Eliezer Segal

For the Jewish Free Press


One of the most beloved literary treasures of the ancient world was the corpus of fables that the Greeks ascribed to the storyteller Aesop, a legendary figure whom they situated some time between the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. As befits a genre that derives from oral traditions, Aesop’s fables circulated in numerous collections that differed with respect to which tales were chosen for inclusion, and in the details of their plots and characters.


In ancient times as in our own days, you did not have to be an expert in Greek literature to be familiar with fables from the Aesop collection. Today, tales such as “the hare and the tortoise” or “the grasshopper and the ant” belong to the minimal level of literacy, even for those who do not know exactly where those stories originated. Probably this was also true in the Jewish rabbinic circles that produced the Talmud and Midrash.

Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

The right intention

By Richard Bronstein


I’ve had very conflicted feelings about the release of Gilad Shalit.

It was good to see him – pale and gaunt as he was – finally able to return to his family and his country after five years and four months of very difficult captivity.


But like many people I also have a sense of dread that the lop sided prisoner exchange is a victory Hamas. As the Arab world writhes with change, the voices of Arab liberalism are clashing with fanatical Islamism. The Shalit deal is only strengthens the side that wants to doom Israel.

Film Fest
Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

Line up set for Jewish film festival

 Doors open on November 5 to November 27


By Richard Bronstein

The Jewish Free Press

RestorationMovie festivals have never been hotter than they are now.  From TIFF in Toronto to Cannes on the Mediterranean, more people than ever are flocking to the movies and gawking at stars.


Calgary may not be on the same map as international movie capitals, but it can be said that our homegrown Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival – now in its eleventh season – is one of the “biggest” small festivals you will find anywhere.

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