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2019 MS Walk, May 5, from Tracey Ostermann

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Hi there,

Mar. 1/19

It’s the beginning of March and the MS Walk is only about eight weeks away. Werner, Jenna (18), Trevor (15), and I will once again be participating in The MS Walk in Waterloo on May 5/19. Last year, we had approximately 235 different sponsors, and we raised slightly over $18,300.00. Thank you once again to everyone who sponsored us last year. It still overwhelms me when I think about everyone’s ongoing generosity.

And itb^Ys your ongoing generosity, and support that keeps me participating in The MS Walk year after year. This is our 16th year, and I believe that we have raised (to date) a grand total of over $140,000.00 for The MS Society of Canada.

As most of you know, I was diagnosed with MS in 2002. Ib^Ym happy to report that I am continuing to do well.

As I mentioned above, Werner and the kids and I will be doing the MS Walk on May 5, 2019 If you are not planning to do The Walk in your own city, I would like to request your support by sponsoring me for The Walk.

My goal this year is to get 250 sponsors, and to surpass last yearb^Ys total of $18,300.00.

If you are interested in sponsoring me, please click on the link below. If you want to mail me a cheque, please make the cheque payable to “MS Society of Canada” and give it to me, or mail it by May 3, 2019. My goal is to submit all funds by Walk Day.

sponsor Tracey Ostermann (& The Ostermann Family):

Thank you in advance for your support again this year, and for helping me to once again be on the “Honour Roll” of top fundraisers. Your support is very much appreciated. If a donation is not possible this year, please don’t hesitate to send me your best wishes as I really appreciate that too.


Tracey (Goldhar) Ostermann
114 White Oak Place
Waterloo, ON
N2V 1B2

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WANTED: Lay Leaders to Lead Services and Musicians to Accompany the Leader

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Temple Shalom depends on lay leaders and musicians to be able to have services as often as it does. There is a good group now, but we always need more to help distribute the work and to prepare leadership for the future as some of the leaders, e.g., I, consider retirement. If you have been reluctant to step up to one or more of these roles, because the idea of standing up there in front of the whole congregation is daunting, then consider leading or accompanying WITH an existing leader as mentor. If you are interested, contact me, Daniel, the Ritual Chair, at

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Wanted: Someone in Congregation with Wood-Working Skills and Access to a Lathe

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

The congregation needs a new roller for its older Torah scroll. We have the plans. However, implementing the plan requires use of a lathe to turn out 6 decorative wooden wheels 7.25 inches in diameter and about 1″ thick at the maximum. If you have the skill or access to a lathe, please reply to Daniel and Wendel by replying directly to this message with a cc to

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Kiddush Hosts Are Needed

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

We need hosts for the kiddush or oneg shabbat on the following service dates:

27 Apr,
04 May, 11 May, 25 May

Hosting a kiddush is an excellent way to honor a memorable event such as a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a yahrzeit, etc.

If you would like to host one, please send e-mail to with possible dates. The first to request a specific date gets it.

The expenses for hosting a kiddush constitute a donation to the Temple. Save your receipts.

Please see for guidelines about what to do and to bring.

Please be advised, to avoid disappointment, when hosting an Oneg you should plan on bringing whatever disposable cups, plates, and utensils that will be needed if you do not wish to use and *wash the reusable kitchenware that the Cedars owns.*

Please note that as an Oneg host, you are responsible for set up and clean up. The oneg table should be prepared by 12:00 noon with juice (poured in cups) and at least one chalah covered. In addition to food, it needs plates, utensils, and napkins. After the oneg, the community room and kitchen need to be completely cleaned, floor swept, tables wiped, sink empty and all dishes put away; they will be used by other groups during the week. Thank you!

Thank you

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Read “Lori Cohen: I couldn’t do anything but become a rabbi”

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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No Smoking

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Please remember that here is no smoking any where in the Cedars, including in the rest rooms.

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Hebrew Multifaith Golden Rule Poster now available free online

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Dear Jewish friends in Ontario:

The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and The Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department (Toronto, Canada) are pleased to announce the publication of a Hebrew-language poster featuring texts of the Golden Rule in 13 religions.

This striking multifaith poster has been produced in a number of languages around the world and has made a profound impact as an educational and interfaith resource.

Individuals and organizations are permitted and encouraged to reproduce this Hebrew poster in print and electronic form for educational purposes. Please feel free to post the poster on your website.

Please feel free to forward this announcement and link through your communities and networks for use in newsletters, bulletin boards, websites, mailing lists, list-serves, blogs, Facebook pages, twitter, etc.

To view or download this poster free of charge, go to

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Engineering Mini Challot for Shabbat for Small Families

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Those who do not have many mouths to feed in their homes may appreciate this little bit of food engineering to save from wasting a lot of good challah to have challot on shabbat.

I feed only two at home. A normal challah is too big, and there is only so much French toast I can make in a lifetime. When I go to Israel, I notice that hotels get and serve mini-challot, just the right size for one or two people. I thought that I should try to duplicate this at home.

Last Friday, when I had finally defrosted a frozen challah that I bought at Sobey’s, I tried cutting it into 8 equal-weight pieces. The two end pieces are a little longer than the pieces from the middle. I let each of these pieces lay on its side and rise the prescribed 4 hours, and each piece doubled in size. Then I baked them in an oven preheated as instructed. However, instead of requiring 30-35 minutes, the smaller pieces required only 15-20 minutes to be cooked properly.

I used one for that evening and froze the rest, each to be taken out for a different shabbat meal.

Try it, you’ll like it.

Note that if a 1/8 piece is too large or too small for your purposes, use a different fraction. Nu? You may have to adjust the cooking time.


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Essie and Harry Atrubin Camp Scholarship

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

If your child is planning to attend in the not too distant future some Judaism-related camp or other Jewish event that costs money to attend, please consider applying for a grant from the Essie and Harry Atrubin Camp Scholarship Fund. An application is a letter sent to the president of Temple Shalom naming the child, describing the camp or event, stating the cost of the camp or event. Upon receipt of the application letter, the Temple Board will consider the application and will determine the amount of the award based on the applicant’s need. The letter may be sent by regular mail to President, Temple Shalom, 543 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario N2T 2S8 or to

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Temple Shalom Religious School Children’s Library

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

The Religious School is near the end of a process of creating a Children’s Library.

If you have any children’s books related to Jewish themes or resources that might be used in the school that you would like to donate to this project, please bring them to the Temple either during the High Holy Days, or when you next have opportunity to be at Temple Shalom.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about a possible donation.

Thank you so much!

Iliana Pressman
Temple Shalom Religious School

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