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Game of Thrones, House of Israel - Ellie Bass
Jewish Tribune 0ctober 2013
I'm on the third book of Game of Thrones, and yes, it's brutal, violent and totally awesome. I haven't seen the shows. I wanted to read the books first (geek) so I have no idea what lies in store when I see it through someone else's interpretation. For those unfamiliar with GOT, there are ancient ‘Houses,’ families that have lineages that go back thousands of years, with different cultures, traditions, languages and ways of being. Each house lives within a small distance of the others, but has veritably evolved into their own people, with many minhags and beliefs that are radically different from the others. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Village Shul Fun - Jewish Tribune 0ctober 2013
On Sunday September 15, The Village Shul held its 3rd annual community fair. The weather held out for an amazing carnival in the middle of beautiful Cedarvale Park and brought the neighbourhood together for fun, food and live music. There were tons of bouncers and games, amazing BBQ salami, hot dogs and hamburgers and ginormous pickles on a stick from Hartmans Kosher Foods. There were face painting, drum circles and a live performance from the wonderful Marky Weinstock. With thousands of people in attendance, the day was a super success.
Back to Shul - Jewish Tribune September 2013
It's that time of year again, folks. Time to dress like it’s fall, even though it’s still 30 degrees outside. Time to deepen your wardrobe's colour palette to rich jewel-toned hues and transition from cotton and linen to wool and fleece. If you're in the dark about what to wear to pour your heart out to your creator this holiday season, here are a few fresh-off-the-runway tips:
Ellie Stern and her amazing store Shenkin West
The Toronto Star - September 2013
Ellie Stern stocks her Shenkin West boutique with clothes by Israeli designers, including Maya Negri, Ronan Chen, Rina Zin and Kedem Sasson CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Notes from an aliyah pilot trip
Our recent trip to Israel was like no vacation ever: a “pilot trip” for our planned aliyah this summer. Just my husband and I – no kids, and a jam-packed agenda of 11 cities in 12 days.
Half the cities were in the central part of the country and half in the north, where there’s a push to resettle immigrants and native Israelis. Not all were contenders, like Jerusalem, with its high cost of living and scarce jobs.
Our story probably isn’t typical: many olim know where they’re heading, near family or friends, or areas popular with other Anglos (if you speak English, you’re an Anglo). “We’ll know it when we see it,” I said of our future hometown. I hoped so, since even our “short list” was dauntingly long.
iConference Tackles the Most Pressing Issues facing Israel today
Dave Gordon - Jewish Tribune - November 2012
Susan Smith March 2012
TORONTO – Tensions in Israel have been increasing once again since terrorists have fired rockets from Gaza to Tel Aviv, reinforcing the ongoing need for accurate and in-depth education about Israel’s political issues.
Addressing this need were three experts in their fields, who spoke at Toronto’s Shaarei Shomayim synagogue, about Israel’s safety, media perception and legal entitlements to the land.
Richard Bass, Rabbi Ken Spiro and Mike Fegelman spoke at iConference 2012 recently at Toronto’s Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, their presentations focused on the most pressing issues facing Israel today.
Coby Segall and his Cummer Lodge Program in the CJN
Canadian Jewish News - March 2013
Carol Simons March 2012
TORONTO — Coby Segall says, “Let’s go everybody,” as he runs around the room, dancing to the tune of Am Yisrael Chai playing in the background.
He stops to hold a guest’s hand and begins jumping up and down with his hands in hers, as she smiles back at him from her wheelchair.
Segall is dancing and singing with a group of students and the residents of Cummer Lodge, a long-term care home in Toronto. “I try to inject spirituality into their lives,” he said, at the Purim-themed event earlier this month. “I’m reminding them what it feels like to feel joy.”
Segall has been running monthly Jewish-themed programs at Cummer Lodge for almost nine years. It all started by accident, he said. In 2004, the rabbi who used to run Shabbat services at Cummer Lodge was away for a few months, and so Segall, newly observant, decided to lead the program. After the rabbi returned, he asked, “What can we do to keep this going?” That’s when Segall decided to commit one Sunday morning a month to Cummer Lodge.
© 2013 by Ellie Bass. Please contact The Village Shul for more info.
Top 20 under 40 - Mike Fegelman
Shalom Toronto - February 2013
Carol Simons March 2012
Shalom Life is proud to present our 3rd annual ”Top 20 Under 40” list. Over the next 20 days, Shalom Life will showcase 20 individuals of diverse talents and backgrounds that have made a significant contribution to their field both locally and globally. From entrepreneurs to philanthropists, entertainers to doctors, this list places a spotlight on a small sampling of the spectacular, innovative, and passionate Jews that call Toronto home.
Top 20 Under 40- Mike Fegelman
Heaven knows, Israel has rarely, if ever, received a fair shake from the global media.
So, when it comes to depicting the Jewish State from an objective, fact-based perspective, it takes someone with the unrelenting passion for truth, combined with the knowledge and courage to spread the word.
That’s where Mike Fegelman and HonestReporting Canada comes in.
Ellie Bass - Jewish Tribune - March 2013
Carol Simons March 2012
I saw an awesome show about a celebrity wedding that followed the happy couple as they picked out toasting glasses in Venice, clothes at Armani and even renovated the venue for the wedding reception. I am all one for a great party. In fact, I’m good with any reason to dance and have a few drinks. However, I received a few gems of advice as I was preparing for my wedding that changed how I did things for us and how I viewed the wedding journey in general.
When I got engaged, I remember one of my dear friends saying to me “enjoy being engaged, that is a state in and of itself.” Huh? Engaged seemed like this in-between place, this holding cell or waiting room until the actual event took place. I hadn’t thought of “engaged” as being somewhere I would want to hang out.
Preschool teacher is ‘queen of sensory’ - Canadian Jewish News
Frances Kraft, Staff Reporter, Thursday, January 26, 2012
Carol Simons March 2012
TORONTO — Robin Pamensky’s supervisor at the Village Shul’s Tots Together program, Esther Stein, calls her “the queen of sensory.”
At the entrance to Pamensky’s preschool classroom, where she works with two assistants, are “sensory” bins filled with winter-themed items. One has plastic shovels and little snowmen encased in rubber balls on a bed of artificial snow that is cold to the touch. Another holds child-sized mittens and Ziploc bags filled with blocks of ice, each surrounding a toy fish for “ice fishing.”