Beth Israel
100th Anniversary
Launched in Style

[ Simchat Torah Celebration | Those who created the Torah Covers |
Cookbook: A Century of Tradition
| Homecoming – Kum-a-Haym |
Concert - 100 years of Jewish Music
| Walking Tour of Jewish in Kingston |
Merchandise | Beth Israel Historical Archive Display at Otterburn House ]


Torah CoverSimchat Torah Celebration:

On October 10, 2009, at a joyous Simchat Torah celebration, the Beth Israel Congregation launched their 100th Anniversary celebrations. As men, women and children danced with the Torahs, we marked the very beginning of our centenary year - which began with the laying of the cornerstone of the first Beth Israel Synagogue on October 10, 1910. Celebration co-chairs, Merle Koven and Gini Rosen welcomed the congregation.

Those who created the Torah Covers:

Torah CoverProject chair, Carolyn B. created a festive evening, worthy of the year to come. As we honoured the giving of the Torah to the Jews, all six Beth Israel Torahs were dressed up in their new covers. The Toronto artist who designed them, and the following members who created them, were honoured. Torah covers: stitched and donated by Marilyn and David Kogon; stitched by Toby Abramsky, donated by Toby and Jay Abramsky; stitched by Ellen Turcotte, donated by Michele Casey; stitched and donated by Marcia and Floyd Tuler; stitched by Ellen Turcotte and Lesly Wade Wooley, donated by Janice and Julian Barling, Lynn and Issac Dwosh, Lynne and David Ginsburg, Sandi and Philip Goldman, Vivien and Samuel Ludwin, Rosemary and Laurie Marans, Myrna and Percy Marcus, Gloria and David Rosen, Daphne and Ivan Zarenda and Lucille and Aubrey Groll. There were some additional anonymous participants.

Cookbook: A Century of TraditionCookbook: A Century of Tradition:

“A Century of Tradition” the 100th Anniversary cookbook, is now available. Recipes contributed from a wide variety of congregants spanning the decades from then up to the present, all accompanied by original artwork. Chairs: Debbie & Michael Hartzman. $26.

Homecoming – Kum-a-Haym:

The invitations are now out with the detailed information of the Homecoming Weekend. We are still welcoming replies from all invitees. Please join us for a part, but hopefully for all, of the exciting events that have been planned. Many of your friends will be there and we hope you will be, too. For more information, please contact the Beth Israel Synagogue office,


Concert - 100 years of Jewish Music:

Concert tickets for "100 Years of Jewish Music", performed by the Kingston Symphony to be held at Grant Hall on Sunday, May 16, 2010, are now available at the Grand Theatre Box Office. They can be purchased on line, by telephone or in person.

100 Years of Jewish Music

Walking Tour of Jewish in Kingston:

Walking TourThe Virtual Walking Tour of Jewish Kingston is available online. Go to: Following our concluding Anniversary celebrations on Sunday, October 3, 2010, we are planning a live walking tour led by Gordon Dueck, Professor of History at Queen's University, for those who want something more than a "virtual tour."

100th Anniversary Collection - Merchandise:

Otterburn House
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Beth Israel Historical Archive Display
Available for viewing at Otterburn House:

Otterburn HouseOtterburn House is a designated historical structure situated on the property of the Beth Israel Congregation, at 116 Centre Street. On the occasion of our 100th Anniversary, we will be using the facility to house a special archival display, created with the cooperation of Queen's University Archives, which documents our history on seven individual dvd's.

The following are the hours of operation during which the public may attend to view the Video Archives.

May 14 Friday 4:30pm to 8:15pm
May 15 Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm
May 15 Saturday 7:00pm pm to 10:00pm
May 16 Sunday 10:30am to 3:00pm
May 17 Monday 11:00am to 3:00pm
May 18 Tuesday 11:00am to 3:00pm
May 19 Wednesday 4:00pm to 7:00pm
May 20 Thursday 11:00am to 3:00pm

Additionally, there will be a sales desk for Beth Israel 100th Anniversary merchandise, which will be open during the same hours as the Archival display. Click here to find the Beth Israel 100th Anniversary Collection.



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