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Stephen Harper addresses fundraising dinner at B'nai Brith Calgary

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Stephen Harper warns

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Lodge 816 supports Seniors at the Beverly Center

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

For the last several years, Calgary B’nai Brith has  been the sponsor of  the Jewish Family Services Judaic Program at the Beverly Center for Seniors.   Calgary B’nai Brith  is pleased to support this program, both financially, and in the participation of some of our members, notably Rudy Berger and his wife Jeanette.  Recently Rudy Berger wrote an article about the celebration of the Jewish holidays at the Beverly Center.  With his permission we are pleased to publish it on this blog.


The Beverly Centre Program was inaugurated by Jewish Family Service, possibly as early as 1995, on one or two Friday mornings a month.  B’nai Brith Calgary became involved in 1999, and by mid 2000 the program was expanded to every Friday morning, with financial support from B’nai Brith.

The program is for the Jewish residents. The Beverly centre provides fruit juice and cookies, BB supplies the challah, and JFS arranges some form of entertainment, a Rabbi or musical program. Shabbat candles are lit, Kiddush is recited and also the Motzi, usually by the residents, whenever feasible.  The program is very important for the residents, many of whom have no other contact with Judaism.

Rosh Ha Shana is observed on the second afternoon, led by Aron Eichler, and assisted by his sons, Jeff and Rich. The Torah is read, Eliyot are assigned to some residents,
And Aron blows a very impressive shofar. After Kiddush and Ha’Amotzi, fruit juice and challah are served, as well as apples and honey and the traditional honey cake.

Chanukah is always special: Leah Saltman makes Latkes and delicious pastries. The program usually features children from CJ Academy or Akiva Academy

Purim is usually led by Sam Wainer, who literally reads the whole Megilla.  Pesach is observed with a Seder for the Jewish residents, and is led by a rabbi,

most recently, Rabbi Osadchey.  Their families and friends are also invited.  Grape Juice, Matzo, Gefilte Fish, Hardboiled Eggs, Macaroons, etc., are supplied by JFS  or volunteers, who help to prepare and serve the Seder.

JFS has recently inaugurated similar programs at the Jewish Seniors Apartments and the Chinook Care centre.