Kvelling Corner

Pamela Fayerman
Postmedia health reporter awarded prestigious cancer reporting fellowship
October 3, 2017
Postmedia News health and medical reporter Pamela Fayerman has been awarded a prestigious fellowship on cancer reporting by the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Fayerman is the sole Canadian out of 12 journalists chosen for a 2017 National Cancer Reporting Fellowship out of dozens of qualified applicants.
For four days in November, the fellows will attend discussions, presentations, database sessions and lab tours at the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. on topics including cancer “moonshots” which aim to accelerate cancer research and find ways to prevent cancer; how to understand and explain cancer statistics; how clinical trial works; and “deep dives” on immunotherapy, genomics and diet and cancer risk. Read more>

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Honored with the Inaugural Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture
Ottawa, April 25th, 2016
The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is pleased to announce that Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C., MBCSLA, FCSLA, FASLA, has been selected by the jury as the inaugural recipient of the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture.
The Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture (GGMLA) is the highest honour bestowed on a landscape architect by the CSLA. The medal is intended to honour exceptional landscape architects whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on Canadian society.
Ms. Hahn Oberlander is the recipient of numerous important awards and has led the landscape architecture community both nationally and internationally throughout her career. Read more>

Neil Pollock
Neil-Pollock-IMG_0485There’s just under one month left to contribute to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver annual campaign, which supports dozens of local community organizations, as well as partner agencies in Israel and overseas. The Jewish Independent spoke to this year’s campaign chair Neil Pollock via email about his reasons for being involved, and the importance of the campaign to the community.
JI: You’ve taken over the general chair position from Harvey Dales. I know you’ve done so much community work, but did he offer you any advice specific to the campaign that you could share?
NP: Harvey is a good friend, and working as his wingman for a few years before succeeding him as campaign chair was a tremendous learning experience for me. Harvey is, as we all know, a terrific leader and great asset to this community. In fact, if I recall correctly, it was at one of his last meetings as chair that Harvey inspired the concept for our new face-to-face incentive, which has been so well supported by donors and canvassers.
This year, every time a donor meets with their canvasser in person, an additional $500 will be donated to the campaign. It’s an important way we’re engaging in genuine conversations about our community and its needs, as well as donors’ values and interests. It’s also a key way in which we’re growing the campaign. If anyone reading this wants to meet face to face, but doesn’t have a canvasser, just contact the Federation office and they’ll set it up for you. Read more>

Ian Penn
.IanPenn1_byLivshin-600x636The poignant tale behind Pole, Ian Penn’s new multimedia exhibit at the Zack Gallery, is a bleak travelogue detailing his recent journey to Poland.

Growing up in Australia, Penn moved to Vancouver, where he worked as a cardiologist for many years. He is mainly retired now but still teaches at the University of British Columbia and works as a medic with the emergency-response ski patrol in Whistler. Read more>

“Bitten early by the music bug” (an article in the Jewish Independent by Alex Kliner, June 26th, 2015). Isaak Salomon (AKA Yitzy Holton-Hinshaw, Temple Sholom’s office administrator & receptionist) is in the midst of recording a solo folk CD.

Although born and raised in Washington, D.C., Issak Salomon was never bitten by the political bug. The bug bittinClose-Up2g him early in life was music. “I began playing the violin when I was 3,” he says. At the age of 12, it was the guitar that “took over my life”…Isaak’s “main instrument.” Also plays the piano. Both self-taught.

By age 14, and still in Washington, Isaak formed a band, landed professional gigs and cut two CDs. “There’s nothing other than music I’ve considered dedicating my life to.” And good reason, eh?

Isaak was 16 years old when he arrived in Vancouver with his parents in 2011. These days, at age 20, he’s not only pursuing his career as a musician/singer/songwriter, but also as a music producer at his well-equipped home recording studio (isaaksalomon.ca). “It’s a technical skill I’ve been developing since my early teens,” he explains. In fact, Isaak is busy recording his own solo CD of folk songs for which he’s written words and music. A lad to watch, I’d say! Find out more »

Temple memberJohnSilver, John Silver is here explaining the images displayed at the Anne Frank exhibit in Powell River to local school children.
The City of Powell River together with the PRISMA Music Festival are exhibiting the 36 panel images during the summer. The exhibit is there to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops. John is vice-chair of the PRISMA board of directors. The Anne Frank House organization in Amsterdam helped greatly with the planning of the exhibit.

Temple member, Dan SteineDESr is a partner in Bull Housser’s Business Law Group. He advises public and private companies, private equity funds and pension plans regarding mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, the purchase and sale of businesses, the formation and financing of business ventures and general corporate law matters. He was named Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law “Lawyer of the Year” (Vancouver, 2015) by Best Lawyers in Canada. Read more…

Temple member, David Holcer has just been selected as a finalist in the Canada-wide Science Fair in Fredericton taking place in May, 2015. Mazel Tov!


Temple Sholom Members Deborah & Henry Ross Grayman are featured in the Vancouver Sun Article “Holocaust survivors’ children band together for support” – Their common bond includes families traumatized by parents’ wartime experiences.
Read the article here.

We are pleased to share with you an inspiring and informative CBC radio documentary produced by Temple Sholom danielle-nerman-family-documentarymember Danielle Nerman focusing on her family and their experience of having adult children who have become more religious than their parents.

You can listen here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-3-2015-1.3020544/peace-in-the-house-a-not-so-religious-jew-and-her-orthodox-siblings-1.3020557

Lisa_PozinOwning a small retail business may seem unconnected to making our planet a better place, but each purchase made in Lisa Pozin’s gift shop makes a positive difference in someone’s life.

Pozin started the company Giving Gifts about four years ago online. “I have been working at Temple Sholom as a program director since I was at university,” she said in an interview with theJewish Independent. “I dreamt about having my own store before but I’m not a risk taker. I had a job, then I had three kids in three years. When I was on maternity leave with my youngest one, I decided it was time. Renting a retail space is expensive, and I wasn’t sure it would work, so I started online.” Read more»

Our members, Kenn Coblin and Les Baker volunteering with the IDF in Israel:


Got here on Friday August 30th. At 10:30 the next morning joined other volunteers for our trip to the army base. Members of our group are from many places. UK, New Zealand, several US states and 2 of us from Canada. The base we are at is the main medical supply depot. From here they pack and send supplies and field hospitals all over the world. I learned tonight that they even sent a field hospital to one of the rebel groups in Syria.

The section I am working in has to do with packing kits for the military medics. Kits come in to be replenished. Normally they replenish each kit every 18 months. Each unit’s kit in army, navy etc., comes here.KennCoblin3

Some of the kits I have been working on appear to have been used as various items are missing from several. I can only assume they were used in the recent fighting. When I come across one of these kits I am filled with emotion as it may have been one that I personally packed when I was here in February and may have been used to tend to a wounded soldier or may even have been used to save a life.
KennCoblin2Our accommodation is much like being in camp as a kid. There are 5 of us in our cabin in bunk beds. We have 2 young girl soldiers called Madricha, who are like camp councilors. We eat in the Mess hall with the soldiers. Big meal at lunch, lots of veggies. Especially tomatoes and cuccumbers. It’s very strange to see soldiers coming in to the mess hall with there rifles.

Up at 6:30, breakfast at 7:15. After breakfast we meet at the parade ground for the flag raising and sing Hatikvah, then it’s off to work. Kenn Coblin.

circumcisiondoctorOur member, Dr. Neil Pollock specializes in circumcision, from newborn to adult, and adult vasectomy. As a leading expert in circumcision, he has travelled around the world to train physicians and, this summer, he will head to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to teach a team of doctors in medical newborn and infant circumcision.

“After carrying out 50,000 infant circumcisions and travelling recently to Turkey, China and Africa to exchange ideas, I have evolved my technique to make it applicable to infants, children, teenagers and adults,” Pollock told the Independent in a recent interview. “I have developed a technique to do circumcision in this older age group under local anesthetic without using sutures and using, instead, a cyanocrylate skin glue that closes the wound. Being able to do the procedure under local anesthetic and with skin glue instead of a general anesthetic in hospital provides for a much simpler, easier, quicker, safer and improved cosmetic outcome for patients.”

This method, he said, is unique. “I’m unaware of this approach being used anywhere in [Canada] except in my clinics. The older age group is currently requesting circumcision for reasons like reduction in disease transmission, preference of their partners and improved hygiene.” Read more…

(A scanned Jewish Independent cover from April 4, 2014)

jg2190-webres1Jennifer Gasoi Vancouver-born, Montreal-based children’s musician, daughter of our long time members, Ivan & Laurie Gasoi, won her first Grammy Award.jennifer-gasoi-throw-a-penny-in-the-wishing-well-grammy The two-time Juno Award nominee won best children’s album for “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well” at the pre-telecast of the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Gasoi crafts jazz-based tunes meant to appeal to both tots and their parents. It was her first Grammy nomination. “I’ve dreamt of this day for 20 years, it’s on my vision board. I’m officially the first Canadian to win a Grammy for best children’s album!” Gasoi declared onstage.
Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well is “about living your dreams, having the courage to step out of the box, take risks and live the life you’re really meant to live. I feel really proud to be doing that.”

EGKOur member, Ed Kroft, received the 2013 Leslie Reggel Memorial Award by the Society of Israel Philatelists (SIP).

The award is given annually, on a discretionary basis, to one member of the SIP for outstanding contributions to Israel philately. The award has not been given out in every year since the year of its inception in 1984. Mr. Kroft is a past president of the SIP and is currently serving another term as President. Mr. Kroft has written many scholarly articles on various aspects of Holy Land philately and is known for his work, exhibits and expertise regarding topics such as the postal history of Rishon le Zion (1882-1948) and the early postal history and postal rates of Israel. Mr. Kroft succeeds Vicki Galecki as the most recent winner of the Reggel Award.

The Society of Israel Philatelists is a prominent international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Holy Land – Israel philately. In addition to publishing an award-winning journal, The Israel Philatelist, four to six times per year, the Society’s extensive books and publications on Holy Land philately are well-respected and are used widely by stamp collectors and postal history collectors around the world. Annual conventions draw people from all over the world as collectors are encouraged to share their knowledge and meet fellow members. Details are available on the SIP website at www.israelstamps.com.

Sara CiacciOur member, Sara Ciacciwho was presented with the Paula Lenga Award  which is given to “an ordinary person who does extraordinary things through volunteering at JFSA.”  It is one of the most significant awards given out by JFSA. It is in recognition of her leading role in raising the majority of funding through Jewish Women International for food purchased for the Jewish Food Bank.

A large contingent of Sara’s friends from Temple Sholom and the community came out to support her at the JFSA AGM on Tuesday, November 19th. Sara thanked the community for the support that she and her family received during the depression and she feels honoured to give back to the community again and again.

grand-dame-obelander-featOur member Cornelia Hahn Oberlander who was recently profiled by the CBC, called the Grand Dame of Green Design. Cornelia who the CBC calls a ‘national treasure’ is a Temple Sholom treasure as well, a founding member of our congregation and the designer of our Temple Sholom cemetery. Read and listen to the profile (click here).

Maclean’s Magazine: Architect Cornelia Oberlander gets her due
The Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Queen of Green just keeps sowing

bente-thomsen2Our member Bente Nathan-Thomsen, who recently was featured in an article in the National Post by Joe O’Connor :

‘It was all an adventure to me’:
How a ‘wild little girl’ escaped the Holocaust and the horrors of war

If you or someone you know is doing something we should all know and take pride in, please email us at info@templesholom.ca