A Canadian Reform congregation that honours and sanctifies each and every person, integrating a deep sense of Jewish tradition with contemporary life.

Second Decade Shabbat

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Date(s) - Nov 14, 2014
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Temple Sholom

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Chaired by Mitchell & Lynne Gropper 1965-2005
Honouring Temple members and their families from 1975 to 1984
(of course everyone is welcome)

8:00pm: Special Shabbat service

Welcoming the Stranger
scan“Boat People” is the term used for the thousands who fled Southeast Asia after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Most endured several days in small, leaky boats, prey to pirate attacks, before ending up in squalid camps in Thailand and Malaysia. Realizing refugees could only come to Canada under sponsorship, Temple Sholom decided to bring a family to Vancouver.
The five-member Singh family – grandmother, married couple, their nephew and infant son – arrived with just the clothes on their backs. Faye Riback and Marilyn Greene arranged accommodations, and congregants donated food, clothing, furniture and everything else the newcomers needed. Although the synagogue was officially responsible for the family for one year, they quickly became self-sufficient. When they became Canadian citizens, and when the nephew got married, Bud and Faye Riback attended the ceremonies. From: Temple Sholom – Our History