Re-Dedicating Cayne Family Chapel

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Re-Dedicating Cayne Family Chapel

A New Beginning for the Cayne Family Chapel

On Thursday March 24th, 2017, the Pride of Israel Synagogue held a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Cayne Family Chapel, which was moved from Shaar Shalom Synagogue to Pride of Israel.

Guests from both the Pride of Israel and those who were former members of Shaar Shalom Synagogue filled the anteroom of the Cayne Family Chapel. The ceremony began with remarks from the Chairman of Pride of Israel, Carl Zeliger, past president, Steve Bloom, the original Cayne Dedication plaque was read by Michele Axelrod before Jerry Cayne officially cut the ribbon. Current President of Shaar Shalom, Barry Barnes made a short but poignant speech to say this is a bittersweet occasion where it is sad to know that one synagogue had to close, a painful thing for many of the Shaar Shalom members, but that it is gratifying to know that this intimate place of worship will continue to exist at Pride of Israel.

Before the guests entered the chapel, Rabbi Sean Gorman read a blessing in Hebrew and English on this special occasion and Cantor Charles Weinberg sang a blessing and the Shehechayanu, to which the guests joined in song.

Guests then filled the chapel to experience the first Ma’ariv minyan after the dedication, which Mark Wallach deftly led. Once the service was completed, light refreshments were served and people milled around to chat and socialize.

This was a well-attended event and a touching ceremony. Jeff Rosen, a previous member of Shaar Shalom and a current member of Pride of Israel, as well as a previous editor for the CJN was kind enough to provide Shaar Shalom with a gallery of pictures recording the event, for those who could not make it. These images are copyrighted and are not to be used without his sole permission. Contact him directly at jelijo@sympatico.ca.


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