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04/28/2020 03:32:31 PM


06/12/2020 08:56:59 AM


My continual gratitude to the Shaar Clergy, Kitchen, Staff, Volunteers, Abby... for all activities you do. Shabbat Shalom.


- Yaneth

06/01/2020 04:28:31 PM



I am so grateful for the Zoom Kaddish Meeting. Since my family is spread across North America it enabled us to be together for Kaddish for the first time in 19 years. Thank you once again.


- Naomi Finkelstein

05/28/2020 12:43:43 PM


My continual gratitude to the Shaar clergy and volunteers for keeping me so busy during our Covid-19 experience.The video on community, so successfully organized by our amazing Rabbi Scheier really enlightened me to the wonderful meaning of community.Thank you for all!


- Guita Hyman

05/28/2020 08:45:21 AM


Dear Rabbi Scheier, Gideon, Abby, Rachel, Roï, Yosi and staff,


Not only have you brought light, a feeling of hope, knowledge, and organization into our lives, but most importantly, you have filled us with spirituality, Torah, wisdom, connection and love, with prayers, services, lectures, and music. It is, and has been, a time of great uncertainty and disruption.You have helped calm our fears, lessen our anxieties, and given us hope for a better future. I thank you sincerely, for helping us get through this difficult period, and for taking us out of ‘bondage’ and into the land of eventual ‘freedom’. Chag Shavuot Sameach


- Farla Cohen

05/15/2020 04:15:44 PM


My tulips are still blooming on May 15th! The beautiful and delicious Mother's Day brunch box that I received this past Sunday was spectacular. What a wonderful and clever initiative during these challenging times, which also served as a fundraiser for Shaar Cares. I am grateful to everyone involved (including my two sons who arranged for this special gift!).


- Monna Malkinson

05/15/2020 01:12:39 PM


In my deepest time of need the whole Shaar family has been very close by my side. To Rabbi Scheier, Rabba Abby, Cantor Gideon, and the entire group of Shaar Cares volunteers, an ever grateful thank you! The emails, the Shabbat services and the music of the Shaar has taken me through a very dark time in my life! Many thanks to everyone.


- Sandra Mintz

05/15/2020 12:01:26 PM


We are grateful that we are part of our wonderful Shaar community. The pandemic closed the Shaar’s doors, but it lay open the heart and soul of where we belong. From the very first erev Shabbat service to the myriad of ways we feel nurtured and supported, thank you to our dedicated team of clergy, kitchen, office and support workers. Our Shaar!


- Monica and Barry Shapiro

05/15/2020 09:22:03 AM


It has been said that the difference between entitlement and privilege is gratitude. It might, therefore, follow that if, even in the face of adversity, we remain grateful for our blessings, then we are, indeed, privileged.


- Ron Vineberg

05/10/2020 08:06:44 PM


We are most grateful to the Shaar for all subjects and participants, (clergy, synagogue staff and volunteers) related to the Shaar Cares program including the phone calls, Passover seder. Shabbat services, and more recently the Mother's Day box initiative which was amazingly well done beyond any expectation and most appreciated.


- Mona and Robert Lefcort

05/08/2020 09:58:58 AM



Dear Rabbi Scheier, Gideon, leadership of Shaar, we dont have enough words to express our gratitude and amazement for how much you all have done for our community in past two month with incredible initiative introducing so much help and programmes to keep us connected. It is a most wonderful heartwarming feeling to realize how much you care and stay involved constantly making sure evereyone is taking care of. Thanks a million for making our lives so much more pleasant and meaningful. Shabbat Shalom! Looking forward to todays services at 5pm. Grateful appreciative.


 - Irene and Charlie Roth

05/08/2020 09:21:57 AM


To staff and volunteers, thank you so much for everything you have done during these uncertain times.


- Yaneth

05/08/2020 08:39:54 AM


Words cannot express how grateful we are for the beautiful outreach and warmth that comes from our Shaar family. From the most inspiring d’varim by Rabbi Scheier every morning to the amazing classes throughout the week, from the caring calls and deliveries, we thank you. We are so fortunate to be part of this very special Shaar community. Thank you, Rabbi Scheier and every one of your wonderful volunteers.


- Esther & Sydney Marovitch

05/08/2020 07:46:40 AM



We are grateful for every day that we awake healthy. We are grateful for our friends and family. We are grateful for the Shaar family that continuously looks after us.


- Linda Keller and Murray Notkin

05/08/2020 07:01:36 AM



I will forever be grateful to Rabbi Scheier, and all the team at the Shaar. You have made a very difficult time in my life bearable. The outreach, the warmth, the caring, and of course the wonderful programming, has made a very lonely time into an interesting , and friendly time. I feel as if I am a part of a much bigger family! And, not alone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


- Beverley Hamburg

05/05/2020 04:15:26 PM


I was called by a lovely lady who said that she had called before and i told her that i had 3 daughters here who take VERY good care of me-----she said that she knows that but was just checking to see if everything was still fine---------i thanked her and said that she could save her energy because everything was indeed fine and she should use that every for someone else--------it's a lovely, thoughtful idea CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


- Betty Scott

05/04/2020 09:48:31 PM


Attended the Shaar Shabbat service for fifty years & then, the Shul closed. I am so grateful to the Rabbi, Rabba, Cantor Gideon & Yosi for working so hard to fill the void. Thank you to the volunteers who delivered those wonderful meals.I  am so fortunate to be a member of the Shaar.


- Susan Palevsky

05/04/2020 12:36:10 PM


The caring and warmth that the whole Shaar community has shown. All is most appreciated.


- Rena Gornitsky

04/28/2020 11:49:00 AM


Never in our wildest nightmares did we ever imagine our world would encounter such rampant pain and suffering. And then, as all of this darkness was swirling in our heads, the brightest light showed up--our first grandchild BH Juliana Chana was born, on Seder night April 8th. Suddenly, we’re transported into another world, a world of new beginnings, new possibilities, new hope. (It helps when the baby has the cutest face).


- Josie and David Lupovich

04/25/2020 01:11:00 AM


I am overwhelmed by the most incredible job Rabbi Adam Scheier and the whole Shaar Community has done during the Coronavirus time. It is awe inspiring and gives me such inspiration and hope at such a difficult time.


- Joyce Tanner

04/24/2020 04:10:46 PM


I want to congratulate Rabbi Scheier and the leadership of the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue for their initiative in creating The Shaar Cares project in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Not only is it helping many citizens in need, but it is also an inspiration to our Synagogue members and our community. I am grateful and  proud to be a member of the Shaar and I am happy to support this remarkable and worthwhile endeavour. 


With best wishes for continued success,


 - Dorothy Reitman CM

04/24/2020 02:11:12 PM


I want to ditto what David Brody said about the Seder meal package. It was unbelievable thoughtful: lovely food, the interesting new Hagaddah, the wine, the Seder plate (!), even the grape juice for a teetotaler like me!


- Judy Bercuvitz

04/24/2020 12:46:46 PM


To The Shaar for reaching out to me (a relatively new member) immediately with help for Pesach, Shabbat meals, dvakii8r messages, Shabbat services on line, it’s wonderful volunteers, and to our Rabbi and to Gideon.


- Guita Hyman

04/24/2020 12:08:42 PM


We are grateful for the men and women who call us about our shopping needs and our food deliveries. 

We are grateful for the people who take from their valuable time to deliver these things to us.

Thank you for looking after us.


Linda Keller and Murray Notkin

04/24/2020 12:01:13 PM


The Meals, prepared and delivered to  so many JEM workers has made SUCH a difference to them. Thank you for your support and generosity to those less fortunate.


- Danny Kay, Managing Director JEM

04/24/2020 11:32:07 AM


I am grateful to Rabbi Scheier and the entire clergy and staff and to the great team of volunteers who reach out to the Shaar members and keep us all connected through their creative on line programs and their Shaar Cares initiatives. Shabbat Shalom, Hodesh tov and love to all!


- Oro Librowicz

04/24/2020 11:32:07 AM


I am grateful for the oppportunity to get to know so many of our congregants on a one to one basis through the many phone calls that have been flowing to and from my home. I have discovered such a richness of intellect, caring and a deep feeling of “the Shaar really does care”. And the virtual programmes that have been made available add to the overall sense that we are not alone. We have a Shaar family. Thank you to clergy, staff, volunteers, and Jose and Tanya’s kitchen “family” for everything.


Carole Rocklin

04/24/2020 11:02:03 AM


We are grateful for the  Shaar clergy and community reaching out to the members. Bravo


- Neomi and Mel Kronish

04/22/2020 08:02:30 PM


1:15 AM.


The business world is upside down.

The daily routine and family life are uncharted.

At the late hour, or very early morning, depends how we look at it, I decided to read your email. 

Click- the link onto the music selection.

Click- onto a wonderfully calming, inspiring and soothing selection of holiday chants and other 

familiar tunes that bring a tear of joy. A sigh of relief.

A big smile. 


Thank you rabbi. Thank you all for shedding light in a forest full of confusion and doubt.

Smiles to all.


- Michael, Erika and Emma Leibowitz

04/22/2020 10:32:29 AM


I feel grateful for being still able to take care of my autistic daughter.


- Eliane Elmoznino Acoca

04/21/2020 08:59:05 PM


I am grateful to my Shaar Family who called me to ask how I was  doing and if I needed anything. I will not name them because the list is too long. It’s when times are tough that you know who your friends are.  


I am grateful to the Shaar clergy for trying so hard to communicate and motivate while they have such difficult and unusual issues to deal with.

I am grateful to my family in the U.S. and Switzerland for making their presence felt all the time. As a result, I never feel confined.

I am grateful for so many things that I can go on and on. 


Most important of all, I am grateful to God for giving me the privilege of being well enough to express my gratitude, to receive the kindness of others and to give support to those who need it.


- Robin Behar

Monday, July 6, 2020 14 Tammuz 5780