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Dear Holy Blossom Family,

I want to share with you that I am going through a significant personal medical challenge, as after suffering through a very difficult last few months, I now have a diagnosis, that of an advanced form of lung cancer.

I have already had an outpouring of affection from those who have heard what I am going through; it is much appreciated. However, I need to focus on getting better and am not capable of responding to a large number of emails and calls. Rather, I would be grateful if those of you who wish to express your words of encouragement do so in the comment section below. You can leave your greetings there and I will make a point of visiting daily and deriving the strength that I need from them.

I am optimistic and determined to fight this, just like any other challenge that I have ever faced and hope to see you all very soon.

Best regards,
Russ Joseph

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  • Judy and Eric Breuer
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We were pleased to see you during the High Holidays and did not expect to hear the recent news of your diagnosis. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery!
    Judy and Eric Breuer

  • Karen Sirota
    Reply

    Dear Russ: I am so sorry to learn of your medical challenges. I am praying that you will swiftly and completely move through your medical treatments toward a refua shleima. I am certain the Holy Blossom members have offered countless similar prayers with gratitude for all your devotion and for a speedy return to the work that is so important to you. Sending positive thoughts as you journey to that return. L’shalom, Karen Sirota

  • Karen Sirota
    Reply

    Dear Russ: I am so sorry to hear about your medical challenges. I pray that you will move swiftly and completely through your medical treatments toward a return to a refua shleima. I know I join your devoted membership in recognizing the – countless ways you make a difference at Holy Blossom – and the hope that you will return to the work that is so meaningful to you. Karen Sirota

  • Ron Moisey
    Reply

    Russ,
    On behalf of all your friends at the Rotary Club of Red Deer all the best as you meet these challenges. All the best.

    Ron Moisey

  • Debby Vigoda
    Reply

    Just to let you know that we are thinking of you, sending prayers, and looking forward to your complete recovery. Fondly

  • Gerri Richman
    Reply

    Dear Russ

    You are in my thoughts and prayers .

    gerri

  • Marsha Kriss
    Reply

    My prayers are with you and all who are suffering .

  • Aliya Spigleman and Andrew Gergely
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    We are so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. We wish you a speedy recovery and the strength required to fight this.

    Refuah Shelma,
    Aliya Spigelman and Andrew Gergely

  • Sherrie Banks and Rob Wood
    Reply

    Dear Russ, Jan and Family….We wish you a speedy Refuah Shelayma. Stay close to Hashem always and take comfort from that.
    Sherrie Banks and Robert Wood from Beth Israel Synagogue

  • Fani Estrin
    Reply

    Russ, so sorry to hear of your illness. All good thoughts and wishes for a refuah shelema. Fani Estrin

  • Clyde Hurtig
    Reply

    Hi Russ,
    We are thinking of you. Sending you strength and love. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Love to Jan and family. Clyde and Karen

  • Larry Schwartz
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Julie and I hope for your speedy recovery and your return to Holy Blossom to continue keeping the place going strong.
    All our best,

    Larry Schwartz

  • Arlene Roth
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Wanted you to know that we’re all thinking of you. Shabbat mornings are not the same without seeing you either in the sanctuary or at kiddish where you make sure everyone has enough tuna. Warmest regards and prayers for healing.
    Arlene Roth

  • Lauren Baram
    Reply

    Russ, may you receive much strength day to day to overcome this disease. Refluah Shleima to a speedy recovery. Lauren and Lawrence

  • Laurie Mozeson
    Reply

    Russ, Chuck and i wish you strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Laurie Mozeson

  • Pam and Michael Albert
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Our family is thinking of you with strength each day. You are in our hearts…

    • Janie & Russell Rendely
      Reply

      Dear Russ,

      Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
      We wish you a full recovery.
      Your presence is greatly missed at Holy Blossom.
      We look forward to seeing you back soon.

      Warm Regards to you and your family.
      Janie & Russell

  • Andrea Freedman
    Reply

    Dear Russ – very sad to have just learned that you are going through such a difficult time, sending you strength and hugs from our nation’s capital. Reading the comments of such a disparate group of people, you have touchef so many and made a real difference in the lives of others, including my own. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Andrea Freedman

  • Francie & Jon Nobleman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    So terribly sorry to hear about this challenge. We wish you & Jan continued strength in beating this. We are thinking of you both and sending warm hugs & thoughts.

    All the best,
    Francie & Jon

  • Tulane Rollingher
    Reply

    Dear Russ, words are difficult for things like this, but the love and concern given to you are expressions of the love and respect you so rightly deserve. I feel thankful to know you and remember all that you did for our community here in Edmonton. Wishing you a good recovery. Tulane Rollingher

  • Cindie Thompson
    Reply

    Sorry to hear you have this struggle. One a day at a Time!

  • Andrew Gow
    Reply

    Refuah sh’lema, Russ. Your friends all over the country, from coast to coast, are rooting for you–
    Andrew Gow

  • Jennifer McCallum
    Reply

    Russ, you’re in my prayers during this difficult time, and I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

  • Arieh Waldman
    Reply

    Dear Russ, Val and I are wishing you all the best in your struggle in the weeks and months ahead. And praying for you as well. I know you are looking at these messages and I hope this one and the others are with you at all times. If you need anything practical, please have someone contact me. Driving you somewhere; picking someone up from or taking to the airport; grocery shopping…you name it. My cell is on record, I believe.

    Arieh and Val Waldman

  • Donald Loeb
    Reply

    Dear Russ — Lorraine and I were very sorry to learn that you are having to deal with lung cancer. We wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.
    With warmest possible wishes— and a few extra hugs,
    Don and Lorraine

  • Adam Sniderman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    You are such an integral part of our community. I wish you and your family strength as you face the challenges of this illness and the recovery. You’re in my thoughts, and I hope to see you back at shul soon.
    Adam

  • Jeremy and Barbara Sandler
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    The chorus of well wishes on this page indicates how appreciated you are within the HBT community. On behalf of Barbara and myself, may you and your family find strength as you meet this challenge.

  • Michael Cole
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    Mornings at Holy Blossom are not the same without your presence hovering around the shacharit service and breakfast table. Your wit and wisdom are sorely missed. Somehow, I always know that, with you there, things at Temple are in good hands and completely under control. I hope and pray for a refuah shleimah, and I look forward to seeing you back with us at Temple in good health and spirits very soon.

    Michael

  • odette masliyah
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We are sorry to hear about your diagnosis. We are confident you are strong and tough and you will beat this awful illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on a daily basis.
    Hugs,

    Jacob & Odette Masliyah

  • Dani Uretsky
    Reply

    Russ,

    Wishing you much strength and courage. We are all thinking of you here in Edmonton.

  • Elayne Nusbaum
    Reply

    Sweetie Russ

    I hope you come back soon.
    I really miss your checking up on me in the Kitchen and these days I’m hanging around with our gorgeous seniors, so I’m still to be found in the basement haha. Always in the basement.
    I hope you use up all the fight you can and get better soon. You have so much support and love being sent your way. PRAYERS PEACE & a speedy recovery HUGS HUGS HUGS

    ps: I miss your cute jokes much. GET BETTER ALREADY!!!

  • Miriam and Josh Devon
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    Josh and I wish you, Jan and your family strength and our prayers and thoughts as you go through this challenge. We hope you will take comfort and support from everyone who is reaching out to you.
    With fond regards
    Josh and Miriam

  • Howard Mammon
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    Everyone at Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks is thinking of you and wishing you well.
    You are in our prayers. May you have a full and a speedy recovery. רפואה שלמה

  • Deborah Zemans
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    You have been in my thoughts since I read your letter. Thinking of you and sending you love and healing evergy at this. Missing you, Debbie

  • Barbara Grossman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Your arrival at HBT was beshert, and if love and affection can aid the recovery process you have good reason for optimism. Wishing you strength,courage and a full recovery and return.

    With great affection and appreciation for all you do for HBT,

    Barbara Grossman

  • Mildred Eisenberg
    Reply

    Dear Russ:
    Our best wishes along with so many of HBT are for continued strength throughout your treatment, a Full recovery, and return to HBT when you are truly ready. You have been a pillar of help and strength to HBT”s renewal project, for which we are all so grateful.
    Mildred Eisenberg and Family

  • David Sadowski
    Reply

    Hey Russ:
    Get well soon. I miss our banter and the Place needs you.
    David

  • Eric Beutel
    Reply

    Russ;
    Wishing you a speedy recovery . You are such a integral part of HBT. With your tremendous knowledge , kind heart and warm smile , we all need you back very soon.

  • Shari Wilson
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    I was so sad to hear about your health challenge. I just want to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

    Shari Wilson

  • Corey Silver
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Sending you nothing but strength and positive vibes.
    If anyone is strong enough to get through this, it is you.
    All the best,
    Corey

  • Carol Crystal
    Reply

    Russ, Thinking of you. I hope you feel better soon. Carol Crystal

  • Karen Minden and Harvey Schipper
    Reply

    Adding our voices to a loving and supportive community – we are all praying for your recovery. You are so appreciated for all that you do! Warmly, Karen and Harvey

  • Julie Solomon
    Reply

    Russ
    I am thinking of you and hope you find strength and your wonderful humour to help you during the next few months. We need you to fix our ‘hiccups’ at OOTC. Looking forward to your return to the gang on Thursdays!

    Julie

  • Paul Tichauer
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    From the day you first arrived at Holy Blossom I have admired your tireless energy, your positive attitude and your ability and willingness to be very visible across all Temple activities – both religious and secular. For me you truly exemplified what a great Executive Director should be. But now it is time for you to put aside all of that and focus solely on fighting your fight. You have been there for us; now we must be there for you. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you constantly and we yearn for your return to full health.

    Paul & Eileen Tichauer

  • Virginia and Carl Solomon
    Reply

    We know that you will bring the same single minded dedication that you have demonstrated in all your time at Holy Blossom to the challenging days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Fondly,
    Virginia and Carl Solomon

  • Elizabeth Wolfe
    Reply

    Dear Russ, I was so sorry to read of your illness. You have been so kind, considerate and dedicated in my every encounter with you. I am hoping you know how much support you have as you face this difficult time.
    Thinking of you,
    Elizabeth Wolfe

  • Happy Iscove
    Reply

    Theodore Roosevelt said: “Believe you can and you’re half way there.” Russ, I wish you continued strength and positive energy as you work with your doctors for a speedy recovery.
    Happy Iscove

  • Arlene Roth
    Reply

    Dear Russ, I also noticed your absence at Holy Blossom; I was shocked and saddened to hear of your illness. You’ve given us so much of yourself. Whenever I’m at services or attending programs, I know you’re nearby overseeing whatever is going on to ensure that there are no hiccups, that everything runs smoothly. Your warmth, kindness and caring hasn’t gone unnoticed. May you feel God’s presence at this difficult time and our prayers for your recovery. My thoughts are with you, Jan and your family. Arlene Roth

  • Beverley Rodd
    Reply

    Bev Rodd

    Wishing you good health. Look forward to seeing you in good health soon.

  • Rita Belfer
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    I missed you the past few weeks and was sorry to learn you were ill.
    I Wish you a speedy recovery.

    All the best

  • Ellen B. Levine
    Reply

    Russ, I was so sorry to learn of your illness, and I am wishing you a speedy and sure recovery. You are greatly missed. All the very best, Ellen Levine.

    • Neil Blonder
      Reply

      Dear Russ,
      Wishing a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
      Bonnie and Neil Blonder

  • Kathy Green
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    you have given the congregation your tireless energy and we are so grateful for that.
    Now is the time to turn that energy to healing and take care of yourself – we are thinking of you and wish you hope and strength for a complete recovery.
    With affection and good wishes,

    Kathy & Maurice Green

  • Janet and Norman Shiner
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    We wish you and your family strength during this very difficult time and Norman and I look forward to seeing you back at Holy Blossom very soon. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
    Warmly,
    Janet & Norman Shiner

  • Alberto Quiroz
    Reply

    Dear Russ;
    We continue to elevate our prayers asking G’d to give you the strength to overcome one more obstacle and for your complete and speedy recovery.
    We hope to see you soon, back at your job that you love so much to do.

  • Debby Shoctor
    Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this Russ. We all here at JFE Edmonton wish you a refuah shleimah. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Michael Schayer
    Reply

    Russ,

    Best wishes in kicking this horrible disease in the butt. We hope for you to have a speedy recovery and will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We look forward to hearing only good news and positive results from this point on.

    All the best

    Michael, Becca, Samara & Cole

  • Jack & Rowena Schwartzberg
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We were very saddened to hear of your illness. Wishing you, Jan and your family strength and hope as you battle this horrible disease. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Jack, Rowena, Steven and Daryl Schwartzberg.

    • Michael & Janet Ryval
      Reply

      Dear Russ,
      We are wishing you a Refuah shleimah. All the best,
      Michael & Janet Ryval

  • Hershell Ezrin & Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin
    Reply

    Dear Russ:
    Wishing you a Refuah Shlemah as you benefit from the treatments ahead. Before you came to Holy Blossom, you made an enormous contribution as a volunteer leader of Jewish Communities of Western Canada. May the commitment and service you have given to the Canadian Jewish Community as a whole, and to Holy Blossom in particular these past few years, be returned to you tenfold as you face this health challenge.
    With Affection,
    Sharyn & Hershell

  • Stewart Cramer and Raquel Adelstein
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you a full and complete recovery and are looking forward to seeing you back at the schul.

  • Jill Hertzman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    I’ve missed you at shul these past weeks and now I know why. I add my refuah shleimah wishes and prayers to the very special sentiments expressed already by your Holy Blossom family. You are a fixture and a Mr. Fix-it around this place, greatly admired and appreciated for all of your work and devotion to the congregation.
    Therefore, take the time to heal and return to us with strength. How blessed are we to have a community like HBT to support us through illness and, with God’s help, back to health.
    Warmest regards and hugs,
    Jill

  • Brian & Cynthia Hands
    Reply

    Russ, our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery are with you and hope to see you back at temple in the shortest period of time.

    When you are ready your return is gratefully welcomed

  • Debby Vigoda
    Reply

    Dear Russ:
    I have missed seeing you whenever I have been at Temple. But in my naivete, I assumed you were on holidays. I wish you strength as you go through this challenging time. Fondly Debby Vigoda

  • Sheila M Smolkin
    Reply

    Dear Russ, I’m so sorry and shocked to learn of your cancer diagnosis. I hope and pray for a full recovery. I join my prayers to those of your many supporters here at Temple. I also reach out to you, Jan and your family to offer my support in whatever way that will give you comfort.

  • Sara
    Reply

    Dear Russ: I’m keeping you and your family in my prayers.
    Sara Novak

  • Ellen Karabanow
    Reply

    Dear Russ: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wishing you all the very best and thanks for everything. Ellen Karabanow

  • Bluma Goldberg
    Reply

    Dear Russ, we heard about your illness from a friend in Toronto and we join with all the other well wishers with a message of hope and strength to come through your treatments and enjoy a refuah shlemah at the end. Our thoughts are with you. Bluma and Jack Goldberg, Edmonton (and PS the Camry is still going strong!)

  • Marcia and Sam Schaffran
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    We were so saddened to hear about your illness.We are praying that you will have a full and speedy recovery.May God give you the strength to keep up the fight and overcome any suffering.Our thoughts are with you

  • Liz Tarshis
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We are are thinking of you and sending our wishes for a speedy recovery and continued strength during this challenging time.
    Liz and Rick

  • Ellen Cole
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    So sorry to hear of your illness. All good thoughts and wishes for a refuah shelema.
    You have been doing a marvelous job for us. Keep up your spirits and your humour.
    Fond regards
    Ellen Cole

  • Peter L Weinwurm
    Reply

    Russ, I hope and pray to God that your health will soon improve.May God grant you a total and miraculous refuah sheleimah. May you be blessed by God for the light of life shared with others.
    Peter L Weinwurm

  • Phyllis Spivak
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    So very sad to learn about your illness. Wishing you Refuah Shleimah and strength for a positive recovery!

    PhyllisSpivak

  • David Gershon
    Reply

    Russ – You are in my thoughts and prayers for a refuah shleimah.

  • Bob Cooper
    Reply

    Russ,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and hope to see you back and recovered soon. You’ve made a big difference and provided a steady hand at Holy Blossom. You were great to work with in the recent Side by Side event. I look forward to working with you in future endeavours. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Bob

  • Mindy Eklove
    Reply

    Russ, thinking of you and sending you and your family strength. The outpouring of support and love shows how much you mean to everyone. We are all behind you.

    Mindy

  • Dan Kacew & Arielle Cantor
    Reply

    Thinking of you Russ,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Wishing you a lot of strength in this difficult time. We miss you here in Edmonton. We will be thinking of you and praying for a speedy recovery.
    Love
    Dan Kacew & Arielle Cantor

  • Freda A & Arthur Muscovitch
    Reply

    Best wishes Russ from your friends (and partial Edmontonians),
    Arthur and Freda Ariella Muscovitch

  • Carol Abugov
    Reply

    Dear Russ

    I was saddened to learn of your illness and want to convey every good wish for a good outcome and all that you wish for yourself.

    Warmest regards
    Carol Abugov

  • Francie Cyngiser
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    We are all
    thinking about you and Jan and sending you positive thoughts, strength , courage and a refuah shlema
    Francie and David

  • Phyllis Denaburg
    Reply

    Russ- all the best words were said by the rest of your extended family at HBT. Hugs and many MeShebeirahs for you. Looking forward to seeing you back, whenever you are ready.

    Phyllis

  • Jennifer Romanovsky
    Reply

    Russ, we are so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and wish you and your family strength at this time.
    Love,
    Jen, Dale, Aaron and Lily

  • Michael Davis
    Reply

    You know I am here for you since you sent me the news of your illness !
    My thoughts are of you and prayers are about and with you.
    All my best, Michael

  • Dennis and Alyce Helfman
    Reply

    We look forward to seeing you at High Holiday Services. In the interim, listen to your doctors, think positive, and focus on your ultimate recovery. Many get through this and with your motivation, determination and hard work, you will greet your congregation participants to welcome the new year. Look forward to seeing you and your grandchildren then,

  • Elliot Salmons
    Reply

    Hi Russ,

    Wishing you a Refuah Shleimah. Only good thoughts and wishes from our family to yours.

    The Salmons Family

  • Brenda and Fred Saunders
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Our best, most optimistic, and healing thoughts go out to you at this challenging time. You have been missed these past weeks. We look forward to your recovery and your return to action at HBT.
    With sincere and affectionate good wishes to you and your family for your return to health,
    Brenda and Fred

  • Marlene Orenbach
    Reply

    Hi Russ
    I had not seen you in weeks and was worried about you. I was so surprised to hear why you had not been around Holy Blossom lately. You are such a wonderful, caring and generous individual and I know all who know you at Holy Blossom including myself wish you a complete and full recovery. I have been so grateful to you for your kindness and support and I hope that in some way I can help you through this most difficult of times. Should you need anything at all please do not hesitate in emailing or calling.
    Marlene Orenbach

  • Emily Rayson
    Reply

    I know words can’t really help but know that you will be in my thoughts everyday, and hopefully you can feel my arms around you. The entire OOTC team is there for you in any way you need, just as you have been for us these past years. Wishing you a very speedy and easy recovery.

  • Esther and Mel Bergman
    Reply

    Dear Russ.

    WE miss you very much. You are in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Esther and Mel Bergman

  • Kara Hardin
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Seeing your phot brought me right back to Calgary visit and huge laughs. Evan, Joshua and I are sending so much love, light and support!!!!!!!!! Hugest hug possible!!
    Kara, Evan and Joshua

  • Gerry Prendergast
    Reply

    Miss you so much and miss our laughs at the Bathurst doors at services.You know I am just a phone call or e-mail away to help or listen or if possible advise.Love you very much and give you my strength to overcome .Hope to see you soon.
    You are such a special man …
    My shoulders are wide and you can lean on me anytime my dear friend….
    Gerry

  • Robert & Marlene Ruderman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We are sorry to hear why we have missed you these past few weeks. With all the new treatments and with your strength and determination, we hope and pray for a r’fuah sh’lemah and look forward to your speedy return.
    Robert & Marlene Ruderman

  • Steve Shafir
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We were sad to hear about you and are wishing for a speedy . רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה

    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. For as long as I’ve known you, from the days hanging out at all hours of the night in your basement, to today, I’ve known you to be a strong man. That strength will come in handy at this time and will help you through this. All the best and we look forward to hearing about your recovery.
    Love,
    Steve, Talya, Nava and Lexi

  • Rosalie Sussman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Sunnier tomorrows are wished for you today. Throughout these days of illness, may you feel the love and support of family and friends.
    Warmly,
    Rosalie Sussman

  • Janine Pokroy
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    I was very saddened to learn if your diagnosis.
    Wishing you a Refuah Shlemah as you journey through this difficult time.
    Sending you positive energy and continued courage to achieve a full recovery.
    Sincerely
    Janine Pokroy.

  • Ronna Rubin and Phil Smith
    Reply

    We are saddened to hear this news, and send you our most heartfelt prayers for a refuah shleimah.

    Ronna and Phil

  • Bob and Nadine Charendoff
    Reply

    Dear Russ… We, like the rest of the Holy Blossom Temple community, were shocked and saddened when we heard of your diagnosis, and immediately began praying for a Refuah Sh’lema… a complete return to health. If anyone can beat this ugly disease, you’re the guy. With the same determination that you face every other issue or problem in your daily business at HBT… and God knows how you beat each one with elegance and grace… you will too overcome this. Besides… you have the entire congregation cheering you on. As someone we both know well said in a sermon a year and a half ago, when she spoke of her illness… we all need you for the long haul. Do what you need to do and come back to us soon. Sending love and best wishes… Bob & Nadine

  • Debbie Anson
    Reply

    Thinking of you & Jan (and family) and wishing you strength as you embark on this journey. We know the road well. You are a strong & determined man and from the looks of things you have an incredible community behind you!! You will be in our thoughts & prayers!! Wishing you well always
    Debbie & Howard Anson

  • Alice and Ron Charach
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    You are an extraordinary Executive Director and it’s been a great pleasure getting to know you and Jan through our Edmonton relatives. We didn’t know about these recent developments, but did notice your absence in schul the last several weeks.
    We wish you a complete recovery. Holy Blossom has been so much the richer for your presence!
    Thank you for giving us this opportunity to convey our best wishes.

    Alice and Ron

  • Francie and Paul Hellen
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    We wish you a speedy and complete recovery, and the strength to get there with the help of modern medicine. All the warm and affectionate good wishes above must have some healing power in their own right. Count ours among them.

  • Diana Shedletsky and Daniel Steinberg
    Reply

    Russ,

    We are very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. We wish you strength and resilience as you embark on this journey and hope you will make a speedy and full recovery.

  • Michael Greenstein
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We wish you a refuah shlemah, and look forward to seeing you back at Holy Blossom in the near future.
    Anita and Michael Greenstein

  • Ahuva Neufeld
    Reply

    Dearest Russ, Abe and I are here if you need anything. You and Jan will be in our hearts and prayers. We love you….be strong. Abe and Linda Neufeld

  • Jan and Robert Simonsky
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We are so very sorry and sad to hear of your illness and knowing how you conquer all challenges, we pray you will find the strength and get all the support you need to recover well and soon. You have given wonderful support to me and Sisterhood and helped to make our events ‘special’ and ‘successful’. You are ‘special’ Russ and truly ‘successful’ and must continue to be so. Please know we are holding you Jan and your family close to our hearts in hopes to give you all the strength you need to heal.
    With love,
    Jan and Robert

  • Judy Malkin
    Reply

    Dear Russ, I am so sorry to learn of this terrible diagnosis. We will be thinking of you and praying for a r’fuah s’hleimah. You have always been such a positive force and such a good friend to all of us at HBT. Warm wishes and warm hugs,
    Judy

  • Chloe Soibelman
    Reply

    Thinking of you and your family, and wishing you great strength. You have always been an incredible leader in whichever community you were in. I hope now you take the time with your family, and gather your strength from them. רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה
    Chloe and Felix Soibelman and Family

  • Reply

    Russ-Judy and I are saddened and concerned at this latest news …our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Bo
    Reply

    We are praying that your treatment works and that you have a speedy and full recovery.

    Bob Hodes
    Barbara Thal Hodes

  • gail goodman
    Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are and will be missed until your return.

    Gail & Gary

  • Debbie Orenstein
    Reply

    We wish you a speedy recovery. I remember when you called me several years ago when my husband, Joel, became sick during a Yom Kippur service, and I remember your words of support. We are grateful and wish you all the best during this difficult time.

  • Michael Shain
    Reply

    Russ,
    A full and speedy recovery. I hope to see you back at shul soon.
    Mike Shain

  • Wendy and Elliott Eisen
    Reply

    Dear Russ:
    Life changing situations make us forge ahead with resolve and optimism, both of which auger well for victory over illness. We know that your strength of character and positive nature will propel you through any challenging days. Russ, you have contributed great stability to Holy Blossom and we look forward to having you back in good health. So many of your colleagues and friends are with you in your journey — in our thoughts and prayers.
    Fondly,
    Wendy and Elliott Eisen

  • Lloyd and Gladys Fogler
    Reply

    Russ- Lloyd and Gladys Fogler have you always in our thoughts for a speedy recovery; and our

    thanks for your personal courtesy to us at all times.

  • Susan Baskin
    Reply

    Dear Russ:

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and Jan and your family at this difficult time. Lots of love and best wishes to you all.

    Susan Baskin and Family

  • Jane Herman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    I have noted your absence as I have been in Temple during the last few weeks, and am so sorry to learn of your diagnosis. You are an invaluable part of our community, sustaining and strengthening us with you inisght and dedication… Rob and I wish you a refuah shleimah, a full and complete healing, along with the courage and strength you will need as you embark upon your treatment. You are in our hearts and our prayers. L’shalom, Jane Herman

  • Elaine Givertz
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    So sorry to hear of your illness. We wish you the strength and positive thoughts for you and your family to get through these trying times.
    Elaine and Marvin Givertz

  • Bill Rosenfeld
    Reply

    Russ,
    Just one more cursed hill to climb. You can do this. There are a lot of people here to make it just a little bit easier.
    Fondest,
    Bill

  • Etienne and Aubrey
    Reply

    Dear Russ and Jan.. Thinking of you at this difficult time and wishing you strength to help sustain you through the treatment.
    Sincerely
    Etienne and Aubrey Kaplan

  • Sharon Abbott
    Reply

    My brother, Paul Cantor, forwarded the newsletter to me to tell me about your condition. I wish you a fast and complete recovery. I knew you would do a good job at the Holy Blossom when my brother told me they had hired you. Best wishes.

  • Les Rothschild
    Reply

    Dear Russ

    Tomorrow morning I will be joining 450 Reform Jews from around the world at an egalitarian prayer service at the Kotel. My thoughts will be with you and my prayers will be for your speedy recovery

    Bev joins me in wishing for all the very best of outcomes for you in the coming weeks

    Les

  • Lyn Feldman
    Reply

    Russ, you have given so much to our congregation; now it’s our turn to give that support to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

    Lyn Feldman and Bob Klotz

  • Jennifer Baldachin
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I
    I wish you strength (mentally and physically) and that you get through all the treatment as easily and quickly as possible.

    Jennifer (Hellen) Baldachin
    Larry, Jess, Carly and Sam

  • Rabbi Bill S. Tepper
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    Deborah, Max and I wish you r’fuah sh’laima and a speedy return to all of the precious work and devotion you bring to Holy Blossom and the larger community. You are a special person – always kind and thoughtful to my family and I, and always a pleasure to greet at the Temple. We are thankful to call you our friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, and all the time.
    -Bill

  • Beverly Shafran
    Reply

    Thinking of you and Jan. You will always be in our hearts. Love, Stephen and Beverly

  • Barbara Berke
    Reply

    Dear Russ… Gary and I want you to know that we will be davening hard for you for a refuah shlayma. Sending you healing thoughts as you go through this very trying time in your life.

    Barbara and Gary Berke
    Beth Sholom Synagogue

  • Cynthia Good
    Reply

    Russ, a difficult time for you and your family. But this, your second family, the congregation, are praying for you and offering support any way we can. We appreciate all you do for us.

  • Morris Cooper
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    I am very saddened to hear of your illness.
    It has been my distinct pleasure and honour to work with you in many aspects of Temple life. Your tireless energy and enthusiasm (and attention to detail) are a model for everyone at HBT. Wishing you the speediest recovery and return to good health,

    Morris Cooper

  • Janice Kerkkamp
    Reply

    I will be praying for you during this difficult time, and hoping for a full recovery. With best wishes, Janice

  • Rob Lederer
    Reply

    All my thoughts and prayers to you and your family and a speedy recovery.

    Rob Lederer (Edmonton)

  • Joanne & Kevin Roher
    Reply

    Russ , our thoughts are with you during this difficult time and wish you a speedy recovery .

  • Phyllis Wintraub
    Reply

    Phyllis Wintraub.

    Dear Russ: It seems only days ago, when you sat quietly and listened with great empathy as I told you of my similar diagnosis. To which, I send back all the good wishes I received and helped heal me(so far) and many more. I wish you strength, and, most important, the ability to be a patient–to give in and rest on the days when the The big C is bigger than you.We don’t need any heroes, we need you. Work from home, or don’t work at all on the days when it all seems too much. Be good to yourself, but also, permit people to be good to you. When we both are better, we will have a grand celebration–champagne for me and your beverage of choice. You will be in my prayers. Phyllis Wintraub.

  • Lloyd Duckman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    This expression of your sad news portrayed your positive and no-nonsense manner. May God bless you with a quick and complete recovery.
    Best regards,
    Lloyd

  • Joe Mihevc
    Reply

    Dear Russ, First and foremost please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you journey through this difficult news and times. My office staff and I are with you in that journey. We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with you and are grateful in calling you our friend. I know that the wonderful Holy Blossom community, of which I feel a part, in a spirit of solidarity and gratitude will be with you every step of the way as well. That gives us comfort. Any specific support that you need is there with the simple asking.

  • Pnina Margolese
    Reply

    Russ Sorry to hear of your illness. You sre in my thoughts and in my prayers. May you and Jan have the strength to conquer this hurdle. I wish you a Refuah Slemah.

  • Rabbi Edward Goldfarb
    Reply

    With hope and prayer for a full recovery.

  • Sandi Schafer
    Reply

    We are sorry to hear of your illness. We wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
    Andy and Sandi Schafer

  • Ann Shendroff
    Reply

    Dear Russ—Wishing you strength and a FULL and SPEEDY recovery.
    All the best,
    Ann Shendroff

  • Bonnie Goldberg
    Reply

    Dear Russ – The Goldberg Abramson is sending you positive thoughts and wishing you the strength to endure this challenge.

  • Ann Rosenfield
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    I am thinking of you and offering all best wishes for a swift and complete recovery.

    I am trusting that the great medical teams here will be able to help you overcome this hurdle and that, together, you will be well and back with us soon.

    All best wishes
    Ann Rosenfield

  • Jean and Richard Lorie
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Jean and I are saddened to hear of your illness and wish you a speedy recovery. I, Richard, always enjoyed our conversations, and hope they will resume soon. We pray for a speedy recovery.

  • Judy and Gerald Slan
    Reply

    Dear Russ

    We wish you the very best as you face this challenge. Your positive attitude will mean a lot. Please know that we are thinking of you and look forward to being with you again very soon.
    Judy and Gerald Slan

  • Lori Gershon
    Reply

    Russ, I join the entire congregation in wishing for you a speedy and complete recovery. I’m not sure if you knew Ernie. He fought an epic 14-year battle with cancer. He lived a very full life during those years. And in the three years he has been gone, cancer cures and effective treatments have skyrocketed. Your optimism and determination to face down the challenge are superb weapons. All the best!

  • Sharon stein
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    Wishing you a strength in this difficulty time
    Refua shlema

  • Judy Nyman & Harley Mintz
    Reply

    Wishing you only good things ahead. You are in our thoughts and we know your optimistic view of life will help you through this difficult time.

    Judy & Harley

  • Lorie Shekter-Wolfson
    Reply

    Dear Russ. Thinking of you as you are going through your treatments. As you focus on getting better, the rest of us will miss you at the many meetings you are such a big part of. Take care of yourself.

    Lorie and Lorne

  • Linda Wolfe
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    I wish you continued strength. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Howard Family
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    I miss our bantering and joking, but also your friendship and unwavering support. Becoming friends and mutually respectful colleagues has enhanced my Temple involvement and life. You are a tower of strength and I both believe and pray that this will carry you successfully through the challenges ahead. Wishing you only the best and a speedy and complete recovery.
    Rick, Ellen, Josh, Jennie and Rebecca Howard

  • Ilana Zylberman Dembo
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We read about your diagnosis after leaving the Jewish Museum in Thessaloniki where a vibrant Jewish community was decimated by the Nazis. This made us think of just how important our renewal project is and of your tireless commitment to Holy Blossom and the Jewish community of Toronto. We wish you refuah shlema and the joy and peace of family around you during this difficult period of time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Ilana and Ron Dembo

  • David and Karen Mock
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We wish you a full and speedy recovery, and will hope and pray for that. We know you will fight this with the same indomitable spirit you tackle most things! You will be in our thoughts and prayers!
    Warmest regards,
    David and Karen Mock

  • Elana Fehler
    Reply

    I am wishing you a r’fu’ah shleima, strength and courage at this time. You are in all of our prayers at HBT for a speedy recovery.

  • Teresa Quiroz
    Reply

    Russ you are a tower of strength and a good fighter. With G-d’s help and our prayers you will be back on the trenches sooner than later.

  • Jascha Jabes
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We are all praying for a r’fu’ah shleimah. I want you to know how much we all appreciate your hard work for the congregation.
    Take care of yourself and we look forward to having you back.
    Jascha, Eliane, Jack and Max

  • Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    I am so sorry to learn of your illness. Whenever I see you, you always make me smile and are so gracious, warm and welcoming. I know that the members of Holy Blossom feel the same way. You give all of yourself to this wonderful community. Now is the time to let all those who know you and care about you bring you comfort, courage and strength as you embark on your journey to healing and wholeness.

    You are in my thoughts, heart and prayers. If there’s anything I can do for you from afar, please do not hesitate.

    Wishing you all the best for a full and speedy r’fu’ah shleimah.

    All the best, Sharon Sobel

  • Gail and Barry
    Reply

    Russ,
    Wishing you a full recovery and back to good health soon. We look forward to seeing you at work. Gail and Barry

  • Debbi Charendoff Moses
    Reply

    Dearest Russ,
    I just read your letter about your diagnosis and I am wishing you all the best and rufah shlemah!
    I can hear in your ‘voice’ a strong sense of positivity and I encourage you to be a fighter.
    Wishing you lots of strength and sending positive vibes your way.
    Big hugs
    debbi & Bobby Moses

  • Stephanie and David Kleiman
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We have not had the opportunity to get to know you well, yet, but you made our transition back to the Temple Family so easy last fall. Wishing you a speedy recovery and strength during your treatment.
    Sincerely,
    Stephanie, David, Jillian, Charlie and Aaron Kleiman

  • Paula Warren
    Reply

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you.

  • cari Kozierok
    Reply

    Wishing you strength and healing during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Cari Kozierok
    Adath Israel Congregation

  • Elana Paice Lidsky
    Reply

    We wish you strength as you face this challenging time. Our family is sending you love and prayers and we be keeping you and your family in our thoughts. You are wonderful.
    Elana, Brian, Matthew and Lauren Lidsky

  • Ron James
    Reply

    Dear Russ, I’m so sorry to hear this terrible news. I wish you all the best and hope for a speedy recovery. Thinking of you and hope to see you soon. Ron

  • Eleanor and Peter loebel
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    We want to add our thoughts to the many who wish you and your family
    a return to good health.
    Ellie and Peter Loebel

  • Judy and Eric Breuer
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    Our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery. We will miss you during your treatment.

    Judy and Eric Breuer

  • Sherri Closner
    Reply

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Sherri & Quinn Closner

  • Shelly Berenbaum
    Reply

    Dear Russ:
    Wishing you strength in this difficult time. We know you will fight this with all you have and wish you a speedy recovery. You and your family are in our prayers.
    Take care.
    Hugs,
    Shelly & Chuck

  • Alan Domb
    Reply

    Looking forward to you hosting our STAT group soon 🙂 With all my best wishes and prayers for a Refuah Shelaima.

    Alan T. Domb

  • Tema Smith
    Reply

    Russ,

    I know that your strength and positivity will be a boon to you during this difficult time. I speak for myself, but I know that the rest of the team feels the same — we miss you! I hope your grandkids are taking great care of you!

    Please know that we are all thinking of you and sending prayers for a r’fuah sh’lemah.

    Tema

  • Mike Morgulis
    Reply

    Russ, sending you hugs and more hugs – Mike & Thuy Morgulis

  • Stu Gibson
    Reply

    Dear Russ.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Russ.

    Wishing you a Refuah Shlemah

    Stu Gibson

  • Holy Blossom preschool teachers
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    On behalf of all the Holy Blossom preschool teachers we wish you a refuah shelemah and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Lindi Rivers
    Reply

    Russ…your strength will help you through this challenging time. We are praying for your recovery and for you to stay as positive and hopeful as you can. We are with you.

  • Rachel Jacobson
    Reply

    Dear Russ – I wish you a speedy recovery, you will be in my prayers.
    Rachel Jacobson

  • Lisi Tesher
    Reply

    Russ,
    I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis.
    You have been a good friend to me, in my dealings with Holy Blossom, over the past few years, and I always look forward to our hugs and our laughs.
    I’m a good listener, if you need an ear; I have time during the day to go for a slow walk, if you’d like fresh air; and I can attempt at baking your favourite dessert (whatever that may be).
    In other words, I’m here if you’d like a friend.
    Take care,
    Be well,
    Lisi

  • Seymour Temkin
    Reply

    Russ
    I am sure your positive attitude will help you through this challenging time.
    Gloria and I wish you all the best

    The Temkins

  • Beny Maissner
    Reply

    Dear Russ
    we all the family of Holy Blossom are with you in thought every moment and wish you strength and Refuah Shleimah
    we worry and pray for your health
    Beny

  • Sharon Neiss Arbess
    Reply

    Dearest Russ, We are sending much strength and love during this challenging time. רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה Warmly, Sharon, Gordie, Josh, Adam and Olivia (Liv).

  • Sandra Lyons
    Reply

    Dear Russ,
    Wishing you lots of strength in combatting your unfortunate illness. We are all thinking of you and praying for a full recovery.

  • Alan Gordon
    Reply

    Hi Russ
    Sorry to hear about this.
    Take care of yourself and remember we love you
    Alan

  • Ella Vatagsky
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    Wish you a quick recovery. We are looking forward to seeing you real quick again.

  • Debra Black
    Reply

    Russ, just heard this. Sending you much love, light and peace for the medical journey ahead. Let me know if you need anything. xoxo

  • Brenda Baskind
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    So sorry and sad to hear of your illness at this time.
    We know you have great strength and determination, and that will, for sure, help you now, when you need it most of all.
    I wish you a speedy recovery, and may your doctors and the treatment they offer you , bring you back to full good health.
    Brenda Baskind

  • Steven Rayson
    Reply

    Dear Russ, thank you for your courage in sharing this tragic news with us. We wish you a refuah shlemah. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time, and we hope you are on the road to recovery. Steven, Elissa and Joseph.

  • Rabbi Michael Satz
    Reply

    Russ,
    I am praying for a r’fu’ah shleimah. I am here for you at this trying time.

  • Luke Sklar
    Reply

    Thinking of you Russ. Your support at all times has been so truly appreciated.
    Full of positive wishes,
    Luke

  • Richard and Judy Toker
    Reply

    Dear Russ,

    Sending our very best wishes and prayers for your strength during your treatment and the speediest possible return to good health.

    Sincerely,

    Richard & Judy

  • Sherry Cantar
    Reply

    Wishing you strength in this very challenging time. You will be in our prayers.

    Sherry, Jeff, Ruby and Jonah Freedman

  • Saul Mandelbaum
    Reply

    Dear Russ…thank you for all your generous work on behalf of the congregation. All the best. Dr Mandelbaum

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