Shalom and welcome to the 20th Anniversary Dinner of the Westmount Community Shul. We look back and reflect upon an amazing twenty years of our Shul’s impact on the Thornhill community. As a shul built from the ground up, we spent the first dozen years growing as a nascent group of dedicated members united by the common goal of Jewish growth and community. We moved from place to place, renting different locations, holding services, classes, and programs in numerous welcoming homes – truly the Shul of the people.
The more that we had to move around, the stronger we became. Despite the seemingly insurmountable physical obstacles, we did everything that a typical Shul would do – and so much more! We developed strong bonds with each other. Every personal simcha was a family simcha that the entire Shul felt. Every sad occasion for a member was a sad occasion for the whole Shul. Through all of these growing opportunities, an incredible foundation was being created. So many members who have moved to new neighbourhoods and cities have lamented that they only wish to have found a new shul in their new location with the special characteristics of the Westmount Shul. We succeeded in doing this all because of our most amazing members, dedicated volunteers, and generous sponsors. When Hashem saw such an amazing unity of hearts and souls, He blessed us with success beyond our natural capabilities. People are truly amazed at how much our Shul has accomplished.
Over the years, our close-knit congregation ha