Rabbi Schild 101

Rabbi Schild 101

HAPPY 101ST BIRTHDAY TO RABBI SCHILD (March 9, 2021)

A sincere thank you to the more than 125 who registered and attended our very special Zoom meeting celebrating Rabbi Erwin Schild’s 101st birthday AND to those who contributed so many wonderful greetings on our first-ever virtual birthday card.  Happy 101 Rabbi Schild!

  1. Click HERE to view Rabbi Schild’s virtual birthday card.
  2. Click HERE to watch the video of Rabbi Schild’s Zoom birthday celebration. 

Read a few of the many greetings included on Rabbi Schild’s Birthday Card below:

Dear Rabbi Schild,

Almost 65 years ago, when Al and Frances Sonenberg joined Adath Israel, you became our family’s rabbi. You’ve been part of virtually all our life cycle events, both the happy and the sad. Most recently you actively participated in the Zoom baby naming of Adam and Aislinn’s youngest daughter. 

For over 40 years, as well as fulfilling your congregational responsibilities, you were both a leader in the Jewish community and an interfaith leader in the broader community. Even after your retirement as our congregation’s Senior Rabbi you continued your interfaith work here and in Germany. The example you set impressed and influenced us.

As you’ve always done, you continue to teach us many things.You are a very knowledgeable and extremely skilful teacher. On many occasions we’ve enjoyed and appreciated the delight you take in teaching.

We became friends with you and Laura. Our friendship means a great deal to us. I look forward each week to our pre-Shabbat chats, which always brighten my day.

Happy 101st Birthday!

May you celebrate many more birthdays, in good health, with your family and friends. … Biz 120!

Thank you for being our rabbi and friend. Todah Rabah!  Yasher Koach!

Take care. Keep well. Love,

Gail and Ilia Kaufman


What is Rabbi Schild’s legacy?
Is it a reflection of his stipend in the end? If you come to shul even rarely you will consider the money well spent.

Rabbi Schild built our shul from a shtiebel, from his engagement in forty- seven. It is now a sanctuary for thousands, from its start, in nineteen eleven.

Is Rabbi Schild, not a role model,an observant, humble Jew?He is someone you can love and respect, a man whose motives are true.

Is he recognized by many others for all the good he has done? Both in Canada and around the world, laurels our Rabbi has won.

We revere Rabbi Schild, our leader,a blessing to his family and friends.As we celebrate his hundred and first birthday,
our gratitude and our love, we do send.

His worth is beyond all measure. His legacy beyond compare. It has been our very good fortune, with him our life to share.
Yom Yoleded Sameach!
Ron and Heather

Click HERE to view and enjoy the entire poem by Ron and Heather Hoffman.


Click below to enjoy the video birthday tribute to Rabbi Schild from Diane & Steve Papernick


Warmest Wishes for a Safe, Happy and Healthy 101st Birthday and our hopes that continues through this coming year and for all the future may bring.

It has always been a privilege to serve as the welcoming “Gate Guardians” and provide safety and security for the generations of members that we see pass through the doors to be guided and shaped through the wisdom of your teachings.

More so to have seen the true warmth and kindness you have extended to so many.

In our chosen profession the credo is often signified by the terms Courage, Compassion and Service – attributes you possess in abundance.

Had you not answered an even higher calling in the pursuit of learning, love, faith and a greater purpose we think you would have made a great Firefighter!

With our heartfelt wishes for all the best on your most remarkable 101st Birthday.

The Firefighters at the Doors

Al, Norm, John, Matt, Bob
(and many others honoured to serve)


Click HERE to read the article from the Sisters of Sion (a Catholic group of nuns) about Rabbi Schild in their most recent bulletin.

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