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Court Hold Prayer Service in Synagogue

The traditional prayer service opening the winter session of the Ontario Supreme Court was held in an appropriate but unusual setting last week — Temple Anshe Sholom in Hamilton, Ont. In the past it has been held in a Protestant church.

Rabbi Bernard Baskin, spiritual leader of the congregation, said that as far as he knew, this was the first time the service was held “in a synagogue anywhere, certainly in this area including Toronto.” Baskin, a veteran member of The Law Committee which includes members of the clergy and several judges, had suggested the venue and his offer was taken up.

The service was attended by area judges, lawyers, officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and local police, religious leaders and members of the congregation. It was followed by a luncheon addressed by Alan Borovoy, a lawyer who is general counsel to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.