Shalom Life | August 01, 2015

Rabbi Howard Morrison Awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Surprise presentation made by MP Mark Adler on Rosh Hashanah

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: September 19th, 2012 in News » World

Rabbi Howard Morrison Awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Rabbi Howard Morrison, spiritual leader of Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda synagogue, was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal on Sept. 18 by Mark Adler, MP for York Centre, in a surprise presentation during the second day of Rosh Hashanah services.

Adler credited Morrison, originally from Brookline, Mass., for his strong leadership displayed in serving Toronto’s local Jewish community.

“He’s such a mensch and he does so much,” Adler told Shalom Life the following day. “[Rabbi Morrison] spoke in his sermon the day before about silence. He goes about doing such great work and he does it silently. That’s the mark of a true humanitarian.”

Adler particularly noted Morrison’s direction in leading Beth Emeth’s Out of the Cold program, which sees the synagogue open its doors each winter to provide hot dinners and a place to sleep overnight for vulnerable members of the community.


Rabbi Howard Morrison, spiritual leader of Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
Photo: BEBY.org

Adler said he nominated Morrison for the award approximately six months ago.

Following a lengthy approval process, which the governor general’s office finalized through the signing of the nomination, Adler made arrangements with the synagogue to announce the honour during a surprise presentation on Rosh Hashanah.

The Conservative MP presented Morrison with the medal after delivering Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Rosh Hashanah greetings to the congregation.

Morrison, who was visibly shocked, thanked Adler for the award and said he was humbled to receive such an honour now that he considers Canada his second home.

Adler called Morrison’s reaction “very emotional” and said he was pleased that Beth Emeth kept the honour a secret.

“It’s Rosh Hashanah, [which is] a time for a new beginning. For him to be recognized, not only by his congregants, but by an MP, the government of Canada and ultimately the Queen, is really good for him, the shul and the community,” said Adler.

“He tries to just make Canada a better place through his actions.”

The award, officially known as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, was created to mark the 2012 celebrations in honour of the Queen’s 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Its purpose is to “honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians… to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.”

Approximately 60,000 total medals will be awarded throughout the year.

Anti-Violence Rallies Taking Place Across Israel Today Anti-Violence Rallies Taking Place Across Israel Today TrendingReport: 53% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in the UK Report: 53% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in the UK TrendingWoody Allen Speaks Out About Netanyahu Woody Allen Speaks Out About Netanyahu Trending
 

Anti-Violence Rallies Taking Place Across Israel Today

August 01, 2015 | By Noam 'Dabul' Dvir, Roi Yanovsky, Ahiya Raved, and Gilad Morag
Anti-Violence Rallies Taking Place Across Israel Today

Following two blood-soaked days, in which a Palestinian infant was killed and his parents and sibling were critically wounded in a fire and six people were hurt in a stabbing at Jerusalem's gay pride parade, thousands are expected to protest in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa

Read More

Report: 53% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in the UK

August 01, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Report: 53% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in the UK

Government officials are speaking out against anti-Semitism after new report finds rapid increase in anti-Semitic incidents

Read More

Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard

August 01, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard

The American jailed for passing sensitive information to Israel will have his story adapted for the big screen

Read More

Over 100 Jewish Gravestones Toppled in Philadelphia

August 01, 2015 | By Maria Cruz
Over 100 Jewish Gravestones Toppled in Philadelphia

Some of the headstones date back 160 years

Read More

Woody Allen Speaks Out About Netanyahu

August 01, 2015 | By Maria Cruz
Woody Allen Speaks Out About Netanyahu

The director thinks the Prime Minister's decision on Iran deal could be "foolish"

Read More

WATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama

July 30, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
WATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama

"Something is not a secret just because you don't know about it"

Read More

Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell

July 30, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell

The couple, convicted of trying to bomb the British Columbia Legislature, hoped to save Jews from growing up and going to "eternal hell"

Read More

WATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years

July 30, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
WATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years

People are going crazy for this family's reaction to a man named Mooki shaving his beard

Read More

More Headlines