Weekly Flyers

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Korach – June 23 & 24

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Korach
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:37 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:45 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Magda & Peter Benedek, Erin & Ben Gailor
and The Naor Families 

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Korach:                                                                    

Rivka and I had the pleasure of meeting with Member of Parliament for Nepean, Chandra  Arya, to discuss our upcoming special Canada Day service and Kiddush on July 1. Mr. Arya has graciously agreed to celebrate with us the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding at Kiddush that day. We look forward to welcoming Mr.Arya to our congregation.  Please note your calendar, and let us commemorate Canada Day together on that Shabbat.

One of our major strengths as a modern orthodox congregation is the multiplicity of expressions of religious observance of all of our membership that makes up this beautiful mosaic we call Beit Tikvah. Further, there are many points of view expressed by our members of how to enhance and develop our congregation, and we welcome these opinions.  With the beginning of a new board with the largest number of members in our shul’s history taking shape, we look forward to the new board building on the successes of previous boards.  We owe a debt of gratitude toward all those who have made our shul flourish and prosper, from our founding families, to those who have come to Beit Tikvah during the course of the last few decades.

This year promises, G-d willing, to be a banner year in our existence as we expand our program base.  Les, Sara Breiner and I are working on a schedule calendar to note upcoming events on a monthly basis. Some years ago, with the help of members, Ian Sadinsky, Deena Kingstone, I submitted to the Legacy Heritage Project of New York City a program designed to  enhance learning opportunities of all levels in our synagogue with the intention of broadening our reach to the greater community to come and study with us at Beit Tikvah. The Legacy Heritage Project evaluated and appreciated our program, and we achieved a second place finish among contesting synagogues and institutions. We are now bringing this program to our shul.  A description of this program will be coming out shortly.

We are blessed in our shul with having a lot of rabbinic talent, and I am hoping to involve them in this program I am describing above which involves all ages and genders.  In addition, our shul has a lot of talented people on both sides of the mechitzah who will be called on to help this program succeed at Beit Tikvah. Our shul will become the Mercaz HaTorah, the centre of Jewish learning and living in this community.

DVAR TORAH-The tragedy of the story of Korah points to the dangers that accrue from machloket, division, and leshon hara, evil speech. So powerful is the pitfall of evil speech that the rabbis in Massechet Zevachim tell us that it takes two elements in the sanctuary of the desert, the outer coat of the Kohen Gadol (me’il) and the incense (ketoret), to atone for the sins of evil speech. The me’il refers to public displays of leshon hara, and the ketoret exculpates the sin of secretive leshon hara. In essence, both aspects of leshon hara are interwoven. What is spoken publicly is brought home, and what is spoken at home reverts back to the public domain. The concept of leshon hara depicts the venality of mankind, as this type of speech ruins lives and relationships, personal and professional.  G-d gives us the power of speech to build and to assist, to strengthen and inspire. It is a gift to be used wisely.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Shelach – June 16 & 17

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Shelach
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting: 8:32 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:43 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Kathi Kovacs & Irwin Schweitzer

Beit Tikvah will honour the graduation of our youth at a future time
when many more graduates will be available to  attend.

Special guest speaker this coming Shabbat during Seudah Shlishit:
Rabbi Mordechai Levine, Rosh Kollel of Yeshivat Torat Chaim, Jerusalem.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Shelach:                                                                    

“Tyranny of the majority” has been used as a catch phrase to depict inherent discrimination against minority rights and privileges.  It is usually a term reserved for political discourse. However, it is also appropriate to employ that term in reference to the report of the ten spies versus that of Joshua and Caleb that persuades the majority of the Israelites to return to Egypt. To recount, the ten spies Moshe sends out to scout the land of Canaan speak disparagingly of the land resulting in the concomitant condemnation of the people of Israel to sojourn in the wilderness for forty years.

What is interesting about the dialogue recorded in this week’s Torah reading between the ten spies and Caleb and Joshua, is that at the end of the first conversation cited, there is no concerted call from the people of Israel to retreat back to Egypt.  That call only comes after the spies continue their diatribe against the land of Canaan. To be exact, the Torah records only Caleb reacting with horror at the majority of spies’ determination to abandon plans to go to Canaan. However, in response to the second debate regarding the propriety of entering the Holy Land, the population privy to this discussion wish to kill Joshua and Caleb according to the Torah text.  The midrash as well as the Talmud indicate that the people desire to kill Moshe and Aharon as well, and begin to throw stones at them, as well as toward the heavens.

Throwing stones at the heavens symbolically indicates a rejection of G-d, and not only the leadership of the people of Israel. This attack on G-d becomes almost “religious” in nature, not in terms of spiritual fervour but in terms of a determined effort and frenzy to distance oneself from G-d.  The deliberate abandonment of G-d as demonstrated by the symbolic casting of stones against the heavens prompts the punishment that results in the Hebrews wandering in the desert for forty years.

Without G-d in our lives, we live as wanderers without purpose and moral guide. Life becomes meaningless as our daily existences become routine without goal and without direction. It is no wonder that there is a long period of time that transpires during the sojourn of the people in the desert where there is no communication between G-d and Moshe.  A symbolic Hester Panim, or G-d’s hiding takes place.

Today, despite the fact that G-d does not directly communicate with us, we communicate with G-d through our actions, our prayers and our study of Torah. Each mitzvah we fulfill, each prayer we say, each passage of Torah and Talmud we study, brings us closer to G-d and to redemption. The people of Israel in this week’s parsha were so close to reaching their goal of entering into the Promised Land, a matter of a few short days. However, they threw their stones to the sky, and their faith to the winds. We learn from them how not to behave, but we follow the examples o f Caleb and Joshua who urge us to go forward in our pursuit of our heritage.

On Monday, June 12th Beit Tikvah held an election for the presidency of the Shul. Thank you to the two candidates who ran for the position of President, Gedalia Kerzner and Howard Nadler. Thank you to Marten Brodsky, Jonathan Isserlin, Katherine Moss and Stan Wilder for  their hard work collecting proxy votes. They worked hard to ensure that the voting process was correctly executed and that all details pertaining to the evening were handled in a professional manner.

Mazal Tov to Howard Nadler who has been voted as the President for another term.
We look forward to a very productive year with the help of our newly elected board.

 

 

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.
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ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.
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Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Beha’alotcha June 9 & 10

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Beha’alotcha
Candle Lighting: 8:32 pm
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Joan Bercovitch & Ian Sadinsky and Family

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Beha’alotcha: 

If this is what you are doing to me, then…(Numbers  11:15)

Moshe, our greatest rabbi, suffers through another serious round of complaints by the people of Israel regarding the lack of an interesting menu, and begs G-d to kill him rather than to allow him to see his own downfall.  Frustrated by the constant barrage of complaints by the people of Israel, Moshe seeks assistance, and G-d provides him with seventy elders chosen from among the tribes of Israel to take on some of the responsibilities of leadership that Moshe cannot bear alone.

The Maharal of Prague in discussing leadership draws a triangle with the leader at the top point, alone and bereft. The masses congregate below receiving inspiration from above, as the leader’s wisdom filters down the sides of the triangle. In the optimum configuration of the triangle, the geometric figure is flipped on its side in order to allow wisdom  to flow in both directions. The leader is no longer at the top point but benefits from all sides of that geometric figure.

Leadership is a lonely business. It doesn’t matter what kind of leader one speaks of. The leader by definition cannot claim that important mantle without making decisions that may be unpopular. Rabbi Yisrael  Salanter, the great ethicist, states that a leader who seeks popular acclaim is no leader, because such individual compromises on his or her beliefs and principles.  The leader must pay heed to the needs and thoughts of those who are led, but decisions have to be taken regardless of popular positions.

Moshe is that leader, who even risks the lashon hara, however innocent, spoken by his sister, Miriam, in order to fulfill the word of G-d in directing and inspiring his people. He must resist the rebellion of Korah, and he must restrain his anger which he fails to do in dealing with the common complaint of a lack of water available to his people in the desert.

In the narrative involving Moshe and his sister’s observations regarding her brother, G-d intervenes   to defend Moshe, warding off any statement or thought concerning his prophecy. Modern leaders do not have that luxury of Divine intervention as described in this week’s parsha. But a leader is driven by a cause of by a calling, and is not deterred from carrying out his mission or task.  For those who serve in voluntary leadership positions, the third paragraph of Yekum Purkan which we recite on Shabbat morning indicates that they receive  their heavenly reward.  We in our congregation celebrate the wonderful work of our board members, past, present and future, who take on these leadership roles to enhance our congregation. In addition, we thank all who have and continue to contribute in many different ways for the betterment of our shul. It is fitting that the parsha of Behaalotecha , containing the theme of leadership precedes the Annual General Meeting of our shul when a new board is heralded into office.

 

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.
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ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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To the Members of CBTO:

Report of the Nominating Committee

This is a list of nominees to the Board of Directors for 2017-2018, presented for election at the the Annual General meeting on June 12, 2017.

Since their number does not exceed 25 they are all acclaimed to office as Directors. The By-Laws of the congregation allow for additional nominations for election to the Board of Directors at the meeting so long as the total number of Directors does not exceed 25. The nomination of additional potential Directors at the meeting does not affect the acclamation of the people below.

The following have indicated their intention to run for President of the congregation:  Gedalia Kerzner and Howard Nadler. The members will vote for the President at the meeting after the election of the Directors.

Proxies can use the form that’s enclosed in the shul Bulletin or available in the shul lobby. It’s also permitted to use your own form, provided that it clearly has your name, is signed by you, is dated, names the proxy-holder and gives the proxy-holder whatever general or specific directions you want. Proxies should reach the shul office during the day on Monday, June 12 if possible, and if not possible at the beginning of the meeting. The proxy form is not a ballot. You must name a proxy-holder to cast a vote on your behalf.

Please come to the meeting!

Katherine Shapiro Moss
Nominating Committee


   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.
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Shavuot – Parashat Naso Flyer – May 30 & 31

 

 Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Shavuot – Parashat Naso
Candle Lighting: 8:24 pm
Mincha & Ma’ariv: 8:20 pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Jackie & Lucian Sitwell

From the Rabbi’s Desk: Shavuot – Naso: 

Having had the wonderful opportunity to spend Yom Yerushalayim in Jerusalem this past week, I was struck by the eloquent and prophetic words of Psalm 48 that describe the ancient city and its beauty. What was intriguing was not simply the use of language, but the fact that the authors, the sons of Korach, had never ever seen the holy city. The authors were contemporary of Moshe Rabbenu, the sons of Korach who led a rebellion against his leadership.

It is obvious that the composers of this psalm were divinely inspired to develop the sublime phraseology and prose in Psalm 48 which we recite every Monday morning at the end of services. Many Jews throughout Jerusalem have imagined what Jerusalem looked like in times of glory and in periods of ruin.  Who does not imagine what the Jerusalem of the Second Temple was at a time of its greatest existence? Though we have all seen models of the Jerusalem of the Second Temple period, our imagination runs wild with what actually was.

The blessing we recite on a daily basis in the Amidah asking G-d to rebuild Jerusalem is being actualized on a daily basis today, as one sees the incessant construction of new facilities throughout  the city, apartment buildings, office locations, etc. But of course our focus is on the building of the one edifice that defines who we are as Jews regardless of whether we live in Israel or do not.  The Holy Temple is yet to be constructed.  Having experienced the march and participation of hundreds of thousands of Jews, mostly young to commemorate Yom Yerushalayim, one can only conjure up dreams of how early pilgrimages took place to Israel during Pesach, Shavuot and Succot and the crowds that will celebrate when Mashiach comes and the Temple is rebuilt.

NASO- It is customary in communities in Jerusalem to have Birkat Cohanim recited every morning during services, the blessing which finds its source in this week’s Torah reading. It is a very moving experience to hear these words recited at the Kotel. On the morning of Yom Yerushalayim, we attended shacharit services conducted by the rabbis and students of the Yeshivot Hesder, and we were in awe of the power of the ancient blessings at the Wall. Literally thousands of young people attended services that morning making that occasion even more meaningful.

TOPIC FOR TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT- LECTURE BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN AT 11:15PM.
FROM VILNA TO VENICE: HOW THE PRAYER OF AKDAMUT ALMOST SPLIT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY-

a historical and halachic analysis of issues that surrounded the recitation of this prayer.
Sources for Analysis: Talmud Bavli, Massechet Yevamot 13b-14a, Rambam, Mishne Torah, HIlchot Avodat Cochavim , chapter 12, Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 493, Magen Avraham on site, Machatzit Hashekel, on site, Sheelot Utsuvot Shaar Efraim, question 10.

Following the main shiur by Rabbi Finkelstein, there will be other shiurim organized by Rabbi David Rotenberg and others. First minyan will be at 4:45 AM. Regular minyan at 9:00 AM

Rivka, Tani, Judith and I wish you and your families a chag sameach.


 


ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
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   Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.
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Shabbat Flyer – Parshat Bamidbar – May 26 & 27

 

  Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler

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Parshat Bamidbar
Candle Lighting: 8:21 pm
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Shabbat Ends: 9:29pm
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Marcia & Barry Cantor 


This past Wednesday, Beit Tikvah members participated in a joint Yom Yerushalaim program at  Machzikei Hadas.  All those attending had a very good time. We would like to thank  Rabbi Sher and Rabbi Goldstein for making this evening a great success. We look forward to many more happy joint programs together. 

Please note: Rabbi Finkelstein will be away, Sunday, May 21st to Sunday, May 28th. In case of emergency please contact Rabbi Bulka at 613 – 521 – 9700 ext. 225

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SAVE THE DATE: Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm. 
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SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.



 

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.

  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv.
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI”: for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
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Donations:
* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118
* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360
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15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Parshat Emor – May 12 & 13

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

May 13- 19, 2017

Parshat Emor      

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Esther and Irving Kulik

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for May 12th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting 8:05 pm

Shabbat May 13th
Young Professional’s Minyan 8:30 am
Shacharit 9:00 am
Pirkei Avot 7:30 pm
Mincha 7:55 pm
  Ma’ariv 9:05 pm
Shabbat Ends 9:14 pm

Upcoming Classes and Programs:
 Shabbat in the Park: This Shabbat due to the rain, we will be offering board games in the Shul starting at 3:00 pm.

The stories of Melachim (Jewish Kings): Sunday, May 14th following Shacharit.Lag Ba’Omer Picnic & Hike: Sunday, May 21st at 12:00 pm Mer Bleue Bog.

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.


NOMINATIONS FOR NEW SLATE:  
The 2017-2018 Slate is now open. If you would like to be considered for the new slate, please notify Katherine Moss at willkath@gmail.comno later than May 24, 2017 at which time the slate will be closed for nominations. 

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – EMOR:                         

Honesty and integrity are the hallmarks of an individual who exhibits behaviour that sanctifies the name o f G-d. One whose interactions with others are calm and collected also merits that appellation. In both scenarios, it is understood that the individual in question has had the merit of studying Torah and serving Talmudic scholars. On the other hand, one who has studied Torah and acts in a way that brings discredit is considered as one who has desecrated the Torah.

The Rashash (Rav Shmuel Strashin), in his commentary on the above as described in Talmud Yoma 86A, indicates that the Chilul Hashem is not a reflection on the individual committing terrible acts, but on the Torah itself which is blamed by society for having influenced the person involved to follow this pathway of life. It does not take much for people to blame the “˜system” as the instigator of nefarious activity.

This latter statement also reflects on the unusual narrative that appears at the end of this week’s Torah reading describing the confrontation between and Israelite and a son of an Israelite woman and Egyptian father, who, according to the rabbis, squabble over ancestral land holdings. The court rules in favour of the Israelite man, and the other litigant proceeds to curse the proceedings, the law and G-d Himself. The fact that the two individuals are fighting almost becomes irrelevant, for the primary thrust of the anger of the enraged adversary is aimed to the Founder and foundation of Jewish law.
Too many of our brethren and sisters have abandoned religious practice because of perceived prejudice on the part of the laws of the Torah.  In many instances, it is the attitude of the rabbi or judge involved who may express little sympathy for the plight of the wronged more so than the law itself. But the system gets blamed.

It is interesting that the Torah concludes the reading of the week with the admonition that there shall be one equitable system for all which is to be non-discriminatory.  The failure to ensure the impartiality of law and the lack of mentschlichkeit in applying the law lead to the condemnation of the law by those touched by it. Hence, chilul Hashem.


CALENDAR                                                                         

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                                
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

 

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org 

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Shabbat Flyer – Acharei Mot – Kedoshim May 5 & 6

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

May 6- 12, 2017

Parshat Acharei-MotKedoshim

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Helen & Sol Rauch, Valerie & Gaby Terkel
Leah Cohen, Barry & Marcia Cantor

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for May 5th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting 7:57 pm
Shabbat May 6th

Shacharit 9:00 am

Pirkei Avot 7:15 pm
Mincha 7:45 pm
  Ma’ariv 8:55 pm

 

Shabbat Ends 9:06 pm

Upcoming Classes and Programs:
 Shabbat in the Park: This Shabbat due to the rain, we will be offering board games in the Shul starting at 3:00 pm for anyone willing to brave the weather.

The stories of Malachim (Jewish Kings): There will be no class this Sunday, May 7th.Lag Ba’Omer Picnic & Hike: Sunday, May 14th at 12:00 pm Mer Bleue Bog.

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.


Thank you!

  • Rabbi Howard Finkelstein for organizing a successful T’fillah Chagigit program this past Monday night in honour of Yom Ha’atzmaut.
  • Benjamin Finn who spoke beautifully.
  •  Gedalia Kerzner for organizing the upcoming Lag Ba’Omer Picnic & Hike.
  • Ander Moss who  created the flyer for our upcoming Lag Ba’Omer Picnic & Hike.

 


NOMINATIONS FOR NEW SLATE:  
The 2017-2018 Slate is now open. If you would like to be considered for the new slate, please notify Katherine Moss at willkath@gmail.comno later than May 24, 2017 at which time the slate will be closed for nominations. 

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – ACHAREI MOT -KEDOSHIM:  

The Torah’s mandate requiring that Shabbat be violated to save a life stands in stark contrast to the prevalent wisdom in Canada to allow physician assisted suicide.  The concept of Pikuach Nefesh, the saving of a life, finds its source in this week’ Torah reading which declares that one shall live and not die through the performance of mitzvoth.

So sacred is the concept that the Rambam declares that one who engages in the dangerous dismissal of pikuach nefesh is an Apikorus, a non- believer. It is ironic that while certain segments of Jewish society hastens to condemn liberal Jews as heretic, the Rambam declares who engage in this type of ultra piety to be evil and deniers of G-d.

On the other hand, the taking of a life even with the best of intentions is proscribed except in particular situations. Can a doctor refuse to involve himself or herself in physician-assisted suicide? Can a doctor refuse to refer a patient to a colleague who expresses no compunctions in carrying out this task?  These are the questions that become practical considerations as opposed to hypothetical.

With the recently released report that there are more elderly Canadians than young children, the move to further accelerate assisted suicide opportunities will continue to gain momentum.  Ostensibly rational reasons will be given to promote this activity which in reality might be a subterfuge for the hospital’s bottom line.  Society will further develop politically correct verbiage to justify assisted suicide, and there will be a new moral order dispensing with the matter of the sanctity of life replacing it with an amorphous term labeled as the dignity of life. “If there is no dignity, there is no value to life”, will become the new adage in our society.

The Torah warns us not to walk in the pathways of the heathens. While the law deals with the adaptation of cultural mores foreign to our faith, it by definition eschews the adoption of values that threaten the sanctity of life that serves as one of the bases of our faith in this week’s Torah reading.

CALENDAR                                                                         ×

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.

SING! CHAMETZ! SHIRU! 
Join MUSICA EBRAICA on May 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey, in their 150th Celebration of Canadian Jewish  Music. In Memory of Ely Garfinkle Featuring Samara Garfinkle, Soprano World Premiers by Leo Lightstone Conductor: Gloria Jean Nagy; Accompanist: Carol Gurofsky For more info: pmwershof@gmail.com or 613-224-7073

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregiver.

THE CANADIAN JEWISH EXPERIENCE (CJE) is recruiting volunteers to staff the CJE’s nine-panel bilingual exhibit displayed at 30 Metcalfe Street, two blocks south of the Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  The exhibit is open seven days a week from 9AM-6PM. If you are interested, please contact us at 2017cje@gmail.com  for additional information.  The CJE also includes lectures on related topics and a dedicated website. Visit us at WWW.CJE2017.com.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:      
                                                       
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org 

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

Shabbat Flyer – Parashat Tazria-Metzora – April 28 & 29

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

April 29- May 5, 2017

Parshat Tazria-Metzora

Israel Shabbat

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Ed and Janice Fine,  Emil and Nedra Lander,
The Stevens /Luden Family

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for April 28tht
Shacharit 7:00 am
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting 7:48pm

Shabbat April 29th
Young Professional’s Minyan 8:30 am
Shacharit 9:00 am
Pirkei Avot 7:05 pm
Mincha 7:35 pm
  Ma’ariv 8:45pm

Shabbat Ends 8:57 pm

Upcoming Classes and Events:
 Shabbat in the Park: This Shabbat, April 29th at Charing Park 3-5 pm

The stories of Jewish Kings: Sunday mornings at CBTO following Shacharit. This class will be given by Avi Brodsky

Yom Hazikaron: Community observance at the Soloway JCC Sunday, April 30th from 7 – 8 pm.

T’fillah Chagigit Lichvod Yom Ha’atzmaut: Monday, May 1st at CBTO 8 pm.

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Flag Raising Ceremony, Tuesday, May 2, 11:30 am, Ottawa City Hall’s Marion Dewar Square at 110 Laurier Avenue.
Community-wide celebration  at the Soloway JCC Tuesday, May 2nd from 5 – 9 pm.

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.

Rabbi Finkelstein, Words of Torah. Pesach:
Please click on this link to view and listen to his message.  https://youtu.be/loksc_gqTfw



FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – TAZRIA-METZORA:

It is well known that the Talmud considers the plague of Tzoraat, mistranslated as leprosy, as punishment for the dissemination of Leshon Hara, evil speech. The consequences of evil speech are well understood, and the ramifications of such activity are obvious.  But what happens when evil speech causes its victim to be treated like a leper, to be ostracized from the community around?

The BDS movement of boycott divest and sanction in reference to Israel is a prime example of the spreader of evil speech, and the victim of course is the Jewish state. The goal is to isolate it, and expel it from the community of nations. The repetition of the Big Lie, that Israel is an apartheid state, is believed by more and more people including members of our own community. We have to remember that the success of the Holocaust against the Jews was in no short way based on the insidious propaganda against the Jew that appeared in media outlets such as the Der Sturmer, the Nazi rag.

As we approach Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut, we are ever mindful of those who wish us harm, be it through the terror tactics of Hamas or by the word of mouth of the BDS movement. Unlike the leper who undergoes a period of quarantine and atonement, there is no tolerance allowed to those who wish to besmirch the State of Israel and the Jewish people by extension.

With the blessing of G-d, Israel remains a strong state marking its place in the community of nations despite enemy efforts to treat it as a pariah. May Israel continue to grow and to prosper.

CALENDAR                                                                       

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.

SING! CHAMETZ! SHIRU! 
Join MUSICA EBRAICA on May 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey, in their 150th Celebration of Canadian Jewish  Music. In Memory of Ely Garfinkle Featuring Samara Garfinkle, Soprano World Premiers by Leo Lightstone Conductor: Gloria Jean Nagy; Accompanist: Carol Gurofsky For more info: pmwershof@gmail.com or 613-224-7073

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregiver.

THE CANADIAN JEWISH EXPERIENCE (CJE) is recruiting volunteers to staff the CJE’s nine-panel bilingual exhibit displayed at 30 Metcalfe Street, two blocks south of the Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  The exhibit is open seven days a week from 9AM-6PM. If you are interested, please contact us at 2017cje@gmail.com  for additional information.  The CJE also includes lectures on related topics and a dedicated website. Visit us at WWW.CJE2017.com.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                              
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org 

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

Shabbat Flyer April 21 & 22

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

April 22-28, 2017

Parshat Shemini


Holocaust Remembrance Shabbat
Sefer Torah Sponsor: The Langner/Davies Family

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler
15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for April 21st
Shacharit 7:00 am
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting 7:39pm

Shabbat April 22nd
Shacharit 9:00 am
Pirkei Avot 6:55 pm
Mincha 7:25 pm
  Ma’ariv 8:35pm

 

Shabbat Ends 8:48 pm

SHABBAT MORNING TOT SHABBAT PROGRAM: FOR CHILDREN 0-7 YEARS OF AGE FROM 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please join us for prayers, singing, stories, games, and snacks. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children ages 2 and under.
To ensure this program runs smoothly and on time please make sure children are in the Youth lounge at 10:30.

Rabbi Finkelstein, Words of Torah. Pesach:
Please click on this link to view and listen to his message.  https://youtu.be/loksc_gqTfw


 


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – SHEMINI:                     

I was asked by some congregants to summarize some of the points I made on Yizkor morning during my sermon which are based on the comments of the Chafetz Chaim, in his book, Ahavat Chesed. In writing about Chesed, the Chafetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, indicates that chesed comes not only in terms of action, but in speech itself.

He enumerates several aspects of chesed as manifested in speech. 1) Teaching is an example of chesed as the teacher, professional or otherwise, shares knowledge with one’s students, children, associates, etc. 2) One who is able to calm an irate individual who is angry with somebody in particular performs a chesed in reaching out to the other, and perhaps reconciling two distraught individuals. 3) One who through speech prevents something bad from happening to somebody performs a chesed. 4) One whose speech benefits an individual in a positive way fulfills a chesed for an individual who may otherwise not have benefitted. 5) One who gives proper counsel to others with no hidden agenda is fulfilling the mitzvah of chesed. 6) One who shows compassion and empathy for someone who is depressed is performing chesed. 7) Praying for the recovery of a sick individual is reflective of chesed.

This coming Sunday evening, we as a community will be remembering the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. By remembering them, we perform a chesed with these Kedoshim who gave up their lives sanctifying the name of Hashem.  The words that Moshe uses in reference to the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, citing G-d’s words that those who are close to Hashem sanctify His name come to mind as we enter into the period of Yom Hashoah.

CALENDAR                                                                       

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Maâ’ariv
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.

SING! CHAMETZ! SHIRU! 
Join MUSICA EBRAICA on May 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey, in their 150th Celebration of Canadian Jewish  Music. In Memory of Ely Garfinkle Featuring Samara Garfinkle, Soprano World Premiers by Leo Lightstone Conductor: Gloria Jean Nagy; Accompanist: Carol Gurofsky For more info: pmwershof@gmail.com or 613-224-7073

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregiver.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                              
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org 

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer April 14 & 15 – Pesach

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

April 15-21, 2017
Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach     
 

Rabbi
Howard Finkelstein
Chazan
Yair Subar
President
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Website: www.cbto.org
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for April 14th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:30pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat April 15th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 7:20 pm
Ma’ariv 8:30pm

 

Shabbat Ends 8:39 pm

Rabbi Finkelstein, Words of Torah. Pesach:
Rabbi Finkelstein would like to wish the members of Congregation Beit Tikvah and the entire Ottawa Jewish Community a Chag Sameach this Passover 2017 (5777).

Please click on this link to view and listen to his message.  https://youtu.be/loksc_gqTfw


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED PESACH: 

It is traditional on Pesach and Succot to read the Torah portion dealing with the various Jewish holidays as enumerated and discussed in the parsha of Emor in the book of Vayikra, or Leviticus. What stands out demonstrably is the insistence of the Torah that in light of the offerings brought to the Temple, that the poor not be neglected.  Celebrations may be in order, sacrifices are to be offered, but the poor must be assured they will have what to eat and survive.

Rashi, quoting Rav Avdimi in the name of Rabbi Yossi, states that the care the community gives the poor by ensuring them that they can glean crops from people’s fields is equivalent to the building of the Temple and the establishment of altars on which one can offer sacrifices. Perhaps the intent of Rashi’s quotation is to indicate that we are not simply a nation that practices its faith, we are a nation that is built on the foundation of Chesed, or acts of kindness, to any and to all.

On the first days of Pesach, we addressed the topic of Chesed as to how it interrelates and pervades all aspects of Torah observance. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, also known as the Chafetz Chaim, dedicates his book, Ahavat Chesed, to this concept, which serves to unify disparate elements within the Jewish community, groups that normally would have little contact with one another. It is Chesed that unites the Hebrew slaves in Egypt, and it is Chesed that provides a common address for all Jews. Chesed also manifests itself in the world around us through our support and assistance to all in need, regardless of faith, and it is the building block of the world.

Chesed is a direct challenge to those who espouse rugged individualism as seen in certain segments of American society, and is the direct opposite of objectivism, envisioned by the philosopher, Ayn  Rand, which eschews this type of societal interaction. Our Haggadah begins with a call to Chesed with the recitation of Ha Lachma Anya, where all who are hungry are invited to participate in the Seder. Our faith revolves around the interplay of Chesed and other Mitvah performance modules. We may celebrate our holidays, but we do not neglect those who need us.

CALENDAR                                                                         

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
  1. GEMARA: Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
  2. SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
SING! CHAMETZ! SHIRU! 
Join MUSICA EBRAICA on May 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey, in their 150th Celebration of Canadian Jewish  Music. In Memory of Ely Garfinkle Featuring Samara Garfinkle, Soprano World Premiers by Leo Lightstone Conductor: Gloria Jean Nagy; Accompanist: Carol Gurofsky For more info: pmwershof@gmail.com or 613-224-7073JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: JFS has a mildly cognitively-impaired client who lives near the Trainyards and would like to continue volunteering at Hillel Lodge on Fridays, but needs transportation to get there for 12:00 noon.  One-way only.  Consistency is very important, so we need someone who can commit to doing it “most weeks”, and we’ll work around vacations.  If you are a west-ender who goes to Rideau Bakery on Friday mornings or an east-ender who needs the kosher Loblaws before Shabbos, this is a great opportunity to add an extra mitzvah to your week!  613.722.2225, x315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com.

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregiver.

We need your help to support our Shul.  
Gift cards orders over $500 will be delivered to your home.

Donations:                                                               
SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org 

Copyright © 2017 CBTO, All rights reserved.

 

Shabbat Flyer December 4 &5

 

Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Vayeshev
December 5-11, 2015        23
Kislev– 29 , 5776

Sefer Torah Sponsors: Golda and Ned Steinman

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

Beit Tikvah welcomes OJSC students to the Shul. Please join us as our students from OJSC participate in this week’s Shabbat morning service.

Mazal Tov to Debbie and David Fischman and family on the engagement of their daughter, Neema to Michael Adler.

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Yehuda and Shaindel Simes and family on the engagement of their son, Shmuly to Margalit Mattuk.

Mazal Tov To Rabbi Ely Braun upon his registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

We wish a Refuah Shlemah to: Lynne Cohen Ben-Ami, Jean Gurevitch,Sara Kerzner, Cheryl Leyton, Ian Sadinsky,  Elana Siegman, Paula Silver, and Rabbi Yehuda Simes.

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.

_____________________________________________________________________
UPCOMING EVENTS
Beit Tikvah is having a Congregational Chanukah Shabbat Lunch, on Shabbat, December 12, 2015 the 30th of Kislev, Rosh Chodesh Tevet. This Kiddush lunch is being sponsored by Elana and Leslie Siegman in thanks to the Beit Tikvah community for all their support.
___________________________________________________________________ 

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: VAYESHEV

Although not really related to the story of Chanukah, the discovery of the seal of Hezekiah, king of Judah, not only gives credence to the biblical accounts of the monarch’s life, it also lends legitimacy indirectly to the Maccabees ‘rededication of the Temple. While we definitely do not need confirmation of our biblical sources, we are being subjected to constant denials of the existence of the Temples by Palestinian leaders such as the mufti in Jerusalem and others of his ilk. It goes without saying that the denial of the existence of our Temples in Jerusalem also by extension denies the authenticity of Judaism.

In ancient times, Antiochus IV tried to eradicate Judaism by banning the practice of Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Brit Milah. Today our enemies are trying to eliminate any historical, much less religious, significance to the Jewish religion. But we persevere.

At the same time, we read that French authorities are asking Jews not to light Chanukiyot which can be seen publicly for fear of anti-Semitic acts. It is ironic that the holiday that is supposed to project the light of the Chanukiyah as a symbol of religious freedom and pride is a source of controversy in a country that has no lack of bigots, terrorists and just plain Jew haters. French aliyah is growing, although the majority of Jews in France have decided to stay to offset any negative actions toward them. In a way, they possess the Maccabean spirit that refuses to buckle under and withstand the onslaught of the many who wish them harm.

What is needed today is a modern day version of Al Hanisim, a prayer we say in the Amidah and in Birkat Hamazon which not only relates to the events of the past, but to the happenings of today. What happens, ‘Bayamim Hahem’, namely the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple should be harbingers for us today as we not only celebrate the miracles of ancient times, but pray for modern day miracles to protect us from those who wish us harm, physically and spiritually.

Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a Chag Urim Sameach.

YAHRZEITS TO BE OBSERVED NEXT WEEK: December 5 – 11, 2015:
Libby Lieff z’l, mother of Murray Lieff and sister of Ann Brozovsky observed on December 5th
Annette Walfish z’l, mother of Barry Walfish observed on December 6th
Isaac Kurland z’l, father of Ethel Naor observed on December 7th
Victor Harary z’l, father of David Harary observed on December 9th
Emanuel Shaps z’l, father of Rabbi Zischa Shaps observed on December 9th
Beatrice Presser z’l, mother of Morris Presser observed on December 11th
Eva Senman z’l, mother of Stephen Senman observed on December 11th

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Door Monitors: 9:30 Marvin Krym 10:00 Lou Davis 10:30 Vera Kadar 11:00 Leah Cohen-Gaynes 11:30 Mark Silver 11:45 Barry Mandelker 12:00 Ben Gitter 12:15 Harold Schwartz

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Orly and Stan Aaron, Yana Abramovich, Pamela and Morley Belfer, Elisheva and Josh Brantz, Gina and Talal Camel-Toueg, Dena and Brian Kingstone, Andrea Stevens and Mark Luden,  Kayla Estrin and Wayne Moore, Rosalie and Adam Newman, in honour of the OJCS Shabbat and their children, as well as Susan Marcus and Mark Silver to commemorate the Yahrzeits of Eleanor and Bernard Silver z’l.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
1.GEMARA: after Ma’ariv Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
2.SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
3.YESHIVAT TIKVAH: For high school students every Thursday at 4:15 pm

JET CLASSES AT BEIT TIKVAH ON MONDAYS AT 7:30 PM WITH RABBI TUVIA HOFFMAN: “Derech Hashem” (The Way of G-d), one of the great books of Kabbalah. Come learn the secrets of the universe. Please contact rabbihoffman@jetottawa.com for more information. 

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES:
To help with any of these opportunities, please contact the JFS Volunteer Recruitment desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com 

  1. Highly isolated 74 yr old woman with chronic pain issues would really benefit from a friendly visitor every week or two, either in her home or for outings.  Merivale South/Hunt Club area.
  2.  Another client in the Wilbrod/Charlotte area would also benefit greatly from a friendly visitor to break her isolation.  Very pleasant, chatty Shoah survivor may sometimes be up for outings, as well.
  3. A very pleasant new volunteer living in Kanata is interested in opportunities to practice his English.  He has a car and can drive, but doesn’t know the city very well yet.
  4. KMOW is desperate for drivers on both the Wednesday morning Alta Vista/east end route and the Friday morning west end route (winter months only).  In all cases, meals are picked up at the Hillel Lodge shipping doors at 10:00am and take less than an hour to complete.  Reimbursement is $5.50/route, dispersed quarterly.

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregivers. 

SJCC Adult Education Programs: For full descriptions of these and other SJCC Fall courses please see www.jccottawa.com and follow the link to Adult Programs. Contact: Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254

Musica Ebraica presents Chanuka Oh Chanukah!:  Musica Ebraica, Ottawa’s preeminent mixed-voice Jewish choir led by Gloria Jean Nagy, looks forward to presenting an evening of song, festivity, and fun on Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. at 395 Wellington in downtown Ottawa together with The Council of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, with the support of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada, and the Canada-Israel Cultural foundation. The weather outside might be frightful but inside will be shir delight, as the choir entertains with the Chanukah songs we all know and love, in new and tantalizing variations. Treasures from Library and Archives Canada’s Jacob M. Lowy Collection will be on display! So come, gather round, we’ll give you a treat: dreidls to play with and latkes to eat! Come light the menorah! Let’s have a party!   For information contact Patsy Royer at 613-233-3099. No tickets. Freewill offering appreciated!

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90

KOREN TALMUD BAVLI by Rav Steinsaltz. Dedication cost is $100.

KADDISH FUND: Ensure that the tradition of saying Kaddish is recited on your behalf in commemoration of your family member for the 11 months. We suggest a contribution of $360.

PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300 each
A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS:
Building Enhancement
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Rosalie and Harold Schwartz
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Sheila and Steve Senman
Sheila and Steve Senman wishing them a Happy Chanukah
By Marsha and Art Saper

Chesed
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Erin and Ben Gailor
Aaron Kaiserman in honour of receiving his PhD
By Erin, Ben and Raviv Gailor & Ashira and Bucky Prizant
Marina Linderman in appreciation
By Ashira (Gailor) Prizant
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira
Rabbi Yehuda and Shaindel Simes in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch and family
By Marcia and Arie Lubienietzky

Handicap Acces
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Liz and Skip Kronick

Library
Fischman family in honour of Neema’s engagement to Michael Adler
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky
Simes family in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky
By Adele Reinhartz and Barry Walfish

Kiddush
To commemorate the yahrzeit of Judith’s mother, Lilla Klauber z’l
By Judith and Ed Borts

Study in Israel
Rabbi Yehuda and Shaindel Simes in honour of Shmuly’s engagement to Margalit Mattuk
By Susan Marcus and Mark Silver
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Susan Marcus and Mark Silver
Howard Gerson and family in memory of his father, Dan z’l
By Barbara and Adrian Herland

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com

Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator 
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Shabbat Flyer November 27 & 28 

 

Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Vayishlach
November 28 – December 4, 2015        14 
Kislev– 22 , 5776

Sefer Torah Sponsors: Janet and Jonathan Isserlin

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

Mazal Tov to Adeena Wisenthal and Ron Huberman on Adeena completing her PhD.

Mazal Tov to Howard Nadler on his daughter, Ashlie, obtaining a certification which allows her to perform surgery in both Canada and USA.

We wish a Refuah Shlemah to: Lynne Cohen Ben-Ami, Jean Gurevitch, Sara Kerzner, Cheryl Leyton, Ian Sadinsky,  Elana Siegman, Paula Silver, and Rabbi Yehuda Simes.

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.

_____________________________________________________________________
UPCOMING EVENTS
Shabbat, December 5th: Beit Tikvah welcomes OJSC students to the Shul. Please join us as our students from OJSC participate in the Shabbat morning service.

Sunday, December 6th: Join us for our family Chanukah program on Sunday, December 6 from 2:30-5:30 pm. This event will feature an exciting Mad Science show, clay dreidel making, food, friends, and Menorah lighting, and we hope you can join us. Cost: $18/family or $10/person. Please RSVP by December 1 to shul@cbto.org.

____________________________________________________________________ 

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: VAYISHLACH

It is kind of difficult for us to understand the message of a midrash cited by the Or Hachayim that in the future Esau will wrap himself in a tallit and sit among the righteous people. The midrash then continues to say that G-d will remove him from that illustrious company. The midrash is based on the sentence in this week’s Haftarah taken from the book of Ovadiah, one of the twelve minor prophets, in which the prophet speaks of the figurative ascent of Edom or Esau among the stars of the sky, hovering over the earth like an eagle only to be taken down by G-d.

One can derive from the relationship of the midrash to the sentence cited that there are two manifestations of the rule of Edom in the world. The obvious element of power pervades the earth. On the one hand, Esau demonstrates his power and control over the world. This power has been reflected in the Roman Empire’s domination over the known world of its time, only to meet its deserved end at the hands of the Visigoths and other bands. It can be represented by the former world power, the Soviet Union, which with the literal collapse of the Berlin Wall disintegrated figuratively with its dissolution. It remains to see what will happen with present day Russia controlled by Putin.

On the other hand, Esau may decide to put on the figurative Tallit with the intention of sitting among the righteous judging the actions of his brother, Jacob, and by extension, Jacob’s descendants, the Jews. He will feel justified in condemning the ‘criminal and apartheid’ actions of Israel who in Esau’s mindset is not the prince of G-d as the name suggests, but the one who fights with G-d and with mankind.

Esau feels self-righteous in lambasting Israel, as the former sits in the chambers of the General Assembly and Security Council of the UN in judgement of Israel and its alleged crimes against humanity. One wonders if Syria is still sitting on the Un Human Rights Tribunal. But the prophet promises that there will come a day when Esau shall be removed from its position of sitting with the righteous of the world, and face its comeuppance.

We are living in troubling times controlled by Edomite forces, be they ISIS or others. While the world mourns the loss of lives in Paris and elsewhere by the hands of ISIS, it cannot bring itself to condemn the actions of terror committed by individual Palestinians against Jews living in Israel. It sits among the righteous, self-perceived, but one day the prophet promises shall be exposed as to it really is, a criminal and cruel movement that does not need the world’s approbation but its excoriation.

YAHRZEITS TO BE OBSERVED NEXT WEEK: November 28 – December 4, 2015:
Mindy Gilsig z’l, sister of Sheila Senman observed on November 28th
Nathan Rotkin z’l, grandfather of Howard Krakower observed on November 28th
Devora Benedek z’l, mother of Peter Benedek observed on November 30th
William Goldrosen z’l, father of Alan Goldrosen observed on November 30th
Bernard Silver z’l, father of Mark Silver observed on November 30th
Daniel Jacob Elkin z’l, father of Eric Elkin observed on December 1st
Esther Glass z’l, grandmother of Aaron Sandler observed on December 1st
Irina Vesnik z’l, mother of Marina Linderman observed on December 1st
Larry Krochmalnek z’l, father of Andrea Krochmalnek observed on December 3rd

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Door Monitors: 9:30 Mark Silver 10:00 TBD 10:30 Aklilu Afowerk 11:00 Lou Davis 11:30 David Harary 11:45 Barry Mandelker 12:00 Leslie Breiner 12:15 Leah Cohen-Gaynes

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Sara and Leslie Breiner to commemorate the yahrzeit of Sara’s father, Shmuel Feig z’l as well as Debra and Lou Davis in honour of all members of the clergy and the congregation in celebrating birthdays on the 20th of Kislev as well as Marina Michael, and Rachel Linderman to commemorate the yahrzeit of Marina’s mother, Irina Vesnik.
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MARKETPLACE 


Dear CBTO Members,

Last Sunday the shul held our first Marketplace fundraiser. It was a great success despite the lower than anticipated traffic through the hall.

Special thanks goes to the three tireless Marketplace Committee members – Sara Breiner, Reisa Glenns and Valerie Terkel, who have put in numerous hours to ensure the event ran smoothly.

We must recognize our top donors, Ruth and Irving Aaron, David Smith of Creative Kosher Catering, Rabbi Ely and Sheli Braun; our supporting donors Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch, Valerie and Gabi Terkel, Candice and Stan Wilder, Janet and Jonathan Isserlin, and Marcia and Barry Cantor, which without their contributions this event would have not achieved this level of success.

Finally, thank you to the kitchen crew for preparing the food for the day – Sophie Frenkel, Rivka Finkelstein, Marion Silver, Sheila Senman, Valerie Terkel and Candice Wilder; Howard Nadler and Steve Senman for managing the finances; the numerous people who donated to the CBTO table; and the many volunteers who came to help on Sunday.

Thank you,

Neil Frenkel
Chair,
Marketplace Committee
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ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
1.GEMARA: after Ma’ariv Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
2.SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
3.YESHIVAT TIKVAH: For high school students every Thursday at 4:15 pm

JET CLASSES AT BEIT TIKVAH ON MONDAYS AT 7:30 PM WITH RABBI TUVIA HOFFMAN: “Derech Hashem†(The Way of G-d), one of the great books of Kabbalah. Come learn the secrets of the universe. Please contact rabbihoffman@jetottawa.com for more information. 

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES:
To help with any of these opportunities, please contact the JFS Volunteer Recruitment desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com 

  1. Highly isolated 74 yr old woman with chronic pain issues would really benefit from a friendly visitor every week or two, either in her home or for outings.  Merivale South/Hunt Club area.
  2.  Another client in the Wilbrod/Charlotte area would also benefit greatly from a friendly visitor to break her isolation.  Very pleasant, chatty Shoah survivor may sometimes be up for outings, as well.
  3. A very pleasant new volunteer living in Kanata is interested in opportunities to practice his English.  He has a car and can drive, but doesn’t know the city very well yet.
  4. KMOW is desperate for drivers on both the Wednesday morning Alta Vista/east end route and the Friday morning west end route (winter months only).  In all cases, meals are picked up at the Hillel Lodge shipping doors at 10:00am and take less than an hour to complete.  Reimbursement is $5.50/route, dispersed quarterly.

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregivers. 

SJCC Adult Education Programs: For full descriptions of these and other SJCC Fall courses please see www.jccottawa.com and follow the link to Adult Programs. Contact: Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254
Sunday, November 29th, 1:30pm Social Hall A SJCC Admission: $10
Author talk with award-winning author and long-time Montreal Gazette literary columnist Elaine Kalman Naves. Elaine will discuss and read from her debut novel, The Book of Faith.

Musica Ebraica presents Chanuka Oh Chanukah!:  Musica Ebraica, Ottawa’s preeminent mixed-voice Jewish choir led by Gloria Jean Nagy, looks forward to presenting an evening of song, festivity, and fun on Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. at 395 Wellington in downtown Ottawa together with The Council of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, with the support of the Friends of Library and Archives Canada, and the Canada-Israel Cultural foundation. The weather outside might be frightful but inside will be shir delight, as the choir entertains with the Chanukah chestnuts we all know and love, in new and tantalizing variations. Treasures from Library and Archives Canada’s Jacob M. Lowy Collection will be on display! So come, gather round, we’ll give you a treat: dreidls to play with and latkes to eat! Come light the menorah! Let’s have a party!   For information contact Patsy Royer at 613-233-3099. No tickets. Freewill offering appreciated!

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90

KOREN TALMUD BAVLI by Rav Steinsaltz. Dedication cost is $100.

KADDISH FUND: Ensure that the tradition of saying Kaddish is recited on your behalf in commemoration of your family member for the 11 months. We suggest a contribution of $360.

PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300 each
A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS:
Building Enhancement
Cheryl Leyton wishing her a refuah shlemah
By Helen and Sol Rauch
Howard Nadler in honour of his daughter, Ashlie
By Sheila and Steve Senman
Ruth Nadler wishing her a refuah shlemah
By Sheila and Steve Senman

Chesed
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Marion Silver, Alan Brass, Lawrence, Rafi and Shira
By Minda and Peter Wershof
Adeena Wisenthal in honour of completing her PhD
By Erin, Ben, and Raviv Gailor & Ashira and Bucky Prizant
Aaron Kaiserman in honour of completing his PhD
By Ros Wollock
Rabbi Sender and Sarah Gordon in honour of the birth of their daughter, Chaya Mushka
By Erin, Ben, and Raviv Gailor & Ashira and Bucky Prizant

To our dear friends at Beit Tikvah,

I know that many of you remember my parents’ frequent visits and their involvement in our shul community. I am humbled by the outpouring of kind words and sincere condolences that I received from you in memory of my dear father.
With appreciation,
Debbie Fischman and family

Library
Aaron Kaiserman in honour of completing his PhD
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky
By Adele and Barry Walfish
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
By Elaine and Marten Brodsky

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com

Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator 
shul@cbto.org 

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Shabbat Flyer November 20 & 21

Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Vayetze
November 19 – 27, 2015        7 Kislev – 15, 5776
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

Mazal Tov to Aaron and Laura Kaiserman on Aaron completing his PhD. Mazal Tov is 
also e
xtended to Aaron’s parents Marsha and Murray Kaiserman.

 
We warmly welcome the Ottawa Torah Institute (OTI) students to the shul this Shabbat.

__________________________________________________________________________
UPCOMING EVENTS
Shabbat, December 5th: Beit Tikvah welcomes OJSC students to the Shul
 
Sunday, December 6th: Join us for our family Chanukah program on Sunday, December 6 from 2:30-5:30 pm. This event will feature an exciting Mad Science show, clay dreidel making, food, friends, and Menorah lighting, and we hope you can join us. Cost: $18/family or $10/person. Please RSVP by December 1 to
shul@cbto.org
_____________________________________________________________________________________

We wish a Refuah Shlemah to: Lynne Cohen Ben-Ami, Jean Gurevitch, Sara Kerzner, Elana Siegman, Paula Silver, and Rabbi Yehuda Simes.

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: VAYETZE

We are all horrified by the recent events in Paris, and despite the fact that ISIS attacks are being commonplace, we do not become immune or inured to the terrible scenes we are witnessing  in these concerted efforts to destroy civilization. Westerners feel the tragedy of Paris more so than the downing of a Russian jet by Isis or a suicide bomb in Beirut, because their values mirror those extant in France. These events hit home.
 
We as Jews feel doubly the effects of these attacks because of our own history and experience with those who have tried to destroy us. The ongoing terrorist attacks, albeit on a low scale in Israel, makes us all wary of the future of Palestinian-Israeli relations. Each attack on an Israeli is perceived as an attack on each of us.
 
It is in light of what is happening in Israel at the hands of terrorists and what is taking place at the hands of ISIS and Al-Qaeda outside of Israel that bring into focus the words of G-d to Jacob, and the latter’s response. G-d tells Jacob that He will protect our patriarch wherever he goes, and Jacob’s answer that he will dedicate himself to the service of the Lord. Our normative commentators practically unanimously address these statements as affirmations that Jacob will not veer off the path set by his father and grandfather despite living with his nefarious father-in-law, Laban, in Aram.
 
However, on reflection, and on reviewing Jewish History and the contemporary scene, G-d’s guarantee of protection and Jacob’s affirmation of that protection should not be construed as only something spiritual. It is physical. The attacks by ISIS on its various targets are harbingers of what this movement hopes to perpetrate against the Jewish people, be they in Israel or in the Diaspora. We as human beings react with revulsion when we see what happened in Paris, the Sinai Peninsula and in Beirut. As Jews we have a sixth sense of what enemies of civilization would do if given the chance to attack us. We pray for the victims of these attacks, and we also pray for the safety of the world, and that of ourselves. We pray that G-d’s words to Jacob equally apply to his descendants today.

YAHRZEITS TO BE OBSERVED NEXT WEEK: November 21 – 27, 2015:
Abe Buckshon z’l, father of Mark Buckshon observed on November 21st
Lilla Klauber z’l, mother of Judith Borts observed on November 22nd
Lena Adasiewicz z’l, mother Anna Rabinovitch observed on November 23rd
Paul Katz z’l, father of Valerie Terkel observed on November 23rd
Asna Simes z’l, mother of Rabbi Yehuda Simes observed on November 23rd
Sydney Friedberg z’l, father of Elaine Friedberg observed on November 24th
Harold Kligman z’l, father of Reva Friedman observed on November 24th
Martin Leighton z’l, father of Rosalie Schwartz observed on November 24th
David Ostrega z’l, father of Ken Ostrega observed on November 24th
Morris Brodsky z’l, father of Marten Brodsky observed on November 26th
Helen Copland z’l, mother of mother Judy Lieff observed on November 26th
Sam Kardish z’l, brother of Ann Brozovsky observed on November 26th
Rabbi Hersh Leib Shapiro z’l, grandfather of Katherine Moss observed on November 26th
Nathan Weinman z’l, father-in-law of Judith Weinman observed on November 26th
Shmuel Feig z’l, father of Sara Breiner observed on November 27th

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Door Monitors: 9:30 Marvin Krym 10:00 Ben Gailor 10:30 Harold Schwartz 11:00 Leah Cohen-Gaynes 11:30 Leslie Breiner11:45 Leah Cohen-Gaynes 12:00 Aklilu Afowerk 12:15 Mark Silver

This Shabbat’s Kiddush is sponsored by donations made to the Kiddush fund.

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
1.GEMARA: after Ma’ariv Wednesday evenings after Ma’ariv. Please check calendar in case of shifting.
2.SHABBAT CLASSES:  Parsha and Halacha class between Mincha and Ma’ariv
3.YESHIVAT TIKVAH: For high school students every Thursday at 4:15 pm

JET CLASSES AT BEIT TIKVAH ON MONDAYS AT 7:30 PM WITH RABBI TUVIA HOFFMAN: “Derech Hashem†(The Way of G-d), one of the great books of Kabbalah. Come learn the secrets of the universe. Please contact rabbihoffman@jetottawa.com for more information. 

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS
Please see a list of special programs during Holocaust Education Month posted in the lobby at Beit Tikvah.
 

KOLLEL OF OTTAWA: The Harry H. Beren ASK OU Outreach Program and The Ottawa Va’ad Hakashrut Invite you to attend a Kashrut Lecture, UNDERSTANDING THE INGREDIENT PANEL from a red flag to a red herring Monday, November 23 at 8pm The Kollel of Ottawa 1762 Carling Ave. Ottawa, Ontario Canada. For more Information please call: 613-225-5829      ×œ×–כות רחל ×—× ×” שתחי’ בת ×‘×™×œ× ×œ×¨×¤×•××” שלימה

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES:
To help with any of these opportunities, please contact the JFS Volunteer Recruitment desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 or lbogdonov@jfsottawa.com 

  1. Highly isolated 74 yr old woman with chronic pain issues would really benefit from a friendly visitor every week or two, either in her home or for outings.  Merivale South/Hunt Club area.
  2.  Another client in the Wilbrod/Charlotte area would also benefit greatly from a friendly visitor to break her isolation.  Very pleasant, chatty Shoah survivor may sometimes be up for outings, as well.
  3. A very pleasant new volunteer living in Kanata is interested in opportunities to practice his English.  He has a car and can drive, but doesn’t know the city very well yet.
  4. KMOW is desperate for drivers on both the Wednesday morning Alta Vista/east end route and the Friday morning west end route (winter months only).  In all cases, meals are picked up at the Hillel Lodge shipping doors at 10:00am and take less than an hour to complete.  Reimbursement is $5.50/route, dispersed quarterly.

TEN YAD KOSHER PANTRIES: are located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the Ottawa Hospital at both the General Campus and Civic Campuses. Each pantry is stocked with kosher non-perishable food items and religious resources that may be useful to patients, their families and their caregivers. 

SJCC Adult Education Programs: For full descriptions of these and other SJCC Fall courses please see www.jccottawa.com and follow the link to Adult Programs. Contact: Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254. 
Sunday, November 29th, 1:30pm Social Hall A SJCC Admission: $10
Author talk with award-winning author and long-time Montreal Gazette literary columnist Elaine Kalman Naves. Elaine will discuss and read from her debut novel, The Book of Faith. 

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50
 
STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90

KOREN TALMUD BAVLI by Rav Steinsaltz. Dedication cost is $100.
 
KADDISH FUND: Ensure that the tradition of saying Kaddish is recited on your behalf in commemoration of your family member for the 11 months. We suggest a contribution of $360.
 
PLAQUE DEDICATIONS:
       A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
       A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
       A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300 each
       A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS:
Building Enhancement
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
   By Irit and Harry Beck            
   By Roz and Steve Fremeth
   By Faigy and Zachary Muroff

In commemoration of the yahrzeit of the father of Vivane Ohana, Isaac Ohana z’l
     By Viviane Ohana and Howard Sandler

Brian Mordfield and family in memory of Nadine z’l
   By Irit and Harry Beck
Faye and Michael Thorek in honour of the birth of your grandson, Sol Eli
   By Irit and Harry Beck
 
Chesed
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
   By Marcia and Barry Cantor
   By Sara and Leslie Breiner
   By Elaine Friedberg, Bob Dale and Jonathan
Gila and Ilan Metz in appreciation
   By Kathi and Irwin 
Susan and Bobby in honour of the birth of their daughter, Amelia Sarah
   By Marcia and Barry Cantor
Shaindel Simes in memory of her mother Rochel Vinitzky z’l
   By Marcia and Barry Cantor
Lisa and Harold Sandell in honour of the birth of their grandson
   By Marcia and Arie Lubienietzky
Ruth Nadler wishing her a refuah shlemah
   By Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch
Janet and Jonathan Isserlin in appreciation
   By Sophie and Neil Frenkel
Brian Mordfield and family in memory of Nadine z’l
   By Maxine and Arthur Rabinovitch and family
 
Youth
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
   By Naomi and Marvin Krym
Lisa and Harold Sandell in honour of the birth of their grandson
   By Marsha and Murray Kaiserman
Ros Wollock in honour of the birth of her granddaughter, Amelia Sarah
   By Naomi and Marvin Krym
Susan and Bobby in honour of the birth of their daughter, Amelia Sarah
   By Naomi and Marvin Krym
Marsha and Murray Kaiserman in honour of their son Aaron completing his PhD
   By Naomi and Marvin Krym
Aaron and Laura Kaiserman in honour of Aaron completing his PhD
   By Naomi and Marvin Krym
 
Library
Ian Sadinsky wishing him a refuah shlemah
   By Adele Reinhartz and Barry Walfish
   By Judith and Ed Borts

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