Weekly Flyers

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.
Shabbat Flyer

 

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 April 7 & 8

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

April 8-14, 2017
Parashat Tzav – Shabbat Hagadol      
 

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Ed and Janice Fine

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 7th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:21pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat April 8th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Rabbi Finkelstein’s Derasha 6:15 pm
Mincha 7:10 pm
Ma’ariv 8:10pm

Shabbat Ends 8:30 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


Thank you                                                                          
Thank you to the volunteers who helped out with  the Passover Fair on Sunday.

Beit Tikvah wishes everyone a Chag Pesach Kasher V’Sameach! 


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – TZAV-SHABBAT HAGADOL:  

Rashi, at the beginning of his commentary on this week’s Torah reading of Tzav refers to the need for Aaron and his children to be careful and deliberate in the performance of the mitzvah of preparing the sacrifices. Diligence, however, is not simply reserved for Aaron and his sons.

Diligence is mandatory to ensure that the dough of the five grains, wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt does not leaven.  It is further mandated that the laws of the consumption of the Passsover sacrifice be carefully fulfilled within a specific time frame, lest it become invalidated. Equally, diligence is a necessary ingredient in ensuring that not only this generation, but future generations, to paraphrase Rashi, benefit from the teachings and instructions of previous generations.

The whole concept of the seder is based on diligence, in terms of how it is conducted and in what sequence the elements of the seder are observed. Diligence also requires that the prayers of the Haggadah be recited with fervor. In addition, the seder leader must engage those sitting at the table in detailed and in depth discussion of what transpired in Egypt and how those events affect us today.

The other day, I came across a website dealing with the intriguing proposition of ensuring that the seder master asks the “right questions”. It is not simply a matter of preparing the appropriate foods for the seder, but also engaging in a process where the right questions are also prepared in advance to promote a discussion among participants with the goal of demonstrating the relevance of the Haggadah to our lives.

It is therefore perfectly logical for the Haggadah to admonish the reader to demonstrate that he or she personally left Egypt, which translates itself as a call to the seder participants to discover the modern day relevance of that which we read these first two nights of Passover in the Diaspora. That discovery requires effort and diligence.
Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a Chag Kasher Vesameach.


Rabbi Finkelstein’s Shabbat Hagadol Derasha – Shabbat, April 8th at 6:15 pm
TIME FOR A BREAK-OR WHY IS HALLEL SPLIT AT THE SEDER?- A halachic and historic analysis.

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 March 31 & April 1

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

April 1-7, 2017
Parashat Vayikra         
  

Sefer Torah Sponsor: 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 March 31st
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:12pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat April 1st
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 7:00 pm
Ma’ariv 8:10pm

Shabbat Ends 8:21 pm

NEW! at Beit Tikvah

Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein, Chapter 2:
As part of our continuing Torah series, I would like to share the following short YouTube video and lesson with you from Rabbi Finkelstein, about Moishe Rabbeinu and the 40 days and 40 nights that he spent on the Mountain,  prior to descending from the Mountain with the Tablets.

Please go to https://youtu.be/jegaIGPqC_w .


Welcome                                                                        

Beit Tikvah warmly welcomes Canaf Ahituv. Canaf will be
organizing Youth and Adult programming at Beit Tikvah over the next few months.
Thank you to Gladys and Mark Zarecki for hosting Canaf this Shabbat. 


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – “VAYIKRA                    
Two interesting passages from the haftarah of this past week and the Torah reading this week speak to the abuse of power and the need for a leader to recognize his/her limitations in exercising that power. At the end of the haftarah for Parshat Hachodesh, the Nasi, or leader of the people, is admonished by Ezekiel not to expropriate land belonging to the masses. In our Torah reading this week, the Nasi is to bring a sin-offering for the commission of a transgression. Rashi comments, quoting our sages, ‘Happy is the generation whose prince publicly confesses a sin in error, for how much more he would do so in case of a deliberate sin. (translation provided in the Hertz translation).
We are living unfortunately in a day and age when leaders refuse to apologize for inappropriate actions, and whose spokesmen engage in “spin” to validate that which is invalid. Accountability is discounted by these individual leaders and their assistants, creating a vacuum of trust. Cynicism in the “system” replaces confidence. Diffidence and disillusionment become the pervading forces that diminish the sacred trust between leader and constituent. As a result, society suffers.
It is interesting to note that to the contrary, the leader of Israel is highly accountable for actions he has committed. If the leader becomes aware that an error has been committed, then that leader has a responsibility to demonstrate to the community at large that no one is above the law. Thus, the leader has to bring certain offerings in order to have his act exculpated.
Obviously, times have changed in the sense that at present the leader cannot bring offerings to the Temple, but the message is universal and eternal. A leader must lead by example in terms of humility, and with an acute awareness that what he does in the public or private realm can indeed influence others negatively or positively.


Rabbi Finkelstein’s Shabbat Hagadol Derasha – Shabbat, April 8th at 6:15 pm
TIME FOR A BREAK-OR WHY IS HALLEL SPLIT AT THE SEDER?- A halachic and historic analysis.


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.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 March 24 & 25

 

CONGREGATION BEIT TIKVAH

March 25 – 31, 2017
Parashat Vayakhel/Pekudei         
 

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Jackie & Lucian Sitwell
and Marcia & Barry 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 March 24th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:03 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat March 25th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 6:55 pm
Ma’ariv 8:05 pm
 

Shabbat Ends 8:14 pm

NEW! at Beit Tikvah

Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein:
Watch our new series of videos from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein. Discover important lessons from the Parsha each week.
Go to  https://youtu.be/F0rcKLGTRsM


FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI-SHABBAT HACHODESH:                              

It is not coincidental that the Torah reading this week of Vayakhel-Pekudei is connected to the special reading of Parshat Hachodesh. The latter section deals with the first commandment given to the people of Israel as a nation to establish a Jewish calendar with Nisan being the first month. The end of the reading of Pekudei speaks about the completion of the construction of the Mishkan which takes place on the first day of Nisan exactly one year later.

Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, in his magnum opus, Sefer Hatodaah, Book of Jewish Knowledge, describes Nisan as a month of miracles. Our development into a nation comes on the heels of a miracle which we commemorate on Shabbat Hagadol. Our ancestors are able to choose a lamb for the Paschal sacrifice without any hindrance or interference from the Egyptians who worship this animal as a god.  Of course, the Exodus itself, the splitting of the Red Sea and the giving of the Torah as Sinai point to the ever presence of G-d among the Hebrews . Concomitantly, the presence of the Divine Cloud hovering over the  Mishkan exactly one year later demonstrates the miraculous facet of the interrelationship between Hashem and the Israelites which continues till today. While we no longer have the Temple, the Divine presence remains with us.

The reading of the Torah portion, and by extension, the Haggadah, are not simply religious requirements to remember what happened thousands of years ago. They serve as a reminder to us that though circumstances have changed, and years have passed, G-d’s commitment to us, and hopefully, ours to Him, remain constant and unwavering.

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.SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY: We’re looking for children ages 6-12 to participate in an online video-based survey looking at the relationship between religious attendance and well-being. Little is known about how religious attendance builds child well-being.  Dr. Laura Armstrong, C.Psych., Elizabeth St John  (M.A candidate) and Emmalyne Watt  (PhD Candidate) from Saint Paul University in Ottawa are examining this issue. We will share our findings with the local religious community. All data collected will be anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, please have your child complete this survey by March 25. Thank you so much for your participation. In a time period where many religious congregations are shrinking, results from this survey will help local places of worship build local capacity to support positive child development and potentially grow their population of young people. Ultimately, this research will illuminate what works in religious communities to enhance meaning, skills for resilience, and child well-being. Please click on the following to complete the survey:   http://uottawa.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/larmstrong/isa/

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 

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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.

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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.

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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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