שנה טובה Congregation Beit Tikvah wishes our friends and family a Shana Tova and Gmar Chatima Tova.
Correction: Mincha & Ma’ariv both days of Rosh Hashanah will be at 6:30 pm.
THE NAOMI BULKA COMMUNITY MIKVAH
will be open for MEN on Erev Rosh Hashana and Erev Yom Kippur 2016/5776
from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Please bring your own towel
Suggested donation per family
$20 / each day
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, October 2nd
Selichot followed by Shacharit
Mincha & Maâ€™ariv
Rosh Hashanah I
Monday, October 3rd
Shacharit 8:00 am
Musaf 10:45 am
Tashlich 5:30 pm
Mincha & Ma’ariv
Candle Lighting AFTER 7:22 pm
Rosh Hashanah II
Torah Reading 9:30 am
Mincha & Ma’ariv
Yom Tov Ends 7:25 pm
FROM THE RABBI’S DESK-ROSH HASHANAH
While we normally associate Mishloach Manot with the holiday of Purim, in the book of Nehemiah, it is also connected to the celebration of Rosh Hashanah in the early years of the second Temple period. Rosh Hashanah is also deemed a celebratory holiday rather than the subdued nature of it today. In fact the Leviim urge the people to rejoice and not to be sad, â€œfor they understood what they were told.: (Nehemiah 8:10-12)
They understood the message that the Torah was available to them. Though they had spent many years estranged from the pathways of Torah observance, the leadership of their time did not abandon them. To the contrary, Ezra and Nehemiah conveyed the message that the Torah was not a closed book, but accessible to all of those who wished to avail themselves of its beauty and holiness.
The position taken by the leadership of the time reflected the words in this weekâ€™s parsha regarding the proximity of the Torah to the people. The words of Torah were close to all Jews, in that all could benefit from its wisdom.
As we begin the new year of 5777, we are mindful of the words of the book of Nehemiah in regard to Rosh Hashanah and to Torah. We recommit ourselves to our faith on Rosh Hashanah, and we ask Hashem to accept our prayers. May all of our prayers be answered affirmatively.
Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a Shana Tova. May you and your loved ones be inscribed in the Book of Life.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
As you read this message you are probably taking a break from the last minute preparations for Rosh Hashanah and the happy days that are in front of you. Rosh Hashanah is a time to welcome the New Year with family and friends and to look at the New Year as a joyous time of the year. We look and feel our best, cook our finest meals, wear our newest clothes and welcome home our children, parents and other family members to this family celebration. No other Holiday in the Jewish calendar is celebrated in such a positive way and with the hope of better things to come.
It is also the time of year when we reflect on the past year and think of ways in which we can be better this year, and things we will do that we didnâ€™t do before. We always feel that we can improve ourselves and that Rosh Hashanah offers us a chance for a new beginning and a brighter outlook on the upcoming year. As President I think about what we have done and what we can improve upon in the New Year. Have we really accomplished our goals in the past year and can we build on the momentum of last year to get even better this year? Letâ€™s me begin by looking at a few of our accomplishments in the last year.
One of our goals was to have enhanced kiddushes. This was accomplished through the hard work of our Kiddush committee who spent many hours in the kitchen preparing on a weekly basis. Not only are there enhanced Shabbat kiddushes, but we also saw that our Holiday meals have really come along way. We even brought back the beer and hotdogs of 1987! More importantly most of our events were free to the congregation and we strived to make our special meals affordable so that all families could attend.
I said we would take a more business-like approach to operating the shul and we did. We are in a much better financial position than a year ago. Despite losing both bingos we almost managed to break even, which is quite an accomplishment. Our fundraising efforts were significantly improved. Starting with the tribute dinner where we raised a significant amount of funds and gained great community exposure. The Marketplace in November was another excellent event and thanks to all of you for purchasing Loblaw’s cards throughout the year.
Our success in children’ programs is progressing. With great parties at Chanukah and Purim, as well as Shabbat programming, we planted the seeds of a program which will grow with time. We know we can improve on last year and I urge you to come forward and help us do so.
But that is in the past. So where do go from here?
Programming will be the first priority. We are actively looking for a program director so that we can get things moving. Our youth and adult programming need an overhaul so that we can meet the challenges of other shuls around us. As much as we have done some programs well, we have a long way to go. We want CBTO to be the shul that others look to for inspiration. We are also reviewing our Shabbat services in an effort to make them shorter, and also to encourage more participation.
Perhaps the most important goal for this year will be younger generation Involvement. Our shul has been led by the same people for over thirty years. It is time for us to hand over the reins to the next generation who have new and fresh ideas of what our programming should be and on how our services should be. We have taken steps in this direction by adding younger Board members. We have started our monthly Family Shabbat service where a less formal service is followed and more learning is featured. Hopefully what is developed here can find its way into our regular service.
The time has come for CBTO to turn the page and make our shul more relevant and more attractive to the next generation. As members I ask you all to help us in this endeavor. We all like things to remain the same but we all need to be open to change. We need to embrace new ideas and new ways of doing things so that we donâ€™t let ourselves and our shul fall behind. I urge you all to listen to our younger generation as they are the future of CBTO. Let us make 5777 the year that CBTO welcomes a new beginning.
I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year and may it be your best year ever.
Howard, Joyce, Ashlie, Lonnie, Evan & Ashley
Comments from the Gabbai:
With the advent of the High Holidays I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Bet Tikvah family a very happy, healthy, prosperous and, most of all, peaceful New Year.
As always, I urge anyone who wants any particular honour, (aliyah, Haftarah or to daven from the omed), mishaberach, to have Kaddish said on their behalf, or any other question as regards ritual or services, to get in touch with me, preferably by e-mail at email@example.com. If it is possible and practical, I will do my very best to accommodate you. Please do not expect me to know and then be upset after the event. Just ask and you shall receive…even if it’s on the actual day.
Also, once again, my perennial plea for anyone who would like to take over the Gabbai position, or who would be prepared to step up and learn the job with a view to either taking over or assisting, to please get in touch, either personally or by e-mail.
Janet and I wish you all a Shana Tova umevurechet. G’mar chatima tova.
15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
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