May 6- 12, 2017

Parshat Acharei-MotKedoshim

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

Howard Finkelstein
Yair Subar
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.


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. 


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                                                                         ×

  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.


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.

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.

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
· 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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