April 15-21, 2017
Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach     

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 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


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.


  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.
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.

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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