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

Sefer Torah Sponsors: Golda and Ned Steinman


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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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