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Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Beha’alotcha
June25-July 1, 2016      19 Sivan – 25
, 5776
Sefer Torah Sponsor: Joan Bercovitch & Ian Sadinsky and family

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

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.

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: BEHA’ALOTCHA

קומה ה” ויפצו אויביך וינוסו משנאיך מפניך
שובה ה” רבבות אלפי ושראל
The shortest book in the Torah, the two sentences that in our liturgy mark the removal and the replacement of the Torah in the ark, reflect on the history of the Jewish people and its hope for the future. These words known intimately by synagogue attenders universally regardless of denominational designation, speak to those who wish us harm, and to the promise of redemption from our enemies.The travel of the ark in the wilderness can indeed represent our peregrinations through history from exile to exile, from war to war. The presence of our holy ark in the annals of history accompanying the Jews in the Diaspora as well as in Israel stands as a beacon of light in the darkness of anti-Semitism. Though nations and empires have desired and designed to destroy the Jewish people, the Ark of the Covenant of G-d containing the Torah travels undeterred.Although commentaries such as Rashi refer to the internal enemies within the camp of Israel that tries to undermine it, the march of the Torah through history like the chariot in Ezekiel’s vision defies the external ones as well. “Let your enemies be scattered, let your foes flee from before you” states this week’s Torah reading. Whether enemies from within or without the Jewish community threaten our existence, we remain steadfast in our loyalty to the Torah and its values.We are also told that there will come a day that the Ark will rest, and the myriads of Israel will feel a sense of calm. That is a messianic dream.  While the people of Israel have experienced periods of calm, turmoil has marked our history’s pages more often. Therefore, the second sentence of this short book states there will come a time when the multitudes of Israel will find solace and comfort, peace and prosperity. May that time come soon.


Save the dates! Look what’s happening at Beit Tikvah:

  • JET’s Yarchei Kallah Shabbaton hosted by Beit Tikvah July 8th & 9th
  • Annual Labour Day Meet and Greet Barbeque on September 5th 

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

JET PRESENTS: YARCHEI KALLAH: Jewish Educational Extravaganza – July 4th-9th 2016. Come learn and re-invigorate with JET at Yarchei Kallah. Join Morning Classes, Evening Classes, Lunch & Learns, the Shabbaton – whatever fits your schedule. We’re also pleased to provide babysitting on site to make it that much easier to attend! Contact us at 613-695-4800 for more information or with any questions.

JFS VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Volunteer shopper needed for an isolated wheelchair-bound senior living in the College Square area.  Weekly, or shared between 2 people for bi-weekly. Groceries can be done anywhere, plus there will be occasional orders to pick up in Westboro.  Volunteer will also check the mail, take garbage to the chute, and sometimes make debit card withdrawals.  Please call JFS at 613.722.2225, ext.315 to help.

OTTAWA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOK LAUNCH: “Life Lines & Other Lines – Life in Ottawa’s Lowertown, the Byward Market, and the growth of the Jewish Community after WWI”I by Sylvia Brodovsky Kershman, Sunday, June 26,2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive

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.

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren or ArtScroll $50

STONE EDITION CHUMASH: Dedication cost is $90
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI:  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 $360NEW! TALLIT FUND: Our community has been fortunate to share countless simchas over the past years, many of which bring visitors and guests to our shul. As we look forward to future simchas, we are in the process of replacing the tallitot available near the entrance, and hope to purchase 12 new ones. There are two options for donating to the new Tallit Fund: sponsoring an entire tallit for $118, or contributing towards a tallit in the amount of your choosing. Sponsors of $118 or more will be honored with a plaque. May our CBTO family go from simcha to simcha!