March 25 – 31, 2017
Parashat Vayakhel/Pekudei         

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Jackie & Lucian Sitwell
and Marcia & Barry 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 March 24th
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 7:03 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 pm

Shabbat March 25th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 6:55 pm
Ma’ariv 8:05 pm

Shabbat Ends 8:14 pm

NEW! at Beit Tikvah

Torah Insights from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein:
Watch our new series of videos from Rabbi Howard Finkelstein. Discover important lessons from the Parsha each week.
Go to  https://youtu.be/F0rcKLGTRsM


It is not coincidental that the Torah reading this week of Vayakhel-Pekudei is connected to the special reading of Parshat Hachodesh. The latter section deals with the first commandment given to the people of Israel as a nation to establish a Jewish calendar with Nisan being the first month. The end of the reading of Pekudei speaks about the completion of the construction of the Mishkan which takes place on the first day of Nisan exactly one year later.

Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, in his magnum opus, Sefer Hatodaah, Book of Jewish Knowledge, describes Nisan as a month of miracles. Our development into a nation comes on the heels of a miracle which we commemorate on Shabbat Hagadol. Our ancestors are able to choose a lamb for the Paschal sacrifice without any hindrance or interference from the Egyptians who worship this animal as a god.  Of course, the Exodus itself, the splitting of the Red Sea and the giving of the Torah as Sinai point to the ever presence of G-d among the Hebrews . Concomitantly, the presence of the Divine Cloud hovering over the  Mishkan exactly one year later demonstrates the miraculous facet of the interrelationship between Hashem and the Israelites which continues till today. While we no longer have the Temple, the Divine presence remains with us.

The reading of the Torah portion, and by extension, the Haggadah, are not simply religious requirements to remember what happened thousands of years ago. They serve as a reminder to us that though circumstances have changed, and years have passed, G-d’s commitment to us, and hopefully, ours to Him, remain constant and unwavering.


  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.SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY: We’re looking for children ages 6-12 to participate in an online video-based survey looking at the relationship between religious attendance and well-being. Little is known about how religious attendance builds child well-being.  Dr. Laura Armstrong, C.Psych., Elizabeth St John  (M.A candidate) and Emmalyne Watt  (PhD Candidate) from Saint Paul University in Ottawa are examining this issue. We will share our findings with the local religious community. All data collected will be anonymous. If you volunteer to participate, please have your child complete this survey by March 25. Thank you so much for your participation. In a time period where many religious congregations are shrinking, results from this survey will help local places of worship build local capacity to support positive child development and potentially grow their population of young people. Ultimately, this research will illuminate what works in religious communities to enhance meaning, skills for resilience, and child well-being. Please click on the following to complete the survey:   http://uottawa.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/larmstrong/isa/

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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