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Parashat Vayera 
November 19-24, 2016   17  -23 Cheshvan, 5777
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Rosalie and Harold Schwartz

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY
CORRECTION TO SERVICE TIMES:  Please note that M’ariv will resume on Thursday, November 24th and  Shacharit, Friday, November 25th  at Beit Tikvah and NOT the Shiva house as previously stated.


SHUL EVENTS
  • Family Minyan Shabbat, November 19th at 8:30 am

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.

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

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK: VAYERA

Only once is Abraham referred to as the Hebrew when he chases those who had captured Lot, his nephew. The word, Hebrew, is not in its original context, the name of a language, but a concept indicating that Abraham stands on the other side of the river, the Euphrates, with his ethics and morals entrenched in a monotheistic framework. He does not seek popularity, but truth and justice as this week’s parsha describes. He goes against the grain, so to speak, and is willing to stand alone promoting his values and his views to a disinterested and indifferent world.

But sometimes the action of an individual can change that indifference into something positive. Abraham perseveres, and three faiths trace their origins to him. On the other hand, the actions of a deranged or evil individual can also affect his surroundings. The recent acts of vandalism committed against three Jewish places of prayer in Ottawa, acts laden with anti-Semitic epithets and swastikas, unite a shocked community to rally around the causes of justice and righteousness as espoused by Abraham.

Decent people from all walks of life, from different faith communities feel revulsion when they see the acts of vandalism that deface houses of worship, no matter the religion. Some attribute the recent rise in anti-Semitic acts in Ottawa to the Trump victory in the United States. While obviously these crimes were committed in the days following the American election, we cannot forget that similar acts such as on our own shul years ago are not that rare. Latent anti-Semitism morphs into blatant anti-Semitism. We have to be vigilant and not overlook any event that promotes hatred and terror.

THE FORMATION OF A WELCOMING COMMITTEE

What is the image that we now project towards both new and potentially new members entering our synagogue. Are we warm and welcoming ?

If you consider yourself as a good communicator and “people person”, please read on.

Would you be interested in participating in a new Beit Tikvah welcoming committee that is being formed to welcome and perhaps even “chat it up” with new, potentially new and visiting members and congregants.

Forward  your name to volunteer on this committee, on a once a month, basis. Like individuals volunteering to “man” the front door on Shabbat, welcoming is best undertaken on a rotational basis.

Send us all of your suggestions and comments  (to shul@cbto.org ) and join with Rabbi Finkelstein and me (Les Breiner) to share your ideas and suggestions, at a date and time yet to be determined. Both men and women are welcome.

FOR A NEW AND POTENTIAL MEMBER, FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE CRITICAL AND WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE VISITOR, INDIVIDUAL AND/OR FAMILY, THAT WE ARE A FRIENDLY AND A CARING CONGREGATION.


 

Here is a photo of some of our fabulous bakers who participated on Nov.16th.

We hope to be baking every month. We would be happy to have more ladies join us in this fun and very appreciated activity. For more information, please contact the shul.

This coming Sunday, November 20, the LIMMUD program returns to Ottawa offering all kinds of lectures, panel discussions, exhibits designed to enhance our knowledge of Judaism and our acquaintance with issues affecting the Jewish community today.

I will be participating in a panel discussion concerning the future of Jewish education in Ottawa, and how new ideas and approaches can enhance the delivery of Jewish learning to our students.

What I find especially gratifying about Limmud is the opportunity to meet members of the Jewish community of Ottawa who I normally would not see at other venues. Limmud is a unifying experience, one which I recommend to all.

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

ONGOING CLASSES OFFERED BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN: Everyone is welcome at no charge.
  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

OTTAWA JEWISH COMMUNITY EVENTS

AVOT U’BANIM:  A program for Fathers and sons (Grade 1 and up). Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night) 6:30 pm at the Kollel – 1762 Carling Ave. 

JFS: is looking for a shopping companion urgently needed for an elderly holocaust survivor who lives in Orleans.  Bi-weekly, starting asap.  Please call Jewish Family Services at 613.722.2225, ext. 315 to help.

LIMMUD OTTAWA 2016: Sunday, November 20 8:30 am – 5 pm. Limmud Ottawa is an independent, all volunteer, inclusive organization celebrating Jewish learning, art and culture. Visit www.limmudottawa.ca or visit us on Facebook for more information. Wherever you are on your Jewish Journey, Limmud will take you one step further! Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt. Contact Jenny Roberge at 613-608-6872 at jenny.roberge@gmail.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.

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 $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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