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Parashat Noach
November 5-11, 2016   3  – 9 Cheshvan, 5777
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Ken, Jordanna, Courtney,Wesleyand Hayley Ostrega 

CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY

REMINDER
  • Challah Bake for women and girls at Beit Tikvah Sunday, November 6th 12:00-5:00 pm.
  • Women’s & girls Challah bake at Beit Tikvah Monday & Tuesday November 7th & 8th 4:00-5:30 pm.
  • Women’s Community Challah bake Thursday, November 10th at  7:00 pm at Kehillat Beth Israel $18.
  • Community-wide Havdalah, November 12, Soloway JCC at 7:30 pm

    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: NOACH

A number of community rabbis and leaders had the opportunity to meet privately with the Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, this past Wednesday morning at Congregation Machzikei Hadas.  Rabbi Mirvis spoke of the need to ensure Jewish unity and to combat what he called the three “A”s, assimilation, anti-Semitism and apathy. While the first two are well known and monitored, the third category of apathy is not.

Are we too apathetic about apathy?  There is a tendency especially among younger Jews not to affiliate or to demonstrate loyalty to a particular institution or way of life. While we may wax eloquently about the successes of orthodoxy, the truth of the matter is that we are closing our eyes to the many more who are walking away from our faith because of a lack of interest or perceived shortcomings on the part of established religion.

Rabbi Mirvis emphasized the need to reach out to Jews wherever they may be and in whatever venue they find themselves. Whatever aspect of Judaism these individuals identify as being important to them should be praised by the Jewish establishment rather than denigrated.

At the end of this week’s Torah reading we read about the birth of Abram who is the founder of our faith. There is no doubt that he came across many indifferent to his point of view regarding G-d. But he persisted in his quest to bring the idea of monotheism to at best an apathetic world.  He did not emulate the example of Noah who stuck to himself and to his family allowing an uncaring world to fall victim to the flood. We must follow the example of Abram, not that of Noah.

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 a “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.


 

Patrick and Carmelita Ladaceur have been part of our shul family for 10 years now.
As you enter the Shul, Patrick  is  often there to greet you with a friendly smile. Patrick in particular, is the person behind the scenes, maintaining the physical building  and making sure that all our Shul functions proceed smoothly. He has done an amazing job!
Next Shabbat, November 12th, we plan to honour him and his family during  the kiddush after services.
As members, friends, and as part of our shul family, we ask for your help to sponsor the  upcoming kiddush.
Please contact Elisheva at the shul office at 613-723-1800 to make a donation and to share our thanks and appreciation.

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

HOLOCAUST EDUCATION: The community is invited to attend the launch event for Holocaust Education Month, commemorating the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This will take place on November 9th at the Kehillat Beth Israel at 7:00 pm. The keynote speaker is Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies, Michael Marrus. His topic is “Lessons of the Holocaust, A Historian’s Reflections”. This is a program of the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) and admission is free. For more information, please email us at chesatcarleton@gmail.com or call at 613-520-2600 x 1320

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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