Parashat Bereshit
October 29-November 4, 2016   26 Tishrei  – 2 Cheshvan, 5777
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Anonymous 



  • Thank you for all our congregants who helped to make this a very dynamic happy freilach Simchat Torah.

KIDDUSH SPONSORS: This week’s kiddush is sponsored by  Beit Tikvah. Enhanced kiddush with Challah, chicken, potatoes and pasta.

A Loud Shul on a Quiet Shabbat –  This Shabbat afternoon between 2:30-5:00 come and entertain yourself with board games in the basement. Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your board games.

  • Family Minyan: Shabbat, October 29th at 8:45 am
  • Challah Bake for women and girls at Beit Tikvah Sunday, November 6th 12:00-5:00 pm.
  • Women & girls Challah bake at Beit Tikvah Monday & Tuesday November 7th & 8th 4:00—5:30 pm.
  • Children’s Challah bake Wednesday, November 9th at 3:45 pm OJCS.
  • Women’s Community Challah bake Thursday, November 10th at  7:00 pm JCC

    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.


The recent discovery of a piece of parchment containing the earliest reference to the connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem stands in sharp contrast to the recent UNESCO resolution passed and reconfirmed denying any Jewish relationship whatsoever to what it calls the Haram Al Sharif (the Temple Mount).

One should not be surprised at this declaration considering the appalling record of the UN when it comes to the condemnation of alleged human rights violations in Judea and Samaria and turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq. I remember standing on line at the UN to visit this exalted shrine of anti-Israel rhetoric that there was a video constantly playing depicting the ‘criminal’ activities of Israeli soldiers against Palestinians.

This unified international effort against Israel is already manifestly described in Psalms 83 which depicts a group of nations desirous of eliminating the state of Israel and its claim to be a nation among others. The names of the countries are of course different, although they represent the gamut of Middle Eastern nations of the ancient world.

Further, Rashi’s famous comment at the beginning of his commentary on Genesis that the nations of the world claim that the Jewish people have stolen the land of the Canaanites resonates strongly today as we perceive world events. That this comment appears at the beginning of Genesis is not surprising. Every year at the end of Simchat Torah we read this comment of Rashi as a reminder that despite the passage of time, the claims of the world community against the legitimacy of the Jewish state continue unabated.

There is no question that many have condemned the latest audacious and outrageous statements emanating from the UN against Israel. We applaud and appreciate the supportive statements of world leaders such as Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama against this pernicious UNESCO decision. However, we should realize that these types of statements are reminiscent of ancient attempts to destroy us either physically, spiritually or through ‘diplomatic’ fora. And they will continue.

Attempts at appeasement and compromise will not result in a sudden shift and change of heart on the part of those who wish us harm.  Our ties to the Temple Mount are resolute and historic. We do not need the approval of the world community to continue to assert our religious rights to the Temple Mount, and to continue to pray for the restoration of the Temple on that sacred ground. Historical attempts to eradicate the state of Israel in ancient and in modern times have failed, thank G-d, although at great human loss to our people. But we will persevere.


It sometimes gets overlooked, but I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who work quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) to help me and others  ensure that services run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. It doesn’t come about by chance, and I want to publicly recognize that fact.
Shabbat Shalom from Janet and me to you all on this first Shabbat of the New Torah cycle.

Jonathan Isserlin


  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


THE AUXILIARY OF HILLEL LODGE TEA: Sunday, October 30 from 2-4 p.m, will feature a wonderful fashion show sponsored by Shepherd’s and the models will be our auxiliary members.HOLOCAUST EDUCATION: In observance of Holocaust Education Month, the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) will host a Second Generation Symposium targeted for children and/or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. The symposium will take place on Thursday, November 3rd in the Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada, between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm, a light dinner will be served admission is free but preregistration by October 24th is a must. For further information, please contact Marion Silver (613) 224-3354 or marion_silver123@yahoo.ca or Mina Cohn (613)839-5516 or to register please visit: http:/bit.ly/CHES2ndGen

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.

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

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