Rabbi Howard Finkelstein   ●   Chazan Yair Subar    ●  President Howard Nadler

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Parashat Beha’alotcha
June 1 &  2
Mincha and Ma’ariv: 7:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 8:26p.m.

Sefer Torah Sponsors: 
Joan Bercovitch and Ian Sadinsky and Family

From the Desk of the Rabbi
דברי הרב  Parashat Beha’alotcha:
The recent mortar bombardment from Gaza on Israeli territory, the response of the Iron Dome system, and the sounds and signals of Code Red in effected communities are disturbingly familiar as we remember the Protective Edge campaign of 2014. Though, at the time of this writing, there is a cease fire in effect, one cannot be comforted by the knowledge that these cessations of hostilities are usually only temporary.
The sound of the siren prompting people to seek refuge in shelters has historical antecedents as our Torah portion this week relates that the Kohanim shall sound their silver trumpets when the people of Israel face enemy invasion and incursions. The sounding of the trumpets are not simply a call to arms and for the soldiers to gather to do battle. The trumpets are sounded in order to arouse the feelings of prayer and repentance in the hearts of those who hear them. The notes of the trumpet ,similar to those of the shofar, are messages of hope and supplication before G-d that indeed the armies of Israel shall be victorious over its enemies.

Intriguingly, the Torah does not refer to these invaders as enemies, but as terrorists whose focus is on causing death and destruction and psychological damage to those caught in their snares.  Hamas and Islamic Jihad know fully well they cannot defeat the Israel Defence Forces militarily, but continue to act irrationally in sacrificing their own people to send a message of resistance to Israel.

As we observe these events as they unfurl in the Gaza Strip border, we are comforted by another sentence appearing in this week’s Torah portion, which we say when we take the Torah out of the Ark when we read the Torah: May G-d arise and scatter His enemies and force them to flee from before Him.

Shul News

Shabbat in the Park: Shabbat, June 2nd at Charing Park from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, walking club will meet at 4:00 pm (weather permitting).

Save the Date!
Annual General Meeting will be Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Nominations for the new Board of Directors and President will be closing TODAY. If you are interested or
would like to nominate someone please contact Marsha Kaiserman
marsha.kaiserman@rogers.com or Katherine Moss katherine.moss@sympatico.ca.

Volunteer of the Year award 
At our AGM we will be announcing the winner of our first annual volunteer of the year award.  This award will be given to the person that has committed their time and energy to volunteering to help make our shul better.  Please submit your nomination for an individual who you believe has gone above and beyond this year in volunteering their time.  Nominations should include a brief description of why you think this person deserves to be recognized submit your nominations to Bobby Wollock at bobbywollock@rogers.com.

Rabbi Simes Torah Dedication –
Thank you to everyone who came out to this beautiful event. Yasher Koach to the Sefer Torah Committee and the many volunteers.

Community News

JEWISH WAR VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP: The Jewish War Veterans of Canada, Ottawa Post, is offering two (2) $ 1000.00 scholarships to deserving Jewish students who are graduating in 2018 from secondary school and are entering university in 2018.
Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 years on or before the 31st of May 2018 and be residents of the National Capital Region.
In the letter of application, candidates will provide evidence of superior qualities of leadership, good citizenship, complete school mark records including the final year,  and sportsmanship at school, within the Jewish Community and community-at-large. All applicants should provide a letter stating why they think they are eligible. Enclose any supporting material that you may think relevant.  All documentation must be received no later than July 13, 2018. Send Submissions to : Ruth Aaron  877 Maplecrest Avenue Ottawa, Ontario K2A 2Z7.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES: Client with some mobility issues is looking for a friendly visitor to spend time together working in her garden every week or two.  JFS neighbourhood.  Female preferred.
Newcomer to Ottawa (Alta Vista area) is looking for a female companion to join her at AJA 50+ events and other events/outings.  Companion to provide transportation.  Client uses a walker.
Elderly client who is visually and hearing impaired needs a visitor for about 45 min-1 hr every 2-3 weeks, at his home on Merivale Rd.  Communication will need to be in writing, or by typing on your laptop in large print.   To take on any of these mitzvot, please contact the JFS Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225, x315.
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