Rabbi Howard Finkelstein

Chazan Yair Subar

President Howard Nadler
Parashat Ki Tavo

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting: 7:07 pm

Shabbat Ends: 8:14 pm

Sefer Torah Sponsor:  Janet & Jonathan Isserlin

Shabbat in the Park will be at Craig Henry Park(weather permitting) Shabbat afternoon from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. The walking Group will meet at 4:00 pm.

From the Rabbi’s Desk – Parashat Ki Tavo:                         

The unique relationship between G-d and the people of Israel is predicated on the latter’s adherence to not only the mitzvoth of Hashem, but to the commitment of the Jew to walk in the way of G-d. Pursuing this pathway is a prerequisite for the observance of the commandments. The Or HaChaim in his commentary states that the Torah emphatically stresses the need for the Jew to walk in that divine pathway. The failure to do could even renders mitzvah observance to be wanting.

What does it mean to walk in the pathway of G-d? The Or HaChaim defines it as those behaviours in life that are not necessarily defined as laws, but characterize the Jew. The practice of Chesed is a descriptive act of the Jew. Whether that person be defined as religious or not, his or her carrying out acts of chesed truly depicts the character and nature of that individual.  Meticulous observance of the various aspects of specific Halachot minus the dimension of chesed render that person as incomplete in the eyes of G-d.

As we enter the High Holiday period, we should keep in mind this interpretation of the Or HaChaim, emphasizing the importance of following a pathway of life that demonstrates to others the beauty of Chesed. Our congregation, through the Chesed committee and through private initiatives, is a leading institution in the promulgation of chesed in the Ottawa community. On a more global stage, the work of Ten Yad in our community is a wonderful source of support for many families.

Many families and individuals are continuing to contribute needed funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and we watch with trepidation the effects of Hurricane Irma. Many of us have family and friends in Florida, and many have winter residences in that part of the United States. We pray for the safety of the millions that are effected by these horrifying acts of nature. As we mentioned in last week’s sermon based on Psalm 148, the power of the elements rest in G-d’s hands. May He spare those who live in that part of the world from the effects of these hurricanes.

                             Please volunteer to join the door greeter team
Fellow Beit Tikvah members,
A wonderful feature of our shul is the smiling face and warm handshake that greets you at the front door every Shabbat and Yom Tov. We have a team of dedicated volunteers who have willingly and cheerfully taken on this duty for the past several years. Lately our roster has become quite depleted for various reasons, so we are looking for new or returning volunteers for this important role. It only takes about 30 minutes of your day, once or twice a month.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Mark Silver at msilver1818@gmail.com,  mobile: 613-295-5333, or see me at shul.

Do you want to clear your shelves?

Do you have gently used toys lying around the house collecting dust? Please consider donating new or used toys (not electronic) for our children in our shul to be used on high holidays or Shabbat throughout the year. Donations can be left in the front lobby during normal office hours for the next two weeks.

NEW DATE! Monday, September 18th at 7:30 pm

* General Donations: $18
* Siddurim: Koren/Artscroll $50
* Koren Talmud Bavli: $100
* Wall of Honour/brick: $118

* Yahrzeit Board:  $300
* Eitz Chaim/Leaf: $180
* Eitz Chaim/Acorn: $300
* Eitz Chaim/boulder: $360


CHES: The launch of the Holocaust Monument in Ottawa will take place on September 27. With the blessings and cooperation from  Monument’s Council, the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES), will present a special program that evening to mark the monument’s inauguration (http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2017/08/special-program-to-honour-inauguration-of-national-holocaust-monument/).
We wish the congregation a Happy and Sweet New Year from Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES).
Please note that the event is time sensitive, RSVP must be  by September 18. The event itself is September 27.

JNF: MICKY ROSENFELD, Israel Police Foreign Press Correspondent, direct from Israel. September 10, 7:45 pm,  Congregation Beit Tikvah. Cost: $18.00 in advance, $20 at the door.

Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s: Annual Campaign Kickoff events on Sunday, Sept. 17 featuring an afternoon sing-a-long concert with family entertainers Sharon and Bram (sold out, but add your name to the waiting list!) and  at 7 pm, Keynote speaker Hillel Neuer, a Montreal-born lawyer, writer and activist, and executive director of UN Watch in Geneva. Tickets $10/person or $20/household, available online at jewishottawa.com , or call Samantha Sharkey 613-798-4696, ext. 241, or e-mail Ssharkey@jewishottawa.com.

JFS VOLUNTEER OPTIONS: JFS has a blind, elderly client in the CBTO neighbourhood who needs someone to pick up a few groceries for her from the Kosher section at Loblaws College Square, approximately every other week, starting after the chagim until April.  If you are able to do this important mitzvah while doing your own shopping, please call the Volunteer Desk at 613.722.2225, ext. 315.

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.

HOUSTON RELIEF: YOU CAN HELP by clicking on any of these links:

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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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