Rabbi Howard Finkelstein     Chazan Yair Subar       President Howard Nadler

In This Issue

  • From the Rabbi
  • Shul News
  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Refuah Shlemah
  • Yahrzeits
  • Door Monitors
  • Calendar
  • Community News
  • Donations

Pesach – March 30 & 31
Candle Lighting: 7:10 p.m.
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:15 p.m.

From the Desk of the Rabbi

Experience and memory are two important components in the life of a nation. While remembrance of times and events past establish the historical foundations of a country or faith, the ability to experience that which occurred so long ago makes more of an indelible impression on the individual and the community. Historical plays and dramatic representations of important events in the life of that community over the course of years enable a new generation to connect with its heritage and past.

The Haggadah on Pesach indicates that we simply do not recount what happened to the Hebrew slaves in Egypt so many thousands of years ago. We are told to consider ourselves as if we personally had left Egypt, even though we live so many centuries later. In some Sephardic homes, the Exodus is reenacted for good reason at the Seder table. Memory is enhanced by experience.

During the course of the year, we remind ourselves about the Exodus through our daily and holiday prayers and Kiddush. But we are not commanded to relate the story of the Exodus, except at the Seder table. The mitzvah of Zechirat Yetziat Mitzrayim, the remembrance of the Exodus, in the words of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik , is designed to make us aware of our responsibility  to accept the yoke of the kingdom of G-d. In other words, our daily recitation of the Exodus account is directed to the need for one to develop and cultivate his or her fear of G-d. On reciting these daily words, one is supposed to be in awe of the power of G-d as manifested in Egypt and the Red Sea.

However, on Pesach night, we are to not only remember; we are told to recount the story of the Exodus as a personal, earthshaking experience. The text of the Haggadah provides the reference points of that experience as we examine the texts in the book of Shemot and other places that tell the story of what happened over three thousand years ago in Egypt.

On Passover night, we have to use our power of imagination to see ourselves, and not just our ancestors, as having left Egypt. The best storyteller is one who lives the experience. We become those raconteurs, and we teach our children to not only remember the Exodus, but to live it as well.

Rivka, Judith, Tani and I wish you and your families a Chag Kasher Vesameach.

Shul News

Do you have room at your seder? Would you like to be invited to a seder?  Do you know of someone who could use an invitation? Please call Rabbi, Rivka or Elisheva (at Shul office)  There is room at Rabbi and Rivka’s for the 2nd seder.
Friday, March 30: Erev Pesach (statutory holiday)

Shacharit will be at 8:00 AM followed by siyum bechorim (Fast of the first born).  Last time to eat chametz- 10:22 AM. Last time to sell and burn chametz before 11:44 AM. Shul bonfire at 11:20 AM.Chol Hamoed Pesach
Shacharit : 

Monday 8:00 am

Tuesday 6:30 am & 8:00 am
Wednesday 6:30 am & 8:00 am
Thursday 6:30am & 8:00 am
Mincha & Ma’ariv:
Monday – Wednesday 7:15 pm

Friday, April 6: The Congregation is invited to Rabbi and Rivka Finkelstein’s house for Kiddush following services.
Shabbat April 7: Pseudot Mashiah (seudat mashiach) reception at Rabbi Finkelstein’s house for teens and young adults at 5 PM.

Community News

CAMP B’NAI BRITH: The Ottawa Jewish historical Society, in partnership with the Soloway JCC, invite you to a retrospective evening of all things CAMP on Thursday May 17 at the Soloway JCC, in the Social Hall at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10. Memories and Mamaloshin, fantastic photos that will make you laugh, and wonderful food (including standard camp fare and Joe Louis) prepared by David Smith, Creative Kosher, will be served in the “Mess Hall”!  To make this evening extra special, Mark Max and Russell Kronick have agreed to lead all of us in a super singsong. This will surely be a night to remember. Don’t miss this magical memory-filled party.  CBB was a place we couldn’t wait to go back to.  On May 17 we can go back for one more brief visit with our old friends. We hope to see all of you there. For more information, and to RSVP please contact the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society Office at  613-798-9818 ext. 264 or by e-mail at ojhsoc@gmail.com

Rabbi Simes Torah Project 

We have been so pleased with the response to Rabbi Yehuda Simes zt”l Torah Project and with the responses so far. We wanted to share with you the launch of a dedicated website for friends in the United States to help us reach our goal.
We hope you will support this worthy initiative and help us spread the word to all those who knew Rabbi Simes. Please share this link with your family, friends, and people who knew Rabbi Simes and who live in the US.
The Rabbi Simes Torah Project is a celebration of the man who positively affected so many lives. His lasting influence on the Ottawa Jewish community and his Congregation is immeasurable. Rabbi Simes loved his family. He loved Judaism. He loved his community and he loved learning.
A Torah scroll dedicated in his memory will honour his love of teaching and learning, and his commitment to a life of Torah. This Sefer Torah will be housed at Beit Tikvah, the shul Rabbi Simes attended. In recognition of the fact that Rabbi Simes reached the entire community, the Sefer Torah will be made available and brought to other locations for Simchas, and, sadly, during times of sorrow.
Help us reach our goal.
Donations can be made by Interac eTransfer, cheque, credit card, or PayPal or by calling the Shul office at 613-723-1800.

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Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@gmail.com
Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator shul@cbto.org 

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