Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa
Parashat Nitzavim
October 1- 7, 2016   27 Elul  – 4 Tishrei
, 5776
Sefer Torah Sponsors: Elaine Freidberg and Bob Dale



Please refrain from blocking the hand rail in the women’s section, all carriages and strollers must be left in the lobby it is a safety concern.

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.

NO SCENTS MAKES GOOD SENSE: Please avoid the use of perfumes and colognes in the shul.

Congregation Beit Tikvah joins the state of Israel and world Jewry in mourning the death of Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel.
May his dream of peace come true and may his memory be a blessing.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.


Several months before his death, Shimon Peres, z’l, penned an article about Maimonides holding him up as a model to emulate considering the rabbi’s great erudition, worldliness and his impact on the world, Jewish and non-Jewish. Shimon Peres was revered by many as a model of integrity and wisdom around the world, although he had his detractors in Israel. One could not help but be struck by his wisdom, and eternal optimism, as well as his desire to create an opportunity for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Some years ago, I was part of a contingent of rabbis from the Rabbinical Council of America that had a private meeting with him when he was Prime Minister of Israel. The meeting was a heated one, as some of the rabbis challenged him on his view of the development of communities in Judea and Samaria. He addressed each contentious issue forthrightly, and did not hesitate to speak his mind.

On becoming President of Israel, he was able to receive the respect and adulation of many that had eluded him when he served in other capacities in Israel’s government. His trip to Ottawa a few short years ago and his words of wisdom at the National Gallery (I believe) were greatly appreciated.  All were in awe of his leadership and eloquence even at a very advanced age.
Leadership was his forte, a quality that finds prominence in the opening sentence of this week’s Torah reading, as the heads of Israel are told to stand firm in committing to the covenant of the Torah. The rabbis of the Talmud state that this covenant enunciated on the eastern side of the Jordan River on the Plains of Moab reflects on the ancient but revered adage that all Jews are responsible for one another.

Shimon Peres embodied the idea of responsibility in his work to develop a strong state of Israel militarily, and in his quest for peace where Jew and Arab could live peacefully and develop their respective economies and communities. He spoke constantly of Israel as the nation that could expand its opportunities to not only look after the needs of its own people, but of the capacity of the Jewish State to make this a better world in which to live in terms of its technological and scientific accomplishments.
He will be sorely missed by Israelis, Jews around the world, and by so many others who admired his words and his works. May his memory be a blessing.


Dear Members,

As you read this message you are probably taking a break from the last minute preparations for Rosh Hashanah and the happy days that are in front of you.  Rosh Hashanah is a time to welcome the New Year with family and friends and to look at the New Year as a joyous time of the year.  We look and feel our best, cook our finest meals, wear our newest clothes and welcome home our children, parents and other family members to this family celebration. No other Holiday in the Jewish calendar is celebrated in such a positive way and with the hope of better things to come.

It is also the time of year when we reflect on the past year and think of ways in which we can be better this year, and things we will do that we didn’t do before.  We always feel that we can improve ourselves and that Rosh Hashanah offers us a chance for a new beginning and a brighter outlook on the upcoming year. As President I think about what we have done and what we can improve upon in the New Year.  Have we really accomplished our goals in the past year and can we build on the momentum of last year to get even better this year? Let’s me begin by looking at a few of our accomplishments in the last year.

One of our goals was to have enhanced kiddushes.  This was accomplished through the hard work of our Kiddush committee who spent many hours in the kitchen preparing on a weekly basis. Not only are there enhanced Shabbat kiddushes, but we also saw that our Holiday meals have really come along way.  We even brought back the beer and hotdogs of 1987!  More importantly most of our events were free to the congregation and we strived to make our special meals affordable so that all families could attend.

I said we would take a more business-like approach to operating the shul and we did. We are in a much better financial position than a year ago.  Despite losing both bingos we almost managed to break even, which is quite an accomplishment.  Our fundraising efforts were significantly improved.  Starting with the tribute dinner where we raised a significant amount of funds and gained great community exposure.  The Marketplace in November was another excellent event and thanks to all of you for purchasing Loblaw’s cards throughout the year.

Our success in children’s programs is progressing.  With great parties at Chanukah and Purim, as well as Shabbat programming, we planted the seeds of a program which will grow with time. We know we can improve on last year and I urge you to come forward and help us do so.

But that is in the past.  So where do go from here?

Programming will be the first priority.  We are actively looking for a program director so that we can get things moving.  Our youth and adult programming need an overhaul so that we can meet the challenges of other shuls around us.  As much as we have done some programs well, we have a long way to go. We want CBTO to be the shul that others look to for inspiration.  We are also reviewing our Shabbat services in an effort to make them shorter, and also to encourage more participation

Perhaps the most important goal for this year will be younger generation Involvement.  Our shul has been led by the same people for over thirty years.  It is time for us to hand over the reins to the next generation who have new and fresh ideas of what our programming should be and on how our services should be.  We have taken steps in this direction by adding younger Board members.  We have started our monthly Family Shabbat service where a less formal service is followed and more learning is featured.  Hopefully what is developed here can find its way into our regular service.

The time has come for CBTO to turn the page and make our shul more relevant and more attractive to the next generation.  As members I ask you all to help us in this endeavor.  We all like things to remain the same but we all need to be open to change.  We need to embrace new ideas and new ways of doing things so that we don’t let ourselves and our shul fall behind.  I urge you all to listen to our younger generation as they are the future of CBTO.  Let us make 5777 the year that CBTO welcomes a new beginning.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year and may it be your best year ever.

Shana Tova

Howard, Joyce, Ashlie, Lonnie, Evan & Ashley




Please note: There will be babysitting for children up to 6 years old as well as childcare for the older children 7-11 years old during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

SAVE THE DATE!!! November 11th and 12th: Shabbat Project, Parashat Lech Lecha. If you would like to help organize, or have any comments or thoughts. Please, contact the office. volunteers are requested.

  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


 HOLOCAUST EDUCATION :  October 19, 2016, Guest Lecture: Dr. Thomas Hecht. The Holocaust and My Experiences.11:35 a.m. to 12:55 p.m., Carleton University, Southam Hall room 515. The public is welcome. Sponsored by Carleton University in cooperation with Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship.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.

 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 caregivers.

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

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Phone 613-723-1800 / Fax 613-723-6567 / Web Site www.cbto.org
Rabbi Howard Finkelstein rabbihoward.finkelstein@gmail.com
Howard Nadler, President howardnadler@rogers.com

Elisheva Brantz, Office Administrator 

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