February 4 – 10, 2017
Parashat Bo             

Sefer Torah Sponsor: Janet and Jonathan Isserlin

Howard Finkelstein
Yair Subar
Howard Nadler

15 Chartwell Avenue
Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
Email: shul@cbto.org
Phone: 613-723-1800
Fax: 613-723-6567

Service Times  for February 3rd
Shacharit 7:00 am
Candle Lighting 4:55 pm
Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:00 pm
Shabbat February 4th
Shacharit 9:00 am
Mincha 4:45 pm
Followed by Parsha and Halacha
Ma’ariv 5:55 pm

Shabbat Ends 6:05 pm

Lost Tallit Bag:  It seems that a blue Tallit  bag  was taken home by mistake some months ago. Can you please make sure you have the correct bag, if you do notice you have the wrong bag please contact the office.

Thank you

FROM THE RABBI’S DESK – BO:                              

Ironically, Pharaoh’s initial agreement to allow the Hebrews to go into the desert to perform their prayers and sacrifices in the aftermath of the plague of locusts stands in contrast to other despots in Jewish history who deny the Jews that opportunity of worship. Though Pharaoh changes his mind, his original thought to permit this action on the part of the Israelites is reflective of his understanding that it is in the nature of man to wish to reach out to a deity.

On the other hand, the denial of freedom of worship is devastating to the Soviet Jews in the 20th Century, and the Communist experiment in Russia is almost successful in obliterating any religious connections the Jews may have. Thankfully, that attempt is not successful, although a large percentage of Soviet Jews assimilate and are lost to the Jewish community.

But denial deteriorates into terror when individuals take on themselves the task to harm those who engage in worship. We as a Jewish community are more than aware of numerous attempts to destroy synagogues such as during Krystallnacht, and the murder of Jews at worship, be it in a synagogue in Turkey or a shul in Har Nof in Jerusalem. On the other hand, other faith communities have suffered equally, noting the recent tragic events at a mosque in Quebec City, and the attack on bible students at a Charleston, South Carolina church. Terrorism and hate go hand in hand, and they are not discriminatory. Terror and hate attack all decent people, regardless of race or creed.

There is no question that what transpired a few days ago in Quebec City was horrible and tragic. All decent people must condemn what happened there and elsewhere. At the same time, sadly, I do not remember a similar outcry and vigil for the victims of the Har Nof massacre a few short years ago, victims who were known personally by members of our community. When 34 Jews were killed in a synagogue massacre some years ago in Turkey, there was no huge hue and cry by the world community about what happened there.

Regardless, we as Jews must take the high road, and not allow transgressions by an indifferent world community dim our vision and clear determination to condemn evil from whatever source. Just as we have a responsibility to condemn violations and abuses of human rights, because we suffered as slaves in Egypt, we are obligated as members of the world community to mourn the loss of innocent lives snuffed out by terrorists in churches, mosques or in other locales.

We dare not be parochial in our focus on what is happening in the world around us. We are given the mission enunciated by Isaiah to be a “light unto the nations.” We can only be that light if our feelings of solidarity with others in times of crisis are enunciated clearly and unequivocally.


  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
  3. “TEXTING” WITH THE RABBI for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students: on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.  Rabbi Finkelstein will share his knowledge of sacred texts with our girls (age 11) and boys (age 12) in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
JFS VOLUNTEER POSITION: The JFS Transportation program is desperately seeking replacement drivers for missing snowbirds!  Approximately 1-2 drives per month, usually during regular business hours, taking seniors to medical appointments or social recreational programs.  Call 613.722.2225, x249 to help fill this growing, critical need.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.

Next Round, February 11th, please contact the office if you would like to register.

SIDDURIM: Dedication cost of Koren $50
KOREN TALMUD BAVLI: Dedication cost is $100.
· A brick on the Wall of Honour $118
· A memorial plaque on the Yahrzeit Board $300
· A leaf on the Eitz Chaim $180
·An Acorn on the Eitz Chaim $300
· A boulder for the Eitz Chaim $360

15 Chartwell Avenue, Nepean, ON K2G 4K3
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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