Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 6 Adar 5781
Friday Night Candle Lighting 5:13 PM
Saturday Night Havdallah 6:13 PM
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Friday Night Candle Lighting 5:23 PM
Saturday Night Havdallah 6:23 PM
This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of remembering. And what is it that we are called to remember? The actions of the terrible Amalekites who attacked us, women and children first, just after we successfully left Egypt. It is interesting, therefore, to reflect why, of all the events that took place in the Torah, one of the most tragic is selected for us to specifically remember.  
Perhaps the attack of the Amalekites is what we remember because it reminds us of all that we were able to overcome. While entirely unprepared, we were able to still defeat the Amalekites by coming together and with God’s support. While it forces us to think about a sad time in our history, it also allows to appreciate all that we were able to accomplish and can accomplish again. 
This coming week marks (on the Jewish calendar) one year since COVID came to Ottawa. As such, this Shabbat morning, as part of Shabbat Zachor, we will spend time reflecting on what a year of COVID has meant to us. And while one might ask why we would want to draw our attention to something that has brought so much sadness and adversity to our lives, it is specifically to remind us of all that we have proved to be capable of and all that we have overcome, together. 
I hope that this Shabbat many of you will join us either in person or from home and take the time to reflect on the challenges that this year has brought but also the amazing strength and character that we have been able to demonstrate throughout. And if we do so, what a meaningful Shabbat Zachor it will be.

Shabbat Shalom
This week's video from Cantor Green contains the first blessing before the Sh'ma acknowledging the miracle of creation and the separation of day and night, concluding with "Uma-avir Yom Umeivi Laila". It appears at the bottom of page 28 in the blue Sim Shalom Siddur for Shabbat and Festivals.
Our Mishloach Manot deliveries to members will begin this Monday, February 22. If you will be out of town or simply do NOT wish to receive a package please let us know by emailing
Our office will be staffed every day of the week. We still ask that anyone who plans to come by the synagogue alert us in advance so we can assure someone is there to meet them at that time. The best way to reach any of our office staff, clergy, or lay leadership is via email and all of the relevant synagogue email addresses are listed below.

Rabbi Eytan Kenter
Rabbi Deborah Zuker
Cantor Jason Green
Laura Dimitroff
Please visit our KBI Virtual page for a listing of all our virtual programming!
As we are now able to host a larger number of members for our in-person services, please fill out a registration form if you would like to attend Kabbalat Shabbat and/or Shabbat morning services.

You must register to attend both services and the deadline is Noon on Fridays.

In-Person Kabbalat Shabbat Registration - Click Here
In-Person Shabbat Morning Registration - Click Here
Weekdays - 7:30 AM (Zoom)
Sundays - 8:30 AM (Zoom)
Anyone can join on ZOOM at or dial-in by phone at 647-374-4685 then input the meeting ID (886 548 503). Press *6 to mute and un-mute yourself when calling in.

Evening Services
Mondays & Wednesdays - 5:45 PM (Zoom)
Anyone can join on ZOOM at or dial-in by phone at 647-374-4685 then input the meeting ID (886 548 503). Press *6 to mute and un-mute yourself when calling in.

Friday, February 19
Kabbalat Shabbat
5:30 PM (Live-Stream,

Saturday, February 20
Hachanah l’Shabbat
9:00 AM (Live-Stream,

Shabat Morning Service
10:00 AM (Live-Stream,

6:03 PM (Facebook Live,
Senior Rabbi ■ Rabbi Eytan Kenter
Associate Rabbi ■ Rabbi Deborah Zuker
Cantor ■ Cantor Jason Green
President ■ Judah Silverman
Gabbai Rishon ■ Norm Ferkin
Ba'al Koreh ■ Kalman Estrin
Interim Executive Director ■ Elisheva Brantz
Please notify the Shul office of any congregant and/or family member who is ill or hospitalized; or, if you know of an individual who has moved or entered a residential placement. Additionally, please let us know if you or someone you know may require some additional support in this challenging time. Your call will ensure that our Clergy can follow up with visits, calls, and healing prayers 613-728-3501 Ext. 221
Mazal Tov to Catherine & Howard Cohen, on their wedding anniversary!

February 20-26

Harry Aaron Agulnik
Susana Bernstein
Celia Bloom
Harry Bogdonov
Ruth Cammy
Queenie Cohen
Fanny Diamond
Eva Fine
Tanya Gauzas
Stanley Glube
Frances Goldmann
Morris Gordon
Samuel Gould
Dora Granatstein
Patrick Grattan-Bellew
Bernice Hochberg
Robert Abraham Kanigsberg
Harry Katz
Melvin (Mickey) Kostove
Albert Krolik
Nathan Mandel
Laz Mirsky
Rose Morris
David Oko Elie Paroli
Piney Pollock
Dave Polowin
Harry Pozy
Avrum Rapoport
John Robinson
Thomas Sachs
Max Saper
Sarah (Sunny) Senzilet
Irving Shaffer
Rachel Leah Shaffer
Heinz Martin Silbermann
Molly Slone
A. Harry Stein
Ching Po T'O
Irving Taylor
Simon Wex

Ha Makom Yenachem
Please note that only email donation cards will be sent until the KBI office is back up and running full time. When making a donation please include the recipient's email address.

Please click here to make an online donation, or call the Shul office at 613-728-3501 x221
or email Ilana Goldfarb:

There are many blessings that happen in all of our lives such as the birth of a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild; the engagement or marriage of a loved one; or a promotion at work or a volunteer award.  These events lend balance to times of sadness, such as the death or illness of a loved one. We at Kehillat Beth Israel are grateful for the opportunity to share these moments with you - to be a source of community in both times of celebration and times of sorrow.  Below you will find some of the events in our community from the last few weeks. Please continue to share with us your happy occasions so that we may share them here in the future.  

ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם הטוב והמטיב
 Barukh Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melekh Ha-olam 
Ha-tov V'hameytiv
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe
Who is good and bestows good
And in the spirit of gratitude, we also take this opportunity to thank the members of our community for their charitable gifts to the synagogue. We could not do the important work that we do at Kehillat Beth Israel without your generous support. We are so thankful for your continued contributions that allow us to grow and thrive. Todah Rabbah!

In observance of the Yahrzeit of Philip Polowsky z"l
Bryna Cohen

In observance of the Yahrzeit our father & grandfather, Irving Taylor z"l
Risa & Brent Taylor

Thank you for your generous donation
Aviva Ben-Choreen & John Freedman
Janet Wolfe

In honour of Reesa Busgang's birthday
Sid Milech & Elaine Wisenthal

Refuah Shlema to Jonathan Calof 
Marion Silver & Alan Brass

In memory of Marvin Shabinsky z"l
David Daitchman
Laya & Sol Shabinsky

In memory of Maureen McIlwain z"l
Joanne Tannenbaum & Ari Cherun
Jill Doctor
Adam Fremeth
Jack, Sarah, David & Lev Silverstein

In honour of Limmud
Evelyn Greenberg

In honour of Michael, Nikki, Neilah & Ben Shapiro 
Jack, Sarah, David & Lev Silverstein

In honour of Rabbi Mendel, Dina & Shayna Blum 
Jack, Sarah, David & Lev Silverstein

In honour of Linda & Steven Kerzner
Jack, Sarah, David & Lev Silverstein

In honour of Ingrid Levitz
Jack, Sarah, David & Lev Silverstein

In honour of Corinne Zagerman
Jack, Sarah, David & Lev Silverstein

In honour of Marty & Janet Shimkofsky
Jack, Sarah, David & Lev Silverstein

KBI apologizes for any errors or omissions.
Have a specific question? 
Please go to "CONTACT US" at

3 Session Work Shop via Zoom - Care for the Caregiver
Presented by Ottawa Rabbis Bolton, Kenter and Mikelberg and Ottawa Pastoral care trainer Lisa Boulay
Thursdays March 4th, 11th and 18th from 1.30 to 2.45 p.m.
$20.00 for all three sessions 
This program is for those in the Ottawa Jewish Community who are caring for their loved ones, either at home or in a community setting. It will provide a Jewish perspective on caregiving, as well as helpful general coping strategies. Topics will include:
-Self care
-Understanding compassion fatigue
-Setting boundaries 
Please register through the Temple Israel Office at or by calling 613-224-1802, Extension 5.
 If you would like more information about the program, please contact Jane Gordon at or Susan Fried at