Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 3 Tamuz 5780
Candle Lighting 8:37 PM
Havdallah 9:37 PM
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Candle Lighting 8:36 PM
Havdallah 9:36 PM
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Torah Reader(s) - Jonathan Meijer, Ralph Anzarouth, David Lyman, Geoffrey Katz &
Helen Zipes

Haftara - Agnes Klein

In-Person Services FAQs

This is one of the most challenging times most of us will ever have to navigate. The isolation and sense of loss are real. Because we long to be together again, we are sure there are a lot of questions about our plans for in-person services in the coming weeks. Please see the FAQs below to better understand what we plan to run and when.

What is the shul thinking in terms of in-person services?
There is no one who wants to have in-person services again more than the team here at KBI. That being said, if we say that our community’s health and safety is our top priority, we have to mean it, sometimes at the expense of programs and services that we wish we could do. We look forward to being able to see everyone in person again, but it will have to be when we can do so in a way that is as healthy and safe as possible.

So why isn’t KBI running Shabbat morning services?
We are inspired by a popular medical adage, “We don’t always have to be right, but we can’t afford to be wrong.” While we may “not be right” for not gathering now when we are allowed, the last thing we want is to be another House of Worship that becomes a super-spreader. We’d rather wait a few weeks and miss a couple weeks that would have been okay than launch and put people at risk.

But the synagogue is allowed to gather at 30% capacity...
It is Public Health’s responsibility not only to let us know how to be as safe as possible in these challenging times but also to respond with appropriate protocols following governmental decisions. While Public Health has made recommendations for how to gather in larger groups in Houses of Worship, they only did so after the Province permitted that practice. Outside of Houses of Worship and funerals, the limit for any gathering remains 10 people. As Public Health still believes that a gathering of 10 is the safest way to go (with the governmentally-dictated exception of worship), the synagogue is not comfortable utilizing an exemption to gather at a size larger than is generally allowed. 10 is Public Health’s number, so it is ours too.

Why don’t you just meet with 10 people on Shabbat?
There are many reasons why a gathering of only 10 would not work on Shabbat. First and foremost, as 10 is a minyan, the problem could arise that either someone doesn’t come because they don’t feel well and we don’t have a minyan or, even worse, they come when they don’t feel well and risk spreading their illness. Additionally, with 5-7 slots filled by clergy, service leaders, Torah reader, and monitors, there would be very few slots remaining for anyone else to attend. Running shul for 3-5 people while keeping everyone else away, is potentially worse than not running it at all.

If that’s the case, when will we have Saturday morning services again?
We are in the process of securing livestream technology that works in a halakhically appropriate way that will allow for one-way viewing of what happens in the sanctuary. Once the entire community is able to access the Saturday morning service, it will make more sense to determine, based upon Public Health guidelines at the time, the right way to offer a Saturday morning service that may have fewer people in person, but allow greater access to a meaningful service. For example, we may determine that it is a better plan to have fewer people present but allow for singing than a moderately larger group that would require a song-less service. While these services will not resemble what we were familiar with before the pandemic, we look forward to offering these services as soon as we are able.

But there are other services, right?
There are! For those of you missing services, we run a Zoom service every Monday and Thursday morning, as well as Friday evening. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon services are on Facebook Live and we will begin offering a service a week outdoors next week on Wednesday afternoon. While in-person will primarily only be available to Kaddish-sayers, there may be a few extra spots. If you meet all of the criteria mentioned below, please feel free to register.

What are the criteria for participation in weekday in-person services?
To be eligible to participate, one must be healthy, feel well, and have not left the country in the last two weeks. All participants will be expected to maintain social separation and wear a mask at all times. People will be asked to bring their own Siddur and Kippah, though if you do not have one, one will be provided. The service will take place entirely outdoors, so there will not be access to washrooms or water fountains. To register, please go to .

Why are you running services outdoors?
According to Public Health, outside creates a healthier environment than inside. As long as the weather is nice, why not pray outside? Additionally, it solves the question regarding use of the washrooms and gathering at the entrance and exit. For services that cannot be outside, or if weather makes it impossible to pray outside, we will pray in the sanctuary utilizing physical distancing.

So what is the synagogue’s short-term plan?
We want to start offering more in-person services, but we want to make sure we are running them effectively, healthily, and meaningfully. The plan is to offer one afternoon service a week for the first two weeks in July (July 1 and 8). We will use those services to learn what works and what needs to be adjusted. The following week, we hope to offer more afternoon/evening services and may be able to offer at least one morning service. Concurrent with that, once the technology is available, we will begin running Shabbat morning services as well.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. This is challenging for all of us and we are doing our best to provide meaningful Jewish experiences in the midst of this pandemic. While we all wish to meet in person, we hope, for now, that you will avail yourselves of all the amazing content and services that remain available online. In those ways and in so many others, we can be Together, Apart.

Shabbat Shalom
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Please visit our KBI Connect page for a listing of all the virtual programming happening at Shul
Our Leadership
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
Executive Director   Rena Garshowitz
Let Us Know
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 Kay & Steven Bencze, Alain Belle-Isle & Natalie Frank, Celia Antonio & Lorne Goldstein, Enid & Jeffrey Gould, Joany & Andrew Katz, Steven Lazarovitz & Shauna Solomon-Lazarovitz, Joan & Russell Kronick, Lynda Haddon-Leonoff & Arthur Leonoff, Florine & Joel Morgan, Sheila & Joseph Nadrich, Toby & Tedd Nathanson, Doris & Steven Rauch, Sharon & Sol Reichstein, Danielle & David Schneiderman, Randi & Ian Sherman, Dorothy & Hartley Stern, Debbie Harris-Tobin & David Tobin, Elaine & Norman Wolfish, Marcia & Richard Zuker
Jonathan & Erica Rubin, on their wedding anniversaries!
Yahrzeits June 27 to July 3
Parshat Korach

Ethel Achbar
Alfred Arditti
Bennie Bellman
Ida Betcherman
Florence Bronstein
Eva Calman
Thelma Cohen
Cecil Max Colwin
Leah Cowen
Tillie Eskin
Benjamin Goldstein
Samuel Green
Albert Green
Louise Kessler
Paul Klein
Harry Koffman
Kurt Lichtenstein
Ben Luffman
Mark Aaron Osterer
Harry Schwartz
Bennie Shabinsky
Herschel Solomon
Rosalie Stossel
Myer Vexler
Morton Wendman

Ha Makom Yenachem
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Donation Listing
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.
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!

Please  click here  to make an online donation, or call the Shul office at 613-728-3501 x225
In memory of Carol-Sue Shapiro z"l
Michelle Hutchinson

In honour of the anniversaries of
Barbara & Leonard Farber
Audrey & Irwin Kreisman
Elaine & Norman Wolfish
Margo & Judah Silverman
Linda & Kenneth Mirsky

In honour of Sol Shinder's birthday
Linda & Kenneth Mirsky

In observance of the Yahrzeit of Clare Polonsky z"l
Linda & Kenneth Mirsky

In observance of the Yahrzeit of Kenneth Mirsky's grandfather, Osias Tradburks z"l
Linda & Kenneth Mirsky

In memory of Anne Slone Smith z"l
Linda & Kenneth Mirsky

In memory of Carol Sue-Shapiro z"l
Linda & Kenneth Mirsky

In memory of Ruth Viner z"l
Roz & Stan Labow

In honour of Maxine & Arthur Rabinovitch on their 40th wedding Anniversary
Bonnie & Chuck Merovitz

Donations have been made in honour of Rabbi Scher, Rabbi Mikelberg, Rabbi Zuker, Rabbi Garten, Roslyn Wollock, and Maxine Miska to show our appreciation for the invaluable teaching, lessons, and support received during our Melton studies

Annette Albert
Anna Benedek
Roslyn Bryan
Bryna Cohen
Carol Froimovitch
Maurice Klein
Gail Krochmalnek
Alison Kurtz Stein
Susan Laing
Steve Mendelsohn
Ruth Mendell
Frayda Raber
Sharon Rosenberg
Anita Rosenfeld
Joan Bercovitch & Ian Sadinsky
Rosalie & Harold Schwartz
Linda & Michael Senzilet
Bobbi & Rick Soderstrom
Dina Sokoloff
Marcia & Richard Zuker

In honour of Yasmin Vinograd on her special birthday
Bonnie & Chuck Merovitz

In honour of Rick & Rachelle on their special anniversary
Bonnie & Chuck Merovitz

Thank you for your generous donation
Mory Macleod & Jonathan Stokes

KBI apologizes for any errors or omissions.
Important information on visitation at the Bank Street and Osgoode Cemeteries Click Here

A COVID-19 Protocol Announcement from Jewish Memorial Gardens - Click Here

As our building remains closed for the time being, a rotation of staff is set in place to assure that mail is received and phone messages responded to. We are attempting to do our best to maintain the outstanding service you've come to expect from our congregation, but it is still likely to take a little bit longer than usual to respond to requests and we ask for your patience as we do our best to pivot to this new reality. During this time of moving much of our operations to virtual platforms, the best way to get in touch with any member of the staff is to email them. A staff directory can be found here . As a reminder, while staff may be present in the building at times, we still ask that you not "drop by" as we are attempting to limit everyone's exposure.  
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