Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 23 Sivan 5781
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The Israelites left Egypt with one objective in mind: to make it to the Promised Land of Israel. As we begin this week’s portion, they are close enough to arriving, that spies can cross over the boundaries of the land to examine it and see the amazing place that had been promised to them. And yet, the spies come back with both positive and negative reviews about what the land contained. It was truly a land filled with milk and honey and endless possibilities, but it also contained the current inhabitants that seemed too great to overcome. Based upon that report, the Israelites decided that it would be impossible to enter the land and settle there and God punishes them with 38 more years in the wilderness until their children and children’s children will be able to enter Israel. In spite of the promise that the land contained, even though they had longed to arrive at a home of their own, the challenge of transitioning into that space was too great.

We have been navigating COVID-19 for just about as long as the Israelites wandered through the wilderness leading to this week’s Torah portion. All we want is to arrive in that promised land of hugs, in-person school, travel, and connection. And yet, those opportunities are not possible without overcoming both the external and internal hurdles that will inevitably arrive. Arriving in a post-Covid world will not come without challenges, both foreseen and unforeseen. Regardless of how excited we are for its arrival; we need to be aware of how hard it will be to transition back to our “new normal.” That does not mean we won’t get there or that we should lose faith in our ability to achieve it (as was true for our ancestors), but there will be bumps in the road, disappointments, and roadblocks for which we are unprepared. Just as the Israelites successfully arrived in the Promised Land, so too will we, even if it takes a little longer than anticipated and the challenges are greater than we may have thought.

Shabbat Shalom
Senior Rabbi ■ Rabbi Eytan Kenter
Associate Rabbi ■ Rabbi Deborah Zuker
Cantor ■ Cantor Jason Green
President ■ Judah Silverman
Gabbai Rishon ■ Norm Ferkin
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
Our office is closed as the Stay at Home order is in effect. 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.

Judah Silverman
Elisheva Brantz 
Rabbi Eytan Kenter
Rabbi Deborah Zuker 
Cantor Jason Green 
Ilana Goldfarb 
Dahlia Millech
John Denomme
Laura Dimitroff 
Mazal Tov to Ellen & Marty Cardash, Deborah & Norm Ferkin, Marilyn & Daniel Kimmel, Dodie & Bram Potechin, Frances & Morton Ross, on their wedding anniversary!

June 5-11
Mildred Abrahamson
Kate Blevis
Esther Calof
Samuel Cohen
Minerva Cohen
Joe Cratzbarg
Fannie (Fay) Denenberg
Israel Ellenberg
Abraham Engel
Ibi Fried
Arnell Saul Goldberg
Ignaz Louis Goldmann
Paul Hart
Eva Kardish
Kenneth Katz
Saul Lofsky
Samuel Morin
Isaac Morris
Freda Nudelman
Irma Pick
Clare Polonsky
Nellie Raphael
Corinne Rosentzveig
Jack Ross
Ethel Shames
Leslie Shinder
Esther Strauss
Laurence Sugarman
Abraham Szabadi
Osias Tradburks
Ettie Viner
Dr. Abraham Myer Wertman
Ada Mary Zebberman

Ha Makom Yenachem
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Please click here to make an online donation, or call the Shul office at 613-728-3501 x221
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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 memory of Leonard Max z"l
Carol Gradus
Evelyn Greenberg

Thank you for your generous donation
Barbara Bloor
Sharon Mintz & Phil Cheifetz
Sandra MacPherson
Cathy Rowe

In support of 100 Women Who Care Ottawa
Laurie Drake
Judy Froud
Jacqueline LeFebvre
Wendy Loschiuk
Marian McMahon
Shayla Mindell
Andrea Palaczka
Monica Rosenthal
Brenda Ryan
Jennifer Tam
Christine Trauttmansdorff
Tammie Winsor

Mazal Tov to Rhoda & Joe Levitan on their anniversary
Vera & Malcolm Glube

Mazal Tov to Stan & Roz Labow on their anniversary
Vera & Malcolm Glube

Mazal Tov to Barbara & Len Farber on the birth of their new granddaughter
Vera & Malcolm Glube

In honour of Jerry Gluss's birthday
Anita Rosenfeld

In memory of Ralph Berg z"l
Bonnie & Chuck Merovitz

In memory of Leonard Max z"l
Paula & Manny Agulnik
Sharon & David Appotive
Debra Armstrong
Murray Citron
Esther Cohen
Debora Dover-Paisley & Family
Ann & Mark Dover
Jack Nadelle
Ian Shabinsky

In observance of the Yahrzeit of my husband, Kenneth Katz z"l
Susan Katz

In honour of Shelli Kimmel on her special birthday
Shelley Rothman

In memory of Esfir Gritsmakher z"l
Zinoviy Mozenson

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