Despite Jews being a tribal community whose members have travelled through history together across the millennia, bound together by elaborate rituals and ancient and modern texts, there are many ways to be Jewish. Even ways that might involve punk rock. [Read more…]
Between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the Senate, and all those questions about credibility in the Prime Minister’s Office, these have been stupendously interesting times. It would be enough to make grown men and women cry, if we weren’t so cynical. Maybe crying would actually make us feel better. [Read more…]
A few days after our November 25 issue went to press on November 15, I received word that Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka was announcing his plan to step down as spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas to become rabbi emeritus by Rosh Hashanah in 2015.
As chair of the Partnership 2Gether (P2G) Committee, I have had the pleasure and honour to see many important initiatives come to fruition and have seen ﬁrst-hand the progress that is being made in several of our Canadian-funded projects located in northern Israel in the Etzbah Hagalil. [Read more…]
Shalom. Although I will be back in Ottawa by the time you read this edition of the Bulletin, I am writing from the holy city of Jerusalem where I am accompanying 25 members of Ottawa’s Jewish community on an 11-day journey that began the week before Chanukah.
TORONTO – Harper made the announcement of the visit, set for early next year, on Sunday night at the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Toronto Negev Dinner, where he was honoured. He also will visit Jordan and the West Bank. [Read more…]
Negotiations for a possible merger of Agudath Israel Congregation and Congregation Beth Shalom, Ottawa’s two largest Conservative congregations, have ended without an agreement to move forward. [Read more…]
Judith Weiszmann, who survived the Holocaust due to the extraordinary humanitarian efforts of Raoul Wallenberg, addressed students, October 4, at Merivale High School. [Read more…]
Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on,” and that’s exactly what was happening as Noah Reichstein and Abbie Mandelker joined forces for Tamir at the Chanukah Gift Fair, November 17, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.
Congregations face varied problems from declining membership to building and staffing issues, while several alternative models are succeeding
With numbers continuing to dwindle at many major Ottawa synagogues, congregations are being challenged like never before to find new models to sustain themselves. [Read more…]