On Sunday, Canadian immigration officials ordered Csanad Szegedi on a plane back to Budapest just before he was slated to address a Chabad group. Approximately 200 people who came out to hear Szegedi, who two years ago discovered he had a maternal Jewish grandmother and was ousted by Jobbik, instead heard a videotaped message. [Read more…]
Machzikei Hadas hopes to install new spiritual leader by Rosh Hashanah 2015
Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka, spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas since 1967, will retire as the synagogue’s pulpit rabbi, probably before Rosh Hashanah in 2015. In a November 18 letter to congregants, Rabbi Bulka explained he will “graduate” to become rabbi emeritus of the modern Orthodox congregation, “a new role … which will keep me connected to the shul and to you.”
In this guest column, Joshua Finn talks about his inspiring trip to Thailand with a Jewish social justice group
Thailand: a country that conjures up images of beautiful beaches, ancient temples, elephants, bustling markets and exotic food. I discovered all these and more on my recent trip there. Yet, beneath the surface in what is often called the Land of Smiles, lies a different reality. [Read more…]
I have written 207 Made with Love food columns for the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin over the past 11 years. This one is my 208th and final. I have tried to share my passion for food with you and hope that you have learned a few things along the way. It has been a wonderful journey for me, and I have discovered a few surprising things about my family, our community and myself. [Read more…]
Mevo’ot HaHermon, Israel – It’s said that you can judge a community by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes this more than Beni Ben-Movhar. The mayor of the Mevo’ot HaHermon Regional Council, which encompasses 13 agricultural settlements (moshavim) in the Upper Galilee region of Israel, has been blessed with able-bodied offspring. [Read more…]
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.