Submissions from members of our community. (Archived columns from Bulletin columnists).

To live is to give: A poem for Rabbi Bulka

Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky wrote the following poem to Rabbi Bulka when he was first diagnosed. The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin wanted to share it with the community, with Rabbi Boyarsky's permission. 




Dear Rabbi Bulka,


The news this past week, we are trying to digest

Knowing you a…

A letter from camp: Counsellor shares his CBB summer experience

Photo: CIT Jake Berman shares a fun moment with camper Georgia Slack.


People often say “home is where the heart is.” Home doesn’t have to be somewhere you live, but where you feel like you are truly at home. Camp has always been an extremely special place for me. I always feel li…

'Saving lives is the pre-eminent kindness we do for others'

Leslie Kaufman shares how the rabbi taught her the importance of saving lives when he put out a call to help save hers.

Pikuach Nefesh. Saving a life. It is our obligation, as Jews, to do so. Leviticus 19:16 tells us “Neither shall you stand by the blood of your neighbour.” Rabbi Reuven…

A heroic Jewish leader who never lost his common touch

Stephen Victor shares how the rabbi’s presence was felt everywhere, at every milestone sharing wisdom, humour and even candies.

Our hearts are broken.

We cannot believe he is gone.

He was everywhere … blue suit, shirt, tie - no overcoat.

Under the Chuppah, facing a bride and groom, a…

A bedside marriage and a father’s final hours

Danya Vered shares how Rabbi Bulka drove through the night to marry her and her husband David at her beloved father’s bedside

Rabbi Reuven Bulka z”l always knew how to make a grand gesture seem like a regular, everyday activity. Seven years ago, he gave our family a final, bittersweet m…