August 18, 2017
Shabbat is our weekly celebration of the beauty of creation. It is meant, as Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has observed, to be “the lived enactment of the messianic age, a world of peace in which striving and conflict are (temporarily) at an end and all creation sings a song of being to its Creator.”
Last week Shabbat was desecrated in Charlottesville, Virginia by the virulent anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry of white supremacists and Neo Nazis gathered there. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, murdered in a car rampage, and send wishes of refuah shleimah, healing of the body and of the spirit, to those injured and affected by the violence. In particular, we stand in solidarity with our fellow URJ Congregation Beth Israel of Charlottesville, which had been subject to intimidation and threats of violence over the course of last weekend.
In a recent interview with CNN, Rabbi Thomas Gutherz, Senior Rabbi of Beth Israel of Charlottesville quoted Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s insight “If you believe you have the power to ruin, believe you have the power to repair”. There is hope. What is broken can be repaired. But it takes work.
We affirm the statement of support and call to action issued by Rabbi Yael Splansky of Holy Blossom Temple: “…The events of last weekend only reinforce the fact that injustice for some lead to injustices for all.
Elie Weisel famously taught, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the centre of the universe.”
If people cannot be free and secure in North America in 2017, then where? We know how precious are the democracy and protection we enjoy at this time and place. We also know now how fragile they can be. Just societies are only as strong as the justice demanded by its citizens. Vigilance is required of each of us now.”
As Elie Wiesel further taught, “the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” Let us come together to repair the brokenness on display in Charlottesville, and now, as we write this, in Barcelona, and elsewhere. Bring your ideas forward! We cannot afford to be indifferent.
Let us take this coming Shabbat as an opportunity to renew our commitment to Letaken Olam BeMalchut Shaddai, to repair the world to make it a place worthy of God.
Patsy Royer, President
The Executive Members of Temple Israel
On Behalf of Temple Israel Ottawa Reform Congregation
50th Anniversary Commemorative Shabbat Service
Our TOT Shabbat schedule for the fall will be posted on the calendar. Stay tuned!
Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Kabbalat Shabbat services begin at 6:15 on Fridays and are full of music and are especially child-friendly. In addition to our regular Friday evening services, on the second Friday of every month, the service is followed by a casual “bring your own and some to share” dinner in which we welcome Shabbat in the warm company of family and friends. This is a great way to get to know people in an informal setting, and a fun way to introduce children to services. Please consult our calendar for dinner services.
Shabbat Services begin on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m.
We begin at 7:30 and conclude by 8:15am. Those who wish to leave immediately may do so and start their day with a strong boost of Torah and prayer.
Those who need a caffeine boost, a bagel and a little conversation, can stick around and ease into the morning
Next minyans: March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27
For specific details on worship services and schedules, please refer to our calendar.
Some members of our congregation have allergies to scents and perfumes. Please, with consideration for others, practice no scents is good sense.