Beth Ora

WELCOME TO CONGREGATION BETH ORA

Congregation Beth Ora is a Modern Orthodox synagogue serving the Jewish community in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada.

 

REGARDING SHUL REOPENING PROCEDURES

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to report that the two Shabbat services recently held under a tent in our parking lot have gone extremely well. I am grateful to all those who have attended for minimizing the risks by responsibly adhering to the social distancing requirements.

Given this, we no longer intend to make a blanket restriction on the attendance of older members of our community. Nevertheless, out of concern for the health of the elderly and/or immuno-compromised, we do ask that those members discuss the risks with their health care providers before deciding to attend. It is a greater mitzvah to stay safe than to pray with a minyan, even if one is saying Kaddish or has yahrzeit.

For this next phase of our reopening, we will continue to hold services outside, under the tent. Shabbat morning services will begin at Shochein Ad” and will run from 9:30 to 10:45 AM.

We suspect that our invitation to the over 65 age group will result in a significantly higher attendance than we had at the last two Shabbat services. We are committed to working together to minimize any risk and to facilitate our prayer services in the most meaningful and enjoyable way. At this stage, we ask that children below 13 years of age not attend the services. We hope that this next stage will go smoothly and that we will soon be able to welcome children again to our services.
 
We are also glad to inform you that we will be resuming our weekday morning services, beginning on Wednesday July 8th, under the tent. Weekday services (Monday-Friday) will begin at 7:00 AM. On Sunday, the service will begin at 8:00 AM. The service will begin promptly with “Amar Rabbi Yishmael.” Please note that, in order to maintain social distancing, all the aliyot will be given to Rabbi Heshy Benshimon until further notice. 

 
Please be reminded of our safety protocols as outlined below, which apply to both Shabbat and weekday services:

  • It is of paramount importance that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, quarantined due to exposure, traveled outside of Quebec in the last 14 days, or otherwise under suspicion for developing infection, not attend services. This includes anyone exhibiting any symptoms of illness. We cannot emphasise this point enough: Even if one’s decision to stay home will mean there will not be a minyan, DON’T COME TO SYNAGOGUE.

 
  
Expectations for Those Attending Services at Beth Ora


Joining Beth Ora’s services implies full acceptance of the guidelines stated below:

  • The wearing of a mask is compulsory at all times for everyone, as soon as you are on the synagogue parking lot. Everyone who comes must bring their own mask and wear it the entire time.

  • During the service, as well as while entering and exiting, congregants should maintain social distance of two metres. There should be no congregating before or after prayers, and no food served.

  • Hand disinfection using disinfectant gel (provided by the community) will be compulsory at the entrance of the tent.

  • ​Participants are to bring their own prayer book and tallit from home. On Shabbat, we will have some printouts of the Torah reading available. As we won’t have enough for everyone, we ask that those members living in Ville St Laurent who do have a Chumash please bring their own.

  • Participants should not sing during these services.

  • There will be no access to the synagogue building under any pretext, including bathroom use, or retrieving books or Tallit.

  • ​Anyone attending the service agrees that if, G-d forbid, they are found to be COVID-19 positive, they give permission that all other minyan attendees will be notified of their COVID-19 positive status so appropriate contact tracing can occur immediately.

 
Finally, we wish to remind you of what we have learned during this pandemic: Congregation Beth Ora is a community, not just a building. We continue to offer Zoom events and other initiatives. Please continue to reach out to your fellow Beth Ora members and let us all support each other through these challenging times.
 
We look forward to the gradual and safe reopening of all our services, and the continued support and growth of our community during that process.
 
Rabbi Anthony Knopf                                             Polly Storozum

 
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OUR VISION

A community centre where all generations, of whatever background or level of observance, connect to their Jewish heritage and find meaning through giving and spiritual growth, in a vibrant, caring environment.

 

OUR MISSION

Bringing all generations together to inspire and empower Jewish living, learning and acts of kindness; honouring our heritage and building for the future.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST EDITION OF THE BETH ORACLE!

SPRING-SUMMER 2020 EDITION OUT NOW!

 

BETH ORA COMMUNITY CARE

Volunteer your time!

One of the key strengths of community life is developing and deepening relationships. Our tradition places great emphasis on the importance of helping other people. There is a mitzvah of bikkur cholim (visiting the sick), nichum aveilim (comforting the bereaved), helping the needy and giving tzedakah and time to charitable causes.

Choose an area of interest and contact Rabbi Knopf - rabbiknopf@bethora.org

 

MEMBER NEWS

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES

December 19

To Goldie & Jacques Abecassis on the loss of her brother Manfred Segall z"l

MAZEL TOV

December 5

To Menachem & Rebecca Herman on the marriage of their daughter Fanny Herman to Amir Lugassy

MAZEL TOV

December 5

To Chantal & Steven Davidovics on the bar mitzvah of their grandson Akiva in Israel

THANK YOU

December 5

To Irwin Ludmer for your donation of masks to Congregation Beth Ora

 

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UPCOMING (ONLINE) EVENTS

  • Connecting with your Grandchildren in Pandemic Times and Beyond
    Mon, Jan 25
    https://zoom.us/j/82642374951
    Jan 25, 7:30 PM
    https://zoom.us/j/82642374951
    With David Raphael, co-founder and CEO of the Jewish Grandparents Network
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  • Practical Guidance and Advice for how to Nourish your Soul through this Challenging Season
    Mon, Jan 18
    https://zoom.us/j/84204137803
    Jan 18, 7:30 PM
    https://zoom.us/j/84204137803
    With Rabbi & Rebbetzin Knopf
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  • Caring for our own Mental Health and the Mental Health of our Kids
    Mon, Jan 11
    https://zoom.us/j/83843492537​​​​​​​
    Jan 11, 7:30 PM
    https://zoom.us/j/83843492537​​​​​​​
    With Leanne Matlow, a cognitive behavioural therapy counsellor with a private practice specializing in anxiety for children and adolescents. She is a mental health advocate who speaks regularly about anxiety in the classroom to parent and teacher groups.
    Share
  • Towards a New Definition of Wellness: What COVID Teaches us about Getting and Staying Healthy
    Mon, Jan 04
    https://zoom.us/j/83472972994
    Jan 04, 7:30 PM
    https://zoom.us/j/83472972994
    With Atara Weisberger, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Cancer Recovery Specialist and health educator with decades of experience coaching individuals and families to vibrant health.
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THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

Week of December 27

PLEASE NOTE - SERVICES WILL BE IN THE SANCTUARY ON FRIDAY NIGHTS AND SHABBAT MORNINGS AND IN THE HURWITZ LOUNGE EVERY OTHER DAY - MASKS ARE MANDATORY - BRING YOUR OWN SIDDUR

SHACHARIT

Sunday ~ 8:00 AM

Monday ~ 7:10 AM

Tuesday ~ 7:10 AM

Wednesday ~ 7:10 AM

Thursday ~ 7:10 AM

Friday ~ 7:10 AM

Shabbat ~ 9:30 AM

MINCHA/MAARIV

Sunday ~ 4:00 PM

Monday ~ 4:00 PM

Tuesday ~ 4:00 PM - Livestreamed on Zoom

Wednesday ~ 4:00 PM

Thursday ~ 4:00 PM

Friday ~ 4:00 PM

Shabbat ~ 4:00 PM

 
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SHABBAT BEGINS AT 4:03 PM

PARSHAT VAYECHI

 

(514) 748-6559

FAX: (514) 748-6635

2600 Rue Badeaux, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M 1M5, Canada

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