Message From Rabbi Knopf - May 20, 2020
Shalom to all of our Beth Ora Family!
I want to reflect on how beautiful it was to see so many members of Congregation Beth Ora and of Chabad Ville St. Laurent come together on Zoom last Friday for our joint service! As I noted at the time, while we are all proud of our own institutions, the Jewish People is a family. From time to time, we need to remind ourselves of the love we have for our fellow Jews and of what we can achieve when we work together. I think this is a lesson for all of us, regardless of whether or not we attended Friday’s event. As Important as it is to love and prioritize our own family, inner circle of friends and community, we must never forget that the Jewish People is a family. The Torah tells us, love your neighbour as yourself: have love for your fellow Jew. One thing that this pandemic has brought home to us is that we are all together in this. We have all heard inspiring stories of those who have reached out to strangers at this time and we know that this is a beautiful way to respond to our current crisis. We will do well to take the inspiration of events like this to reach out further beyond our immediate circles to show concern for other Jews, and indeed all other human beings.
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Just So Many Amazing Things to Go to on Zoom this Week!!
Congregation Beth Ora is planning a number of activities, in addition to our regular events. In this email, I only want to highlight a couple of special events in the next few days before telling you about a fantastic selection of events and recordings from elsewhere.
On Friday at 6:30 PM, we will be having a joint Mincha and Kaballat Shabbat service with Petah Tikva. Please join us for a special welcoming of Shabbat with myself, Rabbi Heshy Benshimon and Cantor Michael Abikhzer. Please click here for the Zoom link.
On Sunday at 8:30 AM, we will have special Rosh Chodesh morning service with Hallel. All men and women are welcome! Please click here for the Zoom link.
And now for some amazing programs from elsewhere:
Thursday May 21st
11:00 Am Relax & De-stress with Chair Yoga. A program for retirees, empty nesters, baby boomers, sandwich generation parents & seniors. Learn how to stretch and breathe from the comfort of your home or car. Click here to register
1:30 PMA Magical Celebration of a United Yerushalayim. Inspirational musical performance in honour of Yom Yerushalayim. Watch here
8:20 PM The historic return to Jerusalem in story and song at www.rza.org/fblive
9:00 PM Together Apart: A Time of Unity: Multimedia presentation with inspirational speakers, melodies and historic videos at www.rza.org/fblive
Friday May 22nd
11:30 AM The 4,000 Year History of Jerusalem at www.aish.tv
12:00 PM A City Divided: Virtual Tour of the Division of Jerusalem in 1948 at www.rza.org/fblive
1:00 PM Living Jerusalem, A class by historian and author, Rabbi Berel Wein at www.rza.org/fblive
1:30 PM Jm in the AM – The original sounds of the Kotel in 1967 at www.rza.org/fblive
2:00 PM A City Reunited: Virtual Tour of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 at www.rza.org/fblive
3:00 PM One on One with Prof. Alan Dershowitz and his guests at www.rza.org/fblive
4:30 PM The Joy of Jerusalem: 10 songs about Jerusalem, their magic and meaning at www.rza.org/fblive
5:30 PM Music and Inspirational Words at www.rza.org/fblive
Sunday May 24th
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM Special Worldwide Pre-Shavuot Program at
And in case you missed it…
Check out the engaging panel discussion “Exploring Unorthodox” with Judge Rachel Freier, a Chassidic Criminal Court Judge! You can watch it here.
And you can also hear the moving insights of Rachel Gemara, a nurse on the frontlines of the Covid19 battle in Israel in this interview.
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Wishing you a healthy, safe, and meaningful rest of the week!
Rabbi Anthony Knopf