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~FROM THE DESK OF~

RABBI ANTHONY KNOPF

 

June 13, 2019

Shalom Friends!
 
What a wonderful Shavuot we enjoyed at Beth Ora! As our guest speaker, Rabbi Raphael Bensimon, noted, the number of people attending our Shavuot night learning program increases every year! Among other successes over the holiday, we...

June 6, 2019

Shalom Friends!
 
I hope this email finds you well.
 
Firstly, we wish a big yasher koach to Bina Abish, Dora Edelstein, Gil Perez and the entire Holocaust Memorial Committee and volunteers for organizing Sunday’s Holocaust Breakfast. Our community c...

May 30, 2019

Shalom Friends!
 
What an amazing weekend we enjoyed at Beth Ora last week!
 
In truth, the entire Rise Together Project was a great success. It was a privilege to promote awareness of the power of Torah ideas and the Jewish community to inspire us t...

May 23, 2019

Shalom Friends!
 
We are excited to finally reach The Rise Together Project!
 
For many weeks now, I have been talking about the importance of this project. As former Minister of Justice Professor Irwin Cotler said in his Rise Together Project Video,...

May 16, 2019

Shalom Friends!
 
I hope that you’ve all had a great week.
 
On Tuesday evening, we held a special Pizza Pita supper to thank all those who support our weekday minyanim. We are privileged that our synagogue is still able to sustain two weekday Shacha...

Shalom Friends!
 
Israel
 
This has been another difficult week for our people as more than 600 rockets were fired into the south of Israel from Gaza. Four Israelis were killed in this rocket fire. We are mindful of the teaching of our Sages that the...

Shalom Friends!
 
Passover was beautiful here at Congregation Beth Ora. Tragically, our people suffered another tragedy on the last day of Yom Tov with the shooting in San Diego and the murder of Lori Gilbert-Kaye. As I wrote earlier in the week, (cl...

April 29, 2019

With deep sadness, I find myself again grappling for words to express the grief that we feel at another horrendous attack against our fellow Jews. The Haggadah states that in every generation there are people who rise up to destroy us. One of the way...

April 18, 2019

Shalom Friends!
 
I hope this email finds you well and excitedly getting ready for Passover.
 
Before I brief you on some of the important things to be aware of as we approach the holiday, I’m delighted to let you know about the phenomenal Bat Mitzva...

April 11, 2019

Shalom Friends!
 
I hope this email finds you well. On behalf of all those who were in Montreal for nearly the entire Winter, I must convey my sympathies with our snowbirds who returned home to find that the cold weather has returned!! It may make yo...

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