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Join us for: * ShabbaZoom: Friday, July 3, 6 pm Note new zoom instructions below!

* Monday Meditation & Middot, Monday 7:30 pm


5-Point Parasha and Shabbazoom will be taking a 4 week break during July.

(See full announcements and some happy news below.

Shalom,

Here is our weekly "5-Point Parasha", what we are enjoying or pondering as it relates to life and Torah.


Rabbi Sherril shares wise guidance from Rabbi Jan Salzman (of Ruach haMaqom in Burlington, Vermont) from this week's parasha, Chukat-Balak:

In this week's double Torah portion Chukat-Balak, we are repeatedly presented the opportunity to discern the motives and results of challenging the hierarchical power structure that keeps people from their own access to G*D. Aaron and Miriam have died; Moses is fraying in the presence of so much responsibility and loss. Anger results in loss, and a king who wishes to attack the Israelite's camp is thwarted by a prophet who cannot curse the Israelites. In many ways, these two portions occur in that zone between what is and what might be. Can we really imagine that everyone is holy? that there must not be class structure in order that all are seen and counted and also responsible and accountable? Can we work towards a world where all who are thirsty have access to clean and abundant water and food? We have no choice. Everyone, everything, every molecule of creation has a spark of light, Divine or otherwise. Sof pasuk/that's it, no more to be said. We might beat the rock to get its water released, but that tactic will result in the loss of our personal vision. We might want to curse our neighbors, thereby falsely justifying to ourselves that they must be destroyed, but in the end, we destroy ourselves. People cry out for justice, and this moment, we end our addiction to the false prophets of us vs. them. It's all us. We're all them. My friends, we are in a time of great change. About time.


Cantor Heather Batchelor just facilitated a session for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality:


Looking to meet today's huge challenges with clarity, strength, resilience and wisdom? Settle your body and mind with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's free, drop-in, M-F daily meditations from 12:30-1 pm ET -- sign up for info and notifications at https://www.jewishspirituality.org/…/resources-for-challen…/. T


Here's a video playlist of the teachings so far:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/jewishspirituality/235372757815146/


Rabbi Schachar shares a daily learning opportunity offered by his and Reb Sherril's inspiring teacher, Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein:


It is becoming clearer to many that Torat HaRav Kook presents the pinnacle in Torah understanding.

You are invited to Zoom in:

RAV KOOK ILLUMINATIONS:

"YOU HAVE WINGS OF SPIRIT" -Dedicated to Planetary Healing.

Rav Kook's teachings on Self Development and Spiritual Growth.

SUN to THURS -7 PM JLEM-12PM Montreal

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5481923910 Meeting ID: 548 192 3910

PLEASE HELP US SHARE THIS INVITATION WIDELY -THE WORLD NEEDS MORE LIGHT-


Rabbi Schachar shares a musical recording of a song planned for Shabbazoom July 3:


Nava Tehila - Hallelujah (Psalm 148)


All of Nava Tehila's great sheet music available here.


Rabbi Schachar shares a quote from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook (1865-1935):


"The pure righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom."

Arpilei Tohar (1914), p. 2.


Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --


* We are happy to announce that we received three grants from Federation CJA. 1) For exciting Montreal Open Shul High Holiday programming 2) For an Aleph Canada lay chaplaincy training program. 3) For a Teva Quebec teen environmental Jewish education program. More details forthcoming.


* We hope soon to be able to share with you the youtube link to the recording of our recent Remembering Zalman Schachter-Shalomi zoom event.


* ShabbaZoom: A Virtual Warm-UP for Shabbat at home

Friday, July 3, 6-7 pm...then 4 week break...


Join Montreal Open Shul to welcome in Shabbat online with a virtual pre-Shabbat gathering over Zoom.


To join with video, you must have a password. 


Email Rabbi Sherril for the password at rebsherril@outlook.com


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* Monday Meditation & Middot with Cantor Heather Batchelor 7:30 pm via Zoom.


Weekly sessions focussing on meditation and mindfulness skills, as well as development of personal virtues ("middot") as defined by the Musar tradition of Jewish ethics.

All are welcome. Suggested donation.


Please register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Initial registration will automatically enable attendance to full series.

Click here for more info.


*Did you know that you can donate to MOS and receive a tax receipt from Aleph Canada? Go to the Aleph Canada page on Canada Helps and us the drop down menu under "APPLY YOUR DONATION TO A SPECIFIC FUND SET UP BY THIS CHARITY" to select Montreal Open Shul.


PLEASE DONATE TO SUSTAIN OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR OFFERINGS

Join us for: * ShabbaZoom: Friday, June 26, 6 pm Note new zoom instructions below!

* Monday Meditation & Middot, Monday 7:30 pm

(See full announcements below.)

Shalom,

Here is our weekly "5-Point Parasha", what we are enjoying or pondering as it relates to life and Torah.


Rabbi Sherril reflects on holiness, from this week's parasha, Korach:

In this week’s Torah drama, Korach, a Levite, envies the position of Moses and finds fault with the leadership styles of Moses and Aaron the High Priest. Korach leads a rebellion against Moses during the journey through the wilderness. Moses accepts the challenge, but then the earth “opened its mouth” and swallowed all the rebels along with their households and all their possessions. Just before he is swallowed up by the earth, Korach the rebel says to Moses: “all of the community are holy, all of them, and the Eternal is in their midst.” (Num. 16:3) Yeshayahu Leibowitz (Israeli philosopher and brother of Torah scholar Nechama Leibowitz) sees Korach’s demagoguery exposed in his claim that “kulam kedoshim”/all the community are holy (Num. 16:3); in other words, we have achieved our goal and nothing more needs be demanded of us. But the Torah’s position is that all the community is challenged in a different way: “kedoshim tehiyu”/you shall become holy (Lev. 19:2). Holiness is a process, a vision to achieve, and a work in progress, but not a present static condition.

Additionally, it is phrased in the plural, implying that the capacity for holiness is not restricted to spiritually gifted individuals. It says that anyone can become holy, even communities. The plural phrase suggests, further, that holiness may be most easily achieved in the context of a community. It can be difficult for a person to live a life of holiness without others. When a community dedicates itself to the pursuit of holiness, its members support and hold one another. The whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. Ordinary people who participate in communities learning to be holy together go on to unleash their full humanness, their kindness, and their goodness in the world. (Etz Hayim Torah Commentary)


We Remember Reb Zalman: Reflections on an Amazing Gathering:


This age of Covid19 has its large and small challenges and also, if we look, its significant blessings. One of those blessings is being able to gather people together from multiple locations and different time zones around the world simultaneously via videoconferencing. Sure, Zoom has existed for some 10 years now, but how many of us really utilized its full functionality? And how many of us are really still Zoom newbies, learning as we go along how and whether to fit this into our lives?


We were immensely grateful for Zoom this past week, when ALEPH Canada and Montreal Open Shul collaborated to offer Remembering Reb Zalman – the Canadian Way. Over 100 people from Canada, Israel and the US registered to hear several of Reb Zalman’s students (all of whom had a Canadian connection to him) reflect on their interactions with Reb Zalman, their memories and their learnings. They did this through stories, chants, songs, readings and a video. These were our presenters:


Rabbi Daniel Siegel of Hornby Island, BC, our mentor, teacher and friend, was the first person to be ordained as a rabbi by Reb Zalman. He and Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel were also rabbis of Or Shalom in Vancouver. Rabbi Daniel founded Aleph Canada and the Integral Halacha Institute.


Rabbi Shalom Schachter is one of Reb Zalman’s sons, is both a rabbi and a lawyer, and lives in Toronto with his partner Marcia Gilbert.


Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan & Dr. Charles Kaplan. Reb Laura was previously rabbi at Or Shalom in Vancouver, and is now Director of Interreligious Studies and the Vancouver School of Theology. She and Charles just happen to make beautiful music together.


Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel of British Columbia is Reb Daniel’s partner. She is an accomplished musician with many albums, is a skilled spiritual director, and teaches in the ALEPH Ordination Program’s Spiritual Direction program. She is also an Eshet Hazon, a Woman of Wisdom.


Lorne Mallin, Vancouver, founder of Chanting and Chocolate, has run a monthly chanting program since 2004. Lorne is also deeply involved with the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda.


Rabbi Hannah Dresner is currently the rabbi at Or Shalom in Vancouver. Rabbi Hannah was ordained in the ALEPH Ordination Program.


Reb Dr. Simcha Raphael was born in Montreal and now lives Pennsylvania. He is married to Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael – and they were married by Reb Zalman! Reb Simcha is the author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife and other books on the topics of death and dying in Judaism.


It was my (Sherril’s) honour to introduce each presenter. About ten minutes before the gathering was to begin, there was a very powerful wind and rain storm in my region, and I lost both internet and power. Panicked, I called Reb Schachar, and he seamlessly took over Zoom hosting duties. I think this is what Rabbi Shawn Zevit (who also has strong Canadian connections) would have called "tossing the ball."


In the end, I was able to do the introductions. Each presenter gave over their favourite story, their most meaningful memories, their beautiful music. And with each presenter, my heart opened up more and more until I had very few words left. I was so moved, and was feeling so much in awe of this movement, this way of being in the world, this way of loving the world and one another that I learned from Reb Zalman himself, and now from his other students, many of whom were and are my teachers themselves.


Rabbi Schachar and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to be part of this amazing gathering to honour the memory of our beloved Reb Zalman. We hope to be doing more of these virtual gatherings, since we had requests and suggestions for others who also had Canadian connections to Reb Zalman, but we just could not fit everyone into the program.


If you attended, and you were moved as we were, we encourage you to make a donation of any size to support our work of continuing to bring Reb Zalman’s teachings to the world. To donate and receive a tax receipt (donations over $18), please visit ALEPH Canada’s page on Canada Helps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/aleph-alliance-for-jewish-renewal-incorporated/


In their wonderful new book, “Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Essential Teachings” editors Or Rose and Netanel Miles-Yepez offer this observation:


“He [Reb Zalman] called on his students (and their students) to be bold in their convictions and cognizant of the fact that they are an organic part of k’lal Yisrael (greater Israel), just as Jews are a part of the larger human community.”


Nowhere was this more evident than this week’s Remembering Reb Zalman gathering.


We hope to be able to share the video soon for those who may have missed the touching tribute.


With love,


Rabbi Sherril and Rabbi Schachar


Cantor Heather shares a timely Black Lives Matter version of a Chava Alberstein song:


From my colleague, Cantor Joanna Dulkin in Minneapolis, a lovely and timely rendition of Chava Alberstein's "Living Tapestry."


Rabbi Schachar shares an article:


"Black People in Jewish Tradition: Eliminating Racism Requires Honesty"


Reb Sherril shares the text for the "Kaddish for Black Lives" that we recited at last week's Shabbazoom:


Creator of life, source of compassion. Your breath remains the source of our spirit, even as too many of us cry out that we cannot breathe. Lovingly created in your image, the color of our bodies has imperiled our lives.


Black lives are commodified yet devalued, imitated but feared, exhibited but not seen. 


Black lives have been pursued by hatred, abandoned by indifference and betrayed by complacency. 


Black lives have been lost to the violence of the vigilante, the cruelty of the marketplace and the silence of the comfortable.


We understand that Black lives are sacred, inherently valuable, and irreplaceable. We know that to oppress the body of the human is to break the heart of the divine. We yearn for the day when the bent will stand straight. We pray that the hearts of our country will soften to the pain endured for centuries. We will do the work to bind up the wounds, to heal the shattered hearts, to break the yoke of oppression.


As the beauty of the heavens is revealed to us each day, may each day reveal to us the beauty of our common humanity. Amen.


by the Jewish Multiracial Network


Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --


* ShabbaZoom: A Virtual Warm-UP for Shabbat at home

Friday, June 26, 6-7 pm


Join Montreal Open Shul to welcome in Shabbat online with a virtual pre-Shabbat gathering over Zoom.


To join with video, you must have a password. 


Email Rabbi Sherril for the password at rebsherril@outlook.com


1) Log into Zoom (www.zoom.us)

2) Click on Join meeting

3) Enter Meeting ID: 514 489 7121 4) Enter password that you received by email


To join by phone:

One tap mobile +17789072071,,5144897121# Canada +14388097799,,5144897121# Canada

Dial by your location         +1 778 907 2071 Canada         +1 438 809 7799 Canada         +1 587 328 1099 Canada         +1 647 374 4685 Canada         +1 647 558 0588 Canada

Meeting ID: 514 489 7121

* Monday Meditation & Middot with Cantor Heather Batchelor 7:30 pm via Zoom.


Weekly sessions focussing on meditation and mindfulness skills, as well as development of personal virtues ("middot") as defined by the Musar tradition of Jewish ethics.

All are welcome. Suggested donation.


Please register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Initial registration will automatically enable attendance to full series.

Click here for more info.


* Are you (or is someone you know) facing a food shortage at this time due to the pandemic? Montreal Open Shul participants may be able to receive help from MOS, thanks to support from the Jewish Community Foundation and FederationCJA. Please get in touch with us by email at montrealopenshul@gmail.com or contact Rabbi Sherril directly at rebsherril@outlook.com.


And, if you are in a position to help, we ask and encourage you to please support FederationCJA's Community Crisis Response effort by donating to the community CrowdFunding campaign. Visit https://fcja.crowdchange.ca/1002.

Finally, FederationCJA has established a "helpline" for anyone in the community to ask for help. Call 514-734-1411.


* Let us know if you have something that you would like us to include in the 5-Point Parasha (by Wednesday of the week)


*Did you know that you can donate to MOS and receive a tax receipt from Aleph Canada? Go to the Aleph Canada page on Canada Helps and us the drop down menu under "APPLY YOUR DONATION TO A SPECIFIC FUND SET UP BY THIS CHARITY" to select Montreal Open Shul.


PLEASE DONATE TO SUSTAIN OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR OFFERINGS

Join us for: * ShabbaZoom: Friday, June 19, 6 pm Note new zoom instructions below!

* Chanting & Chocolate: Sunday, June 21, 7:30 pm

* Monday Meditation & Middot, Monday 7:30 pm

* Remembering Reb Zalman, Tuesday, June 23, 7:30-9 pm

(See full announcements below.)

Shalom,

Here is our weekly "5-Point Parasha", what we are enjoying or pondering as it relates to life and Torah.


Rabbi Sherril inspired by this teaching from Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld about grasshoppers and self-doubt:


On Grasshoppers and Angels

At the beginning of this week’s parasha, we encounter the Israelites in a moment of intense vulnerability and self-doubt. The people have been wandering in the wilderness for over a year. So much is behind them: moments of miraculous rescue, relief, revelation; other moments of thirst, terror, and trembling; and always, the thin, almost imperceptible line between them. What lies ahead is unknown. Guided on their journey by a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of cloud by day, these ex-slaves – still strangers to their own new-found freedom – are commanded to follow a God they cannot see to a land they cannot imagine. It is not difficult to understand why they slip so easily, again and again, from faith into raw fear. As our portion opens, Moses is commanded by G*d to send men to “scout out the land of Canaan” – which he does immediately, selecting twelves spies, a leader from each tribe, and sending them off with these instructions: “Go up there into the Negev and on into the hill country and see what kind of country it is. Are the people who dwell in it strong or weak, few or many? Is the country in which they dwell good or bad? Are the towns they live in open or fortified? Is the soil rich or poor?” All good questions. The spies spend forty days scouting out the land. When they return, they go directly to Moses and Aaron and, before the entire community, they make their report. It begins on a positive note. “We came to the land you sent us to; it does indeed flow with milk and honey.” But as they continue with a description of the people who inhabit the land, the message becomes more equivocal. “The people who inhabit the country are extremely powerful and the cities are fortified and very large.” A less glowing report, but still, a seemingly reasonable response to their assignment. It is at this point that things begin to unravel. Caleb steps forward, offering words of encouragement and trying to stem the tide of panic rising among the people. But the other spies take on an even more ominous tone. Their message now turns from one that is tinged with fear to one that predicts certain failure. “We cannot attack that people, for it is stronger than we.” And then, reaching fever pitch, “The country that we traversed and scouted is one that devours its inhabitants. All the people that we saw in it are giants. We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.” It is an exquisite articulation of self-doubt: “Lo nuchal. We can’t do this.” And the ever-so-human projection of one’s own sense of inadequacy onto others: “We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.” It is this statement that captures the attention of an extraordinarily poignant commentary from Midrash Tanchuma. “The Blessed Holy One said to the scouts: “You don’t know what you have just let your mouths utter. I am ready to put up with your saying, ‘We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves.’ But I do take offense at your asserting, ‘And so we must have looked to them.’ Could you possibly know how I made you appear in their eyes? How do you know but that in their eyes you were like angels?’” In this brief imagined exchange between G*d and the scouts, the midrash underscores the insidious nature of self-doubt, the way we can mistake it for truth, the way it can indeed become “a land that devours its inhabitants.” The antidote, the midrash insists, is cultivating the capacity to open up some space between our inner experience and outer reality. This is the vital, life-giving space of breath, hope, possibility. The voice of G*d is the voice that speaks to us, saying: I understand that you are afraid. I understand that you feel small. But take a minute. Leave room for the possibility that your fear is not the whole story. How do you know but that in their eyes you were like angels? Perhaps the very end of this week’s portion – the mitzvah of tzitzit, of wearing fringes on the corners of our garments – can best be understood as a way of ritually enacting this very truth, a way of keeping open this dialogue with the divine voice in our own lives. The word tzitzit, according to Rashi and other commentators, is related to the Hebrew word metzitz, or “to peer,” as in the verse from Song of Songs, “metzitz min hacharakim” – “peering through the latticework.” We, who have a tendency to see ourselves as grasshoppers at times, need to be continually reminded to expand our vision and remember that we stand in every moment before a loving G*d. In those moments when self-doubt clouds or constricts our vision, we are asked to lift our eyes, to try to peer through the cracks in the walls we have built, and open ourselves to the possibility that we may be like angels in the eyes of another.


Reb Sherril shares a Hebrew version of "We Shall Overcome":


Lyrics derived from a hymn by Charles Albert Tindley

Hebrew added by Rabbi David Zaslow and Rabbi Emanuel Ben-David


אנו נתגבר יום אחד. עמוק בלבי אני מאמין אנו נתגבר יום אחד.


Anu nitgaber yom ehad. Amok b'libee ani ma-amin anu nitgaber yom ehad.


We shall overcome someday.

Deep in my heart I do believe that we shall overcome someday.


Paul Rene de Cotret shares some personal thoughts on the parasha:


My reflection is quite allegorical.  Being called out of slavery in Egypt, crossing a perilous Red Sea, wandering in some desertic wilderness, receiving a «Torah» at Sinai, then, launching a scouting expedition to check the «Promised Land»...then what do we do with such a frightening bird's eye view?? 


If these were just somethings that happened to a bunch of slaves 3000 years ago, of what possible significance could it bear on MY life today???


However, if this historical event stood and still stands at the very root of all of our lives, could vivify it, lend it some sense...a G-dsent story...G-d touching MY humanity, my heart?????

This made me travel way back in time...to when I was a junior medical resident at McGill, age 23.

I was performing quite well in med school (exceedingly well, in fact) but boy, was I ever screwed up inside.  My Daddy had died when I was 8 years old and that had left terrible scars on my deep soul.  He had been the MOST important person in my life.  Then, followed a very prolonged and pathological mourning with my Mom and my brother.  The only place of solace was retreating all alone inside myself. ALONE.  Basically no friends.  At age 20, I was seriously neurotic. My heart had been shattered (pulverized, in fact) and hadn't healed well at all. At 23, I consulted one of my psychiatry professors and, at his firm suggestion, I started a full-fledged psychoanalysis (3-4 times / week) that would in fact last several years....deep surgery to attempt to repair my soul !

With that as a background, let's come to our parasha...(I could write pages upon pages but, gosh, I'll try to give you the short version..)

At 9-10-11-12-13 yrs old etc, always living with a deep, gnawing anxiety..always looking out for my mother...terrified that something might happen to her...being made fun of by my schoolmates because I was out-performing them...always alone...gee, it feels SO good to be alone...delving in Catholic rituals as an altar boy...and that really allays my fears...etc


Well, that was slavery.  I was a slave to all my defense reactions (denial, displacement, substitution etc).  That was my EGYPT.  A slave indeed, yet alive, fed, and feeling somehow secure...


At one point (age 23) however, this harness became just simply intolerable.

I heard the inner cry to break the bondage...to start analysis!


Once you start that, there really isn't no possibility of backtracking.  Merely starting to explore your totally unconscious defense mechanisms unleashes unforeseen anxieties...the Egyptian troops are bearing down...your in for it, buster.!!...suddenly, the sea divides (the unconscious opens up)...you have no choice but to go forth. The step of utter uncertainty...the first step to LIFE, delving inside yourself to search for the fountain of life.


Then you continue...in a barren desert.  You've let go some of your old neurotic consolidations.  In fact, you feel WORSE than before.

At Sinai, you get a message...«NEVER, EVER lie to yourself».  If you do, therein lies death.


When, after hundreds of sessions on that couch you've gotten to know so goddam well, you feel you must send out scouts to check out what's ahead for you, you disastrously realize that all your neurotic constructs are seemingly invincible giants!  Having travelled so far to realize that you're utterly frail and vulnerable.


And yet, that very frailty and vulnerability, IF YOU CAN FINALLY ACCEPT IT, are the very resources that will allow you to enter your Promised Land...to become yourself, freed from those ancient neurotic enslaving constraints!


Rabbi Schachar shares an article that he has been thinking about:


Rabbi Sid Schwarz on "Does Jewish Renewal have a future?"


Rabbi Schachar shares a quote by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, in honour of the upcoming yahrzeit (next Friday night, June 26):


"Retiring means getting new tires to take us to new adventures" - Embracing Wisdom: Soaring in the Second Half of Life by Malka Drucker & Nadya Gross.


Announcements & Upcoming @MOS --


* ShabbaZoom: A Virtual Warm-UP for Shabbat at home

Friday, June 18, 6-7 pm


Join Montreal Open Shul to welcome in Shabbat online with a virtual pre-Shabbat gathering over Zoom.


To join with video, you must have a password. 


Email Rabbi Sherril for the password at rebsherril@outlook.com


1) Log into Zoom (www.zoom.us)

2) Click on Join meeting

3) Enter Meeting ID: 514 489 7121 4) Enter password that you received by email


To join by phone:

One tap mobile +17789072071,,5144897121# Canada +14388097799,,5144897121# Canada

Dial by your location         +1 778 907 2071 Canada         +1 438 809 7799 Canada         +1 587 328 1099 Canada         +1 647 374 4685 Canada         +1 647 558 0588 Canada

Meeting ID: 514 489 7121


* Chanting & Chocolate

(Chocolate when we're together again)


You are invited to join in the weekly Cross-Canada Chanting & Chocolate* from 7:30-8:30 EDT Sunday, June 14 with chant leaders from Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. R' Schachar will be leading a chant this week. We hope to see you there.  This is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88004176254 Meeting ID: 880 0417 6254 One tap mobile +15873281099,,88004176254# Canada +16473744685,,88004176254# Canada Dial by your location: +1 587 328 1099 Canada +1 647 374 4685 Canada +1 647 558 0588 Canada


Organized by Lorne Malin * Monday Meditation & Middot with Cantor Heather Batchelor 7:30 pm via Zoom.


Weekly sessions focussing on meditation and mindfulness skills, as well as development of personal virtues ("middot") as defined by the Musar tradition of Jewish ethics.

All are welcome. Suggested donation.


Please register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Initial registration will automatically enable attendance to full series.

Click here for more info.


* Remembering Reb Zalman... our beloved teacher, scholar, friend and visionary. Come and learn! An inspiring evening of classic Reb Zalman teachings, songs and stories. Tuesday, June 23, 7:30-9 pm.


Register in advance for this special gathering honouring Reb Zalman's yarzheit:


We have a great group of people to help us remember:


Rabbi Daniel Siegel (R' Zalman's first ordained rabbi) Rabbi Shalom Schachter (R' Zalman's son) Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan & Charles Kaplan Lorne Mallin Rabbi Hannah Dresner, of Or Shalom Vancouver Rabbi Schachar Orenstein Rabbi Simcha Raphael Rabbi Sherril Gilbert


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting


* Friday Night Service - Every Third Friday of the Month...stay tuned for new dates


* New/Old-school service every fourth Saturday of the month...stay tuned for new dates


Please Note: Due to current health concerns, 3rd Friday Shabbat and New/Old-school service will be temporarily suspended until further notice.


* Are you (or is someone you know) facing a food shortage at this time due to the pandemic? Montreal Open Shul participants may be able to receive help from MOS, thanks to support from the Jewish Community Foundation and FederationCJA. Please get in touch with us by email at montrealopenshul@gmail.com or contact Rabbi Sherril directly at rebsherril@outlook.com.


And, if you are in a position to help, we ask and encourage you to please support FederationCJA's Community Crisis Response effort by donating to the community CrowdFunding campaign. Visit https://fcja.crowdchange.ca/1002.

Finally, FederationCJA has established a "helpline" for anyone in the community to ask for help. Call 514-734-1411.


* Let us know if you have something that you would like us to include in the 5-Point Parasha (by Wednesday of the week)


*Did you know that you can donate to MOS and receive a tax receipt from Aleph Canada? Go to the Aleph Canada page on Canada Helps and us the drop down menu under "APPLY YOUR DONATION TO A SPECIFIC FUND SET UP BY THIS CHARITY" to select Montreal Open Shul.


PLEASE DONATE TO SUSTAIN OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR OFFERINGS

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