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Enjoyed our services? Want to find out more about us? Speak to one of our Board members following services or contact our office 905-889-0276 x31 or shalom@beitrayim.org www.beitrayim.org

High Holy Day Greetings for 5772 Wish your family and friends at Beit Rayim a Shanah Tovah. Your greeting will appear in both of the High Holy Day supplements. Cost is $18 and is tax deductible. Last date for orders is September 19. Please contact the synagogue office 905-889-0276 x31 Looking for a few good “Shabbat Buddies” We are looking to create a roster of drivers who would be willing to pick up and take home some of our members who can no longer drive to services. If you would be willing to “Buddy” up with a member, please contact Fran at the synagogue office: admin@beitrayim.org / t.905-889-0276 x31 Ushers and Set-up Volunteers needed for the High Holy Days. Please contact the synagogue office: admin@beitrayim.org or 905-889-0276 x31

Completed Membership Renewal forms must be received and processed before you can receive your High Holy Day tickets. Please contact the synagogue office if you have any questions: admin@beitrayim.org or 905-889-0276 x31

September 17, 2011 ~ 18 Elul 5771 Parashat Ki Tetze

‫פרשת כי תבו ‏‬ ‫א‬ ‫‏‬ MAZEL TOV TO

ADAM KORN ON BEING CALLED TO THE TORAH AS A BAR MITZVAH The congregational Kiddush will be held on Main Street following services.

‫שבת‏שלום‬ Next Shabbat Saturday, September 24, 2011 Join us at our special Shabbat to honour our 2011 Judy Stein Volunteer of the Year Award winners; Janice & Stephen Cohen Sandra Gold Millstein along with our many volunteers and Chidon Hatanach participants. Services begin at 9 AM. Kiddush following.

Selichot September 24, 2011 Join us for an evening of preparation for the High Holy Days. Program - 8:30 PM By the Waters of Babylon: the Jewish People in Exile—and in Zion Restored presented by Michael Cole. We will explore how the exile in Babylonia 2500 years ago, changed Judaism and the Jewish people in ways that are felt even today. followed by snack and schmooze Selichot Service at 11 PM


Annual Torah reading: Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 (Etz Hayim, p. 1140; Hertz, p. 859) Beit Rayim Triennial Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1 – 27:10 (Etz Hayim, p. 1140; Hertz, p. 859) Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1 – 22(Etz Hayim, p. 1161; Hertz, p. 874)

ANNOUNCEMENTS/‫הודעות‬ Mazel Tov to Lisa and Harris Korn on their son Adam being called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. The Congregation thanks the Korn family for sponsoring today’s Kiddush in honour of their Simcha. The unveiling for Jack Holder will be held this Sunday, September 18, 11am at Pardes Shalom, Beit Rayim section. If you are receiving an Honour/Aliyah, please make sure to arrive at the beginning of the service and introduce yourself to the Gabbai at the door. This week: September 10, 2011– September 16, 2011 we remember

Fred Antflick, z”l, father of Elaine Pepper Norman Bercuson, z”l, father of Judith Bercuson Ida Berenbaum, z”l, grandmother of Elaine Feig Irene Block, z”l, grandmother of Shirley Gruber Simon Korolnek, z”l, father of Stan Korolnek Stan Pajak, z”l, father of Hanna Mlotek Irving Seltzer, z”l, brother of Roslyn Ticker and uncle of Chuck Ticker Fayga Steinberg, z”l, mother of Isaac Steinberg Allan Steinhart, z”l, brother of Paula Silver May their souls be bound up in the bonds of eternal life, Amen.

THIS YEAR WHY NOT SHAKE YOUR LULAV! Beit Rayim is accepting orders for Lulavim & Etrogim so that you can fulfill the mitzvah of waving the Lulav and Etrog this Sukkot. Cost is $45

All orders must be prepaid by Monday, October 3, 2011 Contact Fran at the synagogue office: 905-889-0276 x31 or admin@beitrayim.org Orders will he ready for pick up from the synagogue office (209-1118 Centre St.) Erev Sukkot Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 9 AM - 2 PM

Please circle your calendars September 21, 2011 Synagogue office open from 8:30 am -8 pm for renewals and ticket pick-up Saturday, September 24, 2011 Volunteer and Chidon Participants Honouring Shabbat – 9 AM Selichot Program – 8:30 PM Selichot Service – 11 PM Wednesday, September 28 - Erev Rosh Hashanah Friday, October 7 - Kol Nidre Wednesday October 12 - Erev Sukkot Tuesday, October 18 - Cinema in the Sukkah Thursday, October 20 Shemini Atzeret and Yizkor 9 AM Dance with the Torah with Yitzchak Argaman 6:30 PM Sunday October 30 Youth Program Kinder Kids- Gr. 4 Hold the Dates Saturday, November 26 - Trivia Night Sunday, December 18 - Hanukkah Party Saturday, January 28, 2012 - Casino Night


Excerpted from PARASHAT Ki Tavo - Prepared by Rabbi Joseph Prouser (Courtesy of USCJ) The Israelites are commanded to present the first fruits of their produce to the Priest at God’s chosen shrine. The worshipper is then to recite a declaration familiar to modern Jews from the Passover Haggadah: “Arami oved avi… My ancestor was a wandering Aramean…” This recitation of Israelite origins represents the very first scripted liturgy for Jewish worship and reflects our liturgy’s emphasis on historical experience. A prescribed verbal declaration, including a request for God’s blessing (“from your holy abode, from heaven”) similarly accompanies the tithe that Israelites provide for the support of Levites and strangers, widows and orphans. The Israelites are admonished once again to be faithful to God and God’s commandments; God’s reciprocal devotion to His chosen people is assured. When they will cross the Jordan to enter the Promised Land, Israel is commanded to erect stone pillars, coated with plaster, on which God’s laws are to be inscribed. These steles are to be dedicated with sacrifices to be offered on an altar of unhewn stone that the Israelites are instructed to build on Mount Ebal. Israel prepares for the recitation of blessings and curses. (The ceremonious presentation was prescribed earlier, in parashat Re’eh.) The tribes of Shimon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin are assigned to Mount Gerezim for the blessing; Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zevulun, Dan, and Naphtali are to be present on Mount Ebal for the curses. Twelve specific sins (some would say, eleven specific sins and a final, generalized description of sin) are detailed, identified as worthy of being cursed, and individually acknowledged as such by a collective, national “Amen.” Offenses of cultic, sexual, moral, and violent character are included among these execrable sins. Blessings for compliance with God’s commandments are given: “Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the country, Blessed shall be the issue of your womb. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail.” (This last blessing customarily is repeated on Rosh Hashanah eve.) These are followed by a further statement of largely parallel curses for Israelite disobedience to God: “Cursed shall you be in the city and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be the issue of your womb.” Thi passage, called the tochechah exhortation, includes particularly vile curses: “Your carcasses shall become food for all the birds of the sky. The Lord will strike you with the Egyptian inflammation, with hemorrhoids, boil scars. madness, blindness, and dismay.” Remarkably, the Torah reader customarily substitutes prescribed euphemism for the harshest of the Hebrew terms! So feared was this scriptural passage, nevertheless, that some communities have a history of skipping the section entirely. Others have required the Torah reader or shamas to accept this aliyah as a condition of employment. Still others, instead of assigning so unseemly a text as a Torah “honor,” simply announced “Yaamod mi she-yirtzeh” – “Let whoever wants it come forward!” In any case, it is common to read these verses quickly and quietly, dispensing with so unpleasant a text with all possible dispatch. The parashah concludes with a firm admonition (for those who missed the message in the previous section!?) faithfully to adhere to God’s covenant, and to recognize in Israel’s historic experience God’s miraculous guidance and beneficent, providential care. The PRIDE OF ISRAEL KOSHER FOOD BANK helps 100 Jewish Welfare families per week. They desperately need nonperishables such as canned goods, pasta, peanut butter and powdered milk. These items should be marked kosher. Or send a cheque to: PRIDE OF ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE KOSHER FOOD BANK OF PRIDE OF ISRAEL 59 Lissom Crescent, Toronto, ON M2R 2P2 Please expect a call from our volunteers. They will be doing pick ups of food donations by postal code (September 11-18). Just leave your donations in a bag outside your front door on the day of the pick up for your neighbourhood. It’s that easy! If you would like to help with this project, please contact Ellin Bessner at ebessner@gmail.com

Cinema in The Sukkah Tuesday, October 18 The Israel Committee will be showing the movie

“UshpiziN” Location and time to be announced


An initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), with the support of the Government of Israel, Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce - Project HEART — aims to provide the tools, strategy, and information to enable the Government of Israel, the project, and its partners to bring about a small measure of justice to eligible heirs of Jewish victims, the victims themselves, and the Jewish people. Please go to www.heartwebsite.org for more information. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2011 Celebrate your birthday, anniversary or other simcha with your Beit Rayim Family. Receive a special blessing at Shabbat services. “Sponsor” a Congregational Kiddush for $360. or “Co-Sponsor” the Kiddush for $180. (This rate does not apply to the added cost for guests who you invite to attend that week and does not apply to Bar or Bat Mitzvah Kiddushim). “Donate” to the Kiddush is still at a variable rate of your choice. Donations are tax receiptable. Call: 905.889.0276 ext. 31or admin@beitrayim.org

We want to stay in touch with you. Please make sure we have a current email address on file. Donate a Chumash or Siddur in honour or memory of a person or a special event. Contact the office for details: shalom@beitrayim.org or 905-889-0276 x31 Founding Rabbi Rabbi Sol Tanenzapf, z”l Clergy Cantor Eli Bard President Larry Miller Immediate Past President Irv Siegel Chairman of the Board of Directors Shelley Isenberg

UJA of Greater Toronto’s Victims of Terror Fund supports southern Israel Funds raised for victims of terror in Israel are allocated to United Israel Appeal Canada Inc. (UIA) on whose behalf the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) delivers services. To donate contact ujadonations.com/victims or call 416-361-5705

With more than 11 million people across East Africa devastated by drought and famine, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto has established the African Famine Relief Fund to help relieve their suffering. Fund donations will be sent to IsraAID: The Israeli-based Forum for International Humanitarian Aid which, has already deployed a team of specialists to Kenya. In addition, the Government of Canada will match an equivalent amount to drought relief. The United Jewish Appeal African Famine Relief Fund is not part of the annual UJA Federation campaign. 100% of proceeds raised will be designated for IsraAID.

ujadonations.com/AfricanFamine or by calling 416-631-5705.

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