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Our Beth Ruach congregation is built on the values of the Torah and the Talmud and we are united in our faith of Judaism and our support of Israel.

We support our congregation through Torah learning, Shabbat dinners, Jewish holidays celebrations and life-long learning our Jewish education to all ages.

Our congregation is made up of mostly interfaith families due to the rise in Jewish people marrying outside of their faith. As such, while grounded in Judaism, our congregation welcomes their spouses of all faiths and those with no faith to join us in creating a diverse, vibrant spiritual community of individuals and families.

Through our teachings, work, and embrace, we aspire to keep the Jewish faith and traditions alive within these interfaith unions and be cherished by their extended families, so it may remain vibrant and alive into future generations.

We are affiliated with the Universal Oneness United Faith Canada. 

Universal Oneness United Faith Canada (“UOUFC”) is a spiritual center that welcomes people from‎ all faiths and those of no faith. The UOUFC works to break down the barriers of religious intolerance. Congregation Beth Ruach is the Jewish interfaith branch of the UOUFC and is the ‎community that Rabbi David Gellman serves.

TESTIMONIAL—

“I’ve known David practically my whole life, and he knew my mom and my family, so he was the obvious choice to provide the funeral service for my mother, Miriam Stein. He did a very, very nice job, was very personal, and made sure everyone was included—as I knew he would. Thank you, David.”

Helen B.

Atonement—

Greetings friends

Did you light a candle for Yom HaShoah?  Holocaust Memorial Day.  Light a candle now and honor the souls and spirits of the martyrs of the 20th century; the freedom fighters who stood up to fear; who are fast disappearing from life and sadly, in many ways, from history.  And if that happens, what could never happen again, happens again.

Let’s hope brett and snoopy both have great birthdays and next week is not only Star Wars Day and Cinquo DeMayo, but Yom Ha’Zikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day, immediately followed by its Independence Day.  Long may she live.

We are in a countdown period.  We are counting the omer – the grain, leading us to the gathering festival of Shavuot – seven because it is seven weeks after Passover.  It celebrates the great epiphany, the giving of the Ten Commandments, the simple rules for how to live life – the only spiritual revelation given to an entire nation instead of one individual.  They are truly laws for all mankind.

This week we return to the regular readings, and this one, usually a two-part reading but not this year, centers on the ritual for the day of atonement – the day that has become the most important day in the year.  The day to seek and grant forgiveness and to take a look at the mirror of self.

This episode will be posted on our channel – click here to watch the Rabbi David Gellman Show in the 2022 cycle.  And if you are one of the people this was sent to by a friend and want to receive it yourself, let me know and I will add you to my mailing list.

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Thank you all for allowing me into your homes, into your electronic devices, into your hearts – as you are all with me in mine –

Be well, be happy, be healthy, be free, be kind, be forgiving, be compassionate, be independent of mind and deed, be mindful of your intentions and be good to yourself.  Continue to celebrate freedom of choice in your life and do not give in to the fear which is so prevalent and enjoy the peace that comes from acceptance – and as always – if you have any questions or suggestions or just want to say “hi”, please send me an email.  I love hearing from you. 

And know – that I truly appreciate your sharing your sacred time with me.

Enjoy and celebrate your life and the lives of others, and in doing, be safe my friends, be happy and may you all sow the seeds of and reap the rewards of peace and love and miracles and make sure you also celebrate your own unique individuality and your incredible awesomeness. 

 

Continue celebrating love; continue celebrating freedom; send renewal and goodwill out to everyone in the world – it is an energy that cannot be stopped – and remember – your world is what you make it.  Just wish upon a star and continue to be a miracle in someone’s life and light the light of love and feel free to join us for any of our virtual services. 

Blessings

  RD

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