Our High Holiday Service Schedule is now available! click here: HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE 2018 – 5779

Shabbat Services

  • Shabbat Morning: 9:00am
  • Kehillateinu runs every Shabbat of the school year at 10:00am in the chapel.
  • Babysitting runs every Shabbat in the Family Lounge and Playroom at 9:30am until end of Services.

Shabbat Shalom Newsletter

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Click here for our latest Shabbat Shalom Newsletter.

Weekday Services

Monday-Friday 7:30am* and 6:00pm (Mon-Thurs)
Sunday & Statutory Holidays 8:30am* and 6:00pm

*15 minutes earlier on Rosh Chodesh

Shabbat Times
May 04

Candle Lighting

May 4, 2019 @ 7:55 pm

During the upcoming High Holy Days, Cantor Green invites the entire congregation to sing along with him and our new KBI Choir. You can listen to and learn some of the melodies they will sing using the media player right here on this page — some are beloved congregational favourites, and some will be new. Either way, they’re yours to ‘own’ on the day!

(Early) Shana Tova!


Click here to register for Learn to Read Hebrew with Rabbi Zuker.

Registration for High Holiday Family Services is now online. Please click here to register.

Cantor Green’s new prayer skills class, Nusach 101, is now available to watch online – check back each Wednesday for new material. Click here for more info and for the playlist link.

Please click here for our latest operating policies and board meeting minutes.

For those who missed these inspirational March of the Living (MOL) speeches on Shabbat, May 26, you may read them here. Please click for Daniella Springer’s  and Shelli Kimmel’s  MOL speech.  Thank you to these individuals who gave us such inspirational insights.

A request from MERCAZ CANADA

The month of August at KBI

Every Monday
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Every Thursday
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Every Thursday
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Greetings from the Shalom Group!

Check out the latest update on the Alsahar family, the Syrian family in Lebanon being sponsored by the Shalom Group (representing our shul plus ORH and Adath Shalom). 

Update July 11, 2018

We have loads of good news to share with you since the Alsahar family’s arrival in Otttawa just over

a month ago.  Shadi and Asmaa and their three young children have been adjusting well to their new lives in Canada.  They have been living on a temporary basis in Shadi’s sister Fidaa’s apartment, along with her husband Ziad and two sons – Tarek and Mohammed.  Fortunately, we were able to arrange for the rental of a nearby townhome that the family can move into on August 1st. They are extremely excited about the move since their two girls – Doha (7) and Tuqa (4) and their son Oday (3) will have a backyard to play in, all to themselves.

Aside from finding suitable housing for the family, Shalom Group volunteers collected clothing, furniture, and other household items, and the family has since chosen what they needed for themselves and for their new home.  Happily, Doha, Tuqa and Oday are now riding bicycles thanks to the generous donations of Ottawa area families.

We have been fortunate to have a couple of excellent Arab speaking interpreters who have been joining us for meetings at the bank, at the English Language Assessment Centre, and at various government service centres where the family has since acquired their OHIP cards and their social insurance numbers. Each member of the family has had their English language abilities assessed, and Shadi is currently enrolled in English language lessons. The children will be taking swimming lessons at the neighbourhood swimming pool this summer.

Speaking of swimming, Doha, Tuqa and Oday experienced swimming for the very first time when both families and the Shalom Group Team leaders got together for a meet and greet BBQ at the home of one our volunteers.  With life jackets securely strapped on, all three kids were jumping into the pool in no time at all with huge smiles on their faces.

And finally, one of our volunteers, along with one of our interpreters, brought the entire family downtown for a “tourist day” where they watched the Changing of the Guards at Parliament Hill.  And another first for the family –  a boat tour on the Ottawa River.  Asmaa and Shadi mentioned that it was the first time they had ever set foot on a boat.

We will be sure to bring you more updates in the weeks ahead.  The Shalom Group would like to thank the members of our wonderful community who provided financial assistance, allowing for this humanitarian effort to come to fruition.

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Shabbat Alternatives

  • Each Shabbat Mincha, we hold “Learning & Leftovers”.  Join Rabbi Kenter (or another of our Clergy) and have a stimulating learning session while having “Se’udat Shlishit”. Please check the calendar for times as it varies in the summer months.
  • Torah Study with Rabbi Deborah Zuker.  Join Rabbi Zuker for parallel learning sessions on Shabbat mornings focused on weekly Torah portions.

Kehillat Beth Israel is more than just a place to pray. Synagogue members enjoy an array of services and support when they become part of our community. We offer a welcome environment to all, and are creating new programs and approaches to meet the needs of people’s lives at all ages and stages.