This has been a fabulous spring for our KBI family, which increased by another new member, with the wonderful addition of Reuvi Aderet Kenter. A hearty mazel tov again to Rabbi Eytan, Staci and Boaz, as well as to their families and friends. Reuvi’s baby naming was celebrated in style at a beautiful ceremony and reception, hosted by the Kenters, on May 27th.
On May 29th, KBI hosted an All-Candidates meeting for the local candidates in the provincial election, which was well attended and emceed by our own Laurence Wall. The discussion and question period was respectful and informational. Several of the candidates commented that it was the best organized and run meeting which they had attended. Many thanks to Laurence Wall and to our Executive Director, Rena Garshowitz, who did an outstanding job in organizing this event and ensuring that the evening ran smoothly. Jeremy Roberts will be representing our riding as the new MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and we look forward to getting to know Jeremy better over the next four years.
We are scheduling a series of “Parlour Meetings” throughout the summer. These are being organized in the interest of maintaining good communication and developing closer relationships with you, our congregants. At these meetings, we plan to update you on important issues and gain valuable feedback from you in smaller, more intimate settings, where we can ensure that all have the opportunity to speak. We would particularly like to discuss finances, our building plans, and programming. Registration is available at the following website: https://kbiparlourmeetings.weebly.com/ ; Please sign up for one of these sessions at a time and place that is convenient for you. We will be holding these meetings in congregants’ homes and at the synagogue so that we can accommodate everyone’s availability.
The Building committee has been working hard looking at how to best refresh and renovate our space. The group met with our short list of three architectural firms and after several meetings with each firm concluded that the architect that impressed us the most was Wendy Brawley of Hobin Architecture. Wendy will be working with us to develop a concept for our Main Sanctuary and Social Hall, as well as other areas of the building that could use a refresh, and we hope to be ready to present a vision to the congregation by early August. The CBSO Legacy Fund will fully cover the cost of the architectural drawings.
Lastly, to further improve our programming and fundraising at KBI, there are two part-time positions currently posted which we hope to fill very soon. The first is for a Youth Advisor and the second is for a Development Coordinator. Both will enhance our capacity to bring meaningful, interesting and relevant programming and activities to our Kehillah. Please refer to our website for the full job descriptions and if you know of anyone who might be interested, please forward this information to them.