Beth Shalom West Congregation fonds = Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa fonds
Scope and Content
Fonds consists primarily of early records including membership, 1979- 1980; Rabbi Dr. Basil Herring correspondence, 1979-1981; organizational material, 1980; financial records, 1980-1982; Building Campaign, 1982; 4 issues of Itoneinu, 1981-1983; Beth Shalom West Newsletter, 1980,1986,1989-1995; Bet…
Fonds consists primarily of early records including membership, 1979- 1980; Rabbi Dr. Basil Herring correspondence, 1979-1981; organizational material, 1980; financial records, 1980-1982; Building Campaign, 1982; 4 issues of Itoneinu, 1981-1983; Beth Shalom West Newsletter, 1980,1986,1989-1995; Beth Shalom West Bulletin,1994-1995; news clippings, 1980 - 1989; musical programs, 1996-2000.
Box 1 contents:
2 Unmarked VHS - [undated];
VHS Tape, The Opening of Beth Shalom West, April 13, 1986;
VHS Tape, Beth Shalom West 18th Anniversary, 2004;
CD, Congregation Beit tikvah of Ottawa, December 2, 2007;
CD, Yiskor Book, September 10, 2006;
CD, Yiskor Book, 2006;
CD, Photographs, Memory Lane and Name Change, December 2, 2007;
CD, Photographs, Beth Shalom West, Vera, 2007;
CD, Photographs, Beit Tikvah BBQ, September 2008;
Early Membership, 1979-1980;
Correspondence: Rabbi Dr. Basil F Herring, 1979-1981;
Financial records, 1980, 2003;
First year of Organization, 1980;
Programs of Sir John A MacDonald Highschool, 1980;
Opening Service, May 3, 1980;
Best Shalom West Newsletter, Vol 1, No. 1, 1980-1995;
Beth Shalom West Newsletters, 2002;
Plans for building for congregation, 1982;
Building Campaign, 1982;
Construction and Progress of Beth Shalom West building, 1982-1986, 2005;
Beth Shalom West News Bulletins, 1994-1995;
Programing and Song Books, 1996, 2000,2006;
Programming Guides, 1996-2000;
Messages from Chair, Esther Kulik, 2002-2004;
News Clippings, 2002-2007;
Tribute to Herb Gray, 2003;
Kol Nidre Appeal, 2002, 2003;
30th Anniversary Celebration, 2003;
Administrative Documents, 2003-2004, 2011
Beth Shalom High Holidays, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010;
25th Anniversary Celebrations, October 24, 2004;
Shabbat E-Flyer, 2008;
E-Newsletter in Email Format, 2008;
Elevator Referendum, 2011;
Beth Shalom West Photographs, 1985, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007;
Photographs in file:
Envelope, 31 colour pictures, bbq, softball game, Halloween, 1996;
Envelope, 23 colour pictures, [Hanukah party], Awards Dinner, 1998;
Envelope 23 colour pictures, Chanukah Dinner, 1998;
Envelope, 24 colour pictures, negatives interior of Beth Shalom during service, December 1998;
Envelope 21 colour pictures, Honorary Dinner, 2003;
Envelope, 14 colour pictures, Shul Pictures, 2003;
Envelope, 7 colour pictures, Shul Event, 2003;
Envelope, 12 colour pictures, negatives, Beit tikvah dinner, 2004;
Envelope, 24 colour pictures, negatives, Beit tikvah service, 2007.
1979-2000 (1979 -1983 predominate)
Beth Shalom West Congregation started as a satellite synagogue of Beth Shalom Congregation on Chapel Street to fill the need for an Orthodox synagogue in the Greenbank and Baseline area of western Ottawa.
On May 3, 1980, the first West End service was led by Rabbi Basel Herring and attended by a small group of Jews in the cafeteria of Sir John A. MacDonald High School. Other functions were held in private homes or nearby public locations. As the group grew in size so did the dream of a permanent facility and on June 1982 the first plans for a building were unveiled. Along with these plans came a price tag of $674,000 and a fund raising campaign. Although the members and community were receptive, it quickly became apparent that west end community could not raise adequate funding for this structure.
By November 1983, a Project Management Committee was formed with the goal of devising a building which could house the needs of the congregation and fall within financial boundaries. After considering a number of options and estimates provided by architect Joe Liff, the design of the present structure was created. A central Craig Henry site was chosen for a new synagogue on Chartwell Avenue and the property was donated by developers Jack and Irving Aaron. Over 400 people attended the ceremonial ground breaking ceremony. The dedication and official opening followed in September 1986.
On June 3, 2008, the congregation gained independence and officially became Congregation Beit Tikva of Ottawa. The present sanctuary reflects the Orthodox nature of the congregation, including a women’s section defied by a raised floor and wooden Mechitzah. The memory of the Lowertown synagogues is reflected not only in the position of the central Bimah but in the inclusion of the Adath Jeshurun/ Ottawa Chrvra Kadisha’s original Aron Kodesh (Torah Arc) which was installed in February 1999.
Rabbi Dr. Basil Herring served as the congregation’s first religious official; Rabbi Michael Orelowitz served from August 1982 to June 1983; Rabbi Sonnenschein joined the congregation in summer of 1983 and became the first full time rabbi in 1989. Rabbi Howard Finkelstein became the congregation’s rabbi August 8th, 1991 to remains in this position to the present day. Chazan Yair Subar is the Musical leader of Beit Tikvah of Ottawa and has been serving the congregation since June 2008.