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Rabbi Idan Scher

Rabbi Idan Scher was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but frequent trips to Ottawa to visit his large extended family always made the Nation's Capital feel like his second home. He has fond memories of skating on the canal, playing pond hockey with his cousins, and going to more Senators games than he can count.

Rabbi Scher is a dynamic and sought-after speaker, and a warm and engaging relationship-builder. And though he loves spending time with congregants inside the shul, he especially loves hosting guests for Shabbat meals at his home, together with his wife Shifra, their son, Shlomo and daughter, Esther.

Rabbi Scher earned an undergraduate degree from Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah in New York, a Masters degree in Talmudic Law from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, and an M.A. in Public Policy and Management from John's Hopkins University. He holds rabbinic ordination (semikha) from both Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, the director of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, and from Rabbi Gedalya Schwartz, the director of the Beth Din of America. Rabbi Scher also studied at Yeshivas Brisk in Jerusalem, where he was a student of Rabbi Shalom Schechter.

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Scher to discuss a life-cycle event, an idea for the shul, or just for a good schmooze! He can be reached at 613.521.9700, or rabbischer@cmhottawa.com.

Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka - Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa since 1967. In addition to being an accomplished author of more than 30 books and countless articles in the fields of religion, health, and psychology, he is also host of Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka on CFRA and regular contributor to "Ask the Religion Experts" in the Ottawa Citizen.

A dedicated grass-roots volunteer, he is renowned for his tireless commitment to the Ottawa community through service on charitable and civic boards and regular participation in charity events. He has received numerous awards including the prestigious Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary service to the Jewish Community of Ottawa and was the inaugural recipient of Scouts Canada's National Salute Award. He was cited by Canadian Blood Services for more than 300 blood donations and is actively involved in the promotion of organ donation programs. Rabbi Bulka serves as Honorary Chaplain of the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, is the chair of the Trillium Gift of Life Network (responsible for organ and tissue donation in Ontario), and chairs the Hospice Ottawa West campaign.

He received his Semikhah (Rabbinic ordination) from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary, New York, in 1965 and his Ph.D. (concentrating on the Logotherapy of Viktor Frankl) from the University of Ottawa in 1971. He received an honourary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University in 2006 for his community and humanitarian service, and was awarded the "Key to the City" in February, 2010. In June 2013, Rabbi Bulka was appointed a member of the Order ofCanada.

Despite his high public profile and many volunteer activities, Rabbi Bulka remains very accessible to his congregants for support, advice or questions. His weekly inspiring sermons, delivered seamlessly without notes, are one of the highlights of our Shabbat service.

Hazzan Levinson - Hazzan Emeritus

Cantor Pinchas Levinson was born and raised in Mea Shearim, Israel. Both his father and grandfather served as Hazanim, so it seemed natural to Cantor Levinson to follow the family tradition. He trained privately in Israel and led congregations there before taking on a position in Durban, South Africa in 1973. Three years later, he moved to a Young Israel congregation in Brooklyn, New York. He then joined Machzikei Hadas in 1979 and has been our cantor since. Over his decades of service here, he has trained hundreds of Bar Mitzvah boys. His powerful tenor voice has added a real ruach (spirit) to our Shabbat and High Holiday services.

 

Rabbi Fogel - Hazzan Shaynee

Our Hazan Shaynee, Shimon Fogel, is a most personable and engaging person. His most usual "task" (but for him, a pleasure) is to read the Torah on Shabbat, Yom Tov, and other occasions. But he is always there to pitch in when the Hazan is away; to give the afternoon study class on Shabbat when the rabbi is away; and provide help as needed.

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