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Cranky Complaints-Lady Plans a Trip!

To: Ottawa JCC, Cc: Israeli Embassy in Ottawa
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:39 PM
Subject: Upcoming Events

Dear [her name]:

While planning a visit to Ottawa, I noticed two upcoming musical events listed on your website (
http://www.jccottawa.com/pages/upcomingevents.html):  the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and "Soaring Beyond Expectation - Women in Composition"
.
 
These events are being held next Tuesday and Wednesday, during the nine days leading up to Tisha b'Av, which is next Thursday.  These nine days are widely recognized throughout the Jewish community, as a time of mourning for the original loss of our spiritual and physical homeland (losses not yet entirely regained through the "reishit tzmichat ge'ulateinu," the modern-day State of Israel).
 
I'm surprised that the Israeli embassy, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof, would sponsor such an event at this time (would they do it on Yom Hashoah or Yom Hazikaron, also national periods of mourning for the entire Jewish people?). 
 
In future, sensitivity to Jewish issues such as these might be appropriate from what is essentially the sole voice of the Jewish community in our national Capital Region.
 
Thanks for listening!
 
[moi]
Toronto

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