Ottawa rabbi Reuven Bulka dies, leaving a legacy of kindness

The bill is inspired by Bulka’s Kindness Week, established in Ottawa 14 years ago to celebrate and encourage acts of kindness in the community.

Bulka’s funeral will be televised live from New York at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The tributes immediately flooded social media for the rabbi, who has championed causes such as organ and blood donation and has led numerous events aimed at promoting tolerance and understanding among people of different faiths.

“My heart is aching this morning at the passing of Rabbi Reuven Bulka,” tweeted Senator Jim Munson, the original sponsor of the Kindness Week legislation.

“But in death as in life, we must always think about the Right things. Thanks to the dear rabbi, we have a week of kindness in Canada. Delighted to have played a role in its realization. We did it Rabbi. We did it!”

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rabbi Bulka,” said Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson. “He was an exceptional community and religious leader who spent his life bringing people together and fighting racism while seeking kindness towards one another.”

Bulka was given the Key to the City in Ottawa, which also named Rabbi Bulka Kindness Park in his honor.

He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2013 for “dedicated service to the community, particularly in the promotion of interfaith dialogue, health and humanitarian causes”.

He also received the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service “for his inspiring sermons, venerable presence and meaningful messages to Canadians at national Remembrance Day ceremonies”.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 27, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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