A spiritual community leader in the capital has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer.
Rabbi Reuven Bulka revealed that he has life-threatening pancreatic and liver cancer, in a statement. He said it was uncovered after a fainting spell sent him to the Ottawa Hospital earlier this month.
Messages of supports have already begun flowing in across the capital.
I had the opportunity to speak with Rabbi Bulka this afternoon to tell him the whole city is behind him in his fight against cancer. Rabbi Bulka has been an incredible bridge builder and an inspiration to anyone who knows him. Please pray for the Rabbi and his family— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) January 12, 2021
Now retired, Bulka served as a Rabbi for 50 years but has still been active in the community through various means, including writing a column for the Ottawa Citizen and occasionally appearing on CityNews.
With news of @RabbiBulka's cancer, I am really struck (though not surprised) by the many posts like this. Yes, a record of distinguished community service. And it is the millions of little kindnesses, one person at a time for decades, that have so touched the hearts of #Ottawa. https://t.co/aixhTXwSyy— Alex Munter (@AlexMunter) January 13, 2021
Bulka is currently in New York City spending time with his family and says tough decisions will have to be made.