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Save the Date: May 14 - Lag B'Omer Fun Day and BBQ on Mother's Day

Lag B’omer coincides this year with Mother’s Day and Chabad of Charlotte is inviting all Jewish families of the Greater Charlotte area to join together for an exciting family fun day at William R Davie Park in southeast Charlotte.

There will be music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and a delicious Kosher barbeque dinner. All mom’s in attendance will be part of a raffle for a special mother’s day prize.

The event starts at 4:00 pm with a barbeque dinner at 5:00 pm at Davie Park, 4635 Pineville- Matthews Road in Charlotte. Fee $15 per person and $45 per family until May 7. Starting May 8, the price will increase to $18 per person and $50 per family.

Lag B’omer is a day of bon fires and outdoor fun in Israel as people throughout the country celebrate the life of Rabbi Akiva’s students and his prime disciple, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. According to Jewish tradition Lag B’omer was the day that a major epidemic that afflicted the disciples of Rabbi Akiva in the days of the Talmud ended. The jubilation carries even today as we reflect the major impact it had on Jewish life in Israel. Lag B’omer also marks the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yocahi’s ascension to heaven. Rabbi Shimon is most famous and revered in the Talmud as one of the greatest leaders of the Jews in the harsh days of the Roman occupation of Israel.

The Zohar relates that, Rabbi Shimon assembled his closest disciples on Lag B’omer and taught them the secrets of Kabbalah. A fiery pillar surrounded him as he uttered the word life and his soul ascended upwards with the fire. It is an ancient tradition to light bon fires all over Israel.

Lag B’omer is the day that breaks the period of mourning between Passover and Shavuot and is a day reserved for fun, games and barbeque.

For more information on this event please visit our website at: chabadnc.net. or call our office at 704-366-3984.

The Modern Day Miracle that changed Israel Forever

JLI Spring Course - Sign up today!

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation’s history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it’s done.

Here are some of the highlights:

JEWISH HOMELAND
If Judaism is a religion of ideas, why do Jews care so much about land?

ANTI-ISRAEL SENTIMENT
Why does Israel perpetually raise the ire of the entire world?

PREEMPTIVE STRIKES
What are the ethics of preemptive strikes and collateral damage?

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
How should Israel protect itself against an enemy that hides behind human shields?

CAPTURED TERRITORIES
What should Israel do with territories captured during the Six-Day War?

LAND FOR PEACE
What lies at the heart of the land-for-peace debate?

Starting Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Evening class dates: April 25,May 2,9,16,23, June 6
Day class dates: April 26, May 3,10,17,24, June 7

No class week of May 29.

Six 90 minute sessions. Cost is $99 per person or $180 per couple.

Group from Charlotte going to Shabbos in Crown Heights!

Join at least 8-10 others from Charlotte for a spectacular trip to Crown heights Brooklyn on May 5-7.
Click here for all the info!

Thanks to all of our Legacy Donors!

Congregation Ohr HaTorah would like to thank all of our great friends and supporters who have made Legacy Gifts to the Congregation! Thank you all so much for your kindness and for making such a strong commitment to the continuity of our Jewish community!

All of our legacy donors will be honored at the annual legacy dinner on June 5 in Uptown Charlotte!

   

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Benjamin and Susan Aizenman         

Yvonne Amato

Bernard and Leah G. Amler    

Alan and Madeline Aron

Robert and Nancy Berman       

David and Bonnie Bornstein

Barry Brodsky

David and Janice Cantor

Suly and Richard Chenkin       

Brian and Sonia Cohen  

Ellen Block Engelhardt  

Aleen and David Epstein

Leah Gelber    

Goodlyn Gelper

Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass 

Hanah Hawkins        

Ronald and Mary Kantor

Richard and Paula Klein  

Barry and Lorrie Klemons        

Elise and Jaime Kosofsky        

Judy and Eric Laxer         

Eric and Susan Lerner    

Barbara and Jerry Levin

Elissa and Joshua Levine        

Jennifer Monroe      

Eva Nove         

Gale Osborne

Arthur and Nadine Oudmayer 

Debora and Ed Pizer       

Dena and Michael Raffler

Lisa and Fred Shporer

Sheldon and Randy Sperling             

Philip and Lauren Stark   

Mike  and Andie Taylor

Harold and Cynthis Turtletaub         

David and Debra Van Glish

Judie and Michael Van Glish   

Maor and Amy Waizman

Women's Mikvah - Schedule a Tour

Ladies- For more information about how to utilize our beautiful new Mikvah Mei Leah and for a private tour, please call 704-366-3984 or email mikvah@chabadnc.org. 

Missed Jerusalem Uncovered? Purchase the recording!

We are pleased to make the audio recording of "Jerusalem Uncovered" by Rabbi Avrohom Stolik available to purchase for $10. This will come in the form of a link emailed to you that can be listened to on your computer or smart phone. If you would like the cd's mailed to you, their will be a charge of $15. Click here to order either version.

New Parking Rules at Ohr HaTorah

Please be advised effective immediately, that every day after 5:00 p.m. no cars or foot traffic will be permitted behind the Ohr HaTorah building, all parking will be in the main parking lot only, excluding those accessing the Mikvah.

Chabad Chanukah Events!!

Sunday, December 6
Join us at Southpark Mall - 5:00 pm for a Community Chanukah celebration complete with a Giant Menorah Lighting, Music, Donuts, Children's activities and more!

Wednesday, December 9
Uptown Menorah Lighting at Polk Park, Corner of Trade and Tryon. Join us in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at 5:00 pm for a Giant Menorah Lighting, refreshments and Chanukah Music!

November 20 Shabbaton

Join us this month for a Shabbaton Dinner. Early enough to bring the kids, join together for a special Shabbat, delicious food, great company and an uplifting experience. Reserve ASAP while space lasts- $25 single, $65family, to reserve: click here!

Hebrew Course for Adults Thursdays!

Ohr HaTorah to Offer Two Year Hebrew Course

Congregation Ohr HaTorah will begin offering this fall a two-year beginning and intermediate course in Hebrew for adults. The instructor will be Dr. Jeffrey Poelvoorde, a professor of Political Science at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, who has been a member of Ohr HaTorah since 2001. Dr. Poelvoorde has taught Hebrew at every level, from grade-school to university level and has tutored over fifty-one Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.   The course will be aimed at two kinds of students: those who wish to improve their grammatical foundations and reading ability in Hebrew for the purpose of increasing their grasp of the Torah, Siddur and classical sources of the Jewish Tradition, and those who wish to improve their speaking ability in conversation Modern Israeli Hebrew.

            The course will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Congregation Ohr HaTorah, 6619 Sardis Rd., beginning on Thursday, October 29. Special features of the course are audio materials for conversational practice and for practice learning the proper pronunciation and grammar of almost all the major prayers in the traditional Siddur. The main textbook will be “HaYesod,” by Uveeler/Bronznick, 8th Edition, published by Feldheim Publishers. Tuition is $175 per year or $36 per month. To pay online, click here. For more information, please contact Rabbi Cohen at Ohr HaTorah, 704-366-3984, or email rabbicohen@chabadnc.org.

Donate a car to Chabad/Ohr HaTorah!

Many thanks to the Gabrielli family for donating their Chevrolet Impala to Chabad of Charlotte! It has already been sold to members of our community, so it was a win-win for everyone! If you have a used car, we will gladly accept your gift, you will get a tax deduction, and all the proceeds will help our community. Please contact Rabbi Shlomo Cohen for more information at rabbicohen@chabadnc.org.

Thank you Legacy Donors!!

Lubavitch of NC and Congregation Ohr HaTorah extend many thanks to Leah Gelber, Judie and Michael Van Glish, Elissa and Joshua Levine, as well as Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass, some of our most recent Legacy donors! Thanks so much, we are so appreciative and extremely grateful for your kindness and generosity!

A huge thank you to all of our legacy donors:

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Benjamin and Susan Aizenman

 

Yvonne Amato

 

Bernard and Leah G. Amler

 

Alan and Madeline Aron

 

Robert Berman

 

David and Bonnie Bornstein 
David and Janice Cantor

 

Suly and Richard Chenkin

 

Brian and Sonia Cohen

 

Ellen Block Engelhardt

 

Aleen and David Epstein 
Leah Gelber

 

Goodlyn Gelper 
Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass

 

Hanah Hawkins

 

Ronald and Mary Kantor 
Richard and Paula Klein

 

Barry and Lorrie Klemons

 

Elise and Jaime Kosofsky

 

Judy and Eric Laxer

 

Eric Lerner

 

Barbara and Jerry Levin 
Elissa and Joshua Levine

 

Jennifer Monroe

 

Eva Nove

 

Gale Osborne

 

Debora and Ed Pizer

 

Dena and Michael Raffler

 

 

Sheldon and Randy Sperling

 

 

Philip and Lauren Stark

 

 

David and Debra Van Glish 
Judie and Michael Van Glish

 

Maor and Amy Waizman

 

Order Book and Audio from JLI War on Terror Course!

The class may be over, but the War on Terror continues...

Over 40 attended Rabbi Yossi Groner's 2 classes. If you would like to hear what Judaism, the Talmud and Jewish Law has to say about negotiating with Terrorists, you still can! If you'd like to hear the most dynamic speaker in Charlotte explain the Talmudic position on whether it is legal to torture suspects with information on Ticking Time Bombs and Terror acts, its not too late!

The audio from both classes were recorded. Textbooks are still available. If you would like a copy of the audio emailed to you and a text book shipped to your home, the cost is only $36. For the audio alone, the cost is $25.

Two classes, 3 hours of fascinating lectures on one of the most relevant topics in today's times can be accessed in the convenience of your own home!

To order, click here to make your payment at chabadnc.org , or rabbicohen@chabadnc.org for more information.

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen

Thank you Ron and Mary Margaret Kantor-Legacy Donors!

We thank Ron and Mary Margaret Kantor for becoming our latest Legacy Donors. We appreciate your kindness!!

LEGACY THANK YOU KIDDUSH

We would like to inform you that this coming Shabbat, Parshat Bo, Shevat 4, January 24, we will be celebrating with a special gratitude Kiddush luncheon at Ohr HaTorah. The Kiddush event is being co-sponsored by Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass and the Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community in aprreciation of all our friends who have made a Legacy Gift to Ohr HaTorah. They stand as a shining example with their benevolent deeds of Tzedaka to ensure Jewish continuity in our community. All members and friends of Ohr HaTorah are cordially invited to attend the Shabbat morning services and the special gratitude Kiddush that will follow.

Service Schedule

 

Friday:

  • Morning service at 6:30
  • Candle lighting at 5:24 pm . 
  • Minchah at 5:25 pm. Followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv.

Shabbat:

  • Shabbat morning Class at 9:00.
  • Shabbat morning services at 10:00.
  • Legacy Thank You Kiddush after services.
  • Mincha after the Kiddush.
  • Maariv at 6:35 p.m.

Sunday:  

  • Morning service at 8:30.
  • Mincha at 5:25. 

 Mincha services this coming week at 5:25.

Parshah Cents

 

This coming Shabbat we read the portion of Bo which describes the last days of slavery and the start of the Exodus from Egypt. The laws, rituals of Passover are introduced in this week's Torah portion. The Torah describes the difficult transition the Jews faced changing from slave mentality to freedom mentality. G-d instructs the Jews to do something bold. It came in two steps. 1) To withdraw from idol worship which was the Egyptian way. 2) To proudly demontstrate their trust in G-d with the Paschal lamb Seder and painting the blood of the lamb on their door post. These bold moves were frightning to the Jews at the time as they did not know how their Egyptian masters were going to react to the Jewish Chutzpah. Yet it was this boldness and trust in G-d that activated G-d's great redemption and brought them their freedom and their forward march to Mt. Sinai.

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