This Week's Update

  • Dear Friends,

    This Shabbat - 17 Iyar, 5784 • May 25, 2024 we read the portion of Behar in the Book of Vayikra. This portion introduces the Mitzvah of the Sabbatical year which is observed in the Land of Israel. Each seventh year, all the fields in Israel are not to be worked on, as the entire Land of Israel lies fallow in observance of Shemitah. The yield of the land is considered holy and was to be collected by the poor and also by undomesticated animals, who were roaming the land. The Torah refers to the seventh year as a year of Shabbat for G-d, thus the name given is Sabbatical year. This Mitzvah is observed in our time as well.

    This Shabbat is Erev Lag B'Omer, when we celebrate the Yahrtzeit and life of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the great sage in the times of the Mishnah and author of the Zohar. The joy of the day is already felt throughout the entire Shabbat.

    This Shabbat we will be celebrating together, after the Shabbat morning service, with a special and memorable Lox Kiddush. The Kiddush is in honor of Fred Shporer's Yahrtzeit, which falls on Lag B'Omer. This year it comes on Sunday, May 26th, which is the 18th of Iyar. This special Kiddush is being lovingly sponsored by Gary and Rand DeFilipp.

    MINCHA IS AT 7:00 PM

  • Friday - 16 Iyar • May 24:

    • Morning Service - 6:30 am.
    • Candle Lighting - 8:09 pm.
    • Mincha - 7:00 pm.

      Shabbat - 17 Iyar • May 25:

    • Shabbat Morning Class - 9:00 am
    • Shabbat Morning Services - 10:00 am.
    • Shabbat Kiddush Luncheon after Morning Services.
    • Mincha is at 7:30.
    • Maariv is at 9:11 pm.

    Sunday - 18 Iyar • May 26 - Lag B'Omer:

    • Morning Service - 8:30 am.
    • Lag B'Omer Festival at Symphony Park - 4:30pm.

    Daily Morning Service M-F - 6:30 am.

    This Monday, Memorial Day, morning service is at 8:30 am.

    Mincha this Week - 8:15 pm.

    Tuesday Mincha is at 7:00. JLI at 7:30 and Maariv is at 9:00.

    Lag B'Omer which comes this Sunday is a Jewish holiday.  It marks the Yahrtzeit of the Great Mishnaic Sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.  Another reason for the joy on this special day, as this is the day when the plague that afflicted the students of Rabbi Akiva ended.  One of the reasons given for the plague is that the students did not act respectful to each other. Interestingly, Rabbi Akiva taught that the command of Love your fellow as yourself, is a cardinal Mitzvah in the Torah.

    Shabbat Shalom 

    Updated as of May 24th

    June 1, 15, 29
    July 6, 13, 20
    August 3, 10
    (co-sponsor), 17 (co-sponsor), 24, 31
    September 7, 14, 28
    October 5, 12, 19, 26
    November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


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