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Shabbat Candle Lighting
July 20
 8:02 PM
Shabbat Ends
Shabbat, July 21
9:07 PM

Parshah: Devarim 

Birthdays & Yahrtzeits A Bit of Humor

This Week's Birthdays
{To have your birthday listed here, please call the office}
Reese Rosenzweig, Aviva Landau
Julie Kuppenberg, Robert Rose
Joanne Lynn, Carly Israel
Jordan Lieser, Felicia Schwartz
David Bromberg, Jack Abarno
Brendan Matthew Johnson, Albert Ben-Aharon
Peter Strogach, Benjamin Moskowitz
Josh Glickman, Jake Irwin
Robert Nadel, Noam Rafael Asherian
Tatyana Samantha Poland, Mendy Saacks


This Week's Yahrtzeits

{Based on Hebrew date}
Isadore Rauch, Liba Litt
Israel Warshawsky, William Freedman
Sofia Zlatina, Yitzchak Florence
Ida Ettinger, Marilyn Grossberg


An 80-year-old woman was arrested for shoplifting. When she went before the judge, he asked her, "What did you steal?"
She replied: a can of peaches.
The judge asked her why she has stolen them and she replied that she was hungry.
The judge then asked how many peaches were in the can and she replied 6. 
The judge then said, "I will give you 6 days in jail."
Before the judge could actually pronounce the sentence, the woman's husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something.
The judge agreed. The husband said, "She also stole a can of peas."

GHETTO LIFE by Rabbi Yakov Saacks
I was recently asked as to what my thoughts are with regards to the latest trend of parents not enrolling their children in a formal Hebrew/religious school, and having them privately tutored instead.
It really did not surprise me, as these days, private instructors exist for kids in almost every extracurricular endeavor. For example, there are private coaches available for any sport and even multiple coaches like one for pitching, one for hitting and one for fielding. And with families so harried, something has to give.
In addition, kids are so much busier than when I was a child. I hear often from parents that my child cannot make it to school due to dance or soccer, choir practice, skiing, baseball, basketball, and on and on.
Children studying with a private tutor was the way it was done by some in the old country. The Yeshivas were for the older students post Bar Mitzvah age. A rabbi came to the house or the child was brought to the rabbi, either privately, or with a couple of other students, and they studied Torah, Mishna and Talmud. When the student finished his classes, he then went to the market place to help his parents sell their wares.
However, things are very different now for a few reasons. First, these private classes were the only studies the children received. They did not go to formal school. Secondly, the families all lived a very religious lifestyle and were very familiar with the Jewish laws and customs. Lastly, and most importantly, they all lived together in a shtetl/ghetto. When I say ghetto, do not think of the negative connotation, but rather, I mean they all lived in close quarters. There was a tremendous sense of community with very little distraction from their isolated Jewish lives.
There is something to be said when practically everyone on your block was kosher. Every baker, butcher, café, bar, inn and even the tailor was Jewish and went to your synagogue, and the rabbi was related to most of the town. To top it off, your cousin’s cousins were your cousins as well. It must have been creepy and unbelievably amazing at the same time.
Life in Crown Heights, Monsey or Borough Park is kind of living in a ghetto. Jewish kids who live in suburbia know that life is very different from the above-mentioned shtetl. We go to public school where sometimes there are only a handful of Jewish kids in our classes throughout the day. We then go to our sports practice or game, do our homework, watch Game of Thrones and then go up to our room.
Therefore, it is my belief that isolating one’s children from the Hebrew school community, where there are tons of other Jewish kids his/her age, is a mistake. They need to know that they belong. They need to practice Hebrew reading with other kids. They need to hear the questions that are asked and answered. They need to know what the inside of a shul looks like.
I urge all parents out there to buck this trend and don’t fall into this easy trap. While it is true that the attention of the tutor will only be on your child, he or she will be missing out on the taste, smell and touch of Jewish life.
To talk further, please contact me at

The holiday of TISHA B’AV is this Saturday, July 21. Due to the fact that it lands on Shabbat, the practical observance is pushed off to Saturday night and Sunday. TISHA B’AV commemorates the destruction of both temples in Jerusalem, the beginning of World War I, and the last day Jews were allowed to leave Spain during the Inquisition.

During this 24+ hour period, we do not:
•             Eat or drink
•             Wear leather footwear
•             Wear Tallit or Tefillin during morning services
•             Bathe or wash ourselves (washing only until the knuckle when mandated by halachah)
•             Apply ointments or creams
•             Engage in marital relations or any form of intimacy
•             Sit on a normal-height chair until chatzot (the time when the sun has reached its apex)
•             Study Torah (except for the “sad” parts that deal with the destruction of the Temples, etc.)
•             Send gifts, or even greet one another (you may respond to greetings)
•             Engage in outings, trips or similar pleasurable activities
•             Wear fine, festive clothing. 

Shabbat ends at 9:07 p.m.
We do not make Havdallah – We only make the blessing over the candle
9:30 pm Evening Services
9:45 pm Special service called EICHA

8:30 a.m. Morning Services
9:25 a.m. Special reading of Kinot

6:50 p.m.Tallit & Tefillin
7:00 p.m. Mincha Service
8:50 p.m. Evening Services
9:100 p.m. Join us for the breaking of the fast.
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Nicky's Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.
Winton, now 106 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, had not found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.
Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. He was knighted by the Queen Elisabeth II and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed.

Over the last few monthS we have started a nightly Mincha and Marriv Minyan every weeknight at 7:00pm
We have 4 of our dear friends in the community that are saying Kadish at the moment for their loved ones, and each and every night (most nights)  is a struggle to get a Minyan.
We are asking people to commit one or two nights a week to assure that they will be able to say.
The Minyan starts at 7:00pm and is over at 7:20.
Please click here and write which nights you can commit to coming. Lets come together as a community and help each other.

Beginning next week, we will be offering a 10 minute phone class held at your convenience.  Please respond to Rabbi Saacks at to set up your very own 10 minute Torah class either daily, weekly or monthly. Entirely up to you. Please put in the time and phone number that is best for you and the Rabbi will send you an email to confirm or tweak.  Then we can study together. 

Join us on Thursday nights for a Talmud Class. We will be focusing on the Tractate of Megillah.  Copies of the pages will be provided. Please click here to register!

Join us this and every Friday night for a delicious taste of homemade cholent and a glass of scotch. Join us at 6:00  pm for food and drink, followed by Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat. (This time will be constant throughout the summer until the clocks change.) 


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As you may have heard, we are installing a new set of 8 gorgeous stained glass windows in the Chai Center sanctuary.  The theme are the days of the week. ALL 8 WINDOWS HAVE NOW BEEN SPONSORED - THANK YOU! We hope to have them installed within 6 – 8 weeks.
The sponsors are:
Day 1   Mindy & Michael Ashley; Day 2   Eileen Dreksler and Joel Seleznow ; Day 3   Judi & Marvin Milich; Day 4   Drs. Robin & Jeff Goldstein; Day 5   Rene & Isaac Fialkoff ;  Day 6   Carolyn & Martin Cohen; Day 7   Ivana & Fabio Novick; Day 8   Phyllis & Neil Frank

View the window designs by clicking here   >>

From the Desk of the Chai Center Israel Committee
Oldoz Javidi is a pro-Palestinian activist and Swedish Parliamentary Candidate for the Feminist Initiative Party. She’s also our Villain of the Week for suggesting in an interview that the way to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is for Israeli Jews to leave for the United States.
“My unofficial opinion as an individual is a bit more fantasy-based. Israel has occupied another country. Driving people to flee from their own homes, taking their land and stolen their livelihood and freedom,” Javidi said in the interview, as reported by the Jerusalem Post.
“Israel's best friend is the United States, another infernal regime with vastly large land areas,” she added. “So why don't they invite their friends over and make room for them? They seem to do well in each other's company. Then the Palestinians can live in peace and rebuild the land that once was theirs.”
Javidi desperately needs a history lesson—there never was an Arab country called Palestine for Israel to occupy. And maybe if she brushes up on her history she can learn about the ethnic cleansing of Jews from east Jerusalem by Jordan between 1948 and 1967. And where is Javidi’s concern for the multitudes of Jews who were forced to leave their homes in Arab countries?
Swedish Jewish political adviser, writer and activist Annika Rothstein is our Hero of the Week for calling Javidi out on Twitter for her Nazi-like rhetoric. “So... a candidate for parliament from the Swedish Feminist Party (FI) suggests “moving all the Jews from Israel to America” as a solution to the ME conflict. Moving Jews against their will to solve a problem? Sounds like a final solution to me. Solid feminist politics.”

Thank you to all who nominated this week's heroes and villains. If you would like nominate a Hero (someone doing right by Israel and the Jewish people) or Villain (someone doing her and us harm) of the Week, email Allan Richter at


Junior Congregation – Join us every Saturday!
Did you know that the Chai Center has a new and improved Junior Congregation every Shabbat morning from 11:00 – 12:15.  The children have a great time and learn many fascinating things. Call Rabbi Dovid at 351-8672 if you have questions or just come.

Shabbat & Weekly Services This Week's Classes

SUNDAY MORNING          8:30 PM
FRIDAY EVENING            6:00 PM (Following Cholent & Whiskey)
SATURDAY NIGHT          *See special schedule above due to 9 Av

SUNDAY           9:40 – 10:30am The Weekly Torah Portion
MONDAY          8:00am Daily Tanya Class
MONDAY          7:00pm The relevance of Jewish Law
TUESDAY         8:00am Daily Tanya Class
WEDNESDAY   8:00am Daily Tanya Class
THURSDAY       8:00am Daily Tanya Class
THURSDAY       7:00pm Talmud Class - with Rabbi Saacks
FRIDAY             8:00am Daily Tanya Class
SHABBAT          9:00am The Kabbalistic take on the Parsha 

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Thought for the Week

Story of the Week
Don't Worry
During the first few years of his marriage, Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum of Ujhely, now known as the Yismach Moshe, was supported by his father-in-law so that he could study Torah undisturbed. When his father-in-law passed away, he realized that he would need to find some way to support his family. He had an idea: he would procure ten thousand silver reinish, and entrust it to some merchant for business purposes; from that, he would have a reasonably secure means of respectable support. There was only one problem with his bright idea: he had no way of securing such a sum!
One day, while trying without success to concentrate on his Gemara, R. Moshe began to cry over his situation. Then he fell asleep over his large open volume and began to dream. In his dream, he entered a great hall in which sat a charismatic-looking sage, engrossed in deep Torah study. It was Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, the holy Ari-zal of Tzefat, whose Yahrtzeit was observed on this Tuesday!" The Ari-zal addressed him, "Young man, if a person should have ten thousand silver reinish, is he then no longer dependent on the favor of G'd? In any case, we are dependent—in order to be able to eat, talk, walk and live. And just as the Almighty grants you these favors, so too, will He grant you a livelihood, even without ten thousand silver reinish!" R. Moshe woke up at ease.

Chai Center Preschool

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Hebrew School, CTeen & STP

Please note we have expanded our days for Hebrew School. Now you have more choices.
K-2ND GRADE  SUNDAYS, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  OR WEDNESDAYS from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Choose one day. If there are enough children to do a class on both days we will have classes on both days.

3RD 6TH GRADE will have the option of attending one or two days.
Please choose from the following:
SUNDAY9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.MONDAY4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m; WEDNESDAY, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Pick one or any two combinations.
Important: Whichever option you choose, you must attend that same day(s) of the week for the entire academic year. 

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Friendship Circle Highlights

The Friendship Circle Summer Yoga Program  - Thursdays - July 26,  from 5:30-6:30pm.  ALL are welcome, this is an inclusive class for everyone regardless of ability.  Last class of the summer $25  at the door.  Please note there are no volunteers at our programs in the summer.  If the person taking the class needs assistance, please send someone with them to attend to their needs.  
To sign up please go to
Please send any questions to


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