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Kiddush Shabbat Candle Lighting Times

This week’s has NOT YET been sponsored. To be a sponsor or a co sponsor, please contact the office at 631 351 8672.

Please contact the office if you would like to sponsor or co-sponsor a Kiddush or join the Kiddush Club. Call  631-351-8672

Candle Lighting
Shabbat, April 20
 7:20 PM
Shabbat Ends
Sunday, April 21
 8:23 PM

Parshah: Tazria-Metzora

Birthdays & Yahrtzeits A Bit of Humor

This Week's Birthdays
{To have your birthday listed here, please call the office}
Howard Vingan, Kevin Steinberg
Daniel Steinberg, Irin Shoykhet
Alan Chernobilsky, Amelia Lane
Lauren Jarchin, Jordan Dampf
Dustin Chertoff, Lori Chertoff
Michael Birnhak, Joshua Baker
Alexa Hirschberger, Larry Davis
Liam Paris, Julia Cooper
Richard Vecchione, Sydney Trost
Sydney Rosenoff, Layla Kahn
Evan Stallone, Mrs. Lisa Eisdorfer


This Week's Yahrtzeits
{Based on Hebrew date}
Anna Koster, Sarah Tabak
Jack Friedman, Frieda Spodek
Mrs. Bertha Oppenheimer Rosenthal
Carole Glickstein


Calling in the Debts
Zadie Zelig Huberman took his little grandson Shimmy for a walk around the local cemetery. Pausing before one gravestone, he said, "There lays a very honest man. He died owing me 50 dollars, but he struggled to the end to pay off his debts. If anyone has gone to heaven, he has."
They walked on a bit farther and then came to another grave. Zadie Zelig pointed to the gravestone and said, "Now there's a different type of man altogether. He was ruthless in business and made many enemies. He owed me a lot of money, and he died without ever trying to pay me back. If anyone has gone to hell, he has."
Little Shimmy thought for a while and then said, "You know, Zadie, you are very lucky."
"Why?" asked the old man in surprise.
"Well, whichever place you go to, you'll have some money to collect."

Jury Selection
A high profile murder trial was soon to begin. In preparation, the jury selection process took place, each side hotly contesting and dismissing potential jurors.
One prospective juror, Moishe Rubenstein, was called for his question session.  “Are you a property holder,” the judge asked.
Moishe replied, "Yes, I am, Your Honor."
Then he was asked, "Married or single?"
Moishe responded, "Married for twenty years, Your Honor."
Then the judge asked, "Formed or expressed an opinion yet?" 
Moishe stated with certainty, "Not in twenty years, Your Honor."

In honor of the Rabbi's father, there will be a maariv minyan Sunday - Thursday nights at 7 PM. This is an incredible new bold step as it will allow anyone who has a yartzeit to join us to say kaddish without having to pre-arrange.
Can you make it a couple of nights a week?   We need your help!

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.) 

Chava Blitzer, Director of the Chai Center Middle & High School Academy will lead the Assistive Technology breakout session at SUNY Old Westbury on Thursday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Mrs. Blitzer will inform about and demonstrate the salient technology tools that can be seamlessly integrated across the curriculum for students.
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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. Four of them have already been sponsored and we need 4 more sponsors. We hope to have them installed within 6 – 8 weeks.
The sponsors thus far are:
Day 1   Mindy & Michael Ashley
Day 3   Judi & Marvin Milich
Day 5   Rene & Isaac Fialkoff   
Day 6   Carolyn & Martin Cohen
Day 7   Ilana & Fabio Novick 
Day 8   Phyllis & Neil Frank

If you would like to sponsor a window, please contact Rabbi Saacks to inquire about this unique sponsorship opportunity.
View the window designs by clicking on the image below.

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From the Desk of the Chai Center Israel Committee
Hamas is clearly a group of murderous terrorists and thugs, evident most recently by its publicity stunt to bring world criticism to Israel by placing Gazan children in harm’s way and using them as human shields on the Gaza-Israel border. But we’re going to reserve the Villain of the Week badge of dishonor for those in the West, and among the media, who continue to buy into the Palestinian narrative and trash Israel for doing what any sovereign country would do: defend its borders.
Despite evidence of years of staged deaths by Pallywood, Western leaders and journalists didn’t bother to dig deep and check their “facts.” If they had, they would learn that so-called peaceful Palestinian protestors were proven to be fighters and members of Hamas. And now reports are emerging that the Palestinian "journalist" who was shot by the IDF was actually a fighter using a drone to pinpoint the locations of Israeli troops.
Many among the media even had the gall to conflate Syria’s chemical attack on its own people last week with Israel’s bombing of a Syrian-Iranian air base under development. The Associated Press, for example, released an image of Syrian children struggling to breathe over the caption, “Israel blamed for missile strike in Syria; 14 dead.” Shame on the AP for that reckless and shoddy “work.”
Along with pinning the blame for the strife where it belongs, with Hamas and the PLO, the West should stop blaming Israel and treating the Jewish state as if it were not the clear victor in the 1967 war thrust upon it. Perhaps then Israel’s enemies would not feel so empowered. Maybe then Hamas would not have the chutzpa to blame Israel for a tire shortage after it burns 10,000 tires at the border, risking an environmental disaster. Perhaps then the U.N. would not name Syria as the leader of a committee to oversee the disarmament of chemical weapons around the world, just a day after killing 500 of its own using precisely those weapons.
And our Heroes of the Week?  The Israel Defense Forces, which overwhelmingly protected the Israeli people and defended the border with honor.
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          8:35 PM

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
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
And Yes, He Did Start a New Lineage 

A fire once broke out in the home of Dovber the Mezritcher Maagid (successor to the Baal Shem Tov) when he was a little boy. His mother cried bitterly as the house was reduced to cinders. Dovber could not understand his mother's tears. Everyone escaped the conflagration unharmed (as the saying goes, "Don't worry about it if it doesn't have nerve endings). His mother explained that lost in the fire was a book tracing the family lineage back to Choni Hamagil - a direct descendant of King David. 

The boy responded, "Don't worry Mother - I will start a new lineage."

Chai Center Preschool

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Hebrew School, CTeen & STP

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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

Upcoming Friendship Circle Events -for youth and teens 5-21 of all abilities at the Chai Center. 

THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE - Siblings are welcome to join our classes as our events are open to everyone of all abilities.  Please note you must be registered on our website to attend our events.  You may register at  under "Families" in the blue/green bar at the top of the home page if you wish to participate, and under "Volunteers" if your teen (13-19) wishes to volunteer. 

Soccer Stars ages 5-21. Sunday  April  22 -  . Thanks to a generous donation by Alexa Bravin's family, the first 5 participants registered will receive the class for free.
Join us as professional soccer coaches teach us the basics of the game.  Cost is $15 per class if you pre-register on our website, $18 at the door (if you are not one of the first 5)

Dance class for all abilities ages 4-21. Sundays  April 22, 29,  May 6, 13, 20 (optional showcase in May) 
Held at Positions Dance Studio, 
264 Deer Park Ave, Babylon  631-669-8612   from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm.  Class is open to those of all abilities.   $13 per class.  YOU MUST PAY AT THE CLASS, NOT ON LINE.

Zumba for all abilities ages 5-21.  Mondays  April  23, 30, May 7, 14, June 4, 11  5:45 - 6:30  
  $15 per session cash or check at the door, ages 5- 21 at the Chai Center.  

Yoga for all abilities ages  4-21. Sundays April  22, 29, May 6, 20, June 3, 10

Sundays at Fitness Incentive  157 Deer Park Rd., Babylon, NY 11702.  Time: 2:30-3:30     $15 per class,  Register on our website,  Please note this class is limited to 10 participants and fills up quickly.  Please register ahead of time if you would like to attend.  

Hip Hop for all abilities  ages 4-21.  Wednesdays  April  18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Wednesdays at the Chai Center 5:00 pm - 5:45pm.  Cost : FREE but you must be registered on our website.

Volunteers still be accepted for Sports Starz Thursdays   6:30- 7:30pm, April 12, 19, 26,  May 3, 10, 17, 24, 30 ,  The Friendship Circle has joined with Fury Basketball League to bring these sports classes to youth of all abilities.  6:30- 7:30pm  Registration for participants is closed, we are only accepting additional volunteers.  Class will be held in the gym of West Hollow Middle School,  250 Old East Neck Rd, Melville, NY 11747.  You must register with both the Friendship Circle AND Fury Sports



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