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Kiddush Shabbat Candle Lighting Times

This week’s kiddush has been co sponsored by Abe & Chava Blitzer and Sharon & Rimma Pinto.

Please consider sponsoring a Kiddush. Call the office to choose a date to honor or memorialize a loved one. Call 631.351.8672

Shabbat Candle Lighting
Friday, July 19
 8:03 PM
Shabbat Ends
Shabbat, July 20
 9:09 PM

Parshat Balak 

Birthdays & Yahrtzeits A Bit of Humor

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


This Week's Yahrtzeits

{Based on Hebrew date}
Anita Friedlander, Ruth Miller
Rochel Mitzmacher, Gladys Krongelb
Lee Goldgram, David Tabak
Arlene Karp, Berthold Stern
Shirley Pollack

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The Politician’s Gorgeous Wife
Moishe was reading the newspaper and on page two was a picture of a famous politician and his gorgeous wife.
Slightly jealous of the politician, Moishe turned to his wife Miriam and said, "It's unfair that the biggest jerks in the world catch the most beautiful wives."
Miriam smiled and replied, "Why, thank you Moishe."

The Mystic and the Police
A group of Israeli university students was taking a criminology course when the instructor told the class about a man who was described as a “mystic” who contacted the police who were working on a missing-persons case. "The old man gave eerily detailed instructions on where to find the body," the teacher said. "In fact, the detectives did find the body just as he had described. Now what would you call that kind of person?"
While the rest of the class pondered the question, a police officer taking the course raised his hand and replied, "A suspect."

There is an amazing section in the Talmud that prophesied what will happen right before the Messianic Era. It is not something to be proud of as it really points out our failings as human beings. The silver lining is that much of what has been prophesied has indeed come to fruition.
Permit me to break this down.
The Talmud starts off as follows. “In the footsteps of the Messiah, brazenness [chutzpah] will increase.
I believe we accomplished this in spades this week in a number of ways.
1. Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich) claimed the "racist policies" of the state of Israel were similar to segregation in the United States during the 19th century.
She continued with her diatribe.
"Just like we looked at the struggle for black Americans for true equality and access to opportunity to thrive. The same thing that has happened to the LGBTQ community," Tlaib said. "All of that is why I say free Palestine, that Palestinians deserve human rights."
My response to her. “Stop the stabbings, bombings, fire bombings, rocket attacks, shootings, car attacks and come to the table. Instead Hamas choose killing because it is better for fundraising.”
2.There was more chutzpah this past week when a senior member of Hamas, Fathi Hammad, farted the following ““The explosion is not only going to be in Gaza, but also in the [West] Bank and abroad, if God wills. Our brothers [in the diaspora] are still preparing. They are trying to prepare. They are warming up. A long time has passed with them warming up. All of you 7 million Palestinians abroad, enough of the warming up. You have Jews everywhere and we must attack every Jew on the globe by way of slaughter and killing, if God permits.” You like that!! If God permits!! Chutzpah!! I guess the “religion of peace” had a slight detour, but hopefully now are back on track. We probably should send Hamas more millions of taxpayer dollars to hopefully curb this kind of talk. (tongue in cheek, people).
3. Another chutzpah even this past week. Rep. Ilhan Omar was speaking on a panel and went on a several minute monologue on hypocrisy. Apparently, because our country celebrates the non-violent movements of our civil rights era but we aren’t celebrating Palestinians for their non-violent movement, we are all hypocrites. You cannot make this stuff up. The chutzpah is really overwhelming.
Let’s continue with some other parts of what the Talmud says. “The border people will wander from city to city and none will show them compassion.” Folks, no matter what side of the debate you are on, there are people at the border who are hurting and need our compassion. And yes, there are people at the border who do not deserve our compassion or better yet deserve a prison cell. It is a tough situation all around, but I feel we need to err on being compassionate.
The Talmud continues “The meeting place [of scholars] will become a bordello.” Let’s wait and see what happens with Jeffrey Epstein and his Lolita Express before we count our chickens. I have no idea if he is a scholar or not, but I do know that he entertained scholars. I say throw the book at him.
Moving on with the Talmud. “The government will turn into heresy; and there will be no reproach.” Well, on Wednesday, June 26, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag cannot be recited in public schools because the phrase “under God” endorses religion. 
The court ruled that reciting this phrase is a violation of the alleged constitutional separation of church and state. Then on Thursday, June 27, one of the two judges who outlawed the Pledge stayed execution of the decision until all eleven justices of the Ninth Circuit Court have also ruled. However, nothing has changed. The Pledge is still unconstitutional.
This is probably the most dangerous ruling of any Federal Court in American history because it is a declaration that America is no longer “one nation under God.” This court is saying that America does not need or want God. This ruling must be reversed immediately!
This reversal can be achieved in only two ways: (1) The U.S. Supreme Court has the power to overturn this decision and should immediately call a special session for this purpose; (2) A Constitutional Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress, and also passed by 37 of our 50 state legislatures, can overrule this terrible decision and guarantee that no future court can ever do such a dastardly thing again.
America!! Wake up and smell the Hummus. This is not the optimum way to usher in the Messianic Era. We can and must do better as a nation.
Agree? Disagree? As long as we are not disagreeable.
Please feel free to share.

As always, I may be reached at
Rabbi Yakov Saacks

Jerry Herman Memorial Foundation
 A memorial foundation has been established in Jerry's name by his family. Click below to honor his memory with a donation.
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Join us on Friday night at 5:50 PM for cholent, scotch and services.

Introducing Jerry's Minyan - Evening Minyan at The Chai Center. Monday - Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday at 6:30 PM.
Dear Friends, Jerry never missed a Minyan to help those who needed to say Kaddish.
Let's make sure there is a strong Minyan every night throughout the coming year for him.
The Minyan starts at 6:30 pm and is over at 7:15. 
Please click HERE and write which nights you can commit to coming.
Let's come together as a community and help each other.
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Grand Prize: $10,000     Second Prize: Great Islander Seats     Third Prize: Fire HD Tablet with 32 GB
Raffle Drawing: July 18, 2019      *winner need not be present to win*
Ticket Prices:  1 for $54;     3 for $108;     6 for $180;     15 for $360;    20 for $480;   25 for $600;    30 for $720;  50 for $1000

We would like to thank the following good people who have purchased raffle tickets. Please log onto to purchase yours.  You got to be in it to win it!
Ronnie & Yael Aviram, Deena & Brandon Abbe, Jonathan Abrams Elkin, Allison Frank & Marilyn Amantia, Jennifer & David Assa Kass, Elina Atlas, Les Banks, Keith Baren, Leibel Baumgarten, Al & Livia Berger, Jason & Seena Bialow, Jeff & Robin Bliss/Goldstein, Abe & Chava Blitzer, Israel & Chanee Blumenfrucht, Norman & Julia Bobrow, Robert & Phyllis Botwinick, Drew Breslow, Lorraine Breslow, Molly Breslow, Sam Breslow, Sophie Breslow, Marc & Lori Burns, Ian Cohen, Mandy & Steven Cohen, Paul Cohen, Stephen & Patti Cohen, Rachel Cooper, Howard Douglas, Brian Draizin, Robert & Linda Berkowitz Englander, David & Hora Ezraseneh, Jack Feiler, Michael & Candice Feiler, Jeff Feinman, Isaac & Renee Fialkoff, Dennis Fields, Larry & Linda Fields, Ilya & Sabina Fishkin, Ronald Fox, Neil & Phyllis Frank, Renie & Mitch Freedman, Craig & Abby Gardy, Brooke Geller, Mark & Ileen Genoa, Scott Gerber, Edward & Marina Gershovich, Salvatore & Katherine Giammusso, Jeffrey & Rochelle Gold, Niles & Elyse Goldberg, Charles Goodman, Richard Gorman, Karin Greenberg, P. Somer & B. Greif, Mathew & Allison Gruberger, Jerry & Roslyn Grubner, Stephanie Gurin, Robin & Bruce Guttman, Edgar & Linda Hausman, Esther Heimer, Marc & Barbara Heinberg, Barry & Heather Herman, Bode Herman, Cory Herman, Heather, Herman, Helaine Herman, Karen Herman, Lucas Herman, Marilyn Herman, Mason Herman, Mateo Herman, Nina Herman, Rick Herman, Stuart Herman, Susan Herman, Jason Hodes, Peter & Simone Horenstein, Benny & Doris Hova, Arye L & Bracha Hurwitz, Yossi & Esther Hurwitz, Amy Hyman, Paul & Diana Hyman, Randall Kaplan, Bruce Kaskel, Marian Kaskel, Brian Kaufman, Ronald & Diane Kaufman, Jason Kesselman, Steven Klar, Moshe Klein, Sam & Sherry Klein, Elaine Kostiw, Matt & Missy Kreinces, Burton Krull, Robert Lee, Jeffrey Leib, Kenneth & Debra Levine, Marc & Carol Levine, Mathew & Jennifer Levine, Steve & Angela Levy, Holly Ludwig, Joseph & Camille Lynch, Fred Malawista, Maurice Mayer, Alex & Julia Melman, Alan Metzger, Danielle Milich, Marvin & Judi Milich, Diane & Stuart Neufeld, Arthur Noskin, Gail & Elliot Ostro, Kamal/Jerry Pasha/Paolillo, Debra Pincus, Barbara Prince, Joel & Sally Rabine, Ginny Rand, Sam & Dorothy Richman, Alan & Sheela Richter, Sly Robinson, Renee & Herman Rosenking, Dennis & Sandy, Rosenzweig, Peri Rothman, Michelle Rubens, Ed & Donna Rudkoski, Mendy Saacks, Spencer Saacks, Abe Sandhaus, Mark Schachner, Eden Schneck, Jeremy Schneck, Jonathan Schneck, Max Schneck, Asher & Erica Schoenberg, Aileen Schreiber, Yisroel Schulman, Nechemia Schusterman, Jonathan & Stacey Seligson, Louis Seligson, Chaya Shapiro, Rochel Leah Shapiro, Alex & Eli Shcherbelis, Craig Sherman, Tracey Sherman, Arthur Sherry, Bruce & Amy Sodden, Janice Somer, Robin & Robert Soshnick, Marika Spizz, Thomas St. John, Eric & Laura Steifman, Saul & Frances Steinhauser, Shari Sugarman, Albert & Caroline Tamer, Alan Trink, Steve Valdivia, Charmian Weber, Fredda Wintner, Barbara & Lewis Wiplush, Rabi & Andrea Yaghobzadeh, Ronnie & Niomi Zilkha, Kaplan & Schultz CPA, Omni Title Agency

We would like to thank you our raffle captains who have agreed to help sell tickets!
Naomi & Ron Zilkha, Craig Sherman, Bruce & Amy Sodden, Marvin & Judi Milich, Brian Draizin, Barry & Heather Herman, Adina Valliere, Allison Alper, Bina Omidi, Camille Lynch, Caroline Tamer, Cindy Sloat, Diane Facompre, Ghazal Hakhamjani, Jennifer Ehlen, Jessica Holmes, Kaycie O'Malley, Keri Kiernan, Pam Conlon, Rebecca Clarke, Sharon Popovitz, Michael & Candice Feiler, Rochel Leah Shapiro,Brandon & Deena Abbe, Herman & Renee Rosenking, Gideon & Sara Schneck, Craig & Wendy Winawer, Allan & Sheela Richter, Paz & Lori Manyevitch, Dennis & Denise Fields, Jeff & Robin Goldstein. 
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From the Desk of the Chai Center Israel Committee
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

FRIDAY EVENING           6:00 PM (Following Cholent & Scotch)
SATURDAY NIGHT          9:25 PM

SUNDAY               9:40 – 10:30am The Weekly Torah Portion
MONDAY             8:00am Daily Tanya Class
MONDAY             7:00pm Jewish Law  
TUESDAY             8:00am Daily Tanya Class
WEDNESDAY      8:00am Daily Tanya Class
THURSDAY          8:00am Daily Tanya Class
THURSDAY          7:15pm Talmud & Parsha
FRIDAY                 8:00am Daily Tanya Class
SHABBAT             9:00am The Kabbalistic take on the Parsha
SHABBAT             11:30am  Prayerbook 101

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Thought for the Week

Story of the Week
Pray for the Government         
In 1940, the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn - whose birthday and liberation from Soviet prison are celebrated this week, was miraculously saved from the Nazis and arrived on the safe shores of the United States. Soon after the Rebbe's arrival, he revealed that his mission in the United States was to transform it into a place of Torah. There were those who attempted to inform the Rebbe that, "This is, after all, America; it is not like the 'old home.'" To these people, the Rebbe replied, "America is no different; with regard to Torah study and observance of its commandments, America is no exception!"
In the months after the Previous Rebbe came to the United States, he composed a "Prayer for the Welfare of the Nation." The idea of praying for the government has a Biblical source, in the book of Jeremiah.
Following is the Rebbe's prayer:
"Our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers, great, mighty and revered. G‑d, we beseech You, in Your abundant mercy restore the world unto its true basis, under the guidance of kings and rulers who shall reign with justice and righteousness, without discrimination between nation and nation, race and race. "We beseech You, O merciful and gracious G‑d, guide our illustrious President whom You have chosen leader of these United States. Strengthen and encourage him and his honorable ministers and counselors of state and the honorable representatives of the citizens in both houses of Congress. Bless their efforts to save this land and the neighboring lands from war and destruction, and wherever they turn in the cause of humanity and in behalf of this land and for the benefit of Your people Israel, send the angels of blessing and success to welcome them, and cause war and its calamities to be ended and an era of peace and justice with its blessings to begin even in their and our days. Amen."

Chai Center Preschool

Summer camp at The Chai Center is off to a fabulous start! During our first week the kids enjoyed scrumptious homemade pancakes during our pajama/pancake party, honed their soccer skills with our Super Soccer Star pros, cooled off in our on-site splash park, laughed all the way down our Chai Center super slide, scored big during our bowling trip and sang and danced at our Friday Shabbat party!

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Hebrew School, CTeen & STP

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We are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for 10th, 11th and 12th graders in your family.  CTeen has partnered with Yeshiva University for a 14-week course in Jewish Studies, taught by our own Rabbi Dovid Weinbaum starting in September.
Students taking the course will earn 2 private college credits. But more importantly, they will study the basic tenets of Jewish thought, covering such ideas as, how do we ascertain that the Torah is true? And, what does it mean to believe in G‑d?
Students at CTeen U will be encouraged to ask questions and make their knowledge personal.
We know how busy teens are preparing for college—this is an opportunity for them to advance their resume and college career while studying the Torah’s timeless wisdom.
The course is available to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Classes will be held once a week for 14 weeks starting in September 2019.
Yeshiva University credits have been accepted to many different colleges throughout the country, including Binghamton, Brandeis, Brown, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Florida State University, George Mason University, Grand Valley, Harvard, Indiana University Kennesaw, Loyola, Madison, MSU, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Nova Community College, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rhode Island school of Art and Design, Rutgers University, State College of Florida, Tulane, UCF, UF, USF, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Virginia, UWM, Wayne State, UVA, Virginia Tech, Yale and many more.
To register or for more information visit
Tuition is $999 for 2 credits. Register by July 31st to receive the $250 early bird discount. Additional scholarships are available. 

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This week at The Friendship Circle

We are very excited to announce a new beginner adult yoga and meditation program at the Chai Center on Fridays from 10:30-11:30.  Licensed yoga and meditation instructor Karen Briton will teach us how to reduce and manage the stress and anxiety in your life while building and strengthening both your mind and body.  Although its not a Friendship Circle program all profits will be donated to our charity.  Sign up on the Friendship Circles website  You must receive your spot before classes sell out.  You can sign up for one class for $15.00 or all five sessions for $60.00.  Dates are Fridays  7/12, 7/19,7/26, 8/2 and 8/9.  What a great way to start off Shabbat !!  G‑d gave us our breath now lets learn how to use it.



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