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Kiddush Shabbat Candle Lighting Times


Please consider sponsoring or co-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, October 30
5:33 PM

  Shabbat Ends
Shabbat, October 31
6:32 PM

Parshah Lech Lecha

Birthdays & Yahrtzeits A Bit of Humor

This Week's Birthdays
{To have your birthday listed here, please call the office}
Harrison Greenfield, Miriam Maiman
Nathaniel Haber, Dr. Darren Schnapp
Courtney Weiss, Robert Brenner
Isabella Ruth, Pamela Gleit
David Lewis, Lauren Warmbrand
Rachel Levitt, Lincoln Schechter
Victoria Seidman, Chase Korngold
Edward Newman, Vanessa Schoenberg
Margo Yellin, Dr. Lori Manyevitch


This Week's Yahrtzeits
{Based on Hebrew date}
Granpa Hymie Lieberman, Harry Hausman
Maurice Reisfeld, Joel John Rheins
Ethel Elkins, Sidney Berkowirtz
Erwin Klein, Faivesh Schusterov

To have your loved one’s yartzeit listed here, please contact The Chai Center

Get Me Some Quarters!
Jack was in need of a job and he finally got one waiting tables at Moishe’s Delicatessen. Thursday was his first day and it was a busy night and Moishe the owner emerged from the kitchen and handed Jack some money. "We're in trouble!" He said. "We're out of quarters, and customers are waiting. Go next door and get me $40 worth."
Jack ran to the kosher supermarket next door, but a cashier said she wasn't allowed to give out that many quarters. Determined, Jack sprinted to a convenience store two blocks away, but it was closed. At a gas station farther down the road, the clerk took pity and gave Jack the four rolls of quarters. Twenty minutes after he’d left, Jack handed the coin rolls to his boss. "Where are the quarters?" He asked.
"Right here," Jack said breathlessly.
His face sank. "I meant chicken quarters."

We recently started reading the Torah from the beginning, Genesis 1:1.
A new course has begun by Rabbi Yakov Saacks and can be seen…..

1.            LIVE FB at 1:00 pm on The Chai Center Page. Monday – Thursday

This course will clarify the mystique surrounding our purpose, our souls, and will unravel the secrets of creation. Find out about the DNA of your soul — where it comes from and what powers it has.
Taught on site AND via Zoom.
WHEN: Tuesdays - November 3, 10, 17
7:30-8:45PM      Fee: $60 (10% member discount)
WHERE: The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY  and virtually via Zoom.
Registration Required: Click
HERE to register

CRASH COURSE IN HEBREW READING - Learn to Read Hebrew in 5 Weeks! 
The Chai Center brings back its very popular crash course in reading Hebrew. The five-week course will have you reading and understanding Hebrew faster than you ever thought possible. You will be amazed at how easy it is and how much it means to pray in the original.  Taught on site AND via zoom.
While there is a virtual option, on-site is preferable for this course.  Social distancing, masks and safety protocols will be in place.
WHEN: 5 Tuesdays,  December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
TIME: 7:30 PM        FEE:  $75/Course   10% off for members
Registration Required. Click HERE to register

Monday, November 9th   7:00 PM
Meir Usherovitz will be with us on Zoom for The Chai Center's Kristalnacht commemoration. Meir was born in Pabianice, Poland. In 1939 the German's arrived in his small town. Meir was sent to 2 ghettos, and 4 concentration camps including Auschwitz and Mauthausen. When he was liberated, he made his way to Palestine. He was the only one to survive from his immediate family. He went on to fight in the War of Independence and was captured and placed in a POW camp in Jordan. Meir feels the great need to share his memories with the next generation. His granddaughter, Alana Kessler, our new Friendship Circle Director, will be moderating our evening's conversation. Let me ask you to make a special effort to be with us on November 9 at 7 p.m over Zoom, so that by our presence we will allow Meir to believe that his story will live on within us and through us. And please invite your children (13+) with you.

Click HERE to join.

The Chai Center has started its own Youtube channel where you can subscribe and watch different classes and complete courses from The Chai Academy from a myriad of instructors.  All easily accessible from your phone app for easy listening on the go, or just in the comfort of your home. The library is being loaded, please be patient as we add the previous courses to the channel. Don't forget to subscribe and click on the notification button so that you will know when new content has been added! See you there!

Visit our Chai Center customized Youtube Channel:

Rabbi Yakov Saacks, The Chai Center, Dix Hills, NY

Let's face it, we're smack in the middle of a time where we need to make some tough choices. The decisions we will make in the coming days may be some of the most consequential of our lifetime. So much is at stake, and we need to be the ones to make the right decision for this moment, whilst recognizing the reality of the impact our decisions might have for years to come.
Further, we know those choices aren't easy. Americans just like you and me are grappling with these tough calls right now, and are sitting at home poring over research, wondering whom do I vote for. It is not just the presidency, but also many other local and non-local races.
Such anxiety, angst and worry…

I asked myself what helpful advice can I offer as a Rabbi without getting into the very muddy and turbulent waters of politics. Truth be told, no Rabbi should ever tell you for whom you must vote, as it is simply unfair. While you may have read that this group of Rabbis support Trump for President and this group of Rabbis endorse Biden, it is wrong, plain and simple. If we have learned nothing else from this pandemic, it is humility. Look how little we know about the coronavirus, let alone anything else. While I will always defer to great Rabbis, I do not want them to tell me who to vote for as it takes away my free will, which was given to me as a gift from above.
I readily admit that I am somewhat guilty of the above. While I have never told anyone who to vote for, I have been outspoken unnecessarily on politics. What I mean by “unnecessarily” is offering my opinion on something political, like who is moral and who is immoral, and who will go down in history as a good or horrible politician. I have learned to keep my opinion to myself. Having said the above, I will always stand up to anti-Semitism. I will go toe to toe with a member of congress, governor or even a president, and I will do so vociferously. I know (not just think) that we have to be constantly vigilant when it comes to anti-Semitism.

So what advice, counsel, guidance and direction can I offer you that will be helpful and take away some of the torment we are all going through?

One of the founding principles in Judaism is Emunah (faith) and Bitachon (trust). To distinguish between the two, Emunah is that there is a God and He forges my destiny and fate. No human being, even an extremely powerful one, can change what God has decreed for me. While it is true that I have free will, this is only in moral decisions that I make.
Bitachon means trust. God wants what is good for me. While I am responsible to be proactive and hands on, I am not in charge of the outcome and I definitely am not the arbitrator of the results. While I do my part and I go to work, I rely and trust heavily on God. In the words of the Psalmist, “I cast my burdens and place it on God.”

Therefore, when I vote on Election Day (or before), I am doing my part, but I will completely put my trust, faith, hope and reliance on God. The obvious question that comes to mind is if God is in control then why even bother to vote. The answer to this leads me into another great principle of Judaism. One cannot simply go about life asking God to take care of them without effort from the individual. One cannot expect to win the lottery if one does not buy a lottery ticket. We have to do our part. We must vote and then let God do His part.

In these final few days before the election, I ask you to not only go vote but also be humble. Respect someone else’s point of view even if it is baffling and feels wrong. I also ask you to pray for the best outcome for our country.

In conclusion, regardless of the outcome of your decision making process and the results of the election, I very much hope to be able to share many good times together with you in the future days where Covid is a distant, yet sore, memory.
Wishing you the very best of luck in all the tough choices you need to make.
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Young Jewish Professionals Division

Masks MUST be worn, even if you feel well or are anti-mask. Social distancing and all mandatory guidelines will be kept. Our building was just professionally sanitized. Only people that feel well may join.

SUNDAY                            8:30 AM
MONDAY - FRIDAY           7:30 AM
SHABBAT                          9:30 AM 

One of the good things that came out of isolation was THE CHAI ACADEMY. Because of Covid, we were forced to offer various classes online as opposed to person to person. They were all recorded and are now available on our website. There at least 40 classes to choose from and more are added every day.  Visit

All classes are offered either by Zoom or Facebook Live or both.
The following is the log in information for ALL ZOOM CLASSES:

All classes are recorded and archived on our Virtual Chai Center hub on our website:

    SUNDAY 10:00 AM - 45 MINUTES

    Judaism that you were NOT taught in Hebrew School VIA FB

    Come explore the mystical Book of Tanya 

The Fall programs are in full swing!! Our participants and volunteers are having a blast connecting over Zoom and at the Chai Center's playground. We had our first integrated conversation with Friendship Circle Alumni, Sean Quinn who shared his inspirational story about how autism has never stopped him from following his dreams to be a Special Educator. Our Hip Hop program is a hit both online and outside. The teens of Friendship Circle enjoyed fall activities at their October Teen Scene program. All 8 of our Zoom programs are bringing lots of friendship and fun into our Community's week nights. We are looking forward to the rest of this Falls programming and will be releasing our Winter activities soon.

Our Friendship Circle Parent and Friends (21+) Sip and Paint night has been postponed to Wednesday, November 18! Save the date and spread the word. Our community is looking forward to connecting and growing with YOU. Get ready to make a light up bottle with local artist Betty Cole. Her work is breathtaking and she will guide us step by step to create our own beautiful home decor. 

Visit our website to get involved and learn more!

New! We have extended our before/after care hours to 8AM-5PM at The Chai Center Preschool. Enrichment activities such as yoga, arts & crafts and STEM exploration are also available.
We are continuing to celebrate fall with books, outdoor exploration and arts & crafts projects such as painting leaves and pinecones. The children are enjoying decorating our big season tree in the hallway with a mix of outdoor collections and artwork.
We still have spots available in our 2’s, 3’s and 4-year old program. Re-opening our school required the utmost care and consideration for the children, families, staff and general community’s health and safety. We are strictly adhering to CDC and all state health guidelines and are incorporating new advanced cleaning procedures, on-site screening, daily temperature checks and reduced class sizes. Our certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom will be getting a lot of use this fall. We put up additional tents and canopies so that the children can enjoy our beautiful outdoor environment for as long as weather permits. Some highlights of our nature classroom include a sandbox, mud kitchen, bicycle path and climbing structures. 
For more information about our program, go to  Also, please like and check out our Facebook page:

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From the Desk of the Chai Center Israel Committee

                         Back next week...
         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 .


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Thought for the Week

Story of the Week
Search for the Truth
A parable:  A man once went on a search for the truth. He travelled everywhere and found only fallacy. He came upon a clearing and saw a house that was glowing with light. He entered the front door and yelled, "Hellooo". Every room was filled with oil candles. Big ones sat on the floor, smaller ones on shelves.
He suddenly came upon an old man who quite brusquely barked, "What are you doing here?" The man replied, "I am looking for the truth." "Ohhh,' replied the old man, "You have come to the right place. Each candle represents how much time a person has in this world. The big candles are newborns; the little ones are old people. That candle that just went out, he just died." "Can you show me my candle?" asked the man." The old man shook his head and said, "You don't want to see your candle. I have been here for years and I've never seen mine." "But I'm looking for truth the man insisted." After much coaxing, the old man took the man to see his candle.
"That's it," said the old man and walked away. The man was shocked. There was no oil left in his candle. It was only the end of a burning wick. The man began to panic. What could he do? He noticed a huge candle nearby and a ladle hanging on the wall. Could he? Should he? With trembling hands, the man took down the ladle, saw the old man was not around and started to dip the ladle into the big candle. Suddenly, the old man came in, "Stop! Do want the truth, or do you want the truth the way you want it be?!"

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