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Shabbat Candle Lighting
Friday, July 5
 8:10 PM
Shabbat Ends
Shabbat, July 6
 9:18 PM

Parshat Korach 

Birthdays & Yahrtzeits A Bit of Humor

This Week's Birthdays
{To have your birthday listed here, please call the office}
Dr. Samuel Roth, Steven Sandberg
Ethan Klenofsky, Zachary Homler
Ronald Kaufman, Marvin Milich
Michael Schmelzer, Harry Figman
Dr. David Gabbaizadeh, Schuyler Young
Adam Isaac Kindler, Ronen Ben-Aharon
Rachel Richter, Jake Mayerson
Rachel Eliana Abergel, Tara Dollinger
Kamron Ravenell-Taylor, Benjamin Brenner
Zooey Cohen, Jack Weissman
Benjamin Matthew Brenner, Evan Scher
Nolan Goren, Jack Weiss
Ashton Judah Berk, Olivia Cahill


This Week's Yahrtzeits

{Based on Hebrew date}
Hon. Jerome Medowar, Evelyn Sagor
Stanley Salitra, Frances Strumpf
Ruth Newman, Benjamin Bienstock
George Kravatz

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

Judging Favorably

Mrs. Goldenberg got a ticket for running a red light and came to court to fight it. When asked for her occupation, she said that she was a schoolteacher.
Judge Rosenbaum recognized the old teacher and said, “Mrs. Goldenberg, do you remember me?”
Mrs. Goldenberg thought about it for a moment, squinted and said, “Little Heshy Rosenbaum is that you?”
“It’s Harry, Mrs. Goldenberg,” the judge said. “Your Honor actually.”
“Look at you, all grown up,” Mrs. Goldenberg smiled sweetly, hoping that her former student would help her with her ticket.
“I’ve been waiting so many years to see you in court,” Judge Rosenbaum said.
“I am so glad to hear it,” said Mrs. Goldenberg.
“So the good news is that I am going to waive the fee on your ticket.”
“Thank you so much Heshy, I mean, Your Honor, that’s very nice of you.”
“The bad news is that I want you to sit down at that table right now and write: 'I will not run through a red light' five hundred times!!"

Taking a break from politics for the moment to focus on another “common sense is not so common” topic – parenting. Truth be told, common sense and parenting do not necessarily go together. Proof of the pudding, you could have a parent who does everything right, yet the child fell far from the tree. Are we to blame the parents when we see a child acting out or being a hooligan?  I personally do not think we can always say it is the parent’s fault.
I bring proof from the Bible story of Rebecca and Isaac. They had two children – twins. Both boys were inculcated with the same principles and morals, but yet Jacob turned out righteous and Esau was corrupt to the core. Why is that? How can we explain this phenomenon? 
One answer I can offer is something I learned while I was engaged to be married. I went to Montreal for a friend’s wedding and I was there for a Shabbat and as a good young man, I went to a synagogue for services on a Saturday morning. I witnessed a father walk in from the hallway with literally eight boys all in a row. They sat down next to dad, opened their prayer book, and began reading. After services, I ran over to this man and I told him, “I am engaged and I plan on having a family and I wish to know your secret as to how all your children were so well behaved and inspired.”  He responded in a thick heavy Yiddish accent, “My secret?  10% discipline and 90% mazal – luck.”
Wow. What a concept! His response was life altering for me. It allows me to acknowledge that, for the most part I am not in control of others. I am not the master of my children’s destiny. Of course, this truth does not and cannot prevent me from doing my best. I absolutely need to teach my child right from wrong. There is a time when I need to compliment and there is a time to admonish. I may not abdicate my parental position of authority and just rely on luck, but rather, I need to be the best parent that I can be.
This leads me to the meaning of being a great parent. There are many facets to this. I wish to focus on just one for this current article.
As a parent, you need to be a “living example” to your children. The kids are smart and they can see right through your baloney. If you are not sincere, they know it and sometimes even before you do. I am going to give an example that will resonate with my Jewish readers, but can be extrapolated to all.
Every parent wants to see their child “become” a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and read from the Torah/Haftorah from the dais, etc. It is SO important for their kid to do this. They drive them to the various appointments with the Rabbi or the Cantor and they pick out a nice suit, negotiate with the caterer and the DJ. They make sure that there are enough dancing/twerking girls for the party. Yet, the kids know for the most part that the parents did this for their ego and not due to religious/spiritual conviction. And once the celebration is over you will be hard pressed to see this newly minted Bar/Bat Mitzvah kid in Synagogue. He/she is like a bat out of hell.
What happened? 
The parents were not inspired. They were truly excited, but not inspired. Their child did not see the parents go to prayer services just because they wanted to connect with Gd. They did not experience their father being enthused in prayer or their mother talking about Judaism. They heard a lot about Bar/Bat Mitzvah, but it was all fluff and airy and truly lacking substance.
So when a parent complains to me how can their child do this that or the other when he/she even had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, I know exactly what transpired. Moms and dads: You want your kids to be inspired? You need to be inspired first. You cannot talk to your kid about respecting elders as a generic example when you do not respect elders. You need to SHOW them how it is done. Let them SEE firsthand your inspiration and then they will follow suit. While nothing is guaranteed in life, at least by being sincere you will have a chance. Never fall into the trap of do as I say, not as I do, as it does not work at all.
More to come...

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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Women's Torah & Tea Class
The Chai Center invites you to join us for a new Women’s Torah and Tea class presented by Chana Freund. Get together with women in a homey atmosphere to sip tea, snack on pastries and connect with each other on our common Jewish heritage. Starting every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at The Chai Center.

Prayer Book 101
Saturday mornings from 11:30 am – 12:00pm
Learn to navigate the prayer book, its meanings and message

Talmud & Parsha Class
Monday evenings at 7:15 PM with Rabbi Tzvi Freund

Power Torah Moment at Work
Want to be visited in your office for a short Torah thought? Contact Tzvi Freund for a power Torah moment.
Call 631-351-8672 to make your appointment or RSVP to

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, Asher & Erica Schoenberg, Matt & Missy Kreinces, Edgar & Linda Hausman,, Abe Sandhaus
Marvin& Judi Milich, Howard Douglas, Bruce & Amy Sodden, Yisroel Schulman, Spencer Saacks, Moshe Klein, Rachel Cooper, Leibel Baumgarten, Arthur Sherry, Arye L & Bracha Hurwitz, Mendy Saacks, Yossi & Esther Hurwitz, Rabi & Andrea Yaghobzadeh, Elina Atlas
Renie & Mitch Freedman, Benny & Doris Hova, Craig & Abby Gardy, Ginny Rand, Neil & Phyllis Frank, Isaac & Renee Fialkoff, Mark & Ileen Genoa, Nechemia Schusterman, Aileen Schreiber, Barbara & Lewis Wiplush , Charles Goodman, Mark Schachner, Mandy & Steven Cohen, Esther Heimer, Robin & Robert Soshnick, Sam & Sherry Klein, Ilya & Sabina Fishkin, Larry & Linda Fields, Stephanie Gurin, Jennifer & David Assa Kass, Michelle Rubens, Marian Kaskel, Bruce Kaskel, Abe & Chava  Blitzer, Sly Robinson, Kamal/Jerry Pasha/Paolillo, Mathew & Allison Gruberger, Scott Gerber, Jeff Feinman, Eric & Laura Steifman, Sam & Dorothy Richman, Alex & Eli Shcherbelis, Ian Cohen, Barry & Heather Herman, Peter & Simone Horenstein, Steve & Angela Levy, Marika Spizz, Alan Metzger, Jeffrey Leib, Niles & Elyse Goldberg, Diane & Stuart Neufeld, Burton Krull, P. Somer & B. Greif, Barbara Prince, Kenneth & Debra Levine, Paul Cohen, Charmian Weber, Salvatore & Katherine Giammusso, Marc & Barbara Heinberg, Robert & Linda Berkowitz Englander, Joel & Sally Rabine, Saul & Frances Steinhauser, Jason & Seena Bialow, Al & Livia Berger, Dennis Fields, Jonathan Abrams, Stephen & Patti Cohen, Steve Valdivia, Omni Title Agency, Brooke Geller, Tracey Sherman, Brian Draizin, Craig Sherman, Randall Kaplan, Louis Seligson, Danielle Milich, Keith Baren, Jason Hodes, Jason Kesselman, Alan Trink , Robin & Bruce Guttman, Ronald & Diane Kaufman, Jonathan & Stacey Seligson , Brian Kaufman, Thomas St. John, Amy Hyman, Joseph & Camille Lynch, Paul & Diana Hyman, Debra Pincus, Dennis & Sandy Rosenzweig, Robert & Phyllis Botwinick, Karin Greenberg, Israel & Chanee Blumenfrucht, Marc & Carol Levine, Mathew & Jennifer Levine
Janice Somer, Shari Sugarman, Frank & Marilyn Amantia, Elaine Kostiw, Norman & Julia Bobrow, Kaplan & Schultz CPA, Ed & Donna Rudkoski, Maurice Mayer, Ronald Fox, Jack Feiler, Michael & Candice Feiler, Albert & Caroline Tamer, Jerry & Roslyn Grubner, Fred Malawista, Marc & Lori Burns

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
T hank 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          9:30 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
WEDNESDAY      11:30am Torah & Tea
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
Not Where but What       
A certain tzaddik – righteous person once had a dream that he ascended to heaven. He was duly unimpressed with the environment, expecting something more elaborate and blissful. It was just a group of sages sitting and learning Torah. He suddenly heard a voice, "Do you think the sages are in heaven, heaven is in the sages. The tzaddik awoke with a new perspective on life. Heaven or hell are not where you are, but what you make of it.

Chai Center Preschool

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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