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January 17, 2018
Weekly Newsletter


Candle lighting   4:38pm

Evening services   4:50pm


Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin

Shabbat ends   5:45pm

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office OPEN but no Hebrew School

No 1:40pm Mincha

Maariv   5pm

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:4pm




Although we have been reading about the plagues and other miracles, the splitting of the Red Sea was different. The other phenomena were essentially natural occurrences but happening at the right place and time. The Red Sea splitting represented a complete upheaval of the laws of nature to a degree that never happened before or since. Indeed, our sages explain that it was so momentous that it went beyond just being part of the struggle between the Egyptians and the Israelites. After centuries of humanity descending into idolatry it was time for the Almighty to send them a reminder as to who was really in control of the universe.


This Sunday night/Monday is the festive occasion of Tu B’Shvat celebrating the grandeur and bounty of the land of Israel. It marks the transition between the intense part of winter (kor) and the lesser intense (choref) and in an indirect sense a small harbinger of the eventual renewal of spring. And considering that morning the temperature will be in the single digits it can’t come too soon!


Additionally, that night will feature an amazing celestial phenomenon: the super blood wolf moon and here are some important facts*:


A super blood wolf moon is: a) the first full moon in January; b) a full moon occurring when the distance between the Earth and Moon is as short as possible; c) a lunar eclipse--all happening at once!

The total lunar eclipse will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 11:41 p.m. EST and last until 12:44 a.m. on Monday, Jan 21, according to, which pinpoints the peak viewing at 12:16 a.m. EST on Jan. 21.

*taken from Yahoo News

In general, the Talmud says a total lunar eclipse is not a good sign for the Jewish nation, but considering it is happening on the joyous occasion of Tu B’Shvat it can only mean good things to come!

Congratulations to our board member Jeff Dagowitz and Liubasha Rose for their wedding this past Sunday at Miami Beach! May they merit to build a faithful household in Israel.

This Shabbat morning we remember an incredibly special young man, Isaac Goldberg Volkmar upon the occasion of his yahrtzeit. Isaac, who passed away at the young age of 23, lived a  life guided by the spirit of love, non-judgement and respect for all people. Isaac’s mother and stepfather, our Board members, Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin, have created BIGVISION, in his memory. BIGVISION is a non profit dedicated to saving lives by helping those suffering with the disease of addiction. They work to erase the stigma and help young adults in recovery learn to live fun, meaningful substance free lives. Adhering to their commitment to host only sober events, Eve and Neil are generously sponsoring the kiddush in his memory, and no alcohol will be served. 


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