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December 28, 2012 ~ 15 Tevet, 5773
Parshat: Vayehi
Shabbat at Adat Shalom
 
Friday, December 28th, 2012
Candle Lighting Time: 4:34pm

Special Kabbalat Shabbat Service
in honor of Maccabee Raileanu
Friday, December 28th, 2012
6:30pm in the Sanctuary
Everyone welcome

Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Services begin at 9:15am

Next Friday, January 4th, 2013
Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:30pm

Rabbi Berk Officiating 
 
In This Issue
Lion's Roar
Mazel Tov
Office Closings
Hebrew Class
Walking With The Jewish Calendar
Morning Walk with the Rabbi
Celebrating a Simcha?
The Lion

As the clock ticks towards the close of 2012 and the secular New Year, I am waiting for a call.  I do not want to take this call, but I have been expecting this call for the last few days. My dear friend, Nancy Offenberg, is about to leave this world and just like our patriarch Jacob, she was surrounded by her loving family as the time grew shorter. Nancy is the mother, mother in-law, and grandmother to my good friends back in the Boston area, the Shore Family. Her presence was a part of their home and their lives and she touched my life and my families in a special way too.

 

While Jacob gives out his "Blessings" in this week's parasha, VaYechi, to his sons and grandsons, Nancy held court one more time from her hospital bed. Sisters came from Maine; children from Florida and North Carolina; assorted grandchildren.  All sat by her bedside and in the hospital waiting room for a chance to say goodbye. If love could be measured by some device in the room, the device would have exploded. I could feel the emotion and love in the retelling of the story all the way in Los Angeles.  

 

The same can not be said for the emotion on the surface of this week's parasha. Not until Jacob passed do we see the emotions usually exhibited by a family in mourning. "Joseph flung himself on his father's face and wept over him and kissed him."  Genesis 50:1.  May we all merit to have the time to share our love with those in our lives who have shared their love with us!

 

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Arye Berk  
Mazel Tov
to Maccabee Raileanu and family on the occasion of Maccabee's Bar Mitzvah
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Reminder -- Office Closings
The Main Office will close at 2:00pm on Monday, December 31 2012
and be closed, Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
 
Save the date: Adult Hebrew Class
Siddur Hebrew on-going classes every Tuesday, continuing on
January 8th, 2013, 1:00-2:00pm
No charge; prior knowledge of Hebrew reading required.
(Due to legal holiday, there will be no class 1/1/13).

Save the date: Walking with the Jewish Calendar 
  Join us for our next class,
  Tuesday, January 8th, 7:30PM
  The topic for the evening will be Pesach.
                       
Morning Walk with the Rabbi
Walk with the Rabbi
Resuming Thursday, January 10th at 9:15am, let's continue on our path to spiritual growth through our weekly morning walk.  It will help keep your mind clear.
 
We will meet in the parking lot on National and walk every Thursday morning.  EVERYONE is welcome to join us!
 
Celebrating a Simcha?
If you are celebrating a special event or saying Kaddish for a loved one and would like to sponsor the Kiddush, please call the Main Office at 310-475-4985.
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