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November 10, 2018
2 Kislev, 5779
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events
Tuesday, November 13th
Sisterhood Book Club

Shabbat, November 16th & 17th
Guest Speaker Eli Beer from 
United Hatzalah in Israel
Rabbi's Message
Parshat Toldot has the makings of a dramatic television series.  There are family issues, sibling rivalries, lies, deception and thoughts of murder.
While one may tend to focus on what is wrong in the Covenantal family, I would like to draw attention to a positive aspect.
A couple is married for twenty years and they struggle to have children. When pregnancy finally is achieved (a difficult one at that) followed by the birth of twins, there is reason to celebrate.  Yes, the boys are very different.  Yes, one "purchases" the birthright from the other.  Yes, one pretends to be the other in order to receive the illustrious "Bracha."
Is this any different than our own family dynamics?  Yet, when we look at what other families have to deal with, we always prefer our own "Pekkele Tzarros." 
The underlying reason in my opinion is that we all have levels of Bracha and blessing in our lives. Some are more acutely aware of the Bracha in their lives than others are.  But in the end, Bracha it is.  
We must make every attempt to see the positive in all of our family struggles as the alternative usually is much worse.

Shabbat Shalom 

Mazal Tov
Mazal Tov to Camille and Eli Spigler on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Jack Nissim Spigler. 

Mazal Tov to sisters Sophia and Arielle and grandparents Joseph and Aida Yeghen and Abe and Sara Spigler. 

The entire congregation is invited to  celebrate at a Kiddush lunch sponsored by the Spigler family.
Sisterhood Book Club
Tuesday, November 13th, 7:15PM

The Sisterhood Book Club will discuss
Killers of the Flower Moon,
by David Grann 
Home of Debbie Zuckerman 
Guest Speaker:  Eli Beer 
United Hatzalah in Israel
Shabbat, November 16th & 17th 
Eli Beer was born in Israel, where he witnessed his first terror attack at the age of seven. This traumatic experience, coupled with his desire to help save people, encouraged him to become a volunteer medic. Beer has been involved in emergency medical first response in Israel since 1988. With 25 years of life-saving experience, he has responded to some of the worst civil, wartime and terror-related incidents. He currently serves as Founder and President of United Hatzalah; featured speaker at TEDMED and AIPAC; lecturer to health organizations worldwide on the importance of receiving medical care within the first few minutes of an incident through a network of volunteers; has expertise in creating cohesive and integrated responses to mass casualty incidents as well as terrorist attacks; is a pioneer in the field of GPS-based technology for medical response; recipient of awards, including the 2010 Social Entrepreneur for Israel received by the Schwab Foundation, the 2011 Presidential Award for Volunteerism in Israel received by President Shimon Peres, and the 2012  Young Global Leader award. Married with 5 children and when not saving lives or guiding United Hatzalah, he manages the family real estate company, Beer Realty.
Congratulations to our own Yoni Glatt on the publication of his book "Kosher Crosswords" (Behrman House). 

You can get it on Amazon here, or at select Barnes & Nobles and Jewish book stores. Makes an excellent Chanukah gift!

Community News & Events
Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
Sunday, November 11th, 9:00AM

Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School invites all 8th graders and their parents to join us at our Open House on Sunday, November 11, 2018. 

Experience RKYHS during an inspirational morning as we highlight the vast opportunities for students, demonstrate our values, and define our difference. Come see the dynamic and innovative academic and Judaic programs, first-rate educational initiatives and co-curricular opportunities. Registration begins at 9:00 am followed by the program at 9:30 am.  

Please register at 
For more information, please contact Allison Lyons at  or 862-437-8050.  
Thank you!!
Honey Foundation: 
Religious Choice in Israel
Sunday, November 11th, 10:30AM

OR Movement
Thursday, November 15th, 6:30PM
The ATID Society at JKHA/RKYHS Presents 
Rami Kleinstein
Sunday, December 2nd, 7:30PM
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires 
Annual Gala
Honoring Mindy and Alan Schall
Sunday, December 9th, 5:00PM

Davening Schedule


Candle Lighting


Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Shabbat Ends


Nov. 11-16






Monday - Thursday
*Ma'ariv Only - 6:45pm

*We have moved to our winter schedule. We will have Ma'ariv only on Mon-Thurs evenings at 6:45pm 

Mincha/Ma'ariv services are held at Suburban Torah are at 4:25pm

Rabbi's Classes
Tuesday Mornings:

Women's Class

History & Meaning
of Prayer
10:30 am
When was the siddur  compiled? 
Who chose what  to include? 
Why were certain prayers chosen and w hat do they mean?  
Join us to answer these questions and more.

Tuesday Evenings:
New Class!

"Arvei Pesachim"
after Davening

Yiddish Class

*Now on 

MONDAY Evenings*

Please join us for our class in Yiddish, led  by our very own Morris Glicklich. 

Class will be held on Monday evenings
after Minyan.
If you have any questions or if you want to find out more, please speak with Morris or
Michael Mamet.
All are welcome!
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